Perfect Pitch: Developing Your Blogging Voice

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Luciano Pavarotti: think what you might of the music they each performed, there is one thing that unites these (late) great singers. The moment they opened their mouths, you knew it was them. Their voice had that specific, unmistakable timbre that — above all else — said “it’s me.”

It might be trickier for writers to achieve such a level of immediate recognizability, but not impossible. The astringent wit of Dorothy Parker, the mad exuberance of a Vladimir Nabokov line, or even the winning simplicity of recent Nobel laureate Alice Munro all bear an invisible trademark — they each have a voice all their own.

While we can’t guarantee any fancy literary awards for all of you just yet, bloggers can, and should, have a distinct voice, too. And we’re here to help you develop it, whether you’re visiting from Zero to Hero or…

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My parents bought me this Buddha ornament for Christmas today and it is my favorite present. This year has been full of growth, realizations, transistion, and acceptance. Every year we buy each other a meaningful ornament, and then every year when we decorate the tree, we reflect on the stories of why we exchanged these ornaments. Sometimes, you forget the meaning of holidays when you are all wrapped up with the “I want”, the “I need”, the “Shit, i don’t have enough.” So I felt a responsibility to share with you the true meaning behind ornaments on a tree and why this Buddha means so much to me…and then maybe you…Enjoy!

The Meaning Behind Ornaments on the Tree:

Dec. 24 used to be observed on the Church calendar as the Feast of Adam and Eve. In the Middle Ages, there were religious plays called “Mystery plays”. They told story of Creation and Adam and Eve. A PROP for those plays was a Tree of Paradise: FIR tree with RED APPLES on it. These EVOLVED into our tree ornaments.

The Meaning of Buddha: 

The term Buddha means “Awakened”. As he fully comprehended the Four Noble Truths and as he arose from the slumbers of ignorance he is called a Buddha. Since he not only comprehends but also expounds the doctrine and enlightens others, He is called a Samma-Sambuddha –a Fully Enlightened One.

Before His Enlightenment he was a bodhisattva which means one who is aspiring to attain Buddhahood. He was not born a Buddha, but became a Buddha by his own efforts.  Every aspirant to Buddhahood passes through the bodhisattva period — a period comprising many lives over a vast period of time. During this period he undergoes intensive spiritual exercises and develops to perfection the qualities of generosity, discipline, renunciation, wisdom, energy, endurance, truthfulness, determination, benevolence and perfect equanimity.  In a particular era there arises only one Fully Enlightened Buddha. Just as certain plants and trees can bear only one flower, even so one world-system can bear only one Fully Enlightened Buddha.

“Monks, there is one person  whose birth into this world is for the welfare and happiness of many, out of compassion for the world, for the gain and welfare and happiness of gods and humanity. Who is this one person? It is the Tathâgata, who is a Worthy One, a Fully Enlightened One  ~ Anguttara Nikaya”

The Buddha was a unique being. Such a being arises but rarely in this world, and is born out of compassion for the world, for the good, benefit, and happiness of gods and men. The Buddha is called by many epithets, among them The Great Physician, The Giver of Deathlessness, The Lord of the Dhamma (Doctrine).   As the Buddha himself says, “He is the Accomplished One, the Worthy One, the Fully Enlightened One.”  The Buddha had no teacher for His Enlightenment. His knowledge of the secrets of all existence was realized by himself through his own intuitive wisdom.

“Hard is it to be born a man; hard is the life of mortals. Hard is it to gain the opportunity of hearing the Sublime Truth, and hard to encounter is the arising of the Buddhas.~ Dhammapada 182″

The Buddha replied that He had destroyed Defilements which conditions rebirth as a god or a human being and added:

“As a lotus, fair and lovely, By the water is not soiled, By the world am I not soiled; Therefore, brahmin, am I Buddha!”

The Buddha had discovered the path to liberation from the cycles of continued rebirth in this world. Out of compassion for the world, he shows the path and method whereby he delivered himself from suffering and death and achieved man’s ultimate goal. It is left for man to follow the path.

