#MusicMonday- My Writing Love Playlist


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    Edited by: Pamela Hester

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. How are you today? Today for #MusicMonday, I am doing something a bit different. I would like to share with you a playlist I created called Writing Love. Sometimes when I am writing certain scenes, music plays its part in helping me to write them, and when it comes to the characters. It builds the mood for me as well. I am still putting together the playlist, but would still like to share the fifteen I currently have.

    Majority of these songs I have listened to while writing and editing the Secrets series novels. I won’t go in-depth about it in this post, but I’ll save it for another time. I believe songs can take a person to that level that they may have never been to before. And to a level that they may not have been to in a while.

    Also, the majority of these songs are based on my characters on how they feel about certain things, people, and themselves. The songs also tell its own story. They can be based on what my characters are going through as well.

    I truly believe that when you write, especially with fiction, you have to feel how the characters are feeling. Understand their thoughts, and so on. I can go on and on about music and writing- two of my favorite things- but it will take several days. Lol.

    To view all the songs, you can click the horizontal lines where it says, 1/15.

    Songs In Playlist:

    1) Bob Marley- Is This Love


    2) Frankie Valli- I Love You Baby

    “But if you feel like I feel,
    please let me know that it’s real
    You’re just too good to be true,
    can’t take my eyes off of you
    I love you baby and if it’s quite all right,
    I need you baby to warm the lonely nights
    I love you baby trust in me when I say”


    3) H.E.R.- Best Part

    “I just wanna see
    I just wanna see how beautiful you are
    You know that I see it
    I know you’re a star
    Where you go I follow
    No matter how far
    If life is a movie
    Oh you’re the best part, oh oh oh
    You’re the best part, oh oh oh
    Best part”


    4) Khalid- Talk

    “Can’t we just talk?
    Can’t we just talk?
    Talk about where we’re goin’
    Before we get lost
    Let me out first
    Can’t get what we want without knowin’
    I’ve never felt like this before
    I apologize if I’m movin’ too far
    Can’t we just talk?
    Can’t we just talk?
    Figure out where we’re goin'”


    5) Keyshia Cole- Heaven Sent


    6) Bonnie Raiit- Something To Talk About


    7) Chris Stapleton- Tennessee Whiskey

    “I’ve looked for love in all the same old places
    Found the bottom of a bottle’s always dry
    But when you poured out your heart I didn’t waste it
    ‘Cause there’s nothing like your love to get me high
    You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
    You’re as sweet as strawberry wine
    You’re as warm as a glass of brandy
    And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time”

    8) Selena- Dreaming Of You

    “Now I’m dreaming
    With you tonight
    ‘Till tomorrow
    And for all of my life
    And there’s nowhere in the world I’d rather be
    Than here in my room
    Dreaming with you endlessly
    With you tonight
    And there’s nowhere in the world where I’d rather be
    Than here in my room
    I’ll be dreaming
    Of you tonight
    And I’ll be holding you tight”


    9) Usher- Don’t Waste My Time


    10) Faith Hill- Breathe

    “‘Cause I can feel you breathe
    It’s washing over me
    And suddenly I’m melting into you
    There’s nothing left to prove
    Baby, all we need is just to be
    Caught up in the touch
    Slow and steady rush
    Baby, isn’t that the way that love’s suppose to be
    I can feel you breathe, just breathe”


    11) Anita Baker- Sweet Love

    “Sweet love hear me callin’ out your name
    I feel no shame; I’m in love
    Sweet love, don’t you ever go away
    It’ll always be this way
    There’s no stronger love in this world, Oh, baby, no
    You’re my man; I’m your girl
    I’ll never go. Wait and see, can’t be wrong”
    Don’t you know this is where you belong?

    12) Snoop Dogg- Sensual Seduction


    13) Tanto Metro & Devonte- Everyone Falls In Love


    14) Wale ft. Usher- Matrimony (Jerry Seinfield in the beginning talking)

    “If there’s a question of my heart, you’ve got it
    It don’t belong to anyone but you
    If there’s a question of my love, you’ve got it
    Baby don’t worry, I’ve got plans for you
    Baby, I’ve been making plans, oh love
    Baby, I’ve been making plans for you
    Baby, I’ve been making plans
    Baby, I’ve been making plans for you”


    15) Beyonce- Crazy In Love (remix)

    “I look and stare so deep in your eyes
    I touch on you more and more every time
    When you leave, I’m begging you not to go
    Call your name two, three times in a row
    Such a funny thing for me to try to explain
    How I’m feeling and my pride is the one to blame
    ‘Cause I know I don’t understand
    Just how your love can do what no one else can”

    Does songs play a part when it comes to your writing? Which ones?

    Happy New Year!


    Wishing everyone a wonderful and happy New Year that is filled with love, peace, blessings, abundance, etc!

