The Time is Now!

A lot of people go through life in a state of perpetual anticipation. We constantly live in a fantasy of the future and forget to acknowledge our present. It’s funny how we start living from the day we take our first breath but we’re constantly waiting for something bigger to motivate us to start living our best lives.

It’s always; “If I get this I’ll be set” or “I’ll start living my life after that” and before we know it, we’ve postponed living our lives to the fullest and we’re almost at the end of our journey on earth.

I can’t speak for everyone but I can say that as human beings, we pass through different phases throughout our lives and no one ever really has it all puzzled out, no matter what it looks like to others.

So dear twenty-something year old, I know you’re confused.

You’re at a stage in your life where you’re simultaneously living your best and worst life.

I know that you know you’re young but you feel you’re ancient.

I know that life is so slow but it feels like it’s passing you by

and I know that you feel like you’re running out of time to make something of yourself.

The good (and bad) news is that you’ll never lick it. But the beauty of life is that it’s not meant to be figured out. The only way you can truly feel like you’ve got everything under control is by taking a step back from trying to grab the bull of life by its horns and sitting back to admire what a wonderfully majestic creature it is

Life is just that much more enjoyable when you place yourself entirely in the present and appreciate all that it is.

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Music: The Soul of the Universe

There are very few things in life as magical as music is. I’ve heard it said that music is what feelings sound like and I don’t think there’s a statement out there that better describes the very essence of music. No matter the type of music you enjoy, or whether it is the tune or the lyrics you enjoy, you cannot deny the role music plays in our lives.

I enjoy a good tune as much as the next person but I often find that I’m much more captivated by lyrics. This of course cannot be said for every song I like because there are some songs that I am fond of for their melody as well.

The lyrics of a song are important to me because I believe music is poetry with a tune and I often find some of the most beautiful poems when I pay attention to lyrics. For this reason, I spend a decent amount of time simply reading lyrics to songs. So, in this blog, I’ll like to share 8 songs in my collection that I believe are pure poetry with excerpts from the verses. I truly hope you will find these lyrics as enthralling as I do.

1. The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen

Songwriters: Ian Stephen McCulloch / Leslie Thomas Pattinson / Peter Louis Vincent De Freitas / William Alfred Sergeant

Under a blue moon I saw you
So soon you’ll take me
Up in your arms
Too late to beg you or cancel it
Though I know it must be the killing time
Unwillingly mine
Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him
In starlit nights I saw you
So cruelly you kissed me
Your lips a magic world
Your sky all hung with jewels
The killing moon
Will come too soon

Be sure to also check out my favorite version of this song which is a cover by Roman Remains

2. 1965 by Zella Day

Songwriters: Alexander Francis Barry / Gustav Jonsson / Gustav Robert Jonsson / Zella Day Kerr

You saw me spinning out the corner of your eye
You saw me spinning like it’s 1965
You saw me spinning out the corner of your eye
And you touched my neck like your beauty baby child
I never had nobody touch me like I’m glass
You had me spinning in the midnight summer grass
I never had nobody touch me like I’m glass with a moon bird kiss
Can we go back to the world we had?
With a love so sweet it makes me sad
Can we go back to the world we had?
It’s the world we’ve been dreaming of
Can we go back to the world we had?
Cut like diamonds we were made to last
Can we go back to the world we had?
It’s the world we’ve been dreaming of
You heard me singing like a vision from the past
You heard me singing from a flower petal bath
You heard me singing like a vision from the past
And said from your lips it’s the heaven that we’re in
I fell forever when I laid upon your chest
Forever when you said I look my best
I fell forever when I laid upon your chest
In the August light

3. The Final Cut by Pink Floyd

Written by Roger Waters

Through the fish-eyed lens of tear stained eyes
I can barely define the shape of this moment in time
And far from flying high in clear blue skies
I’m spiraling down to the hole in the ground where I hide
If you negotiate the minefield in the drive
And beat the dogs and cheat the cold electronic eyes
And if you make it past the shotgun in the hall
Dial the combination, open the priest hole
And if I’m in I’ll tell you (what’s behind the wall)
There’s a kid who had a big hallucination
Making love to girls in magazines
He wonders if you’re sleeping with your new found faith
Could anybody love him
Or is it just a crazy dream?

