The Macklemore x Ryan Lewis concert was everything I expected…and then some. 90 minutes of pure energy. Now THAT, my friends, is how you rock a crowd. #INSPIRED

Inspired…

I’ll write in more detail later and will also have photos/videos to share, but I just got home from watching one of my favorite MCs, Brother Ali, rock with a live band in Santa Monica tonight. I really look up to him as an artist, so it was dope to finally get to see him perform live. I’m extremely tired and sleepy right now, but I’m also really inspired.

Gotta keep dreaming, gotta keep working…

The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories. — Paulo Coelho  (via creatingaquietmind)

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Yuna - Live Your Life (Produced by Pharrell)

Live if you really want to…

This last week was pretty hectic, and although it seemed to fly by, it was filled with inspiration and productivity. Sure, good things can randomly happen, but most of the times you have to go out and get it.

We were meant for something bigger than this. Don’t ever try to dismiss yourself cuz you don’t have to…

Cup of coffee…

It’s 12:30am and I should be sleeping before work tomorrow, but I’ve just got too much on my mind (see my previous posts from tonight). A cup of coffee isn’t the best idea right now but I need to stay up and finish writing this song.

Let’s do this…

Create now. Worry later. — Me

I should be sleeping…

…but I can’t ignore this sudden musical inspiration. I’ve been in a creative funk lately, so I need to make the best of this. Once again, the love of Music triumphs over the need for Sleep.

Create now. Worry later.

Show Recap…

Ah yes…the obligatory “show recap.” I probably wouldn’t do this at the peak of our live band days, but since shows don’t come around that often, I think it’s good to do one of these. Instead of trying to come up with a coherent Beginning/Middle/End kind of structure, I’m just gonna throw out things as they come to mind (in no particular order):

1.) Considering the circumstances and the limited amount of practice time, I would give ourselves a 6.5 on a scale of 10. I know we could’ve done a lot better, but I feel generally satisfied. It’s been awhile since we performed, but we’re also not rookies either. We’ve been around long enough where we have to hold high standards for ourselves.

2.) I’m extremely thankful that we’re able to meet as a group afterwards and give an honest assessment of our performance. Although we all messed up at certain points, no one takes it personal if one person is singled out for a certain error. I love that we all have a mutual understanding and are critical of each other. Every piece of constructive criticism isn’t meant to bring each other down, it’s designed to make us better as a whole. Basically, we put aside all the b.s. and (male) egos and realize that we’re only doing this to push each other to become better MCs and performers.

3.) We really need to create a Facebook or Twitter page for The Committee. Our last social networking site is/was on MySpace, so we gotta step up our online presence in order to stay relevant.

4.) Being confident that our verses are memorized has a major impact on the whole show. Once we don’t have to worry about delivering our next line, we can focus a lot more on our group dynamic and stage presence.

5.) I’m glad that the younger homies were able to see our pre-show rehearsals and our post-show assessment. We can honestly criticize each other, but we also won’t beat ourselves up and dwell on something that has already passed. Take the advice and move on because that’s all we can really do. You can’t reverse the hands of time.

6.) Our individual energy was good, but we needed to interact more with each other when it wasn’t our turn to rap. Anyone can just go up there and rap together, but it takes practice and chemistry to sound like a cohesive unit. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but it wasn’t too bad considering that we haven’t performed together in over a year.

7.) It feels amazing to be back on stage again, regardless of all the little hiccups we had!

8.) There’s nothing like getting lost in the moment of the music. I just remember our last song where I left the stage and went into the crowd (since I had a wireless mic). I don’t know what compelled me to do it, but once I was in the crowd it hit me like “yo…wtf are you doing man? Get your ass back on the stage!” haha

9.) It felt good to know that long time supporters were there to cheer us on. I hope we were able to make some new fans as well.

10.) A lot of my friends were watching the live online stream, but the most special viewers were my parents and brother watching at home. In one of the songs, I have a line that goes “Beautiful…like the Love between my parents / the flame still burning, 38 years of marriage.” My brother texted me and said “you know…Mom & Dad were touched.” That really struck a chord with me. It still gets me a little teary eyed thinking about it hours after the fact because my parents have really set the example of what I would want my future relationship(s) to be. It was never perfect and they still hit their occasional bump in the road, but they still work it out, and as corny as it sounds, their Love always shines through in the end.

INSPIRATION.

Lauryn Hill, at 13 years old, giving us a lesson in perseverance…