New Music – FourFiveSeconds: Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney

Just a few weeks after Kanye West released, Only One, his collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney, he’s back again with Rihanna releasing a new track titled, “FourFiveSeconds.”

The three teamed up to create a clear acoustic sound, with Rihanna and Kanye West singing throughout the track and harmonizing surprisingly well together on the chorus while Sir Paul plays the keyboard throughout.

Listen to it now on Itunes or Amazon and let me know what you think!


Lyrics to Go:
“They want to buy my pride, but that just ain’t up for sale.  See, all of my kindness is taken for weakness.  Now I’m FourFiveSeconds from wildin’ and we got three more days ’til Friday.  I’m just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin’…”

Sunday Kind of Love: Best of 2014

This past week, I’ve been working on a list with my favorite albums from 2014 – a task that would normally be pretty easy for me. However, for some reason, I really struggled with it this year. My list was compiled, but I had difficulty explaining why I loved these albums so much and why they should be added to your own personal library.

The ironic thing is my struggle reminded me that sometimes there isn’t a specific reason we love a particular album or song, we just do. So, this year, instead, I thought I would compile a list of songs that I simply loved and couldn’t get enough of in 2014.

2014 was such a rough year for so many and there have been many moments that music brought me a sense of peace, even if it was just for a moment. The year itself was an interesting one for music. It was filled with tons of new tunes by both old and new favorites. From hip hop to R&B and pure pop, there were several memorable songs… so, before we officially close the book on 2014, here are a few songs that made their way into my head, heart and music library.


Lyrics to Go:
“‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to you. Saturday night and we in the spot. Don’t believe me, just watch. Come on…”


Acoustic Version (definitely worth a listen!)

Lyrics to Go:
“When your legs don’t work like they used to before and I can’t sweep you off of your feet, will your mouth still remember the taste of my love? Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks? And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70 and, baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23. And I’m thinking about how people fall in love in mysterious ways – maybe just the touch of a hand. Well, me—I fall in love with you every single day and I just want to tell you I am…”


This entire album is breathtaking and absolutely memorable. Without a doubt, The London Sessions is Mary J. Blige’s best work in years. Amazing, amazing album!

Lyrics to Go:
“Marching in to try and save the day and never works out. Always hopeful that I’ll make a change. What’s that about? It weighs so heavy, so heavy on my heart. So what you gonna do now? Now that you’re falling, you’re falling down. There’s only so much I can do, if you’re not loving you…”


Gospel Version (I know it may seem a little odd to have a “gospel” version of this song, but it absolutely works)

Lyrics to Go:
“I don’t like the way he’s looking at you. I’m starting to think you want him too. Am I crazy, have I lost you? Even though I know you love me, can’t help it. I turn my chin music up and I’m puffing my chest. I’m getting red in the face. You can call me obsessed. It’s not your fault that they hover. I mean no disrespect. It’s my right to be hellish. I still get jealous…”


Lyrics to Go:
“I know you lie ‘cause your lips are moving. Tell me, do you think I’m dumb? I might be young, but I ain’t stupid. Talking around in circles with your tongue. I gave you bass, you gave me sweet talk, saying how I’m your number one, but I know you lie ‘cause your lips are moving. Baby don’t you know I’m done…”


Lyrics to Go:
“These thots can’t clock me nowadays. You wish I was your pound cake. Boy, you know I look good as f*ck. You wish I was your baby mama. Want me to come around and give you good karma, but no. We escalate up in this b*tch like elevators. Of course, sometimes sh*t go down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator…”


Lyrics to Go:
“I get drunk on jealousy, but you’ll come back each time you leave ’cause darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream. So, it’s gonna be forever or it’s gonna go down in flames. You can tell me when it’s over, if the high was worth the pain. Got a long list of ex-lovers. They’ll tell you I’m insane. ‘Cause you know I love the players and you love the game. ‘Cause we’re young and we’re reckless. We’ll take this way too far. It’ll leave you breathless or with a nasty scar. Got a long list of ex-lovers. They’ll tell you I’m insane, but I’ve got a blank space baby and I’ll write your name…”


Lyrics to Go:
“You’re just a chance I take to keep on dreaming. You’re just another day that keeps me breathing. Baby, another weekend, there’s nothing sure. Baby, don’t stop me, hide away with me some more…”


Lyrics to Go:
“No one ever held you. No single moment of truth, but if you were mine, I would’ve looked into those eyes and said, “Tell me the words you long to hear and I’ll sing them loud and clear. Let me heal the wounds you’ve held on to for all these years. Break the cycle. Break the chains. ‘Cause love is louder than all your pain. Than all your pain…”


Lyrics to Go:
“I’m a little bit home, but I’m not there yet. It’s one to forgive but it’s hard to forget. Don’t call me; I won’t call you, too. Let’s just call it over. All the broken hearts in the world still beat. Let’s not make it harder than it has to be. It’s all the same thing. Girls chase boys chase girls…”


Lyrics to Go:
“I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier. I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist, like it doesn’t exist. I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry. I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier, but I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes. Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight. Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes. Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight…”


Lyrics to Go:
“Bang bang into the room. I know you want it. Bang bang all over you. I’ll let you have it. Wait a minute, let me take you there. Wait a minute. Bang bang there goes your heart. I know you want it. Back, back seat of my car. I’ll let you have it…”


