My Beautiful Surprise

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Happy Birthday Pooky

Whatever it is that you came to teach me
I am here to learn it ’cause I believe that we are written in the stars
I don’t know what the future holds but I’m living in the moment
And I’m thankful for the man that you are, you are, you are

When you think of Valentine’s day you think of love, chocolates, roses and teddy bears.  When I think of Valentine’s day, I think of love too.  The love of my life.  The one who makes me smile, gives me reason to be a better person and the greatest Valentine’s gift I have ever received.  18 years ago today I was in labor with this beautiful baby boy.  I was young and scared and in pain.  I had no idea he would change my life forever. 
I remember when his born the first words his father said to me, “he looks just like you… he’s crying!” Lol Hey, what can I say, pregnancy messes with a woman’s hormones!  I remember feeling relieved that the labor and the wait was over.  I remember the first time he was placed in my arms and being overwhelmed with the amazing gift of love like I had never known before. 
People tell you time and time again to enjoy the moments because life goes by so fast.  You say, “oh yeah!  I know!” But then one day you wake up and wonder where in the heck did all those years go??  They really do sneak by when you’re not looking. 
I still can’t believe my baby is 18 today.  As much as it scares me that he is officially an adult today, I’m proud of the man he is becoming.  I know this is just the beginning of the next phase of his life.  I know nothing will really change overnight. He will always be my baby boy, my pooky bear and my beautiful surprise.
My song for him since the first time I heard it has been Beautiful Surprise.  Plus a love of India Arie’s music is something we share.  So happy Valentine’s day to all and happy birthday to my little Romeo, my favorite Valentine, my Pooky bear and my beautiful surprise. 

Happy Birthday Isaiah slide show

Lyrics to Beautiful Surprise found on goggle play

It’s like yesterday I didn’t even know your name
Now today you’re always on my mind
I never could have predicted that I’d feel this way
You are a beautiful surprise

Intoxicated every time I hear your voice
You’ve got me on a natural high
It’s almost like I didn’t even have a choice
You are a beautiful surprise

Whatever it is that you came to teach me
I am here to learn it ’cause I believe that we are written in the stars
I don’t know what the future holds but I’m living in the moment
And I’m thankful for the man that you are, you are, you are

You are everything I ask for in my prayers
So I know my angels brought you to my life
Your energy is healing to my soul, you are a beautiful surprise
You are an inspiration to my life, you are the reason why I smile
You are a beautiful surprise

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For Always and Forever

You will be my Saturday Love…

“When I look at you
Memories of love
Like no one before
You stay on my mind”

We all have that one person like this.  That one person that maybe you always had a thing for but it never quite worked out.  Maybe the timing was off.  They were single and you were taken, then they were taken and you were single.  Or maybe you did date them, maybe it was a first love, a young love, or just a Saturday love. 
Mine was actually more of a Sunday love.  Ok, it wasn’t really love, but I sure was crushing on him.  We would go to the same spot every Sunday and I knew I would run into him there.  He was a bit older than me and there was just something about him.  Maybe it was the eyes, or the smile, or the way he would rearrange the tables in the middle of the room to create a dance floor for us on a Sunday afternoon.  It could have been the way he made me forget my cares and who was watching and just act a fool in the middle of the bar.  It could have been the silly jokes and faces, the way he made me laugh, and the fun I always had when I was around him. 
I’m not sure how we fell out of touch but then again, we never really had anything more than those Sunday afternoons.  Years later I would run into him and find out the truth.  That I was young and naive and he had a love the whole time.  A love of addiction to drugs and alcohol.  He had turned his life around but I knew he had really never felt for me the way I felt for him.  And maybe I never really felt for him, but more for the idea of him.  The idea of who I thought he was and who I wanted him to be. 
Every now and again I wonder what he’s up to and if he is still around.  I looked him up one day not too long ago to see he is now married.  In my mind though, For always and forever, he will be my Sunday love. 

Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle knew all about that.  Why, just check out the video here of Saturday Love.  Rather fitting, isn’t it?

(But my real Saturday Love is my girl Chanel.  She is my son’s and She was my roll dawg back when we were younger and would go out.  Had to throw that in)

And as always see the lyrics below.

Going to see you again
See you haven’t changed
It’s good to see you anyway

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love

When I think about you
My feelings can’t explain
Why after all this time
My heart still feels pain

When I look at you
Memories of love
Like no one before
You’ll stay on my mind

(Special feelings, special time)
Always so special
(I was yours and you were mine)
Made for each other

(All the good I won’t forget)
You will stay on my mind
(Saturday, the day we met)

For always and for ever
You will be my Saturday love

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love

When I think about you
My feelings can’t explain
Why after all this time
My heart still feels pain

When I look at you
Memories of love
Like no one before
You stay on my mind
(Special feelings, special times)
Feeling so special
(I was yours and you were mine)
Made for each other, girl

(All the good I won’t forget)
Staying on my mind, girl
(Saturday, the day we met)
Girl, you know I can’t leave you behind

There’s never any question
You will be my Saturday love

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday love

When I look at you
Special feelings, special times
I thought we’d always be together
But sometimes things just
Don’t work out like we planned

Life goes on and people grow
Out of things that fit before
But Saturday remains the same
And I hope it’ll never change

For always and forever
You will be my, you will be my
You will be, be my Saturday love
Let’s sing it together

Never on Sunday, Monday’s too soon
Tuesday and Wednesday just won’t do
Thursday and Friday, we can begin
But our Saturday love will never end, sugar

lyrics found here

Pure Poetry

The count down is on til Valentine’s day.  That’s right, just two days and my baby boy, my “pooky bear” will be 18 years old.  So I’m sticking with my theme of posting songs by black artists for black history and incorporating love quotes from songs. 
Last night I was looking for a song to post and I really wanted a good classic song.  I looked through so many and contemplated many more.  There is just so much good stuff out there! Of course in my opinion the best is the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s R&B.  Maybe some 2000’s,  too.  Then again that’s just my preference. 
I decided on the Isley Brothers.  I love the soothing sounds of their tunes.  From Between the Sheets to Foot Steps in the Dark.  But for love songs I felt like  Living For the Love of You was the best choice for the occasion. 
Did you ever notice that sometimes you sing a song, you know the lyrics, but you never quite pay attention?  That’s kind of how I felt reading the lyrics last night.   Especially when they say

” Love to be right in the waves
Of your love enchanted with a touch
And it seems to me
We could sail together
In and out of mystery”

I never really realized how poetic some lines are.  Now it may seem kind of obvious, but for some reason last night it just hit me.  These men are poets! Then you think of all the sounds and instruments that go into putting a song together.  Plus you have to have the right voice to sing it.  I guess I just really realized the amount of work and talent that goes into music.  I found a new and greater appreciation for it.  
Hope you all enjoy the soothing sounds of this song and don’t forget to check out the lyrics and poetry of this song below.  TGIF ya’ll.

The Isley Brothers “For The Love Of You” lyrics

Yeah, well, well, well
Yeah, yeah, hey, hey

Driftin’ on a memory
Ain’t no place I’d rather be
Then with you, yeah
Lovin’ you, well, well, well

Day will make a way for night
All we’ll need is candle lights
And a song, yeah
Soft and long, well

Glad to be here alone
With a lover unlike no other
Sad to see a new horizon
Slowly comin’ into view, yeah

I wanna be living for the love of you
Ah, yes I am
All that I’m giving is for the love of you
Alright now

Lovely as a ray of sun
That touches me when the mornin’ comes
Feels good to me, yeah
My love and me, well

Smoother than a gentle breeze
Flowin’ through my mind with ease
Soft as can be, well
When you’re lovin’ me
When you’re lovin’ me

