No time..excuse me! I gotta go!



"I can not believe it's been a year since I last wrote you.  That's a hot mess and I do not have an excuse."


What can we say about the past year?  What happened?  Was things for the good or bad and did we learn something?  I could dive in with all my bitter...laugh...cry...


Something was learned this past year.  Growth and patience.  We are quick to post on social media because we think it's convenient but as Indie artists we don't want to forget our greatest plug.  Blogs are and will always be the best way to communicate with each other along with email!


I missed blogging.  I will not post in detail because if I did I will get calls and responses that I don't need right now...pity.  Life...God...has giving me a full deck and I was blessed enough to pick the saver card.  Some people who I have the pleasure of knowing do not know the truth and I'm trying to figure out how to tell them what's been going on without sounding like a violin.


I'm alive and I'm still healthy so I don't need to go into it.  Is it so bad if we choose to not get too personal with network family?  Is it so bad that we want to keep up the persona that we are survivors and say.. "I'm sorry I'm late on this and that" without saying why?  It's because of life and road blocks that we may be too embarrassed to discuss but from the outside we seem distant and caddy.  There is a solution!


Stay active.  We may have distractions but the only way we can avoid having to spill out daily woes is to deliver our talent.


I'm over the bump, hump blah blah blah blah blah...I got things to do and so do YOU!  Get back to work!


TaNeal ƸӜƷ

The Whose Who...?

Hey Butterflies!  


Did you know confidence is a survival tool?  


Picture this...two friends who knew each other from their youth lost contact with each other.  Thanks to social media they found one another again and before looking at pics and previous posts they became friends online...after some time the social butterfly was liking and commenting on the other friends' page more than they were for them...that social butterfly wondered why and decided to inbox them to say hello and got no answer.  Again a few months later and no answer.  There can be so many reasons why they didn't.  Maybe they are not online as much.  Maybe they never check the newsfeed.  Who knows right?


So this social butterfly tags them in a few motivational posts...after a few... the social butterfly couldn't tag them.  Come to find this long lost friend deleted them and BLOCKED because social butterfly couldn't find there page all together...  Again WHO knows why or should we even think something horrible has happened...?


When you add someone online, you have a reason to right...?  And they have a reason for adding you.  If you reach out to them..isn't it fair just for them to tell you what's on their mind?  That way you both know something even if you choose to delete them even.  Social media can be a trap!


Or is it a game of who deletes who first?  Or is it just a waste of time?  Hmmm...


Whose got the most confidence and who is online not knowing how to find out how they can find theirs?


I'm decided to write this because of the times that I have reached out to people who add me online and I thank them for adding me and get no response.  Why did they add me and how did they find out about me?  Do they know why I'm online in the first place?  Aw man...come on music!  We got work to do!  Lyrics can't keep up with words these days.  Almost obsolete...but...ok


Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Being Mickey Mouse

"You may find more than food or money, you may find love."


Hey Butterflies!  This is a rare but goody blog :)


I had a thought...when it comes to household names, how does it get there?  When we seek our entertainment rather it comes from family, friends or a random moment or person that makes a smile, laugh or cry...It gives us a lifetime memory...right?


I'm reminiscing on this night.  This is not an hallucination, I'm so lucid it's scary.  Something in me is changing and I'm not sure if it's that time in my life that I can finally say I get it.  But when I think about the things and people that make me happy and make me feel safe...No matter when or's a damn good thing to feel so loved with open arms!  And who knew animation could be a mirror :)



Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Music and Lyrics

Hey Butterflies!  We are TOP FLIGHT these days!  I hope you are feeling the high!


So I'm still reading Clive Davis' "The Soundtrack of My Life" I'm learning so much!  And Now I'm on the chapter about Janis Joplin and it led me to listen to her version of "Summertime" for the first time and...WOW!  If it weren't for my passion for music I would never know about such treasures!  My Step-Dad use to sing to me and play music for me from time to time but it was all R&B/Soul.  Which I Truly appreciate but over the years, other genres have expanded my belt!  Even if it's the same lyrics over again, the way an artist show their style in their music makes the lyrics just as powerful!


Janis Joplin Sings "Summertime"



Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Endearing - An Open Letter

Hey Butterflies!  I'm stopping in to share a very personal thing with you.  I just sent an email to my daughter in Nigeria.  For those who have not heard, more than 200 girls were abducted from their school in Nigeria 3 weeks ago and parents are still praying and pleading for the return of their girls.  I'm grateful and thankful that my daughter's school was in no harm but I also pray that these girls are freed!  My daughter didn't bring it up so I'm assuming she has not heard about it.


From the moment I heard that I was pregnant we were attached at the hip until 2010.   I had a live feed of my second cd release in hopes that she would be able to view it.  It was a very emotion time for me.  The planning and getting things together was hectic and we were almost 30 minutes late starting the show.  Not all the musicians were on point, I was not singing on the main mic so my background singers were louder than I was through the audio feed and I met and later worked with the worse team of managers ever.  It was a lesson to me and I have grown from it.  More importantly my daughter is a blessing to me in so many ways!


So here is the email I sent and hope that it inspires Mothers and Daughters to hold on to each other because life has it's ups and downs but when you can confide in a parent, I believe it helps you deal with life a little smoother.  Cheers!


Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ


Dear Chioma,

I want to add on to what I expressed to you after we talked today and give you a bit more insight behind my words.  As I have grown and matured there are so many things that I have learned.  I had to stop blaming my upbringing on my choices in life.  It's never too late to change but now I believe that people should always think and be patient about their decisions and how it will affect others around them.  Especially their family!
Communicating your plans with others that are close to you helps you decide what the right path to take is.  You don't necessarily have to agree with everything they say but hearing other people's opinion especially if they are older can be a benefit to you.
We discuss a lot and I'm so grateful that you are open about your feelings with me.  Please remain that way.  You are safe with me.  It only took one mistake that I made to help me realize that as a child you first lean toward the comfort and convenience of the safety from your parents.  I pray you never feel that you have to go outside to find a place for security, that is our job as your parents to secure and care for you.  Enjoy being a child and again your only responsibility is to take care of yourself and your education.  I believe in you, I trust you.  As long as you never take that for granted nothing that I ever promise you will ever forfeit!
I love you very much and I look forward to see how you grow into the woman you want to be!


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