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"Baby girl, let's start with your name" | Mix Tape Monday

Hello friends! Today is CRAZY busy for me as the it's last day to order in time for Christmas with my rush service, so lots of Studio Unveilings and a few consultations thrown in there. Plus I have several albums to design, files to prep, etc, etc. So today's post is a quickie. =) Today's Mix Tape Monday! That's my semi-weekly (emphasis on the "semi") music series.  I share music I love, songs that have made their way into my sessions or just other randomness.  =) I like seeing what other people are listening to and wanted to join the fun! Let me know what's been on your playlist a bunch lately, the songs that make you feel amazing or that you just love!

My new favorite band is American Aquarium from Raleigh. They're a really rockin' alt.country band that I've come to adore. I think of their music as being similar to Lucero and early Drive-by Truckers. My husband and I are going to see them in Richmond next month and I seriously CANNOT wait. I know they're going to put on the best live show!!

They're raising funds for their next record, so if you like what you hear and want to throw a few bucks into the pot, you can score a digital copy of the record when it comes out for a mere $10. I'm just saying, they pretty much rock and I can't wait to get the record when it comes out. =)

American Aquarium - Katherine Belle

"She comes busting through like a hurricane at midnight She comes busting through like she bought the place She was just a wolf in thrift-store clothing Till that sheepish smile ran over her face She stood up and said "which one of you boys, Which one of you boys is buying my drink" She started cussing like a backrow Baptist, I started wondering what my mama would think about

Katherine Belle, I hope you're doing well Please don't break my heart

Well we started drinking those whiskey and gingers We drank so much we almost drowned The jukebox was singing like a choir on Sunday I did the Boss, she did a mean James Brown All of her friends, they tried to warn me They said that horse is too wild to tame So I took a shot and I worked out the courage To say "baby girl let's start with your name"

She woke up on the wrong side of her bed I woke up on the wrong side of town She went to work and I went to Georgia I wonder if she'll be there the next time around"

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"I was lost in dreams of sweet things" | Mix Tape Monday

Hey y'all!  Today's song really has no real meaning about my life other than the fact that I really love the song! I've been listening to more alt.country and folk than anything else right now, so thought I'd reflect that a bit this week. Is it sad that for quite a while, all of the songs that my daughter loved that I played in the car all had to do with drinking? Oops. She one time asked me if the line, "If I'd quit drinking sooner, I'm sure I wouldn't have gone that far," meant that the singer had drived too far. I said that yes, that's what it meant. Though now that I think about it, does that mean I was telling her that the singer was driving drunk? Oh goodness! Really didn't think that one through too well! Laura Cantrell - Whiskey Makes You Sweeter

"Well, the whiskey makes you sweeter than you are. If I'd quit drinkin' sooner, I'm sure I wouldn't have gone that far. Now the haze has lifted I can see. That the whiskey makes you sweeter than you could ever really be.

I started slow and steady, I went from cola to a beer. I made a resolution: From the liquor I'd steer clear. When I saw you there, Somethin' inside of me switched off. And when I switched to the whiskey, Then I knew that I was gone.

'Cause the whiskey makes you sweeter than you are. If I'd quit drinkin' sooner, I'm sure I wouldn't have gone that far. Now the haze has lifted I can see. That the whiskey makes you sweeter than you could ever really be.

"Sweets for a sweetheart." That is what you said to me, As you handed me a shot glass, And drank down hungrily. I was lost in dreams of sweet things, Runnin' through my head. If it wasn't for the whiskey, Well, I'd have run away instead.

'Cause the whiskey makes you sweeter than you are. If I'd quit drinkin' sooner, I'm sure I wouldn't have gone that far. Now the haze has lifted I can see. That the whiskey makes you sweeter than you could ever really be.

Oh yeas, the whiskey makes you sweeter than you could ever be to me."

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"When I start erupting, ain't nobody gonna make me stop" | Mix Tape Monday

Hey y'all!  It's been a while since I've blogged, but it's been a tricky few weeks with my husband recovering from his first surgery, getting ready for his second (on Thursday!) and getting the kids ready for school.  This is Nimora's first time in school ever, but it's been a pretty easy transition, all things considered.  It's been a LITTLE tough, considering that we're navigating public school for the first time, bussing for the first time, Nimora's introduction to schooling and his first time in a full-day structured learning environment. But really, I'm feeling very lucky that it's gone as well as it has. Nimora really is a resilient kid! Wanda JacksonAnyway, today's song is dedicated to those ladies who are a force of nature! I know there's more than a few of y'all reading this right now. Sometimes I feel like one myself. =) Hardly any woman was as much of a force of nature as Wanda Jackson, though! She led the way for women to be sexy and fierce in the music industry. She's definitely one of SSB's sexy ladies to honor!

Wandy Jackson - Fujiyama Mama

"I've been to Nagasaki Hiroshima too The same I did to them baby I can do to you Cause I'm a Fujiyama mama and I'm just about to blow my top Fujiyama-yama Fujiyama And when I start erupting ain't nobody gonna make me stop

I drink a quart of sakey, smoke dynamite I chase it with tobaccy and then shoot out the light

Cause I'm a Fujiyama mama...

