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listen & love: my top ten favorite ‘listen & love’ songs of 2012

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To celebrate my 3 year anniversary (which will be on December 24th), I decided to post my top ten favorite posts of 2012 for each section. Second up is the ‘listen & love’ section.

My Top 10 Favorite ‘listen & love’ Songs of 2012

1. send one your love by stevie wonder: It’s Stevie Wonder. Do I really need to say anything more? LISTEN HERE

2. for real by amel larrieux: It is the perfect Sunday morning. So refreshing, so sunny, so nice. LISTEN HERE

3. i still love by gretchen parlato featuring alan hampton: Unconditional love is so beautiful when in an acoustic song. Such a lovely message with a nice breezy melody. LISTEN HERE

4. the stand by the floacist: The Stand is one of the most motivational songs I’ve heard in awhile. It will definitely have you stand up for yourself, your true self. LISTEN HERE

5. we all try by frank ocean: Self-acceptance is one of the cornerstones to self-love. This song allows us to not be so hard on ourselves and to know that we all try to the best us we can be in the moment. LISTEN HERE

6. one tribe by black eyed peas: This song is a great reminder that we are all one. The feel-good nature makes you believe that peace amongst us all is possible and it is VERY possible! LISTEN HERE

7. thank you by boyz ii men: Gratefulness never sounded so good. Thank you, Boyz II Men for singing this song. LISTEN HERE

8. never give up by robin thicke: The title pretty much sums up the purpose of the song but it definitely does not sum up the sound of it. I bet you never heard this timely message quite like this. LISTEN HERE

9. we’re almost there by michael jackson: This song came to me at the perfect time when I needed to hear it badly. Sometimes, we all need someone in our ear telling us to keep pushing on and that is exactly what this song did for me. LISTEN HERE

10. god is love by marvin gaye: This site is all for love. Therefore, this site is all for God. It’s my way of giving thanks for this life and for being able to manifest a little corner of love through words, songs, art and any other way I can possibly imagine in this project. So of course, this song had to be in my top ten list because the title is so poignant and it’s sung by one of my favorites, Marvin Gaye. LISTEN HERE

All of the songs in the “listen and love” section are songs that I listen to and love hence the title so it was hard to pick but there goes my top ten favorites for this year. If you would like to know my top 11 albums of 2012, then you can head on over to my Tumblr page HERE.

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listen & love: these three words

These Three Words
by Stevie Wonder
Jungle Fever Soundtrack

When was the last time
That they heard you say Mother or father, “I love you”
And when was the last time That they heard you say
Daughter or son, I love you
Ones you say you cherish everyday
Can instantly be taken away
Then you’d say I know this can’t be true
When you never took the time
To simply tell them, “I love you”

When was the last time
That they heard you say Sister or brother, “I love you”
And when was the last time
That they heard you say
Darling or best friend, “I love you”

The one for whom you’d give your very life
Could be taken in the twinkling of an eye
Through your tears you’d ask why did you go
Knowing you’d didn’t always show
Just how much you loved them so

These three words
Sweet and simple
These three words
Short and kind
These three words
Always kindles
An aching heart to smile inside
I know a family
Who hasn’t a cent to their name
And yet the joy and love they have between them
They always claim
And when one’s called from life
The survived mourn the lost
And will never be the same
Yet they rejoice
In knowing they gave them their all

These three words
Sweet and simple
These three words
Short and kind
These three words
Always kindles

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listen & love: send one your love

Send One Your Love
by Stevie Wonder
Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants

Send her your love
With a dozen roses
Make sure that she knows it
With a flower from your heart

Show him your love
Don’t hold back your feelings
You don’t need a reason
When it’s straight from the heart

I’ve heard so many say that the days of romance are no more
And people falling in love is so old fashioned
But waiting are they the day they once let slip away
Hiding need to fulfill their heart’s desire for love’s passion

Send her your love
With a dozen roses
Make sure that she knows it
With a flower from your heart

Show him your love
Don’t hold back your feelings
You don’t need a reason
When it’s straight from the heart

I know that people say two hearts beating as one is unreal
And can only happen in make believe stories
But so blind they all must be that they cannot believe what they see
For around us are miracles of love’s glory

