I will remember your name

“Your lives had meaning
Your lives had joy
You touched so many people
Many more than you will know”

I know this song is specifically about the many who died from AIDS but it’s always spoken to me about embracing the value of every soul that passes through our lives, and the concept that no one truly dies until no one remembers them. It can be a comfort…and as a #Fridaymeditation pulls some strange, interpretative dance moves from the body.

If you want to have your own dance party with this week’s other musical meditations, the potpourri of songs were, in this order;

Sun is Shining by Bob Marley
You Give Good Love by Whitney Houston
Take on Me by A-ha
Get the Party Started by P!NK
I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross
Mo Money Mo Problems by Notorious BIG feat. Mase and Puff Daddy
Ring de Alarm by Tenor Saw
Ting-a-Ling by Shabba Ranks
Queen of the Pack by Patra
Action by Terror Fabulous feat. Nadine Sutherland

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Vintage

This is one a certain friend of mine might refer to as a hold a tile song, the kind of song that gets your adult self rocking just so and your mind leaning in to memories of boyfriends past, the kind of schmaltzy ’80s love song that your childhood or teenage self sang with full-throated sentimentality as though you’d lived it, the kind of song that might’ve found you holding a tile with a boy at a house party or at the club back in the day. Did those cotton-candy sweet songs give us false ideas of love as my friend jokes? Perhaps. But tell me all that big hair, big shoulder pads, and Whitney, doesn’t take you back to a feel-good time. For those of us who came of age in the 80s, our youth may now be vintage but the music still has a certain magic. My musical meditation (see also Release and Positive Vibes) continues:

It’s Sunday so I’m making this my Sunday, Sunday, and Monday meme posts though I’ve been reaching for music more readily than books these past days (and truthfully coaching and editing clients’ reading will probably take the lion’s share of my reading attention for the foreseeable future).

I will say this, this week I’ve watched the first episode of American Gods (and, though I thought I’d encountered every brand of supernatural on Supernatural, I’m still wondering what did I just watch, that sex scene though) – the Neil Gaiman books have been on my to-read list for a while and the confusing, intriguing (well paced, well shot, well acted) first episode of AG made a good case for bumping them up the list. Mind blown. Hope I remember or have the time to keep up; life makes it hard to get married to new TV shows, even the good ones. Also found myself binge watching (though I still haven’t finished the full season) Dear White People and it is so good (better than the movie, which it picks up from plot wise, even), not black and white in the least – check it out.

The only bookish things I can share are from my other blog:

This post I did on Reading Beyond your world

This mailbox share of new and forthcoming releases (including one of mine – a children’s picture book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure) from Caribbean Reads, publisher of my book teen/young adult novel Musical Youth

This countdown to next weekends Wadadli Stories Book Fair at which I’ll be reading, paneling, maybe doing a little cos-playing (where’s a Storm costume when you need one? lol), and (the part I’m most psyched about) announcing the winners of the Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge – if you’re a regular here you’ll know this project meant to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda is my baby – so, to reference another 80s song, I’m so excited.

cake by danielle by eef

Wadadli Pen cake by Danz’s Sweet Dreams.