    2020 was a year of “whew chile” and I won’t even begin to get into that. That’s why I didn’t make a post.

    So, I hope 2021 finds you well and that you are safe. Now let’s hope 2021 doesn’t show its…butt; and that it will be a better year for all.

    Take care. Love,

    Pamela 💋

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    Relaxation Is Blissful #MondayBlogs


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    I’m going to let you all know something. Relaxation has never felt so blissful.

    Soft music. Candlelight. Your favorite body fragrance scrub, etc. The works, you know.

    Take the time out of your busy day- or night and get to know your body and yourself all over again. Relax your mind, body, and your spirit, and as often as you can.

    Meditate. Pray. Shut the world out. Read. Write. Do whatever it is that helps you to relax. Take as much time as you need.

    Go into that place where you find comfort and tranquility. Your higher self will thank you.

    Life is short, so no matter what’s going on, relax, relax, relax!

    Also, I love going to Youtube to listen to meditation music and the likes. One of my favorite channels is: Yellow Brick Cinema- Relaxing Music. I would like to share one of their many videos with you. I hope you enjoy it and helps you to find relaxation.

    Love,

    Pamela


    Below is an article from The Mayo Clinic I’ve snipped and wanted to share with you all. (Click the link below to read the article in its entirety.)

    Learn how to use relaxation techniques to reduce stress and bring more calm into your life.

    Types of relaxation techniques include:

    • Autogenic relaxation. Autogenic means something that comes from within you. In this relaxation technique, you use both visual imagery and body awareness to reduce stress.You repeat words or suggestions in your mind that may help you relax and reduce muscle tension. For example, you may imagine a peaceful setting and then focus on controlled, relaxing breathing, slowing your heart rate, or feeling different physical sensations, such as relaxing each arm or leg one by one.
    • Progressive muscle relaxation. In this relaxation technique, you focus on slowly tensing and then relaxing each muscle group.This can help you focus on the difference between muscle tension and relaxation. You can become more aware of physical sensations.

      In one method of progressive muscle relaxation, you start by tensing and relaxing the muscles in your toes and progressively working your way up to your neck and head. You can also start with your head and neck and work down to your toes. Tense your muscles for about five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.

    • Visualization. In this relaxation technique, you may form mental images to take a visual journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation.To relax using visualization, try to incorporate as many senses as you can, including smell, sight, sound and touch. If you imagine relaxing at the ocean, for instance, think about the smell of salt water, the sound of crashing waves and the warmth of the sun on your body.

      You may want to close your eyes, sit in a quiet spot, loosen any tight clothing, and concentrate on your breathing. Aim to focus on the present and think positive thoughts.

    Other relaxation techniques may include:

    • Deep breathing
    • Massage
    • Meditation
    • Tai chi
    • Yoga
    • Biofeedback
    • Music and art therapy
    • Aromatherapy
    • Hydrotherapy

    Source: Relaxation techniques: Try these steps to reduce stress

     

     

    #MusicMonday- I’m Only Human


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    Edited by: Pamela Hester

    How many times have you heard someone say: “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I’m only human.”? Probably a lot, right? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard those phrases because they are too many to count.

    It’s something that has been going on for decades, centuries, I’m sure. People make mistakes, but there are times when those mistakes can get careless. Most everyone has a choice, and when that choice is made, it can help or hurt themselves and/or the other person. Sometimes, a person doesn’t mean to hurt (let’s say: their significant other), but a line has to be drawn somewhere. Boundaries have to be set. The “I’m only human” is mostly said to prove a point.

    It is said that when you give a person an inch, they’ll take a mile. I can never understand how a person can take advantage of another, and the mindset of one who feels they have to get even, well, payback could be the best word. Okay, okay. Now, there has been a time or two when I felt like I should get even, and when I did, I felt good about it for a moment. I’m only human, right? The feel-good payback moment doesn’t last long because I am left feeling bad about it. I sometimes hate that “do right by others” who had done wrong to others who didn’t ask for it. I’m only human too and I do have emotions. I feel if not more than I think.

    It is why I had picked today’s song, Human, sung by Phillip Oakley from The Human League. I’m not going to lie. I had only known of this song’s existence in 2012 after hearing it on a car insurance commercial. The song holds so much meaning and truth. Though it is about feeling shame and guilt after cheating on the one you love, I still love it. I love it because I deeply feel that people should make aware that for those who got cheated on, it hurts. It can’t keep happening and the person bursts out saying, “Hey, I’m sorry. I’m only human.”

    Oh, another thing, I didn’t know Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis  wrote and produced this song. I love the duo!

