New art piece on the site inspired by the social and political climate today.
I will be starting a new series on ‘art activism’ as I feel that is where my heart and purpose lay at the moment.
While in my heart I know I feel a tinge of regret in not participating in the protests here in Los Angeles, I also know that I can channel my support through what I love and that is through, art, reading, and writing.
Just posted new photos on the gallery I’d love for ya’ll to check out, which you can find here.
Always on the grind for new content. Also wanted to give a quick reminder to all the hustlers out there to stay about your business and stay focused. don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. only then will you enjoy and reap the benefits of your hard work so that one day, you can pass the torch along to your fellow comrade.
Hi Ya’ll soo I’m fully aware that all classes are cancelled this year due to the circumstances of COVID-19. However, I thought I’d inform you for the future and let you know about an amazing program I had the privilege of working at for the past year pre-covid. While I had a liking towards children, I never realized how precious they were until I started to work with them. I know for me I have been guilty of thinking that kids can be annoying, but their minds are so malleable and they absorb things like a sponge that they really are a gift of life. While not all children do (lol) most children do offer so much joy, when completely open and vulnerable to them and we should protect them at any cost
For those who may relate or might even have children of their own, Music Moves In Me is a wonderful program that provides early education to children ranging from 2-8 year olds. In the program we learn engage children in activities that enhance their cognitive skills, encourage group participation, expand their creative imagination, and of course, foster their love and education for music. We also sell music on our Music Moves In Me site every month, which you can check out here. While I am not being sponsored for this post, I would like to share my experience and spread the word about Music Moves In Me. We hosts both weekly classes and birthday parties that are customized to your child’s wants. I am fortunate to be a part of a business owned by such an empowered and driven woman and also to be part of these children’ musical journey.
While classes and parties are evidently cancelled this year, I definitely encourage ya’ll to check out Music Moves In Me here to keep in the back of your mind once everything is back and running again and we are back in business.
well, it’s been a cool minute since I’ve posted any of my songwriting/ poetry. It might actually be almost a whole year since I posted my last #musicmonday pieces (though I’ve been doing plenty behind the scenes).. so I thought today is the day to do so. I have a journal of them & have been writing a lot more for my voisey too which you can follow me @lorrainebau.. can’t wait to share the rest of them with you every week! These are a couple short ones I pulled out, let me know if you’d like me to post more of my pieces
ps: I will posting new covers/snippets more frequently soon which you can find either on my Youtube or Instagram Thank you again all for sticking around much love x Lo
♪ didn’t know a pain like this can make me feel estranged like this watched as life passed by, is there anything I missed? don’t mean to contradict just got some issues I wanna fix I aint got no other wish but to be the baddest in the mix.. ♪
♪ looked out my window not a plain soul in sight [noo] kills me that I won’t be goin nowhere tonight feel so lonely grab my voice and I cave in what do I do stuck in my room starin’ the moon watching the news plottin’ my move aint ready to lose [ya, ya] 2x ♪
It’s currently 3am, and I find myself pulling out my journal & pen again. I find that my best ideas come around this time. I have been anticipating the release of my new music, but I also know I have a long ways to go in getting my single & my EP just right. I want it to embody everything I am as both a struggling & growing artist in my own right. If you scroll way back into the early posts of my blog, you’ll find some poetry pieces I’ve written throughout the year(s).
For as long as I’ve remember, I’ve always had a liking to poetry.I wrote my first ‘real’ poem when I was 8, which was then hand picked by my teacher for me to recite in class. This poem (though I do not remember verbatim) was about a star & how bright it shines. Fast forward to high school, and I submitted a poem for my theology class in which my professor (a Yale graduate) had referred to me as ‘gifted’. And I didn’t quite understand. Years later, and I found myself sitting in a poetry class in college. Some had praised me for my musicality in my poetry.. And since then was when I decided to hone in on my poetry skills. And not to say, I love music as well. Combine the both, and you’re in the world of songwriting. Moral of the story?
This is not to brag or boast but to spread the message of never giving up on something that brings you joy, regardless of the doubt & uncertainty. Follow your heart & trust yourself. You’ll only become as good as the what you give & feed into the process. If you’re good at it and/ or it’s your passion even if your work receives not response or even criticism, keep doing it. Chances are you’ll only get better and spread this inspiration to others too.
