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MOMENT OF ZEN: The Dirty Heads “My Sweet Summer”

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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, “Music can save you life.” It might not rescue you from a burning building or keep you warm when your freezing but it can lift your spirits up when your down. It can transport you to a place you can call home and be a refuge from pain. It motivates you to do amazing things that you didn’t think was possible. Most importantly, it is the fast way to connect to our emotions and unlock what we are feeling at that exact moment. Whether it be when we’re fucking pissed off and want to destroy everything or we’re so sad that we want to eat a gallon of ice cream. Music can put us in place of ZEN.

Our Moment of Zen: My Sweet Summer by The Dirty Heads

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The Dirty Heads is a reggae band from Huntington Beach, CA with a melodic style that includes hip hop and ska punk genres. Their debut album, Any Port in a Storm, was released on September 23, 2008. The band was founded in 1996 by Jared “Dirty J” Watson and vocalist/guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell in Orange County, CA. The two first met at a party during their freshman year of high school. Upon hearing one of Bushnell’s rap demo tapes, Watson became inspired to collaborate with him on a new project. At the time Bushnell was already in a punk rock band, while Watson had no previous music experience. In Bushnell’s garage, the two began writing hip-hop songs with reggae and punk influences. The band’s name stems from their older brothers and family calling them “dirty heads” when they were younger. Although many people believe it comes from a specific event when the two were stealing a pack of beer, this has never been confirmed by the band, and it’s more likely just a general family thing.

The Dirty Heads released an 11-track acoustic album, titled “Home – Phantoms Of Summer”, on October 29, 2013.

Their new album will be titled “Sound Of Change”, it will be released on July 8th, 2014; On May 6, 2014, they released the first single, “My Sweet Summer” on iTunes.

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Our Moment of Zen is My Sweet Summer because it’s been hot as fuck in Los Angeles with tempertaures reaching over 100 degrees and the heatwave making it seem like we are already in the middle of summer. The song makes us realizes why we live in SoCal because of the great weather. Granted, we are in a middle of a heatwave but this songs makes us remember that in other parts of the world it totally sucks. This song it totally fun and upbeat which we should take that attitude with this beautiful Southern California weather because summer only comes once a year and we always miss it when it’s gone.

 

Moment of Zen: UB40- Red Red Wine (Throwback Thursday)

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, “Music can save you life.” It might not rescue you from a burning building or keep you warm when your freezing but it can lift your spirits up when your down. It can transport you to a place you can call home and be a refuge from pain. It motivates you to do amazing things that you didn’t think was possible. Most importantly, it is the fast way to connect to our emotions and unlock what we are feeling at that exact moment. Whether it be when we’re fucking pissed off and want to destroy everything or we’re so sad that we want to eat a gallon of ice cream. Music can put us in place of ZEN.

OUR MOMENT OF ZEN: Red Red wine by ub40 (TBT)

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UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. The band has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984, were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. One of the world’s best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records.

Their hit singles include their debut “Food for Thought” and two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number ones with “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band’s version of “I Got You Babe”.

Our Moment of Zen is Red Red Wine because after a long week of being sick and work, I needed this old school song to chill out and relax. Thank God it’s Friday tomorrow and I am defiently going to drink a couple of glasses of red wine. Check out and listen to this throwback song by UB40 while your relaxing with a glass of wine, thinking about the weekend.

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OUR MOMENT OF ZEN: Fever by The Black Keys

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, “Music can save you life.” It might not rescue you from a burning building or keep you warm when your freezing but it can lift your spirits up when your down. It can transport you to a place you can call home and be a refuge from pain. It motivates you to do amazing things that you didn’t think was possible. Most importantly, it is the fast way to connect to our emotions and unlock what we are feeling at that exact moment. Whether it be when we’re fucking pissed off and want to destroy everything or we’re so sad that we want to eat a gallon of ice cream. Music can put us in place of ZEN.

OUR MOMENT OF ZEN: Fever by The Black Keys

The Black Keys is an American rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre’s revival in the 2010s. The band’s raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach’s blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough and Robert Johnson. Their new album, Turn Blue, is coming out this year on May 13th and I cannot wait.

I’ve been a fan of the Black Keys for years now and I was wondering when their next album was coming out. So, when I heard they were going to release their new single today I was excited but when I heard the new song, entitled Fever,  it just reminded me why they one of my favorite bands.

