There’s a silver Lie Ning!

First of all, excuse my terrible word play in the heading…but I am very excited to introduce you to a super bright new light on the artistic horizon today! 22-year old Lie Ning is a ridiculously talented musician from my favourite German city, Berlin. He has just released his debut single “Tonight” this month but I am sure that every single person listening to it will just be dying to hear more from him!

Undoubtedly, Lie Ning has been blessed with an incredible voice which is as dark as the night sky, as warm as a Summer’s night and full of glitter like the milky way. Wow, yes I realise that this metaphor was a bit corny but listen to it and you will get what I mean.

His song “Tonight” is about fully trusting another person with all of your heart and knowing you can rely on them no matter what happens. It’s a song about the unconditional love that every one of us is seeking and I love how Lie Ning reminds us that we are all one, we are connected and therefore no one should feel like they are alone. I think that’s so, so beautiful.

So I’d suggest you listen to the song now, follow him on Instagram @lie__ning and patiently wait for his upcoming debut album “Traffic Songs for the In-Betweens”.

Study this case study

This morning I woke up with a smile on my face and a clear, cool Summer breeze blowing in from the open window introducing this fresh new day. And it so happens that the universe likes to compliment these beautiful moments in my life by providing me with the matching music. This morning my fresh Summer breeze was Daniel Caesar’s new album CASE STUDY 01. This album isn’t special because of its features (even though Pharrell Williams or freaking BRANDY are pretty amazing ones), this album is special because of Daniel Caesar’s expanded mindset and references to physics, chemistry, neurology and spirituality, all wrapped up in a beautiful sound experience.

So this is actually a Summer breeze with a deep meaning behind it. Starting out the first song “ENTROPY” with a snippet from an interview with the American physician J. Robert Oppenheimer about the Trinity Test which started the nuclear era with the introduction of atomic bombs…that’s a symbolic statement. Caesar uses this to compare the state of the world with the chaotic state his own life is in. He sings: “So come on, baby, in time we’ll all freeze, ain’t no stoppin’ that entropy”. Entropy is a term used in thermodynamics mainly used to measure the system’s disorder (please don’t quote me on that, I tried to simplify it), so in symbolic terms it represents the degree of disorder or uncertainty within a system. In relation to that Caesar references the theory of “The Big Freeze”, also called the “Heat Death” which is a theory by scientists about how the Universe could end. If you’re interested you can read more about it here.  

The next song “CYANIDE” is named after a chemical compound which is highly toxic and symbolic for the toxicity of the love affair he is singing about. In contrast to that the next song “LOVE AGAIN” featuring Brandy is about finding hope for a love that has been faced with challenges “Even on your worst day, love you in the worst way, circling around for eternity, going through the motions you’re turning me, internally”, Caesar sings.

And just as these first three, the following songs are equally a mixture of darkness and light, the challenges of life, the confrontation with ugly truths, beliefs, faith, love and fear. I had initially started going through each song one by one but I would like to take another approach instead and invite you to listen to each song yourself and find your own interpretation and meaning in it. I feel like this album is like a piece of art and it will speak to each one of you in a different way, that’s the beauty of art.

So open your window and let the breeze in.

 

Phenomenal Women

So when I started writing today, I was planning on giving you a list of my favourite songs to spice up your playlist for your next cookout, rooftop party or really any other festivities where you would like to get people to dance.

However, when I started writing about the first song, I realized that there’s a deeper message that I am supposed to share with you today. And let’s be real, I wouldn’t be me if I would only give you a bunch of catchy dance tunes without at least including one that has a deeper message to it.

So the song I want to share with you is “Maayaa” by Juls, Tiggs Da Author & Santi. This latest work of one of my favourite, favourite, favourite producers Juls (British-Ghanaian producer & DJ who’s responsible for some amazing tracks by Burna Boy, Show Dem Camp, Mr Eazi, Maleek Berry, Eugy) is dedicated to the amazing, beautiful and inspiring poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer Maya Angelou. According to him, the song is “dedicated to every bold black woman who is never embarrassed or ashamed to boast about their success and achievements, confident in their own skin and never scared to speak their mind”.

And so I want to take this opportunity to share one of my favourite poems by Maya Angelou here with you to underline this powerful message, which is so, so essentially needed in today’s times where too many songs are objectifying and diminishing women.

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
If you’re a woman reading this, I hope this resonates with you to the point that you understand that this poem is describing YOU, and if you’re a man reading this then I hope it inspires you to make a conscious decision about treating every woman you meet like the phenomenal woman that she is.

 

Watch the beautiful video to the song here….