So glad to announced that I finally got approved with BMI. For those who aren’t familiar BMI, Broadcast Music Inc., is one of the United States performing rights organization along with ASCAP, SESAC, and GMR. And as you may know, as an aspiring artist I am so excited to start my songwriting journey. If you have been following ChainofArts (original highsnlows) for a while, you’d know that writing and music is part of my identify. Combine that and you have the beautiful gift of songwriting.
Anyhow, I wrote a little piece a while back in beginning of quarantine that I thought to share with ya’ll. Follow my Voisey account @lorrainebau for short original pieces and my music instagram @_lo.anne for covers. Much love x Lo
♪ got emotions pent up in me how do I feel don’t know what to believe I’ve been living a lie how’d I survive without knowing that this life was mine
always misunderstood as if I never could only time will tell whose done real good believe me when I say I would ♪
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As you know, I am an aspiring singer/ songwriter and artist whose goal is share her love for music and to continue celebrating the greats here on highsnlows. And so, every time I come across a good song or a song that brings back memories or simply one that I think my viewers/ audience will like, I am always inclined to share it with you guys as I’m always thinking of ya’ll!
Today’s pick is the great Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind”. It’s so soulful and a reminder of what a simple tune, simple lyrics, and an amazing voice can make one feel. Not to mention, my second home is Georgia where my family resides haha. Anyhow, hope this song hits home for you as it has for me.
♪If I could I’d protect you From the sadness In your eyes Give you courage In a world Of compromise Yes, I would ♪
Definitely reminiscent of the great Whitney Houston. Just discovered the great Regina Belle, from New Jersey. Her song “If I Could” was released in 1993 under Peak- Concord Jazz Label. Such a powerful vocalist and song.
hi guys, been a minute but thought it was time to share with ya’ll some new lyrics I had been cooking up during covid. Lately, I have really been into rap, doing my research listening to hip cats like Wu-Tang, Jay Z, Eminem, Tu Pac, etc. and even with modern day rap because the game has been on fire thanks to emerging female rappers like Saweetie & Meg Thee Stallion. If you have followed me for a while, you’d know how much writing is one of my passions, due to my love for music and poetry. And coincidentally, God sends me his blessing by sending one of my new favorite song atm, newly released “Live At The Villa” by Russ. You’d know that I couldn’t resist. Anyhow, below are the lyrics. hope to sparks some sort of creativity in your art work too. much more to share with ya’ll.
♪ ever a time you felt so all alone got your friends blastin’ like “bitch pick up that phone” but I’m in another head space n they don’t even know Instead I grind and I grind and I keep my head low like how a singer hides right after a sold out show but you gotta keep faith. so I keep on keepin’ on gotta appreciate what you got before it’s all gone like a game of chess; you left with one pawn
play your cards right & you don’t gotta bluff or throw em on the deck, when enough is enough cause quite frankly, lames be tryin’ my last nerve on a different caliber (ya) kick em to the curb
to the man above gracin’ my every move who’s been guidin’ me in everything everything that I do I am me only me and that’s because of you only known struggle, but still paying my dues
been the black sheep (ya) different from the rest can’t handle me at my worst, sure don’t deserve me at my best I’m just sayin’ If you don’t fight for your dream you’ll live life feeling utterly incomplete for the week souls// nodding’ at my every verse. uh, if you know then you know. spoken word. ♪
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.
Today is the big day. Protests are occurring all throughout the Los Angeles area in Long Beach, Inglewood, DTLA, Hollywood, etc. to address the racial inequalities and injustices that black community struggle with a daily basis. While I feel almost guilty for not attending, I also know that I can show my support in other ways that I could identify and resonate most with.. and that’s music. It was the year 2017 when I realized the true impact music has on people to become inspired and to inspire others. It was also the same year when I picked up my pen again and began to hone in on my song writing skills. That was when I realized I could put my love for writing and music together in order to create music that express the deep emotions I felt when learning about the corruption and darkness that pervaded the world while attending my sociology courses in college. Though I may not experience racism as overtly as in the same way as the black community, I have and currently experience micro aggression that, in hindsight fortunately, has left me feeling almost lonely & outcast (which may also be contributed to my introverted & artistic tendencies). However, I was keen of the different nuances of human interaction & treatment that existed in our hierarchical society today. And while I felt the sadness of the world, it left me feeling almost powerless and overwhelmed myself. And I think the realization was a pivotal moment for me, because it led to me to resort back to music as a way of escapism but also on the same token, a way to create social change. Almost 4 years later, and my disposition has not changed. Here is to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement of 2020. Hope at least one of these songs incite or invoke some feeling and desire of change within yourselves and consequently, to the real world. Comment your favorite below!
One of the most popular songs of all time in the world of Jazz.
Feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to watch him and his son, Chris Brubeck, perform live at my alma mater CSULB back in November– big thank you to KJazz.
Hope ya’ll enjoy as much as I do.
Be on the look out for more jazz related content soon!
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.
I thought this would be a worthwhile post even though we are essentially in the middle of pandemic, and all non essential businesses are shut down. For what it is though this list might be something you can refer back to anytime in the future. If you are a born LA native, you might or might not already be familiar with these stores. For those who are new to the area or simply would like new places to explore, you might find a few on the list that you can add to your next visit. These stores range from selling musical instruments to vinyl & CD’s. While these are only a few from the mix, they might be something to consider for your next visit if interested. For all music lovers out there, I’ve made a list of shops where you can browse or shop:
* Due to the current circumstances created by COVID-19, all businesses deemed non essential including music retail, are subject to change locations or hopefully not, close down entirely. Please be sure to check out stores’ website for further updates before visit.
oof! Kota the Friend is bout to pop off this year!
If ya’ll haven’t yet, Jersey artist Kota the Friend just released a hot album late March & he’s the talk of the town.
Not gonna lie, I was a bit skeptical only because who needs another Hip-Hop/ Rapper? but I got to say his music is catchy, and just in time for the summertime vibes too. He released his top streaming single “Colorado” in 2018. While working and grinding it out, he released his newest album Everything (2020). His sound is fresh & new, and he seems pretty relatable. His message is not only about sex, drugs, and money– which I can appreciate. His got a great response thus far. streaming close to 2.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify. While I do dig his music, I also admire that he is an independent artist meaning that he is not signed with any label but is using his own money to fund his music career. It’s 2020, so I’m glad things are changing for the better in the industry, than to be locked in a contract that can subsequently sabotage you’re career.
Anyhow, check out his music! I’ve attached audio below for ya’ll to take a listen. Let me know what ya’ll think!
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!
“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” Sung by Aretha Franklin, was initially written by the great Carole King. I was sitting in class during my MUSIC 290 class when I learned this. Til this very day, I am so very grateful I took a couple music courses as my electives during my last year of college. Those courses changed the trajectory of my life, as it inspired my dreams of exploring and pursuing the music realm. And was in the part, the reason behind the creation of this blog that I still very much believe in 2/3 years later. I want to spread and pass on the knowledge that was taught to me and the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years to you guys.
“A Natural Woman” was one of the songs that inspired me as an artist. Both the vocals and the lyrics/ message is so empowering, it spoke to me. And for me, it’s only a reminder of how powerful and impactful good music is after years and years since it’s birth. Years later, it has become the song that inspired a generation of soul singers today. Below is the audio and performance by Franklin (2015), if you would like to take a listen. Along with Carole King’s 1972 performance.