Wednesday, September 29, 2010

UNIVERSAL DEFINITION OF GOOD MUSIC

        I wanna start by introducing myself because I’m hoping that there are some new folks reading this. My name is Neefemi and I write. Primarily music reviews and I have been fortunate to “critique” songs and albums from artists all over the world. What I am is somebody whose love for music drove me to do something I am passionate about. However, I do not claim to be in the music industry. I am neither, a singer, a producer, A & R, publicist, you name it. The closest I have come is writing lyrics, I don’t think I’m so good at it, but practice makes perfect huh. That is beside the point. This is not why you are here.
        You are here because the release of DBanj’s new song shit “I do this” created some kind of uproar on twitter and what I got, what killed me was the statement “There is nothing like a Universal Definition of Good Music” That right there killed me.
       Now I will tell you why there is such a thing. Let me say this GOOD music is different from one’s personal taste in music. You do not have to understand the language in which the song is sang; you do not as a rule have to like the genre of music. It is GOOD because, you who speak only French are floored by this song being sang in Italian/Spanish/English/Yoruba. It is GOOD because, you who as a rule hates Country Music is waving your hands, moving your body, screaming at the top of your lungs to this song.
      Often you have heard it been said that MUSIC is UNIVERSAL. The one thing that brings nations together, bring people together. Something Religion has not been able to do. Something LOVE (is there anything more universal than love?) has not been able to do. Something a unified idea, money, sharing the same blood has not been able to do. The only thing remotely close to being able to do this is SPORTS and if you know much about sports (read Arsenal – Man U) people have been known to kill for this.
      There was a reason millions/billions all over the world mourned Micheal Jackson’s death. There is a reason BOB Marley is pretty much enshrined. I dare say FELA and TUPAC are also considered artists who have produced such GOOD music. Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, Sade, Phil Collins also come regularly to mind. YOU CANNOT ARGUE THIS!!! YOU CANNOT. YOU WILL ONLY BE LYING TO PROVE YOUR POINT.    
        I believe the reason we have so much argument(s) about this is because our generation has not known what Good Music is. I really think we have been bombarded by so much rubbish, our discernment is somewhat lacking. I also think having a GOOD RECORD is different from the true definition of GOOD MUSIC. I happily move to most of Lady Gaga’s song, she makes GOOD RECORDS she is yet to make GOOD MUSIC.
        After all is said and done we are all entitled to our own opinions, mine is deep rooted in the fact that my parents raised me on GOOD MUSIC, music passed on from their generations to my generation to that of my siblings. That’s the UNIVERSAL DEFINITION OF GOOD MUSIC

P.S I LOVE YOU  

Monday, September 27, 2010

#MusicMonday – No Gist :)

Why am I not doing anything for Independence Day? I can't be happy with the situation of Nigeria and instead of Nigerians setting up conferences where we talk about the situation of our country at the very least considering the abject poverty that at least 80% of the country is in we are throwing some of the most lavish parties the world has ever seen. The way of Nigerians innit?? Happy people still. O well. I'm not in abject poverty but I don't have money either so my butt is sitting at home contemplating my future.

I can feel myself withdrawing into a shell and I can't stop myself. I'm grateful I have God really, I don't want to think about where depression could have lead me to

In BB news, I don't get to see him anytime soon. Ko easy men. Wahala wo ni mo wa ko ra mi si nsi? Oro Ife yi lagbara men. Lol I apologize if u do not understand Yoruba, some things are just better said in your language, whatever it is. Language is extremely sexy to me.

Not sure what my life would be without music, again I'm grateful for artists and everybody involved in some way in the music industry

My brother has the greatest sense of humor I ever met. Kinda like BB, I don't know about you but that's the greatest requirement in a man ever. My sister is equally hilarious and I'm always shocked when people say I'm funny. I think they are messing with me.

It appears I'm the only female who doesn't think every guy she meets, talks to is remotely interested in me. Have I said this before?

I have a prayer for u, especially ladies. May you never be desperate for love & attention. May insecurities and fears never drive u to do embarrassingly crazy things. May love come easy for u


In other news I'm bothered by the fact that I'm completely and absolutely trusting it's actually quite disconcerting. I'm not curious, I'm not bothered, and I don't ask questions. May this not bite me in the butt can I hear an Amen? Amen.

I don't want him to see my wedding gown till he sees me walking down the aisle. I thought that was normal but apparently not.

