on Emeli Sande…

Ok, so I admit I’m a little late to the Emeli tea-party but hey better late than never 🙂

pic sourced from emelisande.com

You’ve got a heart as loud as lions so why let your voice be tamed?
Maybe we’re a little different, there’s no need to be ashamed
You’ve got the light to fight the shadows so stop hiding it away
Emeli Sandé –  Read All About It


My fav season

I love all things summer. The heat, the bright days, the vibe in the air. It’s like everybody gets infected with some summer fever and people appear happier. I love the bright colours whether clothes or just the general outdoors. I love how the sun sets late so you can stay out a little longer and blame it on not realizing how late it got.

This summer my friends and I want to start a ‘MacLarens’ tradition. An adapted version of the MacLarens pub from “How I met your mother’. We are going to be trying new things this summer, – going for picnics, getting together for drinks at new places (see my fav cocktails), going to the dams or wildlife orphanages. I’m also going to try to rope them into going camping and hiking and having game night at least once a week.

I’m definitely looking forward to summer 🙂

Falling in love…

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery

None but ourselves can free our mind

Have no fear for atomic energy

‘Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time

Bob Marley – Redemption Song  (written 1979)

I don’t boast, I acknowledge

I’m not here to impress, I am an impression

Tshepo Tshola, 2010

Yesterday I fell in love. It just happened. Within a few seconds I knew I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I felt butterflies in my tummy. In that moment I was transformed to a place of tranquility and happiness. Last night, Market Theatre stole my heart.

When I arrived Lebo Mashile was in the foyer. My first thought was so this is where she hangs out? I was at Market Theatre ready to indulge in some music and have a fun night out with my sisters.

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse was the first act and the first song he performed was Redemption Song. One of my all time favorites.  Right there and then, I realized that I missed the theatre and I missed going to summer concerts in Kirstenbosch Gardens. When I’m in the midst of great musicians it feels like time stands still and everything else ceases to exist. Three hours feels like 5 minutes.

There is nothing like a seasoned singer. Someone who knows their way around all things music. With 40 years of experience, Tshepo Tshola is a veteran. Music is his life and you can tell from his performances. He has the swagger of Kanye West without the arrogance and suave moves like Ne-yo without trying too hard. Tshepo brought his son along for one song and it’s clear that his son gets it from his daddy! It was wonderful to see 2 generations on stage complementing each other in a way only father and son can. Tshepo’s back up ladies or his support as he called them were just as amazing. Their big voices sent shivers down my spine.

Now I didn’t grow up on Sipho’s music or Tshepo’s. I’m only really beginning to appreciate it. I guess that’s what growing up does to you. I knew maybe 2 songs at most but I still had a blast. It was an amazing experience. One of those that I wish I could store in a box and every time I need a pick me up, I would just open my box and go through it all over again.

The first time I went to a theatre, I was 19. After that I didn’t go as often as I would have liked. But after yesterday, I have vowed that I will make more of an effort to go to the theatre. And I’m going to start by taking my niece to watch The Nutcracker at the State Theatre when it opens.

Muzic sez it bestest!

I am not a music guru nor am I a music fundi. I am not going to claim to listen to all genres or know every single musician that has ever existed. What I do know is that music has a strong effect on me. What I can confidently say is that I know what I like to hear and what sounds good to my untrained ear. What I know for sure is that sometimes all I need is just a song.

William Shakespeare summed it up bestest when he said;

If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it;

When it comes to music, it’s like a drug for me and I am like a junkie with no remorse or any plans to go to rehab any time soon. I can spend the whole day doing nothing but listening to music. These are the moments that are most sacred to me. When I sing along and add my own words when I get to that verse that I don’t know very well!!! When I zone out for a couple of hours and just lose myself in the words and in the beat.

My cousin summed it up a few days ago when her facebook status read: Muzic sez it bestest! She was right. Music is one of those things that can control my emotions, help me through situations and bring back memories that were long forgotten. Muzic just sez it bestest! Whatever I’m feeling, whatever mood I’m in, I can always find a song to complement that. The other thing I love about music is that like sport, it brings people together. There is no class, no race, no gender – nothing to differentiate people. Everybody is there for one common goal – their love for the artist.

Lately, I’ve been enjoying golden oldies. In my mere 23 years of existence, my definition of golden oldies may differ to the majority of people reading this. I mean music from back in the day when people really sang and didn’t just use auto tune. I’m talking about music from back in the day when you could FEEL the raw emotions through the song. I’m talking about the songs that other artists are ‘covering’ or turning into house tracks. I’m talking about Etta James, Whitney Houston (before the drugs), Betty Wright. I’m talking about the ‘I did it firsts’. The people who originally did the songs.

Now don’t get me wrong, I also listen to the T-Pains and Rihannas but the music industry is just not the same. The only way I can tell if someone can really sing is when they have perform live and even then, I still have my reservations. What with all the technological advancements and computer programmes and software such as fruity loops and virtual dj, you just never know anymore…

Music is an extension of self-expression and I would be lost without it. Personally, the greatest loss to me would be the loss of my sense of hearing because muzic sez it bestest. So to ALL the people out there who making music and creating an outlet for the rest of us, keep doing what you do bestest!

And if you were wondering, yes I was jamming it up as I wrote this 🙂