Proverbs: Conan O’Brien

“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get.  But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen” –Conan O’Brien, during his final episode of the “Tonight Show.” …with my recent experiences, I can vouch for that. –And if you’re first reaction to the news of his…

Video: Monique WON at Age 14 (Press Room Video)

It may sound strange for me to say, but Monique did NOT win the Golden Globes this week on telecast.   She actually won decades ago, but no one knew but she and her husband. How so?  The evidence was in her acceptance speech: “I am in the MIDST of my DREAM…and when I look…

Higher Sounds: Amy Winehouse- Brother

I’m convinced that 99.5% of Amy Winehouse‘s lyrical content is about some misfortune, regret, or pain.  There are tons of underrated Winehouse songs I’d like to feature on the blog, because musically they’re awesome, but they’re all so darn depressing!  Don’t believe me?  Listen to the (amazing) Back to Black album- none of them were…

The Path: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Beyond a “Day Off”

(photo taken by Travis Levius) Over the years, I’ve been guilty of ignoring the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most would admit along with me that for the most part, it’s been just “a day off” from work and school, and an excuse to go shopping or travel for 3 days.  Today, I…

Excursions: A Luxoholic’s Birthday Adventure (Loews Atlanta Hotel)

(all images taken by Travis Levius) My January 7th birthday was, in simplest form, amazing.  I launched the blog & website at midnight (Thursday), with uncontrollably-shaken fingers and a post-sprint heart rate.  I was so pleased to receive an overwhelming response (400+ views in one day) hours later, and I appreciate everyone that offered congrats…

The Intro: Fear is Overrated in 2010

Photo by Travis Levius.  All Rights Reserved. – Do you sometimes feel the hardest part of a project or business is the beginning?  You’ve had the ideas rummage through your head, you’ve scribbled down rough plans on sticky notes, and lost maybe an average of 90 minutes of sleep per night thinking about the possibilities….

Higher Sounds: Sade- Soldier of Love (NEW!)

Holy cow: This may be the most anticipated, promising comeback in soul music since…well, Maxwell a few months ago.  But it’s certainly not a bad thing; watching the influx of established artists resurface with more quality material is simply exciting and RELIEVING.  The songstress with the dizzying vocals returns with the heavy-themed “Soldier of Love,”…

Higher Sounds: Washed Out- Feel It All Around (Video)

So here, in Atlanta, is ridiculously cold right now!  I checked Weather.com a few hours ago to see New York and Atlanta with exact matching temperatures (°26F).   This song, which happens to be one of my top favorites in 2009, pulls me out of my present misery and takes me to a sunny oasis…