Show him your love
Don’t hold back your feelings
You don’t need a reason
When it’s straight from the heart

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be inspired: a time to love

A Time To Love
by Stevie Wonder featuring India. Arie

We have time for racism
We have time for criticism
Held bondage by our ism’s
When will there be a time to love

We make time to debate religion
Passing bills and building prisons
For building fortunes and passing judgments
When will there be a time to love

At this point in history we have a choice to make
To either walk a path of love
Or be crippled by our hate

We have time to cause pollution
We have time to cause confusion
All wrapped up in our own illusions
When will there be a time to love

We make time to conquer nations
Time for oil exploration
Hatred, violence and terrorism
When will there be a time to love

At this moment in time
We have a choice to make
Father God is watching
While we cause mother earth so much pain
It’s such a shame

Not enough money for
The young, the old and the poor
But for war there is always more
When will there be a time to love

We make time for paying taxes
Or paying bills and buying status
But we will pay the consequences
If we don’t make the time to love

Now’s the time to pay attention
Yes now is the time… to love…
A time love… Love…
A time to Love
Please, please won’t you tell me
When will there be a time to love…

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be active: share your talent with the world

Just imagine.

What if Malcolm X held his tongue in fear of opposition? What if Langston Hughes never picked up a pen? What if Mother Theresa never believed in peace? What if Picasso stopped painting after his first piece? What if Michael Jackson was too scared to sing as a kid? What if Beethoven stopped composing after going deaf? What if Stevie Wonder never performed due to his blindness? What if Muhammad Ali told himself he wasn’t the greatest? What if Barack Obama believed there will never be an African-American president in his lifetime? What if Gandhi did not believe major change can happen from one person? What if? What if? What if? What if?

What is your contribution to the world? What is your present to the present? What is your signature on Earth? What would the world be like without your gifts? I bet I can tell you what it would be like–a little bit emptier, a little less colorful and a little less joyous.

Celebrate your greatness. Don’t be afraid of your inner God, your inner light, your inner truth. Bring it out for the world to see because the world needs it. You are here for a reason. You were meant to go through the ups and downs in your life to build character, to build strength against opposition. You were made with the most beautiful, unconditional love you can imagine, beyond your imagination and that is what you will return to when all is said is done so why let fear stop you? Let it motivate you. Let it remind you of the courage you have inside of you right now in this moment. This is the greatest action you can take on Earth.

Sure, your contribution may not make you famous or make millions know your name but your contribution will be felt throughout the world in ripples of love. Energy is cool like that. It does not have to be physically contained in a shell of a body to be felt by someone else. Allow your energy to soar to new positive heights and just see what effect you will have on yourself and the world around you when you share your talent.

Just imagine that and live it.

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listen & love: pastime paradise

Pastime Paradise
by Stevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life

They’ve been spending most their lives
Living in a pastime paradise
They’ve been spending most their lives
Living in a pastime paradise
They’ve been wasting most their lives
Glorifying days long gone behind
They’ve been wasting most their days
In remembrance of ignorance oldest praise
Tell me who of them will come to be
How many of them are you and me

Dissipation
Race Relations
Consolation
Segregation
Dispensation
Isolation
Exploitation
Mutilation
Mutations
Miscreation
Confirmation…….to the evils of the world

They’ve been spending most their lives
Living in a future paradise
They’ve been spending most their lives
Living in a future paradise
They’ve been looking in their minds
For the day that sorrow’s gone from time
They keep telling of the day
When the Savior of love will come to stay
Tell me who of them will come to be
How many of them are you and me

Proclamation of Race Relations
Consolation
Integration
Verification of Revelations
Acclamation
World Salvation
Vibrations
Simulation
Confirmation…….to the peace of the world

They’ve been spending most their lives
Living in a pastime paradise
They’ve been spending most their lives
Living in a pastime paradise
They’ve been spending most their lives
Living in a future paradise
They’ve been spending most their lives
Living in a future paradise
We’ve been spending too much of our lives
Living in a pastime paradise

Let’s start living our lives
Living for the future paradise
Praise to our lives
Living for the future paradise
Shame to anyone’s lives
Living in a pastime paradise

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