[ guitar ]

Well you can talk about me, say that I'm mean I'll blow your head off baby with nitroglycerine Cause I'm a Fujiyama mama...

[ piano ]

Well you can say I'm crazy, stone deaf and dumb But I can cause destruction just like the atom bomb

Cause I'm a Fujiyama mama... I drink a quart of sakey..."

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"Time, it goes so fast" | Mix Tape Monday

Oh my gosh, this is totally my song today.  I just got back from my medical leave late last week and I'm just about caught up from my week away.  My husband had major surgery in Richmond (cancer free now!!!) and is pretty much totally out-of-commission, so it's been crazy trying to do everything for the kids, run the business, take care of my husband, etc!!  Busy, busy day.  =) The Bangles - Manic Monday

"Six o'clock already I was just in the middle of a dream I was kissin' Valentino By a crystal blue Italian stream

But I can't be late 'Cause then I guess I just won't get paid These are the days When you wish your bed was already made

It's just another manic Monday I wish it were Sunday 'Cause that's my funday My I don't have to runday It's just another manic Monday

Have to catch an early train Got to be to work by nine And if I had an air-o-plane I still couldn't make it on time

'Cause it takes me so long Just to figure out what I'm gonna wear Blame it on the train But the boss is already there

It's just another manic Monday I wish it were Sunday 'Cause that's my funday My I don't have to runday It's just another manic Monday

All of the nights Why did my lover have to pick last night To get down Doesn't it matter That I have to feed the both of us Employment's down

He tells me in his bedroom voice C'mon honey, let's go make some noise Time it goes so fast When you're having fun

It's just another manic Monday I wish it were Sunday 'Cause that's my funday My I don't have to runday It's just another manic Monday I wish it was Sunday 'Cause that's my funday It's just another manic Monday"

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"There's a fire starting in my heart" | Mix Tape Mondays

Happy Monday, y'all! This week's song is from the beautiful Adele. When my lovely clients don't bring music to listen to, we often listen to Pandora. If they don't have a preference, I often give them a pick of Adele or Black Eyed Peas. Two totally different feels to a session! Adele is a huge favorite among my clients, so today is dedicated to her, her beautiful music and that killer voice!

Adele - Rolling in the Deep

There's a fire starting in my heart, Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark

Finally, I can see you crystal clear. Go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your ship there. See how I leave, with every piece of you Don't underestimate the things that I will do.

There's a fire starting in my heart, Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark

The scars of your love, remind me of us. They keep me thinking that we almost had it all The scars of your love, they leave me breathless I can't help feeling...

We could have had it all... (you're gonna wish you, never had met me)... Rolling in the Deep (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep) Your had my heart... (you're gonna wish you)... Inside of your hand (Never had met me) And you played it... (Tears are gonna fall)... To the beat (Rolling in the deep)

Baby I have no story to be told, But I've heard one of you and I'm gonna make your head burn. Think of me in the depths of your despair. Making a home down there, as mine sure won't be shared.

The scars of your love, remind you of us. They keep me thinking that we almost had it all The scars of your love, they leave me breathless I can't help feeling...

We could have had it all... (you're gonna wish you never had met me)... Rolling in the Deep (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep) Your had my heart... (you're gonna wish you)... inside of your hand (Never had met me) And you played it... (Tears are gonna fall)... To the beat (Rolling in the deep) Could have had it all Rolling in the deep. You had my heart inside of your hand, But you played it with your beating

Throw yourself through every open door (Whoa) Count your blessings to find what you look for (Whoa-uh) Turn my sorrow into treasured gold (Whoa) And pay me back in kind- You reap just what you sow.

(You're gonna wish you... Never had met me) We could have had it all (Tears are gonna fall... Rolling in the deep) We could have had it all yeah ( you're gonna wish you... never had met me) It all. (Tears are gonna fall) It all It all (Rolling in the deep)

We could have had it all (you're gonna wish you, never had met me) Rolling in the deep (Tears are gonna fall rolling in the deep) You had my heart inside... (you're gonna wish you)... of your hand (Never had met me) And you played it... (Tears are gonna fall)... to the beat (Rolling in the deep) We could have had it all ( you're wish you never had met me) Rolling in the deep (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep) You had my heart... ( you're gonna wish you)... Inside of your hand (Never had met me)

But you played it You played it. You played it. You played it to the beat.

