Love A Lot this Valentines Day.

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Did you know that Valentine’s Day is a day of observation and also considered a day of celebration?  Although it remains a working day for most countries the popular day comes from a man by the name of Saint Valentine, who was imprisoned for performing wedding for soldiers who were forbidden to marry.

During his imprisonment, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. Legends be told that before his execution he wrote, “From your Valentine” as a farewell to her.

The day was first associated with romantic love and when the tradition of courtly love flourished it paved the way for hand written poetry, which later turned into a heart shaped commercial use for marketing greeting cards, therefore losing its effect of what it truly symbolizes: The work of one man spreading unconditional love.

This year try something new. Instead of booking reservation to an overpriced restaurant with long lines and grumpy lovers, do the next best thing, stay home and make it lovers nest comfy for two.

Don’t break your pocket buying something to prove that on this day you love them more than any other, because frankly, your love won’t be down sized by the 15th, but your funds will have trying to come up with some spiffy gift ideas to top the Valentine’s Day gift you didn’t truly think through, and then what? Well, you’ll just be spending twice the amount of time in out-doing yourself, just to impress the one person who already loves you.

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Start your evening with some fresh fruit instead of salad. I don’t know about you, but I love to see my man eat and nothing says sensual like fresh berries.

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Nothing says I love you, like heart filled Four Cheese Ravioli made from scratch.

Ingredients:

½ cup part-skim ricotta

½ cup shredded mozzarella

½ cup shredded fontina

½ cup shredded parmesan

1 clove garlic, finely minced

¼ tsp. dried oregano

¼ tsp. dried basil

¼ tsp. dried parsley

¼ tsp. salt Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 batch fresh homemade pasta Marinara sauce, for serving.

Directions: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, fontina, parmesan, garlic, and spices.  Mix well to blend.  Roll out homemade pasta into long, thin sheets.  To make heart-shaped ravioli, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out pasta shapes.  Place about 2 teaspoons of filling in the middle of  half of the heart shapes, leaving a clear edge around the perimeter.  Dip a finger in water and lightly brush around the edges of a heart topped with the filling.  Place one of the remaining pasta hearts on top and press the edges of the pasta shapes together to seal around the filling, being careful to press out any excess air.  Repeat with the remaining dough shapes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Cook the ravioli until al dente, about 5 minutes.  Serve in warmed bowls with marinara sauce.

Now how you go about dessert is entirely up to you…  ;)

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[New Video] Ellie Goulding

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I came across Ellie Goulding well over two years ago while searching for music to cleanse the soul, and well, that’s exactly what happened. Her voice is not only soothing but her music is filled with subliminal love messages. Everything is better in the UK.

You don’t believe me? See for yourself.

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A New Kinda, John Mayer!

  
 
John Mayer was honored at the GRAMMY’s on the Hill event last night in DC, where he spoke about his voice feeling, “OK”, but he’s not capable of singing just yet. Throat surgery is in the near future for John who said,  “I’m going to be taking myself out of the running  for a good six months.” Don’t fret John, we will be… Perfectly Waiting.
 
Mayer has been posting a new picture every day this past week for his fan’s who are looking forward to the release of John’s video for, ‘Shadow Days’ set to be posted tomorrow Friday the 27th, 2012.
 
 
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25:  (L to R) Honorees John Mayer, Neil Portnow, U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.
 
 (L to R) Honorees John Mayer, Neil Portnow, U.S. Representative Howard Berman D-Calif.
 WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25:  Honorees John Mayer (L) and U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.
 
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25:  U.S. health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius (L) and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow (R) present  John Mayer with an award at GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 
U.S. health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius (L) and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow (R) present  John Mayer with an award at GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 looks great in just about anything. Yesterday at GRAMMYs on the Hill, John Mayer talked music education & veterans health.
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: John Mayer and Buddy Guy attend GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 
 John Mayer and Buddy Guy attend GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 

A Selfless Act of Journalism…

Jackie Chanel has a big heart, and it shows by donating the profits of ‘Untitled’, to NCIRE. I found Jackie Chanel, 2.5 years ago on twitter, we were among the lucky 4.5 million followers, following the guitar ninja also known as, John Mayer.  After getting to talking beyond 140 characters, both Jackie and I realized we had more than just John Mayer in common, she’s also a writer.  Right after Mayer cancelled his spring tour due to his granuloma this year, which caused for ‘Born and Rise’, (the sixth studio album) to get pushed back last October, Jackie jumped into fan girl mood quick. She needed to do something to show her support, she wanted to do more for the musician, whose music has touched the lives of so many of us. Mayer is a advocate for ‘The Veterans Health Research Institute’, and all of his fans are behind him in supporting this beautiful cause. Won’t you join us in supporting NCIRE as well?

NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute has one mission and one goal: Veterans Health. We are the leading nonprofit research institute in the United States devoted to advancing Veterans health research.

You can find Jackie Chanel’s books by clicking on the links below, and you can also find her on Facebook.

Untitled.

A Hustler’s Promise.

Change of Heart.

Music For The Soul- Gotye!