Our Moment of Zen comes from hearing the new single from the Black Keys called Fever because it’s been a while since I heard anything from the Black Keys and I especially didn’t feel good this morning due to my cold and listening to the Black Keys made me feel a little better. I thought it was kinda ironic that I was feeling better listening to a song called Fever when I’m sick as dog. I can’t wait for the album and I love the single, please check it out and decide for yourself!

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Going out for a Run- Mid-Wilshire (Just Pictures)

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Mid-Wilshire is a highly diverse, well-educated and densely populated residential neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California. Its commercial and public-use areas also make it the site of world-class museums and research centers and of widely known shopping districts and restaurants.

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Moment of Zen- Sanctified by Rick Ross

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, Music can save you life.”  It might not rescue you from a burning building or keep you warm when your freezing but it can lift your spirits up when your down. It can transport you to a place you can call home and be a refuge from pain. It motivates  you to do amazing things that you didn’t think was possible. Most importantly, it is the fast way to connect to our emotions and unlock what we are feeling at that exact moment. Whether it be when we’re fucking pissed off and want to destroy everything or we’re so sad that we want to eat a gallon of ice cream.   Music can put us in place of ZEN.

Our Moment of Zen: Sanctified by Rick Ross

Sanctified is on off  Mastermind, which is Rick’s is the sixth studio album by American rapper Rick Ross. The album was released on March 3, 2014, by Maybach Music GroupSlip-n-Slide Records, andDef Jam RecordingsMastermind was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 67, which indicates “generally favorable reviews”, based on 16 reviews.[39] Nick Catucci of Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A–, saying “As always, he’s got a gifted ear for rumbly, deep-gloss beats. “Sanctified“, which Kanye produced and raps on, sounds like platinum mallets drumming on shipping containers. His flow too remains flawlessly weighted. He’s leisurely and precise even on the theatrically dark “In Vein”, where he raps fast to play off the Weeknd’s cynical come-ons.

I think my favorite track off the album has to be Sanctified, produced by Kanye West, DJ Mustard, and Mike Dean. I just love the old school R & B intro with the great Betty Wright with her amazing voice, it transports you back in time when music was gritty and real. I love her intro and I also love the Hook.

All I want’s 100 million dollars and a bad bitch
Plus that paper chasin’, it done turn me to a savage
Groupies in the lobby they just tryna get established
God, I’ve been guilty, fornicatin’ from my status

But I think Kanye once again kills it on this track and had the best bars on the song.

Niggas be lovin’ the old Ye, they sayin’ the new Ye, that nigga be spazzin’
But when Ali turn up and be Ali, you can’t ever change that nigga back to Cassius

God sent me a message, said I’mAnnotate too aggressive
Really!? Me!? Too aggressive!?

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Love, Value and the Self- Philosophy of a Successful Woman

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Love, Value and the Self.

Philosophy of a

Successful Woman 

Written by: Jasmine Rausch Jasmine’s Instagram

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Valuing yourself is one of the most important things to have in order to live a quality life. I am learning this first hand. Many of us do not respect ourselves enough or believe we are deserving of a better life. We find our way into unsatisfactory jobs and relationships, and maintain these positions because of complacency. Once complacency sets in, it becomes difficult to see the bigger picture that drives us to strive for greatness.

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As I begin to start my own business, I have run into this conflict quite a bit. If you lack value for your self then you simply cannot see the value in your service or skill. It is important to be firm with your rates and value your service. Even if you are just starting out,  it is worth it to be willing to lose a client, a job, or an opportunity if your needs aren’t being met. I have come to realize that it isn’t about getting all the business but rather the right kind of business. I have found that those who respect my rate also respect my time and value the service I am providing.

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In my relationship, I communicate because I value myself. This all started when I was participating in a pranayama/ meditation workshop that centered around self love. I was working with a partner asking and answering the questions that were given to us. As we fell deeper into the exercise I told my partner “Who will ever love me as much as he ( my boyfriend) does.” My partner looked at me surprised and responded with “You will.” Then it clicked. I did not know what self love was and I certainly did not have much of it. I spent the following months working on loving myself as much as my boyfriend has. Things have slowly started to shift. I want my relationship to be one I want to be in, but more so to be the kind I feel I deserve.  I communicate my needs, my fears, my goals, and my loves for me and I hope my partner does the same.

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Loving yourself and valuing yourself will create abundance in all areas of your life.  I find this to be an everyday practice.

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Miriam Williamson writes in A Return to Love:    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be?”

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