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To Pimp A Butterfly

I didn’t know that Kendrick Lamar was about to give a title to my tattoo ūüėÄ But of course¬†I’ve been waiting for this album. Although only discovering Kendrick Lamar this year, I’ve been crazy about him since. I’m on my 3rd listen of the album and still not really sure, what I think of it.

First listen:¬†I love Wesley’s Theory and King Kunta. Rest? Boring background music.

Second listen: Still love those 2. Actually skipped both interludes, starting to be disappointed.

But now? I’m at my third listen, this time more closely then the first 2, with even more attention to the tracks. Turns out, I actually kinda like For Free?, the first interlude, after all. It’s just so different and unexpected, and jazzy, that’s what made me dislike it in the beginning. And now I actually think it’s kinda genious! I’m still only halfway through the first listen (the still ongoing wifi problems make it very hard ….),¬†but I already like the whole album way¬†more then I did in the first two. I honestly think that this is one of the albums that you have to listen to a few times to really know if you like it or not.

And that appears to be a Kendrick thing for me. I remember, when I first heard Swimming Pool, I liked it, but I wasn’t very excited about it. The more I heard it, the more I loved it, and now I’m using it for my HipHop classes.

What I know so far about the album, is: I don’t love it. Which is a shame. I expected to, and I don’t. It doesn’t go anywhere near the last one, unfortunately. The one thing I love for sure is the title ūüėÄ For those who know me in person, you know that I have a tattoo on my right shoulder, a butterfly combined with a clef. Yep. How to pimp a butterfly, 100% ūüėČ (you can check my deviantart to take a look at it if you want)

yes. music.

After having been inactive for a while with a lot of thoughts, but nothing I really wanted to share, I’m back here writing ūüėČ

Those of you following my blog already know, I write about whatever is on my mind the most right now. The past few weeks this has not been traveling, nor cooking, nor particular things of life in general, but music. Yes, one of the reasons I started this blog initially (such a long time ago … did I mention I feel old?!). My passion for music has accompanied me for many, many years already. Such as my music taste changed and widened all the time. The past few years my concentration has been very much on dancing and on music mostly this far that I was looking for fitting dance music for either HipHop or contemporary. So I actually hadn’t followed the news in the music world at all, I missed out on new albums of bands I really like, forgot about some I discovered and started to love, etc. I was simply missing the time, working so much …

Well, this changed. I have time now, and I got sick of watching movies n TV series all the time. But¬†there was something particularly happening that made me realise again how deep my passion for music actually is and which made me question why I abandon it.¬†And yes, I’m talking about a guy I met beginning of this year. Actually, met online first. Met in person later, but this is a whole different story I do not really want to share ūüėČ Anyway, he’s partly working as a music critique, generally very affiliated to music, etc. I happen to know his best friend as well, also extremely interested in music and in a band himself. Talking to him we soon started sharing music, sometimes a few songs or bands¬†daily.¬†Our taste is very similar and I started discovering some amazing stuff. And I totally¬†delved¬†into this passion again. I also know why I had to abandon it – it’s an addiction!! My music library is growing and growing – and I’m actually really picky.

He also inspired me, after making a list of his favourite bands and a¬†favourite song of them, to do my own. I started over 1,5 weeks ago (while he did his in a few hours XD) and by now I have a first draft. The “problem” is, that it made me rediscover a lot of stuff I had nearly forgotten and also reminded me of so great¬†artists I have to dig deeper into! So it’s still a BIG work in progress. And I did all of this BEFORE going through his list, which he gave me. This will lead to even so much more ūüėÄ

So anyway. Get to the point Nana. I decided to share this list with you, bit by bit. It consists of big bands everyone knows, to really unknown small / local ones. But I love every single one of them. (By the way, right now this list is just short of 200 entries. And still growing :D) At the same time, realising I have EXTREMELY¬†few complete albums I love, I started to list those as well. But that’s an even bigger WIP. Funny thing is, that list makes the time I listened to more music very¬†obvious. And¬†so far there are only 3 albums after 2012, out of 25 entries (yes, I’m really extremely picky concerning full records). By the way, I also picked up the guitar myself again…

So yeah. Expect more music soon. I’ll post my¬†first band¬†later. Not necessarily in alphabetical order, but¬†usually it will be. Hope you have fun with that =) It won’t be daily and don’t expect me to write every day any time soon (especially because I’m leaving again for Porto tomorrow night – no sight-seeing, mostly celebrating a friend’s birthday and enjoy being with them ūüėČ but I’ll find time to go to eat my favourite francesinha for sure!! That will also mean spending Valentine’s Day with friends n party preparations – definitely a good choice if you ask me ūüėČ

I also have some new (improved :D)¬†hairstlyes and travel photos to share (serra da lousa, cascais / lisbon, figueira da foz), I’ll hopefully post them soon ūüôā oh and I started to teach dance here regularly … argh, another different story *add to mental todolist* XD

até já caralhos =)

ps: feel very free to add me on last.fm! http://www.lastfm.de/user/Lennyxy

2014 – wtf? a thank you

Campo Grande, Lisboa – 2nd of January 2015

I’ve been through life changing years, certainly. At the beginning of 2012 for example, my goal was to complete my bachelor degree in Computer Science and instead starting studying Music Theory. Through some coincidences, although still finishing my Bachelor’s, I ended up starting going to a private dance academy and studying contemporary dance – for which I paid 340‚ā¨ per month, which led to me working more than ever and owing my parents. For the next 2 years I was working non-stop.

Let’s just say, my life changed radically and I finally followed a passion of mine instead of just doing what I was good in.

In 2013 I broke up with my boyfriend after 4 years of relationship, which¬†led me to develop a lot as a person. I’m still glad I did, and am still friends with this wonderful guy, but it was the best decision of that year.

But the only thing that comes to mind when I think back on 2014 is … WTF??? I feel like I can hardly relate to the person I was before June. My thoughts have changed, I’ve done a lot of things I thought I’d never have the guts to do.
If you’d told me in May,¬†that in 2014¬†I’d move to¬†another country, learn a compltely new language so well I usually can communicate without any problems, hitchhike, travel alone for over 2 weeks, in general travel¬†more than the past years in my life n totally fall in love with it, will make well around 20 new friends, meet probably 100 new people I actually stay in touch with, discover that most of my friends in Berlin are no real friends,¬†from July until December speak 90%¬†English and Portuguese instead of¬†German, reduce all my belongings by more than 2/3 (wild guess), give up dancing as a serious career, instead go volunteering and discover that teaching is a true passion of mine –¬†I¬†would have bet for a 1000‚ā¨ that you are wrong.

And still, here I am. Having done all of that, and hundreds and thousands of stuff more I would have never believed and can’t even remember right now. And you know what? Although there were plenty of bad experiences as well, I can very well sum up that 2014 has not only been my most life-changing, but also probably the best year I’ve ever had.
And honestly, I actually don’t even remember really how exactly I made a few of those life changing decisions like going alone on a 2 week trip through a country I hardly know, hitchhiking for the first time in my life, after not even having traveled a weekend on my own ūüėÄ I think I was desperate for a life change and willing to take every risk.

Now I feel like I found home, and I am happy. Truly happy. Of course, not everything is perfect by far Рbut there is an inner feeling of happiness, that makes me smile at the sun at nearly every day for no specific reason. This is what I had been looking for the past 23 years, and here it finally is.

Thank you 2014. And welcome, 2015, whatever you might bring.

Lisboa – Alameda