Discover Challenge: Songs from my heart.

via Discover Challenge: Song.

Song my favorite word. Singing has become second nature to me, The feeling that overwhelms me when I take the microphone and stand on the stage, truly I was born for this.  Music found me,and lyrical expression was embedded in my loins, such that even in my sleep ,I am singing a song.

Different songs resonate with me at a different season. lately, I was having difficulties coping with major disappointment,because of the setback, I found that I was emitting negative energy,I didn’t want that.

I just found myself going back to a song I have just written and recorded like a dummy recording, Listening to that song over and over again melted my heart,and reaffirms the Father’s love for me [God].  Even when it seems I am facing a disappointment , I am never alone,my father’s love overwhelms me, helping to see things in the right perspective and helping me realise that there is always a way out. Now that’s the power of a song.

The great Reggae music legend, Bob Marley had this to say about music and song,

One good thing about music,when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Many times in life we face situations pleasant and unpleasant, we are faced with challenges that almost want to snuff life out of us , but as soon a you hear a song that resonates with you, it emits a beautiful feeling and you almost forget what you are going through.

Songs and smells will bring you back to a moment in time than anything else. It’s amazing how much can be conjured witha few notes of a song ora solitary whiff of a room.-Emily Giffin.

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Music found me. Always be in command of your Music.

 

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Tips on Writing Song Lyrics For Beginners

Hello Everyone, It’s #MondayMusic&Me. I found this helpful tips from a blogger friend and just wanted to share with you all,especially the beginners . Have a good read.
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Songs aren’t made miracles. Songwriters spent years  learning how to create good ones like the ones we hear over the radios and concert halls. But it costs quite a lot. So as an aspiring songwriter, myself, I’ll teach you some very important tips on how to write a song.

Tip #1 : For a beginner in lyrics writing, before anything else, create a title. The title should be interesting and not widely used so you can make your own signature as a writer.

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Be as creative as you are for your title. Because it’ll be the first thing people will know before they’ll listen to your song. Be it unique, be it original. Do not stick with the usual, think out of the box.

When I decide for the song title, it’ll take me 15-30 minutes just to decide for it. Do not be surprised if with that span…

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Photo of the day.

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If music is the food of life play on.

Father and daughter duo.

 

Shalom

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The Pictures breaking me!

I had found this amazing photographer who happened to be the younger brother of a dear friend, on Instagram. I just imagined what it would be like to have him to do my album photoshoot.

Then on one occasion I was invited to come perform for a group of women fighting against rape and domestic violence, and this photographer was also invited to cover the event, he did a great job. I knew he would be the one to do my shoot. After the event at the British Council in Lagos, I called my friend and told her I wanted her to help me to talk to her brother.

Well, maybe she did, I wouldn’t know , so I called another friend, by now you may be wondering why I am calling friends and not the person himself- I was trying to use  friendship platform to reduce cost, At the end of the day I had to take the Bull by the horn!

I called the photographer himself and we discussed, the date was fixed, and OMG! I was so excited about it, the photo shoot for my third album, it’s all coming together.

On the day of the shoot, I had woken up quite early, it was as if I was an important appointment, and yes it was very important for me. There was a slight change in the timing but, we still made it. I went with husbandman and my second son.

We got to the venue, a very Porsche studio in Lekki, after going through all the costume I brought, Abu, the photographer, and bossman ,called on his guys to start putting things in order for the shoot while we waited for the Make-up artist who was yet to show up, as it, this time, it was around 4pm and the sons of men were now hungry, we stepped out into a restaurant to grab a bite, and got back to the studio.

I was astonished when I saw a dark-skinned young man, tall coming towards me,he was introduced to as the makeup artist. for real? A man, apparently that was the first time I would see a Man as a makeup artist, I had seen a couple of them on Videofashion,but to have one standing right in my face.

As he was about to start decorating my face I asked him to let us pray, I’m sure he was taken aback, Pray? Just because of Makeup? Yes! pray. I prayed for about 60 seconds and he was on.As he made me up, we engaged in discussion,as I wanted to find out more about him. I found out he is a creative art major in one of the prestigious college of technology in Lagos. He finished the makeup and it was time to get into the business of the day- The shoot proper!

“Take a comfortable position, chin up smile,and the sound of the camera shutter,clicking away per second, he must have taken a zillion shots, then I had to take another shot with the guitar,now that one was quite tedious, because he wanted me to sing and play the guitar at the same time, he wanted me in my natural state, and I just wanted to pose.

After several attempts, the guitar episode ended and I was to change to another costume, on and on we went, and then the final shot by the pool.

By the next day, He sent me two pictures and OMG! I was blown away by what I saw,it was absolutely beautiful before I could respond to him I saw what he wrote on his Instagram page about me and the photo session I couldn’t help the chills and the tears as it flowed down my eyes.