Ok on to my gist. Its nothing o, so don't be disappointed just an account of my trip. It also involves some name dropping. It's quite unavoidable if u want me to be honest. So please bear with me or get over it.


First off I killed some kind of animal on my way there. I didn't see it. So sorrry. Then I saw a rat for the first time since I have been in yankee. I thought i was going to die. I am deathly scared of rats (blame my mother, long story). My friends, my sis and I stayed at my friends X.O's place. If you don't know X.O Senavoe and u haven't heard Power u r a dullard (Jesse Jagz twitter reference, lol. Nigerians take things too seriously tho, rme). He is Ghanian/Nigerian/American. Dude is HILARIOUS! You need to hear him speak. The great thing about it is that though we knew of each other way before, we only spoke 3 days before I was at his place(i make friends really easy though)and he was such a great host, cooked breakfast for us, performed for us, took us to the city and he knows how to do the dougie. It was fun.

I was kidkonnect's (NEA Award Winning Producer) date. This is important to note because it came with its privileges. Lol. E. g I got to see the whole redcarpet thing. The rule was he was not to introduce me to anybody and so sometimes he would say my twitter name but I was anonymous for the most part. Kinda cool. So I sat behind M.I and Jesse Jagz, beauty queen, Lara George, Modele infront of them. I realized, I don't think any Nigerian artist has reached celebrity status. I mean duh they are all human beings so nothing to it but yea they still have a long ways to go. M.I and Jesse were funny and nice and very accommodating, and girls are trips men, it was fun to watch. The ceremony was shit, see my post on glamtings for that. 


The after party wasn't great either, got my sis in which considering her age is a rare feat in itself. You could tell she was young cos she was the only one dancing with energy. I told her by the time u get to my age(birthday is coming up o) u will be sitting ur behind down or grinding on some dude.lol. She was the life of the party the whole weekend, everyone she met loved her. She is M.I's biggest fan(groupie sturvs men) and would not let me introduce her tho she has met him before, she saw him and turned red when he smiled at her. I recognized some twitter folks, met up with Miss Enigma(she is tiny :-))and saw a friend from high skool I hadn't seen in eight years, she looked beautiful.



Which reminds me omo this makeup business is such a long thing, like iCannot. My friend spent an hour on makeup and my friend (male) goes really???? Ok plus he told me I was the only female he knows who doesn't take time to dress up, wears no makeup and still looks beautiful. This is my attempt at being vain. Lol. I'm just saying tho ladies what is the obsession with makeup, am I missing something? I would do pictures but no space, plus I didn't take a pic of myself meanwhile I was camera woman all day o. I really need a great camera tho. Sigh!!!

This whole NEA thing made me consider event planning, seeing that i am very detail oriented, but my friends say i'm not mean enough, lol. Do i really need to be mean to do it though? I really feel like i should look into it? what say you? There are many obstacles, i couldn't even start today, but sometime soon maybe.

I think I might let my mum walk me down the aisle. Is that disrespectful towards my dad as per being Nigerian? And o if on the wedding day, he has cold feet and it requires somebody talking to him before he decides he wants again, i say call it off. Is this just me?

Nwayz that's it. I have only two songs for u, they are the songs that speak to my heart right now. And o to answer your question Doll, I lost all the songs on my IPod. iCried. Especially because the computer I synced it with it is no more, over 2000 songs I don't have anymore. Some classics too.

I think I want an iPad (can't believe I'm saying this) but I updated my iPod and I'm playing around it and I love it. TBH I wouldn't have a phone except I have to speak to people no?



#shoutout to RocNaija :)


#shoutout to Miss TayneMent for last weeks Music Monday...Thanks Ma :)

Hope you are all good? Have a good week ahead

P.S I Love You


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Praise Thursday - Support

Hello Darlings,

How are you all doing? How was your weekend and your week? No comment on my last post, i am burnt o (yes i have no problems saying this).

Today was one of those, life just has in it for me days. I think why it bothers me so much is that i don't want to complain or cry or be mad and then i feel like everybody thinks i'm ugly now that they can see me exposed and broken. I'm so sure BB is going to get tired of me now and leave and the same with my friends and family.

But i know they won't, well one they are pretty special people and two they know what i know but sometimes just can't reconcile with that this is only a temporary thing and things will change and soon in life i may never even remember this stage of my life.

