One Week in LA

 

It’s officially been one week since I housed myself in LA and so far, it’s been an interesting experience. Going running every other day at Runyon Canyon has somewhat eased the process, however, “reality” hasn’t quite sunk in. I’m still trying to acclimate and find where I fit in the “Hollywood” world and am patiently awaiting where the universe takes me. What initially began with only one goal has transformed into something broader. Yes- it’d be amazing to perform on stage and be the world renown, talented, show stopping touring artist that I’ve always sought and known to be, but the diversity in my portfolio showcases various facets of my creativity, and I refuse to limit myself. At this exact moment in my life, I am awaiting to see which avenue will pull me towards its direction. Lots of groundwork submitting for different positions and going to various creative mixers to meet other talented individuals has occupied a lot of my time. Freelancing into the creative field can be a rollercoaster ride, and I’m mentally prepared for that. I find myself convincing and reminding myself through intense conversations why I am cut out for this and thus, why I will be successful. After all, it’s easier to amplify the flaws than accept the beauty. Apart from grace, kindness, intelligence, drive, and ambition, belief in oneself and faith are my key ingredients. One thing that remains the same is my focus to be successful, happy, and making money. I haven’t come this far by risking it all to fail miserably and quite honestly, there’d be no greater feeling than that of giving back and making my parents proud! So I continue along my way. This is week one in LA.

 

Looking back at 31

 

The only time one should look back is to see how far one’s come along. As I sit here in front of my computer on my 31st birthday overwhelmed by all the love friends and family members have shown, I can’t help but reflect upon my life grateful that I’ve made it this far. It hasn’t been an easy journey.

11,315 days, 271,580 hours, 16,294,824 minutes, 977,689,440 seconds… that’s 31 years’ worth of time in different measurements and EVERY second counts. It’s been one CRAZY roller coaster ride with highs and lows, however, I’ve survived!

 

Dilemma in Budapest

 

 

Towards the end of my European travels, I was thrown for a loop in what was one of the most stressful moments of my trip in one of my favorite cities- Budapest. I arrived at the airport three hours prior to departure of my flight to Istanbul, and went over to the ticket counter to both check my luggage in and get my boarding pass. After a few minutes crept by, I noticed that the rep for Pegasus seemed to have come across some sort of issue. She proceeded to explain to me that my passport had to have a minimum of 150 days prior to expiration in order to travel into Turkey. Being that I was just four days short of the minimum requirement, she apologized and explained to me that unfortunately she wouldn’t be able to provide me with my boarding pass, because if she let me into Turkey not meeting these requirements, not only would both the airline and I get fined, but I’d be flown back to Hungary at my expense. My heart dropped!

 

Robbed at Gunpoint

 

 It was 6PM and the simple jeans and t-shirt I wore seemed like too much clothes for such a warm, yet beautiful sunny day. I arrived at a local self-service car cleaning location in the suburb city of Grand Prairie, TX prior to heading out to meet with a dear friend of mine in downtown Dallas. Being that I had been out of the country for two months, a little more than just car dust had settled within the confines of the vehicle I own. I parked my car, stepped outside to place the quarters in the vacuum machine, and noticed, after inserting them in the allocated slot, that it was not working. I give it a quick little slap to make sure the quarters had gone through, but nope, it didn’t work, so I, then, hopped in my car, moved to another kiosk-like spot, and inserted three more quarters. This time, it functioned. I vacuumed all dirty floors and seats leaving it spotless. Once I was done, I noticed a young Hispanic gentleman aged anywhere between 21-26 come to the left of me with a nice, big smile asking me if I had change. I responded that I didn’t and only had one quarter left, but that he could have it. I turned to my right and noticed another gentleman pointing a silver gun towards me. This is when I knew something wasn’t right.

 

Ridiculous Celebrities

 

            We tend to perceive celebrity figures who have successfully made a living out of their artistry as spoiled, egotistical, and demanding. However, with time, I’ve learned to understand that these individuals put their creativity, soul, and life on the lines in order to help bring something magical into this world. There’s nothing more that I love about an artist than humility and creativity, however, anyone who has gotten to a point in their careers like accomplishing the creation and release of a number one hit song or album on the charts has to overcome some stressful schedules and pressure-filled obstacles most of us will more than likely never fully come to understand. It’s a treacherous journey full of tough life decisions and lessons with stressful moments particularly since everything is magnified. Many times, celebrities cope with these overwhelming situations through mediums like alcohol, drugs, and sex and while I do believe there are ulterior ways of dealing with such a demanding, lonely career, I can understand why they’d chose to escape via these methods.

