This is a classic song flipped by
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This is a classic song flipped by
Monday, July 20, 2009
2 snippets from the InPlainSight: A Stevie Wonder Tribute project. Both produced by Snapy Dee. Dem Dayz (I Wish) and No Need 2 Worry.
The song evolves around an 8 note bass line, which is repeated throughout the whole song (although the specific octave of the bass line does change). The key of the piece, like several other of Wonder's hits, is E♭ Minor, although the bridge of the piece is slightly different. The keyboard part consists of two chords during the chorus and verse: E-flat minor 7th (third inversion) and A-flat 7 (first inversion). Stevie Wonder also created a multi-layered monophonic synthesizer part which runs through the song's entirety. Throughout the chorus and verse, this varied Minor pentatonic scale (which can be played using just the black notes on a keyboard) is repeated and adds depth to the song. This piece has a syncopated horn section, as well.
In the TV series Classic Albums, Wonder recreated a small section from the song to demonstrate how he composed and arranged it. He played the keyboards and drums himself, and used most of the musicians that appeared on the original recording.
No Need 2 Worry samples from With A Childs Heart
I think Stevie was 12 when he did this song.
Dem Dayz (I Wish)/ No Need 2 Worry Snippets Prod by Snapy Dee
Sunday, July 19, 2009
This is one of my favorite poems ever, my big bro is actually the reason why I ever read it. Back in the day he had to learn it for one of his classes when we shared a room and he'd read aloud. And told me to check it out. I may do something in the future based on this.
The Road Not Taken
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Another song from the InPlainSight: A Stevie Wonder Tribute
"For Once in My Life" is a pop song written by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden for Motown Records' Jobete publishing company in 1967 (see1967 in music). The composition was originally recorded by Jean DuShon, while other artists, such as Tony Bennett and The Temptations, recorded slow-ballad versions of the song.
The most familiar and successful version of "For Once in My Life" is an uptempo hit version by Stevie Wonder, recorded immediately after DuShon's original. Wonder's version, issued on Motown's Tamla label in 1968 (see 1968 in music), was a number-two hit in the United States in late 1968 and early 1969.
Stevie Wonder's version was recorded at about the same time as The Temptations' in the summer of 1967. However, Berry Gordy did not like Wonder's version, an upbeat rendition produced by Henry Cosby. Gordy vetoed the single's release, and the recording was shelved. Billie Jean Brown, the head of the Motown Quality Control department, finally coerced Gordy into allowing Wonder's version to be released in October 1968.
Contrary to Gordy's instincts, "For Once in My Life" was a highly successful record, peaking at number-two on both the Billboard Pop Singles and Billboard R&B Singles (it was held off from the number-one spot on each chart by another Motown single Gordy had originally vetoed, Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"). "For Once in My Life", issued by Tamla with "Angie Girl" as its b-side, was later included as the title track on Wonder's For Once in My Life album.
Crazy to think Gordy of all people didn't like this song. Just goes to show even the most refine ears can miss something.