Thankful for support and encouragement and random smiles from strangers. Thankful for unconditional love. I have only two songs for you today. The first is a song from Cece Winans called You Will dedicating it to Audeo and anyone experiencing any kind of hurt, just a reminder that IT IS WELL. The Second is a song about strength, my prayer everyday really Standing in your Will by Men of Standard.




Happy Birthday Audeo, wishing you all the very best. The Lord Bless you and Keep you and Grant you all your heart desires, and meet you at your point of need. Your testimony is going to be great, believe it.

Have a good weekend guys, see you on Monday, God willing. Plus i have gist for you guys

P.S I LOVE YOU and Thank you so very much.... all of you

Monday, September 20, 2010

#MM - Case of the Ex by Miss TayneMent

Hello people, it’s been a while since I featured on #MM, life has been kinda busy. I took a kinda sorta roadtrip this weekend and y’all know what road trips entail. That’s right, hours of good music, loud off key singing and ofcourse lots of thinking. So many songs that came up had to do with lost loves or at least what we thought was loves and I was thinking how an experience with an ex is not always terrible, sometimes it ends up okay but there are soooo many scenarios and of course there is a song for each type of scenario, so I had to share. We’ve all been there and we will probably relate to one or more of these songs.

This one is for the relationship, where ur boo’s ex still wants to be best friends and stays calling your boo all day everyday like she/he still has ownership rights.
Case of the Ex – Mya

This one is for the relationship where you just didn’t get any closure. You both have different accounts of what went wrong. You eventually reach that point where you admit that you are never going to get the answers you need BUT all you want is an apology – which you will never get. I couldn’t decide what song to use so I will use both.
Taylor Swift – You’re not sorry
Justin Timberlake – Never Again


This one is the ex that you never ever thought would be an ex and you were totally blindsided. In hindsight, you finally realize that maybe it was for the best afterall and you’ve picked yourself up and realized that life goes on.
Daughtry – Over you

This is for the ex that you just feel rage and resentment and just wish him or her plenty evil and don’t feel bad afterwards. The title says it all
Ceelo – Fuck you


This is for the ex where you were hurt by the breakup but you know enough to know that breakups are part of life and even though you are hurt, you don’t regret any of the good times you had.
Sheryl Crow – Favorite Mistake


Finally this is for the ex where you realize that you are settling by being with this person and you know you deserve better.
Deuces – Chris Brown


I was gonna do some bonus songs but I will be here all night if I try. Songs in this subject matter are plenty. Please share some songs that come to mind for you or scenarios that I did not mention. Hope you have a wonderful Monday and rest of the week

PS Neefemi loves you

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Praise Thursday

Hi Guys. How are you doing? Hope your week went well. Mine was ok, tried not to sweat the small stuff you know and just kept busy. So i'm thinking about going to New York with the sis and my friends tomorrow, still thinking even tho i've made plans, but i know myself tonight i might think "Neefe you know you don't have money so you better sit your ass down". I guess we will find out on Monday what happens, in the meantime if you are in Newyork and surrounding parts send me an email nifemioyedele@hotmail.com yea!!!

Ok because i didn't do music last time, you get some extra songs today, still i encourage you to check out this POST. Enjoy


Kirk Franklin - He will take the pain away


The Winans - Count it all Joy


Smokie Norful - I Understand


Donald Lawrence - Back to Eden


Deitrick Haddon - Amen


Out of Eden - Now I Sing


Youthful Praise - Incredible God/ Incredible Praise


P.S I LOVE YOU

Monday, September 13, 2010

#MM – VMA Edition


Hi Guys. How are you all doing? I hope your week started well. Busy day and I still have more to do and I feel like I'm already behind not like I couldn't space it all out but I just want to keep my mind so busy so I don't have a minute to feel or think. O well lets random a bit shall we….

Did I say I like long Distance? I must have been smoking something, like I was obviously high on something because I hate it. I HATE Long distance, yes you can quote me glamtings. L Sigh. It's not easy that much I can tell you. The good thing is that it's not trust/insecurities related, not about fights or whatever bad comes with long distance. It just gets so freaking lonely some days. The worst part, I feel like its him specific and I never really had this longing in the previous LDR's plus it makes me feel very vulnerable which is so anti everything I believe in.

Which reminds me, I'm not sure why babes are so eager to be married or even be in a relationship. This thing is hard and the way I feel now makes me wish I was single, at least that way I won't feel the way I feel. Single girls you better enjoy yourself and you get no sympathy from me jo.

