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Music Break: Ibeyi

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 7:29 PM
The visually stunning video for "River" by Ibeyi, a twin sister duo is enough to send me through changes but the haunting music & message really rock my world. If you're feeling "River" then you have to check out "Mama Says," which has an equally stimulating video & lyrical presentation. Get you some & vibe to their unique Afro style.

Disco Flashback

Author: Tafari, Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Disco + Disco Spin + Wonder Woman = Totally damn awesome! Randomly stumbled upon this over the weekend and it is stuck all up in my head.

Motivation Music: Truth Is The Key

Author: Tafari, Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 3:20 PM
"Truth Is The Key" by Tarika Blue continues to rock my world. It's funky. It's sexy. It's my main jam in my morning motivation playlist. Irene Datcher's vocals really do something to me!
"Today, love is yours to give. It's time you started. Started to live. Too soon, youth passes by. Times gonna change both you and I. Find yourself. Search with your heart. You'll find as you're living, It's always that same… To give straight from your heart. Soon you'll be ready to start. Ready to start. So fast. Your youth slips away. We should be growing closer each day. You will see, that truth is the key. As long as your living…"

At The Disco

Author: Tafari, Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 11:57 AM Mindspill

I was listing to some random house music mix recently and all of the sudden, I was caught up in a disco frenzy. I can't tell you how many times that I've listened to "Dance Dance Dance" by Chic in the last two weeks. Perhaps too much but I love it.
"Oh, what a treat, feels so sweet That body heat When I'm dancin' with my baby drives me crazy Makes me hazy Rumba and Tango Latin Hustle too Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah I wanna boogie with you"
Disco will never die!

Autumn Leaves

Author: Tafari, Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 2:29 PM Mindspill

The vision of autumn leaves take me back to my childhood where my aunts would take my brother, cousin & I on little expeditions to collect leaves in our neighbor on cold weekend days. After collecting bags of all kinds of leaves, we would go home to make glue from a mixture of water & flour, which was used to glue the brightly colored leaves to construction paper. Then we'd ask our grandmother whose looked best. She would always say that they were equally nice. I know deep down, she was afraid to tell the other 2 that mine looked best. Such a fond memory. These days, fallen autumn leaves also remind me of the old jazz standard "Autumn Leaves" or "Les feuilles mortes" if you're fancy. My favorite rendition is performed by Ledisi from her 2002 "Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue" album.
"The falling leaves drift by the window The autumn leaves of red and gold I see your lips, the summer kisses The sun-burned hands I used to hold Since you went away the days grow long And soon I'll hear old winter's song But I miss you most of all my darling When autumn leaves start to fall "
Johnny Mercer - Autumn Leaves ~1947

30,000 Feet Above

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 5:37 PM
One reason why I love having a window seat is so that I can watch the sky transform as I daydream and consider all the things that make me happy in life... Music Credit: "Don't Wait" by Bonobo

Set It Out

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 9:51 PM
I'm so addicted to Set It Out by Omar-S these days. it's the perfect jam for a power walk or to work out to. I found myself rocking non-stop earlier this week to it on auto-repeat. I can't quite it & the beat is rocking my body! I'm so about that house life!

Everybody Loves the Sunshine

Author: Tafari, Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 2:58 PM Mindspill

I walked past a patch of wild flowers the other day & started singing spontaneously.... Totally made me happy! Just bee's and thangs and flowers Just bee's and thangs and flowers Just bee's and thangs and flowers Just bee's and thangs and flowers Roy Ayers - 1976 - "Everybody Loves the Sunshine"

Hard to Win

Author: Tafari, Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 7:30 PM
My cousin recently hipped me to beat maker Bahwee... Since then, I've had Bahwee's albums, "Flavors" & "Flavors 2" in HEAVY rotation. This is the kind of music you just put on, have people over and just do whatever. It's that hype. Currently, I can't stop listening to "Hard to Win" from the "Flavors 2" album. I think I played it like 50-11 times today. I'm also super feeling "All" from the "Flavors" album. It's both chill and haunting!

We Are One

Author: Tafari, Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 5:01 PM Mindspill

This morning, I found out that Hugh Masekela, one of my art heroes is coming to Detroit next week for a performance. I actually screamed in my head a little. His music, sociopolitical voice, & background are so inspiring. "We Are One" by  South African DJ, Black Coffee featuring Hugh Masekela is one of my favorite soul-house songs. When Hugh says "Wake up Africa, the time is now. Wake up Africa, the time is now," I hear it as a rally cry for Blacks across the Diaspora to unite and fight for the changes we want to see in our people, communities, and selves. Art Credit: Brett Rubin

The Church Lady

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 7:33 PM Mindspill

I’m no Christian but even when I was, I never really liked gospel music but I do have a few songs that I like for sentimental reasons. While I I'm not into gospel, I do happen to love gospel-house music & have tons of it in my music library. I guess if you put anything to a good house beat it’s a win in my book.  One of my favorite gospel-house songs is “Be Thankful” by Jamie Lewis featuring Michelle Weeks. This is actually one of my favorite songs to work to on the elliptical machine. It get’s me pumping. Even though it opens up super churchy, I feel the power of Michelle’s voices and I love it for that. And these days, I honestly have so many things to be thankful for! Feels good being able to say that! ————————-
“Let us come before him with thanks giving and extol him with music & song. Well, I know some of you must be saying. What do I have to be thankful for? I can't pay my bills. My marriage is falling apart, my health is failing, and I just can't find a job. Well, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says 'give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.' So. Come on, life your hands and give him praise. Say thank you, thank you father…"

Dancing Feels Like

Author: Tafari, Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 8:54 PM Mindspill

Dancing is my favorite form of stress release and this weekend, I danced like no one was looking and got my life right. —————————
"Sometime I disappear, I'm not in the room anymore. Most of the time I look at the floor, I don't want to make eye contact with anybody. I only see me. They only see me. So, we're all looking at the same thing. I can tell when I'm doing just the right thing to get the room just the right way; when the room is doing just the right thing to me to get me the right way. But it's never really me. I feel like I'm in a million places at once. Like I'm dancing with everybody that's there. That's why I like to dance by myself."
Inspiration: Dancing Feels Like… (PirahnaHead)