Here's my version
4 1nce N My Life (Prod By Smoove Ab)
You ain’t got to sign me
Cuz you’ll never define me
The odds, I’m defying
The mountains, I’m climbing
Must be from God see
They way that I’m rhyming
Crazy how I’m grinding
I will not even surrender
Not even to these pretenders
Breezing through the matter
Like hurricane weather
I’m feeling much better
You’ll stop me, never ever
I’m fully focus
If God is the locus
Then what you write
Is like A pencil
Without the top
So your hate is hopeless
What I spit is glorious
I’m a be cocky
Motivation like Rocky
Shake up the world
Like Muhammad Ali
Pray you Saved By the Bell
When I’m in the Beilding (building)
Make it rain with flows
So wicked witches get melting
For once in my life
I can see clear the rain
I’ll enjoy the pain
I’ll learn to sustain
Honor those slain
Your deaths won’t be in vain
I put that on my name
I’m a make my father proud
As my momma’s precious child
I’ll erase any cloud
Eliminate any doubts
That could ever shroud
Only to God
I will bow
Yes this I vow
Reloaded like the matrix
For my revolution
I’ll take it to the basics
Like fresh shoe strings
Tracks I’m a lace it
Touch all bases
All trails embrace it
I’ll throw caution to the wind
Motion for the win
Hop step over sin
Breath life until mines
Reaches its conclusion
Cause even then
My soul won’t end
It’s just the beginning
For once in my life
I’m a give it all I got
Spit fire into hearts
Like my flow was a Gluck
Fully loaded passion
Of hustlers from block
Feel every tear that drops
I won’t doubt who I am
I stand as a man
Whose taking destiny
Into his own hands
Completely in tune
With God’s plans
Guess you can say
I over stand
So I’m a spit for
(Someone who needs me)
To give them motivation
To keep on fighting
And I’m a spit it for
(Someone who needs me)
To never stop
And give the hope
To keep flying
Boo @ Youtube taking away the dopeness of the quality so i put it on my myspace
The project is moving very very well right now :)
Monday, July 13, 2009
I remember when that song gripped the nation. It was the theme song of every church, every Christian who was going through “The Storm”. It was a heartfelt soulful melody, hands thrown up into the air, eyes closed; tears would be flowing to a ballad of submission. It was a war cry to your troubles, to your own personal walls of Jericho that you would not surrender and be overtaken by the pain. It was a call to God; letting him know no matter what may come next He deserves all the glory and all the praise, all the worship.
Praise is what we do; praise is what we should do not only in our joy. We shouldn’t just only limit praise to a segment in the church service schedule. No we are called to praise God even in the darkest of times. We are called to sing a song of praise late in that midnight hour cause as one song says “God’s gonna turn it around”. See there is power in your praise, and you can praise a way out of no way.
You don’t have to take my word for it; just look at the various instances where it was shown to have happen. Of course there’s the one I cited earlier about the Walls Of Jericho that came tumbling down as Joshua and the people marched around the city playing music and shouting for several days (Joshua Ch. 6). What that story shows is the persistence we need to have in our praise. We need to make a joyful noise in the presence of our enemies. And by enemies I’m not just talking physical beings; I’m talking spiritual, mental, whatever trials that may come to derail you from your blessings. You’ve got to make a joyful noise, you’ve got to sing a song of praise because “no weapon formed against me shall prosper (Ish: 54:17)”.
We have been given the power to overcome these things through our faith in Jesus Christ. When we praise God, it’s a direct line to the Lord for help. There is something going on deep inside you that you’re not even aware of. It’s your spirit speaking directing with Him from the battlefield, asking for His strength, pleading with Him to defeat the enemies that come against you that your don’t even see. When we praise we are bringing down the walls that are held up against you trying to stop you from getting your blessing.
Remember in Acts 16:16-40, Peter and Silas were caught and thrown into jail. It was game over for them. You know that the guards had to of been on high on alert seeing that Peter miraculously escape once before (which is something else you have to understand, God is the same God he was yesterday and the day before. If he did it before believe He can do it again) so this time it was supposed to be over. Think of it this way, if you finally caught a wanted fugitive who just so happen so out of the blue escape before wouldn’t you have him on serious lockdown? You know I sure would. Yet Peter and Silas did something a little different than what most of us would in the face of despair. Instead of just praying, instead of feeling sorry for themselves they began to praise. They began to bring a sacrifice of praise and songs to The Lord.
Back in the Old Testament, when you wanted something from God it wasn’t enough to just bow your head and pray. You had to bring a sacrifice to Him. And not just your average runs of the mill sacrifice, but you best kind. Paul said when Jesus died that now since the price was paid in full we are to bring a sacrifice of praise to God. We have to bring our best praise. You may wonder or look at someone funny because they are so into their praise that they may be jumping around and screaming, or they maybe silent with tears streaming hands raised to the sky. The truth is they are offering their best praise to the Lord because they are going through it, their spirit is lodge into a battle and they are praising a way out of no way. You don’t know what that person is going through; you don’t know where God has brought that person from, or where He is about to take them from. So how can you judge their worship, THEIR praise?!
