Showing posts from April, 2018

One Year Later: I Have Autism, Autism Doesn't Have Me

On April 2, 2017, I posted a blog about autism From Ad-libs to Zephyrs ™ for Autism Awareness Day. You can go and read about my story about autism by clicking on the link you see below.

Fast forward to one year later, I still can't believe how far I have come. This was considered as my very first blog with From Ad-libs to Zephyrs. I sometimes like to ask myself, "Where did the time go?'  I came up with the idea of sharing my story about autism and how it doesn't define me for who I am as a person. I have never told anyone about my autism because I was afraid that people wouldn't understand, but now I can honestly say that I feel good that I was able to inspire other people with my story. There were times where I used to autism get the best of me. But now, I don't do that anymore. Without the help of From Ad-libs to Zephyrs, I wouldn't be here right now still blogging and sharing my thou…

Janelle Monae "Dirty Computer" album review

Dirty Computer is the third studio album by singer and actress Janelle Monae. It was released on April 27, 2018. This album serves as a follow up to her previous albums, The ArchAndroid (2010) and The Electric Lady (2013). This is also her first one to not be a part of the Cindi Mayweather's Metropolis narrative. Dirty Computer has different genres like funk, pop, neo soul, hip hop and R&B. Along with the album, Monae also released a 48 minute film on her YouTube channel titled Dirty Computer [Emotion Film]. You can watch the film on YouTube by clicking on the link you see below.

                                                             Click to listen to "Dirty Computer"

Dirty Computer is about embracing those things that make other people feel uncomfortable while  human society, queer, minorities, women, and poor can make you have bugs and viruses. On this track, Monae is an a…

Chloe x Halle "The Kids Are Alright" album review

The Kids Are Alright is the debut studio album by contemporary R&B duo Chloe x Halle. It was released on March 23, 2018. The album itself is about empowerment, greatness, love, memories, strength, and identity in finding one's place in this world and generation. Along with the album, the duo also released a 10 minute short film of the same name. You can go and watch the film by clicking on the link you see below.

Hello Friend (Intro) serves as the album's opener. This is where the sisters are both full of self-questioning and self love with the lyrics, "Hi friend how are you?/ What you need?/ Got you?/ What's your day been like?/ Has it been alright? You good? Mmkay/ We both trill/ Wait, is it just me this way?/ Cause if you good then that means I'm tight/ All we need is hype/ Since there no one knows to ask if they aight", and then they go to the second verse in which they are talking into a mirror singing, &qu…

Ariana Grande "Dangerous Woman" album review

Dangerous Woman is the third studio album by singer Ariana Grande. It was released on May 20, 2016.  The album serves as a follow-up to her second studio album My Everything (2014). It features appearance from rappers Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Future, and singer Macy Gray. Dangerous Woman is mainly a pop and R&B album, with genres like dance-pop, house, disco, trap and reggae music.

Moonlight serves as the opening song on Dangerous Woman. It is a slow violin track that was originally going to be the name of the album, but the singer later changed the name from "Moonlight" to the title track "Dangerous Woman". Ariana is picturing an image of her resting in her lover's arms singing, "The sun is setting/ And you're right here by my side/ And the movie's playing/ But we won't be watching tonight", and she goes into seeing every glimpse of her man with, Every look, every touch/ Makes me wanna give you my heart/ I be crushin' on you, baby…

Beyonce: 2 Years of Lemonade

On April 23, 2016, singer Beyoncé released her iconic sixth studio album Lemonade. This album was also marked as her second visual album following her fifth self-titled album Beyoncé in 2013.

On February 6, 2016, Beyoncé released a song called "Formation" along with the music video on YouTube.

Two months later on April 17th, Beyoncé teased her fans with a video titled Lemonade on YouTube.

The description for Lemonade says that it's a "world premiere event" that is set to be released on April 23rd on HBO. It turned out that Lemonade on HBO was actually a one hour film for the singer's sixth studio album of the same name when she surprise released it immediately after it ended. The film features 12 visual of the some of the songs on the album along with cameos from people like Serena Williams, Zendaya, Chloe x Halle, husband Jay-Z, daughter Blue Ivy and others.

Jhene Aiko "Souled Out" album review

Souled Out is the debut album by American singer Jhene Aiko. It was released on September 9, 2014. The album is primarily alternative R&B, but it explores with different genres like neo soul, hip hop, psychedelic music, and electronica. Souled Out is a concept album that tells the story of a woman's heartbreak before she becomes enlightened. 

Limbo Limbo Limbo serves as the opening song for the album. It paints a picture about a girl who had been hurt so much that it just became normal to her and then she escape from the reality and into this fantasy world. Jhene sings on the beginning with, "She was born in limbo/ With the need to be as simple/ As her makers and the made up things she dreamed/ Falling from high buildings ' til she/ Was numb to the feeling really/ She would never be quite what she seemed/ She was just as hollow as the/ Earth opened up, swallowing her/ Off the grid and into paradise, her whole life", and then continues on to the hook with, "…