Music is Magic: Thundercat

Hello all and happy Wednesday! I just wanted to quickly drop it with a new installment of ‘Music is Magic’. I have to admit that besides chilin’ with Zelda and trying to keep these plants alive, a lot of my summer break has been listening to music and Netflix binging. And of course with this extended break, I find myself mindlessly staying on social media for longer than I should. I always say I need a break from it, with the occasional deleting of the apps.

Today’s ‘Music is Magic’ has a bit to do with that love/hate relationship with social media. If it’s not on Snapchat or Twitter then did it even happen?? Of course it did, and we probably appreciated the moment more when we didn’t stop to grab our phone to capture it.

Those of you may be familiar with Thundercat…not the cartoon, in this case, but the bassist, vocalist and producer. I recently became familiar with him, when one of his songs ‘Heartbreaks and Setbacks’ appeared on my favorite new show ‘Insecure’. From there, I was on the hunt for more work by him. I soon discovered that he has been in the game for quite some time as a session musician, producer and collaborator for the likes of Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar.

I’ve had his newest album ‘Drunk’ since it was released, but hadn’t listened to it in it’s entirety. One day his song ‘Bus in These Streets’ came up on the shuffle, and now has been on repeat. This verse, definitely caught my attention as most of his stuff does:

From the minute I wake up I’m staring at the screen

Watching the world go insane

Gotta stay connected so I know what’s happening

In these streets

So for those of us with FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), you’ll be able to relate to this song.

It’s a short little ditty that sounds like it could have been written in the 1960s, sang by either Dionne Warick or Petula Clarke. Check them out on YouTube, if you’re not sure what I mean.

I also love the opening verse:

Stuck in the clouds

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it

I’m high as a kite

Don’t bother me

I’m out here probably doing the most

Social media, has a major impact, good or bad. We control what we put out there for the world to see. For all you know, I’m out here “doing the most” but in reality, I’m about to mop my kitchen. Catch my Instagram Stories for that exclusive..just kidding, I’m not gonna do it for the ‘gram.

Below is audio of ‘Bus in These Streets’ and if you’d like to purchase this song or Thundercat’s album ‘Drunk’, click here.

 

Have a great day, everyone. And as always, Thank you so much for reading,

naturally-k-rich

My Thumb is Turning Green

Hey all! I hope that you’re having a fantastic week! I’m back with my first post of the summer. What better way to do that than to tell you about a new hobby of mine.

I’ve never really been one for plants. I mean, I love them, but keeping them alive has been my main problem. And when I first met Nicholas, he had a cactus in his kitchen..oh wait, I mean a dead cactus in his kitchen. My first thought was, “how on Earth do you kill a cactus?”

Neglect. Neglect is what killed that cactus.

So between my plant killing and his cactus neglect, we didn’t sound like a good gardening team. Like Kevin Hart said, “we didn’t look good as a unit” lol.

Anyway, I have really bad allergies and aside from every medications that make me sleepy, I needed some relief. I was now in the market for indoor plants that would purify the air. With a bit of research, I came across the Dracaena plant. It’s name is derived from the Ancient Greek word for “female dragon”, which is why I named it Daenerys (the mother of dragons). Game of Thrones fans will understand.

 

 

According to the site Top Tip Spot, the Dracaena “removes not only benzene and formaldehyde from the air, but also xylene and toluene” those sound like things that I don’t wanna breathe in, and this plant doesn’t need a lot of light of water…sounds right up my alley.

It’s doing great so far, and I’ve even added a couple more to the family. The next one that we bought was the Neon Pothos, I haven’t named this one yet, but I’m open to suggestions.

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Then we found out about the cutest little garden shop here in our town called, Porches, with just one visit, you can’t help but fall in love with this place. The air in the store is fresh, because, duh, trees and plants galore! And the fact that oldies play in the background means this is a place I could spend a lot of time in. Check out their Facebook page here if you’d like more info #supportsmallbusiness. From Porches, we came home with another air purifying plant, The Spider plant, of course I had to name this one Peter Parker because if I didn’t name it after Spider Man, then what kind of person am I?

