How I Lived in 2014

One Republic reached a new level of rotation in my ipod in 2014. Their song I Lived magically manages to sum up my year in 4 minutes. I faced some of my biggest fears and discovered an entirely new experience of life on the other side. My year started with diving deeper into a relationship than I ever had. After a year of us dating and finding myself opening up to love for the first time in my life, it felt like skydiving. Terrifying and exhilarating at the same damn time. We were drunk in love and decided to move in together at the beginning of the year. After 4 months of living together we got sober and decided to part ways. We both grew so much within our relationship that we out grew it. We realized we wanted something else. It was actually beautiful and the way we broke up was a testament to how much we had grown. No drama. The opposite of a reality show. We honored each other and what we had. Our love has made a graceful transition to friendship. I count it as one of the most transformational experiences of my life.

Later in the year, I faced another kind of fear when I actually went skydiving. I’ve thought about skydiving for years but my fear had me in a headlock about it until this year. It seemed like a metaphor for what’s been happening across the board in my life. Now I’m finding the courage to jump out of the comfort zone and into the open sky of what’s possible beyond my fear. When I jumped out of that plane at 18,000 feet, every bit of my logical mind was going haywire. When was logic exciting though? I’ve let logic and convention jam me up in the past but this year marked a turning point when I realized what life can actually be. A free fall unbound by the past and by fear. A leap of faith where the journey is such a thrill it makes the outcome irrelevant. Basically, I learned how to live. It’s a new plane to take flight from in 2015.

What kind of jump are you going to make?

Peaceful Protests For Eric Garner

This is photo from a “Die In” protest for ‪Eric Garner‬ in NYC’s Grand Central Station. An example of what gives me hope.

When tragedy strikes and people of all races and backgrounds respond in thoughtful solidarity. We are all in this together. Fear and seperation is the illusion but the truth is we’re all in this together.

Photo credit: Brent Staples  

Quddus with The Hunger Games cast

The US premiere of Mockingjay had the grandiose elements of an award show but when Jennifer Lawrence crashed this interview with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth it was clear that despite the hype, the cast doesn’t take it too seriously.

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Kendrick Lamar – i

Kendrick gets loose for this and even gets a cameo by the legendary Ron Isley.

Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd – Love Me Harder

Collaborations like this one between Ariana Grande and The Weeknd tend to be interesting. Usually when a pop artist does a song with an edgier artist, it either seems forced or it makes for the best of both worlds. This song worked out for the best and the accompanying video for it is equally hot. Ariana’s album My Everything is out now.

An Hour with Rick Rubin

This interview is like that scene in the Wizard of Oz when you get to see what’s behind it all. Rick Rubin is a musical wizard. One of the most genius music producers of all time. Rick shares so much of what makes him great with Zane Lowe in the backyard of his LA home and if you’re a music lover, this will be like heaven.

Stevie Wonder – As (Live In The Studio 1976)

No matter how much great new music comes out, I still find myself going back to the classics so I want to honor that occasionally on this blog with #FlashbackFriday.

Starting off with Stevie Wonder and a song that features lines like “did you know that true love asks for nothing?” A song that I’m convinced should be played by doctors giving treatment for depression because its joy is so contagious. It’s especially awesome to experience it along with this visual of Stevie and his band performing it in the studio. The original session audio for this video was skipping so the audio you’ll here is re-synced from the version that ended up on the album Songs In The Key Of Life but it is still amazing to see that big smile of his to go with this inspiring song.