    I'm only human.. | Inspirational quotes, Im only human, Quotes

     

     

    LYRICS:

    [Verse 1:]
    Come on, baby, dry your eyes
    Wipe your tears
    Never like to see you cry
    Won’t you please forgive me
    I wouldn’t ever try to hurt you
    I just needed someone to hold me
    To fill the void while you were gone
    To fill this space of emptiness

    [Chorus:]
    I’m only human
    Of flesh and blood I’m made
    Human
    Born to make mistakes

    [Verse 2:]
    So many nights I longed to hold you
    So many times I looked and saw your face
    Nothing could change the way I feel
    No one else could ever take your place

    [Chorus:]
    I’m only human
    Of flesh and blood I’m made
    Human
    Born to make mistakes
    (I am just a man) Human
    (Human) Please forgive me

    [Interlude:]
    The tears I cry aren’t tears of pain
    They’re all to hide my guilt and shame
    I forgive you, now I ask the same of you
    While we were apart, I was human too[Chorus:]
    (Human
    Human)
    I’m only human
    Of flesh and blood I’m made (I am just a man)
    Human
    Born to make mistakes[Outro]
    (Human
    Human)
    Songwriters: Terry Lewis / James (Jimmy Jam) Harris III
    Human lyrics © Emi April Music Inc., Flyte Tyme Tunes Inc., Kmr Music Royalties Ii Scsp
    Released Date: August 11, 1986
    What do you think about the phrase,”I’m only human.”? 

     

     

     

    #MusicMonday- Break Of Dawn #lovesongs


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    There have been too many times to count of myself laying back listening to music flowing through my headphones or earbuds over the years. It makes me feel like I have entered another dimension and there have been times when it took me back to that moment I first heard it.

    The majority of those songs are like an aphrodisiac that’ll have you in a hypnotic trance well past after it is over. Those songs along with the ones with the lyrics that are so beautiful and sensual, and tells a story where you can visualize them in your mind so vividly.

    This song, Break of Dawn, is one of those songs by Michael Jackson that I love intensely. It is a sexy and, oh…so, oh! It is about making love until it’s daylight. (Need I say more?) It would be nice to experience that, right, with the one who loves you? 😛

    Well, with making love and all that jazz aside, I hope you all enjoy the song and its lyrics. Let us know in the comments what you think, if you want to that is.

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    LYRICS:

    [Verse 1]
    Hold my hand, feel the touch of your body cling to mine
    You and me, making love all the way through another night
    I remember you and I walking through the park at night
    Kiss and touch, nothing much, let it blow just touch and go
    Love me more, never leave me alone by house of love
    People talk, people say what we have is just a game
    Oh, I’ll never let you go, come here girl
    Just got to make sweet love ‘til the break of dawn

    [Chorus]
    I don’t want the sun to shine I want to make love
    Just this magic in your eyes and in my heart
    I don’t know what I’m going to do – I can’t stop loving you
    I won’t stop ‘til break of dawn making love

    [Verse 2]
    Hold my hand, feel the sweat, yes you’ve got me nervous yet
    Let me groove, let me soothe, let me take you on a cruise
    There’s imagination I bet you’ve never been there before
    Have you ever wanted to dream about those places you’ve never known

    (Break of dawn, break of dawn) there’s no sun up in the sky
    (Break of dawn, break of dawn) I can see it in your eyes
    (Break of dawn, break of dawn) girl you got to understand
    It’s the way that I love you, let me show you I’m your man
    Break of dawn

    [Chorus]
    I don’t want the sun to shine I want to make love
    Just this magic in your eyes and in my heart
    I don’t know what I’m going to do – I can’t stop loving you
    I won’t stop ‘til break of dawn making love
    I don’t want the sun to shine I want to make love
    Just this magic in your eyes and in my heart
    I don’t know what I’m going to do – I can’t stop loving you
    I won’t stop ‘til break of dawn making love

    [Verse 3]
    Let’s not wait, the sun is out, let’s get up and let’s get out
    It’s the day, a brand new day, let’s both go outside and play
    Let us walk down the park, making love ‘til it’s dark
    Let me move, let me soothe, ‘til the break of dawn and you know it’s true, oh

    [Chorus]
    I don’t want the sun to shine I want to make love
    Just this magic in your eyes and in my heart
    I don’t know what I’m going to do – I can’t stop loving you
    I won’t stop ‘til break of dawn making love
    I don’t want the sun to shine I want to make love
    Just this magic in your eyes and in my heart
    I don’t know what I’m going to do – I can’t stop loving you
    I won’t stop ‘til break of dawn making love
    I don’t want the sun to shine I want to make love
    Just this magic in your eyes and in my heart
    I don’t know what I’m going to do – I can’t stop loving you
    I won’t stop ‘til break of dawn making love
    Break it down

    Lyrics Source: Genius.com

    Songwriters: Michael Jackson/ Elliot Straite
    Break of Dawn lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc, MJJ Productions
    Release Date: October 30, 2001