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"Your voice like the sound of sirens" | Mix Tape Monday

This one is for my sweet husband. Starting on Wednesday, I'm taking a week off from work to be with him every step of the way during a crazy, scary, hard, exhausting bit of our life. Thoughts, prayers and good health wishes are definitely appreciated. =) Stephen, I love you so much and will always be here for you 110%. I'm SO nose over tail for you. =)

Alkaline Trio - Nose Over Tail

"Crack my head open on your kitchen floor To prove to you that I have brains Meanwhile tin men led by little girls Down golden roads that lead to nowhere

Fine time to fake a seizure To feel your mouth on mine, you're saving me

Whatever happened to that silly dream you had? I want to make it real I'd love to rub your back Like a plane crash that never hits the ground I fall in love with you I'm nose over tail for you

Your voice like the sound of sirens to a house on fire You're saving me"

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"Let your soul gravitate to the love" | Mix Tape Mondays

Hey y'all! Happy Monday! Today's song is one that I've been listening to over and over again lately. The state of the world is pretty scary, especially when you're raising kids. The future leaders of the world. They're the ones inheriting all of our mistakes and all of our triumphs. It's so hard to look at my kids and see them as adults, but that's the end goal, right? I want my kids to grow up to be capable, kind and compassionate adults. This song helps to remind me of what kind of adults I hope to raise and what kinds of things I need to keep an eye out for as they grow up. It's my job to remember where the love really is. =) As a transracial family, I know we have questions, struggles and amazing experiences in store for us. We don't just have a son; we're raising a black man in a "post racial" America. Though I do think I'm a tiny bit ahead of the game. One of Stephen's co-workers said recently that when you're a mother raising a black son, they always have to think that you're a little bit crazy. Um...check! This advice came with a story of how she saw her son at the mall sagging his pants, which he is expressly forbidden to do. So his mom came up behind him, pants him in front of all of his friends and calmly asked him if they were low enough now. I totally want to be her when I grow up. =)

The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?

"What's wrong with the world, mama People livin' like they ain't got no mamas I think the whole world addicted to the drama Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism But we still got terrorists here livin' In the USA, the big CIA The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK But if you only have love for your own race Then you only leave space to discriminate And to discriminate only generates hate And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah Badness is what you demonstrate And that's exactly how anger works and operates Now, you gotta have love just to set it straight Take control of your mind and meditate Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin' Children hurt can you hear them cryin'? Can you practice what you preach? And would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us Send us some guidance from above 'Cause people got me, got me questionin' Where is the love? (Love)

Where is the love? (The love) Where is the love? (The love) Where is the love? The love, the love

It just ain't the same, always unchanged New days are strange, is the world insane? If love and peace is so strong Why are there pieces of love that don't belong Nations droppin' bombs Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones With the ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone So I can ask myself really what is goin' wrong In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug If you never know truth then you never know love Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know) Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know) Where's the love, y'all( come on yeah)

People killin', people dyin' Children hurt and you hear them cryin' Can you practice what you preach And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us Send us some guidance from above 'Cause people got me, got me questionin' Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love) Where is the love (The love) Where is the love The love, the love

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder Most of us only care about money makin' Selfishness got us followin' the wrong direction Wrong information always shown by the media Negative images, it's the main criteria Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria Kids want to act like what they see in the cinema Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity Whatever happened to the fairness in equality Instead in spreading love we're spreading animosity Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found now ask yourself

People killin', people dyin' Children hurt and you hear them cryin' Can you practice what you preach And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us Send us some guidance from above 'Cause people got me, got me questionin' Where is the love (Love)

Sing with me, y'all

(one world one world) We only got (one world one world) That's all we got (one world one world) And somethings wrong with it (yeah) And somethings wrong with it (yeah) And somethings wrong with the w-w-world yeah We only got (one world one world) That's all we got (one world one world)"

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"Live your heart and never follow" | Mix Tape Mondays

Hey there!  Happy 4th of July!! I hope you're doing something really fun with your family today! Today is the first day of my new semi-weekly music series.  I'll be sharing music I love, songs that have made their way into my sessions or just other randomness.  =) I like seeing what other people are listening to and wanted to join the fun!

Today's song is one of my favorite songs by Hot Water Music and one that I'm always trying to keep in mind.  I like putting two lines together as a little life mantra:

"Lead a life the best we know Live your heart and never follow"

Easier said than done, but it's something that I believe wholeheartedly.  They mean so much to me right now as I'm thinking of restructuring my photography businesses and figuring out how best to create my life.  =) I foresee a new tattoo in my future!

Hot Water Music - It's Hard to Know

"We couldn't help but cry, when we were brought to life. Drug out by the cold, slapped a few times, to the rhythm in the flickering lights with tightly closed sore eyes. We grow, to either be or hate what's cold and that's when we learn to know.

To run Don't follow Lead a life the best we know.

It's hard to find your way through the darkness, it's hard to know what to believe. But if you live by your heart and value the love that you find, Then you have all you need.

To run Don't follow Lead a life the best you know.

Let's talk about an independent stand. Let's talk about free form thought. It's not about living under command. So don't get caught.

I get knocked down and then I get back up. Live your heart and never follow. I'll speak my mind, you can't cover it up. Live your heart and never follow. I'm picking up the pieces as they break and fall. Live your heart and never follow. I'll take on every day standing up, standing tall. Live your heart and never follow.

Live your heart and never follow. Live your heart and never follow. Live your heart and never follow."

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