Music: I Can’t Hold Back by Survivor

Don’t laugh at me! Actually, go ahead and laugh because I am 😂 I have never heard this Survivor classic until a few weeks ago and it’s been in the back of my musical brain since. There are elements that speak to me: Ownership of personal authorship, fate, divinity, and passion, all wrapped up in…

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Music: Chantaje by Shakira & Pussy Control by Prince

First, “Chantaje” (lyrics provided by Genius) by Shakira. I don’t know how or why Shakira fell off my musical rotation. She has real vocal talent (that is to say, not manufactured) and while Shakira is hot, it’s more than that. She has real spirit in her music: sound, dance, and presentation. One of my favorites…

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MUSIC: “Zero,” by Smashing Pumpkins

MUSIC is a segment that features a song that’s caught my brain. Some new to me, some known to me, all brilliant. Someone asked me the coolest question the other day, “Do you have a dark-love playlist?” And my immediate response, “oh my god, no I don’t,” which I immediately followed up with, “why don’t…

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MUSIC: “Diamonds,” by Rihanna

MUSIC is a segment that features a song that’s caught my brain. Some new to me, some known to me, all brilliant. Felt like sharing my daughter’s favorite song this morning…shine bright like a diamond / shine bright like a diamond … Lyrics “Diamonds” (provided by Genius) by Rihanna. Album: Unapologetic. [Intro]Shine bright like a…

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Music: “Back in the Saddle” by Aerosmith

MUSIC is a segment that features a song that’s caught my brain. Some new to me, some known to me, all brilliant. Oh baby…I’m back. I invested in a treadmill and I’m loving it. I stopped attending my gym since March of this year and I took my exercise to the streets. I’ve always believed…

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Music: Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode

MUSIC is a segment that features a song that’s caught my brain. Some new to me, some known to me, all brilliant. Everyday is an onslaught of words and I’m fine with that. But it does pay to occasionally stop and enjoy the silence. “Enjoy The Silence” is in no way new to me; a…

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Music: “Kvitravn” (White Raven) by Wardruna

This is awesome recommendation was brought to me by Leslie Pless. “Kvitravn,” is the sound of my ancestors. Prior to learning of my Scandinavian heritage (I’ve been learning lots), I had, not so coincidentally, been actively discovering the proud and rich sounds of the modern-Norse music. Norse folk and Scandinavian folk are not necessarily interchangeable,…

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Music: Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones

A friend of mine told me once, “You are such a Margot,” as in the character, Margot Tenenbaum of the Wes Anderson film, The Royal Tenenbaums. Yeah. I can see that. Bit of soundtrack trivia, while “Ruby Tuesday” features in the film, The Rolling Stones did not allow for the song’s official use in the…

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