4. Carry On by fun.

Songwriters: Jeff Bhasker / Andrew Dost / Jack Antonoff / Nate Ruess

Well I woke up to the sound of silence the cars
Were cutting like knives in a fist fight
And I found you with a bottle of wine
Your head in the curtains and heart like the fourth of July
You swore and said we are not
We are not shining stars
This I know
I never said we are
Though I’ve never been through hell like that
I’ve closed enough windows to know you can never look back
If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

5. Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding

Songwriters: Savan Harish Kotecha / Max Martin / Ali Payami / Ilya Salmanzadeh / Tove Ebba Elsa Nilsson

You’re the color of my blood
You’re the cure, you’re the pain
You’re the only thing I wanna touch
Never knew that it could mean so much, so much
You’re the fear, I don’t care
‘Cause I’ve never been so high
Follow me to the dark
Let me take you past our satellites
You can see the world you brought to life

6. Memory by Barbara Streisand

Written By Trevor Nunn & Andrew Lloyd Webber

7. That’s Amore by Dean Martin

Songwriter(s): Jack Brooks, Harry Warren

When a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That’s amore
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
That’s amore
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you’ll sing “Vita bella”
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like a gay tarantella

8. Liability by Lorde

Songwriters: Ella Yelich O’connor / Jack Antonoff

Baby really hurt me
Crying in the taxi
He don’t wanna know me
Says he made the big mistake of dancing in my storm
Says it was poison
So I guess I’ll go home
Into the arms of the girl that I love
The only love I haven’t screwed up
She’s so hard to please
But she’s a forest fire
I do my best to meet her demands
Play at romance, we slow dance
In the living room, but all that a stranger would see
Is one girl swaying alone
Stroking her cheek

Support Ghanaian Youtubers

Have you ever gone on YouTube to search for one particular video only to realise hours later that you’re in the weird side of YouTube watching videos of people performing ultrasounds on cats? If your answer is “No” you haven’t lived. I usually spend a decent amount of time on the internet (I actually live here) and I love spending hours on YouTube watching basically anything at all. It’s an expensive addiction I’ll admit but the heart wants what it wants.

Lately, more Ghanaians have taken an interest in YouTubing/ Vlogging and a number of YouTube channels by Ghanaians have sprung up with interesting relatable or just plain entertaining content. So, to encourage everyone to support Ghanaian YouTubers, here are 5 of my favorite Ghanaian channels and a supplementary list of other Ghanaian YouTube channels worth checking out.

🇬🇭 My (5) Favorite Ghanaian YouTube Channels 🇬🇭

1. Adwoa Nicoletta

A Make-up artist, photographer, student and you YouTuber with interesting original content.

2. Ama Governor

A law student and swimmer sharing her unique personality with the world.

3. Amoafoa

An academic and a fashion lover who blogs about all things fashion.

4. Joseph Nti

Home of Off The Top, an exciting series featuring everyday Ghanaian youth.

5. Ohemaa Amponsah

YouTuber by Day Meme by night.

