Saturday, April 28, 2007

This Is Your Season...Step Your Game Up!

Words Of Encouragement...

The words that come out of your mouth provide the environment you create around yourself. Be sure that when you speak that positive and encouraging words are being shared. Too often we discourage ourselves and others by what we say..."You'll never make it", "Go get a real job", "Stick to what you know best"...but what if what you know best is not your passion?

How about saying..."You can do whatever your heart desires", "I can see you being successful at that" or just simply..."I'm praying that it will all work out for you and I support whatever it is you wanna do". There are times we need motivation and the only way to receive words of encouragement is to give those same words to someone who needs them just as bad as you do. How would things be if we all supported one another and kept a positive outlook on what it is we want to accomplish? The windows of opportunities and blessings would be wide open.

Please take the time as often as you can, if not everyday, to give someone a positive word of encouragement. Take the time out to let someone know they are doing good and to keep up the good work. Let someone know that you are proud of them. This type of positive reinforcement is very important and necessary. Watch it spread and you'll see love spread as well. I want you to walk away from this blog with the understanding that "Love Is A Lifestyle"!

Keep doing what you are doing and making your dreams come true. The only way to predict the future is to create it. Keep your head up and a smile on your face. This is your season, so step your game up.

June Archer...In My Lifetime!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Is Hip-Hop Dead?...Not at all.

To say that Hip-Hop is dead would mean that a whole culture and way of life would be extinct. I believe that the knowledge of what has come before what is presently here is missing. I grew up on Hip-Hop! I remember how it felt to listen to Sugar Hill Gang, Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five, Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, Run-D.M.C., Force M.D.'s and the list goes on. Watching "Breakin", "Beat Street" and "Krush Groove" thinking to myself I wanna do that, too. Not really sure what it was that I wanted to do but I knew "that" was it.

A person who considers themselves well versed in their passion should have a vast knowledge of the history of that they hold dear. If you are a baseball fanatic you should at least know the greats that have swung a bat. Know that Hank Aaron holds the Home Run title and that Barry Bonds is on his way to possibly breaking that 33 year-old record. So why is it, we have people that claim they love Hip-Hop and that they are Hip-Hop, but don't know the pioneers. I'm not saying you will know everyone and everything but know some of the ground breaking moments and individuals who were a part of music history. I say this to say that I find it interesting that people are in the music business and want to be a part of it but don't know certain people and don't take the time to find out who is who...

Recently I attended an event promoted by ASCAP* and had the pleasure to once again kick it with individuals that I consider contributed to Hip-Hop. I was so excited but could not understand how others could not be as excited as I was. Was I making more of it than I should have...? Was I the only one paying attention...? I asked a photographer who was taking pictures if he saw what I saw. I said, excuse me but you need to get over here! There is a great shot waiting to happen. Easy Mo Bee, Allstar and Large Professor are all over there speaking, right now! It seemed like a movie when the movie begins moving in slow motion and the music comes to an abrupt stop a wine glass smashes on the floor and a loud scream of noooooo! screeches out. The photographer says, who?

Thank the Hip-Hop Gods that I had my own camera and took the shot myself. At that point it was then people began to realize who was being caught for a photo op.

Of course there were others who had a hand in Hip-Hop and Music in general but that moment took me back to when I felt music, especially Hip-Hop was fun...In My Lifetime!
By the way, the photographer took the picture anyway. I still don't think he realized the history he had just captured in that one image.

Is Hip-Hop Dead?...Not at all. We just need to remember our history and educate the next generation.

Easy Mo Bee -Biggie Smalls "Ready To Die", "Gimmie The Loot", Miles Davis "Doo-Bop"
Allstar - SWV "Anything" feat. Wu-Tang, Joe "Stutter" feat. Mystikal
Large Professor - "Live At The BBQ" feat. Nas, "Just Hangin' Out" w/Main Source

* The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

I have more pics to share at
(Paparazzi / ASCAP Hitmaker's Haven)

June Archer...In My Lifetime!

Friday, April 6, 2007

In My Lifetime...

In Life it is said that it's not the destination but the journey that is important. I look forward to sharing my views, opinions, stories, successes and failures (hopefully not too many failures) with you; My Journey. Please feel free to share your opinions and feedback. Information is power and I look forward to sharing and recieving every little bit that I can. Whether it be a daily thought, past event or fond memory, I hope you enjoy what I have to share.

Follow me on a journey as I talk about Life, Music, Politics, Religion, Family, Love and everything else that I come across...
In My Lifetime!

June Archer...In My Lifetime!