Monday, July 16, 2012

Music Monday: Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean is an American R&B singer-songwriter from New Orleans, Louisana. In 2010, he became a member of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) and lately, he has been very busy, from the  self-release of his 2011's mixtape Nostalgia, ULTRA to his collaboration on Jay-Z and Kanye West's album Watch the Throne.
I've been listening to the old Frank Ocean on repeat for days. Super dope songs!

Now I’m gonna tune into Channel ORANGE, his debut album released on July 2012 (available on iTunes now!). Let's Go!

Bad Religion (Live on Jimmy Fallon)

Thinkin Bout You

Forrest Gump

Crack Rock



Loving the new as much as the old!

...more from Frank Ocean:

Just be yourself,

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Things That Annoy ME: My OCD

Actually, I can live with my OCD, but I think my friends are starting to hate me because of them.
JK. Everybody loves me. ...what? Even God cannot change the truth (high five Michael Levy!). 

FYI, Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) are disorders characterized by persistent, intrusive, and senseless thoughts (obsessions) or compulsions to perform repetitive behaviors that interfere with normal functioning.

Well, we talked about my OCD during the week, and that's what came out:

K. (my best friend): It's a part of you that I perfectly respect. And I don't think you "over-cleans" your house or yourself, it's just that you do things VERY slowly and that's what makes me angry. All I hope is that it doesn't get the upper hand in your life.

Noun's (her cousin): Myriam and The War against Grime! She's very fussy about cleanliness. This obsession involves morning/night skin care rituals, one to three showers a day, not to mention the harassment suffered by her poor little sister who has the misfortune to be one of us "normal" people (and by "normal" she means messy). No need to tell you her life ends if everything isn't done perfectly. How can you face the outside world without moisturizer? Myriam stopped counting the days spent scrubbing, scouring, washing, wiping, dusting... She turned pro in the art of housekeeping!

My mom: What's up with you OCD?? Look, I'm on call at the hospital today. And I'm rather angry right now so...

Josy (a family friend): Is talking to yourself an OCD? 'Cause I caught you doing that a lot lately. It's quite amusing. Is there a cure for that? Like seeing a shrink, maybe? I don't know. You're funny.

My "poor" little sister: You're annoying! I mean, you don't even let people sit on your bed! You're like "you have germs and whatever! GET. OFF. MY. BED." You almost cried the other day. It's crazy! And you have this effing obsession with your hair: you always think it looks greasy even though you washed it the day before and it's gorge as usual! Also, STOP telling me to clean my room... It won't make me clean it any sooner ya know. It's MY room not yours, for eff's sake!

Conclusion: My future shrink may have a lot of things to deal with.

Good luck with that crazy annoying little Mis clean it all,

Friday, July 13, 2012

Q&A with Holly Christina

I think the Internet is the greatest invention of all time! Holly contacted me via email a while ago about her new song 'Image' in order to get the message out to more teens that appearance isn't everything and that we need to love ourselves for who we are so we can keep our self-confidence up.
I've decided to help her and, even if we were in completely different time zones, she was happy to do this Q&A.
Let's go! 

Q: Introduce yourself in nineteen and a half words:

A: Greetings from Auckland, New Zealand – I’m Holly Christina, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who loves to play guitar.     

Q: Did you always want to become a singer when you were a child? 

A: I wanted to either become a professional tennis player or musician.
Q: Show us a picture of your workspace: 

A: This is a picture of St Heliers Bay, about ten minutes walk from where I live. I enjoy going for walks along the Waterfront, as it’s very inspirational for songwriting. It’s a good place to think about all the things I’m working on every day, including teaching guitar, organising and performing music tours, planning music videos and also coaching tennis.    

Q: What/who inspires you to write music?

A: Life experiences, people I observe or meet, and just generally contemplating ideas in my mind. 

Q: One of your songs is called ‘Jane Austen’. What is your favourite Jane Austen book? 

