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HOWDY WORDPRESSERS,

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Carlos

Bump It Or Dump It? Sorry…Don’t Push My Style That Way

No Doubt- Push and Shove

26 years in their career, I just bought my first No Doubt CD ever. I’ve always been a fan of their singles, but for some reason, never bought any of their CDs. So after enjoying both of Gwen Stefani’s solo CDs, I figured I’d give this one a try. All in all the CD is pretty good, although I do like Gwen Stefani better as a solo artist. But one of the high lights on Push and Shove I the title track. This song (and many of the ones that shine on the CD) has a reggae influence and just so happens to be the 2nd single taken from their new CD.

Kenny Lattimore- Find A Way

I’ve never been a huge Kenny Lattimore fan, but I reviewed this song by request. I have to admit though, this song has a different edge for him that I wasn’t expecting. The vibe here is similar to R & B singer Joe. Although I don’t see this breaking any new ground or major fan base for him, I think it should be getting more airplay than it has been. This is my first time hearing of it, but the song has actually been out since the early part of the Summer. Wonder if this is about his recent divorce from R & B songstress, Chante Moore. Dang, guess Chante doesn’t have a man right now…lol. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Ciara- Sorry

With the exception of a few songs (namely “Promise” and “Like A Boy”), Ciara just hasn’t quite seemed to gain her initial “Goodies” momentum that she first had on her first CD. But never one to give, she has consistently put out a CD about every 2 years. Now, she’s back with a new song. Ironically, the production will put you in the mindset of Promise and she looks amazing in the video. Weird hard-core dancing to a soft beat aside, she seems to really be feeling this song personally. I’m not too sold on the song, but hope it’s a big hit for her.

Psy- Gagnam Style

This is one of those guilty pleasure songs that’s just so stupid, it’s actually good. I have no idea what’s being said here (I need a translator), but this video is hilarious. I first saw it a few weeks ago and couldn’t stop laughing. I think it’s interesting too that the song and its dance are becoming such a worldwide hit, but many of the moves are recycled from similar songs (can’t you see “Jump On It” in here???). But I guess it’s true there’s nothing new under the sun. But I digress…this is a fun song nonetheless and you just can’t be in a bad mood when this is on. Check out the video…it has gotten over 300 million hits on YouTube…yep, you read right.

“Band Aids” Never Last

For those that have recently followed my blog and may not know, I released a book of poetry last year called Blurred Vision (you can purchase a copy here on my website). I’m really getting excited about my second book though, which I won’t reveal the name of just yet. I’ll just say that it has something to do with seeing more clearly after the “Blurred Vision” has passed. But it will be released during the first half of next year. Here’s one of the poems that will be included in my new book, called “Band Aid”. The poem speaks about how we often put temporary fixes on issues that need more attention than just a quick band-aid. Let me know what you think!

Band Aid

You cannot ignore what

You are not willing to fix

The raw meat of the issue

Lies strategically betwixt your temporary solutions

And your conscience

This conjunction is a conundrum

Much more complicated than a catch 22

Cause that can easily be

Caught, conquered and split in 2

Unlike this crass bag of disaster

That leaves me flat on my ass

After deep thoughts cannot divide

Happy moments cannot subtract enough

To change what’s on the other half

Of the equals sign

It’s time to face what

Can’t be erased

We are soldiers strapped for war

Ironically marching in place

With patches over skin

Like quilted tapestry

Trying to heal wounds

Soul sunken deep

Band aids alone were never meant

To cure your issues

They just help block out extra debri…

For a little while

So rip it off

Even if it comes with

A little skin

You’ll do yourself more of a favor

Than that band-aid ever did

7 Reasons Why Procrastination Is Good

We’ve all had the feeling of not having enough hours in the day and feeling un-accomplished. I have been feeling like this for the past couple weeks, and couldn’t quite figure out why. I felt like I was meeting all of my obligations and some of my wants, but there was still something missing. I felt like I was juggling to many things at once and that something would potentially fall at any minute. I’m sure I am not alone here….but yesterday something hit me and the light bulb finally came on. It was truly an aha moment. Why is it that we feel we have to get so much done in so little time? Are we that afraid of failure? Or could it be that we are trying to beat the pressures of success? Usually procrastination is frowned upon, but there are definitely some positive things about it. How can this be? Check out my 7 reasons why procrastination can be a good thing:

  1. Nothing worth having will be conquered overnight. Think about your biggest accomplishments, comebacks, and progressions. Were you able to do them all in one day? NO!!
  2. Your mind needs a break. Sometimes, you just need to back away and say “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Pushing yourself when you’re far spent only creates disaster and mistakes.
  3. Your perception is off. Have you ever gotten an email or text from someone when you were overworked and tired that made you want to slap them? It could just be your perception is off because you need a break.
  4. Creativity comes when you’re not thinking about it. Some of my best ideas and creative thoughts came from the times when I packed a project away for a couple of days and then came back to it.
  5. Your health is your wealth. Many people work crazy over time hours (I’ve been guilty too) trying to please their boss, get a project completed, or be the shining star. But, if something happens to your health and you can’t work then guess what? You will be replaced…quickly. The stress is not worth the harm to your body.
  6. No fun + All work = Boring Life. Let’s face it. No matter how much of a workaholic you are, there’s nothing fun about working all the time. What kind of life is that??? Sometimes you have to lighten up and have a good time.
  7. Live your own life. If we must avoid procrastination at all costs, then we should at least do it for something we’re passionate about. Most of the things we stress about getting done are to meet someone else’s deadline, not our own. Don’t forget to carve out time for yourself….you’re worth the investment.

