Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Truer words have never been spoken.
For me, music inspires, soothes, drives, stimulates, lifts, focuses, and incites a wide range of other emotional responses that I aim to share in this space.
I’m Danielle, known on the interwebs as “Vivrant Thang.” And yes, Q-Tip does approve. I’m a Jersey-born, DC-area-living slave to the music. I’m in my mid-thirties; old enough to have watched the greatness that was Video Soul and Video Music Box. Yet too young to have shaken my groove thang on the Soul Train line.
Not for nothing, but see that honey at :17? That is TOTALLY how I dance now. I would have been up IN there!
I’ve always been an avid writer and reader and fell in love with the written word at an early age. I would stay up far into the night under the covers with my flashlight engrossed in Ramona and Beezus’ latest antics. Soon I began to pen my own fictional young adult tales and would bring them to school for the amusement of my friends.
This was long before “blogging” was the thing to do. When I did discover I could write online, I started and stopped
and started and stop- sharing my angst on various online web journals before finally arriving at this space. It was originally meant to be a personal blog where I would share pieces of me through the lens of songs that have been key in my everyday life. The journey led me to transition Songs In The Key of Life into a space where my #1 goal is to shine the spotlight on hard-working artists (mostly indies) who study their craft and pour their souls into the art of creating music. Yet they still don’t be “getting no airplay.”
After a two-year
mental health break hiatus, I’ve resurrected my little corner of the Internet. Not because the game needs me. There are some amazing true music lovers out there doing the thankless job of keeping you musically informed. I just miss having a place to capture my thoughts on some of my amazing musical experiences. Besides, as I get older younger in spirit, sometimes the memory gets a little fuzzy.
I’ve also realized that I’m blessed to live in an area of the country that is usually on most artists’ tour schedules. Not everyone gets that opportunity, even if they can afford it. I attend an average of three live shows a month. Although I no longer record the live shows I attend (rich archives though), I have never stopped sharing my thoughts on Twitter and will now do reviews again here as well.
When I’m not working as a social media strategist at the day gig or rocking out at a show, I explore the many other interests that make me such a “vivrant thang.” I’m extremely artsy-fartsy and am an avid supporter of the visual and performing arts. I’m always plotting the next stamp on my passport and how I can get to some of these music festivals overseas. I live for wine tasting, photography, football, independent film, and
While I love new discoveries, there are certain artists that will always and forever be in constant rotation for me: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Prince, Maxwell, Omar, Bilal Oliver, Eric Roberson, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Faith Evans, Brand New Heavies, Biggie, The Roots, and The Foreign Exchange.
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