Writing Playlist #27

stars 2 Hey, homies! I’m hella excited to share my Writing Playlist for the week. I have a feeling that my pen will be moving, and my fingers are going to hit the laptop keys in a frantic pace. Especially because last week was such an epic fail for a sista. Let me explain…

There were plenty of ongoing projects that I wanted to work on. Unfortunately, a few health issues had me in a hardcore stronghold for about a week. Mix in a tablespoon of depression, with a massive helping of anxiety, and you have yourself a recipe for not getting anything done. But, I’m determined to crush all my writing goals this week.

I have another eclectic playlist to share- hecks, all of my playlists are often unique, so. You will notice that there are a few songs by BTS. I’m obsessed with them and their music has been my Prozac. 🙂 Anyhoo, I’ve included a pic of the night sky for this post. The pic is a reminder that stars shine in the darkness, so I’m just going to shine on.

1. Mysterious Ways- U2

2. House of Cards- BTS

3. Sister of Night- Depeche Mode

4. China Love- Janet Jackson

5. Love Voodoo- Duran Duran

6. I Can Be- Aaliyah 

7. Stigma- BTS

8. Desire- Raheem DeVaughn

9. Rain- N’Dambi

10. Bury The Evidence- Tricky

11. Bullet Proof Soul- Sade 

12. Intro: Serendipity- BTS

13. Fall In Love- Phantogram

14. The Spoils- Massive Attack

15. Over- Portishead 

16. Partition- Beyoncé 

17. In This Twilight- Nine Inch Nails

18. Take Me Apart- Kelela 

19. Save Me- BTS

20. Ache- FKA Twigs 

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My Top 5 Massive Attack Jamz

massiveMassive Attack is fucking fantastic! The legendary musical pioneers have an infectious sound that is equally poetic, and gorgeous. I’m working on a few posts for the blog that are MA themed, so stay tuned. In the meantime let’s get to these jamz!

5. Safe From Harm- The opening beat is seductive and raw. And the vocals? Lawd!!!! The vocals were soulful and sophisticated. Love this!

4. Paradise Circus- A sinfully delicious jam that will intoxicate all who hear it.

3. Dissolved Girl- Lush. Layered. Inviting. And beautifully dark.

2. Saturday Come Slow- The intro has an acoustic guitar with the prettiest tone. It’s such a somber and tender song.

1. Mezzanine- I would love to bathe myself in the notes of this song. Fucking hell, it’s everything! 3D and Daddy G are the owners of the sexiest voices in music. Those mofo’s will pull you in and won’t let go. This song owns me, seriously.

If you’re a fan please share your fav jamz by the band.

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Album Spotlight: Queensryche Operation:Mindcrime

Mindcrime  “Who do you trust when everyone’s a crook?”

A question first asked back in 1988… one that we’re still pondering thirty years later.

On May 3, 1988, Queensryche released a compelling, ambitious, and emotionally charged concept album that changed the damn game, Operation: Mindcrime. Over the last three decades this album has been celebrated and praised for its excellence, and complexity. I wanted to shine a light on this fascinating work of art. They don’t make albums like this anymore, homies. Operation: Mindcrime tells the story of a man- frustrated with the current state of the world, who joins an underground organization, and eventually is turned into an assassin.

The storyline is thought-provoking, and multilayered, and so is the music.

Here are my top 5 songs. Afterwards, I’ll give a rating of this album.

5. Revolution Calling- An explosive jam where the protagonist- Nikki, airs out his frustrations, and is seduced into joining the cause. So much truth is dropped in this song.

4. Operation: Mindcrime- A thunderous track with a riff that’s nasty as fuck!

3. I Don’t Believe In Love- Rhythmic. Operatic. Raw.

2. The Mission- The vocals kick so much ass on this track! And the music is dark and unapologetic.

1. Eyes Of A Stranger- This is a song that grabs you and refuses to let go. It’s a heartbreaking masterpiece.

Operation: Mindcrime– one of the most epic albums of all time, gets 5 (out of 5) stars. It’s timeless.

Cheers, homies!

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My Top 5 Depeche Mode Albums

dmodeDeep within me there’s a love for Depeche Mode that will never go away. DM’s music has been an important part of my life’s narrative. I’m grateful for being introduced to this band. I’m thankful that we still have them with us. For well over thirty plus years DM has been kicking ass and making uncompromising music. It’s 2017 and they’re still relevant!  The music of DM is experimental, danceable, provocative, and timeless. Here are the 5 albums that I just can’t get enough of. 😉

5. Exciter (2001)- Exciter was my gateway drug album. I’d heard of the band, but once a homie played this album for me… shiiit it was a wrap. I. Was. Hooked. I became an instant junkie for the band. Exciter’s saturated with the most beautiful melodies, and emotionally- rich vocals. “I Am You” is the sexiest song ever created.

