Happy TunesDay: Collection 54

Happy TunesDay: Collection 54

Good morning (or evening or afternoon, depending on where in this wide world you are)!

I keep discovering and revisiting such good tunes.  Let me just say, I am so late to the Anderson .Paak party…like really, really, “Chinese people are always late”, kind of late.  I sort of wanted to make this week’s TunesDay all of Malibu, but I mixed it up with some other great tracks.

ALSO, in other exciting music news, I’m seeing Noname in concert this week, and I am so stoked.  I just saw her set for NPR’s Tiny Desk, and it was so great.  I’m always in awe of artists who sound essentially the same live as they do on their albums.  I feel like I barely sound the same talking on the phone as I do in person, so how they maintain vocal integrity is astounding to me.

What artists are you excited about seeing live?  How do you prepare for concerts?  I myself listen to an artist’s album on repeat for the entire week leading up to a concert.  I just need to know that I am prepared and ready to sing along at a moment’s notice.

Sending you all good music vibes this week.

Happy TunesDay: Jamila Woods, y’all.

Happy TunesDay: Jamila Woods, y’all.

Hi friends,

I skipped a week. I know. I know.  I’m beating myself up over it, but life happens.

I’m back though, and this week I didn’t compile a playlist. SHOCK GASP AWE HORROR.
I know. I know. 

But, I felt that for this week, I would just let an entire album speak for itself.  Tonight I’m seeing the wondrous and soulfully talented Jamila Woods. I AM SO EXCITED.

But beyond that, I am ready and albeit a little scared to enter into a world where her music will wash over me and really get me to dig deep & feel things.  Like, real emotions, feeling.  That’s what her album has done for me ever since I heard it a couple months ago.  And to get ready to see her live, I revisited it all this week.

Normally when I prep for a concert (my friends know I have to know all the songs and sing along during the show, or else I’ll feel weird), the goal is just to memorize the lyrics to most of the tracks.  Yet with this, it wasn’t really just a memorization of lyrics, but a living through of them.  I don’t know if that makes sense.  But all I know is that I almost had to pull over yesterday while driving and listening to Lonely Lonely. And if a song makes me teary-eyed and think about my life in a different way and reflect on the things I’ve seen and been through…that’s a damn good song, and even more, a damn good songwriter & singer.

So dear pups, I’m leaving you with the gift of her album this week.  You can also download it for free from the link. Trust me.  Do it. It sets your soul aflame.  Take a minute and be okay with being uncomfortable with your feelings and being *omgwhat* vulnerable.  It’s okay.  You’ll get through it.  Just don’t cry while driving–it ain’t safe.

with love & good feelings,