“Real Love” – Original Song

I just posted a video of me performing one of my original songs, “Real Love.”

This song is about being in a long distance relationship, about how it is a struggle, but so worthwhile with the right person. I began writing it while in Ghana in 2012, and I finished it last year with songwriter Vaneese Thomas. This song will be on my upcoming EP.

There’s still time to contribute to my Indiegogo campaign. If you enjoy the song & would like to hear the fully produced & orchestrated studio version, please donate:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cecily-s-debut-ep/x/6456058

Here are the lyrics:

Verse I:
When I’m in your arms I know it’s where I should be
It’s a place that feeds my soul.
And I don’t see myself ever letting go,
Cause it’s a place I can call my own.

And I know I have wronged you with my careless words,
But somehow you always see me through.
And I know times get rough when I’m so far away,
But you can trust that I’ll always be true.

Chorus:
Cause this is love baby
Ain’t nothing less.
Yes we’ve got love baby.
We’ve passed the test.
Through all the hard times
We kept holdin on.
And I know that we’ll always be strong
Cause this is real love.

Verse II:
People do ask me why do I try
And I tell them the same each time.
I say, “When it’s the real thing, you give it your all.”
I can’t help but to treasure our bond.

Cause when I look in your eyes I find all that I need
And more than I thought I deserved,
And with your hand in mine I know we’ll always succeed,
Cause we’re willing to grow and to learn.

Chorus:
Cause this is love baby
Ain’t nothing less.
Yes we’ve got love baby.
We’ve passed the test.
Through all the hard times
We kept holdin on.
And I know that we’ll always be strong
Cause this is real love.

Much Love,
Cecily

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Poetry…untitled

I tend to write a lot while at others’ shows. Live music inspires me. I just saw the band Phox perform, and I wrote this little thang… :-)

Your face was lost somewhere between something sweet & something soft,
And I was floating somewhere between the stratosphere & the treetops.
Problematic speech far away, somewhere under a thin layer of dirt,
Just beginning to sprout.

Much Love,
Cecily

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Happy Poetry Month

Hello my loves,

April is National Poetry Month, so I’ve decided to periodically share more of my poetry throughout the month of April.

Some of it will be fully fledged poems that I have written and edited. Others will be just little pieces that come to me. This piece it the latter.

Lavender:

I know my ancestors guided my feet through fields of dried grass, leading me finally under the shelter of you & your boldly righteous tree of a soul.

There were bushes of lavender along the way, placed there for promise. A lingering scent of antique memories and newly made wishes.

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My Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign & New Music!!!

Happy Monday!

Some of you may already have seen that I recently launched a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo to help raise money to complete my 5-song album! I’m excited!!!

You all have shown me so much love over the past couple of years and I want you to continue on this journey with me!

The album I am creating will have 5 original songs! I already have 3 completely done. I need your help to record, mix & master the final 2 songs. Your generosity will also help me get physical CD’s designed, printed, and shipped! Lastly, the $10,000 will help me to shoot a music video for my song “Heaven In Your Eyes” feat. tabi Bonney.

Check out my campaign here: http://igg.me/at/Cecilymusic/x/6456058

Please give what you can & share the campaign with your friends, family, & social networks.

One of the perks for my campaign & an exclusive bonus track only available for my Indiegogo contributors! It is a full studio version of “Everything,” originally by Mary J. Blige! Take a listen:

Thank you for your continued support! You are so appreciated!
Much Love,
Cecily

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Review of My Performance at The Intersections Festival

Hello Lovelies!

Last weekend I performed a free 2 hour long show at The Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC as part of its Intersections Festival. These free shows are called “Cafe Concerts” and they are sponsored by the Washington Post.

It was truly a magical show for me. I got to sing so many songs I love & the band sounded amazing.

A blogger, Jaime Brockway, wrote a glowing review of my show on a blog managed by her & her colleagues called greyperegrine.tumblr.com

Here is an excerpt:

“Cecily, a singer-songwriter who turned 24-years-old March 4, sang like someone who has a better understanding of love and life than most people her age. A little person even in heels, the D.C. born-and-raised singer glowed on stage, the emotion of each song emanating from her face. The more Cecily sang, the more enraptured her audience became.”

This review literally had me grinning from ear to ear :-)

You can keep reading the article here: http://greyperegrine.tumblr.com/post/78986016562/cecily-alexa-d-c-born-and-raised-entrepreneur-graces

Much Love,
Cecily

On stage at The Atlas. Zachary Cutler on guitar. Stephen Sync on bass.

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Music Monday: Live Performance of My Original Song!

Hello Lovelies! Happy Monday!

I am in the process of putting together my debut EP! (YAY!!!) I wanted to share some of what you can expect to hear. Here is a live performance of my original song “You Are” which will be on the EP.

Enjoy! And let me know what you think!

Much Love,
Cecily

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Nina Simone on Blackness

Much Love,
Cecily

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Music Monday: My Cover of Emily King’s “Distance”

Happy Monday Everyone!!

About one week ago, one my favorite artists, Emily King released new music! It’s a beautifully crafted song entitled “Distance.” I saw her perform this song live last spring & I was so excited to hear the studio version, which is produced by Jeremy Most. So I decided to make a cover for youtube. I don’t usually do these, but I think I might start posting them regularly. Let me know what you think!!

Check out the original:

Here is my cover!

Much Love,
Cecily

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Weekend Inspiration

And don’t you forget it!

Love,
Cecily

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Music Monday: Remixes of “Royals”

Happy Monday Everybody!

So we all saw Lorde take home the Grammy for Song of the Year last week. Honestly, it’s not my favorite song, but a few DC artists have created their own remixes that I have been groovin to!

The first is a GoGo remix by DJ Dyn-O-Might and Kenny Sharp. For all my non-Washingtonians who are unfamiliar with GoGo, this is a good introduction. GoGo music is native to DC, pioneered by the late Chuck Brown. It’s all about the percussion & the groove, and artists typically remix popular songs, like Royals.

This joint is smoooooooth! And I’m loving it. Enjoy!

The second remix is called “We’re Already Royal” by Maimouna Youssef aka Mumufresh. While I understand the critique of materialism and elitism that Lorde’s original song ‘Royals’ epouses, something about it just didn’t resonate me. As writer Brittney Cooper states, “White folks have come to a transnational consensus, that hip-hop culture is what ails us, and [Lorde's] critique constitutes a cure.” Lorde seems to be specifically targeting Black American hip hop culture, which, let’s be honest, she knows very little about. Maimouna breaks it down in her remix, articulating exactly what I couldn’t put my finger on at first. Give it a listen!

Much Love,
Cecily

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