 

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some of the comments made by the photographer that got me tearing up, 

 

I decided to put up the picture on my facebook wall,and that was it. The comments have just been pouring in like crazy! excuse my language. Little did I know that there will be so much response, not just any response, in those feedbacks, I have able to clearly hear God’s thoughts towards me.

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I have never had such reactions in all my “social media” life and even though I am much of someone who pay particular attention to the social media frenzies, This one has been overwhelming and it like a sign for me. I am just too grateful to God.

 

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I am beautiful, saith the Lord.

 

An incident occurred yesterday which confirmed to me, that the photo sessions and everything taking place at the moment in my life, God is involved. I was at a women’s conference on Saturday( a story for another post), and yesterday evening I felt a nudge in my spirit to write an appreciation note via text, to the convener of the conference. I was struggling with doing it, but I am learning gradually to respond to the nudging of the Holy Spirit without debate.

So I sent a text, a long one indeed, and just a few seconds later,The woman  responded and told me, about how she had seen my picture on facebook earlier yesterday,and the Spirit of God asked her to tell me,” You are beautiful” That was no coincidence at all , It was God ordained .

I became more aware of myself, and the beauty of the Lord that overwhelm me inside and outside.  Thank you, Lord, for loving me and for making me aware that your thoughts towards me,goes beyond what my mind can fathom.

He is thinking great thoughts about you as well!

Shalom.

 

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Photos by :@abusalamiphotography . You can also read more of the comment.

 

Ask and you shall receive-Personal

AI made a booking several weeks ago to have a photoshoot session as part of the last stage of production for my album project. Which I have been working on for sometimes now. I was given an appointment for the second week in July , which means this week.

Before or after booking the appointment for the photo sessions, I had a nudge to put a call through to one of my friends who happened to be a  fashionpreneur and a style consultant. She had styled me on one or two occasion way back. So I called her around June but she was out of town, and she told me she would be around the first week in July.

Of course, I had forgotten about our discussion until late last night, when I was trying to figure out my costumes and accessories for the shoot. Immediately I sent her a message that she told me she would be in town about this time. She didn’t reply the message so I didn’t bother.

It was this morning,that she finally replied that she had been working on the house since she returned and she’s been busy and all that and all that. I wanted her to style for this particular shoot,but as at today ,I thought it was too late to ask her to style me with some of her African design which flows well with my brand.

What do I do o? I ask myself, “should I go ahead and ask or should I just forget about it and make do with what I already have.” I summoned courage, the worst she can tell me is No! that is better than not attempting at all. And what if she says Yes, I wouldn’t know until I ask.

I send another text  to respond to her reply and told her I wanted her to sponsor the photoshoot with some of her signature design. Her immediate response blew my mind she said ,Yes that they were closing down the clothing line and moving on to greater heights, and as a result of the closure ,all the clothes have been in sales, and there are just  a few left.

She said I can come to the boutique and pick whatever I like of the rack, really? I ask, and she said yes again.  “Can I come right away”? ,I asked and she told me another yes.

Off I went to Allen Avenue, where the boutique is located and I met with the manager,and told her to call the madam. She did and my friend to her to attend to me ,I should pick any style I like.

Long story short, I was changing from one style to another looking for the perfect fit,and the end of the day, I was had about 3 different dresses- African fabric meet

king for the perfect fit,and the end of the day, I was had about 3 different dresses- African fabric meet uber style for my photo shoot – Free of charge! I didn’t pay a dime. If I was to pay I would have spent about 30-35,000 naira on those dresses.

What is the moral of this story?

Sometimes when you have a nudging to ask someone for help or assistance, you are scared or afraid of been turned down,and because of that, you never get to ask again. That happens to me.

The scriptures says,

Ask and it shall be given you, seek and you will find;knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives……

For everyone who ask , receives! How profound is that? another passage of the Bible tells us that the reason we don’t have is because we are not asking,and when we do ask we ask for the wrong reasons.

Like I said earlier, I had that impression to ask her about a month ago, and when I found out she was out of the country I forgot about it. Until  Last night/ this morning when I had that same impression. At first, I didn’t know how to ask her outrightly to give me some of her designs. So I ask if she could sponsor the shoot by styling me.  She gladly supported without stress.

 

 

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Trying out one of the outfits in my lobby-SIMPLE &CUTE AFRICAN DESIGN.

 

 

 

Lessons Learnt:  Don’t  limit your possibilities with a closed mouth.

Don’t be afraid of what people might think or say when you ask for help or assistance.

Remember. ASK AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN.

 

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It is always fatal to have  music or poetry interrupted- George Eliot.

BOGODETONI

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Daily Companion.

He is always there 

To answer when I call

Even when I don’t call 

He is my companion… forever

When I am lonely

And all alone

His love is never far

He’s surrounded me with

Friends,loved ones and Families

Great books and music alongside

Thoughts from great minds afar

keeps me company all the time.