I grew up in the 80s so imagine my surprise when I came across this voice which took me to a time when Deloreans‘, ruled the world, and the Police where something you sang to not feared…composed with today’s heartbreak.  I found Gotye,  after Ashton Kutcher tweeted about his music, but it wasn’t until my co worker’s showed me the video to ‘Somebody That I Used To Know, which left me beside myself, forcing me to visually and audibly pay attention.

This video was done with tons of creativity in its simplicity, but it kind of remind me of Petter Gabriel’s 1986 Sledgehammer…don’t judge me! We live in a time where music videos no longer rule our TV, and are barely made, so it feels nice, when artists put their money into visual stimulation.

Which brings me to the reason why this video stayed with me last night, for one; I am a person of sight, I need to see things in order for me to relate to what I’m feeling. Music is no different, I can’t enjoy it, but unless I have the words in front of me, I can’t appreciation what I’m listening to.

This leads me to the video, the song is beautifully written, and composed with the perfect notes which carefully express the disconnection of two people. We have all been there, when we meet someone, who pours all sorts of special feelings into us, only to wake up one day, and realize they’re just someone that you used to know.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson!

Everyone that knows me knows that I sweat the smallest things, from no pens in the house to the lunch menu for tomorrow…this has become habit in order for me not to stress over the big things that take away from all the important things in my life, things like bills, and things we have no control over. Not to long ago, I had to take a moment and find ground because the important things in life were starting to pile up, and needed my attention ASAP, during this time a friend of mine came over to the house to share some insight, and handed me a number of books that have to do with God, life and how not to ‘sweat the small stuff’. I am truly grateful for my friends, day to day, online or simply through a hand written letter, because they always take time out of their busy lives to bring some wisdom into mine. Here is my good Fall/Autumn read, enjoy!

Music for the Soul -Boyce Avenue!

I have a love hate relationship with this song ‘Superman’ by Boyce Avenue.  I’ve heard it live, and many different way through cover bands, yet it seemed like it would forever sound the same to me,

giving me a sense of slapping myself stupid, but when I came across this video I just fell head-over heels in love with the song all over again!

Music for the Soul- Space Between Words!

I have a serious crush on all the members of Space Between Words, Ssshhhh…don’t tell a soul.  There’s just something about the poetic rhapsody that sends me into a whimsical musical universe of yellow fields, and bare foot walks with daisy flowing above my head, as I process what feeling adhere with me best.  I had been listening to the buzz about SBW for the past 6 months or so give and take a couple of weeks.  And when I finally got to see them perform at Churchills last month; I was blown away by their style and energy… it was totally worth the wait to see them go on at 2:30am.

After their set I had the pleasure of speaking with Steven (guitar/singer) of Space Between Words, who handed me the bands album “And We All Follow the Sun” & can I just add…that he is one of the most genuine, and kindest men I have come across in a very long time.  His voice on stage is pure power, his energy electrifying for someone who steps off the stage, and becomes soft spoken and humble.  Since that night I have grown a liking to Space Between Words, who have now made their way into my ipod, and if you know me, then you know I never go any where without my ipod. Every song makes me move, I even caught myself having a rush to paint, and just the other day as I was listening to them I had the urge to have a brush in my hand and so I painted.  Haven’t had one of those moments in a long time.  Its just like my friend Michele said: They fuel my own creativity.

If you’re a Miami local, or simply visit often & or happen to catch yourself near a venue in which they will be playing, GO!  Because they give one heck of an awesome show!

Robert Pinon
Robert Pinon
Jorge Rodriguez
Jorge Rodriguez
Verdi Mayer Jr.
Verdi Mayer Jr.
Steven Weingarth
Steven Weingarth
Steven on top of the drums playing while Robert is drumming. Taken by yours truly at Churchills
Steven on top of the drums playing while Robert is drumming. Taken by yours truly at Churchills

Miami Rock Bands Take Over Churchills!

I’ll be at the Flower Blade Records Showcase at Churchill’s this Saturday night to support the local musician’s who are slamming their music throughout Miami.  I’m very excited to finally see RADIOBOXER perform, I’ve been hearing the buzz about them for the past six months, and now that school is finally coming to a pause for me, I’m going to treat my self to their sound a La LIVE!

I’m also super excited to see Space Between Words perform!  How romantic is their name? I can’t stand how giddy I get over it, I’m a sucker for names!
And last but not least, I will be cheer-leading on the side batting my eyes for 7 Seas, won’t you come join me?  We will be celebrating Nicholas (bass player) of 7 Seas’ birthday afterwards.  Come support the local seen, and party till you feel like a rockstar yourself. Now Come On!

Meet Michele!

Sure you must be thinking: Michele? all I see is a drummer playing the drums! Correct, but if you look to the left you will also see three beautiful girls in fab outfits, Michele is the one taking the picture. When I first came across this, I had to text her immediately, I needed to steal it from her folder, and I didn’t until she said yes. Why, you may ask? Well because it connected with the FAN-GIRL in me, that’s why. Here is more of Michele’s work, she is one talented fan-girl. Enjoy!

Michele