4. Black Celebration (1986)- Atmospheric. Layered. Bold. And dark as fuck. Black Celebration is the perfect album; it gives me everything. The lyrics are poetic. The vocals are haunting and unforgettable. The music has so much substance. I suggest listening to this album during a rainstorm in Autumn- and don’t forget the blacklights, and the sandalwood incense. “Stripped”“Dressed In Black”“New Dress”. Damn! Every single song is incredible.

3. Playing The Angel (2005)- This album is a freaking masterpiece. From the sonic assault of “A Pain That I’m Used To”, to the hypnotic “The Darkest Star”P.T.A. is one of the most enjoyable albums in their catalogue. I lost someone extremely close to me the year this album came out. I was constantly playing P.T.A. which is why the album is so meaningful. “Nothing’s Impossible” is the jam of all jamz.

2. Violator (1990)- A definitive Depeche Mode album for sure. Getting lost in this album is a given. You put Violator on and all the shit life brings to your door is forgotten, at least temporarily. This album is epic on every level. “Sweetest Perfection”“Personal Jesus”“Halo”, and “Blue Dress” are my favs.

1. Songs Of Faith And Devotion (1993)- This is my absolute favorite album of the band’s. Instead of trying to recreate another Violator, the band added a few traditional rock elements to their sound, and unleashed a whole different breed of animal. Songs Of… was made during a tumultuous time for the band, but out of that inner conflict came a remarkable album. My bud often says “drama and chaos produces the best art”. “Mercy In You”“In Your Room”“Condemnation”“I Feel You”, these are all my jamz.

If you’re a fan of the band then share with me your fav albums. Until next time…

Cheers, homies!

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My Top 10 Alfred Hitchcock Films

hitch Alfred Hitchcock is known as the “master of suspense”, and he’s well deserving of the title. Hitch was an unparalleled creative genius who was ahead of his time. His complete body of work is impressive, but I managed to pick my top 10. Here we go!

10. Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)- This noir thriller centers around a peppy teenager named Charlie, who lives in California. She learns that her beloved uncle is coming to town for a visit. Charlie is beyond hyped to see him because its been awhile. Unfortunately, her uncle has a few hang ups… unbeknownst to his family.

9. Vertigo (1958)- In this beautifully shot film, a retired San Francisco detective is hired by an old acquaintance to follow his wife. Scottie’s (retired detective) professionalism soon runs out the door! He falls madly in love with the woman he was hired to watch, and then things start getting interesting. Vertigo is a complex film with elements of love, obsession, phobias, mental health, and betrayal. At first I didn’t dig this film; I just couldn’t get into it, but once I understood what it was really about, I loved it!

8. Spellbound (1945)- Spellbound was one of the first films to focus on mental illness, and psychoanalysis; pretty heavy subjects for the forties. The head of a mental hospital retires, his replacement Dr. Anthony Edwardes isn’t who he says he is. Dr. Edwardes’ colleague, Dr. Constance Petersen, begins to notice a few inconsistencies in the devastatingly handsome doctor. Starting to figure out the identity of Dr. Edwardes is when this film really gets going.

7. North By Northwest (1959)- North By Northwest is the first film on the list starring Cary Grant, who was a constant collaborator with Hitch. Cary also happens to be one of my most adored actors. Cary plays an advertising executive named Roger Thornhill who is kidnapped due to mistaken identity. A group of spies believes that Roger is a government agent, a guy named Kaplan. Roger manages to escape his captors, but is then chased around the country. This film is an action packed thriller that won’t disappoint!

6. The Birds (1963)- The Birds was the first Hitchcock film that I remembered seeing on TV, so it has a special place in my heart. The film is about a series of unprovoked bird attacks in a peaceful California town. I love that it’s never explained why the birds lost their shit. Real birds and robotic birds were both used in the film. I can’t really tell which is which to be honest. The Birds is a great introduction film for someone unfamiliar with Hitch’s work.

5. Rebecca (1940)- Rebecca is a dark and atmospheric film that’s a thriller/mystery. An unnamed woman meets and falls in love with a handsome widower, named Maxim. They get married and move into Maxim’s massive estate. Once the couple arrives you realize there’s a lingering presence in the house. Rebecca was Maxim’s wife who died, and essentially the house still belongs to her. I mean her personal belongings are all throughout the house, and she still has a hold on some of the staff. The second Mrs. DeWinter (again we never get a name for the lead character) feels inadequate from the start; like she can’t compete- or compare, to Rebecca. But was Rebecca really the incredible woman that everyone believed she was?  Rebecca is a multi-layered story that will leave you shocked, and pleasantly satisfied.

