If you’re looking to UNLOCK your truest SELF, MEDITATION is KEY.
I first heard this remix on XM Chill and in tracking it down, discovered it’s a free download. Thanks, Matt DiMona. He’s the man of my jam….and he’s got a few other remixes worth checking out.
Source: SoundCloud / Matt DiMona
The most IMPORTANT muscle to STRETCH is the HEART.
I was hoping Joan was staging the ultimate comeback and really not going away anytime soon but sadly, she didn’t come through. She will be missed….they just don’t make ‘em like that anymore.
Below is the blog I posted on boomitude a few years ago after seeing her documentary. It’s a great film that shows how remarkably gutsy and hilarious she is. If you still haven’t watched A Piece of Work, I’m sure Joan would agree, what the bleep you waiting for?
Can We Talk?
Say what you will about Joan Rivers but when it comes to her career she does not joke around, as revealed in the candid documentary A Piece of Work. This glimpse into the over the top world according to Joan reminds us of what a force she really is. There’s a look back at her early groundbreaking days of standup, as well as the highly publicized setbacks and how through sheer grit and chutzpah she endured. Of course, there’s a good sampling of her in your face, cut to the chase brand of comedy, but what’s most surprising is the peek behind the infamous mask that exposes a rarely seen vulnerability. The film presents the 75 year old queen of crude in a whole new light. Like her or not, she’s got some serious stones (and we’re not talkin’ the jewelry kind) and it doesn’t look like she’s going away anytime soon. You can see the preview here.
Said the HEART to the MIND, “It’s actually much EASIER than YOU THINK.”
MEDITATION is like MENTAL FLOSSING. When practiced daily, it leads to a BRIGHTER SMILE.
QUIET the MIND. Let the HEART work its MAGIC.
Rest in Poetry, Maya Angelou. Your words forever soar.
Play this one loud today….
Buckshot LeFonque is a jazz/funk/hip-hop band Branford Marsalis put together in the 90’s for a couple of records. This is their funked up version of Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” and it may just be one of the coolest things ever…and a perfect way to celebrate her immortal spirit today.
Open MIND. Open HEART. Open SESAME.
Said the HEART to the MIND, “Have you tried STRETCHING?”
Sol Sister - Round 2
I’ve always been rooting for Solange and last year I posted a blog and video on boomitude predicting she would explode on the scene. Now in light of her recent reported outburst…which is really none of our business…it feels like an odd precursor. Except where I said she’d quietly come along should be replaced with kicking and screaming. She even shows some of her now infamous ‘moves’ in this video which didn’t have anywhere even close to the 10 million views it has today.
While all eyes are on Beyoncé, it’s baby sister Solange that deserves a closer look. Out their making a name for herself and her own brand of snazzy dance music, she shares many similarities with her more visible sibling. She sings, she dances (and DJs) and she’s a talented voice with a strong sense of style. They even sort of look and sound the same…but in the way Bewitched’s Samantha resembles her cousin Serena. You’d almost think they were the same person if not for their decidedly different personalities. If Beyoncé is the blockbuster, then Solange is the little indie sleeper that could quietly come along and steal the whole show.
I think the Serena/Samantha comparison still holds up (even down to the short pixie cut she was sporting) and I still love this song. I do hope it all blows over for her because really…it’s not for us to say who was being the bigger Jay-hole.
Here’s a FETCH idea:
Let’s try and make TGI…MONDAY happen!
FOLLOW the HEART. IGNORE the CHATTER.
Written In The Stars
I don’t mean to sound like a fangirl but The Fault In Our Stars is every bit as amazing as all the screams and cheers would indicate. (My own teengirl and I read it as part of our own ongoing book chat and we both give it an A+. )
It’s a beautiful story of love and loss as seen through the hearts of teens whose fate to endure pain far beyond their years is truly breathtaking. So yes, it is sad but it’s also sweet and poignant and so honest in its full range of emotions. Or in other words, it’s completely human.
An added bonus is author John Green not only eloquently captured the teen voice but he also gave depth to the parents who grapple with holding their own heartbreak together. There are many brilliant lines in the book but it’s nice to see Hazel Grace’s dad get one of the best ones:
"I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed.”
What’s equally totes amaze is that the same John Green who authored those words also doubles as the mastermind behind the hugely popular Vlogbrothers YouTube channel. With the help of his brother, he is rallying Nerdfighters everywhere with the battle cry of raising nerdy to the power of awesome. That’s pretty awesome.
He’s part mad scientist who boggles your mind with the amount of useful info he’s cranking out and part best substitute teacher ever because regular school is never this much fun. Even if you’re kid isn’t ready for the book (it is a high school romance and may be a bit smoochy for some…though it is definitely more hanky than panky) they may still enjoy being introduced to John Green’s alter ego.
All combined, it makes perfect sense why John Green was recently named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, summed up best in this lovely introduction by Shailene Woodley, who stars in the film. I couldn’t agree more. Anyone with this much heart and mind having such a positive effect on teens actually deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.
ps If you’re thinking of reading TFIOS, do it before the movie comes out in June. You want to be able to soak it all in before the stars really hit the fan.
My latest kitchen dance jam…much to the horror of 13 yr old.