Legacy Live Session; Debut Single

On Friday June 29, I had my first ever headline show. I still can’t believe how surreal it felt to be on stage and feel so at home.

I’ll be releasing my first single called FOREVER in a few days and to commemorate that occasion, my team and I wanted a few key people and dear friends to hear it first. So, we organized a jam session, with a live band. I performed covers of popular songs while our guests snacked on chips and sodas and cheered us on.

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I’m a generous person, so I chose not to hog the stage. My good friend Jason Nkwain, poet and spoken word artist, took the stage to perform some of his works like Have You Ever Seen An African Dance.

T. Nayah; fellow singer/songwriter, blessed our audiences with a powerful rendition of Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin) among other songs.

We solicited the help of a world class band. For their simple love for music, they took on the challenge of learning the songs in a matter of days. Boy oh boy, did they deliver;

JaJa a Congolese acoustic guitarist played with the soul of an African musician, weaving such organic afro rhythms into the music, and everyone was left in awe of his talent.

That night, Kinobe assumed the role of bass guitarist, one of the many instruments he has mastered. Not only did he play to impress, he also brought this band together for the occasion.

Kinobe didn’t come alone. His brother Richard played the the acoustic drums that night and did so with such rhythmic beauty.

Julian was the star instrumentalist of the night, with his magical fingers on the keyboard. He was as versatile as every musician wants their pianist to be, weaving seamlessly from afro sounds to more western styles.

The drums were manned by a young drummer named Ogmend, who delivered a stellar performance after only a few hours of rehearsal, as he was a last minute addition to the band.

This group of amazing musicians did such a great job that some of our guests were moved take the stage themselves for some freestyle tunes.

Everyone loved it. It was a crowd of under 30 people and yet, the room felt electric. The new single will be released on July 29 2018, exactly 1 month after this show. If that night is anything to go by, then the reception of this single will be just as inspiring.

 

 

Halfway Progress Check

We’re half way through 2018 already! #timeflieswhenyourehavingfun

Here are 7 things I’ve learned so far;

  1. Set Goals.. I know this is cliché but for me, it’s been a slow realization. I used to let the chips fall where they may, go with the flow. Nope, that doesn’t work. Make a list, check off accomplishments one by one. It’s not only a great motivation, but also very satisfying.

  2. Be intentional.. Be it professionally, personally, with friends or family, be intentional about what you do. Make an effort where neccessary and let go of things or people who do not fit into your life. There’s peace waiting on the other side.

  3. Save money.. Well, I’m just really bad at this but I’m learning. Wealth is built they say.

  4. It’s not that serious.. I look a few years back and I laugh hysterically at the “worries” that kept me up at night. It really isn’t that serious and even if it is, “this too shall pass”. So live with hope for tomorrow’s sunrise.

  5. Do things that bring you joy.. This one’s easy to say but hard to do, yet absolutely critical to a healthy state of mind. Find time to invest in your own happiness. You’ll be glad you did.

  6. Be patient.. I’m prone (as I’m sure many of us are) to comparing our growth and success with others. This is destructive because it oftentimes is demoralizing. Appreciate your process and know that you shine just as brightly, in your own right.

  7. You’re not in control.. As much as we want to plan and orchestrate and perfect our lives, we don’t own our lives. God does. So follow His lead, and let Him work for your good.

Choose Your Road

Ordinarily, waking up ready to conquer the world, being alive, ambitious, bold, and beautiful is effortless.

Still, there are days when blankets are havens, and the ground would feel like thorns beneath weary feet. It is for such days that Jim Rohn spoke the following words;

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Truth.

The difference between success stories and everything else is this; the great ones never adopt mediocrity. Routinely, the extra mile is how far they go.

