-Andra Day. For the past 5 days or so, her song Rise Up has been in my head. When I’m waking up, meditating, random time throughout my day. I’d heard the song or at least the chorus a couple years ago. I knew of the song is the point. I’ve seen her incredible Grammy Performance with Elle Goulding (2016). The song was in the far far background of my life and now it’s in my every day.
Looking around the vortex YouTube for versions of the song I came across another song she wrote/recorded called, Stand Up For Something, which I also love. Then I came across the viral video of the kids choir who sang Rise Up, which led to watching the video of their performance on Good Morning America. It was super cool to see them get really excited that Ms. Day recorded a video message for them. That led me to The View video where they actually got to sing with Andra Day and later, Common, in a live performance mash up of Rise Up and Stand Up For Something. I’ve played that video at least 5 times today and I’ve rewound to my favorite part probably a dozen times. It’s when she walks over to one of the girls wearing glasses while she’s singing a verse of Stand Up For Something. (2:00) The admiration/enjoyment that Ms. Day shows when the talented, deeply resonant voice of the young girl sings “You can have, you can have everything. But what does it, what does it mean?”, makes me so happy to witness. So yeh, I’m grateful for Ms. Day for her talent and generosity and for all the beautiful young black folks, singing, smiling, and moving with the music🎶 Such joy ❤️👏🏾
-I’m grateful today for J (again and always) who put me on her family plan and got me an Eclipse so I could have a phone with a data plan enabling me the opportunity to work with Rover. Today it’s my only means of internet because where I’m at is temporarily without Wi-Fi access. It’s just been a couple of days. Things are different but it should be back tomorrow or Tuesday. Wild to know how much I rely on Wi-Fi.
-People who send me messages and give “likes” and ❤️s to things I post on various platforms. Thank you all! It means more than I can express.
-Moon’s Yamaha keyboard. I’m teaching myself/learning Bella’s Lullaby. When I get it down I’ll record it and post it.
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