Musings – Becoming

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Becoming.

This is one word that has been on my conscious subconsciously for the past few days.

Sometimes (quite often than I care to count) when I reminisce and reflect on my previous posts on my blogs among other things; I think to myself – perhaps you should just delete these posts.

They certainly don’t represent who I am now, who I am becoming.

Most times, i overcome these urges by the simple fact that certain people still find some succor between the lines of my writings.

Recently, I read a quote in a blog post, and the quote says; “We are always becoming…who we will be”, and it has stuck with me.

“Read. Reflect. Write.”

Write from the heart
Write for the heart
Write for the art
Art from the heart

This is certainly the case in my situation.

Anytime I’m feeling nostalgic and decide to go down memory lane (so to speak) and read the previous posts, sometimes I feel ashamed that I cared so deeply about such things, sometimes I’m amazed how apt those words truly describe my thoughts and feelings at that moment in time and sometimes I wish I could delete them and never have to worry about them again.

But.

True art should represent where the artist is at in his life at the moment of creation, at least little pieces of him.

And this is what I believe these posts, random thoughts, rants et al represent; art.

While I might still feel ashamed or amazed, I believe they represent and testify to the process of becoming.

We are always becoming.

Grace & Peace.

Musings – Thank You Very Much

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‘Life is in phases, men are in sizes’.

I think I’m in this phase of my life where I’ve come to be thankful for all that has happened to me and around me; all that I’ve experienced.

I don’t know if it’s a phase or a disposition I would have for the rest of my life on earth, I certainly favour the latter.

Have you ever looked back on the good, the bad an the ugly and just say a simple prayer of thanksgiving; that these events happened.

Everything I’ve experienced is certainly part of who I am, it may or may not define me, but it is part. I’ld like to think so. Let me be.

That brings me to the second part of this post:

Thank you very much for supporting this blog and myself with the views, likes, comments.
Thank you very much to the guest writers inspired by God and some of my own writing.
Thank you very much to the other blogs I visit and read (they are too much to list)
Thank you very much to the writers that have inspired and still inspire me to keep at this. I pray for more grace for you. More ink to your pen from the fountain of inspiration.
Thank you very much to my unofficial editors for the support, knowledge, insight and truthfulness. They have helped my grow as a writer, as a person.
Thank you very much to the one I keep sending my unpublished drafts, your comments are part of what keep me going. I cherish our friendship and I plan to hold on for as long as I’m allowed.
Thank you very much to that roommate who introduced me to hip-hop, music and poetry. That one song is one I would never forget.
Thank you very much to my two brothers, that discussion of which I was an observer is a blessing in disguise. You talked about Life, Religion, Rap, Poetry, Kanye, Music, the future, conspiracy theories, too many deep things, etc My life has never been the same since that night or should I say morning. I met my saviour a couple days later.
Thank you very much for listening to my ideas and opinions, and including me in the process.

Thank you very much. I’m thankful.

Partly inspired by ‘Thank You Very Much’ by Rapsody and ‘Tell Me Yours’ by Propaganda.

Grace & Peace ✌️

Musings – Untitled #16

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Money faileth too. This is what I can say I learnt yesterday. Very important lesson. I’ve come to learn that we as human beings, ‘we all need something'; someone to love and someone to love us back or seem to love us back (because everything is not always what it seems), no matter how we have been hurt, gotten our heart ‘broken’, we all seek to put our trust in someone(s)/something(s).

Who/What we now put our trust in is now the important question.

A while back, in my musings journal, I commented on how we as humans when it is pointed out that we have/might have taken a leap of faith in the wrong direction, it gets us all confused, angry and several emotions follow. I believe this is just an example of the complex being that was created by the perfect God.

What do I really know tho? (Sometimes I feel compelled to write this at the end of some of my ‘babblings’).

Grace & Peace.

 

Another random Facebook post that seemed too long :)

Musings – Untitled #15

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O, in recent times of despair, when I find my soul not comforted, storms of the world raging, the illusion of control slowly fading away from my view.

