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Buddha Bush reminding us….somewhere on Fawcett.

I always imagine Music as a woman of indiscernible age.  She is as fluid as the waters run wet.  Her robe writhes with emotion, as it changes color based on the message….the message being the song.  Red, anger; Green, envy; Grey, sadness; Black, void, one could go on and on regarding color-emotion pairings (isn’t there a movie or a study about this?).

She speaks to me.  She speaks to us all.  I feel as if she’s spoken to me since the womb.

Music is the Answer

The Great Equalizer

Ole Reliable 

Consistency 

Truth comes from her.  She dances in the minds of many, demanding control of fingers, eyes, legs, hands, arms.  I am nothing more than a conduit.  Man-made Instruments, I cannot play.  I was never of the socio-economic class to afford such a things in grade school.  I have a voice.  I have ears.  I have feet.  I move.  I dance.  I sing.

A thought lingered in my mind, as I pedaled to work, “how many times has music reveled the truth to me?”  I couldn’t count how many times, as I was also concentrating on avoiding cars and busses flying aimlessly my way.  One track caught my mind –

Jaidene Veda – The One:

I djed in my earlier days in Destiny.  I was coupled then. Things were different.  Though, whenever I djed around town, I’d mix in The One.  You were never the one….you were never the one.  

This track I loved (and still love)  to the depths of my heart, but I couldn’t figure out why. Why would a song nonchalantly be telling me that “this person” is not the one and never was to begin with?  What a horrible, horrible thing to produce, to make, to mix….wait….

Listen. Listen. Listen.

He wasn’t the one.  He never was.  It was as if the song pulled back layers and layers of false securities and false hopes.  It was if the song was saying to me, “You in danger girl….” (Ghost).  It was so lodged in my brain, I would sing the chorus around the house, while cooking or doing dishes and he would be none-the-wiser.  Music was trying to tell me something.  Music was trying to save me.

Fast foward, slow moving….if nothing else I’m consistent.

Music surrounds me.  She’s at my office, hiding under my desk, humming a tune from 94.
She’s at home, filling up shelving space while providing soundscapes and lessons from various genres and kingdoms. She’s outside, with the window rolled down, as her booming voice rattles the stemware in your cabinets. She’s the pillow you press your face into when you cry yourself to sleep at night. She is the only one that cares about you.  Listen and Understand. 

Check In:
Spending Diet is good to go.  Unnecessary spending is the worse, but I finally figured out my dilemma.  Identify the things that you absolutely don’t need.   It’s a start.  I’m finally ready  for the yacht party in The Emerald City this weekend.  I have been away from a “bustling” city  and “bustling” people for too long, I forget how it feels.  There is a certain level of lethargy here in Destiny, that I need to shake off.   Like Bobby Brown says, “I gotta get away….”

Rent + Record Quota

May 27, 2016

Day 5 of spending diet

The stride continues.  Rent was paid early and I have met my record purchase quota for the week.  It was noted, that the decision to purchase 1-2 records would be ideal and doable to maintain a healthy spending diet.  One record, per week? No Problemo.  How about two?  No Sweat!  Are they in budget?  Why yes, yes they are.  This weeks purchases are:

1. Air – Moon Safari

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This was a replacement purchase.  I only had this in CD form and it appears to have been missing for some time.   At any rate, this album is breathtaking.  The tracks All I Need and You Make It Easy transport me back to the night I sat on the rooftop of my apartment (for hours) in Chicago, overlooking the Addison EL platform and wondering, “What’s next for me in this life…..”  Even today, right now, I ask this question.

2. Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells

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This was a first time purchase.  Another Windy memory, Tubular Bells was an honor purchase.  In honor of a special person, from my past, who has an amazing musical palate, which rivals my own. A palate, I grew to love and also adopted into my own.  It is truly a kindness from the universe when you find your music soulmate.  Even though we are worlds apart, now, the music binds us.  The record paints a brilliant psychedelic soundscape that ebbs and flows in what seems like an eternity.  Alas, it only contains two songs that last roughly 25 minutes per side.  Perfect for meditative evening at home.  It’s quiet and loud in all the proper places.

Another neat aspect of this record is its connection with the film, The Exorcist, which un-strangely enough, ties in with the violently wonderful human being this album purchase is dedicated. #CellerDoor<3.

