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Effervescent Sensuality

The lyrics to Floetry “Say Yes” are simply, effervescent and sensual. I’ve been fond of this song for over a decade, because it speaks about the imaginative thoughts that we have whenever we see someone that we like. It describes the uncertainty about if we will or won’t actually indulge our senses and give in to primal urges.

I’ve often thought that this would be a perfect song for a guy to remake, as men are socialized to be more open to one night stands or casual sex, and needing to prod a woman out of her head and into his bed. Nonetheless, Andre Harris and Marsha Ambrosius wrote a stunning piece of work. Enjoy the simplistic, yet very vivid lyrics below.

 “Say Yes”

[Intro:]
See I’ve been watching you for a while your smile and stuff
and I don’t know if I can be with you for tonight alright,
is that alright baby, baby

[Verse 1:]
There is only one for me
You have made that a possibility
We could take that step to see, ohh
If this is really gonna be
All you gotta do is say yes

[Chorus:]
All you gotta do is say yes
Don’t deny what you feel let me undress you baby
Open up your mind and just rest
I’m about to let you know you make me so
All you gotta do is say yes
Don’t deny what you feel let me undress you baby
Open up your mind and just rest
I’m about to let you know you make me so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so,
You make me so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so

[Verse 2:]
Loving you has taken time, taken time
But I always knew you could be mine
I recognize the butterflies inside me
Sense is gonna be made tonight, tonight
All you gotta do is say yes

[Repeat Chorus]

[Ad lib to end]

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Von Powell…Triple Threat

As a writer, nothing makes you feel more immediate satisfaction then writing the phrase “The end,” at the closing of whatever project you’re working on. It makes your heart jump and you release all of the pint up emotions you’ve been holding inside, in order to allow the characters a chance to breathe, a chance at life. But no matter how sweet it fills to complete one project, as an artist, your mind is always thinking of new ideas to explore. Once upon a time, I thought that I would live life traveling from continent to continent while my millions of fans waited for years for me to release my next project. However, I am too fervent and determined to accomplish the goals that I have to relax so much, that I forget about honing my craft. And as I’ve come to learn through experience, the only way to become better is through critical review and study of your craft. That, coupled with actually practicing your craft. And as a writer, I do a really great job at living my life and enjoying the people and experiences around me, but I am becoming more skilled at studying my craft more. I realize I know nothing, if I ever believe, I know everything.
Feeling my first book in my hands now, feels so much more special than when I first held it. I think that’s due to the fact that I can actually talk about the book with other people an hearing their reactions is remarkable. Publishing has also made me more concerned with product packaging. I examine every book that I see now from a more critical lens. Why was that paper chosen? That font type or that cover design? Things that intrigue me…
As my big homie NAS has told me so many times that I can’t even begin to recall them, “The world is yours (mine)” and I have a brand to build. And whenever I put my mind to making something happen and I really want it…it happens. And as the time passes, I become more clear of what my legacy is to become.

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It’s My Time To Rise

When I started writing my book Every Woman Deserves An Accessory, I was in college. I was idyllic about writing and life. My creativity was untainted by the pressures and realities of the real world. I remember staying up all night writing. I would then wake up early to attend class as if I hadn’t missed a beat and had a complete nights rest. Those were beautiful days that I often reflect upon and sometimes wish to go back and relive. I don’t want to be back in college again but more so I wish to return back to the state of mind where nothing else mattered more to me than pursuing my dreams. That was a time in life where raw natural talented had no concern or care for what seemed logical. It was all about the dream. It was all about the feeling. But then reality happened once I graduated and started to work. As a writer,  I think we become better and more authentic when we have life experiences. We can create realities that don’t seem far-fetched or pressed for our readers. But that type of growth can sometimes happen at a cost. Sometimes we live life so much that it becomes quite mundane and we forget to truly embark on what matters most to us, our writing. I am both thankful and humbled by the experiences that I’ve  had since graduating from college. They’ve helped me grow as a man and become better as a person in general. I rarely ever go back and read things that I wrote “back in the day,” but this past weekend I decided to do so. I am so very glad that I did because it brought back this fresh energy and desire for me to keep pressing forward. I am striving now to have a healthy balance between both the business side of the entertainment industry without compromising the integrity of my creativity.

Sharing my gift of writing with the world will be a treat that I have built towards my entire life. It is my time to shine.