 

Party in Stockholm

 

            Three words that I’d use to describe Stockholm- minimalist, pristine, and tame. While it is a great city full of amazing shopping, scenic views, and nature stops, what I most enjoyed of Stockholm were the late nights out. As part of a musical investigation I took upon myself, I sought to discover why Sweden houses such talentedly phenomenal producers like Max Martin, Dennis Pop, Avicci, Swedish House Mafia, and others who all have had a huge and undeniable impact in today’s pop world. Is it their water? Is it the city? While I still haven’t found the answer to my main question, I did uncover one truth: the night life there is pretty fantastic particularly during this time of the year. 

 

The Good & The Bad: Warsaw, Poland

 

When it comes to the architecture and design of the city of Warsaw, the colors and structures are picture worthy. As a matter of fact, many big Hollywood franchises shot films like the Pianist and Schindler’s List here. The radiant colors of the plants’ décor along the streets make you appreciate the beauty of all buildings, especially the eerie, plain communist structures that are sparsely scattered throughout the city reminding one of that dark time in history known as World War II. I LOVED learning about it all via walking tours offered by my hostel. Many of the currently standing structures were destroyed during the war and were later rebuilt to look as they did prior to demolition. An inspiration from Warsaw’s spirit of survival, persistence, and unity awakens. Even though Poland went through a really dark time in history, it’s managed to rise up like a phoenix. Many of the citizens even donated their own money to rebuild structures important to their social fabric like the Royal Castle which sits within the boundaries of the Old Town of Warsaw. Needless to say, there is a variety of architectural structures that contribute to the charm of this capital. You are bound to get many amazing shots in this city. But, that’s not all; the food is absolutely delicious! The plates I had the privilege of tasting like the famous Pierogies and Zuppas (both cold and hot) are essential must-haves of Polish cuisine. They are healthy, filling, and full of appetizing nutrients (particularly the zoupas which come in different flavors: tomato, beet, tortilla, carrot, strawberry, etc…) In conclusion, Warsaw has a lot of wonderful things to offer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Travelling Secrets REVEALED!!!

 

 

People always ask me, ”How is it that you can travel so much?” The answer is simple; you’ve got to do your research- good deals are available all over the net! Now a days it’s a lot easier to make an amazing trip happen if you have the time, savings, and no attachments or dependents and while having one or two of those can make a big trip a little bit more challenging, you must not rule out any possibilities, because with good planning and research, you may be able to make it happen. You don’t have to be rich to travel and experience something new and great. Feeling adventurous? Keep on reading!!!

1. Hostels- Hostels are always a great choice for solo travelers like me. Why? Well because they offer a safe haven full of individuals like you and I who, also, travel alone. It’s a great way to make new friendships and experience a place you’ve never navigated through as they usually offer city tours and activities that are bound to make your experience much richer. My booking site of choice is HostelWorld.com; What I love about this site is that customers who stay at the hostels provide great reviews that help you decide which location fits within your budget. I ALWAYS read reviews prior to booking. Plus, pictures are essential to my elimination process.

 

7 Things You’ll LOVE about Morocco

 

1. Language- In high school, I managed to enroll in a French class for three consecutive years and while I did learn quite a bit, unless the language is continuously practiced verbally and manually then one is likely to forget a great percentage of it. Utilizing it in your everyday life is how one can dominate and perfect the pronunciation of any new language, and diving head first into a country that forces one to speak it is ideal. Right from the get go, I noticed that the French language was spoken in a lot of the Moroccan cities where I depended on my Spanish like a crutch. I love a good challenge, and this, I thoroughly enjoyed! Made me feel alive! ^_^

2. Clothes- the Moroccan clothes are very vibrant and colorful. Like I previously mentioned in one of my blogs, YSL had come to this beautiful country for inspiration for one of his earliest collections and I, too, came seeking some great finds. Of course, I found a bit of what I was looking for, and will soon put my little twist to it (as I always do) to give you something visually refreshing like lemonade on a hot summer day.

 

I quit my job...

 

After a couple months short of my ten year anniversary working for a corporate American company which has provided me with an opportunity to do so much throughout these past few years, my heart and soul have felt an increasing necessity to break free and dedicate 100% of my time and energy to my art. The more I travel, the more I realize there are a MILLION possibilities in life and working for corporate America isn’t exactly where I see myself. I want to take a leap of faith, detach myself from this machine I've been a part of, and explore other self sustaining options. Why such a risky move now? I’ve always been a risk taker in life and while this has got to be one of the biggest I’ve yet taken, I know I have SO much to offer as a human being and artist; put simply- I believe in me!

