who i’m groovin’ to

2012 Spoleto Festival USA. Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Track List
01 — Exactly like you 00:00:00
02 — Moody’s mood for love 00:05:13
03 — I’ve got my love to keep me warm 00:08:38
04 — I got it bad (And that ain’t good) 00:11:56
05 — Social call 00:16:31
06 — Detour ahead 00:19:56
07 — No regrets 00:22:23
08 — Frosty morn­ing blues 00:26:30
09 — Easy to love 00:31:13
10 — I won­der where our love has gone 00:34:40
11 — Any­thing goes 00:39:16
12 — After you’ve gone 00:44:04



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bookmarks — volume. 3, issue 1


After a year, or so, of run­ning book­marks on Tum­blr, I decided to bring the series back to my blog. It is a lit­tle more labor inten­sive to run the series here, but I like the look and feel more. I think that I will keep my Tum­blr, and use it for shar­ing more ran­dom or spur-of-the-moment things. If you like this series com­ing back to my blog, I’d appre­ci­ate hear­ing from you.

This post will be longer than usual, because I have a lot of book­marked arti­cles and videos.





Jazz Spot­light

a visual guide to suits & shoes

A cou­ple of years ago, I posted a piece about on shoes. I used to a bit of a clothes and shoe per­son when I worked on Capi­tol Hill and down­town as a lob­by­ist. Today, I dress much more casu­ally at work, but I still like a good suit and shoes. Here is pretty cool info­graphic on pairing/matching shoes with suits of vary­ing col­ors that I spot­ted on Busi­ness Insider.

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examine that negative thought

I was head­ing into the shower at the gym today, and I noticed a slen­der guy jump onto the scale. I freely admit that an exas­per­at­ingly wry voice in my head said, “Huh! Like you need to get on a scale. [eyes rolling]”

I walked along into the shower and stood there with my neg­a­tive thought. My mind ran back to some pre-marital coun­sel­ing ses­sions. The coun­selor would chal­lenge me, when I was hav­ing a bout of jeal­ousy or a neg­a­tive thought, to stop and exam­ine that neg­a­tive thought. Think about where that feel­ing was really com­ing from. Most of the time, the prob­lem be dis­cov­ered in my reac­tion, not the action itself. With that in mind, I had an “Aha!” moment.

I recalled a recent con­ver­sa­tion with my good friend Elliott about get­ting in shape and hav­ing a poor body image. I occa­sion­ally, and sadly passive-aggressively, zing him about his toned physique, and he jabs me right back. He reminded me that there are a good num­ber of peo­ple that strug­gle to put, or keep, weight on. Con­sid­er­ing that I have always strug­gled with tak­ing, or keep­ing, weight off, I never even thought of the flip side of the coin. I really appre­ci­ate hav­ing friends who not only get me, but are also will­ing to chal­lenge me to see things differently.


I usu­ally take pretty quick show­ers, but lin­gered today because I needed to let these thought play out. What if that guy was star­ing down at the scale and excited because he gained two pounds? What if he, unbe­knownst to me, looked at the scale with despair because his weight was the same, or pos­si­bly less than the last time? Con­versely, what if that guy has been work­ing on weight loss for years and I was see­ing the result of his hard work and com­mit­ment to fit­ness? What­ever the rea­son, the prob­lem was not his. It was, and is, mine.

The issue is not about what back story, if any, the guy on the scale has. No. The real issue here is why I cared about that slen­der guy get­ting on the scale. My neg­a­tive thought was less about him, than it was one of com­par­i­son and self-loathing. I have been work­ing hard on exer­cis­ing reg­u­larly and eat­ing well. (Keep an eye out for a blog post about that, soon.) Since going to the gym reg­u­larly, and work­ing with a per­sonal trainer, I have started to look at some peo­ple as inspi­ra­tion. A body goal. Even with that, though, I occa­sion­ally find myself look­ing at very fit or slen­der peo­ple with a small dose of visual venom. I, often unwit­tingly, am cast­ing mental/emotional shade on some toned indi­vid­ual because I don’t have the same build. What kind of sense does that make? Now that I am work­ing with a trainer, the thought makes even less sense. I know how much work it takes to get, let alone be, tone. Why hate on some­one who has worked hard to have a nice body?

I finally turned off the water in the shower, and stood for another minute or two to fin­ish this rumi­na­tion. I walked away feel­ing lighter. I am glad that I had that neg­a­tive thought, because it forced me to con­front the gen­e­sis of the real issue. I plan to use this moment as a reminder to stop at the very moment that a neg­a­tive thought comes into my mind. I won’t beat myself up for hav­ing thought. Instead, I will try to be hon­est about where those feel­ings are com­ing from. Is it really the other per­son? Most often, the answer is no. I am slowly learn­ing to stay in my lane, and stop com­par­ing myself, or my progress, to oth­ers. It’s a struggle.


mix it up

I’m shar­ing this inter­est­ing info­graphic with those who plunked down a lot of money for a nice KitchenAid mixer, and then [secretly] won­dered “What the hell does this attach­ment do?” That is, if you ever even used it for any­thing other than an impres­sive coun­ter­top decoration.


Source: Visual.ly

happy valentine’s day


Love is that con­di­tion in which the hap­pi­ness of another per­son is essen­tial to your own.”

― Robert A. Heinlein


image credit: Karen Kurycki

now THIS is friday music


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