Monday, March 31, 2014

Unsettled Rhythm (A Poem)


This past winter 2014 and the coming of spring has left my body somewhat unsettled. It is like 60 degrees in the morning and the idea forms that I can shield of all these layers the cold weather forces one to wear; and then all of a sudden, you are without the layers and the evening of the very same day has below freezing temperatures.  How does one dress and how does one proceed when the weather is like this in order to not get sick? Can I remove my mask and feel comfortable? 


So then the body gets these ailments and now you are okay one minute and the next minute sneezing, coughing and so tired, you spend days in bed as if you had not slept in weeks.  The beginning months of 2014 have definitely been unsettling. The following is a poem written, based on this idea and how the changing of seasons has gotten the best of me.
I slept more in the past week than I slept in the past three months. That is definitely not me at all.  Doctor Soandso prescribed medicine which I hate taking and finally, I have come into healing. I am not as tired as I was when I was sick and I am no longer sniffling or coughing like I had been. Also, my head is not pounding as much. Thank God!
While boredom took flight when my body was so tired from being sick, all I felt the energy to do was to be in my bed; Definitely left me with more time to write. I guess you can call this a transformation of a season, person or situation. Or; a release of the coldness of winter out of my body or heart to renew my mind and spirit for spring. Or; the ending of March and the coming of April. Or; the start of the writing to come in National poetry month. It’s here, and this is where I start to say farewell to the old and welcome in the new:

Unsettled Rhythm


It’s in the touch of your magic
that sends me over.
Never thought I’d be
thinkin’ bout tomorrow
just looking in somebody’s eyes.
Who am I
to want something so amazing?
Hope it was more than just chasing;
then I would be
more than satisfied.
Yet, nothing is settling.
The rhythm keeps echoing
and thoughts of you just
circling ‘round my mind
‘cause for a long time
all I’ve seen is you
by my side
and wish that I
could make it my
permanent vibe
Walking dreams awake;
by that I mean,
Love with you settling in my day.



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Brooklyn Celebrates Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month and is a month that honors not only the women who came before us and have made history but also to celebrate those who are using their God-given talents today and sharing it with the world. 

MOCADA MUSEUM - Art of African Women

To be a Brooklynite and to come across events of this nature is great. Right here in my home town!

For instance; while waiting to connect with a few friends this evening at Brooklyn Moon, I decided to visit the Mocada Museum on Hanson Place and South Portland Street in Brooklyn, NY and saw an awesome exhibit of art by Women from Africa displayed. 



This display will be up until April 1, 2014. So please make your way there to check out some of the awesome pieces that will blow you away. For more information on Mocada Museum, please visit their website at www.mocada.org

JAZZ POETRY CAFE AT BROOKLYN NIGHTS

Last Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, Jazz Poetry Cafe featured live music by The Musiqal Ones Band, some awesome poetry and dancing and was hosted by singer, Stephanay JNote and poet, Ras Osagyefo. 

It was a beautiful event where poetesses like Professor Carolyn Jones of Medgar Evers got onto the stage and shared poetry from deep, down within. Poetry with a beautiful dance to her spoken word by Arielle Adamy added that much energy to an already electric performance. 



Not to mention her rendition of Sarah Vaughan's Tenderly, who would have celebrated her 90th birthday on March 27, 2014. 

If you weren't there, please be sure to make it out to the next Jazz Poetry Cafe at 9pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.  

CAFA FILM NIGHT - Women's History a Month Edition

The CAFA Film Night - Women's History Month Edition held on March 28, 2014 at Nicholas located on Fulton Street in Brooklyn, NY was an amazing event that started at 7:30pm and ran til about 11pm. 

Films included in this series were by women from different parts of the Caribbean. It was really nice seeing different parts of the world, even in such a brief bit of time, yet still getting to enjoy pieces of culture from all the different regions of the Caribbean. It reminded me of being in a classroom with the discussions on each of the films after each viewing. 

Docket 32357 was one of the films showed. Great opportunity tonight to see Docket 32357, a film that pretty much in a nutshell left the audience knowing that you never know who you will meet and how they can change your life in a mere few seconds. Happy to have been able to speak with and vibe with the brainstorm behind it; playwright, Elion Wardall. Really great film. Look forward to seeing more. 



Make sure to check out the web based series at www.docket32357.com
And also, visit caribbeanfilm.org to find out the schedule for future film festivals as this is a monthly event. 

Also, please come out to Nicholas Brooklyn located at 570 Fulton Street in Brooklyn on Saturday May 10, 2014 for their open mic. Opening up the show at 7pm will be Stephanay JNote and friends followed by open mic and poetry from 8pm to 11pm. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jazz Poetry Cafe at Brooklyn Nights on March 20, 2014 9pm

On March, 20, 2014

Please come out to

Brooklyn Nights 
497 Dekalb Avenue
(Corner of Franklin Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY

For Jazz Poetry Cafe


A fusion of live jazz music (featuring Carl Bartlett Jr (saxophone), Wayne Holmes (keys), Stephanay JNote (vocalist), Jazz-E-Matt (vocalist), Shinya Miyamoto (drums)), poetry (featuring Ras Osagyefo, Eric Crow Draven, Wayne Russell, Jodi Allen and Professor Carolyn Jones) and poetry of the foot, more commonly known as dancing (performances by Arielle Adamy and Nyeesha Padmore).

The event will begin at 9pm and ends at midnight. $10 admission. 

Come out and help to celebrate not only the beauty if jazz, song and dance, but international women's history month and also the new season of spring entering into this here 2014. It's gonna be a great night of energy and I hope to see you all there tomorrow night, March 20, 2014.