Never fear!

I’m in good company daily  and always.

 

Companion

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Photo of the day!

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A couple of weeks back I stumbled on an old cd collection, containing pictures of my early years starting off  as a professional musician. The cd actually contained the behind the scenes of my first music video way back 2002.

It brought back a great feeling of my journey from then and now  in career and ministry at the same time. Almost 14years after, a lot of things have changed but the mandate remains…..Making a divine statement with an African signature!

#Throwback #Stillinthegame #beingaboutmyfather’business #beingOBA #aintnostopping#pressingontolayhold

 

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Gratitude Thursday on Friday.

The exercise from Revofkindness this week was centred on gratitude . I wrote a  post on it, you can read it Here. I am someone who likes to thank you to almost everybody for almost anything. I got more and more serious with intentional gratitude when I started keeping a gratitude journal.

I learnt how to be grateful  for all situations, especially unpleasant ones,as I took my gratitude exercise further by meditating on the book of Psalms daily- It’s like a daily dose of thankfulness and gratitude .I take 5 doses daily.

Sometimes, last week I got from someone who had seen me performed somewhere many years back,She heard my songs and saw my book and wanted us to hook up, we tried scheduling a meet to no avail until she called again and ask if I was available and I said yes.

We arrange to meet, and I was supposed to go pick her up from her place to go to the Radio station where she co-anchor a program with her friend. I drove to her place one hour earlier than scheduled time. Because I have a mantra for punctuality, especially when I am not familiar with the route for my appointment. In this case, I didn’t know the route to her house and since I was driving myself I left home early.

She was surprise to see me, an hour before, so I explained to her and all that. I also met her friend and we got talking about my music and how long I have been in the game,all this was happening while my host was getting herself ready so we can head down to the radio station.

As we drove down , we got talking the more,and I knew I will be spending some quality time with this lady, because we just flowed seamlessly in conversation,and I could tell we have quite a few things in common. As we got to the radio station I remembered that I have been to that station once several years back .The memories came flashing fresh once again. We got up to the studio and as we were climbing the stairs I here one of my songs coming out from the airwaves- My friend said to me,’OBA, isn’t that one of your songs playing? I said yes!

Then she asked again,’how do you feel when you hear your songs been played on air? and I said I am always gratefl!

We got into the studio,and she introduced me to the anchor of the program, who was already position behind the machines. Guess what the program is called? Gratitude Thursday with Funmi& Didi.  I mean like seriously! Gratitude again!!

It’s a phone -in program where people call in, to talk about what they are grateful for,and make request or talk to guests on the show. For the next hour, It was really a fabulous time as people called in, to share their gratitude stories. One of the stories got my attention, One young lady called to say that she was grateful for the rain that fell, because she had tried all morning to buy water to fill the tank at home,but somehow the person that sells wasn’t around, and they did have water at home.

The rain fell heavily yesterday and because of that she was able to fill the tank and other buckets,she was excited about it, because that rain was an answer to the water problem she had at home.God works wonders even when it looked mundane or insignificant! some might think what’s the big deal with the rain, but to that lady that called in, it was help at the nick of time. Something to be grateful for.

Other people called in, to express gratitude for families, loved ones, for life and also commented on my music -I am for ever grateful that my skill and talent is making a huge impact and touching lives out there!

I am grateful that I made new friends yesterday,and made the whole crew of TopRadio90.9FM laugh themselves out with the comic side of me, we are laughed and laughed it was such a wonderful time. Because I was reminded again and again, I have every reason to be grateful.

I am grateful that I met amazing ladies touching lives and making impact within their sphere of influence- Yetunde Durand and Funmi Longe the hosts of ‘GratitudeThursday’.

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Yetunde and I .

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Sweethearts!

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A selfie and 3 pout 😀

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Making a divine statement with an African signature.

 

 

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@The studio TopRadio 90.9

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I speak becaause I believe..

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The Duo- Funmi& Didi on Gratitude Thursday. So you think you can hide Didi?

 

 

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With Funmi after the program

 

 

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Passionately speaking.

 

 

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That’s how I roll with my  new buddies.  #Gracias

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We make others smile.. so we got the smiles too ;D

 

I am grateful for the new possibilities, as each day unfolds

I am grateful for Life,Love,and so much more.

I am grateful for my amazing audience here 😀 😀

 

Shalom

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Photo of the Day.

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In recent  times, I have been receiving Invites to Radio stations  to talk about my music project and other things I have been doing lately. I was going through my photo gallery when I saw this  particular picture.

It brought back the memory of the particular evening I went for this interview.  This moment was captured as the radio host and her colleagues played my song “Lead Me” for the very first time. Everywhere was quiet as we all were wrapped and caught  with the sombre and depth of the song.

You can listen here:Here

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