Last year, my love and I had a chance to visit many wonderful cities in Europe for our (1 year delayed) honeymoon. Here's a montage of our time around Madrid, Spain by night, filmed on my Canon EOS 70D and Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens.
More short film montages from our time in Europe yet to come!
This past weekend my love and I did a mini vacation in San Diego, California. We're both fans of all kinds of animals, so we managed to visit the Birch Aquarium at UCSD in La Jolla and the San Diego Zoo.
Here's a short film montage I did from our visit to the Birch Aquarium which I highly recommend you visit if you get a chance! It's smaller than some other aquariums I've visited, but it's packed with such beautiful and mesmerizing sea creatures! Love!
P.S.: I filmed this on my Sony RX100 Mark IV, shareable on my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/radhamehta in the "A Dose Of Soul" playlist.
A new poem of mine born out of this morning's "morning pages".
I dedicate this to my father, my guiding light and forever my mentor, who turns 77 tomorrow! He's younger and more courageous to me now than ever...thank you for that dad!
I aspire...to be a leader
To lead us to love one another the way we should love ourselves
I aspire...to be kind
To share kindness through my actions so others could follow suit
I aspire...to be gentle
Through a soft touch or a smile, please know that I'm on your side
I aspire...to produce
To always keep busy, but contribute towards the greater good
And last but not least
I aspire...to be me
I am who I am because everything I've aspired to be and do thus far
has been inspired by you
Although the best that I can be is yet to come
The best that I am today is enough
I am LOVE
I love you
I was ecstatic to see a jazz musician I deeply admire (and whom I'm lucky enough to call a friend) Terence Blanchard featured on the front page of "Arts" in the New York Times online today, and in print tomorrow (August 8, 2016)! He performed in Staten Island on Friday night with songs from his incredible album "Breathless", an album that was largely inspired by the untimely and terrible death of Eric Garner from over 2 years ago. The article touches on the many jazz musicians who have used music as a means to push justice in a "Black Lives Matter' age.
For those of you who may not know Terence Blanchard, he's a 5-time Grammy trumpeter, scored many of Spike Lee's films, and is a native and resident of New Orleans. I had the fortune of meeting and getting to know him during a trip to Washington DC as we, along with The Recording Academy, lobbied hard to protect musicians' rights (producers, songwriters, and performers) on being fairly paid royalties that have been earned and well deserved. In closing our final meeting with Congress, Terence played a soulful jazzy rendition of "When The Saints Go Marching In", bringing us all to our feet, dancing and singing along. Although that battle of "fair play, fair pay" still marches on, and Terence's performance was flawless...nothing compares to the emotions and the performance he set forth on his latest album "Breathless". Terence closed his performance in Staten Island with these wise and true words:
Thank you Terence for always sharing your message through music!
P.S.: Be sure to check Terence out at the following links:
-Article in Medium: "Using Music to Underscore Three Words: I Can't Breathe"
-New York Times: "A Cri de Coeur from Jazz Musicians in a Black Lives Matter Age"
tonight the 2016 Summer Olympics (XXXI Olympiad) officially kicks off in Rio. which events are you most excited to see?
watching the Olympics is one of my favorite pastimes because each competitor lives and breathes hopes and dreams to be the very best. they've persevered through hours and hours of practice, they've overcome countless moments of weakness and feelings of not being good enough, and they've believed in a higher power to help them get to where they are now. all this for a few moments of glory and respect by the nations they represent, but a memory that'll last for lifetimes to come.
during a time when the world feels so divided, let there be love, light, and a sense of unity through camaraderie with these Olympics. best of luck to all, and let the games begin!
i believe i once read somewhere that Queen Bey psyches herself into a diva and queen-like mindset before she hits the stage to perform. i read that she's otherwise shy and only comfortable with her inner circle off stage, but once on stage, all hail the Queen!
and separately, i've also read somewhere that in order to succeed in life, you've got to "fake it til' you make it". i agree. of course by no means should you try to be inauthentic, but sometimes you just have to forcefully believe in yourself until others finally catch on to the greatness that you are. it all starts with thy self. and by "you" i'm also referring to myself...i ain't preaching, i'm also forever trying to convince myself of this truth.
sure, easier said than done. but i know that sense of self-esteem can be quite beautiful and wonderfully contagious. so my message to both you AND i through my lyrics is to simply let that self-esteem shine through, and maybe others will eventually follow suit!
ps: i absolutely love this photo (credit to unsplash.com). this beautiful south asian woman is so in her zone and seems to just own it!
this past weekend i had the amazing opportunity to record on a beautiful album created and produced by a lovely soul of a friend, who just happens to also be a Grammy-award winner. and while my soul mate was away during that time (yes, i missed him so much even though he was gone for less than 50-ish hours), i realized how much i love, miss, and fear recording vocals and writing songs. have you ever felt that juxtaposition? you love something so much that you fear it...and vice versa, you fear it so much but you can't help but absolutely love it even more? but either way, you miss it when you're not doing it?
perhaps that "fear" stems from expectations i lay upon myself and not being able to succeed.
and perhaps that "love" is so deep that no matter what i do to distract myself from it, consciously or subconsciously, i will always return to it like a boomerang.
so, as with most things in life, why not remove the expectations, accept the love, and enjoy the process while at it? easier said than done, but this is certainly a mission worth pursuing.
in the meantime, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to you dear friend for including me on your masterful project...i simply can't wait to see what becomes of it!
and thank you my dear love for safely returning to me as we gear up to embark upon an entirely new chapter in our lives!