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I can’t write this post without also mentioning the succulent plant that I managed to bring back from the brink of death. It was in the backyard, and I didn’t pay it much attention. The only way I can describe its appearance is that it looked like a dried up artichoke. With a little TLC (I sang ‘Waterfalls’ to it everyday…kidding!) With some Tender Loving Care, I was able to get it to not only open up and flourish, but to also grow a couple extra stalks? vines? I don’t know what they are, but it’s on a nice road to recovery.   

 

 

I’m on a break from work, so I figured that this was the perfect time to get plants and learn as much as I can about them. I’ve become attached, so there is no other choice than to take care of them the very best that I can. I truly feel that my allergies and such reactions to those allergies have lessened. I don’t wake up as congested as I used to and that is a big deal. When I could only breathe out of one nostril, I realized how much I took advantage of my nasal passages. I fully appreciate them now, btw.

Of course now that I’ve got this new hobby, I want all of the things. I had to run out and buy a watering can, a little shovel that is just the cutest…I think next on my list is some gardening gloves. I don’t know why, but I’m just pretty sure I need them.

Because of the nice clean air, and the dash of natural home decor that these amazing plants bring, it’s hard not to feel like my mood is elevated and my energy has increased. Like Nicholas said, like fire, these plants “boost morale”.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I’ll keep you updated with their progress in future posts. Have a great day! I’ll get back to trying to stay cool in this 108 degree weather that we are having today.

 

Thank you for reading,

naturally-k-rich

 

 

 

Music is Magic: Purple Rain/Record Store Day

Happy Saturday readers! I woke up this morning excited to write. But first, coffee…and music.

Let’s get into this week’s Music is Magic, oh what a magical weekend it was. If you know me in real life, or follow me on any of my social media platforms, you’ll know that my love for Prince is one that has only grown over the past 30 years. 

Last weekend…more specifically, April 21st, was the one year anniversary of Prince’s death. I can’t believe it has been a year already. When I think of the moment that Nicholas called me at work, I stepped outside of the classroom to take the call and he told me that it was being reported that Prince died, my heart breaks all over again. I wanted to break down and cry right then and there. I was at work so I really had to hold it together until I went home for lunch, even as the texts from friends and family started to trickle in. It was when I was home that I sat and cried for my absolute favorite musician. The TV news reports made it even more real that he was gone. 

The tributes that followed only affirmed what I already knew: There will never be another like him. From the San Francisco Giants playing Prince’s music throughout AT&T Park before first pitch and between innings, to the Eiffle Tower lighting up a glorious purple, it all warmed my heart.

Okay, back to last weekend, my town’s oldest and most beautiful theatre (theatER? theatRE? I’ll be proper today), The historic Fox Theatre, was showing Purple Rain. I knew that we had to be there. I had a feeling that it was going to be an experience that I would never forget. I sure was right.

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I ran into friends that share my love for Prince Rogers Nelson and instead of feeling sad, it felt more like a celebration of his life, as a theatre full of people sang and danced to every song and hooted and hollered for Prince every time he showed up on the screen.

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Hanford’s Fox Theatre 4/21/17

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Before the people…

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With my love Nicholas

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My Prince loving soul sista Krystal

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Twinning with my friend Athena

I was only 2 ½ when Purple Rain first hit theatres so it wasn’t until I was 7 that I was able to watch it. It was the first time I can recall being told to cover my eyes (for the famous Lake Minnetonka scene, of course). Enamored and amazed with this man dancing and doing the splits all over the stage, he had me at “Dearly Beloved…” A facial expression for every emotion and the inventor of “side eye” as far as I’m concerned.  

We live close to the theatre, so we made the walk there and back. It was such a beautiful night. And just like the first time I saw it, I’ll never forget it.

The next day was Record Store Day and we have now made it a tradition to go to the record stores on this day to not only support local record stores, but to check out some limited RSD releases (they only had 3 of Prince’s ‘Little Red Corvette’ picture discs, that were of course snatched up by the time I got to front of the line) but they had a few other of his maxi singles on vinyl, so I picked up ‘Pop Life’.

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I know I talk about Prince and his significance to my life quite a bit. Some can’t understand how people can mourn the death of an artist because we didn’t know them personally. I think the Purple One said it best:

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I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! As always thank you for reading,

naturally-k-rich