Friday, August 29, 2014

Blogger Date w/ Akila

I've truly been converted into becoming an advocate for bringing the virtual world into reality by meeting my favorite bloggers (particularly the ones who have kept conversations going because there is a real rapport there, even before we meet). I'm very transparent in this space so I've found that the bulk of bloggers I've met thus far, I've been able to connect with immediately because of our mutual capacity to be open books. Akila was no different. We've tried to connect a few times before this but things got in the way like her jett-setter lifestyle for one because she just got back from New York. I was like, "Tell me your secrets girl. Show me your ways." Haha, but we decided to go to Atlantic Station on a humid Saturday for our first meetup where we lunched at California Pizza Kitchen and split their Original BBQ Chicken Pizza that they are so known for. It was yummy and I thought I'd be all pizza'd out because I eat it often during the week because of its proximity to my workplace and had it the day before when I vibed with Shalom but I'm learning I can never have too much pizza. Knock on wood. I think it's quickly becoming like my burger infatuation.

After that, we headed to the movies to watch "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For". Loved it! And I feel like I knew Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in it but it didn't stop me from fangirling when he entered the room, I think somehow him being casted in the film slipped my mind. I've always loved the aesthetic of Sin City and this did not disappoint in that aspect and it was interesting to see the old story develop. I'm looking forward to the next installment. Akila and I talked about what every girl talks about: boys lol and we sprinkled some school and travel stuff in there too. I've found that over the years, I've gained such an incredible appreciation for women in my life. So finding good girlfriends who I can be me with and chill with and eat lunch and stuff with is something that I am in love with. And I can't believe I stayed away so long.

How beautiful is she though by the way?

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

a day off

Friday was such a lovely day. I spent the bulk of it getting to know my friend Shalom whom you may recall. Despite my tendency to be chronically tardy, we were able to met again and seek refuge from the smoldering heat of Atlanta that day in the alley of two white buildings where I felt like it'd be perfect to shoot his segment for "Love Notes". I usually just use strangers, but technicalities prevailed and I dig this man's thoughts. He quickly became my favorite subject throughout our conversation on film. From there, we went on a dead-end search for another memory card, but he distracted me with the promise of art instead so we went to his neck of the woods to Castleberry Hill and I dined at Spin, a place he recommended but couldn't give me the courtesy of dining with me unfortunately due to his fast. Ah well, my slice was damn good so it's definitely a spot I'd like to hit again.

The next stop was The Nelson Street Gallery, a quaint Goat Farm-owned establishment that highlights street art and currently has an exhibit entitled "Savor the Flavor", which showcases over 20 years of the Flavor Savors Crew Aerosol Antics and as a special highlight of an homage to the art and life of Bernie "Oiler" Perez. I overheard Shalom speaking to the shop owner about different art, he's a lot better at that than I am, whereas I'm content to play in my own little world behind the lens, he douses himself in those around him. I admire him for that. It was so cool of the shop owner to open up the gallery for just the two of us and to become immersed in the pieces before us. What these people can do with a spray can blows my mind.

Afterwards, we walked nearby to a couple of murals, one of which was a part of the Living Walls collective back in 2010. They are absolutely beautiful. To Shalom I say, thanks for showing parts of you to me on that day. It was a great way to begin and a great way to spend my day off. I liked the reminder of enjoying simple things and that beauty is everywhere, especially in the not so obvious places.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Play: "Julia" x SZA

Undeniably, "Julia" is one of my favorite songs of the moment. I can have that song on repeat for hours. From the infectious 80's beat to its dreamy lyrics that paint images of raincoats given during hard times in life and drama of one's past given the phrase "dirty drawers". She has a way with words and I applaud her transparency as a musician. This song in particular is said to be about the somewhat strained relationship with her father. I'm in love with her voice, her style, her hair, those freckles - if I closed my eyes, I could remember where each one was. "Z" was and is a great album and I'm happy to have a gem like "Julia" to hold close to me always. Lol, people who know me see me dance like I'm wild and carefree to this far more than they've probably bargained for.

Dying of daydreams in your bedroom,
Waiting so long, said you'd be here soon

“I have always felt like an awkward adolescent. I never got out of that phase. I definitely think my music is heavily based on frustrations… with myself, and just trying to figure out what the fuck is wrong with everyone in the world, and what’s wrong with me. Why can’t I figure it out? And why can’t everyone figure things out and stop being so weird? It’s like, self-loathing mixed with global frustrations.”

Click here to check out one of my favorite performances by her, "Warm Winds" over a tight beat. And this too, because she's singing "Babylon" acapella and because I love this series in general. I love the flaws in her voice, it makes her sound that much more beautiful. What's your current repeat song?