Signed Up with BMI & New Lyrics: Quarantine

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 ♪

New Music: Original Lyrics

So as you may be following me on my musical journey, I like to experiment with my songwriting abilities.
I’ve been listening to some rap lately like Wu Tang, Tu Pac, Kanye, Nipsey, and today’s female rappers like Meg The Stallion and Saweetie who are climbing the rap game. And it’s inspired me to get back to the pen again. Though I do not consider myself a rapper, I enjoy the word play, lyricism, flow, metaphors, idioms, etc. As someone who liked poetry as a kid I guess it never really left me. And I encourage ya’ll to stick to whatever it is that brings you joy whether it is playing guitar, singing, crocheting, cooking, etc. because while not everyone will appreciate your work there is someone out there in the world who will. And chances are, if the love is real, you’re only going to get better.

Anyhow, I like to experiment and explore with my music in voice, sound, and writing. When it comes to rap lyrics, I notice that when I write I channel my anger and frustration.. it’s something I can’t really help and that comes natural to me.. So for the older crowd, excuse the raunchiness & Vulgarity haha, just felt it was appropriate for this particular beat. For the young’s (or whoever age) rock with it, follow me on my music account @_lo.anne where I post new covers and soon, originals!

much love x Lo

Instrumental:
Savage by Meg The Stallion ♪
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hK8vTDe6eM

♪ I grind for my shit, can’t none of y’all say that
them PH levels healthy, got my baby hairs laid back
baby daddy money run you but I’m grinding’ make my own stack
think ya’ll m*therfckin’ grown, you for reals can’t be that whack.

try so hard you a Gucci louie mismatch
copy my steeze like you wanna be me so bad
Michael Jackson swag got me moonwalking on the way back
from the bank with a band in my hand. fuck a cash app


I’m choosy, proody, b*tchy, moody
your boo? yea, he look like he really wanna do me
on the counter, on the bed after sushi
with a movie; cause you looney, don’t be goofy (yuh)

cruisin’ down 8th top down with the Camaro
keep with me in the moment/ doja cat/ why don’t you say so
Some ya’ll sleeping’ bout to miss on the rodeo
rappin’ like a poet didn’t even know it, had to say so

scholar & writer graduated socio
learned from the best her name Maya Angelou
why you hatin trick? still be talking all that shit tho
Mr. grinch; pardon me as i show you to the front door

I’m choosy, proody, b*tchy, moody
your boo? yea, he look like he really wanna do me
on the counter, on the bed after sushi
with a movie; cause you looney, don’t be goofy (yuh) ♪

New Piece

here’s another piece I wrote in the middle of the night when my creative juices are flowing.
excuse the vulgar language.

instrumental: Pretty Bitch Freestyle by Saweetie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY-ILC7HXLw

time don’t wait for no one, tik tok
check my watch
bout to pull up with a glock
just a josh shoot my shot
count to 10, get lost
no arguing who’s boss
here’s to damage bout to cause

clap em cheeks if you here for a good time
party night not here for a long time (ya)
turn it up bitch catch me on prime time
tryna get some boy you walkin’ on thin ice

a new day, new bitch wanna try me
play me twice, know a kitty get feisty
come for me, and your actions be pricey
not talkin’ hit man, but b*itch I just might be

busy brushin’ off the hate
my business get it done, get it done my way
queen like me gotta stay late it’s a fling
watch your king, b*tch it’s checkmate

hustler like me work hard for her sh*t
a hater’s hate is a sign of success
wanna bet it’s a guess
I don’t rest, gotta fess, I’ma make it
promise no less (ya)

time don’t wait for no one, til tok
check my watch
bout to pull up with a glock
just a josh shoot my shot
count to 10, get lost
no arguing who’s boss
here’s to damage bout to cause

New Song Piece

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.

Music Mondays

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

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 ♪



Songwriting

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!

Much love,

x Lo


new content on instagram

I am trying my very best to create in spite of this inexplainable slumber I am feeling during these times. It’s such an odd time, isn’t it? At least that’s how I feel, but as an artist, I also know this time is a gift for all creatives as this provides us an God given opportunity to spend more time into our artistry and craft. and no doubt I feel blessed & quite rejuvenated! This couldn’t have came along a better time in my life..