Love to be right in the waves
Of your love enchanted with a touch
And it seems to me
We could sail together
In and out of mystery

Well, I wanna be living, for the love of you
Alright now
All that I’m giving, is for the love of you
You got me, girl

I wanna be living, for the love of you
Alright now
All that I’m giving, givin’ is for the love of you
Oh, yes I am

Paradise I have within
Can’t feel insecure again
You’re the key
Well, and this I see
Oh, I see

Now and then I lose my way
Using words that try to say
What I feel, yeah, love is real
Oh, love is real

I might as well sign my name
On a card which could say it better
Time will tell ’cause it seems
That I done just about all that I can do

I know that I’m livin’, for the love of you
Oh, yes I am
I know that I’m livin’, for the love, love of you
Every, everyday I, livin’, for the love of you

I’m living, for the love
Each and every day, oh yes I do
I’m gonna say it one more time

Said, “I’m living, for the love
Each and every day, oh”
Lord, Lord knows I am right, right now
Said that, “I’m livin’ for the love”

I Don’t Want to Bore You With It…

“Oh but I love you, I love you….
I LOOOOVVVEE YOU!” 

So I’ve been posting the love quotes from songs by black artists the last 3 days but I started enjoying it so I thought why not continue a few more days?  Valentines day, which is also my son’s 18th birthday, is only 4 days away. Wait, what? Wow that is coming up fast! 
Well, anyways I wanted to pick some classic artists, so I decided on Stevie. (Wonder, in case you were Wondering and yes, pun intended!)  Oh but how do you pick one of Stevie’s songs?? I mean… you don’t!  He just has so many amazing songs!  Well, I had to remember I was picking a quote from the lyrics, which made it even harder!!   But I really do love this one:

We lay beneath the stars
Under a lovers tree that’s seen through the eyes of my mind
I reach out for the part
Of me that lives in you that only our two hearts can find

I mean I really love the whole song, along with most of Stevie’s music.  When I sing along I feel like you really have to belt it out! Which i usually do… alone… in my car…. as not to scare people.  Lol.  He really is Wonderful, isn’t he? Check out the video by clicking on the link or read the lyrics below.  Or let me know your favorite Stevie song!

Knocks Me Off My Feet

Lyrics
I see us in the park
Strolling the summer days of imaginings in my head
And words from our hearts
Told only to the wind felt even without being said
I don’t want to bore you with my trouble
But there’s somethin ’bout your love
That makes me weak and
Knocks me off my feet
There’s sumptin ’bout your love
That makes me weak and
Knocks me off my feet
Knocks me off my feet

I don’t want to bore you with it
Oh but I love you, I love you, I love you
I don’t want to bore you with it
Oh but I love you, I love you, I love you
More and more
We lay beneath the stars
Under a lovers tree that’s seen through the eyes of my mind
I reach out for the part
Of me that lives in you that only our two hearts can find
But I don’t want to bore you with my trouble
But there’s sumptin ’bout your love
That makes me weak and
Knocks me off my feet
But there’s sumptin ’bout your love
That makes me weak and
Knocks me off my feet

I don’t want to bore you with it
Oh but I love you, I love you, I love you
I don’t want to bore you with it
Oh but I love you, I love you, I love you
I don’t want to bore you with it
Oh but I love you, I love you, I love you
Darling I don’t want to bore you with it
Oh but I love you, I love you, I love you
I don’t’ want to bore you with it
Oh but I love you, I love you, I love you
Darling I don’t want to bore you with it

Day 3 – 3 Day Quote Challenge

This is Day 3 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge (with a twist).  Today I chose a song by Tracy Chapman.  I have been a fan of her since the 80’s.  My older sisters had her first cassette tape back in the day.  I love Tracy’s music because all of her songs have purpose.  They have a message or a story and this woman has something to say! Tracy speaks on love, but also about political issues, domestic abuse and racism.  My sister’s may have had the first album and got me interested in her music, but I owned every album after.  I also waited all day to see her in concert, it was a standing room only event so I made sure I was first in line to get the front row.  I love so many of her song, but I picked “At This Point In My Life.”