Anyhow, as you can probably tell by the batches of posts I’ve been posted, I have had my creative juices flowing. I also have been putting my energy & love into my songwriting. Drafting, editing, revising, just to do it all over again, so it has the sound I envision. It’s so important I get it right and it mirrors who I am as an ‘artist’, regardless of the numbers it reach. I will definitely keep you updated on further progression in my EP journey. so much more to do, but so much to be excited for too.
How about you guys? What brings you immense joy & you would love to get better at, but don’t feel it may be entirely recognized? I would love to hear from you guys below!
Ya’ll if this song doesn’t get you up & moving, stirring your soul.. oof! child!
I don’t know what will! So, so, so grateful to have grown up with such legendary artists to bless my soul & ears
♩He’s sweatin’, he’s got to conquer, he’s sweatin’ by the hour He’s sweatin’, he’s got the taste, still sweatin’ on the flower He’s sweatin’, he can’t stand it He’s makin’ moves that’s how he planned it He’s not satisfied with the best, he’ got to check out all the rest♩
Who else loves stumbling across great music? I know I do!
In the midst of editing my first youtube video (which you guys should check out! & pls cut me some slack I was kinda nervous if you couldn’t tell LOL), I came across just the right song I needed for an reference in my video. If ya’ll been following me for a while, you would know how much I love old-school classic soul music, which is what I found. I couldn’t wait to present it in my Saturday Shazam Series (where I collect all the greatest songs I’ve found & share em all with you here) so I thought I’d make a separate one here.
Okay, enough of my rambling it is Thee Dramatics “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get”. Never heard it in my life but so glad I came across them! Feel free to groove to it and check it out here.
Visited the other studios at work today with the assistance and guidance of our kind and welcoming radio station staff. Absolutely amazing how the behind the scenes work. This is one of the three studios our hosts air radio music, talk shows, etc. for multiple radio stations including: kMozart 105.1 HD2, KJazz 88.1FM, and GoCountry 105. Tune in while ya’ll can!
This song puts me in a different space, the beat, Nao’s vocals, the message, everything.
Just recently discovered her, and I love her style as an artist. It definitely strikes me as Neo-soul/ Funk, I would love to create something similar to her style of music. I would say this style of song would resonate more to the younger generations, but also deviates from the typical pop songs we hear on the radio today. It’s new and refreshing.
Definitely one to keep in the playlist when cruising down PCH in the middle of night, or simply when you’re chillin the room lookin’ for some jams to unwind to.
You will definitely be seeing more of her on this page.
As I promised ya’ll, I have a new piece I just cooked up. I have yet to record it, but just jotting thoughts and ideas down was a huge step for me. And one I have been looking forward to sharing with ya’ll. Though not huge, it definitely helped to get my creative juices flowing again. This particular piece is a message for those heads are always above the clouds, but their feet always grounded. Life can be full of distractions when one isn’t focused on their goals and ambitions. And life is short one could potentially get carried away and before they know it, the void that they try to fill with trivial things is still very much there. For me at least this was my case, I can’t speak for everybody. Music for me truly helps to fill some of that void. This is for those who live everyday fighting for their dreams, keeping that fire alive and believing in themselves to make it happen.
♪ sittin’ here, watchin’ the sun go down went through your phone, saw shit I shouldn’t have found listen, I know it’s all a game and I ain’t about to lose I’m only getting started we both know I ain’t no fool
tell me what I want to hear got any hope, any dreams, your fears none of that crap that don’t mean a thing like that superficial shit that only end in a fling
look can’t let nobody fuck with my ways for me, there’s so much to lose so much in stake I know I ain’t no accident I was born with a purpose something the anxiety over take me then I just gotta wake up & focus
this music thing suppose to be a reminder
I was born for something great
I don’t listen to the doubt
never paid attention to the hate
I pay respect to the legends— the cream of the crop gotta stay winning, gotta make it to the top wherever I go, I leave my mark bout to show them the light.. gotta free ’em from the dark ♪
Music frees me, & that’s all I know.
Thanks for reading ya’ll.