Anyhow, I just posted new content on my instagram which I encourage ya’ll to check out which you can find here. I know I’ll be creating much much more!  If ya’ll have any song requests, I would love to hear them! I have a whole list of songs I would like to cover but haven’t found quite the right inspiration and space to do it (which truly makes me sad). As I have already begun my songwriting process and have found so much joy in the creative process of my EP, alongside other musical pieces I have been working on here & there. Anyhow, hope ya’ll enjoy & thank’s for sticking with me!

#NewMusicMonday

Hi guys,

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.

instrumental beat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSzsb8cpIVk

♪ 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.

Lo.

#NewMusicMonday Update

Hi guys!

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.

Lorraine B.

New Series: More Music Mondays

Hey guys, as you know, I am always trying to come up with new ideas for my blog for you guys because I believe in the quality of the content I create. I always want to make sure that it is something that my audience enjoys and finds some value/ worth in. So this time around I thought that I introduce a new series, called “More Music Mondays” one where I share my love of writing through song-writing— a skill that I plan to hone in on now and in the years to come. Though I do not practice song-writing as much as I’d like to, I do recall moments in time when I had the itch to do so. I remember the first time I discovered my love for poetry was 3rd grade. I want to say the title of the poem was something along the lines of “bright stars”. It was a poem about the stars and how natural it is for a star to stand out from the rest. I really don’t know what came into me or what I was really thinking when I wrote it, but it just kinda flowed out from my little 7 year old brain. My teachers took notice of this poem, and had me recite it in front of the class. I believe that was the very first time I realized I had some sort of skill in writing. Though I did find joy in writing, I didn’t truly believe I had some talent in it. If that makes sense. Fast forward to high school, and I turned in another poem for one of my theology course assignments. My teacher, who happened to be a graduate of Yale University, guess saw something in my writing and ended up praising me for it in front of my classmates. I would like to thank my 3rd grade and my teacher Mr. Grindon for taking notice in something I subconsciously loved, even when I didn’t believe in myself.

For me, poetry is something that I find very sacred and intimate and now that I have rediscovered my passion for music, I thought that I could somehow combine the two together. And what other way than through songwriting? I think I was around 11 when I attempted to write my first song with the guitar. I remember sitting on my bed as words floated around in my head to match the melodies I had in mind. Though I did find joy in it, I stopped half way and never finished it. Fast forward to college, and I carried that song-writing itch with me. I think the biggest regret I have is never finishing what I started. There’s this song-writing/ singing/ rapping challenge called “Gone”. The challenge is to rap and/or sing over the beat of the song “Gone” by Monica. I took to my notebook and drew inspiration from what I knew I love best, poetry and writing. Most people wrote about heartbreak over their ex or past relationship on the beat, but I thought I’d put my own spin to it. Because to me, there is much more important things (not that heartache isn’t one of them, just that there is more to life than boys and lust). I wrote this almost two years back in December of 2017. And came up with this. Probably not as catchy without the beat, rapping, and all but looking back, I forget how much writing means to me. Here it goes:

“I know what you’re thinking, no I ain’t lyin
this rap bout to fire
just me, a pen, some rhymin’
I got some things to say
penny for your thoughts
here we go, let’s get it, bout to drop some bars
I’m young, 21, with a future so bright
with some ride or dies, family so tight
we got our fights, but we come out alright
we good, hood, chill like a Saturday night
let’s talk dreams, your vision, one of a kind?
I’m talking’ what got you feeling’, what says on your mind
is it the money, the lamb, them yeezy boost shoes
is it the protests, president, what you hears on the news?
hard to find real in a world of fake
where we got disbelievers, lurkin’ ass snakes
our system corrupt killing’ those with guts
who inform, who teach, who inspire the rest of us
we take, we get but don’t remember their names
we think lust, drugs, the glory, the fame
but that really enough to fulfill us inside?
to focus on love, all distractions aside?
Imperfect’s perfect, but where’s the line
we fools sit-in’ here, pretendin everything’s fine”

Again, rough work. We all start somewhere.
To me this is only the beginning. Here’s to the music.