A: I enjoy many of her books, but ‘Sense and Sensibility’ (which I believe was her first published novel in 1811) is perhaps my favourite, as it’s full of great life lessons and interesting, resonating characters.       

Q: Pick a track from your album. Tell us the story behind it:

A: ‘The Victory’ – the first track from my album ‘interchange’ was written when I was 16, and was having a bit of a “down day” – so to get some perspective on things, I compared the perceived hard times that I was facing (in present day life) to the absolutely terrible harsh times of past wars. So the song is really based on the metaphor of ‘every day is a battle’ (then and now).  I started off with creating the guitar finger-picking tune and had this quirky idea for the opening line: “it’s 1066 in the morning” (the Battle of Hastings is a well-known date to the English). Basically, as you can see in the music video, the song suggests the story of war survivors, as they reflect on the pain of war.  The irony of the saying ‘lest we forget’ is explored.  The lyrics of this song have many subtle references to past wars and international memorial dates, and I tried to write uniquely and creatively, while still maintaining an honouring and quiet reflection of the past. 

Q: Tell us more about your tour:

A: I'm currently on my 'Break the Mould' NZ Tour. It's a presentation with five songs and talks, all with a positive message encouraging well-being for students and inspiring them to make good choices. The songs contain lyrics and stories that relate to teenagers, like self-confidence, life choices, peer pressure, career decisions and coping with challenges. So far in 2012, I've been to 8 schools in Auckland, and in the next two months I will also be taking the presentation to some schools in Christchurch and Wellington. I'm really passionate about this Tour, and I'm having a great time going around and singing to so many young people.

Q: What is your favourite place on Earth?

A: Well, this is a bit of an odd response:  even though I’ve never been there – I’m going to say Salzburg, Austria.  That’s my dream place to visit.  Ever since I watched ‘Sound of Music’ as a child, I’ve always loved the idea of it – the beautiful scenery and old architecture.  Hopefully one day I’ll get there!     

Q: Your latest musical obsession is:

A: I’ve always been a big fan of the composer, Hans Zimmer.  I still really love his song ‘Cry’ from ‘The Holiday’ soundtrack!

Q: Five things that make you smile:

A: Sunshine.  Family.  My guitar students.  Sushi.  The beach.

Q: What is your motto in life?

A: “Break the mould” (one of my song titles)… 

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island with a record player, what 3 albums would you take?

A: Hans Zimmer – ‘The Holiday’ soundtrack
   John Mayer – ‘Room for Squares’
   George Fenton – ‘Ever After’ soundtrack

Q: Show us a self-portrait (any materials acceptable):

A: Drawing is certainly not one of my strengths (as you can see), but I enjoyed having a go at doing this!  

Q: One last (silly) question. Do you put your right sock or your left sock on first in the morning? And why?

A: I always put my left sock on first and I'm not quite sure why, but perhaps it's got something to do with the fact that I'm left-handed. Or maybe it's because I had a knee reconstruction on my left knee when I was 15, so I seem to have better balance on my right leg.

Q: Well, thank you so much for taking the time to answer those questions Holly. Good luck!

A: Thanks so much for your support, I really appreciate it!

Check out more from Holly:

Monday, July 2, 2012

Music Monday: Oh Land

I came across Oh Land by complete accident while I was browsing around Youtube. No need to tell you it was one of the best accident I've ever had.
Oh Land is the stage name of Nanna ├śland Fabricius, a Danish singer-songwriter and former ballet dancer. I think her songs and music videos have something magical. It's like plummeting down the rabbit hole straight to Wonderland. 