O the comfort the word of God brings to my soul. My recent discovery or should I say ‘re-discovery’, I know not which term to use – of Romans 8:28.

All things work together to the good of those that Love Him, that have been called out according to His purpose.

The lyrics of Audrey Assad’s track titled; ‘Restless’ come to mind right about now;

“I’m restless, I’m restless,
till I rest in you, O God.
I wanna rest in you, O God.”

All those that trust in Him will not be put to shame.

O, how I long to put all my trust in Him. Flesh can and will only fail you.

 

Just a random Facebook post that seemed too long.

Musings :: Masks – Untitled #14

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Props
They’re all props
Propaganda
The society is pushing this propaganda
Consciously
Subconsciously
The battlefield of the mind
‘Better keep that mask on boy’
‘No one wants to see the real you boy’

The anomaly
We all need something
Love
Sense of belonging
Purpose
Something

Everyone walking around with their masks on
Expecting another to love them for the person they are behind the masks
Imperfect creation
Expectations that can only lead to disappointments

‘You gotta give something to get boy’
‘Nothing in life comes free boy’

Thanks be unto God for the free gift of salvation
Not by my works, lest I boast in myself

O the tears that fight to fall when I think of this
“I deserve this not!!!”
I have done nothing
And can do nothing
To deserve it

Thanks be unto God alone who has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light. ✌️

Ehiscombs Meets Michael Excel

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Amidst the UCL final and another Bomb blast in Jos (RIP to the dead), I had a conversation with one of South South’s gift to the nation. This is the first of a series that will hopefully become a regular feature in the second part of the year. A chat with Edo state’s finest Producer, Michael Excel who’s dished out top beats in recent times. Read on below as Ehiscombs meets Michael Excel;

 

Ehiscombs: Let us into your world, who is Michael Excel?

M.E: M.E is Michael Enobakhare from Benin City, a crazy 23 yr old with music for brains.

Ehiscombs: So how long have you been producing and why production?

M.E: I got into production in my Secondary School years, in my late teen years I found this extraordinary interest in the mechanical side of music, the nuts and bolts of what I was actually hearing. I was crazy about sound manipulation and editing with the fact that I had learned piano at a young age and taught myself to play the guitar armed me for my newly discovered obsession. So professionally, 5yrs.

Ehiscombs: Your dad was/is into music, how much of an influence was he?

M.E: A big influence, there was always a musical environment around the house that sharpened my knowledge of music to learn and appreciate instruments.

Ehiscombs: You’re a graduate of Petroleum Engineering from Uniben, have you abandoned that or is production a part-time thing?

M.E: the fact I studied Pet Engineering doesn’t mean I must choose a career in that line, I’ll find a way to merge a valuable Bachelor’s degree with my passion, I don’t see music production going away, it’ll only evolve and grow.

Ehiscombs: Which producers do you look up to?

M.E: The usual suspects, something about a 90’s Timbaland beat that made me want to convulse, Kanye from the sampling angle, DJ Premier, Rick Rubin from a rock angle and from home, Don Jazzy is a beast and Cobhams.

Ehiscombs: How long does it take you to complete a beat?

M.E: It depends, Duno’s ‘ODC’ was made in less than an hour, while ‘GOT MY OWN SOUND’ was made in a few hours sometimes I know what I want and I’ll easily get it, other times its pure madness.

Duno – I Got My Own Sound

Ehiscombs: So what makes a M.E Production distinct?

M.E: I’m wired in a different way, sometimes the guitar might be my accomplice and I’ll do my thing with it, I also sample other peoples guitars too, I also try to be funky with the drums, a song could have four kick sounds in it just to give it more color while attimes I can be simple and just be content with a pad sound.

Ehiscombs: Give us a rundown of artistes you’ve worked with and who has been the most challenging?

