This Video Changed My Life (a little!)

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*Vegetarians look away*

Not sure if you know, but in a family of 7, we get through a lot of food. Now that I’ve escaped the rat-race, it’s even more important to make the money I do have stretch further!

The humble chicken. So tasty, so versatile, so cooked a lot! Quite simply, it’s cheaper to buy whole chickens, and cut them into pieces yourself, than buy pre-prepared legs/thighs/wings/breast etc

Now if I’m really smart, I’ll embed a YouTube video

 hereotherwise it will just be a link and I’ll embed it later!

I’ve been doing it for a few weeks and it’s been really great. Add this to the veg only dishes we have a few times a week, our food budget is much more manageable 😀

Anyone got any more time or money saving tips for families?

Thanks to Lifehacker for the inspiration!

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My Favourite Albums of All Time pt. 3

If this was a tweet I would say

Marvin Sapp – Grace And Mercy #thatisall

This album is amazing! Another gospel classic from 1997, I put this on recently and was singing every riff!

The vocals, the choir, the musicianship, the production, the words…awesome!

Go listen Marvin Sapp – Grace And Mercy

My Favourite Albums of All Time pt. 2

I missed a week! Sorry to keep y’all waiting 🙂

This next one is the series is a gospel classic from 1998 (do they still make classic albums any more?)

Ladies & gentlemen Kim Burrell – Everlasting Life

The first time I heard anything from her was in my car, listening to what was Jazz FM back then, and I heard her sing “Over and Over Again” which blew my mind enough to go home and seek out the album.

To put it simply, her vocal control is incredible, and she uses her voice like an instrument, and constantly changes and improvises melodies.

My words don’t really do just justice…Google some of her live performances to see what I mean, and check out the video below and leave me some comments please 🙂

My Favourite Albums of All Time

I’ve been meaning to blog this for a while, but here are, in no particular order, some of my favourite albums of all time! Every Monday for the next….however long it takes!

You know that feeling when you hear a song and you ask yourself a number of questions at the same time…

“What is that track? Where can I get it? DJ, I hope you back announce this one? Why haven’t I heard this before?”

Well ladies and gents: I present you,  Tommy Sims – Peace And Love

This gem from 2000 ticks so many boxes for me – live instruments, varied styles, strong songwriting, top arrangements and on-point vocals to name a few. You might have heard of Tommy Sims through his work with Israel Houghton, Ce-Ce Winans, Bruce Springsteen, Blackstreet and more.

I like the vibe of a whole album as a project that you can listen to from start to finish and go on a musical journey.

Better that you listen to it for yourself really though! It’s kinda hard to get hold of, but you can listen on in full on Spotify [side note if you don’t use Spotify…why not?]

Look out for another great album next week, and don’t forget to leave comments for me to let me know if I’ve missed the mark, or if you like it.

Big shout to Paul Aaron for introducing me to his work!

2011…a fresh start

I had a massive clear out today. Purge, catharsis, etc. And you know what? It feels great! There’s so much more physical space and I know where everything is.

The next step is to do the same in my ‘digital space’ but that’s another blog!

2010 was varied, 2011 is already looking interesting. My wife and I are planning our homeschooling and events schedule for the year, my eldest will be 10 this year, my youngest will be 1, and there are 5 other birthdays in the house!

There are a number of music releases planned, as well as some new business ideas rattling around in my head… I’m excited!

So until my next post, enjoy a short video quote from Eddie Murphy

A Photocopy of a Photocopy

Ever noticed how poor a photocopy of a photocopy looks?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Simulacrum (plural: -cra), from the Latin simulacrum which means “likeness, similarity”, used to describe a representation of another thing, such as a statue or a painting, especially of a god; by the late 19th century, it had gathered a secondary association of inferiority: an image without the substance or qualities of the original.

It’s a similar thing in music…”that reminds me of…”, “have you heard that new track by Cliche? It sounds just like Blah, Blah, Blah!”

Or in life in general, where we can often try to imitate or emulate those that inspire us, but fall short.

I’ve been listening to some really good ‘old’ music, and some really, really bad ‘new’ music and come to the conclusion that a lot of bad and/or boring stuff comes from trying to copy or keep up with the latest trends.

You can only get a decent copy from the original source,  so you have two options; go back to that source, or create an original yourself.  Better still, ask The Original Source to inspire you to create something unique!

Do you know anyone that can create something out of nothing?  Someone that can speak something and it happens?

I do…

You were born an original.  Don’t die a copy.  ~John Mason

Metamorphosis pt.2

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I saw a quote on Twitter recently “Every caterpillar can become a butterfly, but not every one does”

It made me think about my current situation. I have just been made redundant (for the third time. That’s another blog in itself. Ever get the feeling God is trying to tell you something?)
Rather than a sense of panic, I feel a sense of freedom. I feel like I’ve been that caterpillar for too long, eating the leaves of the corporate world, working extra hard to make sure I eat plenty, yet trying to camouflage and make sure I merge into my chosen surroundings, a good little employee.

Yes, by God’s grace I have pretty much been in full-time employment since I left Uni (many, many years ago) but again like the caterpillar, metamorphosis must come.

You know, in that delicate time of preparation nothing is added to the cocoon, everything that it takes to make that massive change is already in there, it just takes a massive internal re-arrangement.

Watch out. A change is coming. I’m emerging from the cocoon and I’m ready to fly, baby!

Anyone wanna join me?

By the way, I wanted to capture a spectacular photo of a butterfly, but they just don’t keep still for long, do they? I’m going to have to visit the London Butterfly House one day 🙂