White Nights


Sun Of A Gun

...more from Oh Land:

Official website: www.ohlandmusic.com

Lovely week,

Sunday, July 1, 2012

And then he told us:

We have to take risks.
We can only truly understand the miracle of life when we let the unexpected manifest itself.
Every day – together with the sun – God gives us a moment in which it is possible to change everything that makes us unhappy.
Every day we try to pretend that we don’t realize that moment, that it doesn’t exist, that today is just the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if you pay attention, you can discover the magic instant.
It may be hiding at the moment when we put the key in the door in the morning, in the silence right after dinner, in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. This moment exists – a moment when all the strength of the stars passes through us and lets us work miracles.
Happiness is at times a blessing – but usually it’s a conquest. The magic instant helps us to change, drives us forward to seek our dreams. We shall suffer and go through quite a few difficult moments and face many a disappointment – but this is all transitory and inevitable, and eventually we shall feel proud of the marks left behind by the obstacles. In the future we will be able to look back with pride and faith.
Poor are those who are afraid of taking risks. Because maybe they are never disappointed, never disillusioned, never suffer like those who have a dream to pursue.
But when they look back – for we always look back – they will hear their heart saying: “What did you do with the miracles that God sowed for your days? What did you do with the talent that your Master entrusted to you? You buried it deep in a grave because you were afraid to lose it. So this is your inheritance: the certainty that you have wasted your life.”
Poor are those who hear these words. For then they will believe in miracles, but the magic instants of life will have already passed.
Paulo Coelho

Monday, June 25, 2012

Music Monday: Au Revoir Simone

Unfortunately, I couldn't post the third Music Monday of the month because I have taken a social media break for two weeks.
So today I'd like to share with you my love for a Brooklyn all-girl trio, Au Revoir Simone, whose synth-pop music makes me feel like I'm wandering in a dream.

"Au Revoir Simone must have beamed in from a land where lace clouds breeze over crystal lakes and icicles grow from the warm earth. This New York three-piece's glorious synth-lead alt-folk will leave you crying on the stairs in the middle of the night" - NME Radar

FYI, the band's name comes from a line Pee-wee Herman says in Tim Burton's movie, Pee-wee's Big Adventure - and since I adore Tim Burton, this is the cherry on top of my cake ;)

'Sad Song' - Au Revoir Simone

'The Lucky One' - Au Revoir Simone

'Through the Backyards' - Au Revoir Simone

'Another Likely Story' - Au Revoir Simone

More informations on their official website!

With love,

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Q&A with Maritza Lugo

Once called the Indie Renaissance Girl, Maritza Lugo —aka Mindsay Mohan — is a self-taught freelance artist who lives in New York. She is the one behind Hello Giggles' Illustrated Tweet Of The Day. That's where my love for her drawings has started.

M: Give me a Cliffs Notes version of you as an artist :
Indecisive, passionate, emotional, filled with so many ideas, I don't know what to do with.

M: Show me a picture of your work space :

M: Top 5 influences, GO!
In no order: comic book art, Roy Lichtenstein, other artists, emotions, film/music.

M: One drawing. The story behind it:

The story behind this one, is there is no real story. I'm moved by expression and frankly, wanted to do something out of my comfort zone, which is usually portraits. This happens to be the lead singer of Sleigh Bells, and I love lines, millions of them. This is probably my favorite drawing because it came out of nowhere and means the world to me. 

M: On a short video, answer your first thought, free association, to these words:

Lunch —
Horcruxes —
Ryan Gosling —
Pink —
London —


M: Favorite place is:
Favorite place is a tie. New York City/ London -Millennium Bridge.

M: Your latest musical obsession:
Latest Musical Obsession is the Bird & The Bee: Love Letter to Japan.

M: Reccomend one movie:
Bubble Boy.

M: What’s on your bed right now ?
Hats, make up, loads of clothes.

M: Motto to live by:
"She believed she could, so she did."

M: If you could invite 3 people for a drink, who would you invite (living or dead)?
I'd love a conversation with Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Drew Barrymore.

M: Include a photo of a Self-Portrait (any materials acceptable):

M: _____ is better than _____?
Life is better than nothing.

Like what you read? You can check out more from Maritza here or there. You can also follow her on Twitter.