53 Days And Counting…

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By Joshua Blake

This was my view coming home from Florida back in the Summer, and it’s an experience I won’t soon forget.

Something about this picture is striking – intriguing even. Will Anette have a similar view on her journey here? I hope that she does. It puts you into a state of infinite bliss being up there.

I’ve thought a lot about her arrival here in New York, and it’s going to be something else – meeting the one that you love for the first time.

It’s also going to be scary, but I’m willing to face my fear. I’m not sure I even know what the fear is, but it’s there. Then again, maybe it’s not fear after all. Maybe it’s amazement instead.

Amazement at the fact that two souls – so distant in the confines of this place we call Earth – could be bound to one another like the sun that gives us life itself.

I can’t wait to take her hand and show her wonderful things that she never knew existed, until the moment we locked hands when I greet her for the first time.

I can’t wait to look into her eyes and see the infinite possibilities lurking inside of them as she watches her dreams come true.

I can’t wait to kiss her lips and feel as if time had stopped and started again after we released from one another.

But, I have to.

The Prince Is Dead

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By Joshua Blake

I remember it like it was yesterday – well, not really – Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl Halftime show at the age of 14 thinking: Who the hell is this guy?

I grew up in a generation after Prince arguably defined the predecessor of my own, but he still managed to captivate people of all ages, which is what made him a cultural icon ahead of his time.

A man who was arguably as popular as Michael Jackson while encompassing the gravitas of Hendrix years before him, Prince bridged the gap between challenging the status quo and making it cool to do so, and more importantly making it okay to do so.

Prince was asked by Larry King in 1999 what category he puts his music in, and his answer only showed a miniscule fraction of his creative genius. “The only thing that I could think of – cause I really don’t like categories – but, the only thing I could think of is inspriational,  and I think that music that is from the heart falls right into that category – people who really feel what it is that they’re doing. Ultimately, all music is – or can be – inspirational and that’s why it’s so important to let your gift be guided by something more clear.”