What are the reasons you procrastinate? What should you procrastinate less on or even procrastinate more on?

T-Mobile, Pay What You Owe

Let’s face it. We’ve all been fed up with customer service at some point or another. Whether it’s the cashier in the drive through with a horrible attitude or the manager that lies to you and says they’re doing all they can to resolve the issue. In our minds, we often act out slapping the person in the head, stomping on them or throwing things (bricks, pots, etc) at them to release our anger. Or is it just me??? Well, one furious Manchester, England T-Mobile customer named Jason Codner decided to take matters into his own hands….literally.

Earlier this week, Jason trashed a local T-Mobile store in Manchester, England by ripping displays from the walls, tearing down signs, and spraying phones with 2 fire extinguishers. What possibly could have made him do this? A refund. Or better yet, a refund that he did not get that he felt he deserved. There aren’t any details as to what the refund was for, but it definitely angered Jason enough to trash the T-Mobile store. And here’s the kicker…he walks in without any kind of mask, and slowly trashes the store as onlookers eventually witness him getting arrested. Surprisingly, he doesn’t resist the arrest and takes full responsibility for his actions. Way to go Jason…even if you do get that refund you more than likely deserved, you’ll be paying much more than that in damages.

So what Do you think about Jason Codner’s rampage? Were his actions justified if he really was ripped off? One thing is for sure. Jason Codner has made huge headlines, and people with T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint phones are all watching the video of his antics. Just goes to show that only takes a little guts and irrational behavior to be a star today. Have you ever lost your mind for a second regarding customer service matters? Or have you thought out a release of anger similar to Jason’s? Definitely a WTH moment….feel free to share your thoughts.

And oh yeah…HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

Bump It Or Dump It? The Only Refill of A New Kiss

Maroon 5: Kiss

I recently bought the new CD, Overexposed,  from one of my favorite groups, Maroon 5. After listening to the CD, it was much more pop sounding than I expected (think “Moves Like Jagger” on steroids). But there are some great tracks on here nonetheless. However, one of the songs, “Kiss” (a remake of the old Prince classic) should have been left in the old school vault with lock and key away from Maroon 5. I will give them credit for creating an original sound that is totally different from the original. But that’s also the problem. This song sounds more fitting as background music in Pappadeaux (my favorite restaurant). I’m just really not feeling this one. But who knows, maybe it will grow on me. Make sure to check out my review of the CD as well on the first video above.

Jimmy Needham: The Only One 

I didn’t know who Jimmy Needham was before hearing this song on The Truth Bowl (www.thetruthbowl.com) YouTube Channel.  I quickly took notice to Jimmy Needham’s soulful voice once the song started playing. His singing reminds me of a cross between Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke. “The Only One” is featured on his 5th CD (where have I been all this time…SMH), Clear the Stage. If I hear a couple more songs that are as good as this one, I plan on purchasing it. This gospel song has a soft rock, even slight country feel to it. It’s definitely worth a listen, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Make sure to check out his website too, www.jimmyneedham.com. There’s some interesting blogs on here and other content related to his music.

Elle Varner: Refill

My first time hearing of Elle Varner was on the track, “Only Wanna Give It To You” featuring J Cole. I thought the song was pretty catchy and wondered how Elle Varner seemingly appeared out of thin air. I loved her voice as well. It’s gritty, but light and smooth at the same time. But her new single, “Refill” is the one that really got my attention. The song speaks about comparing that first time meeting with someone to being at a bar getting refills of drinks. The lyrics are clever (“Feelin like a conversational lush/I don’t know how much is too much) and the music is interesting. If you just listen to the production, you would think this is a jazzed up Dixie Chicks song, complete with a recurring banjo playing in the background. Her debut CD, Perfectly Imperfect is set to be released soon.

Alicia Keys: A New Day 

Since her marriage to producer Swizz Beatz and birth of her son in 2010, we haven’t heard much from singer Alicia Keys. It’s been 3 years since the release of her last CD, Element of Freedom. Last week she leaked a new track, called “A New Day”, from her upcoming CDNo word yet on what it will be titled, but the song “A New Day” was produced by her husband, Swizz Beatz. It’s an upbeat track that has a lot of energy. The lyrics are surprisingly a little cliche and uninteresting here though in my opinion. I doubt this will be the first single from her CD. As many songs by Alicia Keys do, I’m sure this one will grow on me.

Never Let Go (New Poem)

The tight grip you once had

Has now been loosed

Don’t know when or how

But the fact remains the same

Drifting away and searching

To find my way back to you

You let me down and disappointed

Now I’m disjointed, disconnected

Unplugged and left reflecting

On what you did to me

Yeah that’s what I’ll call it

Cause it’s easier to place blame

Than responsibility

You turned away when

I needed you most

I begged for you to stay

But you insisted you had to go

Until the light came on

My ah-ha moment

Your hand was always there

I was the one that let go of it