Dolly Writes

Journey of a growing woman

Category: Music

Twenty-Somethings

So, on Saturday, while I was in the Uber on my way to work (Yes, I work on Saturdays too, FML…), I started listening to Sza’s ‘Twenty Somethings’. I have listened to this song many times but I never really heard it until that day and I related with it on a completely different level.

I mean, I have to tell you that my 20s have been a whole different ball game. It has to be. It is that time in your life when you are definitely not a child anymore but you cannot necessarily call yourself an experienced adult because you are still trying to navigate adulthood and all that comes with it. It’s that period where you are introduced to life on a whole new scale.

For me, my 20s have been such an interesting journey and I am just 2 years in. I have seen myself evolve from the person that I used to be and the ways that I used to think. There are some shows that I watch now, like Insecure and Atlanta where, I can totally relate to the characters on those shows. I see myself making the same kind of mistakes they make; battling the same kind of decisions that they do about work, love, sex, life.

Not only that but my friends are in their 20s as well. The conversations that we have has changed. We spend our time talking about those same topics – work, love, sex, life – and also arguing about things going on in the news or on social media.

We also talk about our futures and while some of us have our journeys mapped out, not all of us (like me), seems to have any ideas how to go about it. That can be frustrating sometimes because you feel like you are supposed to have it all together but then, you don’t but the plan is to always take it one step at a time.

We also find ourselves confronted with new realities like the realities of marriage and children and we ask ourselves how we got to this point. Lol.

We drink lots of alcohol and we find time to hang out and we talk and when we do, we analyse and joke about the things that young adults talk about. And I love it.

I think that the freedom you feel in your 20s is unlike any other but its good because you get to enjoy that time for yourself and put your life together for when you are ready to take on bigger, bolder responsibilities.

I will miss it when it’s over but I am enjoying it now and taking it all in while learning to be the best version of myself.

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Music: His Eye is on the sparrow

Hi guys,

So, as you I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been feeling very stressed lately and one of the things I do when I’m stressed – or when I’m feeling any kind of emotion really – is to listen to music. I downloaded Jahméne Douglas Love Never Fails via Apple Music and one song that really touched my soul was his version of His Eye is on the Sparrow. Giving the way I was feeling, that song really had my spirit feeling really good. I could not find his album version on Youtube but I found Lauryn Hill and Tanya Boult’s version – which is from Sister’s Act –  that is just as awesome. I hope you love it just as much as I do.

Music: Reflecting Light

Happy Saturday beautiful people…

I love to share some of the music I love with you guys because music is so powerful to me. Ever since I was a kid, music has always spoken to me in ways that pure speech can’t. Music understands. Music cares. Music evokes emotion. Music reaches down to your soul and there is always a piece of music that reflects however you are feeling.

So, today the music that I am sharing with you today is one that always makes me feel love anytime I hear it. If you are a fan of Gilmore Girls, then you will know Sam Phillips’ Reflecting Light all too well. This song just carries the feeling of love in it. There is just something about it – the words, the voice, the instruments – that just makes it sound so beautiful. I have been singing the song all week and I wanted to transfer this feeling to ya’ll cause I love you.

Hope you love it as much as I do.

Have a lovely weekend. xx

Music: River

It is Saturday people! I hope you all are enjoying your day and enjoying life in general. If you are going through a tough time right now, just know that everything is going to be okay. It may not seem like it but you are tougher than you think and you can make it through. God will never let anything get to you that you cannot handle.

Anyway, as per usual, I want to share a piece of music with you that I fell in love with this past week. I was watching the TV series, Big Little Lies – which is amazing by the way – and the music on the show is outstanding. One of the songs that got my attention is the song, River by Leon Bridges. As soon as I heard it, I had to go on Apple Music and download his entire album. His voice is amazing and so smooth and the song is just beautiful.

I hope you like it just as much as I do and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. xx

Music: Straight Up & Down

Hi guys,

Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday! I didn’t do much today;I just chilled at home and watched some shows and I just finished cooking some Coconut Rice and some Fried Fish with some chili sauce and I am about to eat it all up. Lol

Anyway, if you didn’t know already, I am a HUGEEEEEEEEEE fan of Bruno Mars; Like I’m a Hooligan (fan club) for real!!! He is my favourite artist in the entire planet and he makes amazing music and he literally speaks to my soul. He can do no wrong in my eyes and he is just a really chill and funny guy and I love his music so much.