So something happened the other day and thought it was worth sharing with ya’ll here. I was leaving my job at KJazz after speaking with the DJ Host, Bubba Jackson, shortly before leaving– who BTW is such a kind, warm-hearted guy. I was with the radio production operator not too long before, who was showing me around the studios, and eventually bringing me into Bubba’s studio where we had a brief talk. When I left, I remember feeling a mixture of emotions– both excitement, nervousness, and just pure anticipation and couldn’t really explain it. I was on my way home from work (about 40 minutes later), contemplating, sitting pensively in silence when a car pulled up next to me as we waited at a red light. I had my windows rolled down at the time and before I knew it, I heard what sounded like Bubba’s voice playing in radio station next to me. I switched to 88.1FM and realized it was Bubba’s voice and that it was Bubba on the air. I was already almost at home at this point and I wanted to say so badly that I was just acquainted with the guy! but before I can say anything the light turned green and he drove off. It was such an intimate moment for me, knowing that I had just spoken with him at his studio where he was airing live at the time. Can’t believe in a million years I would ever be in a place to say something like this. I’m glad that people do tune into this relatively unknown station these days, as it reminds me that there is no expiration date on good music! Though this moment may seem minor to some, it was a big moment for me. Just a reminder that God does work miracles and that the world truly works in mysterious works. Always humbled, always thankful, always grateful.
If ya’ll are curious to learn more about Bubba Jackson, you could watch his facebook video here where he talks about his truest passion & appreciation for jazz and its importance in the music industry today:
Just wanted to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about #NewMusicMondays. For those who noticed, I didn’t post my bit for the series this past Monday, which I said I would be starting, as I was still cookin’ somethin’ up. However, I made time today and will be posting this new bit next week. Excited for it, and for the many to come. Definitely stretching my muscles for this, but I’m doing this for ya’ll. I’m also looking to create an art work piece for this series as well, feel free to shoot me any ideas. (I am also still working on the art piece I promise ya’ll, it may take a while but slowly and surely it’s going to happen). Thanks for tuning in ya’ll. much much love.
Woke up to this on my Instagram feed, and my ears have been blessed.
Ya’ll know I love me some old school jams and Lance Busa from the Philippines just nailed the song Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love”! Though it doesn’t sound exactly like the original, I love how Lance put so much emotion into his performance that his audience feels it! Shown simply by the judges’ reactions! He managed to pull it off and make it sound good while at it!
Just a reminder of what a gift music is and the powers it holds!
Hope ya’ll enjoy it and it lightens your day like it did mine.
Ahhh, never thought in a million years this would be possible.
Before I begin I thought I’d drop a little backstory for those who are not familiar with who I am and what my blog is about… So as you could probably infer from my blog, music is a passion of mine, one I only recently rediscovered as in my late teens. Fast forward 2 years late and I am currently interning for a radio station called KJazz 88.1FM located adjacent to radio station KKGO 105, also known as GoCountry. I’ve been with them for a while now (only possible through God’s grace), and am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had with the radio station thus far. Though I am only an intern and my work mostly consists of admin/ office work, just being in a field that I am most passionate about suffice for me. Not only do I get to develop bother personally and professionally, but being present around those with the same passions just reminds me of my deeper purpose in life– which is to one day start my own nonprofit organization while also keeping my dreams of pursuing music alive as well.
So long story short, last week I was approached by the Production Director / Operations Manager of KKGO at my desk. Because we are often indulged in our own work at the office, I never got a chance to formally meet him since I had started working there. He began to introduce himself and asked if I had ever done some voice over work. I responded quite confused and responded with “Professionally, never”. Apparently it did not matter, because he invited me to the studio where he sat me down and had me rehearse a script about some advertising commercials. I honestly, had no idea what to expect, but all I knew was that I had never done something like this, but it didn’t exactly feel foreign either. To me, sitting right in front of a mic was where I belonged if that makes any sense. Things kinda flowed naturally for me and felt right. He proceeded to teach some lessons, dropping words like “elocution” describe how certain syllabus of a word are pronounced. After about 15 minutes of being in the studio, we cooked something up. He told me he was going to edit it just a bit and send me the final product. Before leaving he told me that he was impressed with my work and how I caught on fairly quick. He said he wouldn’t have guessed that it was my first time working on a voiceover project. For some reason, this compliment meant the world to me.. While it was a bit tough for me, all I knew was that I liked doing it. He planned to come up with new stuff for us to work on in the future to get something on the air. While my 10 minutes in the studio lasted only a short while, it was definitely worthwhile and a moment I will never forget.
While unfortunately this bit did not make it on the air as the client preferred a male voice for this commercial ad (I know!!), it’s crazy for me to say that I almost made it to the air! However, this experience definitely didn’t hurt and only has me looking forward to the future and what God has in store for me. Super super grateful and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Below is the script of commercial advertisement along with the recording:
“This weekend takeover’s brought to you by Hoffy Premium Beef Franks. Hoffy Franks are always the highest quality with great taste and bite. That’s why people say they’re cravelicious. Stop by Walmart and pick some up for your next barbecue.”