Fine and Mellow

To call myself a fan of Billie Holiday, would not be enough. I’m a lover of both Billie and her music. I remember when I heard her for the first time, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the ‘raw’. I didn’t know whether I was supposed to observe it (from a distance) or question if it had been there forever.

Miss Holiday

I could listen to Billie all day, wake up the next day and do it again. I love what she says at the beginning of the video about never singing a song the same. The music is such a big part of her that she cannot separate herself from it. God Bless Miss Holiday.

Image via Black Contemporary Art

Hang On To Your Dreams

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I wrote this song in 2008. At the time I was working on my first EP and the lyrics were exactly what I needed to hear. Still one of my favourite songs to perform.

Lyrics

Hold on to your dreams little girl. Hang on to your dreams little boy

No matter what they say, joy is absolutely endless

People just don’t know, there’s enough to go around for everyone

So hold on to your dreams little girl. Hang on to your dreams little boy

Chorus:

They keep us out ’cause they don’t know

And we stay out ’cause they say so

Oh don’t you know.

It shouldn’t be a secret

If you believe then you can have it

Hold on to your dreams

Hold on to your dreams sister girl. Hang on to your dreams brother man

You were never broke. Inside you there’s a priceless treasure.

Fear is not a foe. Just a friend who knows what you desire.

Hold on to your dreams sister girl. Hang on to your dreams brother man

Chorus:

They keep us out ’cause they don’t know

And we stay out ’cause they say so

Oh don’t you know.

It shouldn’t be a secret

If you believe then you can have it

Hold on to your dreams

Its Not So Bad

Two weeks ago while I was on twitter I came across a tweet asking for a singer to perform at a matric ball. I found out more about it and as it turns out, it was a ball for the Athlone School for the Blind and Disabled. Their very first matric ball. The person organising this, read about it on freecycle,org; Wanted: Matric Ball for Blind and Disable Learners. She immediately sprung into action. Withing 12 hours she was getting donations and food sponsours.

This awesome person is @heikebru and I didn’t know anything about her, but I wanted to get involved. So last week on Friday (28 August) I performed at the matric ball and had an awesome time. At the end of the night I was so moved by the work of one woman who decided to respond to a post. As soon as she made the decision to help, she attracted people who also wanted to make a difference. Most times I read about how awful things are in South Africa, but people like Heike (and everyone who came on board) make me think that its not all so bad. I fell asleep with a smile on my face thinking about how happy those grd 12 learners were.

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The theme was ‘A Night at the Oscars’. I thought I had better get dressed up, so I put on my Lazuli dress and pretended I was really going to the Oscars ;)

When you feel like its all falling apart, make a difference and you’ll see that its not so bad after all.

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