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MAKING THE FIRST MOVE

Hi everyone πŸ‘‹πŸΏπŸ‘‹πŸΏπŸ‘‹πŸΏπŸ‘‹πŸΏ,

I’m back!

I haven’t posted anything in the last month, and that has me feeling a certain type of way. It feels like I am letting my spirit down for not writing my personal thoughts as often as I should.

So, here I am. Writing.

What should I write about?

My last three posts (this one, this one, and this one) were detailing the death and agony that was going on around me throughout the month of January this year.

January was a tough month all round.

But, February came with the much needed reprieve.

No deaths, no burials, and very few heartaches. Life slowly went back to normal.

The youth group in our church organized a Valentine’s dinner for the 15th of February. Entry was free; there was a buffet dinner, amazing music, great ambiance, great lighting and powerful speakers/relationship experts.

Of course, I had to sing a song to the audience that night because as I have told you before, dear reader, I can actually sing! The crowd loved my singing, but I still have a hard time looking at the crowd as I sing. On that night, I found myself looking up at the sky as I sang.

The sky was so beautiful that night, and yes, I am working on maintaining eye contact with the crowd throughout my performance.

Oh, which song did I sing, you ask?

Well, if you must know, I sang a rendition of the truly iconic love song, ‘Can’t help falling in love’.

I used the cover done by Jules Aurora for inspiration. She is such a talented singer!

Anyway, my performance was awesome, and I got some pretty amazing reviews after that.

Here I am performing (just in case you didn’t believe me, and need photographic evidence):

I invited literally everyone I watch football with at our local pub. So many of them came, and we had an exceptionally wonderful time. Who wouldn’t when there is free food and music?

John, my best friend, came all the way from Kilifi just for this dinner, and to hear me sing (that’s a lie; I know he came to see hot girls). Here he is eating πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

But, the most incredible thing about that night was that I actually had a date!

A date! A real date for Valentine’s. Colour me shocked because this is so unlike me. I never date. Never! I don’t go out on dates, or celebrate Valentine’s as a romantic holiday.

But, this year I did, and I am so glad.

And, get this, I’m the one who asked him to be my date. Yaaaaaaaay to girls making the first move!!

I almost died when he said yes!!

We had such a wonderful evening, and we haven’t looked back since.

He is now my boyfriend, and I am having the time of my life getting to know him better.

He makes me laugh. Hard! I’m always laughing when he’s around, and that is a beautiful thing!

He’s natural in every possible imaginable way. He doesn’t exaggerate who he is, how he feels, and there are no mind games. What you see is exactly what you get.

He’s into art and music in a way that is so captivating and enthralling, I’m just compelled to like him even more.

In these few weeks since we started dating, this man has opened me up to a world of Kenyan art and music that I had no clue existed!

Oh My God!!

We live in a capital full of orgasmic talent, and most of us are oblivious to it. We are letting little pieces of heaven slip us by. What a shame!

I was oblivious to it too for the longest time, but now that he has exposed me to this world, I feel awakened and hungry to hear, feel, see every artist’s body of work.

It’s a beautiful feeling!

Now, I can honestly say that I know authentic Kenyan artists, and that I have a favourite Kenyan band (it’s Yubu and his gang just in case you are wondering, check out their performance this previous Saturday at Dagoz Artists’ Bar below)

These guys are beyond amazing. My boyfriend sent me a link to some of their songs a couple of weeks ago, and asked me if I would like to see them perform.

I said yes, because they sounded amazing. During their performance that night, they dedicated two amazing songs to me, and for the longest time, I was breathless.

Ah, it was a beautiful feeling!

He also loves my voice ever since he heard it at that Valentine’s dinner. Because of his encouragement, I have performed thrice at Dagoz, even in front of Yubu and his gang, as well as some legendary acts like Dave Otieno, and Fariji.

I would have never thought of doing something like this. I am so glad he’s here to push me to dream even bigger.

My last performance was this last Sunday at Dagoz. I had never sang in front of such a big crowd before, and everyone there was a stranger, except my boyfriend, and my friend, Deborah.