Peter and Silas praised and sang songs of worship while chained, while their situation looked as though the outcome was bleak. And late in the midnight hour, the ground began to shake and their chains came off and the cell was open. What we have to learn here is patience. You can’t expect for everything to just turn good in an instance. Not to say it can’t, but that there is a reason for everything. There is a reason you are going through your situation, there is a reason you feel chain in this cell of despair. There are lessons to be learned, edges to be smoothen. Know that the Lord is working in your favor and just when the time is right, just when it looks like you’re at your end, late in the midnight hour God’s going to turn it around. You have to faith in your praise, faith in God being the God of all things.
And there is one more thing to learn from this story. Once they became free, they didn’t just take off. They witnessed the glory of God to one of the guards. You can’t just receive the blessing, receive the victory and be on your way. You’ve got to spread the good news of what God has done for you. This is the great commission “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of The Father and The Son and The Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:19). Think about it, you wouldn’t be saved today if someone didn’t share their testimony with you, so how can you rob someone else of that right to here the Gospel?
“Praise is what I do/ even though I’m going through/ I’ll praise you at all times” That means in the good, the bad and the ugly. You have been giving the power to fight your enemies and win your wars. You’ve got to praise in the middle of the storm, in the middle of the war. When your body is overcome by sickness, when the bills keep piling, whatever may come. Praise a way out of no way!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
15-year-old pilot makes
Updated: Monday, 06 Jul 2009, 10:47 AM EDT
Published : Sunday, 05 Jul 2009, 1:55 PM EDT
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Flights land in Newport News everyday, but not many are piloted by 15-year-olds.
"It was so good, really fun and once I got over the Atlantic, I was like 'oh my gosh, I really did it,' so I was really excited," said Kimberly Anyadike.
What Kimberly Anyadike did was make history. She piloted a single engine red-tail airplane from Compton, California to Newport News, Virginia. She'll make the entire roundtrip in 10 days.
"It was just something that sparked my interest and a lot of times when something sparks my interest I go for it," said Anyadike.
"Wow, beautiful, she did great," said Tuskegee Airman, Levi Thornhill.
The flight was a tribute to Tuskegee Airmen like Thornhill. Thornhill, a World War II pilot, flew with Anyadike. The plane is named in his honor and autographed by other living Tuskegee Airmen.
Thornhill says there were skeptics along the way. "They look at her and say how can she do that? Well they don't know her, they don't know the motivation she has to succeed," said Thornhill.
Flying is a family affair for Anyadike. Kimberly's sister, Kelly, also set a world record last year. Kimberly says there is some sibling rivalry. "You know it was, of course, we're always so competitive with each other but it's good...the higher you get," said Anyadike.
The flight's are sponsored by Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum , which provides after school training for aspiring young pilots.
"It becomes natural for them to get in the plane and take off," said Otis Hooper, Tuskegee Youth Program Chairman.
"She's gonna go on to do anything she wants to do," said Thornhill.
Not surprisingly this 15-year-old history maker has plans. "I want to become a private pilot but as a career I want to become a cardiovascular surgeon," said Anyadike.
For now, she's focused on her flight back home.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
“Forget it I’m going to do it myself”, “It’s my way or the highway”, “I’ll figure it out on my own”, how many of us have heard or said a variation of these phrases from time to time? Rather it is in our own personal lives or something pertaining work? How many of us have become so frustrated with waiting on someone else to act or for something to happen we feel compelled to do it ourselves only to end up making situations worse, or just getting a quick temporary fix to a much larger problem? How many of us have even said “I need a life change” but just sit there in the same old struggle day in and day out?
