A picture I took last year. I can’t put into words how much Hyde Park/Kenwood is my favorite neighborhood in Chicago. I’d say it’s one of, if not the, most diverse neighborhood in the city. Well, at least it was until gentrification reared it’s ugly head. Hyde Park is changing, as is most of the south side. It’s really a sad & interesting thing to see when you’ve grown up in the area.
Back after a 2 year absence, it’s Friday Features! This week, I wanna do something different I’m featuring artists whose music I found going through personal crisis. Through talking with my best friend and going through some old journals I came to the realization earlier this month that I have anxiety. As I went back through my various posts, journal entries, most significantly my spotify. I noticed songs that I had on repeat at the time. Looking at the dates that I added them to my playlist and going to my journals I realized that many of the songs and entries coincided with an anxiety episode. So, here are three of the many songs that got me through some of the dark moments of my life.
Continue reading “Friday Features: Music That Saved My Life”
I am admitting my defeat at 10:45a.m. This defeat comes on the tail of a night where I caught less than one hour of sleep, however, it wasn’t too bad. I did get to see one of my favorite writers, Junot Diaz, at the University of Chicago last night which was AMAZING. BUT, when I got home my dad was waiting for me and he asked me to take a sip of his coffee. Continue reading “Because Today Is Gonna Suck”
I’ve been gone since Tuesday because of the storms that went through Chicago that night. My town either had a very strong storm, or a weak tornado? I’m not sure, the weather department still hasn’t said. Aside from a leaking roof/window situation in my parents bedroom and a little water in the basement me and my family are okay. Somehow our street was spared the destruction in the surrounding neighborhood and the rest of the town. Continue reading “Safe and Sound”
Today, I’m highlighting one of my favorite jazz artists of today, Esperanza Spalding. I discovered her on a road trip with my family 2 years ago. I listened to her second album Esperanza all the way home and wore the album out for two weeks. I was infatuated with her that summer, the lightness of her voice, the thickness of her afro, her versatile from the proper cello, to the swinging upright bass, to the funky bass guitar. Luckily, it was shortly before the release of her most recent album Radio Music Society later that April. Continue reading “Friday Features: Esperanza Spalding”
Today I pay tribute to the one of the few remaining true divas, Patti Labelle, whose birthday is tomorrow, as well as her music which is going to be in heavy rotation at Memorial Day family cookouts nationwide. Continue reading “Friday Features: Patti LaBelle”