He just asked me out of the blue if I could talk to the band to see if I could perform when they took their break. I did just that, and they said YES!!!

The crowd was mammoth, but, I wasn’t scared for some reason. It felt great being up there, and listening to my own voice was amazing.

Watching the crowd get stunned as I hit those notes is probably the most exhilarating experience I have had in my adult life. Wow!

And then, just after I had completed that number, even before the applause and the cheers had died down, they started demanding another song. I just had to do one last number for them, which they absolutely loved as well.

Oh, which songs did I perform that night, you ask?

1. Sweet talker (acoustic version) by Jessie J

2. Can’t help falling in love – Jules Aurora cover (it was still fresh in my mind)

The band members were blown away as well, and they are looking forward to jamming with me in the coming weeks ( I’ll keep you guys updated, I promise).

Honestly, all that mattered is that he loved how I performed.

I think I found my biggest fan, whose not just a fan of my voice, but of my entire essence.

I am so glad I made the first move. It has been an absolute life changer.

Goodbye everyone, and have yourselves fantastic weeks.

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I HAVE A TINY, TINY, TINY GIFT

I have a Youtube channel. I know, I know, everyone has a Youtube channel. It’s all the rave nowadays. All the cool kids have one (I do not fall under this category obviously).

There’s nothing serious about mine, it’s just for kicks. And, also a way to show off my big forehead because it too deserves love, attention, and admiration.

The main theme of the channel is football, which is by far my favorite topic ever. Don’t get me wrong. I love talking about books, about economics, the environment, evolution, about religion, about different cultures, about healthy eating, and physical exercise. But football is above all of these.

Hold up! Let me make myself very clear.

I love talking about football, but the most epic conversations, the ones I find most alluring and compelling are those that usually revolve around food and/or sex. Luckily, discussions on these topics, especially the latter, occur mainly inside my own head. I would not want to pollute any of you innocent souls with that kind of filth.

So, it’s food, sex, and THEN football, got it?

So, yeah. It’s a vlog on football and the elements that keep me interested in the game. I just blab on and on about what I found amusing, bemusing, offensive, or impressive about teams and individual players. Don’t forget the hot players with the nice beards, and the long hair.

I have been doing it for months, and it’s just so much fun. It’s like having a conversation with the mirror and having the luxury of your mirror record every single one of those conversations for future reference. This awes me for some weird reason, and I am not going to stop doing it anytime soon.

But, I have recently introduced another aspect to the vlog. A scary aspect about myself that I thought was only for me. An aspect that I had sworn I would never let anyone see until I stumbled upon the quote below:

‘If you are a gifted person, it doesn’t mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back.’- Carl Jung.

I don’t consider myself a really gifted singer, but there’s something there, and if you struggle to listen through, you can find it. I’ve always found it, and for as long as I can remember, it’s always been my special treat for me. I sing when I’m sad, I sing when I’m happy, I sing when I’m running on empty just to get myself fired up again. I sing when I am anxious, I sing when I’m bored, and I even sing when I’m horny. I sing when I’m trying to get over something, something painful or embarrassing. I’m just constantly singing, and I have been doing it obsessively for years.

But then I came across the quote above, and it made me feel a little bit guilty. I have never really tried to share this particular gift of mine, even though we all agree that it is quite small.

It’s quite sad really because small gifts can have a huge impact (I’m not saying my singing will).

Anyway, that is why I decided to start doing rookie covers of some of the songs that have made me happy over the years. Maybe there is someone who’ll like my singing and my song collection, and it will make their day just a little bit better. Maybe there is someone who’ll find some solace in my voice like I have; maybe this is the small gift the universe intended me to give to someone else.

I don’t know; just maybe. What I do know is that I’m having a blast practicing and doing the covers. It’s just one more good thing in my life.

On that note, here’s the playlist of the covers I have done so far. Feel free to laugh it’s allowed. It’s a small gift, but it’s what I have, and it’s what I can afford to give back…