My best friend asked me the other day if I had gotten "tired". Isn't that very sad? Like I'm known for getting tired of guys real quick. I guess that's why I have not been in too many relationships and why they never last.

My friend came over the other day and we were talking about the past and he mentioned my ex. He was really mad at me for dating him and for giving myself to him and he goes but I warned you. Dude never said anything all he said was "be careful" and I called him out on that and he said he didn't want to say anything because he didn't want to hurt me. I still got hurt. Don't you think I would have been better off being hurt before anything ever happened than afterwards when I was made a laughingstock of? I have never gotten this argument is my point, prevention is better than cure they say, they also say a stitch in time saves nine. You don't have to be my best friend, infact if you are his/her best friend you still should tell the innocent party. It's just the right thing to do.

I haven't told anyone in Michigan I'm around. The only people who know are mutual friends with my brother. All 4 of them. Not sure why I'm hiding.

I paraphrase (don't kill me ma) but it appears that I might come off as either a goody two shoes or a wannabe goody two shoes (not sure which is worse btw). I understand that but I can't really apologize because that is exactly how I want to be "a good girl" not a perfect girl just someone who has tried to make the best decisions and to have done good and one you remember for good. I'm not one of those girls who wants to be having sex conversations (I'm hella prudish), I am however not a virgin and will say my numbers if asked. I don't see the need in putting up scary/nude pictures (I always say you reduce your bride price by doing such), I don't think it's ok to fart, belch, pick your nose, announce the need to use the toilet in front of anyone. (Never mind that I do like to pick my nose, it's the only way to clean the nose if you ask me, just not in front of anyone, even family). I don't know how to explain it without coming off as a goody two shoes, lol, but I really hope that has not scared some of my readers, it will be such a shame.

People say I'm obsessed with my weight. My friend Olisa said I wanted to be a broom badly and I did and that I look healthy now. I never realized. I do talk about my weight a lot, I think America did that to me. I do want to let you know that I have never and will never do anything extreme about my weight and I don't want anyone to ever feel insecure about their body image or type. Everyone is beautiful, cliché but true. I always say that bigger women have the prettiest faces ever. So I hope that is not the picture I have created, my body fluctuates a lot it's why I complain for me, but the most important thing is that you are healthy. It's very important, eat right, sleep well, drink lots of fluids, and get your vitamins.

I think that because of my bad eating habits my tummy has now shrunk in size (not the outer appearance o) but I eat a couple bites and I'm full. I think I have done damage to myself inadvertently

I steadily have conversations in my head, long conversations too. This is becoming scary for me.

I am grateful for God sending me words and confirmations that it's all going to be ok. Today a friend told me of his cousin who buried his mum last month and whose dad died today. I shed a tear on his behalf and I have never met him. He is 21. My life is damn good. I regret ever complaining. Please remind me of this if I complain again.

I think what Taylor Swift did was tasteless. They definitely didn't advice her right. Plus I get the message in the song "you are not what you did" but coming from a 19year old who has been blessed I think that's crazy. I pray she never makes a mistake, you know, drugs, not wearing parties, shaving one side of your hair cause I really think people will not be as forgiving as they have been to Eminem, Britney and Lindsay.

I need your help, if you could please send me a link to your favorite fashion blogs, stores, magazines including those who are vintage geared, I will greatly appreciate it.

I miss my man #thatisall

Now to my 4 fav songs from the VMA's. I think you will be surprised.











Have a great week guys. Have a blast

P.S I LOVE YOU

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Praise Thursday - The Word

Hi Guys. How are you doing? Hope you had a blessed Thursday. Today we are not doing music, iApologize but i hope that this message i'm about to share with you touches you like it touched me. I don't know maybe most of you read this blog already, maybe you have never heard about it. If you are in the latter category i encourage you to bookmark it please. The message today is from my favorite blog stuffchristianslike.net. Enjoy.