🇬🇭 30 MORE GHANAIAN YOUTUBE CHANNELS 🇬🇭

  1. Abena Asiedua
  2. AmasBeautyChannel
  3. ALLTHATJAZ
  4. Average Ghanaians
  5. Bibii Jones
  6. Bridget Yassme
  7. Cassie Khendra
  8. Chill Plus
  9. dark & lovely
  10. Edem Fiawosime
  11. Average Ghanaians
  12. Judith Morny
  13. Julleana O
  14. Kiki & Jay
  15. Laurethe Gyamfi
  16. livingwith sey
  17. LoissyLine
  18. Lois & Anna
  19. MilviDEGreat
  20. MonkeyTravelsGhana
  21. Nadia Chantel Oppong
  22. Nana Ama
  23. Nancy G
  24. Salma Yahaya
  25. Sharon Darko
  26. Take it to the max
  27. The Woman by Akua
  28. YeboahsVLOGS
  29. Ordinary Fit Girl
  30. Nii & AJ

NOTE: CLICK THE NAMES TO GO STRAIGHT TO THEIR CHANNELS.

Won’t you come see about me? I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby!

Will I see you on a star?

Will I see you at our bar?

Will I see you in this life?

Or maybe in the next as your wife.

Maybe one day, maybe not.

Maybe someday, in life’s great plot.

The stars will align and my heart will no longer pine, for your love when you’re once more mine.

Until then, all I can do is sit and reminisce. I settle back into my former life pretending that what we had never happened. I look into the eyes of the man that loves me hoping to catch a glimpse of the mischievous glistening that was ever present in yours. There will never be another pair of eyes that I will not compare to yours. Those eyes that answered questions that I wasn’t even aware I had. One look into them and I knew that I had to wake up beside you at least once before I die. I will see you everywhere but I may never find you.

Our worlds collided but only for a little while and in that time, we experienced forever. You owned me from the very first time you breathed my name and ever so softly, my heart whispered back. They call it falling in love, but I felt myself rising as all the things I wasn’t ready to feel came rushing. I loved the only way I knew how, hard. After all, it isn’t love if you hold back. You either give it all and let it consume you, or not not all. My heart was a fucking mess but my love was raw as it was real and I guess that scared you away but I’m not sorry at all.

You guarded your heart as you always have. You knew much like me, you always fell way too fast and you loved way too hard with no control over your wild heart. I confronted my demons and I lived with them peacefully. You ran away from yours and left me behind. You gave me hope of a future with you with your comforting words and my heart italicised every lie. You were impossible and I’ve always been one to fall in love with impossible things even though loving you was poisonous, like all beautiful things. I swallowed every little drop of it because I liked the feeling of dying. I hope that when you look up at the night sky and gaze upon the stars every night, you’ll realize that there’s a star for every single time you should have fought for me but chose not to.

As I say these words to the wind, I hope it carries it to you. I hope the wind tells you that I am stained in the color of missing you. One taste of your magic and I swear I’ll starve before I swallow anything else but until then I will cherish the bitter aftertaste you left in my mouth.

I hope these words create a fire in your heart and that for my sake you’ll let it burn fiercely. I hope that one day, you will stop trying to tame your heart but you’ll let it run wild, run with it and lose yourself in it and once you’re lost, you’ll find me.

If you enjoyed this mushy piece you can read the rest of the story at the links below

Part One Here

Part Three Here

Eileen tell him “Yes!”

1 shot

There were too many unfamiliar people at the bar that night and I felt like my safe space had been compromised. It was my haven. I went there on Monday nights after a long day’s work to clear my thoughts and share in the wisdom of the bartender, Louisa. Louisa had been through a lot in life and was always ready with a story from her past and a lesson to be learned. Tonight was different. On this particular Monday night, there were a group of unfamiliar people at the bar but I took comfort in the all too familiar burn of whiskey down my throat.

2 shots

Through blurry eyes, I saw red in the distance. I sat up straight on the barstool and blinked twice to refocus my vision. Right there, across the bar, on the arm of a man in a blue shirt, was a goddess in vermilion. She smiled brightly at everyone and seemed to be the life of the party. I was enamored by her and I knew that I had to know her.

3 Shots

I downed another shot of liquid courage hoping to calm my nerves before I went up to her. Before I could make my move, I saw her gracefully sauntering in my direction. This right here was fate.

