4 lessons I learned from my recent public performance

April 23, 2017. I’ll never forget that date. It was the day that I had the wonderful opportunity to perform as a singer at the 2017 Vancouver Sun Run.  You can watch a clip from my performance here. Could you imagine the excitement and nervousness that bubbled in my soul? Read More

How Oprah’s book redefined my understanding of love songs

 

I have a confession to make. I’m not a fan of mushy love songs. I love singing and dancing to up tempo songs. (That’s what happens when you’re from the Caribbean! 😊). I couldn’t understand why people would pine over lovers who left them or mistreated them. I couldn’t imagine why someone would beg his or her former lover to stay. What’s up with these love songs about begging and pleading? I always wondered. Read More

3 lessons I learned from James Patterson’s Masterclass co-author book competition

I recently participated in a competition whereby the winner got an opportunity to co-author a book with New York times best-selling author James Patterson. That was the first time that I participated in a book competition. I also thought the experience was amazing and intense. Most importantly, I’m also happy that I participated in the competition as I gained some practical experience with the process involved in conceptualizing a best-selling thriller, fiction novel. I’m happy to share with you what I re-learned from that experience. Read More

What I learned from my cruise ship singing audition

I’m singing on a cruise ship. I’m dancing on a cruise ship. Ahh… If only…That dancing and singing was what I envisioned when I auditioned to be a singer on a cruise ship in February 2017. Although I didn’t get a chance to entertain the passengers with my singing and dancing, I’m nonetheless grateful that I experienced that audition, as well as what I learned from the process.

I thought that the preparation process reified the significance of creating original music. For the audition, we had to be prepared to perform 16-32 bars of a song by Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and Celine Dion – female singers that I love and listened to constantly as a child in in my teenage years.

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While I sang these songs to the best of my ability, I kept thinking that, when I sing these songs, I will always be compared to the original singer. I myself started to compare myself with Whitney, Celine and Donna. Then it dawned on me – how will I be able to have my own singing identity if I continuously sing other singer’s songs? It was at that point that I really understood and appreciated the value of creating original music, original work and original art.

We can bring a lot of beauty and interest to the world when we create original, fresh and new art, music and stories. I made a promise to myself to create new music and new songs. I made a promise to myself to bring some new life, some new perspectives into the world and into the music, song and lyric universes. This, dear reader, is what I intend to do. Strive, my dear readers to share and create your original and unique perspectives.

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Reflections of a Facebook group creator

I recently created my first “private” Facebook group. I created the group to share my singing, music and storytelling journey with family and close friends– with the hopes of inspiring them to achieve their goals. YAY! No big deal? Thank you for you YAY and thank you if you responded to no big deal. To the no big deal responders, you are right – no big deal. However, creating this private Facebook group was a big deal for me.

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