 

Heal the Wound: Morocco

 

My first Moroccan experience left a sour taste in my mouth. On July of 2016, I arrived in Tangier hopeful and excited to explore a country of which I had heard many wonderful things.  Little did I know, I’d experience what would be forever remembered as one of my worst travel experiences nearly losing my life. After much consideration and thought, I decided to give Morocco one more chance where this time, instead of boldly walking into a country who saw me unknowingly imposing my sexuality during its holy month of Ramadan, I’d lay back, take it easy, and try to blend in as much as possible to learn and grasp as much as I could about this country. I’d begin in the city of Marrakesh and work my way up to Fez for no more than a week where I’d hope to dive and get to explore its rich, vibrant culture. While I was quite nervous to embark on this trip, I felt it necessary to confront the fear it left behind so that I could heal and grow as a human being. And so, I went.

 

Spanish Gastronomy

 

Whether it’s sitting at the table or enjoying tapas, eating in Spain is a pleasure due to the culinary universe that offers a variety of options ranging from fried dishes, fishes, meats, or legumes. Let’s take a stroll through the provinces where I had the delight of tasting their traditional plates.

SEVILLA

 

In Sevilla, the king of plates is the “Gazpacho” which is elaborated entirely with vegetables and olive oil (aka green gold due to the quality and benefits it contains for the human body.) Garbanzos and vegetables (Puchero), snails, eggs “a la flamenca,” and the “Tortilla de Patata are also other close favorites of the Sevillanos.

 

First Stop: Andalucia (Spain)

 

 

Andalucia, in the southern part of Spain, contains a great mixture of cultures that form one big melting pot of individuals contributing to the making of an extremely rich and diverse region of the country. It’s geographical layout includes ocean cities, mountain valleys, and farmland sites where a fusion of the Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim worlds collide. For over 800 years, Muslims dominated the region until the Roman Catholics came and conquered the country. They then decided to take the already beautiful structures in place and add a Catholic touch to them. On this trip, I’ve had the opportunity of seeing four beautiful yet different provinces that help make up this southern section of Spain: Seville, Cordoba, Huelva, & Granada. Below are my experiences and suggestions which I hope will help aid any future travelers planning to explore this beautiful region.

 

Behind the "Dripping in Gold" Video

 

In times of such desperation where rights seemed to be challenged and stripped left and right, my very presence as an ANDROGYNOUS, gender fluid artist is a political statement. With Trump secretly working on dismantling LGBT, women's, and minorities' rights in this wonderful country of America, I myself must stand amongst others as a beacon of hope for the future of my people.

 

2016 in Review

 

While 2016 has had many unexpected world wide surprises, for me, it was a year of lots of personal and artistic growth. In this blog, I review the experiences that defined the past 363 days for me.

TRAVEL

This year I had the opportunity to travel to several different countries I had never had the chance to explore. The artist in me seeks new challenges which in turn helps inspire new songs and creations via experiences lived. I was able to Vlog about my trips and create videos (25 total) I’ll treasure for the rest of my life, and I'm very proud of this accomplishment. These are the places I was able to visit in 2016

 

Beyoncé, Britney, & Lauryn

 

Within the last couple of months, I was able to witness and explore an array of creative diversity from three artist I love and adore by attending their concerts. Their names: Beyoncé, Britney Spears, & Lauryn Hill. 

As detailed in one of my previous blogs, Beyoncé puts on one heck of a show. She dances, sings, & mounts a spectacular performance that keeps one entertained from beginning to end. The lights, the dancers, the cinematography- what was there not to enjoy about it? Years in the entertainment business have schooled and helped her polish her craft while bringing out the best within her. I must say, I had a phenomenal experience watching her perform at the New Orleans’s Mercedez-Benz Superdome arena.

 

7 Things About Beyoncé’s Formation Tour

 

Beyoncé has always been an entertainer who has captivated millions with her performances. I, for one, LOVED her first album as a solo artist titled “Dangerously in Love.” As years have progressed, her talent, drive, and ambition have evolved into something much greater. The last two albums respectively titled “Beyoncé” & “Lemonade” have recaptured my interest in her musical works and thus, prompted me to purchase a ticket to her Formation Tour. While I knew I was in for a great spectacle, I didn’t know how fantastic it’d actually be.

  • Staging/Production- In the center of the stage stood a white cube approximately 6 stories high where video montages and footage of her performing live on stage would be broadcasted for the stadium audience to view. The compilations were amazing and the live footage was extremely crisp and clear!! Loved it!
 