You see when I’ve touched the sky
The earth’s gravity has pulled me down
But now I’ve reconciled that in this world
Birds and angels get the wings to fly
If you can believe in this heart of mine
If you can give it a try
Then I’ll reach inside and find and give you
All the sweetness that I have

There isn’t a real video on youtube but you can listen to the song here:

I’m really enjoying this challenge so I may continue this up until Valentine’s day. However, these will be the last 3 nominations below.

Hit Below the Belt Hard

Making Time for Me

Young and Twenty

At This Point In My Life Lyrics

Done so many things wrong I don’t know if I can do right
Oh I, Oh I’ve
Done so many things wrong I don’t know if I can do right

At this point in my life
I’ve done so many things wrong I don’t know if I can do right
If you put your trust in me I hope I won’t let you down
If you give me a chance I’ll try

You see it’s been a hard road the road I’m traveling on
And if I take your hand I might lead you down the path to ruin
I’ve had a hard life I’m just saying it so you’ll understand
That right now, right now, I’m doing the best I can
At this point in my life

At this point in my life
Although I’ve mostly walked in the shadows
I’m still searching for the light
Won’t you put your faith in me
We both know that’s what matters
If you give me a chance I’ll try

You see I’ve been climbing stairs but mostly stumbling down
I’ve been reaching high always losing ground
You see I’ve been reaching high but always losing ground
You see I’ve conquered hills but I still have mountains to climb
And right now right now I’m doing the best I can
At this point in my life

Before we take a step
Before we walk down that path
Before I make any promises
Before you have regrets
Before we talk commitment
Let me tell you of my past
All I’ve seen and all I’ve done
The things I’d like to forget
At this point in my life

At this point in my life
I’d like to live as if only love mattered
As if redemption was in sight
As if the search to live honestly
Is all that anyone needs
No matter if you find it

You see when I’ve touched the sky
The earth’s gravity has pulled me down
But now I’ve reconciled that in this world
Birds and angels get the wings to fly
If you can believe in this heart of mine
If you can give it a try
Then I’ll reach inside and find and give you
All the sweetness that I have
At this point in my life
At this point in my life

Songwriters: Chapman, Tracy L
At This Point In My Life lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics found here 

Day 2 – Love Quotes

So it is day 2 of the Love quotes by Black Artists.  I have picked another song with the same title.  That’s right, The Truth.  This one is by India Arie.  One of my favorites lines….

There ain’t no substitute for the truth
Either it is or it isn’t
‘Cause he is the truth
You see the truth it needs no proof
Either it is or it isn’t
‘Cause he is the truth
And you know the truth by the way it feels

The Truth
I just relate to this because we all know when something isn’t right. When something feels wrong, we always have that gut feeling.

Today I nominate the following 3 bloggers:

A perfectly flawed ruby

SIMPLE DIMPLE

My random musings

I have also copied the lyrics to this song below.

Let me tell you why I love him

Cause he is the truth
Said he is so real
And I love the way that he makes me feel
And if I am a reflection of him
Then I must be fly
Cause his light, it shines so bright
I wouldn’t lie, no

I remember the very first day that I saw him
I found myself immediately intrigued by him
It’s almost like I knew this man from another life
Like back then maybe I was his husband
Maybe he was my wife
And even the things I don’t like about him are fine with me
Cause it’s not hard for me to understand him
Cause he’s so much like me
And it’s truly my pleasure to share his company
And I know it’s God’s gift to breathe the air he breathes

Cause he is the truth
Said he is so real
And I love the way that he makes me feel
And if I am a reflection of him
Then I must be fly
Because his light, it shines so bright
I wouldn’t lie, no