If your nodding you head or raising your hand (which I don’t understand why you’d be raising you hand seeing that we’re not in a classroom) just know you are not alone. I know personally I’ve done this many and many times over. Not just in my own personal life or with work but with my spiritual life. We all come to a point in time where we felt enough is enough and we feel we got to do it on our own. We all end up at a point were we find ourselves wrestling with God.
The story of Jacob is an intriguing piece from the Bible where man literally gets into a sparing match with God himself. Jacob was a schemer, a sly can’t who had to always find his own way to get what he wanted. I’m mean from the womb while fighting his twin brother he tried to grab him back so he could be the first born, and then later down the line played on his brother (Esau) hunger (after working all day, feeling famished) telling him he’d give him food for a trade of his birthright. Yet it doesn’t stop there, he even goes so far as to trick his old blind father into giving him the blessing meant for his brother. The list goes on and on with this guy, ambition is one thing but Jacob lived by the saying “By any mean necessary” to the fullest.
Jacob dug himself a hole of all holes. He thought that by doing these things getting it his way he was going to be good to go right? Wrong! When is brother found out what he had done he became so pissed that he vowed revenge, that he would personally kill Jacob. It got so bad; their mom had to tell Jacob to get out of here until Esau calmed down. Time passes and things are still not looking good. In fact he even sees a vision (Jacob Ladder) in which he feels like his people will never be free of his brother’s wrath. Even though God assures him that even his brother’s people will fall at the End of Days.
Jacob tries to patch things up with his brother and sends someone out to see him, only to find out his brother’s coming for his neck with 400 men. So distraught and traumatized by the drastic conclusion that seems at hand Jacob sends his family away. Completely alone a broken man he begins the battle of his life with God until the break of down. Demanding a blessing from Him, and in that moment he was given a new name, Israel. He was given the blessing God had probably stored for him all his life. He created in Jacob a new being, giving him his redemption. And when his and his Esau paths finally crossed all was forgiven and things started looking up.
There are some interesting things we can take from the story of Jacob. We’ve all had our moments where we tried to take matters into our own hands. Where we feel we deserve something, or feel something should be going a particular way and we have to do something about it. All the while not realizing that God has a plan of action but they not only are we preventing him for doing his job but that we’re digging ourselves deeper into a hole. This leads for something drastic to happen in our lives, in order to wake us up and move us out of His way.
I know you may think, how can we stand in God’s way? I mean He is an almighty being right? Yes He is, but you have to understand it’s that beautiful but harmful thing we all have called “freewill”. The Lord gave us the power to make our own choices and go down our own paths. He won’t get involved in your life if you’re not choosing to allow Him to do so. Jacob is a clear example of getting in God’s way. God probably had blessings meant for him but do to his “I got to get it my way” mindset (even from the womb) he leaped into action blocking God. He basically told God (as we all subconsciously do) “I don’t need you, I can do it myself”.
And yes, it worked out for him for a little bit each time. That is until it blew up in his face when his brother had had enough of his treachery. Now he has reached the point where something drastic was going to have to occur in his life for him to see he really needed God. I’ve had these things happen to me where I’ve gotten by thinking “ok I got this” until the tables started to turn. And I was left dazed and confused needing God’s grace in the midnight hour.
We all wrestle with God in our lives. We all get to that point were our stubbornness clouds our judgment and we end up fighting God Himself. We’re up all night praying and praying begging, even demanding God to bless us and change our course. We come to the crossroads where we realize that we can’t do it ourselves that we need Him to intervene, where we need His will to be done and not our own. We’ve come to that breaking point where we finally allow God to take the wheel and give us the blessings He’s been trying to give you.
