Wednesday, 29 December 2010

This aint no Year End Review

So 2010 is at its close, Africa held its first World Cup, Michael Jackson released an album from the grave and Tron made a come back!

This time last year I was feeling particularly positive about the year ahead, 2009 had been tough and I'd taken steps to make some significant changes. The biggest change was getting into University and leaving full-time work. By December 2009, I had completed two terms and I was struggling to adjust, but after trudging through my January exams this year, I settled and I haven't looked back since.

This year has taught me a lot about myself, other people and about the dynamics between us all. Although I'm only half way through, deciding to challenge myself and actually going to University is the single best decision I've made in my short life so far. More than the degree, the experiences and people I've met have been absolutely, irrefutably priceless.

If you've come across this ragged collection of thoughts and likes that I call a blog before, you will have caught a glimpse of some of the awesomeness that has occurred this year. I'm not going to reel off individual things as I think it would be boring to read, self-gratifying and quite cheesy. However, what I will leave you with is a set of questions and actions I've asked of myself all year.

Challenging myself on these questions and their resulting actions has opened doors to experiences I never imagined I would be fortunate enough to see in my life time and I hope, if you take them on board, they will do the same for you:

What are the barriers to your goals?
- If it's a lack of skill, work on yourself, relentlessly
- If it's an obstacle, work out who has created the obstacle and work with them, communicate with them openly to remove it
- Demonstrate your value to a task at hand and persist to be involved

Who supports and loves you most?

- Support and love them better
- Tell people you care, show them you love them! To honour someone more highly in death, than you do whilst they're alive is a dishonour to the life they led

Understand respect and humility
- Respect the sacrifices that your loved ones have made to bring you to where you are in this world by respecting yourself and not allowing anyone to continually disrespect you
- Don't write anybody off, amazing people come in all shapes and sizes, give everyone your best shot
- Screw being arrogant, focus on writing the script and creating positivity, and if others so choose, let them sing your praises

I think that's all, I try keep these things in mind always and if I forget myself, now that I've shared, feel free to remind me.

I have a good feeling about 2011 to, I'll see you on the other side.

- Mr Devo

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Friday, 24 December 2010

The gift of song on Christmas day:
Bradley.A4C drops debut album as FREE download

Bradley Musiq, one of London's best kept music secrets drops his first album today as a FREE Christmas present to everyone who has supported him so far.

The album, titled Incomplete is furnished with intros and interlude's and is packed with rich smooth, harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and rich melodies. All written, produced and recorded in Bradley's home studio set up. There's also a host of Hip-Hop talent featuring on various tracks, like the candid 'Think about' me + a freestyle over a classic J.Dilla beat.

While most artists these days tend to "leak" snippets, tagged tracks and drop "mix-tapes", Bradley's put his heart and his time into this first effort, and after a listen through, it's definitely paid off. Incomplete is a mix of sultry and mid-tempo R&B music with a refreshingly original sound. Comparable to the likes of Tank, Marques Houston and Trey Songz, Bradley's Incomplete is equipped with solid vocal performances and production from a home grown talent that has everything to play for and a bright career in music ahead of him if he wants it.

Download Incomplete for FREE here, get your copy before all the links are down!

For updates follow his twitter and keep an eye on his Facebook.

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Merry Christmas!!!

- Mr Devo

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Two of a kind - Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman

The two of them were cast as rivalrous sisters in The Other Boleyn Girl. Johansson a vivacious second coming of Monroe, complete with platinum crown and delicious "deep-throat" voice. Portman, the epitome of delicacy and refinement.

I was reminded about a shoot and feature the two of them did for W magazine back in 2008 to promote the film, and I still absolutely love it. These women inspire me and this shoot demonstrates exactly why:

Photography by Steven Klein
Styled by
Alex White

- Mr Devo

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Thursday, 9 December 2010

Q. Why did Nick Clegg cross the road?