Oh
How can the same man that makes me so mad
(do you know what he did??)
Turn right around and kiss me so soft
(girl, you know what he did?)
If he ever left me I wouldn’t even be sad, no
‘Cause there’s a blessing in every lesson
And I’m glad that I know him at all

Cause he is the truth
Said he is so real
And I love the way that he makes me feel
And if I am a reflection of him
Then I must be fly
Because his light, it shines so bright

I love the way he speaks
I love the way he thinks
I love the way that he treats his mama
I love that gap in between his teeth
Love him in every way that a woman can love a man
From personal
To universal
But most of all it’s unconditional
You know what I’m talking about?

That’s the way I feel
And I always will
There ain’t no substitute for the truth
Either it is or it isn’t
‘Cause he is the truth
You see the truth it needs no proof
Either it is or it isn’t
‘Cause he is the truth
And you know the truth by the way it feels
And if I am a reflection of him
Then I must be fly
Because he is, yes he is (fly, light, bright)
I wonder does he know

3 Day quote challenge with a twist!

So I was nominated by Tikeetha for the 3 day quote.  I follow her blog and I really enjoy it, check her out!  She did love quotes and I think I am going to switch it up and incorporate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day for this.  I’m also going to take quotes from song lyrics because, hey, love songs have great quotes too!  So each day I will post a song, highlight the line I love and post the video as well.  They will all be love songs by Black artists for Black History month.  Then I will nominate 3 bloggers each day to do the same.  (Only you can just post quotes, nothing fancy.  Although I think they should either pertain to love for Valentine’s day or they should pertain to Black History Month…but that’s my two cents)

So the first Quote is from one of my favorite Black Male artists, Anthony Hamilton.  If you don’t know him, you should definintly check him out.  I love his voice, his music, and his lyrics.  One of my favorite songs by him is called “The Truth”.   See the video here: 
The Truth
My favorite line from this song is

” Compromise, try and see eye to eye, 

Cause love’s not blind, it knows when you care”

This is so true.  I hope you enjoy this song.  Also, if you are interested you can find the lyrics below.

I nominate the following 3 bloggers for the 3 Day Quote Challenge. All you have to do is post a quote for 3 days and each day you nominate 3 other bloggers to post a quote.

Nicia
TheChyLife
Aishwariya Ramachandran

So look for another love song, quote and Black Artist tomorrow.  Oh and check out the lyrics below. 😆

“The Truth”

You must feel safe when you fall in love
Equal in the time you and I share together
Compromise, try and see eye to eye
Cause love’s not blind, it knows when you care
Always kiss your lady, tell her that you love her,
Pray and make a baby, that was made to love
Show her she’s important, bring flowers for her,
And build on the truth (build on the truth)

If you take a little walk with me (walk with me)
Girl I’ll lead you to the truth (girl, I’ll lead you, lead you)
And if you never give up on me (give up on me)
Girl, I’ll share it all with you (Girl, I’ll share it all)
Show directions when I’ve lost my way (lost my way)
I’ll be around to stay (I’ll be around) to show you the truth, truth

If you trust me, I’ll make sure to build you up, through all your dreams
You and I will go together
Forget your past, the love you had that never last
God knew your heart and I was made for you
Girl, I won’t mistreat you, never
Always make love to you
Go to church together, even get baptized too
We can read the bible (read the bible)
Play mom father
This marriage is true (oh)

If you take a little walk with me (walk with me)
Girl I’ll lead you to the truth (girl, I’ll lead you, lead you)
And if you never give up on me (give up on me)
Girl, I’ll share it all with you (Girl, I’ll share it all)
Show directions when I’ve lost my way (lost my way)
I’ll be around to stay (I’ll be around) to show you the truth, truth (x2)
Songwriters: VINCENT, STAN/HARRIS, JAMES SAMUEL III/LEWIS, TERRY
The Truth lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group, Ultra Tunes

lyrics found here