So glad that Ari and Durand are both getting the recognition they deserve. They’ve been in the scene for a minute and I am glad that they are now getting the limelight. hard work truly pays off when it comes to something you’re so passionate about. Can’t believe it’s been months since my first actual performance to Ari Lennox Whipped Cream. would do it all over again, but much better haha. Durand is also such an amazing vocalist. been following him for years and so upset that he is now getting recognition. He dropped his EP a few days ago which I’ll be sharing soon. But first, FACETIME.
Grammy Award-winning composer and producer, David Foster, has had his share of struggle and success as one of today’s most successful musician. Foster first attempted his music career in his home state New York, where he found no real luck, success, or place to call home. Foster eventually left New York and found great potential for his music career in Los Angeles. A place he felt was more home to him than New York. In Los Angeles, he worked with music idols such as Whitney Houston in Bodyguard, Toni Braxton in “Unbreak My Hear” and “All By Myself” with Celine Dion to name a few. In his film, while music is clearly a driving force in Foster’s life, Foster shares that being a good human being was important in being a musician. Off the Record offers insight into Foster’s journey as today’s most popular and grammy awarding composer/ producer that is not often shared in the lime light. David has 16 Grammys from 47 nominations. Definitely one of my music idols I’d love to meet in this lifetime. Film is available on Netflix.
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
as if I never could
only time will tell whose done real good
believe me when I say I would ♪
Hi Ya’ll, just wanted to thank everyone for your feedback on my previous post on my changing my site name.
After some consideration, I’ve decided that Chain of Arts is more fitting for my work and business.
My new site url is now shopcoa.blog, where you can check out my art work and blog posts on music, art, and photography. Super stoked on the projects I’m working on. can’t wait to share it with ya’ll.
Thank you again everyone for your support!
much love x Lo
For those who don’t know (and those who are new) welcome to highsnlows.
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.
Click here to purchase “Georgia on My Mind” on Amazon.
♪If I could
I’d protect you
From the sadness
In your eyes
Give you courage
In a world
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.
“Belle was born in Englewood, New Jersey. It was at Englewood’s Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and then Paterson’s Friendship Baptist Church (presided over by Belle’s uncle, the Reverend Fred Belle), that Belle began attracting attention with her vocal abilities. She sang her first solo in church at the age of eight. She attended Dwight Morrow High School, where she studied trombone, tuba and steel drums. After graduation, Belle studied opera at the Manhattan School of Music. She attended Rutgers University and became the first female vocalist with the school’s jazz ensemble. Belle’s musical influences include Phyllis Hyman, Billie Holiday, Shirley Caesar, Patti LaBelle, and Nancy Wilson. She was introduced to the Manhattans by New York radio DJ Vaughn Harper and began working as their opening act. She recorded the duet “Where Did We Go Wrong” with the group on their Back to Basics album, which helped to attract the attention of Columbia Records. She recorded a second duet, “Maybe Tomorrow (Four Tops song)“, which appeared on the B-side of “Where Did We Go Wrong”. They eventually signed her to a record deal.” – Wikipedia
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.
much love x Lo
click here for “Live At The Villa” instrumental
♪ 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.
stay tuned for more on highsnlows.
much love x Lo
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!
much love x Lo
Thought I would leave ya’ll with some Whitney– a live performance of Whitney’s ‘You Give Good Love’ from The Tonight Show (1985).
Hope it sparks some inspiration in you or uplifts you in someway.
(click here to purchase You Give Good Love on Amazon)
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.