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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need. – Tao Te Ching
There’s something about Mother Nature and being outdoors that bring a sense of calmness and contentment. Getting your one-on-one time with her can be just what doctor ordered to ease your mind, body and soul. Let go of expectations and the “shoulds” of life, and open yourself to what is and who knows, you may find a road to what could be. Give yourself the opportunity to explore and patience to learn.
This dance chune has been on repeat for the past week or so, and comes just in time to make it to my Summer 2017 playlist. ‘Swagon’ (released January 27, 2017) combines groovy house with some hip-hop swag that will move your body from beat to beat. Check it out, and let me know what you think!
By now many of you know my love of music, and if you didn’t, well, now you know. I music everyday from dawn to dusk and genre to genre. My Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, Pandora and Mixcloud—yes, I’m pretty active on all of them and no, you can never have too much music–have everything from indie alternative and rock to EDM (and all its sub-genres) and Spanish pop. Even country has snuck its way into my musical libraries. Most people who know me probably associate me with only a certain style, but I can appreciate music in all its forms–especially live music.
Living in Chicago has many perks: the food, the people, entertainment and culture; the list goes on. You can probably find live music on any given night of the week–it’s not just for the weekends. One of my favorite local spots is Lincoln Hall (LH) : Schubas Tavern, and although the venues are very different from each other (LH is a modern balcony seat venue while Schubas is a older, smaller event space) both invite amazing artists you probably won’t find at your United Centers (bigger venues). It’s for that reason I enjoy these neighborhood spots, and typically you can get a pretty intimate show from the artists.
It was a Sunday night, and Chicago had experienced some torrential downpours that weekend, so the mood was a little dreary. My friend and I made our way to Schubas, both of us weren’t familiar with Co-Stanza nor Jackson Whalan (headliner for the night). Making our way through the monsoons we arrived to the converted Schlitz brewery joining the crowd of 15 or so.
(pictured above Co-Stanza at Schubas 4/30/17)
I walked in with no knowledge of who was playing, and actually there have been a handful of shows where I don’t know many songs (if any)—I have yet to be disappointed with these unknown musical encounters. Stumbling across “new” (and up and coming) music is like realizing it’s actually Saturday, not Sunday or finding $20 bucks in your jeans back pocket. Yup, that same giddy effect…well at least it’s like that for me.
Jack, the singer from the group, has a crisp, clean voice and can do anything from cleverly spit some rap lyrics to serenade you with his smooth vocals. His voice has a natural tone that draws your ears and keeps you listening. His sound is definitely fresh and light, and the charisma he has on stage is clear from the way he engages with the crowd. At a young age, he’s already making an impression, and I can’t wait to see his musical career develop.
Take a listen to one of my personal faves below. Check out his Soundcloud and follow him on Twitter! #SupportLocal
Loving E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. about this new song, stay awake y’all. Sharing my favorite line of the banger…
I’m happy when it rains and ruins our hair and forces us to change all of our plans…
The name comes from the Sanskrit words nata meaning “dancer,”raja meaning “king,” and asana meaning “posture.” Nataraja is one of the names given to the Hindu God Shiva in his form as the cosmic dancer.
UK producer and DJ wAFF kicks of the month with a hot new collaboration with self-taught German DJ Santé. Check out these powerful, vibrations and frequencies…