Aaliyah

Nostalgic

Aaliyah,

Today marks 15 years since your passing. Since then, so many thoughts have crossed my mind and even more feelings have been felt, than I could ever count. There were things that made me smile, and others that have cause me sorrow. Not only did you depart from the Earth at a very young age, but you also left behind a family. One that knew you, and cared for you in ways, that we could only ever imagine. I send love their way, and also to the family of the other passengers who lost their lives on that fateful day.

To commemorate your legacy, I’d like to jam to a throwback. Let’s take it back to ’94 when you first hit the scene, and released the infectious and effervescent track, “Back + Forth.”

This song reminds me of summer. Friday evening rides home from work. And, of a young and happy, you.

Rest in power, Baby girl.

Love,

Von

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New Month, New Season

Goodbye September

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Most people recognize October as being the month that kicks off fall. People are sliding on comfy sweaters, eating warm soup, admiring a crackling fire, and of course watching football.

However, since 1981, October stands for something much more than that. October now represents, DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month.) It’s a topic that is very sensitive in nature, but needs to be discussed. I abhorrently despise violence, whether it be against women, children, men, or even animals. Thus, I’ll be wearing purple this month, to display my support.

Below is a song written by Stephen Garrett, better known as Static for Aaliyah’s final studio recording, and produced by Budd’ha. The song is entitled, “Never No More.”This song actually was a bit of inspiration behind the relationship of Boss and Lyndsey in my novel, Every Woman Deserves an Accessory. It was a risk writing about that stuff, but hopefully someone can learn something from that and avoid going down that route.

One in a million

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Aaliyah, you were truly one of a kind. Your whole style was unlike anything that I had ever seen before. It was your stance, one leg elongated while the other rested bent, shoulders slouched, and face always camera ready.  It was your perfect hair and the way it swayed as you danced like nobody else was watching. You carried yourself like you had no other competition but during interviews, your grace and class always made you appear humble. Your music transcended gender and race as it broke barriers and encouraged other artists to step outside of the box. Your clothes and music was very much ahead of its time.

You were sexy without compromising. You gave us just enough to keep us reeled in and used your voice to enhance everything else. Simply, you were gorgeous inside and out.

Many people may never grasp the impact that you’ve had on myself or so many other people. But then again, most people won’t even recognize the beauty that exist within their own beings.

I remember the first time I heard your name and listened to your song. It was love at first listen. You were angelic and gritty, all at the same time. Your music will continue to live on “Baby girl.” I wish I could see how far you would be now, but sometimes imagination feels better than reality.

With respect & love,

Von