4. Rear Window (1954)- Although it’s a serious thriller I feel that this is a fun film, it shows how voyeuristic people can be. A photographer breaks his leg and is bound to a wheelchair. For entertainment he watches the other tenants who live in apartments across the courtyard. One night the photographer hears a woman’s scream, along with the breaking of glass, and is convinced that something horrible went down in one of the apartments. Is our protagonist’s imagination running wild, or was there really a sinister happening across the way?

3. Suspicion (1941)- Suspicion is the ONLY Hitchcock film that I would love to see remade. It’s about a shy, wealthy woman (Lina), who falls for a charming playboy (Johnnie). Now Lina really thought she’d won the lottery with sexy Johnnie, but after they’re married she finds out that he’s broke as hell! In addition Johnnie is a gambler, and thinks he’s too good to work. The story soon takes a menacing turn, but you have to see for yourself. Amazing movie!

2. Psycho (1960)- A real estate secretary wants to marry her lover, but he feels that he’s not financially stable enough. Attempting to help their situation, Marion Crane steals money from a client, goes on the run, and then ends up at an isolated motel off the highway run by Norman Bates. Psycho was a revolutionary film. Not only is the classic credited with pioneering the slasher film trend, but it was also one of the most profitable low-budget  films of all time. There were many components that made this film memorable: the iconic shower scene, the haunting musical score, the filming techniques. Psycho is everything!!

1. Notorious (1946)- Notorious speaks to the romantic that lives within. Love is a major theme of this film. Alicia Huberman is the daughter of a disgraced- and convicted, Nazi spy, and T.R. Devlin is an agent for the American government. Devlin is  hired to get Alicia to infiltrate a group of Nazis located in Brazil, and basically seduce their leader for info. The exact nature of the job is a major complication because Alicia, and Devlin had fallen in love. Devlin doesn’t want Alicia to go through with the job, but he doesn’t stop her either. The audience watches as the couple deals with the consequences of their choices. I could gush about this film all day, but I’m trying to keep it cool. This isn’t just my fav Hitchcock film, but also one of my fav films of all time.

So what are your favorite Hitchcock films? I would love to know! Thanks for checking out my post. 🙂

Cheers, homies!!


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20 Random Facts About Me

Romance August is my birthday month, so I thought it would be cool to share some things about myself. Here are a few random facts about your gurl.

1. I’ve been wearing Ralph Lauren Romance since 1999.

2. I’m obsessed with British culture!

3. I love having breakfast for dinner.

4. When I was six I had to get physical therapy due to developing a rare form of arthritis.

5. When my bud was pregnant I was the one experiencing all the symptoms. I was vomiting like crazy. Turns out I wasn’t having a sympathetic pregnancy, but I was dealing with gallbladder issues.

6. I had my gallbladder removed in 2007.

7. I went to school to become a Medical Assistant in 2009. However, I was never able to find a job.

8. Most of my cherished memories involves homies that I still adore today.

9. My culinary talents didn’t kick in until I turned twenty.

10. I can hit all the high notes in every Prince song. That doesn’t mean I can sing, but I have fun trying.

11. I sleep on my side.

12. I’m claustrophobic, but I didn’t find this out until an attempted MRI earlier this year.

13. At twenty-one my dog Shera saved my great-grandmother, and I from dying during a carbon monoxide leak at our house. Shera heard the carbon monoxide alarm go off and barked loudly to wake us up. A fireman said that if it wasn’t for Shera that we would’ve passed on. At thirty-two the family dog, Remy saved me from getting attacked by two much larger dogs. I’m a hardcore dog lover. 🙂

14. Catalina is my favorite salad dressing by Kraft.

15. When Lucille Ball died in 1989 I cried.

16. I owned a pair of pleather pants in 99, and you couldn’t tell me shit!

17. Red lipstick is my everything.

18. I love all things pineapple and mango flavored.

19. I have lived for chocolate chip ice cream all my life.

20. I want to get married in black.

Cheers, homies!


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10 Bookish Facts About Me

books Some of my favorite YouTubers (booktubers) have made videos sharing fun facts about themselves; all the facts are book related. I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of my own. Let’s get to it.

1. When I was younger I lived for the book fairs at school.

2. Ninety percent of my reading is done at night.

3. I still have copies of Archie comics from the late eighties.

4. I haven’t had a functional bookshelf since 2008.

5. I have an obsession with bookmarks. My collection is dope!

6. In high school I loved me some Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine books.

7. Terry McMillian is everything! I love her work and have read “Disappearing Acts” well over a hundred times.

8. My Eric Jerome Dickey books look craptastic, but I refuse to replace them.

9. I have a new found interest in mysteries.

10. I discovered Stephen King novels at thirteen. He is my everything!

Thanks for reading my post! Cheers, homies!


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