another music meme

i wasn’t tagged. i saw it on someone else’s blog & decided to do it.

Rules:
1. Put your itunes/music player on shuffle
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT
After you’ve answered all of the questions, tag 5 other people and then let them know they’ve been tagged to do the meme themselves!

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?
“when we were friends,” cee-lo

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
“i’m out!!!,” kissey asplund

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
“driving me wild (f/ lily allen),” common

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
“summer love (f/ nicky guiland),” shuya okino

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
“my same,” adele

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
“fear not of man,” mos def (it kinda is. see here.)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
“floatin,” stacy epps

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?
“barry bonds (f/ lil wayne),” kanye west

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
“sesame street,” goodie mob

WHAT IS 2+2?
“i (mikey) rock,” the cool kids

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
“. . . & on,” erykah badu

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
“doghouse,” bugz in the attic

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
“singing man,” the roots

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
“o.g. bitch (speakeasy mix),” esthero

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
“ebony eyes,” stevie wonder

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
“delirium (morgan geist tongues remix),” owusu & hannibal

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
“climb (f/ vinia mojica [WHERE IS HER SOLO ALBUM ALREADY?]),” mos def

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
“cool world,” georgia ann muldrow

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
“joy inside my tears,” stevie wonder

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
“talk to me,” anita baker

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
“e.t. (extraterrestrial),” outkast

WHAT SHOULD YOU POST THIS AS?
“get closer,” ben westbeech

i tag teeteezie, omi, morgan, michael, courtney, and as a bonus i tag bill.
not like bill reads this blog. some friend you are.

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well, now.

atlanta tagged me. here goes.

10 years ago: about to turn 18. watching my summer waste away into nothingness. poor again. looking fwd to the escape of college. dreaming of what life would be like if i stuck to my script.

5 things on today’s to-do list:
1. figure out wtf to wear to work tomorrow
2. eat at least one of these peaches
3. call that sexy malian, see if i can add him to the team
4. put some more stuff on my manifestation list
5. find my flippin checkbook

snacks i enjoy:
fresh fruit, especially a peach or a champagne mango
pita chips from whole foods. totally not good for me, but tasty as hell. with black bean dip or hummus.
POPCORN.

things i would do if i were a millionaire:
pay off my debt
give my mom and sisters money for their debts
pay rent on this apartment 3 years in advance
donate to my favorite places/ charities
travel, travel, travel
shop, shop, shop
invest, invest, invest

5 places i’ve lived (why is this the most inane subject 2 be tagged with?): this apartment. the old apartment. the apartment on master street. my mom’s. manhattanville.

a musical meme

(aj, you’d BETTER answer this shit)

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?
So, here’s how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool…

Opening Credits:

owusu & hannibal, “upstairs downstairs”
word.

Waking Up:
mos def, “mr. nigga”
um, yeah. i guess that’ll work.

First Day At School:
hope, “bring me flowers”
errrrm . . . aight.

Falling In Love:
outkast, “millenium”
me & everything around me/ is unstable like chernobyl . . . yeah.

Fight Song:
kissey asplund, “with you”
makes NO sense whatsoever.

Breaking Up:
muhsinah, “reconstruct”
YES. finally something that makes sense.

Prom:
j*davey, “valley of love”
if i graduated in 1988 and not 1998 maybe it’d fit.

Life:
cee-lo, “bass head jazz”
my life is never this chill. ever. but maybe that’s what i’m headed into?

Mental Breakdown:
bilal, “slyde”
of course it’d be a bilal song. insert ignorant gossipy remark here.

Driving:
the roots, “the lesson pt. 1”
it fits. whaddaya know?

Flashback:
andre 3000, “chronomentrophobia”
the fear of clocks/ the fear of time. yeah. kinda works.

Getting Back Together:
the roots, “the next movement”
the title works. the song itself doesn’t, unless i’m cutting a rug w/ said former boo to this song. and i doubt i would be.

Wedding:
muhsinah, “gogh”
the refrain says “let’s go again” so maybe this works? am i even getting married?

Birth of Child:
candido, “serenade to a savage”
hey, nobody said it was the birth of MY child!

Final Battle:
esperanza spalding, “ponta de areia”
makes.zero.sense.

Death Scene:
res, “how i do”
this shit has zero rhyme or reason, but it totally fits.

Funeral Song:
dwele, “blow your mind”
well, i always did say i wanted motherfuckers to celebrate @ my “homegoing” service.