Top 10 Most Attractive Qualities/Attributes of a Man

 

  • Intelligence- Carrying a conversation on any topic that goes beyond the superficial is extremely attractive. It takes more than a hot body, nice smile, and pretty face to captivate me. An education (collegiate or university) is always greatly respected! I’m a sucker for geeky yet athletic guys. 
  • Eyes- They say eyes are the window to the soul, and I certainly believe that. This is usually the first physical attribute I pay attention to before scoping out the rest. If the eyes don’t grab my attention with their mystery and/or color, then I’m not sure about the rest. They must be strong, bold, and piercing, able to speak with out a word being whispered. Those are the ones I love the most.
 

9 Things U’ll LOVE about India

 

Aishwarya Rai

1. Shopping- India is a shoppers paradise. Why? Well, not only does your money go really far, but there is a variety of unique selections one can purchase at various bazaars and stores. I definitely splurged a bit and bought many unique, wonderful pieces which you’ll see me using in the future. India’s richness and vibrancy is properly reflected in people’s attire. In New Delhi, Connaught Place was one of my favorite go-to destinations. There are various little shops on the outskirts of this area where one can find some pretty amazing deals. Jaipur had a lot of great fabrics as well. The main shopping area in the old part of the town had much to choose from and I definitely went a little cray. In Jodhpur, I found a shop where I was able to purchase some very fine quality fabrics that were all done by hand; very luxurious and gorgeous for a great price. While I only managed to travel through the northern part of India, I can confirm that the northern area will have you covered style wise.

 

12 Tips for India First Time Travelers

 

1. Indian Visa- An Indian Visa must be purchased in order to enter the country prior to arrival if you’re a citizen of the USA. There are several options offering different spans of time and amount of entries in/out of the country, so choose wisely. If you purchase an ETA Visa, when you arrive at the airport, you must go through the ETA Visa checkpoint and not your normal passport control desks where they will then proceed to scan your fingers and take a picture of you before allowing you into their country.

2. Flushable Wipes- Some places don’t have toilet paper so unless you want to be using your hand, I suggest taking flushable wipes.

 

Chapter 6: Comment- THALI- vous?

 

August 2nd- 4th 

Waiting for the sun to peak out was not an option. Rain poured from the sky the day I arrived at Udaipur. Time tick-tocked away, and I decided that diving right into the stormy weather and wasting not one more second of this valuable opportunity I had to explore a little bit more of India was the appropriate thing to do. Thankfully, one of my hostel roomies who was originally from the country guided me to a local restaurant he’d come across that offered traditional Indian cuisine. It was here that I was introduced to, now, one of my favorite Indian dishes- Thali. Imagine Spanish Tapas with a slight kick of Mexican spiciness and an Indian twist; this was Thali and it was VERY tasty! The buttermilk drink served at the end had a very bitter taste to it which my tastebuds strongly disliked. The only reason I managed to chug three fourths of it down was due to it helping with the digestive process of the human body. After enjoying such delicious meal, I returned to my hostel and relaxed to the soothing sound of the rain. 

 

Chapter 5: The Blue City

 

July 31st- August 2nd

It’s been a little over a week and I’ve had glimpses into the dark side of the moon; not all of it has been as bad as it first appeared to be. Perhaps the shock of being thrown into such an overbearing city as New Delhi made it difficult to clearly see the gems India possessed. It was never a question of whether or not this country was great, but rather if I’d enjoy such a challenging, unpredictable journey. Overall, we’ve developed a love/hate relationship. There are days where I find myself experiencing some amazingly mind blowing things and others where the chaos, poverty, and unsanitary conditions scream, “Run!” Perhaps that’s what makes this country quite unique and remarkable: the drastic changes; how real it is. It’s yin and yang, always having both right in front of you. A complete rollercoaster ride where anything and everything can happen in an instant. Life and death extremely present.

 

Chapter 4: The Pink City

 

July 29th- August 1st

After stepping out of the train station wearing an appropriately worn pink shirt for the pink city (Jaipur,) a tuk-tuk driver transferred me to my hostel which I would soon discover was perfectly situated in the older section of the town. A couple blocks away stood the iconic Hawa Mahal where an abundant amount of shopping markets surrounded the area thus making my desire to explore what seemed like an amazing place hard to hide.

 

Chapter 3: Taj Says Hi

 

(July 27th-July 29th)

My train was set to depart at 8:10AM and while I knew I had to put aside some of my high standards while traveling through India, I was not going to be giving up comfort, nor safety. I booked an express A/C train to Agra which would get me there in 1.5 hours and to be honest, I couldn’t wait to get as far away from Delhi as possible. A relaxing, reflective, eye-opening, deep spiritual Indian experience was what I was after and I hoped the remaining cities I intended to explore would showcase that side of India. Optimism prevailed.

