Happy New Year Lovelys!! Here's to the New Year

Happy New Year Lovelys!!

I hope you had a great time and you have an amazing 2014!! I thought New Year; time for some 2014 resolutions...

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Here are my resolutions for the New Year....

1. Smile more / cry less

2. Be more trusting

3. Be more patient

4. Be more open

5. Drink less diet soda

6. Drink more water

7. Wear more bright colours

What about you? Do you have any resolutions for the New Year?

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“What is up with your songs being all about heartbreak?”…

“What is up with your songs being all about heartbreak?”…
“Why don’t you write happier songs?”
“You don’t seem like you should sing sad songs because you always seem so bubbly and happy…”

These are all things I have been told at one time or another and the simplest answer is because I am honest about my feelings when I write. When I feel sad and depressed; I pour my heart out and bleed into my songs. In everyday life you sometimes have to smile when you don’t feel like it and stay composed when all you want to do is scream out until it hurts; in a song I am free. I am free to feel what I feel and say what I need to say.

Yes with titles like ‘Love is just pain’ , ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Fool’, Don’t Come Home to Me’  you might start to think dude stay away from douchebags but I think even Prince Charming probably has his douchebag moments and vice versa because this is not only about the men out there no one is perfect.

I always want to be authentic in what I write and what I sing because that is just who I am. I say what I think and I think what I say. I wrote the Bittersweet EP through and right after a relationship and the emotions I was feeling ended up on paper. Take 'Fool' for example....

 

The song 'Fool' I wrote after coming out of this relationship that yes you guessed it make me feel just plain foolish when I looked back at it. I think sometimes in a relationship you mistake love for habit and when you are looking at the situation through your rear-view mirror you see it all so clearly.

“And I sit watch the tears as they soak up my eyes, such a fool, such a fool, such a fool, and I lie there beside you taste tears on my lips…”

I wrote that line when I remembered a point in the relationship that inspired the song lying next to someone and weeping silently because I was just so….unhappy. At that point I slowly realised if I was being honest with myself I was in a fictional relationship and this man was not the man I made him out to be in my head.

The message of the track Fool is it OK to look back and call a spade a spade. If I acted foolish in love I am owning up to it. There is nothing wrong with making mistakes and loving hard, just learn from them and grow in a stronger version on yourself.

If “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

then aren’t we all guilty when we open up our hearts and let people in even if we have been hurt in the past maybe several times…..

So that is the truth behind Fool; if you haven't heard it or feel like listening to it again now you know the story behind it here it is .... Enjoy!

Love,

Obehi.xx

 

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Top Five Tracks I Love...

I thought in honour of the month of LOVE I would blog about my top five songs.  The ones I fell in love with the moment I heard them.

*Drum roll* Here they are....

5. Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

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Now this song is a freakin' classic!

I beyond love this song. Whenever I start to feel stressed and like there is just too much to do and there isnt enough time I just close my eyes and imagine sittin' at the Dock of a Bay, watching the tide roll away.

  4. Track of my tears - Smokey Robinson

I found this gem; Natasha Bedingfield performing a cover of Track of my tears. The lady absolutely killed it. Check it out

 3. Give me love – Ed Sheeran

I was watching Cougar Town this week and the episode ended with this song and that was the moment I fell in love with it. I don’t even know how many times I have listened it now BUT I have now learnt the lyrics. Stage 1 of covering the song done! Stage 2....

I just love the imagery and honesty in the lyrics.

 2. Best thing you never had – Beyonce

Now this song is like the anthem of flip offs to every ex who you know made a huge mistake by letting you go and baby you were the best thing he never had. The lyrics are so bitterly honest and definitely speaks volumes to me.

 1. Someone that I used to know – Gotye

Yes! Another one for those ex relationships. Raw lyrics, honesty, vulnerabilty; I wish I wrote this one.

What are your top five tracks and why?

Behind The Scenes Of Performing Live – DIY Record Labels

Aloha!!

So…. you might not know this but I run my own record label – GNI Records named after my late Grandfather who was an amazing man and who I remember listening to him when I was younger.

So what comes with running a label for me is all the behind the scenes action that most people don’t see.

Today I had a really great meeting with my friend about the live scene and arranging live shows and most importantly using social networking. He is a genius!! Just a huge fountain of wisdom (Yes T you are a huge fountain of wisdom J)

We talked a lot about the Scottish music scene venues; and the formulas for organising gigs and I learnt so much. I will hold my hands up and say organising shows is my weakness!! I love to show up and focus on performing rather than the organising or the promoting of shows.

There is going to a lot of live shows this year in Edinburgh and Glasgow and I am looking forward to them. I have not performed any of my songs with a live musician to an audience and I feel it will be beyond amazing. A new experience and I cannot wait for it!

There is the knowledge of crowd and I would love to tap into that. Tell me, tell me, tell me J haha

How do you organise gigs and shows? What really makes a show come alive for you?

 

Peace & Love,

Obehi

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Addiction.... Il Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

ad·dic·tion (-d k sh n) n. 1. a. Compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance.

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5 minutes before I go on stage - by heart starts beating faster and faster; my breath slows down. My heels click their way up the stairs taking my body with me with the mic in my hand. The beat starts and the shot of adrenaline hits me. I am higher than a kite and after the last song with a big smile on my face and I only vaguely remember what just happened on stage but I know it was magic and I was so HIGH! Shame I had to come back down.

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I wake up singing; I go to bed humming; I need it when I'm out and about. It makes everything completely better. It gives me pure contentment. MUSIC is my addiction and I couldn't stop anytime I wanted to and I don't want to either. OK back off with the straight jacket :) I don't need to be locked up. Not right now but ask me again tomorrow.

It isnt all roses and sunshine; early mornings and late nights, hardwork, bad moods but I couldnt imagine doing anything else. I am in love with music! We are happily married and having lots and lots of music babies.

I sing ,I write, I perform, I run my record label... and my driving force is the fact my love for what I do consumes me.

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Everyone who takes the time to listen to my music; comes to see me live; likes my fanpage; follows me on twitter; just joins me on my journey touches my heart. I am completely blessed and humbled by the appreciation. I'm so happy to have my SOLDIERSwith me !!

So THANK YOU and I do mean it when I say I have a lot of LOVE for you. Without you I wouldnt be here :)

Now I have showed you mine, tell me..

What is your addiction?

Peace & Love,

Obehi

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