Lyrics to Go:
“Everybody looking at you crazy. What you gon’ do? Lift up your head and keep moving or let the paranoia haunt you? Peace to fashion police, I wear my heart on my sleeve, let the runway start. You know the miserable do love company. What do you want from me and my scars? Everybody lack confidence, everybody lack confidence. How many times our potential was anonymous? How many times the city making me promises? So I promise this: And I love myself…”


Lyrics to Go:
“There’s a maniac out in front of me. Got an angel on my shoulder, and Mestopheles.  But mama raised me good, mama raised me right. Mama said, “Do what you want, say prayers at night and I’m saying them, ’cause I’m so devout. ‘Til the love runs out, ’til the love runs out, yeah…”


Lyrics to Go:
“I wish I would have met you when I was seventeen. Before I seen the things that I seen. Before I learned to look behind the screen. I think we could have had a good time…”


Lyrics to Go:
“I have loved you for many years. Maybe I am just not enough. You’ve made me realize my deepest fear by lying and tearing us up. You say I’m crazy ’cause you don’t think I know what you’ve done, but when you call me baby. I know I’m not the only one…”


Lyrics to Go:
“They tell us from the time we’re young to hide the things that we don’t like about ourselves inside ourselves. I know I’m not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else. Well, I’m over it! I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are. So what…”


Lyrics to Go:
“Ain’t it good to be on your own? Ain’t it fun, you can’t count on no one. Ain’t it good to be on your own? Ain’t it fun, you can’t count on no one. Ain’t it fun? Living in the real world. Don’t go crying to your mama. ‘Cause you’re on your own in the real world…”


Lyrics to Go:
“You used to be thirsty for me, but now you wanna be set free. This is the web, web that you weave. So, baby now rest in peace. It’s all over with now. I’m gonna love ya until you hate me and I’m gonna show ya what’s really crazy. You should’ve known better than to mess with me, honey. I’m gonna love ya, I’m gonna love ya like a black widow, baby…”


Lyrics to Go:
“Summer days and summer nights when I felt you in my arms, didn’t I want you badly?  Wanted to let you have me. Autumn days and stormy nights hen you crushed me with your charms, didn’t I need you madly? Now I’m lying here falling apart. I can’t seem to live without your love. Suffocating here by myself, dying for your touch. Springtime eyes that get you every time and I just can’t seem to give you up. You’re mine…”

So, was there anything you think I left off?  Which songs made 2014 memorable for you?

Saturday Night Fever — Something from Nothing

In case you missed it last November, Dave Grohl performed an acoustic version of the Foo Fighter’s “Something from Nothing” which was featured on their latest album “Sonic Highways.” The home video was directed by Sam Jones and shows a softer and more vulnerable side of the already memorable track.

Lyrics to Go:
“Oh sweet ignition, be my fuse.  You have no choice, you have to choose.  Bid farewell to yesterday.  Say goodbye I’m on my way, but in the end we all come from what’s come before.  So here I go…”

New Music – When the Storm Came: Jason Thompson

Earlier this week, while everyone was still checking underneath their Christmas trees for any leftover gifts, Jason Thompson decided to share one of his own with the debut of his song, “When the Storm Came.”

Written by the Emmy-nominated actor himself with Josh Thorpe and produced by J.J. Blair, the song has a clear country sound that is comparable to anything you’d hear on mainstream country radio or the hit ABC show Nashville.  Be sure to check it out!

Lyrics to Go:
“When the storm came, you were the first to evacuate.  I stayed to ride it out.  You don’t want to rebuild this town…”

Happy (almost) New Year!

Looking at the calendar, it’s finally starting to sink in that 2014 is almost over. It was an odd year. As it comes to a close, my heart breaks when I think of the overwhelming sadness and confusion that’s all over the news and the media. There are just so many issues we’re all facing and none of them are clear-cut. My hope is that in this upcoming year, we are able to find some sort of resolution and peace that helps us remember how resilient and strong we all are.

For me personally, 2014 came with so much change yet comforting stability that helped make this past year manageable. I closed a pretty big chapter of my life then said goodbye to a childhood friend way too soon as well as continued to be inspired by an aunt and uncle who fought so hard for each of their last breaths that it still makes me pause with sadness and awe.

This year also reminded me of the power of taking some much-needed time to find myself, laughing for no reason and just enjoying life.

Looking toward 2015, my hope is that everyone simply does more of what they love, no matter what it is and just have fun with it.

Happy new year, friends!

New Music – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: Sam Smith

I’m so in love with Sam Smith’s rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”  It’s the perfect mix of bittersweet, full of melancholy and beautiful.

Let me know your thoughts!

Lyrics to Go:
“Faithful friends who are dear to us will be near to us once more.  Someday soon, we all will be together if the fates allow.  Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow.  So have yourself a merry little Christmas now…”

Do you know what today is… #anniversary

It’s been a crazy few months and I know I’ve been a bit neglectful with this blog, but this week actually marks a year since I created this site to share my thoughts, ideas, loves and all-around favorite things with my closest friends.

Thank you for coming along with me on this journey – even if it was just one comment, text, tweet or email – it’s all been very appreciated.

So, to mark this special day – here’s a Flashback Friday that always brings me right back to 1993 (eek!).

Tony! Toni! Tone! — Anniversary

Lyrics to Go:
“Do you know what today is?  It’s our anniversary… made for you and me”