 

Chapter 2: The Delhi Struggle

 

It was a scorching summer day and the horns’ piercing persistence woke me. I walked down to the common area of the hostel and waited for breakfast to begin. I was eager to start exploring the city, but prior to diving into the New Delhi beast, intel had to be gathered. What I love about big cities is that they offer varieties of options and this one, while still big, chaotic, and dirty, would prove to not be an exception. I was optimistic…

 

Welcome to New Delhi, India: Chapter 1- Tik-Tuk

 

Welcome to New Delhi, India
Chapter 1: Tik-Tuk
July 24, 2016

It was 2AM in New Delhi and the night was alive. Nineteen hours after taking off from Chicago, I found myself in a monstrous city that houses a population of 24 million. This new journey was daunting yet exhilarating for I had never been this far out in the world by myself. I made my way through the visa checkpoint and after the requested information/ fingerprints were uploaded into the system, I continued on to baggage claim, grabbed my bags, and proceeded to make my way out of the facility towards the on-site Taxi desk. Once I arrived, a gentleman in his late 30’s, early 40’s made his way towards me and asked if he could offer taxi service. After he asked me where I was headed, I showed him the address I had for my reserved stay in a Delhi hostel via my phone. I followed up by asking how much it’d cost for his service and he quickly answered “500 Indian Rupees.” Being that the subway station was closed at this time and I wanted to make my transition as painless and smooth as possible, I decided to proceed. I made my way towards his cab while contributing to a dialogue. The trip began, the small talk continued, but gradually turned into a very personal interrogation. An unsettling feeling dominated my body and I began to raise my guard.

 

A stroke away from death in Tangier, Morocco

 

Day 1 (July 5th, 2016)

It’s July 5th, 2016 and I’m sitting here in Tangier, Morocco playing back through a myriad of troubling scenes and emotions which I experienced in an unfortunate event. Yesterday, as per custom, I decided to slip into a nice little outfit and head on out to the mall that’s right next door to the Hilton Garden Inn where I’m staying at to not only go souvenir shopping, but also, to see if I could find any new outfits which I could use to capture artistic shots in a country which I was so looking forward to trekking. After convincing myself that I shouldn’t be fearful, I took a step outside my door, whispered a quick little prayer, and didn’t look back. I walked out into the streets with confidence and strength, but little did I know it’d all be put to the test. As I walked into the mall, I immediately noticed several individuals stopping to watch. The minutes passed and more and more people looked at me like the phenomenon I believe I am. I thought, perhaps they’ve never seen someone as exotic and refined as myself. I swam through the crowds like a swan on a lake and continued to search to see what it is I could find in Morocco that I couldn’t find no where else. Who knew I’d be handed my answer so quickly...

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Kelis was here…

 

6 years later and our paths have, once again, crossed. This past Friday, Kelis came by the DFW area to promote her delicious “Bounty & Full” spices and I must say, it was a glorious day! Not only has she grown so much as a human being in the last few years after now being a mother to two boys, but she’s also shifted her attention from the artistry of music to the artistry of cuisine. A clear passion and love for food was evident as I approached her station inside my local Central Market lovingly handing out samples of dishes she had prepared while explaining details and ingredients contained in each portion. As I approached the counter with two CD’s in hand, which I had bought years ago, my heart palpitated like never before. I was so nervous, yet excited and couldn’t wait to give her a hug and show her how much I REALLY admired her.

 

Purging an Illusion

 

As I get ready to welcome my 30th birthday in a few months, I've come to the conclusion that becoming a renown World Star is not what I want to be. The artist in me will never cease to exist, and the star quality I was gifted with will never dim, but the illusion of stardom has come to an end. I've always known what kind of industry I was trying to get myself into, but the more and more I surround myself with it, the more I've discovered how elevated the toxicity levels are of the oceanic narcissism that is driving our world mad and I wouldn't want to contribute to the problem when I've always tried to embody the solution. Having many doors closed in my face has never quite stopped me from pursuing my heart's desires; I've persevered along this musical journey of mine, and God knows it hasn't been easy. I will continue to get lost in my fairytale world which music helps create while working behind the scenes applying my expertise 

 

Trump Immigration Sound-Off

 

Immigration from third to first world countries is prevalent throughout the planet, but when analyzing the situation and searching for the root of the problem, one can come to understand that in a competitive capitalistic society where progress, efficiency, and brotherhood are counterproductive to the system, a being's desire for a better life innately burns within the human spirit, and therefore, the search for opportunities and the desire to climb the latter will never cease to exist. 