When I was in the eighth grade, a room full of people laughed at me when they saw me wearing underwear.
Outfitted in what I can only assume were some tighty whiteys from Marshall’s, all 93 pounds of my awkwardness was on a weigh in scale before a wrestling match. I felt exposed and dumb in that moment, being forced to stand up there in front of both teams. And my worst fears were confirmed when the other team burst into laughter as I stood up to have my weight taken.
There are few things as good feeling as being in your underwear in the eighth grade while dozens of people openly laugh at you. Sticking my finger into an open electrical socket at Chuck-e-Cheese. Getting head stitches multiple times. These childhood memories were more desirable than that moment.
Standing on that scale, it felt like life was stacked against me. I struggled with some depression in Junior High. I was a skinny, brace faced kid. I was constantly running off at the mouth and gossiping my way out of friendships. The odds for survival and goodness did not seem in my favor.
Twenty years later, God still feels that way to me sometimes.
More than just not showing up when I want him to in the way I want him to, it feels like he actually makes things harder than they need to be.
And I’m not just talking about the times when I’ve made some mistake and life cascades down in a thousand broken pieces. I’m talking about times when it feels like you’re on the same page as God. When we feel close and tied up in him and things are good.
Suddenly something comes out of left field. Something we didn’t expect. Something we didn’t see coming. A death in the family. A job loss. A sickness that swoops down like a vulture. And with no rhyme or reason we find ourselves with the odds stacked against us. We find ourselves in the land of the impossible.
We’re not the only ones either. Look at the story of Gideon. He was hiding in a hole when God called him forth to save his people. God kept reducing the army smaller and smaller until Gideon had no chance. To Joshua, he suggested a Louis Armstrong approach to Jericho, something that most generals would consider a bit impossible. Even Paul was an odds against you choice for the model of all missionaries to come.
If you had one human to pick for your Christian team, Paul “the hold the cloaks while Stephen gets stoned” guy, probably wouldn’t be your man. And Christ was no exception to God’s penchant for the impossible. To a culture expecting a warrior, a mighty savior to storm the gates and bring freedom, a baby was sent. A defenseless baby sent into a manger feels like an impossible way to bring about a change.
Why, does this happen? Why does God stack the odds against us? Why does he make life so impossible sometimes? I think the answer is simple:
Human impossibility amplifies God’s glory.
When we are up against the wall, when our resources are gone and our hope is dwindling and the odds are mounted high all around us, God gets to step in.
And he gets to shine brightest when the night is darkest.
That’s what he did with Moses.
In Exodus 7:3-5, God lays out his plan.
“But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
Those are difficult words to hear when you find yourself lost in the land of the impossible, because God is promising it is going to get even harder.
You think it was bad making bricks all day as a slave? I’m going to harden Pharaoh’s heart and he’ll force you to also find the hay to make the bricks from here on out.
You think I’ve been loud before? I’m going to multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt, but he still won’t listen. It’s going to take “mighty acts of judgment,” not tiny acts, but mighty acts. And it’s going to be hard. The night will be dark. The skies will fill with hurt when the firstborns die in Egypt, but then, only then, will the Egyptians know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.
I think God brings us to the land of the impossible because it shines us. It reveals his glory in a way that shallow water never could. Nations are rarely swayed through tiny domestic miracles. Families are rarely changed through quiet acts of wonder. And Moses knew this. In Exodus 33:16-17, he asks God, “How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
In the next chapter God answers him as he makes Moses’ face radiant. It literally glows with the glory of God. It physically, tangibly lights up with the wonder and awe of the Lord. This, this is how we will be distinguished from all other people on the face of the earth, in how we reflect God’s glory.
The night will get dark. You will try to be a loving parent to a teenager who does not seem to love you back. You will stand in the gap between love and divorce and it will feel impossible. You will lose a job that you thought you’d always have. You will face opportunities that feel like mountains.
And when you are there, when you stand in that place, you will shine. For God’s glory. For his name. For his might and power, you will shine.
Because in God’s economy, the impossible is a gift, not a curse.
And it always amplifies God’s glory
Thanks to Jon for being the instrument of God to me.
P.S I Love You. Have a good weekend. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

#MM - African Music

Hi guys, how are you doing? i apologize for disabling comments, it was just one of those days. I'm emotionally better now but i'm now feeling sick. Like RocNaija said to me, when it rains it pours. Na its ok, i should be fine by morning hopefully just got the wind knocked out of me a lil.

So as per last post, maybe i am a Drama Queen. I really need to find out what that entails and embrace it maybe. 

We never go to bed mad at each other. Never. Thats a philosophy i intend to stick with for the rest of my life.

I can't be happy when others around me are sad. Its very hard for me to share good news when i know things are not going well someone i care about.

There is long distance and there is long distance if you know what i mean. I am a pro at LDR's but i would never do US to Naija for example. The love no do me reach. Now if for example i'm already in a relationship and he/i have to move then we are speaking a diff language but that would be based upon the strength of the relationship i guess. 

