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The Language of Love: Why I Sing

I remember the days of growing up in a family of six, seven when my step-brother Michael was either visiting us or we were at our grandparent’s house for the summer. There was one thing you could count on other than us kids laughing and fighting and that my dear friends, was music. Music was a constant in our household, our parents loved to listen to the “oldies” as we called it even back then. They would throw parties and I would sneak out of my bed at night and peak around the corner into the living room and see them getting down (George and Weezie Jefferson style) with their friends. As I watched them and listened to the music pouring out of their eight-track, I was happy. Thus, began my love of music, which I believe is the universal language of love.

My mother’s desire was to be a professional singer and while she did have a few lucky breaks; performing with Andre Crouch, the Gong show and other small stage venues, she eventually settled for the life as a wife and mother. Thankfully, she passed on her musical talents and genes to me and at least one of my brothers (Khalifah), sorry Hashim, Cedric and Michael. However, their talents led them to break dancing and quite well I might add, so much so that on the weekend’s our house garage was known as the break dancer’s cardboard hang out! Anyone remember the movie, Breakin’?

My mother was my greatest muse and like her, I had my share of lucky breaks. I was on the 1st original Deutschland series, “Popstars” with No Angels. It was an eye-opening experience to say the less and I do not mean this in a positive way. Out of 100 young ambitious girls, I made it to the final 10 only to be cast off the show as quote, “not needing Popstars, as I did not fit to a girl group. Apparently, I was already a solo act.” Sounds great on television but did little to impress me. In any case, I capitalized on my fame from Popstars and got an offer to embark on a solo singing career. I was doing interview left and write, receiving positive feedback and had people asking for my autograph. I had a manager, vocal coach and entourage. Sounds thrilling, so one would think… Then enter the music industry and the managers who wanted to take all the credit and money I mind you. I was young and naïve but God had given me the wisdom to say no and I walked away, left it all behind or so I thought.

My love for music had been absent, something changed. I threw myself the longest pity party ever! Mind you this was no ordinary pity party because I was an African American, former runway model living in Stuttgart and eventually moved to Munich; so the party was always surrounded by people who were willing to take me out to forget my woo’s.

Taking some time to reflect on why I had wanted a music career in the first place, I began to search my soul and listen to A LOT of music. Eventually, I realized I was wasting my talents and life to be fare. It hit me that God had blessed me with so many talents and I was not using one of them. While, it took me a few years to accept this gift and others that I believe God has blessed me with and not do anything that would compromise my ethics, my morals and most of all; my love for music. I ditched the fake friends, rediscovered my love for music and life. Happily, I went on to work with some amazing artists and wonderful musicians. Now I am singing and writing the music I want to put my voice to and that this voice wants to make people smile, laugh and have joy unspeakable joy.

In 2008, I created my own Bossa Nova band called, “Moccalicious” and boy that was fun. However, after little success and one failed Demo album, we peacefully parted ways. Shortly thereafter, I joined Munich Swing Set (MSS) http://www.munich-swing-set.de and have been singing the language of love for the past 9 years. This September, I have begun working on my 1st solo studio album to be release in 2018 with two former members of Moccalicious.

All this to say that music was, is and will always be in my soul. If you find yourself at some cross-roads in your life, take a break and a break can be as short or long as you need it to be, to discover what your “love” is and what your talents are and then you can decide whether or not you’re ready to sing, dance and/ or just be happy!

Remember to Liebesüss| Love Sweet

 

0 In Travel

Walchseer Hof (Tirol, Austria)

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The hills are alive indeed at Walchsee in Tirol, Austria http://www.walchseerhof.com What makes these hills even more alive is the beautiful view, while staying at the Walchseer Hof Hotel where Georg and his small but gracious team went out of their way to make you feel at home, relaxed and full from the absolutely amazing gourmet food served for kings and queens. Their motto, “a little luxury” and this is an understatement. Between sitting outside on the beautiful terrace overlooking the mountains, while drinking the best latte macchiato I have EVER had, the delicious food and wine suggestions that matched perfectly or enjoying the Spa on the top floor at night, overlooking a beautiful night sky aligned with stars! Even Did I tell you about the amazing food! My mouth is still watering over the hand-made ravioli, as well as the variety of things to choose from for breakfast, your traditional Weißwurst, marmalade, muesli with (chia seed, flaxseed and nuts) and every morning a nice bottle a sekt for those who want to make mimosa with the freshly pressed orange juice.

I was equally impressed by their hospitality, spectacular views, how easy it was to get out and about. Down the road about 15 -20 minute drive depending if you get stuck behind a tractor and warning there are a lot. There is a place to go down the mountain in a bobsled, I DID IT! Granted I was going the speed of a turtle but hey I got out of my comfort zone. There is also not far from there an animal zoo where you see all the cute fury and not so fury animals up close and personal. Anyone who is sensitive to poo, if I can move past it, then so can you. Also from directly from the hotel, we did a 1 hour hike up into the mountains that was breathtaking and where the Apfelstrudel got rave reviews.