That’s something we have to come to terms with. God is a loving, passionate God. He doesn’t want to see you hurt; He doesn’t want to see you struggling, our crushed. Yet at the same time He doesn’t want to step on your toes and take away a gift as precious as freewill. Sometimes it’s best to let you breakdown so that He can build you up again. He has a blessing in store for you, yet every time we try to do it ourselves we’re putting Him in a chokehold telling him to fall back. Essentially we are binding His hands and forcing Him to hold off.
We’ve got to stop wrestling God. We’ve got to come to the point we’re we our working with and not against Him. It’s one thing to pray for a new job and go out and look for it. That’s what we call a good look, because it shows your working with God. Showing Him you believe He will help you in your quest. Yet it’s a whole different thing when you’re praying for that new job, but not even trying to get out of your current situation. Your holding yourself down, complaining day in and day out about how you want, need change but can’t go and do it out of fear of this that or the third outcome. This is when we start wrestling with God binding His hands. You basically tell Him that you don’t believe He has the power to change things for the better.
It all comes back to that having faith thing again. It comes down to believing that God is in control if you would just allow him to be. Stop fighting God. We got to start recognizing when we are 1) in a loosing battle and 2) blocking our own blessings. Don’t just wait for that drastic thing to happen and shake up your world for you to finally surrender it all to God.
“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, The Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the Earth
Does not become tired or weary” (Isaiah 40:28)
“Come to me, all who are weary
And heavy burden
And I will give them rest” (Matthew 11:28)
God is waiting, and wants you to give Him all your drama, all your trials, all your pain. Don’t feel alone; don’t feel it’s up to you and only you to find a solution to your problems. Don’t feel you have to go it alone and do it yourself. God is here and wants to bless you, wanting to fight for you. We’ve just got to stop getting in his way, and let Him be God.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Man what can I say about the boy Soopa (Check Soopa Myspace)other than he got the right name cause as an MC he is beyond your mortal rhymer. And he displays ill delivery, charisma and lyrics once again on his MJ dedication track "Thriller". I've never heard a rapper spit on the thriller track and none should ever do it again after Soopa shut it down.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This is the first song we got done for the Stevie Wonder project. It's called "Blowin' In Da Wind" produced by Snapy Dee.
Why bullets sing
Like demonic choirs
Harmonizing a unified horror
America’s at war with terror
Yet ghetto birds fly
Haunting the night skies
Ignoring the babies cries
The innocent die
At the hands of guys, who try?
Despite clip wings to rise
Beyond these conditions
By their own ambition
Why won’t we listen?
Not heed the warnings
And seek God’s glory
And alter all our stories
On shows like Maury
Young world I’m sorry
Kings and queens
Fathers seldom seen
On everyone’s screens
And it would seem, seemed
Into young black lives
Before we even arrived
We destine to die
May I ask why?
Does it take for us?
To loose a legend
Before we enjoy
The gift from heaven
May I never fail too mention
That I cherish all of my blessings
Why am I not searching for God?
With my own eyes
When it’s clear
The answers in plain sight
Gotta look much deeper to see
It’s dancing in the air
As the winds blowing
Why does it appear in 200 and 9
That color is still a primary issue
Why do I have to loose you?
To realize I miss you
Why are mothers being forced
To tongue kiss tissues
Why sons and daughters
Being slaughtered by the pistols
Why North Korea
Talking firing off missiles
Why schools still using
Number two pencils
Why pirates still hijacking the vessels
Why haven’t we still found a cure for aids
Why instead of direct answers
The government plays
A game of charades
With the public
Why when it’s comes to prosperity
The ghetto’s never the subject
Why don’t we stand and object?
To police brutality
And all the fatalities
Do to the food shortage in Ayiti (Haiti)
And why can’t I see
The God in me
Why is the road to become a man
Why can’t I understand?