 God Bless you!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Flex the Technique Artist Roundup Revue

This Thursday, 

I'm gonna try something I never did before. I'm doing a full set of all originals at the Flex the Technique Artist a Roundup Revue happening at Brooklyn a nights located at 497 Dekalb a Avenue in a Brooklyn, NY.




It's going to be a night of music featuring Rapper Keez, Rapper TRP, Singer Jazz E Matt, Comedian Joe Show and more, all doing original music. The event will begin on March 13, 2014 at 7pm with food and drink specials and a karaoke contest. Immediately following will be the original flow show hosted by iSoul radio's Barry Mason and it's going to be hot. 

I'm excited to be a part if this amazing event and to be flexing my originals. We all will be. 

Hope to see you there. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

With Rhythm in My Dancing Shoes


Good Afternoon My beautiful, family, friends and children of our great God. How are you doing this evening? I pray the week was as awesome as the miracles God allowances you with; flourishing talents that make you want to dance and sing with passion across the expanse of our God's blessings and creations. 


"Dance" Original song by Stephanie Jeannot and Fred Simmons. We performed it live Thursday night. If you weren't there, you missed a dope show.


 

Please check out the video here of one of the songs we performed, "Dance" 


 For those who were, thank you for patronizing my crazy love for singing. It still amazes me how God can really open up your eyes and bring you to your destiny. Almost springs forward your memory of learning you " [dance] and sing and do the Charleston fling" while tapping like the Mini Rockettes.  

  

Thank you for checking out my blogpost and God bless you! 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

New Music in celebration of Women's History Month


 
 
March is Women’s History month. It is a month to celebrate the freedom of being the amazing women we are and to celebrate the amazing women that came before us or still presently in our world today like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Edwige Danticat, Oprah Winfrey, Cheryl Miller and Lena Horne that built a solid legacy for the world.

I’m on this freedom of expression frenzy, with a heart to share as much of my music as possible like Sarah Vaughan, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin or BeyoncĂ©  did. Music is my freedom. It helps me to release, to refresh and to be exactly who God created me to be with no limitations.  I’ve been writing like crazy over the entirety of my life; short stories and poetry inspired by Nikki Giovanni and songs inspired by Karen Carpenter. I come to the point where I can no longer keep it to myself like poet Emily Dickinson because I was meant to share my gift. And so, this morning, I posted three songs I’ve written.

 1.       You Loved Me


·         This song was written by Stephanie Jeannot with music by Mike Leshore of Chocc Fact Productions. It is about love that comes even with faults and imperfections, even to an imperfect woman like me.
 
I am no Barbie doll. I am on team natural (what some used to refer to me as having brillo hair), with natural curves; not perfect. Yes I lost weight but not for image, for health. I was still beautiful 85 lbs ago.

I may not always feel like sitting in someone’s nail salon seat or like putting on makeup or like wearing the sexiest outfit all the time but instead sweats. And there are times when I do not feel the beauty surrounding me as it should.
 
Yet, I was fearfully and wonderfully made and love still lives in abundance. Beautiful love that I deserve. Like true love of old that even our own parents exemplified to us, that can last over 50 years until life is no more. Or like the love that God gives that nothing can separate us from. Everlasting love that is unconditional is amazing. And that is what this song is all about.  Here is the link: http://www.reverbnation.com/stephanayjnote/song/20211590-you-loved-me

 

2.       Breakthrough

·         This song was written by Stephanie Jeannot with music by Armand Collins of Zoot Productions. I think it is the first Sunday in September that is considered welcome back to church Sunday/friends and family day. 
 
       A really good friend of mine invited me to her church. Pastor Donnie McClurkin was preaching that day.  I went in and was so inspired by what he was saying that I pulled out my pen and started writing.
 
       By the time I got home, I had a melody in my mind and had no choice but to set it to music that night. And that is when Breakthrough was created.  It is about the amazing grace of God that keeps you. 
 
 
      While it is a Christian based song purposed to inspire, it is also one that can get you up out of your seat dancing.  At least that is what I saw recently when I sang it with the awesome band, Ladeez in the House, an all female band which featured Jodi Allen on vocals,  Debbie Knapper on guitar, Deb Robinson on bass, Peechez on drums and Stephanay JNote on vocals.  
 
 
      Check out the link here to when we shared it at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXiqFkPx6fc and if you enjoyed what you heard, you can download the song just recently posted on Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/breakthrough-single/id731020117

 

3.       Ingredients

·        This song was written by Stephanie Jeannot with music by Derrick Smith for BeatlifeLI Productions. I consider this my Haitian song. The reason why is because I use a French phrase in my hook, “Vini’m palle ou.” (I hope I’m spelling it right).
       I am a Haitian Woman like Garcelle Beuvais or Emelin Michel. No, I was not born in the beautiful island of Haiti, but I am of Haitian culture. The official language of Haiti is French. Most however, speak Haitian Creole, which is broken French. Ironically, even after three years of French classes, I am still not a pro at it.  Yet, it is such a beautiful part of my culture that I wanted to add a bit of my ingredients to my music. 
       “Vini’m Palle ou” (Pardon my French. LOL!)  means come here.  You have to hear the song to understand what I am speaking about. Check out my song just posted on Reverbnation here: http://www.reverbnation.com/stephanayjnote/song/20211797-ingredients  
 
Thank you all for stopping by my blog. If you visited the links and checked out my music, let me know what you think please. Leave a comment here. Happy Women's History month to you! God bless!!!