Trump's controversial words in which he states that Mexico is "sending people that have lots of problems" to America including rapists, drug runners, and other criminals fails to recognize that the Unites States itself has a population of NO Latino descent whatsoever who themselves are racist, drug runners, and criminals. As a matter of fact, every country faces the exact same problems such as these. Are there issues within the US that need immediate attention? ABSOLUTELY!! I'm a firm believer that a reduction in governmental involvement in other country's affairs is imperative for us as a nation to progress and focus on issues that will improve our economical and social standing. Let's not forget, this country was originally settled by immigrants from Europe who helped annihilate a grand portion of the Native Americans who peacefully lived in this country for thousands of years. The US is a melting pot where dreams have the potential of becoming a reality through hard work and that's what makes it so unique. It's a place where freedom, liberty, and innovation were celebrated, but times do seem to have changed.

 

Europe Promo Campaign 2015

 

Mykonos, Santorini, Rome, Naples, Berlin, Paris, & London- an ambitious trip that I successfully and independently achieved all by myself. After a couple months of intricately planning this expedition in which I sought to conquer markets outside of the US, the day had finally come and it was time to put the foot to the pedal and GO! Was I nervous and scared? Absolutely!!!! This was the first big promo trip I had EVER planned by myself and while I did encounter a few bumps on the road, a positive attitude helped me pull through each situation while having fun along the way. After knocking on many doors in the US for years and not getting where I should/ want to be, I decided this would be a great career move. Open minds and a progressive attitude are welcomed and celebrated in Europe hence the reason for this campaign. God knows I've worked super hard in the US and only hope that new doors leading me to where I should be successfully open up. In conclusion, never be afraid to take the jump off the cliff for only then will you learn to build wings as you fall so you can fly high like the Phoenix and soar into the sky like a King/ Queen. Never give up on your dreams and most importantly, believe in yourself completely and have faith. Thank you guys for your continuous support and remember, my album "God's Gay Sun" is now available for Pre-Order off of iTunes; spread the word!! To all the wonderful souls I met alone the way- thank you for your contribution in making this trip unforgettable. Love you all!!! <3

 

 

Eye on the Summer

 

The follow-up to "6" is a solid, classic body of work that effortlessly toggles through seduction and love with a diverse pallet of colorful compositions. It's unapologetically confident and bold while serving a healthy dose of vulnerability. The undeniable vocal growth helps further define the unique path Ulises has managed to create for himself while the impeccable production and catchy lyrics of these tunes make this a promising record that will manage to catapult this androgynous being into the long deserved platform of success. Expected release of album is Summer of 2015.

 

Clocking in for 2015

 

2014- what an amazing, unforgettable year this one has turned out to be. As I lay here under satin sheets in the comfort of my bed listening to Beethoven's music as I reflect on what will in a matter of days become another year I've been blessed to live, I can only express complete gratitude for it all. Releasing two albums: my 6th English one appropriately titled "6" and my first ever Spanish album titled "Reino Mexicano" in which I was able to explore orchestrations I grew up listening to as a child, made this year one of musical growth. The fact that I 

 

Un-Merry Christmas

 

T'was the night before Christmas when I heard an unsettling noise coming from my living room. I cautiously crept out of the comfort my king size bed, grabbed my Texas sized shot gun out of my 18th century, hand crafted wooden armoire, and tip toed down the long, chilly corridor of my house. As I approached the living room, the sound grew louder and louder when all of a sudden, a thunderous thump echoed within the walls of my residence. A quiet shriek escaped my lips. I was armed and ready to shoot, but then, confusion clouded my mind… Could it be possible? Was it him? It was him!!! It was Santa. My eyes must have been deceiving me, or at least I thought so, but, they weren't. What was he doing… here in my house? Why was he here?? The answer to my questions were to be revealed. My gun was not gonna come down anytime soon, and I was ready to shoot this motherfucker. I was too startled and alarmed to bring my guard down.

