Thursday, June 16, 2011

[FEATURE]: Esperanza Spalding

Thursday, June 16, 2011

So I bet your wondering who this woman is? And don't forget that I myself is included to those people who is thinking the same thing.  

To be honest, I just recently heard about her this week, thanks to my sister. Honestly, I thought she was just an instrumental artist from 80s or 90s, please don't blame me that since the video that my sister link me to in Facebook have given me that first impression (since it look like it was taken a decade ago) not to mention the 'hair' (I always thought that only few people keep those kind of hairstyle now) and I didn't actually thought that she was the 53 Grammy Awards winner who beats Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist Awards, no offense but that fact already made me fond of her already since I actually don't like JB that much though I like his 'Never Say Never' since it's one of the soundtrack of  Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith's revived movie 'Karate Kid' and I really liked that movie since I'm a Jackie Chan die-hard fan, (so to all JB fans, I hope you don't take my opinion personally and harshly). So anyway, I got myself research more about her, since it kinda made me like her instantly and especially that there are only few artist in the world who plays bass and made herself internationally acknowledge and not to mention that she is in Jazz category and not the Pop culture one. 

Aside from being a jazz bassist and singer, she is also a composer and she does also play other instruments like cello which was the first instrument that she intended to play with all the long way but she had fell in love with the bass at the age of 14. That's where all it started. Now I don't want to tell you guys her biography and all since that will make this post long and boring to some others that reading it so here's a link if you want to read all the way (LINK). Anyway, let's stick to some recent news about her. So according to a site that I recently read, she was oldest among the nominees for the award in Grammy but she was the youngest not to mention the first jazz artist to won the award. 


Indeed, how could a jazz musician possibly win the Best New Artist Grammy in 2011?

The easy answer is that she's a highly skilled and highly marketable musician. She's obviously photogenic and preternaturally poised in the spotlight, be it on national TV, performing for President Barack Obama three times (twice at theWhite House, once at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony), headlining sold-out shows across North America and Europe, paying tribute to Princeopening for Prince, co-hosting the Grammy pre-telecast ceremony, or receiving a Grammy herself. This, plus her backstory, youth (she's 26, oldest among the nominees but young as acclaimed jazz performers go) and virtuosic talent, make her a natural spokesperson for an American art form, and the recipient of some crossover attention. ~excerpt from http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2011/02/17/133748183/wait-who-is-this-esperanza-spalding


So I won't lie to you that I'm still on the process of knowing more about her and liking her music. I like jazz but I only have a few songs and selected artist that I love and her being one of them now. I actually admire women being at the top of the society with just using they're pure talents and skills. 

I'm glad to have introduced you to such a great artist. So here's a video I wanna share with you where she performs in the White House so I hope you enjoy it!




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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Albrecht Mayer | Bonjour Paris

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sorry guys, I intended to post more earlier than this but then I got hooked from watching music videos and movies, LOL. So anyway, I want to dedicate this post to my eldest sister, Jehan & my friend Widya!

Now let me tell you about my latest exploits, for the past week, I've been listening various French music even downloading everything that has a 'French' word in it...why? Well, I'm actually looking for this French album that I heard in a café called 'Café France' near the hospital that my father had been admitted to last month. I kinda regret not asking what the albums title so now I'm been doing a scavenger hunt looking for that album, I know your wandering why but if I tell you that it's because the whole time that I've been listening to the tracks of that album every time I get to eat or drop by the cafe, I always get these pleasant feeling of being in Paris listening to it, and really, I totally regret not asking, because now I want to relieve that sensation, I mean that's what I like about instrumental music, they always give me various sensations and feelings when I'm listening to them...hearing them somehow makes you feel that you are living within the culture of the origin from where that music came from and plus the calming effect they always give you. Sigh. Do you get what I'm saying, I mean, I hope you do because it makes me sound like an idiot telling you all the 'trance feeling' I have when listening to these kind of music.

So as far as my hunt had led me, I still haven't found that album. But I came across this album from Alex site, All Music for Soul, I mean I did browse all of his albums in his Archives, even went back from his previous years post to be able somehow fill the excitement I've been gawking-ly been doing looking for that certain album, and unexpectedly, it somehow did the job, because  this album maybe full of Classical French music which is kinda far from the New Age French style music I've been looking for, but this album is actually quite nice. I'm not being sarcastic here but really, it's really nice. I know, you might enjoy it too, surely :)

Mind if I tell you that I'll only post my selected tracks in the album since the sizes of the files are quite big and I don't want to use all the spaces in my Dropbox which I'm running out from it and I don't want that to be the cause why I can't post anything anymore in the future so I hope you enjoy my selections. Ciao everyone & Merci for visiting TMB!



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Friday, June 10, 2011

Day Dream | Sentimental Dream Part 1

Friday, June 10, 2011


Hey, it's finally June , can you believe it? LOL, that was a stupid question it's already the 10th day of the month so obviously you knew its June, (sorry, I'm just teasing you guys up*chuckles*) so anyway, my last semester has just started this week. I'm so excited because in 6 months I'll be graduating! Yehey! Haha, now that sound so over enthusiastic but you can't blame me about it since right now I'm being all sentimental about the thought of me graduating soon, that's why I can't help but treasure my remaining moments in school, with my friends and classmates.

Really, the thought of me graduating soon makes me feel all too emotional since I'm getting older, I mean by the time I'll be graduating will also be the month that I'll be turning 21! I'm turning 21 this year! Ugh! That makes me feel like I'm so old, I mean I still feel I'm a teen-ager but I don't mind being mature and all. Sigh. Now, I'm thinking a lot of things in my life, I mean I should really plan things ahead since I'm older now, right? How I miss being a kid sometimes, being all innocent and carefree. Tch, really, I'm thinking too much now. Sigh.

So to match my feelings now, I'm going to share you guys another album by Day Dream, Sentimental Dream, now this album is courtesy from Shiho/ Windy's blog, New Age Paradise, so feel free to visit his site since he has a great collection of albums their (believe me). I'm actually listening to it now while I'm typing this post, haha, their quite catchy and soothing to the ears, and with such a sunny but a bit windy weather outside (this is the kind of weather I like a lot, especially when I'm just spending the rest of my day at home) plus a tea to drink while listening to this album is giving me the serenity I need since I'm being all mushy and stressing myself out thinking of my future but for a while I'll just enjoy the luxury of this haven.  Enjoy, enjoy!




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