Things must change.

I remember long drives. Me, my tapes, my CD’s.

Driving while looking for music was a pretty careless act. Remembering the many times my eyes veered away from the road to flip and file through the collection makes me cringe, but probably not as dangerous as driving and texting…petty recklessness.

Clearly, when I hear certain bands I get nostalgic about those long drives. There’s an immediate connection to a certain time of my youth. Magnificent are those memories. Music was such an integral part of those moments…moments that often made me feel so free.

Depeche Mode was HEAVVVY in this rotation.

The Sun & The Rainfall
Someone will call
Something will fall
And smash on the floor
Without reading the text
Know what comes next
Seen it before
And it’s painful
Things must change
We must rearrange them
Or we’ll have to estrange them
All that I’m saying
A game’s not worth playing
Over and over again
You’re the one I like best
You retain my interest
You’re the only one
If it wasn’t for you
Don’t know what I’d do
Unpredictable like the sun
And the rainfall.

My secret garden’s not so secret anymore
Run from the house holding my head in my hands
Feeling dejected, feeling like a child might feel
It all seems so absurd
That this should have occurred
My very only secret
And I had to go and leak it!
My secret garden’s not so secret anymore!
No, my secret garden’s not so secret anymore!
Run through the fields, down to the edge of the water
Can’t stay long, here comes the reason why,
She’ll catch me if she can,
Take me by the hand
I’ll have to keep on running
And I just can’t see the fun in
My secret garden not being secret anymore!
It used to be so easy
On days such as these she’d
Search and search for hours
In among the flowers
I loved it!, I loved her!
Play the fool, act so cruel, I loved it!
Read her book, take a look, I loved her!
It all seems so absurd
That this should have occurred
My very only secret
And I had to go and leak it!
My secret garden’s not so secret anymore!

Peggy GOU

Though she does not fall into the category of radio pop music – Peggy Gou is iconic in her own ranks, as a producer/musician/DJ and part personality.

Among the women electronic Dj’s, from the Black Madonna, to HoneyDijon, to Nina Kravitz – Peggy really has my heart. As an Asian American woman, I never had many female influences of the Asian ethnicity. Especially ones that weren’t your stereotypes. Super talented, great style and strong! Of course, throw in beautiful and individuality and you have someone who I believe has an indefinite lasting quality.

She absolutely crosses borders and boundaries with her uplifting and positive mood boosting house and electronic dance music. It’s just so welcomed. SO SO VERY UPLIFTING. Her music video released to the public today (directed by Jonas Lindstroem) is a gorgeous execution of nostalgia attached to the dreamworld…sprinkled with lots of pride and confidence. You should know this by now – REPRESENTATION MATTERS.

It’s powerful and distinctive because she also sings in her native tongue. I love hearing her voice, it has a raspiness to it…and it’s so soothing. I wish someone like her existed when I was growing up.

From Wiki:

” Born in Incheon, South Korea, Peggy Gou began classical piano lessons at age 8. At age 14, her parents sent her to LondonEngland to study English. She moved back to Korea when she was 18 years old, but six months later she returned to London to study fashion at the London College of Fashion. After graduating, she worked as the London correspondent editor for Harper’s Bazaar Korea, and then moved to Berlin, Germany.

Gou was taught to DJ in 2009 by her Facebook friend from Korea. She had her first gig in Cirque Le Soir, Soho, and later performed weekly at The Book Club, East London. In 2013, she learned to use Ableton and began to create her own tracks. Her first track, Hungboo, was completed in 2014.[6] Hungboo was named for the hero of a Korean fairy tale. She played the track in Korea for the first time at the 2016 Style Icon Awards opening show, featuring award-winning actor Yoo Ah-in in a visual art video…”