Sunday Music: Children’s Story

Kehlani’s new track, “wish i never” is good. But what got me to pay attention, if I’m being perfectly honest, is the “Children’s Story” sample. Here’s the Kehlani track and few other children of children’s story for your (nostalgic) browsing: https://youtu.be/R_XMS45-kl8 https://youtu.be/HjNTu8jdukA https://youtu.be/0hiUuL5uTKc https://youtu.be/2CagQFPm3JY https://youtu.be/vlfCeyhl9pQ

Need A Sign From God? Here You Go (via Tems)

When Tems won “Best International Act” at the BET awards, she gave an inspirational speech on taking risks, choosing our role models, and getting from the dreaming to the doing:  Thank you so much. This is my first award show that I’m winning something, and I just want to use this opportunity to speak to … Continue reading Need A Sign From God? Here You Go (via Tems)

Sunday Music: My July 2022 Playlist

First and foremost, thanks to those of you who have kicked me with… “so it’s been a minute since you’ve shared a mix/playlist - what gives?” I consider this a midsummer’s vacation day arc, which starts with morning reflections and appreciations, midday day-drinking (complete with self-loathing and punky snark), a sentimental lull around dinner, a … Continue reading Sunday Music: My July 2022 Playlist

Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Dilla changed music. But don’t listen to me, listen to Don Charnas. Start with this incredible interview he just did with Jesse Thorn on the Bullseye podcast, and then check out his new book, Dilla Time.  And, if you’re like me, spend the next few days revisiting Donuts and his other stuff. I wrote about … Continue reading Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Always Be (At Least A Little) Different

Don’t copy. Or, in 1986 speak, don’t be a biter.* Seymore Cray, the electrical engineer often credited with the investigation of the supercomputing industry had this to say about always (ALWAYS) doing things just a bit differently. It applies to whatever work you are doing. One of my guiding principles is don’t do anything that … Continue reading Always Be (At Least A Little) Different

Sunday Music: Leikeli47’s “Ladies Love Cool Jewelry”

Leikeli47 is back, still covering her face, and making her form of anonymous musical magic. There’s some great rapping, excellent R&B (I didn’t see this coming, but, OK - this girl can sing), and delightful hooks to keep me going back to this album.  Maybe she can continue to be the more-underground, masked Lizzo we … Continue reading Sunday Music: Leikeli47’s “Ladies Love Cool Jewelry”

Sunday Music: More Kendrick Thoughts

I’m a few weeks into processing Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Here’s what I’m thinking.  Kendrick’s the closest thing we’ve got to a modern Miles Davis. He’s going to push boundaries. We shouldn’t be surprised by him, we should expect to be surprised. And that means not loving everything he does.  What we should … Continue reading Sunday Music: More Kendrick Thoughts