End Credits:
outkast, “so fresh, so clean”
fuck and yes.

i’ve been tagged

by this hooker to do a meme where i list 6 quirks about myself. well . . . okay. i’m not tagging anyone.

1) i have the hardest time sleeping with the tv on, though sleeping with music playing is fine.

2) i read magazines from back to front, then read them from front to back.

3) i hate soda, with the exception of good shit like stewart’s sodas, the occasional IBC cream soda, & whatever italian sodas i can get my hands on at random cafes.

4) i think being lauded and praised for even the smallest things can make my day go better.

5) i’m really expressive because i want to make sure ppl remember wtf i’m telling them.

6) i hate slow readers. HATE. i don’t share print media w/ ppl because i get sick of waiting for them to finish.

doin laundry on a saturday night.

is this what my life has become? i don’t have any kind of fabulous whatever to do w/ myself, so i kick it in the laundromat until they close?? i used to be miss out thursday-through-saturday, sleep it off sunday, happy hour tuesday & wednesday. wtf happened to me, y’all? *sigh* whatever. i’ll figure it all out. in the meantime, i stole a meme from sanderson who stole it from none other than peanut.

Where did you begin 2007?
hanging out w/ la familia lamb.

What was your status by Valentine’s Day?
coming off my mommy’s 48th birthday

Were you in school (anytime this year)?
no

Did you have any encounters with the police?
yeah. trace & i called the cops on some dude who was slappin his woman around at 13th & carpenter.

Where did you go on vacation?
in my mind. that’s changing soon, though

What did you purchase that was over $500?
nothing

Did you know anybody who got married?
do i? hmmm. no.

Did you know anybody who passed away?
yes

Did you move anywhere?
no

What sporting events did you attend?
none. i missed relays this year. womp.

Describe your birthday:
mine.

What’s something you thought you would not do but did in 2007?
see patti labelle have straight up CHURCH on national televis

What has been your favorite moment(s)?
my first official dgf customer, meeting lily, hanging out w/ emerson, watching femi kuti live at the shrine, realizing the glory that is shayne, hearing owusu & hannibal’s “a million babies” for the first time ever, karas’ dinner party . . . i’m sure there’s more that i can’t recall.

Any new additions to your family?
yes! my cousin cynthia gave birth in late november to a little girl named selenia carolina.

What was your best month?
i have no idea.

Who has been your best drinking buddy?
i have a lot of those.

Overall, how would you rate this year?
it gets a 100 for danceability.

Change your hairstyle?
a bit, but not as much as i think i’m about to

Do you have a New Year’s resolution?
to continue on this path. that’s not a resolution so much as it is a given. but my new years tend to be birthday related.

Do anything embarrassing?
um, yesterday i walked out of the laundromat without actually turning on a washer.

Buy anything new from eBay?
yes! books. yay!

Get married or divorced?
lmao no.

Get arrested?
no.

Be honest – did you watch American Idol?
when they got rid of melinda, i stopped writing myself notes to watch.

Did you get sick this year?
a lil bit

Been snowboarding?

Are you happy to see 2007 go?
i’m always happy to live through another calendar year. i won’t miss 2007.

Been naughty or nice?
nicety. like michel’le.

eight random facts about me: the birthday edition

i was tagged by miss dark daughta. & dammit, i like these survey thingies so why not?

the rules, though i kinda love to bend or break rules:

Post the rules before you give the facts. Post eight random facts about yourself. At the end of your blog post, you need to tag eight people and list their names. Leave the people you tagged a comment on their blog, letting them know that they’ve been tagged.

these are things i have grown up about in the past 26.999999998 years. they’re not birthday-specific necessarily, but still the kind of thing you want to throw confetti at yourself about, non? definitely little (and big) reasons to be glad to be myself.

one: my love of language is a great source of my pride.
i was the only child in a house of pretty much grown ppl for the first 2 years of my life, & i most certainly took full advantage of that. i groomed myself to know what people were talking about, how to express myself, & never be at a loss for words. i was a rather articulate 3 year old, & one day i declared to my mother that i was gonna start reading. she didn’t believe me until i got stuck on a word & asked her how to pronounce it. as an adult, i am kind of a language whore. words are sooooo important to me! i like being able to express one idea in several ways. spanish is pretty much under my belt, so next come portuguese, yoruba, & probably akan or maybe dutch. i love words.