Opposites might attract but i think there is an extent. I have come to realize the more you have in common excluding sex the better for a relationship. I just think relationships are hard enough without external stress (iSwear i have said this before)

i now write like this.. iSwear, iLike, iLove somebody stop me please. iBeg

iCould never be a serious journalist. I shouldn't say that because i'm not supposed to say anything negative about myself but i'm reading my article on allure and wepluggoodmusic and i write them like i'm here(as in my blog) they are always so cheesy. lol. My dream of writing a book is slowly going down the drain i tell u. I could write a book of randoms. Heheheheh

iLove Tennis. I wish i could play better, truth is i haven't tried to play better, whereas my brother has gotten much better since we decided to start playing. I have a fear of things thrown at me actually, like seriously you cant throw a key at me,don't expect me to catch it, i will move.


I don't know the line between being proud and sharing good news (ithink thats bad english). Ok for example my sister in naij is 18, and has just finished her 3rd year exams. Thats HUGE!! but i'm afraid that sharing info like that is me being proud. Basically i am not comfortable sharing successes. 

My siblings are really fun and watching them have fun with each other is just cute. My sister wont call my name die sha, everyday 30 times a day SB this, SB that, kilode?? My bro was helping the sis with her math homework today, so cute. I took the sis for a street fair yday, it was nice. iReally like the arts surprisingly enough.

Na money kill am. Whether you believe it or not, a lot of dreams, opportunities, successes even joys are hindered by the lack of money. its rather unfortunate. 

#Fact. iWill wear my ring around my neck. i'm just too careless.


My brother terrorizes me by tickling me all the time.


iEat poorly, iSleep poorly, i have stopped exercising... God help me


On to the music shall we....

My sister just put me on to this guy... iLike.... iThink i'm a fake Nigerian btw but thats story for another day

 Inspired by BB, will be showing some artists nominated for Channel's O Music Video Awards
 Wyre  - Uprising ... From Kenya and dude is nice, shoutout to BB for putting me on to this

Becca Samini - Fire Remix - From Ghana - Not bad at all

Tkzee - Dikpapa - I remember these guys from when i was still in Nigeria

Octave Couplet ft Hydro - Do your Thang - Love this video and i think it should win for best newcomer. More importantly am i the only knowing that Africans, guys and girls are into skating. Swear down i did not realize people outside yankee knew anything about it (please allow me my ignorant moment, i feel stupid otherwise)



P.S iLove You

Friday, September 3, 2010

Its the little things

Its just hair... whats the freaking big deal? except today it meant everything to me. All i wanted to do after all the work this week was to do my hair and feel good about myself. Was also going to do my nails, its all cut off from the moving, i seriously needed need a mani and a pedi but i thought to save all the money i have right now. I also need a freaking massage, i'm so sore and everything hurts.

I get there and after washing the hair she says she doesn't have setting lotion, at this point i should have just left btw but i'm like whatever. I get done from the under the dryer and just the way she is asking me what i want to do to my hair is scaring me and then she goes she can't do anything fancy cos she will burn my hair.

Needless to say right now i'm in tears. This might not make sense to u and if you are male you are probably thinking its not a big deal. Except it just happens to be a freaking big deal. I probably needed to cry more than the situation deserves but when it seems like the whole world is on your shoulders and the simplest thing won't go right for you, then this could be enough to commit suicide.

I'm so sick and tired of being sick and tired. God please lift this load.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Praise Thursday

Good Morning/Good Afternoon/Evening People. Its 9am over here and i'm running late. You see we are moving apartments, more like my siblings are moving apartments (hoping that i'm only a guest here for a short while) and i'm doing all the work. Lol. Don't know what they would have done without me btw, but i'm glad i could help. Plus i like that i can implement my system of how things should be and how things should look and all they have to do is maintain it. iknow, iknow, i'm never going to let them grow up. But i'm teaching by example i hope, so they can always have that in the back of my their minds for future references. Nways i realize i'm a hard worker.

But we are here to Praise God and i have to say that i'm getting better in my relationship with God, so clap for me. :). Thank you for all the prayers i really appreciate it. God is a Good God and he will do just what he said he will do in my life and yours in Jesus Name. Have a blessed day guys and enjoy the music.

He's Able - Darwin Hobbs


Healing - Richard Smallwood


Darius Brook - Your will


Lara George - Ko ma si


Cece Winans - Comforter


P.S I LOVE YOU. Really. Have a blessed weekend and be safe