Obviously, I’ve been pretty off my game lately. Five years of publishing darn near every week day, and I’m finding myself suddenly flummoxed by the prospect of keeping up the pace. Part of that’s technical difficulties (really, I’ve GOT to get a non-dinosaur computer!), part of it is a busy work and travel schedule, and part of it is that advent of a Minnesota summer – where one tends to carpe every diem possible to get out in the garden and abandon the screen. Anyway, I’m bouncing back in, and seeing if I can find my groove. So today, a track I’ve had in heavy rotation this spring. Just puts me in a good mood. Pretty Wings by Maxwell from he album BLACKsummers’night, 2009.
There’s a lot of change going on in this life I’m living, most of which I’m not terribly thrilled about. And a big part of it begins next Monday. So, today’s track is an attempt to spin my thinking towards the positive. Brand New Day by The Staple Singers from The Very Best Of The Staple Singers, 2007 (track originally recorded in 1970).
I’m frazzled. Work life is spinning madly and it seems virtually inevitable that I won’t be able to deliver on my epic project load – let alone come up with anything truly extraordinary. All of which makes me hyper and stressed out and all the more unlikely to produce anything brilliant. A familiar vicious cycle, right? So I need a chill pill in the form of a smooth groove to help center myself… and a little Crown Royal probably wouldn’t hurt either. Crown Royal by Jill Scott from the album The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Volume 3, 2007.
Over the holidays, I was lucky enough to reconnect with a number of beloved friends from college and high school. I was reminded that the cliché is true: time passes, but true connections endure. Remarkable. I feel extraordinarily blessed and in the mood to celebrate with some soothing R&B. Still A Friend of Mine by Incognito from the album Positivity, 1994.