Because we can now share music all across the world so easily, it seems that we get bent on discovering artists so much that we forget to pause, listen, watch them grow, and enjoy what they’re sharing. Or, we have resentment for artists who we perceive aren’t as worthy of the attention and spotlight as other underground gems. Let music be shared simply because it can be. Music is free. If you hear of an artist that you like, share. But listen, play their song over and enjoy it for yourself, too. Let it bless you.
A few of my favorites. Check em out on iTunes and YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hiyl1WQ2NN0 - india.arie “Pearls”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NyPY663COU - John Legend “Slow Dance”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLJLt0iZZVo - David Ryan Harris “For You”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQJ2CC4B_NI - Ellie Goulding “Black and Gold”
Speaking of music, I have a fun little collaboration/remix of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” coming out on Youtube. Check out the exclusive sneak peaks and keep checking for more from dance rehearsals! We’re going big ’cause we don’t want to go home!
Stay tuned! xo -Alyson
Ever notice how the world sets up competitions that can’t be won? Like relative Beauty- you may please most, but never all.
“The whole world sees perfection but all you see
Is room for more improvement” – David Ryan Harris, lyrics to Prettygirl
Superhuman athleticism- unless you start training at age three for forty hours a week, you may never taste Olympic glory.
Static happiness- life is hard, and a single emotion won’t sustain you. In fact, if you found a way to be happy all the time, it’s probably at the expense of something or someone else.
It’s silly almost. We’ve made life so hard by throwing everyone into a competition. Don’t we see there’s already enough involuntary suffering? disaster? crises?
Reality turns victors into victims because of unbearable pressures. My new friend, Prakruthi, continued, “Yes… we’re always left feeling inadequate and defeated!” Great point.
But like the popular campaign, it’s possible to live above the influence. And for the record, living above the influence doesn’t mean redefining Reality so that we live ignorantly and self-servingly in our own kingdoms and queendoms. A lot of people tend to build up walls and stay within their safety net to escape temptation. Temptation is not the enemy. And living inside a box is not victorious. It’s cowardice. Trust me, I would know. I’m a recovering coward.
All I’m saying is, it appears that when you enter this world, you enter a race. Most people will run the 5k, the race that takes some training but doesn’t cause too much inconvenience. A handful will train for the marathon, and after running 15 miles on the treadmill they’ll realize the treadmill is actually running them, and they are bound. Others will never lace up their shoes; if they don’t lace up, they can’t lose. But who, then, wins?
Some say ‘the lucky ones’. Some say ‘love’ conquers all (..BTW, what kinda love are we talking about?). Some don’t care.
What race are you running?
Once you claim it, live it.
Tis the season to stop typing about myself and start using my hands to give.
I FOUND THE PERFECT PLACE!
This website, kickstarter.com, helps people with creative talent/vision get their projects funded so they can share them with the world! My friends and former tour mates, Ocean Grove, set a goal of $35,000 to fund the recording, mixing, mastering, etc. of their game-changing, stupefying record! Although I’m on a budget (for real), I am making room and pledging what I can this very moment. In my eyes, it’s a great seed sown, helping four guys achieve their dream! I’m wondering if you would be willing to help me help them? It takes <5 minutes.
*To clarify, I don’t get anything out of this; they don’t even know I’m asking you.*
Hear their music and follow their journey at www.oceangroveband.com or on Twitter @OceanGroveBand !!!
I hope your Christmas and holiday season is filled with giving and joyful celebration! May it set the tone for a wonderful 2012!