Live High


What did you do to ring in the New Year?


Me? I did nothing. Absolutely Nothing. I made no lists. I did not reflect on the year that was nor did I send out any sappy generic text messages to people on the occasion. Nope nothing of the sort. The Reason? Honestly why am I doing all this work for a one second change in a day and start off the year putting some kind of pressure on myself.


Come now let’s look at some of the usual suspects for resolutions:


Weight:           Well there is no surprise that I am overweight and that every month or two, I vow to exercise more or take up a sport so that I may get below 200lbs. Work in Progress as we all know. But first, I need to get rid of the pastilles, turkey, macaroni pie, minced pies, black cake, ice cream and rotisserie chicken that is in my fridge. I bought P90X so let’s see how that works out when I arrives.


Relationships:Call me Mr. Dysfunctional in this department as I am known to drive more people crazy by noon than the post office. Comments that I’ve heard in 2008 range from me just being “difficult” to one woman calling me a “C U Next Tuesday”. Some of it I deserved, but most of it lies in the nature of women to think that they can change a man to what they deem proper for themselves. Why are you trying to change the character that attracted you to the person in the first place? Ummm excuse if I am wrong but I am no Eliza Dolittle and last I checked you needed some work to. So if you are trying to change me and I happen to point out your flaws, why am I the bad guy? This year I will continue to be honest and open to possibilities.


Finance:          Yes I know it too. We all resolve to save a little more money and cut down on certain purchases. I haven’t done that badly in this department. My one vice: CDs is really my only addiction. So what if I purchased 101 CDs in 2008 (Matt I am sure you purchased more than that this year). I work hard for my money and I don’t waste it on drinking, smoking, partying  or any other of those sinful devices. Everything else I can manage. Although I do need to leave the heavenly slice of carrot cake at Rituals alone for 2009. It costs $50 a slice and it is truly worth every penny. My mouth waters just thinking about it.  We all made the promise to save more and for some of us we endeavor to purchase a house or take a long vacation somewhere.  Given the economic crisis the world is in, I will hold off on the long Australian vacation and keep what little money I have minus CD purchases to see if that house can become a reality. Of course I do have problems with long term commitment so I may run away from purchasing the house yet again.


So in the spirit of the New Year, let’s just say I am just being me for 2009 and all in all just trying to be happy in everything I do this year. 


In 2008, I sang at concert and really enjoyed it. I haven’t sung in ages and I always worry that God will take away the talent he gave me for non-use of it. So here’s to letting the pipes flow in 2009 in more open settings other than my apartment or in the shower (I give my best concerts here).  I really need to do more that.


I saw Whitney Houston, I fell in love with taking pictures with my new camera (Panasonic Lumix FZ18Z – 8.1Mega pixel with an 18x optical zoom) and just had a really good time with friends in New York, Boston, Rhode Island and Philadelphia. Here’s to topping 2008.


So HAPPY 2009 to every one and may the best incidents  for you in 2008 be the worst ones in 2009



1.      Jason Mraz – We sing, We Dance, We Steal Things (My Number 1 CD for 2008)

2.      Kenny Lattimore – Timeless (My Number 2 Favorite CD, his covers are AMAZING!!)

3.      Janet Jackson –Discipline (I just love her despite her hurting me in 2008)

4.      Various Artists – Across The Universe (Just Brilliant!!)

5.      In The Name of Love Africa Celebrates U2 – Various Artistes (Gem of a find)

6.      Lizz Wright – The Orchard (She can sing the Phonebook for me and I’ll buy it)

7.      Breakfast on the Morning Tram – Stacey Kent (her version of “Landslide” alone is worth the purchase of this album)

8.      Estelle –Shine (Pure Fun!!!)

9.      Al Green – Lay it Down (All I Need, Take Your Time and No One Like You are some reasons for loving it)

10.  Adele -19 (Where did this girl come from???)

11.  Duffy – Rockferry (After hearing Warwick Avenue and Stepping Stone, I still think she is not all that bad)

12.  John Mayer – Continuum

13.  Coldplay – Viva La Vida (No explanation needed here)

14.  Rahsaan Patterson – Wine & Spirits (

15.  Solange – Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams (This album still shocks me whenever I play it)

16.  Jennifer Hudson (While Pocketbook is annoying, the album isn’t bad and it contain my guilty pleasure song for 2008 – All Dressed Up in Love)

17.  John Legend – Evolver (“This Time” is all you need)

18.  Idina Menzel – I Stand (It grew on me but not an album for everyone but the song “Brave” is really good)

19.  Chris Brown – Exclusive (not bad at all)

20.  Dianne Reeves – When You Know (Listen to this album in darkness on a cold wet night)



1.      Cyndi Lauper – Bring Ya To the Brink (….of nausea)

2.      Reba McEntire – Duets (Just plain torture)

3.      David Cook – David Cook (just disappointing)

4.      Usher – Here I Stand (… a big load of Poo)

5.      Janelle Monae – Metropolis (Still don’t know what this album is about)




One thought on “Live High

  1. we will make 2009 the best yet right??? I hope u pop over to Barbados when I am there- March 6 ok….I love ur descriptions of the worst cds…i hear u about Cyndi (and Donna) and we are pretty close on the best ofs..Jason is my fave as well (remember it was u that introduced me to \’waiting for my rocket..\’ I dont like the Idina though…and surpised u like Stacy Kent considering we walked out of her concert early when we were in France in 07…

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