Lido – I Love You

Have you ever wondered how circumstances affect who you are and have become to someone or who they are and have become to you?

For example, you bump into a guy or girl on the street and they accidentally knock your phone to the ground while you we’re on an important call. You look at that person in a mean way, get really mad and walk away. Later that night you see that person at a bar and because of you’re still bitter from earlier you don’t say anything and keep it moving. This could be the most wonderful person for you, he or she could be the love of your life and that seemingly bad chance meeting could be the universes way of literally connecting the two of you but the initial friction stopped that from happening.

Could the person that brings out the worst in you also be the one who brings out the best of you?

When people have negative histories they’re no longer dealing with each other but rather with versions of themselves that are defined by the negative events they experienced – If we’re not careful the things that happen to us can become us. The person you first met is no longer there and neither are you because you became your problems. That’s why being in a bad relationship cycle can literally make you feel like another person, act out of character, lose sight of yourself, do enormous harm and U.O.E.N.O.

Do you ever feel like you’ve become the worst version of yourself? That a Pandora’s Box of all the secret hateful parts — your arrogance, your spite, your condescension — has sprung open. Someone provokes you and instead of just smiling and moving on, you zing them…” – You’ve Got Mail

When you meet someone and fall in love under beautiful circumstances you get know that version of them and yourself. When life happens and problems arise you get to meet a second version of each other. What version the two people can coexist in is what usually determines the outcome of a relationship. With the exception of never forgive actions, most things in life have little meaning but dire consequences so how you choose to look at them is entirely up to you. So could the person who brings out the worst be the same who also brings out the best? The answer is no, that version of the person won’t but the other might. Perpetual transmutation of energy is within us all but you won’t effect positive change without coming from a place of love, and you can’t fake or lie about that.

I finally came to love you…”

Those are the only lyrics in the hook for Lido’s I Love You, the Space Age R&B jam that perfectly sums up this post. My friend Nick said something profound recently,

When faced with faith or doubt, choose faith.”

If you’re in love with someone, your doubt will do nothing but harm that situation. It will have you saying one thing and doing another and since you can’t fake vibe you’ll project one of a phony. If you’re in a rough spot with someone you care about you have to let go of the version of you that is causing harm or let go of the situation all together. If you’re not ready to do that the cycle will never end and you could end up doing the opposite of your true intentions. You have to find the version of yourself that is ready to love, not doubt. Then and only then will you leave room for magic to happen, enjoy.


Francoise Hardy – Le Temps de l’Amour

I’ve been watching a lot of Nora Ephron movies lately. It started off as research for a Michael Mina restaurant in St. Petersburg that I’m curating and then turned into a official love affair with Nora’s story telling, views on life, friendship, love and of course her delightful taste in music. Hollywood and the entertainment business in general is full of so much phoniness, so many people looking for fame and playing the power games. There are so few valuing love, the many layers of life and all it has to offer that it’s a breath of fresh air to indulge in Nora’s wonderful world.

I know it sounds weird, the Space Age Bachelor Pad guy talking about how much he was touched by how romantic Paris looks in Julie & Julia or the airport scene in Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks see’s Meg Ryan for the first time and “A Wink And A Smile” plays. It’s weird if you think Space Age Bachelor means wanna be Don Draper or Hugh Hefner but that’s not the case. Space Age is meant to represent the evolved man, one who has all the qualities of an alpha male but fully embraces all layers of being a cultured, emotionally developed, traveled and tasteful person far beyond any stereotypical expectations. No one, man or women should be limited in what they can express or appreciate because of what society has deemed appropriate for them, that’s what Space Age means.

Le temps de l’amour isn’t from a Nora Ehpron movie but it’s one of my old time favorites and the message is right in line with the beautiful feelings and sounds of that world.

C’est le temps de l’amour,
le temps des copains et de l’aventure.
Quand le temps va et vient,
on ne pense a rien malgre ses blessures.
Car le temps de l’amour
c’est long et c’est court,
ca dure toujours, on s’en souvient

It is time for love and despite anything happening in the world that’s where my focus is and will be. I think that’s why the warm, loving feelings captured in these films resonate with me. It’s super cliche but the saying is true – life is what you make it. Despite what you say to people, vibe and energy are everything, it’s the one thing you can’t fake. When you ingest dark things and think negatively on your own and then go around people trying show love it’s not going to work, your vibe will expose you. So for..

Those who pose lyrical but really ain’t true I feel – 
There times limited, hard rock too…” – O.C. (Time’s Up)

I’m past fear and insecurity, what I want to manifest in the world now is love. When I walk into a room I want it to feel like a damn cool spring breeze just glided by your face, Grace Jones’ La Vie En Rose is playing in the background, kids are playing outside, it smells like flowers and life is nothing but beautiful, anything else is uncivilized. Enjoy.

Françoise Hardy – Le Temps de l’Amour