M.E: Ok, there is Fame, Mofame, Griot, Attitude, Bote, the Sublym Mindz gang, Mospits and the Novena boys, Erigga, SamX, the Drug Money Gang and a host of others.

The most challenging would be Fame, we always have a lot of things we want to try and at the end of the day, we discard some ideas, Mofame is a pain in the ass too (laughter).

Ehiscombs: Most of the names mentioned are from Benin/ Environ, is the M.E Brand restricted?

M.E: I’m not restricted to the South South o, I’ve worked with Boogey, I didn’t put him on that list maybe cos he deserved to be mentioned in another breadth, also worked with lesser known people from Lagos like Jorge d best, Abuja and I have worked with Sugarboy also.

Ehiscombs: You produced Boogey and Evaezi’s collaboration ‘Burning Bush’, how did that happen?

M.E: Myself, Fame, Mo’Fame and Monemsis just got back from a show at Abraka when I got a DM on twitter and lo and behold Boogey had DM’d me that he wanted a beat. I got straight to it but what it wasn’t the kind of beat he wanted, so he explained he wanted a beat that will allow him speak, I chopped up a sample, put some drums and sounds here and there, when Boogey heard it, he went crazy, but I was crazier when he sent the completed song back to me, he and Evaezi murdered it.

Boogey/Evaezi – Burning Bush

Ehiscombs: Which production software do you work with?

M.E: I produce with Cubase, its kinda rare around here but it’s an essential tool for me, I work with various sampling software, I got Native instruments, Kontakt and Kore player, also do vocal editing in wavelab.

Ehiscombs: Do you work solely as a producer or as an engineer as well?

M.E: Yeah, I engineer sound too, jumped into both the same time, the knowledge of both are indispensable to me.

Ehiscombs: You produced the SSMA Awards Cypher (Edo version) and did the intro in the official video, how did they contact you and what was it like?

M.E: Well, Mo’Fame contacted me, he knew I was a qualified candidate for the job, I was familiar with almost all the artistes so I had an idea of what they would want. Sydney Shocker was meant to do the intro but he couldn’t make it to the shoot so I replaced him, it was nice to be on television.

Ehiscombs: Any plans to join the ‘Producer becoming Artistes’ or ‘dropping an album’ craze?

M.E: A few years back, I actually did drop a song titled ‘Happy Song’ ft Fame, Griot and Bote, I didn’t sing or rap on it tho, just produced. Speaking of the future, I won’t say it’s impossible.

Ehiscombs: Seeing you’ve worked with loads of people, how rich is M.E?

M.E: (Laughter), I’ll quote Lil Wayne on this one: ‘I’m richer than all y’all, I got a bank full of pride’

Ehiscombs: Any Celeb you have a crush on?

M.E: This guy sef, na wa for u o, I got a wonderful lady, that’s all the crush I need.

Ehiscombs: Final words to fellow up and coming producers?

M.E: I’ll tell them, ‘listen to your heart even though it will mislead you sometimes, it’s worth it’.

 

Follow  Him on twitter @Michael_Excel

Now that is a WRAP, watch this space for more interesting chats with upcoming talents, they deserve to be heard.

What’s your favourite Michael Excel produced track?

Old Souls

memoirs of love

I read the excerpt below from a poem in a book by @Pezi_ titled; ‘Memoirs of Love‘. It’s a beautiful work of art.

 

Time breeds age
Time births experiences
Time nurtures maturity
Time heals pain.
But as touching love
Time’s effect is slightly different
Time and love are siblings
Bearing similar natures
Time is continuous
So is love
Time never ends
So does love
Everyone is bound to time
So is every heart bound to love
Time is precious
Love is precious
Time changes people
And also, love transforms people
All in all love and time Leave their mark
On a man or woman
As they journey through the road of life
Time ages a man, and will certainly kill him
But love can keep a man alive forever.

Download ‘Memoirs of Love’ here; Memoirs Of Love

Beautiful work of art.