The small but little gestures that turned this family holiday into a luxurious vacation continue to stay fresh in my mind. Whether it was the homemade cake and beverages that awaited us in our room, the fresh water and fresh mint hand-picked from their garden that was always available and the most delicious basket of red apples I have ever seen and I can’t even begin to describe the taste. Every afternoon in the entry lounge there was a fresh pot of tea brewing and home-made pastry cakes that my 2 ½ year old couldn’t keep his grubby little hands off. Therefore, forcing me to eat several. I know it seems I’m really keen on food but isn’t this what we all want, good quality food, inviting ambience and surroundings to boot. On our departure they gave us these cute handmade pin wood chips, I am looking forward to winter even more so I can make good use of these.

From Munich, it is about a 1 ½ hour drive and for those of you who don’t live near to Munich or in Germany, I would highly recommend this as a must-do on your vacation list when considering a day or two trip of Tirol, Austria.

This is our new go-to weekend get-a-way, I just hope there will be a room available for us. Woodluv Diaries luvs Walchseer Hof Hotel.

Remember to Liebesüss| Love Sweet

 

2 In Beauty & Health

Pinkie & Me

Now you might think, who on earth is Pinkie is what does this have to do with Beauty? Well, we all know that beauty is skin deep and comes from the inside out or at least this is what my mom always told me. Pinkie is slowly becoming attached to my hip, in literal terms because it is there where I see the extra pounds have creeped in like a fly that got through the screen door because someone left it open to wide! In this case, I have been leaving my mouth wide open to too many unhealthy things because well, let’s face it because I was just having way too much fun. Between dining out, eating my sons leftover food to avoid having to throw it out and another fact it’s SUMMER and what good is summer if you can’t have a glass or two or three…of Lillet and Prosecco Aperol. Confession’s of a lifestyle Youtube channeler, I let my eating habits go a bit overboard and who wants to go to the gym when it’s blue skies and the sun is pushing you to stay inside or under the shade of a tree that just so happens to be located in a beer garden? So I welcomed Pinkie into my life a few weeks ago, thanks to the amazing talents of again Erica McIntyre. If you haven’t realized by now, she and I have created a bond I hope will last for eternity. Pinkie and I are saluting you Erica…

Pinkie is not actually “it’s real name” formally know to some as Plexus Slim, a drink founded by Plexus. Say what, you haven’t heard of Plexus; well don’t feel bad neither had I until maybe 6 months ago. I kept seeing this pink drink popping up on various Facebook pages, advertisements, etc. I assumed it was pink lemonade but as I have come to learn, we/ I make way too many assumptions and much to our surprise they usually are wrong and boy was I wrong. Plexus Slim is a powder supplement composed of (see photo) and taste like, are you ready for it; pink lemonade (drums please) AND watermelon, raspberries and a tangy taste of lemon. In other words, it’s simply delicious! There are no artificial sweeteners or colors, gluten free, 100% vegetarian. Apparently, Plexus was designed to help people who suffered from diabetes to get their blood sugar under control. Little did they know that this would be beneficial in not only helping people to get their blood sugar under control but additional side effects include; weight loss and ALL things good for cleaning you gut! Now let me just say, I am skeptical about a lot of things, hence it’s why I wanted to share all my experiences through WLD in products, things and places that I have personally had the pleasure of researching/ testing and making a conscious and biased opinion. AND it is in my opinion that Pinkie and me are going to be together for a while. Plexus is not a diet but a healthy way of living by focusing on one of the core essentials to good (gut health) and that is through the gut… I have since, reached out to Erica to purchase more Plexus products and will keep you informed to the good benefits and/or negative things I discover. What I found interesting along with the long list of products that Plexus has to offer that they reiterate that this is NOT a diet and a cure for disease and that along with promoting “gut” health, one must incorporate some kind of physical activity 2-3 times a week. While one might think this is common sense, many have yet to make the connection: Gut health + some level of fitness= GOOD/ HEALTHY living. Who wants to be on a diet for the rest of their lives because I for one know too many people who have been on a diet since the day drive-thru’s and all these frappe-ccino something’s came on the market. Originally, I tried Plexus because I was not only interested in getting my gut healthy, but the few extra pounds someone what motivated me too. Since trying Slim, I do feel better; more energy, eating less and have started going for 15-20 min. jogs 2-3 times a week, something is changing inside me.

Here at WLD we want to always be honest, truthful and not telling or promoting something we think is bad, negative or a waste of your time and money. Lord, knows I have been duped, stumped, hoodwinked and any other dubious terms you can think of to last me a last time.

Dear Pinkie, I hope you’re not offended that I have “outed” you like this but you KNOW how much I adore you and can’t keep you to myself, no matter how good you taste. Toast yourself to better gut health, and shop directly at WLD herehttp://shopmyplexus.com/woodluvdiaries/ and have a look @Plexus Slim

Woodluv Diaries luvs Plexus Slim aka Pinkie!

Remember to Liebesüss| Love Sweet