So, on such days when life is less than remarkable, remember Jim Rohn’s words alongside these;

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Summer is almost here – 5 steps to help you prepare

It’s almost time to flaunt those legs and abs. Hooray for beach season. Whether it’s travel, beach trips, block parties or barbecues, we all can’t wait! Before we do that, ladies and gentlemen, we have to prepare. Here are my top 5 steps to be sure you have an amazing Summer;

  1. Get your body right: If you’re yet to lose the pounds you gained eating holiday food, it’s now or never.  To turn heads at the beach this season, one must feel confident in their own skin. With just over one month left, it’s crunch time… squats, pushups, ab workouts, etc. Tone up for the Summer by setting fitness goals to achieve your desired beach body. Remember to pursue healthy and realistic goals and check with your doctor as necessary.
  2. Take care of your mind: What’s the point if you look great but don’t feel great? Your Summer might be less enjoyable if you are not completely healthy. Do activities to maintain your mental wellness. Meditate, sleep enough, avoid stressful situations and surround yourself with positive energy. This Harvard article suggests caring for your emotions, among other tips to keep your mind “young”.
  3. Plan your Summer activities: It’s easy to imagine fantastic summer nights with your best friends, creating memorable new experiences. However, if you fail to realize them, you’ll be wishing you could rewind time, come late August. Write down a list of the things you want to do, the people you’d like to do them with, and when. Be proactive and realistic about how much time you have for your Summer fun. Consider everything, and leave a little room for adventure/spontaneity.
  4. Make travel plans in advance: Traveling is always fun, but preparing for it hardly is. There’s so much to consider and it can become stressful. To avoid this, do not wait till the last minute to make necessary arrangements. This article on airhelp.com recommends two months in advance if you’re traveling internationally, and at least five months if you’ll be crossing national borders. Be sure to plan for lodging early as well to save yourself the unnecessary stress.
  5. Buy your summer apparel early: This seems trivial, but doing this could save you quite some money. A new season means a new wardrobe, and sometimes that can be costly. Buying your Summer apparel off season can be financially beneficial. Hunt down pre summer sales at your favorite shops. Places like Old Navy , T.J. Maxx. and Target feature fantastic styles at relatively low prices.

Now that you know what to do, let the Summer countdown begin!

Lost Compass

when will my heart know what it is that I was put here to accomplish
destiny wouldn’t be destiny if we had a way to decipher her
today i surrender to THE force beyond my puny comprehension,
that HE will serve tomorrow on my platter of hope for greater
today, i’m lost
i will find my compass soon
i pray

via Daily Prompt: Compass

Home

via Daily Prompt: Relocate

home of the brave;
like my mom an dad
who gave their livelihood
to buy my future
in your ‘greener’ pastures
land of the free
well that part is still a question

red white and blue
i’m glad i got to meet you

green red and yellow
lone central star
you birthed me, held me, taught me.
yet i left you for ‘greener’ lands

red white and blue
i’m glad i got to meet you

but on days as this
i miss the air that is home
the pitter-patter of my young heart
the feeling of belonging

oh red white and blue
though you treat me well
most times at least,
a piece of me is buried home
in green tropics
one star, one people
united by blood
under the generous sun

 

 

iRrelevant

I used to worry about what everyone thought. I cared whether the people around me thought I was cool enough or funny enough or pretty enough to hang out with them. I cried when my friends made other friends and I didn’t matter anymore. I thought I was irrelevant.

Then I grew up. I moved to a new country.  I started doing relevant things like volunteering for the 2012 Obama Inauguration, or recording music in an actual music studio or driving my dad to the airport (I had always dreamed of doing that last one. I sure felt accomplished when I finally did). I made relevant friends, who didn’t need me to be cool enough or funny enough or pretty enough to love me for me.

So I made myself a promise. I will never let another person make me question my relevance. I will be the sole controller of my feelings of  self worth. I will treat others with the understanding that they matter just as much as I do.

All this to say; I am relevant. So are you.

The irrelevant ones are those who feel that they are relevant because they make others feel irrelevant.

Has this been an irrelevant rant?  …  I think not.

-Gabriella

via Daily Prompt: Irrelevant