two: i used to hate my name.
i thought my life would be simpler, were i to have a ‘regular’ name like simone or allison. hell, i had a best friend named adina & i was jealous of her because at least she wasn’t [my name]. now i know better. who else would i be, except [my name]? i mean, really. as i got older, i was okay w/ my first name, since i felt that [diminutive nickname] wasn’t an acceptable nickname name. but a big point of contention was my middle name. i was named after my father in that respect, & having grown up essentially without him contributing positively or consistently to my life made me bitter. we’re not gonna get into the last name. i don’t hate it anymore. i’ve made my peace with it, it’s . . . mine just as much as it is my father’s or anyone else’s who has it. i’m okay w/ being myself on paper . . . & the racial ambiguity gets me some laughable reactions. definitely. lol.

three: i don’t genuinely know what it is to sense guilt about or be ashamed of myself.
that is, i’ve felt uneasy or embarrassed, but actual shame is something i’ve never felt. actual guilt? like, i shouldn’t have done that & didn’t enjoy it & don’t ever want to partake in it again because i never should have bothered guilt? you’ve got to be fucking kidding me. to coerce me into something has always been to frighten me into it, or to rationalize me into it. i’ve been apologetic if my actions have caused a result i didn’t intend, or if i’ve been completely misunderstood . . . but guilt & shame i don’t do. i’m thankful, really. that shit can be crippling.

four: i will give until it hurts.
i used to be mad about that & considered myself weak for it. but i’ve managed to discover something very important about being a giving person: giving until it hurts is only something to lament when you know you oughtn’t to begin with. that is, i know who deserves the best i have to offer — & those folks often give me the same. i am glad to say that i give when it’s okay to give. i’ve been blessed, fortunately, with reciprocity in that area of my life.

five: i was a virgin until age 19.
i knew about sex from reading informational books (not romance novels or anything), so my knowledge of STDs & other foolishness was pretty good for someone who thought you were supposed to make noises while fucking . . . even if your partner’s stroke was weak. even if you were too busy thinking about finding a job somewhere. lol! i was mature enough to realize that pleasure was supposed to be a bonus to the biological function of sex; as i’ve grown older / more mature, i use that as my guide. there are some things that simply won’t fly w/ me. waiting until i’d been on this planet almost two decades was good. had i really given myself the space to, i would have waited longer, most likely. but it’s okay. it’s all good. now look at me. i’m quite the pleasure-driven individual overall & it’s been really good for my sex life. yay me! i wish more folks would adopt a similar idea about sex. if it isn’t gonna be fully enjoyable, i don’t do it.

six: i love being single.
as much as i might say i want a man and/ or some babies, single womanhood (not living with anyone who came out of my womb or regularly copulates with me, any of that sort of breeding/ coupled up/ cohabitation stuff) has been exceptionally good to me. i think my creativity has been bolstered by not having to worry about anyone but myself. my deep desire for space & time to do my thing the way i do it has been really helpful. i feel like living with people (roommates especially, sometimes kids or an SO) puts me on stage. i have to rock the strongblackwoman veneer, be super proactive, etc. i hate that shit, & until i’m fully comfortable being my full self at least 20 of 24 hours per day i don’t really think i need a man or babies. hell, i don’t even want a pet. one of my houseplants is barely making it right now, cuz sometimes the high maintenance nurturing shit just isn’t fly to me all the time. lol.

seven: my love of clothing & footwear might put me in debt one day.
but that’s OKAY. cuz i’m a fan of the bargain shopping. or, the initially inexpensive items i find don’t get a 2nd thought. lol. i like pretty colors, nice fabrics (i can’t wear wool or any of the sweater stuff. *pout*), & find that seasonally i change my mind about what i want to look like. that’s neat. reinvention is key. renewal is natural. so, why not do it on all fronts? besides, i kinda love the compliments i get when i throw some fly shit together.

