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review 2021-06-23 00:00
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen - Jazz Jennings I don't watch reality tv so reading this was my introduction to Jazz. It's awesome that she has been able to do so much for others who don't have the voice and support she has had. This was interesting to me but the best audience would be younger than me. It's about a lot of the things children and teens go through from the perspective of someone transgender.
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text 2020-09-08 19:38
Giving You Everything

Giving You Everything


This is the first Single entitled; Giving You Everything by Sharon Musgrave from her new EP project entitled Jewelweed. The EP reflects her thoughts put to music, she relates it to the weed that grows in abundance with all it’s healing properties, JEWELWEED. Giving You Everything, is a free download!!! click on the link below if you would like to have the mp3 and spread the word.  https://www.sharonmusgrave.com/jewelweedpt1.html

Sharon Musgrave has a distinct soothing vocal style with with an added blast of wail. She’s traveled the world with top notch musicians. She wrote a top 10 Pop hit called “Fascinating Rhythm,” with Producer, William Orbit Then she accompanied Jazz Musician Julian Joseph on his album Language of Truth.  Her slick musical accompaniment of cool funky grooves, accompanies her jazzy style with positive energy that is consciously tasteful. Her EP drops this September.

#new music youtube https://youtu.be/RDpovftgZ8w

My music genre(s)

soul, urban, urban soul, down tempo, R&B, neo-soul, nu-soul, acidjazz, souljazz, pop, smoothjazz, smooth groove, lounge, chillhop, lofi

My music is for the fans of:

Erykah Badu, Sade, Ari Lennox, Damian Marley















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text 2020-06-18 19:02
BL-opoly, Pandemic Edition -- Tenth Roll
Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert: Hörspiel - Saša Stanišić
Alles ist Jazz - Lili Grün,Katharina Straßer
The Spice Box Letters - Louise Barrett,Eve Makis,Leighton Pugh

I guess it's a good thing that for once I finished a BL-opoly book in the afternoon, because the game gods had apparently decided that since we've been having so much fun with multiple hop, skip and jump rounds lately, why not just do another one?


For square #4 -- the first square the doubles I rolled dumped me on -- I decided to use another "cat" card and go with Saša Stanišić's How the Soldier Repairs the Grammophone: Technically, the cover of the German edition (both print and audio) also qualifies for this square's requirements, as it depicts a guy wearing a suit, but I need to do something about the novelty card menagerie that's beginning to accumulate in my pockets, so just in case, I'll treat this one as a case of "read whatever you like" and do something about my TBR (as well as checking off Bosnia and Herzegovina on my "Around the World" challenge)..


Then it's off to Berlin with another book that's been sitting on my TBR for way too long already -- Lili Grün's Alles ist Jazz -- and which will again allow me to kill two birds with one stone, as it is set in my home country (Germany), as required by this BL-opoly square's prompt, but was written by an Austrian, so I also get to check off Austria on my "Around the World" reading challenge.


Then the BL-opoly gods decided to gift me another novelty card (I suppose they must have concluded that I can't possibly be allowed to have fewer than four of them at any given time) ...


... and lastly I get to complete the "Lake House" sequence of squares, with yet another book that's been sitting on my TBR for way too long and which will allow me to check off yet another country on my "Around the World" challenge (Armenia) with Eve Makis's Spice Box Letters.




The moves, in sequence:




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review 2019-07-31 23:15
Alles ist Jazz
Alles ist Jazz - Lili Grün

I stumbled across Alles ist Jazz (All is Jazz - tho, I do not believe this book was translated into English) on @Themis-Athena's post where @What I am reading had suggested Lili Gruen as an Austrian author to look up. 


What can I say, this is why I love bookish sites and other readers...the best recommendations come from other readers, not advertising campaigns.


Alles ist Jazz is the story of Elli, a young Viennese actress, who moved to Berlin at around 1930 to start a career in theatre or film, or any other acting job that pays the rent and lets her live her dream. Unfortunately, the reality of being an artist ... or anything else ... in the wake of a global economic crisis is not conducive to Elli's aspirations. We watch her struggle to find work, find love, and find herself as everything around her seems disappointingly transient. 


At times when reading this book, I was tempted to regard the book as chick lit, because of Elli's obsession with finding a man ... and her endless descriptions of being in love with the fair Robert ... but then Gruen would throw something in Elli's path to make her sit up and consider the world around her more closely, even tho this usually would knock off even more of the rosy tint of Elli's glasses and create even more sadness than the economic struggles Elli and her friends are going through already. 


By the end, Elli has grown up quite a bit and there is far more depth to her and her friends than seems possible at the start. 


What a lovely insight into the minds of the Bright Young Things of Berlin.


I look forward to discovering Gruen's other books.

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review 2019-05-18 00:19
Jazz Baby
Jazz Baby - Lisa Wheeler,R. Gregory Christie

The rhythm of the book is infections and basically begs to be read aloud. The meter and rhyme are perfect with no awkward phrases. The layout of the illustrations and text gives the impression of music and sound surrounding the characters. Overall a fun read.  

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