Music is the creative expression that makes life beautiful.”

How we #GrammyDC 

 

How We #GrammyDC

May 11th was a night of firsts. It was my first time visiting City Winery DC and the first ever Washington D.C. Grammy Block Party. The venue was amazing and the hard work done by the D.C. Grammy Chapter staff and leadership was displayed in every detail of the event. Amazing venue. Phenomenal talent line-up. A perfectly curated tapas menu paired with numerous wines and liquors, set the tone for a classic night of good music and good vibes with artists, producers and creatives from the DMV and the Mid-Atlantic region. Several artists performed on multiple stages throughout the evening including: D.C.'s own Rare Essence and Kevin Ross, DRAM, Angelica Garcia, Chaz French and MAKUTA. The inaugural party was hosted by WPGC's Joe Clair with sounds provided by DJ Heat. The energy in the room was so positive! It was great to see new connections being made and old friends and musical colleagues reconnecting.


 

I ran into artist friends that I hadn't seen in awhile and we reminisced on some of the our first shows in the D.C. area and talked about upcoming shows where we can support each other. I was fortunate to meet other music comrades from around the D.C. area, as well as, Philadelphia. It was nice to put faces with names and to personally thank individuals who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the best interest of artists - those signed to major labels and independent, are represented and respected. It was overall a wonderful night of great music, networking and cool vibes.

Epiphanies and other moments of grandeur 

Chrisette Michele has a song called 'Epiphany' that I used to perform quite regularly. It's all about coming to a profound realization about a relationship. Ultimately, she determines that it's over and she's leaving. She has decided that she deserves better and that at the end of the day, finding that better is up to her. She has to create a space where this "better" can manifest and she can experience love and life, genuinely and fully.  And so it is with me and the epiphanies I've had in recent weeks. Chief amongst my realizations is that what I'm really looking for - isn't going to show up for me in the way my spirit envisions it. No, I'll have to pray for it, develop it, take risks I've been previously unwilling to take. I'll have to create my own place, build my own table and chairs, secure the WIFI and call the dayum meeting myself. It's not coming magnificently wrapped in a Tiffany's box, nor will it be hand-delivered from any benefactor, friend or supporter. Nawl, this is on me. Brick, by brick I'll need to build it, give myself permission to ball out, boss up, and ascend. In all honesty, it's very frustrating to sit and wait for someone...anyone else to green light what's for you. Frustrating, not because of lack of patience but because you've in a sense given away your power by way of looking for approval. The Bible says that God opens doors that no man can shut. GOD OPENS DOORS, not man. So if I have a purpose that I know He's given me...I already have the keys.