Result: Keep up the good work…..

Today’s track:

Flosstradamus & TroyBoi – Soundclash 

Because I get-down to this on my wobble board…1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
The gospel (call-and-respond) sample….well placed.

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Goals, get some!

Today, I vow to go on a spending diet.  A spending diet requires that I reduce unnecessary spending, while making gains.  I am only to spend money if ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY includes the following:

  1. Rent
  2. Bills
  3. Sam Winchester Things (Cat Food, Cat Treats, Emergencies)
  4. Human Things (Groceries, Self-Maintenance, Emergencies)
  5. 1 – 2 Records per week (Music is the answer)

This list is rigid.  I have to stick to it.  The thing is, I don’t want to put too many constraints on myself. Constraints or unnattainable goal setting  can lead to not following-through.  In two weeks I start my “traveling about” time; an overnight in The Emerald and a weekender in The Rose.  That said, I need to make sure that I have monies in place with little to no worry.  Little to no worry means Bills paid on time, Savings accruing funds all while Traveling and experiencing life and people.

The next catch to this is……I have to blog about it everyday.  Well, this is actually a dual requirement.  While, I probably won’t go on a tangent about how I didn’t go get donuts this morning (saved $2.50), I’ll probably get back to my original programming….music, recipes, ramblings….I think this “goals thing” will be a ramble :).  Here’s to sticking to it.

Dj Sc Six Olives 8.5.11

August 9, 2011

Dj Sc set from 8.5.11

Here is my set at Six Olives Lounge in Tacoma, Washington for 8.5.11.  I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.  Though the 2-3 hour set usually contains bits of jazz and soul, I decided to just record the one hour set of deep house.  I hope you enjoy it.  Stream or download for your bumping enjoyment.


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Dj Sc 7.22.11

Here it is. Finally after several attempts to upload this set, I finally got wordpress to cooperate. This is my first set as resident of Six Olives Lounge in Tacoma, Washington. I haven’t Dj’ed in over 10 years and it’s all up and up from here. An infusion of Jazz, Soul and House music (inspired by my forever home, Chicago). Jazz and Soul is mixed throughout and the house music kicks in around the 1 hour mark. Dj Sc spins every friday from 930-midnight at Six Olives Lounge. As always, Enjoy!


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Podcast #21 - Six Olives Inspired

Just in time for the Summer Solstice, a podcast inspired by one of my favorite places to sit for a spell – Six Olives Lounge. Six Olives Lounge has easily become my home away from home. Their slogan of inspired cocktails and small plates (seriously the Baby Bella-wich sandwiches are insane) definitely hold true. Being that it is a lounge you’ll hear music ranging from jazz to blues, which is perfect for a chill and relaxed hour or two of cocktails and food. The songs selected here are part of a compilation disc I made for the lounge. There are some familiar artists and possibly some unfamiliar artists, but the goal is sharing good music inspired by Six Olives. Download to your favorite player or stream directly from the blog. As Always, enjoy!


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Tracklist:

Work Song – Nina Simone
Steppin’ Out – Kurt Elling
I Did It In Seattle – Roy Ayers
Undun – Kurt Elling
Peg – Steely Dan
Resolution Part 1 – Kurt Elling
Slow Like Honey – Fiona Apple
Nobody Knows Me – Aya
Aht Uh Mi Hed – Shuggie Otis
Still Hungry – Sam Sparro
Lucky Girl – Jazzanova & Paul Randolph
Little Bird – Jazzanova & Jose James
Tight – Kurt Elling
Weak – Gretchen Parlato

Podcast #19 - The Road Less Traveled

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost


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Tracklist:

Didn’t Cha Know (Biscope Boot) – Erykah Badu
Weight Of My Mistakes (Jimpster Remix) – Seal
King Of Sorrow (LOGAM Remix) – Sade
Trinity Dub (Three) – Massive Attack & Mad Professor
Massage Situation – Flying Lotus
Welcome To Me – Amalia
Keep On – D Train
I Adore You – Caron Wheeler
Pastel Assassins – Prefuse 73
Roberta Flack (feat. Dolly) – Flying Lotus
Bittersweet (Jay’s Main Event) – Jay ‘Sinister’ Séalee & Louie Vega starring Julie McKnight
Sometimes (12″ Groove Version) – Vindahl