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Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Walk With Me.

Walk With Me…

Jill Scott “A Long Walk”
HOLLIE COOK ‘Walking in the Sand’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
Colbie Caillat -Try
Chaka Khan I’m Every Woman
Musiq – Halfcrazy
Anthony Lewis – Looks Like Me (In Studio Performance)
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
The Staples Singers Come Go With Me SoulTrain
Fela Kuti – Water no get enemy
Staple Singers – Let’s Do It Again
Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem – “Forever”
You And Your Friends- Wiz Khalifa Featuring Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Pedicab Tales; So What?

Pedicab Tales: So What?…

Mary J. Blige – No More Drama
Erykah Badu – Other Side Of The Game
Lauryn Hill – Doo-Wop (That Thing) (Official Video)
Rick James & Teena Marie Fire & Desire
Erykah Badu – Tyrone (Live)
Marsha Ambrosius – Hope She Cheats On You (With A B-Ball Player)
HOT CHOCOLATE – Brother Louie
Dr Dre Feat Eminem & Xzibit – Whats The Difference
DJ Khaled – Hold You Down ft. Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, Jeremih
Tupac – Only God Can Judge Me

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art:- Working on this photo challenge took quite a bit of time but it was fun. The idea was to use photographs we took and create album covers. We could then choose a set of songs for each album cover we created and share them with the group.  Creating my covers was hard work but fun. I felt like I had taken a journey into one of those Throwback Thursday prompts, and started digging up songs I love: some old and some new. In my teen years and early 20s, I was a big club-goer. I would dress up, hook up with friends, and head out to some club somewhere in town to dance the night away. Even when I moved to New York, I was still big on clubbing and had tons of fun keeping late nights and sweating off the stress and worries of the day.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Happy. Inspired. Loved.

Happy. Inspired. Loved…

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
The Isley Brothers-Who’s That lady
Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy
Pharrell Williams – Happy (Official Music Video)
Janet Jackson – That’s the way love goes
Sade – No Ordinary Love
Drake – Take Care ft. Rihanna
Bailando – Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Cool Nights, Cool Beats.

Cool Nights, Cool Beats

[Soul, R&B, Jazz Music] Maxwell- Urban Hang Suite( HQ)
Autumn Leaves” by Eva Cassidy
So What – Miles Davis
‘Round Midnight Thelonious Monk
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
Body and Soul – Coleman Hawkins
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Charles Mingus
Take Five – Dave Brubeck
Take The A Train – Duke Ellington & Count Basie
Interlude(A Night in Tunisa) Dizzy Gillispie

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Route 66

Route 66

“Route 66″ by Nat King Cole
“Girl From Ipanema” by Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
Misty” by Sarah Vaughan
“Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday
“My One and Only Love” by Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane
“My Baby Just Cares For Me” by Nina Simone
“One for My Baby” by Frank Sinatra
“Blue Skies” by Ella Fitzgerald
All Of Me – John Legend

When I saw this assignment, I was immediately drawn to music; especially music from the yester-years that I think are timeless. I considered magazines and book covers, but went with music Album covers because that’s what called me the most.  To create the albums, I took a few pictures from my folder and used 2 photo editing tools: Pixlr Express and PicMonkey, to re-frame\rework them and make them into album covers. I selected a bunch of songs from my favorites list on YouTube and voila!  I’ve created a series of albums to help express the mood of the music. Share a song or two and let’s reminisce about the music we used to love and the music we now enjoy… It’s all good.

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Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

“It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.” Chaos Theory

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

We flit, here and there
Change one thing, change everything…
Butterfly effect

We are connected
our flapping wings, your big mouth
Chaos stirs within…

We are all connected because everything around us is energy… we just have to get there in our heads and hearts. This week’s writing challenge spoke to my heart. It was a great exercise on reflection and it stirred something deep inside of me. We move through this world alert or oblivious to the connections we all share. At any moment, our simple actions, our kind or wicked gestures, can lead to good or evil. Which one, is hard to tell. The butterfly effect is a fascinating concept and it gave me food for thought.

“The things that really change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe.” Neil Gaiman

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

Our actions move things
Like a ripple in a pond
A slight shift, karma…

Each storm reminds us
Rainbows soothe earth’s darkest hours
One kiss heals our pain

I kept thinking about the slight shifts in the earth that lead to tremors, to earth quakes or even tsunamis. I think about how our actions and our words can lead to the dissolution of marriages and friendships, and even lead nations to war; a simple flap of our big mouth and rockets greet our day. The butterfly flits from here to there innocently spreading floral and fumes of chaos. How does this play out in your life? What triggers that ripple effect around you?
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction & Reflection

“Man, Sub-creator, the refracted light through whom is splintered from a single White to many hues, and endlessly combined in living shapes that move from mind to mind.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Christmas Tree Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Rainbow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Terminal Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction & Reflection = Illumination City

Light illuminates; it makes manifest things we don’t see. Until we turn the lights on, we don’t see things in all their glory. This photo challenge  on – REFRACTION – made me stop, ponder the meaning of the word, and investigate it so I could understand it better.  It was a bit abstract for me and finding suitable words, photos and quotes was difficult. So I did some homework on its meaning and effect.

What the heck is refraction?
According to information I gathered online from a course at Vermont State Colleges(vsc), Refraction can be defined as the bending of light as it passes from one medium to another with different densities. Refracted light creates a variety of patterns, reflections and refractions. Because I was curious to learn more, I checked out the vsc course to learn the many ways we see the optical effects of refracted light: Refraction creates changes in Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight, Inferior Mirages, Superior Mirage, Halo, Tangent/Bright Arcs of light, Sun Dogs, Rainbows, Dewdrops/Raindrops, Primary Rainbow, Secondary Rainbow, Diffraction, Moon Corona, and Iridescence and Glory. Who knew?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Sunset

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Hudson River Sunset

Who knew that the seemingly simple act of bending light could lead to all these ranges of optical effects. Ha! I bet you thought you were coming to look at a bunch of photos. Right? This is why I love the photo challenges; they challenge us to learn more about our surroundings, to become acutely aware of the things we see and take for granted, and to become conscious of the unique beauty of things around us that we see and like.  My favorite one  from the list were Rainbows which are as per the vsc site: “generated through refraction and reflection of light in small rain drops; sun must be behind you; rain drops must be ahead of you; the angle between your line-of-sight and the sunlight will be 40°-42.”   Beautiful!

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