Music That INSPIRES: The Jacksons -“Destiny”

I remember my dad playing The Jacksons Destiny album when I was a little kid and I got hooked then. This song really stuck out with me in particular. I resonated with me and at the time I couldn’t understand why. I didn’t quite understand myself then the way I do now. Today it makes TOO MUCH sense to me as to why it resonates with me. It describes me in every way imaginable. I’ve never been a person to fancy the finer things in life, or to get caught up in the big lights aka the illusion. I just want to live the simple life, nothing more, nothing less. I consider this song a classic in my book. No matter how Michael Jackson was portrayed in the media when he was alive, I still admired him and respected his gift to touch the spirit of the man. He touched man with this track. Hope you enjoy! – The Melanated Man

 

 

“Destiny”
By The Jacksons

In this world there’s so much confusion
And I’ve tasted the city life and it’s not for me
Now I do dream of distant places
Where I don’t know now, but it’s Destiny

If it’s the rich life, I don’t want it
Happiness ain’t always material things

I want Destiny
It’s the place for me
Give me the simple life
I’m getting away from here
Let me be free, let me be me

I’m a man that’s for all seasons
What the city offers me ain’t naturally
I look to greet the stars
But there’s no stars to see
Gonna search this world until I find my Destiny

If it’s the rich life, I don’t want it
Happiness ain’t always material things

I want Destiny
It’s the place for me
Give me the simple life
I’m getting away from here
Let me be free, let me be me

I’m a man that’s for all seasons
What the city offers me ain’t naturally
I look to greet the stars
But there’s no stars to see
Gonna search this world until I find my Destiny

I wanna be far from here
Should I up and fly away so fancy free
Nobody can change my mind
I’m screamming out these words for me
While time
Destiny, ah destiny, it’s calling me
Destiny, a place for me
Ah, destiny
I want destiny
It’s the place for me…

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Music that INSPIRES: “I Found My Smile Again” by D’Angelo

 

This song encapsulates my overall day to day vibe. Listening to this song let’s me be thankful of the highs I have now by way of the personal lows I  had to overcome. And in the process I rediscovered myself, gaining knowledge that enhanced my inner being.  I came out a better man and individual.  I want to dedicate this song to my two beautiful toddler girls, because you truly have inspired me, for helping me find my smile again!

 

Lyrics by Michael “D’Angelo” Archer

I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again
I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again

I don’t know what it is that you’re doing
All I know is baby, that you’re shonuff doin’ it good
And you look at me, and my hear just starts the moving
I haven’t felt like this in a while
Girl, I wanna thank you for helping me find my smile

I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again
I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again

My smile, hello hello smile, I haven’t seen you in a while
Your love, girl your love, you make me feel like I’m on a cloud
And since I laid eyes on you, my spirit’s been brand new
And I wanna thank you child, oh, helping me find my smile

I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again
I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again

I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again
I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again
You helped me find my smile again

Honey baby got me smilin’
Honey baby got me smilin’
Honey baby got me smilin’

Smilin’, smilin’, smilin’
Smilin’, smilin’, smilin’

I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again
I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again

I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again
I found my smile again
You helped me find my smile again