“Excuse me, can we get another round at our table?” she said to Louisa

“You look like a song.” I said, with my most charming grin yet.

My grin was my best feature and I’d never known a woman who could resist it.

She smiled softly and made direct eye contact. Those eyes. There was nothing particularly special about them but I never wanted to look away from them.

“What song do you think I look like?” she asked

Something about the way she spoke made me feel like I had known her my whole life but sad that I hadn’t had the pleasure until now.

“Come on Eileen”

She smiled her most enchanting smile yet. The kind of smile that reaches your eyes.

And then, she started humming the tune to the song as she walked away.

A few steps into the distance, she spun around in her silver heels and shouted at Louisa

“Another shot for the gentleman. On me.”

And she disappeared back into the crowd. Every step she took was exquisite and deliberately intoxicating.

I took the shot, raised it in her direction and gulped it down.

Floor

I woke up on the floor of the bar, in the arms of the scarlet goddess. I looked up at her and into her eyes. There, I saw fire and I longed to play with it.

“Hi I’m Betty.”

“Hi I’m drunk.”

“Fucking lightweight”

She laughed.

It was the kind of laughter that heals your soul and simultaneously burns a hole of lust in your heart.

If you enjoyed this mushy piece check out the other parts of the story

Part 2 Here

Part 3 Here

HERE

I’d never been one you’d classify as spontaneous. My entire life had been mapped out on post-it notes, calendars and planners in electrifying néons. Perhaps, to compensate for the lack of color in my life. But here I was, on a whim, in that velvet dress I had no business being in, with butterflies in my stomach and my heart on my sleeve ; ready to risk it all for a shot at happiness. Even for just a while. But I just stood there behind the frosted glass doors, coddling my fragile heart in my hands.

The ticking of the clock on the wall behind me reminded me that although I was frozen with fear, I was not frozen in time. Time was too precious a gift to be wasted on cowardice. I thought about how I’d put my safe relationship on the line to go chasing after love. The kind of love that burns with the fragrance of wild flowers. The kind of love with a passion so intense that it scares the shit out of you and simultaneously makes you feel safe. It was now or never and now seemed like a perfectly good time to do something for the first time. And that something, was finally going after what I wanted. So here I was, walking through the big frosted glass door of this fancy bar I had no business being at.

There he was, not too far from the bar, with a tall glass of wine in one hand and his charm in the other. The atmosphere was saturated with an assortment of smells and sounds but I could only smell his cologne. A whiff of his cologne and a flash of his pearly whites from across the room stirred up a storm of emotions within me. And it brought over me a sense of calm and a pure high. There was this man, honest to a fault, full of life and spontaneous, sitting on the other side of the room, completely oblivious to the effects of his mere presence on me. A man I had no business longing for… but I did.

I looked back at the weeks we spent together. How he turned my perfect life into chaos and made me realize that I loved the chaos. I looked back at the relationship I left behind for a whirlwind romance and I looked back at the previous night where I ran from the unpredictable unknown to what I’d always known for safety and sanity because I’d become enamored with the insane and I liked it a little too much.

I sauntered over to the bar in that velvet dress he couldn’t keep his hands off of and climbed the stool next to him

“I’ll have what he’s having.”

He turned to me and smiled

Here I was, in this dress I had no business wearing , in this bar I had no business being in, with this man I had no business falling for, embarking on an adventure I had no business going on. But yet, here I was.

If you enjoyed this mushy piece check out the other parts of the story

Part 1 Here
Part 2 Here

21/01

In this moment you are the sea with its 23 shades of blue
I am the horizon that gently caresses the ocean

In this moment you are the setting sky with it’s cool pastels and firey reds
I am the moon grateful for the love the sun shows by dying so that I could breathe every night

In this moment we are the wind and the leaves, locked together in a sultry dance; dancing to the tune of love

And in this moment we are two souls on a narrow path to our common destiny

What is it about the moment you fall in love?
I wish that my life will be this moment