 

Pharaoh's Return

 

After an amazing week and a half in a country housing ancient temples, tombs, and statues that pre dated to thousands of years of existence, I can't be persuaded to believe that Egypt is anything less than a spectacularly mind-blowing country. With every inch trekked across cities such as Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, and Horghada, I fell deeper and deeper in love with the rich history this beautiful country offered. The trip began with a visit to the Giza pyramids who stood in all it's pride and power firmly after thousands of years of creation. Breath taking seems like an understatement. What made this experience even more unforgettable was trekking across the desert on camels as the pyramids stood behind us in all their grandeur. The shots captured tell a story all on their own and are nothing short of epic! The next few days consisted of a cruise up the Nile River from Aswan 

 

NEW ALBUM- "6"

 
♫ Do you like my style? ♫
6
1. FLESHTONES
2. SUGAR CANE
3. CRESCENDO
4. LOVE FRONTIER
5. SODALICIOUS (DROP THE BASS)
6. PINK PANTHER
 
Titilating, witty, dinamically possessive
Mixture of Pop/Hip-hop
SPRING/SUMMER 2014
 

2013 in Retrospect

 

With just a matter of days before the end of an unforgettable year, reminiscing about 2013 almost becomes mandatory. A trip to Europe and South America- two continents I LONG wished to visit- finally manifested. The most important thing I acquired from these trips were the creativity and wealth of insightful knowledge these countries possessed. Those experiences lived have forever changed my life. In effect inspiration whiffled up a desire to create something that reflects upon that in a new body of work I'm currently in the process of creating for 2014. A message from the editorial director Bill Werde of Billboard in which he compliments my singing voice and advises me on my songwriting is a great way to round off the year. Any professional critique I could receive is always welcome, especially from prestigiously insightful and respected individuals like him. This journey as a creative continues to be an adventurous ride, and I assure you, the best of ULISES is still to come. I admit, I am a diamond in the rough, but then again, every major artist was once an unknown. If the natural skills are honed, cultivated, and further developed, then success is unavoidable. It's all a learning process that through determination, hard work, and drive can be achieved. I'm thankful for the independent release of my fifth album this summer- "The Discovery of the Sesliu Galaxy;" another stepping stone along my journey. What can you expect from ULISES in 2014? New album & new artistic visuals… I'm determined to make my 6th album the most creative one yet. If you've been around since the beginning, awareness to my craft's continual improvement and evolution through time should come as no surprise. Never stop believing in yourself and what you embody; have faith and work hard towards your dreams. That's my "secret." 2014- not sure what's in store, but I'm ready to give you all of me. I'm determined to work harder than ever to get to where I need to be. To all the people I've met along the way, I'm thankful for your friendship and your time. Know that the exchange of energy we've had has no price. I love you all! Aim for success and nothing less! God bless! 

 

10,000 days

 

 

Today marks the 10,000th day since I made my way back to Earth on that 26th of June in 1986, and I must say, it's been quite a journey. I've had the privilege of meeting many amazing individuals who have contributed to my growth as a human being throughout my life and which I sincerely hope I've been able to equally reciprocate. For the last few months, I've been on a quest to creatively refuel so that I can continue producing art that not only captivates the human eye but speaks to the soul. After releasing my latest project in which I poured my entire heart out, "Discovery of the Sesliu Galaxy," I felt a need to tread unexplored grounds in hopes of drawing new inspirations, and although I'm not 100% recharged, doubt not for one second that I do continue to work towards fulfilling my purpose on Earth. There are many new surprises I'm working on which I hope to have completed by early next year and in just a matter of days, I'll begin an adventure which I hope you are prepared to undertake with me. That being said, I do want to take the time to thank you for your continuous love and support. Sending you blessings and positive vibes! Remember: if you don't build your dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

 

& he R... The Energy Blueprint

 

I was ready to board the plane. After a month and a week from being away from my country, my home, I couldn't wait to arrive at the house in which I grew up in and be in the vicinity of all that I loved. My spirit clamored for it. I proceeded toward my gate only to be informed that my flight had been cancelled due to unprecedented weather conditions. What was I to do now? Although I wasn't prepared for this unfortunate twist, I walked on back towards the airport's entrance, and decided I'd make the best out of this situation. I thought, certainly, the universe must have something it wants me to experience here that I yet had not. I rescheduled my flight and went on down to pick up my luggage from the carousel. I was feeling particularly great and this was certainly not gonna ruin my day. As I walked up to take a seat at a nearby bench, I noticed celebrity star Jeff Lewis walking along the vast corridors. 

 

EUROPE TO SOMETHING!!!

 

In just a few days, I will embark on what will be the biggest, most adventurous trip I’ve ever taken in my life; for a little over a month, I will be traveling throughout the European continent and will be digesting a “buffet of countries.” The countdown has begun.

Where to?

I’ve never really traveled outside the North American continent so this will be a new, unparalleled experience. I will finally be making a lifelong dream of mine come true! I’ve always wanted to go to Europe, and see the beauty the continent beholds. Am I nervous? Of course! But I am also, VERY, excited!! The mystery and unknown can be quite intriguing.

What am I looking forward to?

