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Music Musings: Live Your Life…

“Music makes us want to live. You don’t know how many times people have told me that they’d been down and depressed and just wanted to die. But then a special song caught their ear and that helped give them renewed strength. That’s the power music has.” Mary J. Blige

Music Musings: Live Your Life... Yuna

Music Musings: Live Your Life… Yuna


YunaLive Your Life

“Live Your Life” by Yuna Lyrics via azlyrics.com
Find your light
Don’t hide from what you are
And rise before you fall
And hope for something more
Live if you really want to
Live if you really want to
Live if you really want to

All my life I’ve been looking for something amazing
It’s almost like I’ve been stargazing
The sky is right above me

We were meant for something bigger than this
Don’t ever try to dismiss yourself cause you don’t have to (Full lyrics @ bottom of post)

When I think of songs that describe my life, including what my future entails, even my kids will testify that Mary J Blige, Sade, Annie Lennox, Nina Simone, and a host of heavy hitting female powerhouse voices feature heavily on my playlist.  However, for this post, I’ve decided to give a nod to some of the newer voices that speak to me too.  My kids love their sounds and so do I. Yuna has a special quality about her and her music is captivating.  Her “Live Your Life” lyrics speak to my life philosophy too. Check her out.

“Music is an extraordinary vehicle for expressing emotion – very powerful emotions. That’s what draws millions of people towards it. And, um, I found myself always going for these darker places and – people identify with that.” Annie Lennox

Music Musings: Live Your Life...  Alabama Shakes

Music Musings: Live Your Life… Alabama Shakes


Alabama ShakesHold On

“Hold On” by Alabama Shakes Lyrics via azlyrics.com
Bless my heart.
Bless my soul.
Didn’t think I’d make it to 22 years old.
There must be someone up above sayin’
“Come on Brittany, you got to come on up.”
“You got to hold on…”
“Hey, you got to hold on…”

So, bless my heart and bless yours too.
I don’t know where I’m gonna go
Don’t what what I’m gonna do.
Well, must be somebody up above sayin’
“Come on Brittany, you got to come on up!”
“You got to hold on…”
“Hey, you got to hold on…”

“Yeah! You got to wait!”
“Yeah! You got to wait!”
But I don’t wanna wait!
No, I don’t wanna wait…(Full lyrics @ bottom of post)

There was a period in my life when “Hold On” was my sole motto… The teen years can be an incredibly challenging time; especially when we believe we can fly, but we don’t have quite enough gas for the road or real wings to take us where we think we should be going. It was a difficult time in my life and I seriously wanted out… But something greater than me took charge and Hold On became my unspoken mantra…. So this song fits nicely. Plus Brittany’s voice is so soulful and real that I find her words grounding and satisfying. More below!

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Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More…

“Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking. . . the new inventive phrases we make up to describe things — all that to me is jazz just as much as the music we play.” Nina Simone

Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More… Thelonious Monk & Howard Minton


Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser live, London, 1965

Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More… Nina Simone


Nina SimoneFeelin’ Good

Feeling GoodNina Simone
Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good… Contd below

Sometimes, it is best to let the music do the talking; especially with classical jazz. I haven’t met anyone yet who didn’t enjoy a jazz composition. It is relaxing yet intricate; inviting yet complex… Enjoy it anyway and I hope you continue to feel good afterwards.

“All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.”  John Coltrane

Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More… John Coltrane


John Coltrane – Acknowledgement – 1965 Live Video


Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane : Trinkle Tinkle

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That’s what I mean… Contd below

Soulful Saturdays become straight up soulful sounds once the clock strikes midnight. I don’t want us to get stuck on timelines and confusing definitions. What matters is the music and how it makes us feel. Lately, when I listen to music I like, I find myself traveling back in time… to a place where contentment, light and love reside. By the way, check out my guest post. It is titled: Gratitude For Small Things and on blog buddy Deb Bryan’s popular blog – The Monster in Your Closet. Thank you! :-)
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