So, today I wanted to share one of my favourite songs from his new album – 24K Magic. To be fair, I love the entire album – top to bottom; bottom to top – but there are some songs that put me in a mood anytime I hear them and this song is definitely one of them.

It is just really sexy and smooth and would leave you feeling really really good and I want to put you guys in that mood on this lovely Saturday. Hope you enjoy it and please let me know what you think.

Kisses and hugs :*

Music: The Box

Hi guys,

So, I was not really in a writing mood yesterday so, I didn’t get a chance to share some music as I always do on Saturdays. I am feeling better today and I love this song so much that I could not go another week without sharing.

So, I am absolutely in love with M.I. Abaga. I believe that he is the greatest African rapper of all time. Don’t throw tomatoes if you do not agree with me. It is how I feel right now. I have never heard any African artist spit the way he does and there might be some rappers out there that spit just as well or even better, but I haven’t heard them yet and so based on my experience and as of right now, he is the G.O.A.T. for me. This is not to say, there aren’t others who are great, it’s just that M.I. reaches me on a deeper level and I am in a different space when I listen to him.

The song I am sharing – The Box – is from his mixtape, Illegal Music 3 and it basically encourages artists to never let anyone put them in a box. This can also apply to anything you do. Don’t let anyone tell you that something cannot be done. We are made in the image of the Most High God and so we have it in us to do anything. Never limit yourself and never let anyone limit you.

The song features Pryse and CKay.

Hope you enjoy the song and let me know what you think.

 

Music: Boys to Men

So. I love New Edition. I just became a new fan. I always knew who Bobby Brown was and I knew a song by Johnny Gill but I never knew the other guys and when I watched the New Edition movie a couple of months ago – which was so so good by the way -, I fell in love.

These guys are so awesome and so professional. Brooke Payne instilled so much professionalism in them that is still there even after over two decades in the music industry. I just love them so so much and I’m glad that I got a chance to know who them while they’re still here.

Anyway, this song is one of my favourite songs and I got to tell you, that Johnny Gill can sing. He is definitely not the best dancer in the group but he can sing your edges off…and his voice in this song is just so incredible, it can reach deep down in your soul. If you didn’t know, the title of this song also inspired the name of another famous boy group. Which group do you think it is? Lol.

Anyway, enjoy the song and let me know your thoughts. Always love to hear them. ❤

 

 

Photo: Amazon

Q.U.E.E.N

Hi my darlings,

I’m sorry I could not write anything yesterday. I had to go work yesterday and I got back late and I completely forgot.

Anyway, in wrapping up our black girl magic week, I wanted to share a song by two amazing black women that I absolutely love. I think they are examples of strong, free-spirited, talented, independent and beautiful black women and this song always makes me want to dance.

As we end this wonderful week celebrating who we are, please remember how beautiful and unique you are. Never forget that God made us in his own image which basically means that we come from royalty and not just any royalty; We come from the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We are special, wonderful and we are miracles.

I love you all my beauties and I hope you enjoyed this week. Enjoy the song below.

Music: ELEMENT.

I love me some K.Dot a.k.a Kung Fu Kenny a.ka. Kendrick Lamar. He is undoubtedly one of my favourite rappers right now. I think he is amazing and I think he makes an effort to make great music in a time where many people feel like they don’t need to try to hard. He spits from his heart and his experiences and that’s all you can really ask for when it comes to Rap – Honesty.

Anyway, I was going to share another one of his songs but this one has been in my head since yesterday so I thought I’d share this one instead. If you haven’t listed to his album, DAMN., then what are you waiting for?

I hope you like this song as much as I do or at least try to. 🙂 Love you all.

 

Photo: HipHop DX

Music: Blessings

So, it’s Saturday again and I wanted to share a song that inspired me this week. I love Chance the Rapper so much. I think he is such a great role model and so talented and I love how proud he is to be a child of God. He is only 24 years old and he is already changing lives through his music and in his community and it feels my heart with joy and makes me want to aspire to be greater.

His mixtape, Coloring Book is such an amazing piece of work and I love each and every song. This song, however has been on replay this week. It just makes me smile and I couldn’t agree more with the statement, When the praises go up, the blessings come down.

So, I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do. It seems like blessings keep falling in my lap.