I want an experience; I want to embrace the culture, languages, and people. 

 

What this album means to me…

 

The release of the "Discovery of the Sesliu Galaxy" marks the end of a two year chapter in which I've experienced so much not only as an artist, but as a human being. It's immortalizing a period in my life where I've grown exponentially and been able to appreciate life's beauty even more. It's going abroad to wonder at the heights of the mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the long courses of the rivers, the vast compass of the ocean, the circular motions of the stars, and being able to see and appreciate the magic in each. It's being independent and strong enough to pull through challenges that unexpectedly arrive. It's working hard, through sweat and tears to make an idea come to life. It's falling down and getting back up. It's knowing that love is all around you and that this planet is just a neuron in the universe's dynamic brain. It's magic. It's loving who you are and what the universe offers. It's acknowledging being born not for the development of society alone, but for the development of one's self. It's having courage. It's choosing to be love when hate corners you down; it's surrendering to the beauty of this dance called life. In short, it's the discovery of the galaxy within one's self; the unlocking of the secrets that lie within. With just a few more days till its release, I can't help but to look back at everything experienced within the past two years and be thankful for it all. And even if only one person were to listen to this album, I'd still do it all over again for there's no greater feeling than successfully bringing to life an idea that once existed as a vague thought deep within the trenches of one's mind. I can confidently say that I'm now ready to embark on the next chapter of my life; blank pages are waiting to be filled with new experiences. I welcome thee. I will persist until I succeed; success and nothin less.

 

Enough

 

Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and she said, "I love you. I wish you enough." She in turn said, "Mother, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mother."

They kissed and she left. She walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy, but she welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?"

"Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Mother had done for me. Recognizing that her days were limited, I took the time to tell her face to face how much she meant to me.

 

Sounds of "The Discovery"

 

THE DISCOVERY OF THE SESLIU GALAXY

Intro- Perfectly sets up the stage for the album

*Home- A pulsating beat with lush strings and a captivating set of drums. Vivid lyricism, an infectious melodic beat, and an intimate vocal performance make it a homerun.

*2gether 4ever- If Max Martin and David Guetta orchestrated a musical baby together, this would be it. An infectious chorus over a captivating beat- it zings with exhilaration, happiness, and youth. I ask myself, could this be one of the biggest hits in 2013? It lacks no element to disprove otherwise. With the right marketing, its potential of being a huge smash would be inevitable.

 

I am a "TWO SPIRIT"

 

 

Native Americans have often held intersex, androgynous people, feminine males and masculine females in high respect. The most common term to define such persons today is to refer to them as "two-spirit" people, but in the past feminine males were sometimes referred to as "berdache" by early French explorers in North America, who adapted a Persian word "bardaj", meaning an intimate male friend. Because these androgynous males were commonly married to a masculine man, or had sex with men, and the masculine females had feminine women as wives, the term berdache had a clear homosexual connotation. Both the Spanish settlers in Latin America and the English colonists in North America condemned them as "sodomites".

Rather than emphasising the homosexuality of these persons, however, many Native Americans focused on their spiritual gifts. American Indian traditionalists, even today, tend to see a person's basic character as a reflection of their spirit. Since everything that exists is thought to come from the spirit world, androgynous or transgender persons are seen as doubly blessed, having both the spirit of a man and the spirit of a woman. Thus, they are honoured for having two spirits, and are seen as more spiritually gifted than the typical masculine male or feminine female.

 

CONFIDENCE

 

Confidence is something you develop through time; it comes through acceptance of self with virtues, weaknesses, flaws and all. It's something that comes across and is transmitted through your body language and the way you carry yourself as an individual. It's inviting and attractive. It's being at peace with one's self and truly embracing the totality that you are. It's loving yourself entirely inside and out. Confidence doesn't mean you're better than anyone else, but rather that you recognize that you're capable of achieving whatever it is you set your mind on by believing in yourself completely. It's empowering. It's strength. It's not accomplished by belittling who you are but instead by being a cheerleader to your success. It's being humble and not stepping on others to make you feel superior. It's helping others rise with you, a necessary ingredient just like yeast on bread. With it, the sky is the limit. With the right attitude, anything is possible. It's being responsible for the energy you provide in this allotted space in time. It's a strong frame of mind, a key to being happy. It's knowing who you are and what you stand for; knowing the principles and morals that you embrace. It's essential. It doesn't come right away but rather comes through trials and tribulations one experiences and learns from these waves we ride on this oceanic grid of life. It's knowing who you are and accepting that you're not perfect and that those imperfections are what makes you beautiful. That is confidence. 

 

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