eight: the family i’ve chosen for myself is every bit as important as the one i was born into.
anyone who knows me is aware of my continual growth as a person with the help/ love/ support of the people who’re fortunate enough to be saved to the SIM card in my cell phone. my family, especially over the past year or so, has been a pillar when i really thought i was gonna lose my mind. i love my mom & sisters, my grandfather, my uncles & cousins (there are a LOT of cousins) . . . but none of them will ever make me feel like i’m unloved/ lost without their presence. i used to feel kind of weird about loving my non-family ppl as much as i do my blood relations, but i’ve gotten over it. actually, in a lot of instances the family i’ve chosen has done more for me (in an emotional support/ mental stimulation sense) than my mama & them. i have some of the best, most wonderful, kind, giving, fantastic, just plain fly ass people as friends. i am so fortunate. i love them all so much. i love knowing that i can unflinchingly call a few women my sisters, & that the feeling is never gonna be one-sided. i’m blessed. i could sit here & name their names, but . . . honestly, the most high knows who they are. men & women alike who have really, truly, for real been good to me. thank god for every last one of them.

i tag tia, aj, atlanta, melissa, riley (does he even read this blog?), & um… kenya. i would also tag omi & dark daughta, but they’ve already done it. lol. i guess i’ll have to carry it over to myspace or facebook to grab more victims?

whatever. if you don’t do this, you’re just depriving me the opportunity to get deeper into your business. ;)

music survey that i stole from aj

List 10 musical artists that you like:

1. esthero
2. the roots
3. jill scott
4. feist
5. mos def
6. nina simone
7. eric roberson
8. outkast
9. bilal
10. lizz wright

What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
i think it was “my baby just cares for me,” maybe “see-line woman”

What is your favourite album of 8?
hmmm… atliens

What is your favorite lyric of 5?
that’s a tough one. probably something from “climb”

What are your three of your favorite songs by 7?
errrmmm… “rock wit u,” “for you,” & “a dream”

What are your favorite three songs by 2?
“star,” “the next movement,”& “adrenaline”

What are your three favorite songs by 10?
“soon as i get home,” “salt,” & “fire”

What is your favorite album by 1?
breath from another. of course.

How did you get into 4?
i was listening to lettuce’s last.fm radio station & then i heard “inside and out.” it was a wrap after that.

What are your three favorite songs by 3?
“sweet justice,” “my love” & um… um… “not like crazy”

What is a good memory concerning 2?
every concert of theirs i’ve ever ever ever ever been to

Is there a song by 8 that makes you emotional?
not especially. but an ex boyfriend put ‘jazzybelle’ on a mix tape…

What are your three favorite songs of 1?
“i love you,” “country livin’ (the world i know)” & “we r in need of a musical revolution”

What is your favorite song of the 9 artist?
after all this time it’s probably a toss up btwn ‘fast lane’ & ‘something to hold onto’

1. Of all the bands & artists in your collection, which one do you have the most of?
either the roots or outkast, i really am not certain

2. What was the last song you listened to?
“skyy, can you feel me” by raphael saadiq

3. What’s in your CD player right now?
on the laptop: the evolution of robin thicke

4. What is your favorite instrument?
drums, maybe the tambourine

5. Who’s your favorite local band?
the roots.

6. What was the last concert you attended?
mos def

7. What was the greatest concert you’ve ever been to?
that’s a toss up btwn the roots new year’s eve show in 2004 and the roots & special guests radio city show

8. What’s the worst band you’ve ever seen in concert?
van hunt’s band was great but i didn’t like him. & when i saw donnie earlier this summer he was TACKY…

9. What band do you love musically but hate the members of?
lol, what an odd question. i dislike dice raw but nouveau riche is kinda tight.

10. What is the most musically involved you have ever been?
i was in chorus in high school & definitely plan to go back to voice lessons & maybe get a side gig singing backup for somoene

11. What show are you looking forward to?
none right now. i’m being a jackass when i say this, but i want angela bofill to recover from her stroke so she can start performing again. i’m kinda holding my breath for that one, though it seems really improbable

12. What is your favourite band shirt?
police ‘ghost in the machine’ replica shirt courtesy of my beloved billster

13. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
hmmmm… probably muhsinah, mj zilla, or amy winehouse BEFORE the drug addiction

14. What musician would you like to be in love with you for a day?
mos told me he loved me back when i howled “I LOVE YOU” to him … so i think i already got that one handled. as a backup? black thought

15. What was your last musical “phase” before you wizened up?
i used to buy shit at the suggestion of someone who thought ludacris was a musical genius.

16. Sabbath or solo Ozzy?
does it matter?

17. Did you know that filling out this survey makes you a music geek?
it makes me later for work.

18. What was the greatest decade for music?
the 90s

19. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
NOT LOVE JONES. lol. probably dead presidents or wattstax

20. What would you be without music?
bored & angry

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