There’s just no stopping the sands of time
No fast forwarding or pressing rewind
And why can’t I see
What’s in plain sight
Looking for answers
Gott look much deeper
It’s dancing in the air
Life isn’t fair
It’s blowing in the wind
Close our eyes and hear
Speak Those Things Into Your Life
"A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, and from the produce of his lips he shall be filled." (Proverbs 18:20)
We’ve all heard the bible verse that says “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21) but what exactly does this mean? Well this is something I’ve contemplated many times in life. The subject of how much power we as human beings actually have over not only ours but the lives of others. See what I believe is God has given us a remarkable power that some of us don’t even realize we have. It’s the power to speak good and bad into our lives.
We’ve all at one time or another notice the power of words rather the situation was tiny or colossal. Like how a simple compliment can brighten the most dark gloomy of days or a slick remark can blackout the sunshine. This is about that and much more. This is about the power we all have hidden within ourselves to change the course of our own lives. It’s about believing in your ability to make it better for yourself our worse. It’s time to stop letting everyone else speak over your life, time for you to take control. It’s time to stop bringing destruction into other peoples lives as well.
"A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit." (Proverbs 15:4)
I’ve been a victim of not only letting everyone else speak over my life, but speaking negativity into my own life. The power of words is amazing. God himself shows examples of that throughout the bible. One of the most profound examples is in Genesis, when he creates the world. He could have easily just snapped his fingers or simply think light into existence. Yet he chooses to enlighten the dark with the words “Let there be light”. We also have the power to speak the “light” into the darkness of our lives. It’s just a matter of once again having faith.
"A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, and from the produce of his lips he shall be filled." (Proverbs 18:20)
We can bring prosperity into our own world if we keep speaking about it. If you really believe that God is the same God he was yesterday and the day before. Then you must know he hears your every wish and knows your every desire. He hears your cries when you’re alone in the dark and your silent whimpers in the large crowds. He has equipped us with the power to move mountains by faith. These mountains can consist of finical issues, personal struggles, etc, etc. It’s just a matter in having faith in what you’re saying. Because in the same sense of you speaking prosperity you can speak negativity, but continuing to down and doubt yourself.
We all get cast into the lions den to be devoured by our own personal plight. Yet by faith we have the power to be delivered from the jaws of death, if we would just believe it so. Yet a lot of the time we allow others to tell us we don’t have this power. We let them tell us, we can’t make it, we can’t achieve our goals, and we can’t find that miracle we so desperately need. Believe me, this not what God wills for you or me. There is nothing, nothing out of the range of his power. So there is nothing you can’t do!
You have the power to alter your life. Yet we allow these thoughts to sink into the back of our minds and drown us in the river of sorrow. Some of us (me included) suffer from such low self-esteem that we take the negative as gospel and then begin to infect our selves. My question to you is this, how do you expect to get out of a hole if try to you won’t climb? The power of life and death is in the tongue and yet we often choose to kill ourselves.
God wants us to realize that we are more than what it may appear. He wants us to know that we have the power to bring joy, love, and even wealth into our own lives. You have to believe it though. You’ve also got to be willing to believe that you aren’t what someone else says you are, or that you are not destine for what everyone claims. If that were the case, then David would have never gotten on that battlefield when everyone told him “you’re just a boy, go tend to the sheep”. He’d of never defeated Goliath if he believed in him saying “You just a scrawny kid”. It all comes down to what you believe. Do you believe what everyone is speaking into your life? Or do you believe in that you are more than a conquer. That what you are is destine for greatness, for peace, for love, for happiness?
"The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked." (Proverbs 10:11)
Speak those things into your life. Speak the good, speak the joy, speak the happiness, but don’t just speak it, believe it! Believe that God is GOD and has the power to reward your faith. Haters hate, that’s their job. The devil hated on God and got cast down; Cain hated on Abel, even Jesus was hated on. There will always be haters; there will always be critics, gossipers and so on. Some one’s always going to doubt you and try to bring you down. Yet you have to not let them speak into your life what your life is about, you have to have the faith that you have the power to speak good into your world. They power of life and death is in your tongue, so what will you speak?
"Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles." (Proverbs 21:23)