Be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as your island, the Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge ~ Maha Parinibbana sutta”

These significant words uttered by the Buddha in his last days are very striking and inspiring. They reveal how vital is self-exertion to accomplish one’s ends, and how superficial and futile it is to seek redemption through self-proclaimed saviours, and to crave for illusory happiness in an afterlife through the propitiation of imaginary gods by fruitless prayers and meaningless sacrifices.

The Buddha was a human being. As a man he was born, as a Buddha he lived, and as a Buddha his life came to an end. Though human, he became an extraordinary man owing to his unique characteristics. The Buddha laid stress on this important point, and left no room for any one to fall into the error of thinking that he was an immortal being. This is important as he sets an example for what we too can achieve if we are to put effort in practicing his teachings.


I went to my first Robot Heart experience for this year’s Halloween 2013, New York City. Having a gig at Mister H, Lounge of the Mondrian Hotel in Soho, earlier that night, I had friends come out and support. Although we had a good flowing group of people ready to party, no one seemed content with the atmosphere anywhere. A party bus with neon lights, a stripper pole, everyone decked out in nets, glitter, platform boots, and don’t forget the nipples. I guess everyone wanted some machinery and low riding frequencies vibrating between their legs in order to be satisfied, but my question is….will we ever truly be satisfied?

Is the over stimulation of information and demanding lifestyle

causing us to seek alternative ways to feel a sense of togetherness, a sense of  being apart,

 by hand-making a NEW alternative reality? 

“We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain it half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave–to the ancient enemies of man–half free in a liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew can travel safely with such vast contradictions. On their resolution depends the survival of us all,” - Adlai Stevenso

Are we becoming Robot Heart? 

October 25 : Friday Night
Copy Bus: A sonic voyage through Robot Heart’s unmistakable playa-tech sound helmed by your trusted stewards, featuring:
Art Department
Benjamin Alexander
Guy Gerber

Next Room:  An alternate aural dimension, leave your expectations behind. Featuring:
Blackbird Blackbird
Frank & Tony, Gry
Navid Izadi (LIVE)
Tom Middleton – Retro (Sound of Cosmos; Global Communication; Jedi Knight)

October 26:Saturday Night

Copy Bus: A sonic voyage through Robot Heart’s unmistakable playa-tech sound helmed by your trusted stewards,
Rodriguez Jr. (LIVE)
Swamy & John Dill
* And a Super Special Guest!!*

Next Room: An alternate aural dimension, leave your expectations behind. Featuring:
Claro Intelecto (LIVE)
Dwig & Deer
Native Eloquence
Novelty Daughter
A Sol Mechanic
Tom Middleton – Futuro (Sound of Cosmos; Global Communication; Jedi Knight)




Mister H
150 Lafayette Street
New York, New York
Located in the Mondrian Soho Hotel

Opening DJ Etiquette I Digital DJ Tips

1. Hold back: Leave the main guest for guest to drop the big hits truly raise the energy level of the crowd

2. Tease: Flirt with the crowd, engage them into the room, but keep that tension revolution pull happening.

3. Lay Low: Don’t turn the volume all the way up, this way you build momentum with the crowd

4. Dubs: You don’t want to play full versions of your tracks, instead keep the attention of those just coming in by mixing it up with dubs

5. Personality: Stay true to who you are, test some new material, don’t sell out, and all in all set a good vibe for the night.



Vishuddha, also known as the fifth primary chakra. The position is in the neck region near the spine. The Vishuddha chakra is known as the purification centre. It is associated with higher discrimination, creativity, and self-expression. When the Vishuddha is closed, we undergo decay and death. When it is open, negative experiences are #transformed into wisdom and learning. The success and failure in one’s life depends upon the state of the chakra. Guilty feeling is the most prominent reason for this chakra to block the Kundalini Energy moving upwards.



“Miss, I have a boy in custody and I believe he said I should return him back to you.” Click. “Yes, bring him to 555 Starbright Ave.”

Pizza boxes, subway wrappers, diet coke cans, and starbuck containers decorating the campaign office. My work associate, a first timer in the political bubble of hell, was pacing back and forth while staring at the unclean rug. She fixated on how if we kept the junk laying around it’d make an invitation to our office roommates, La Cucarachas. We except all ethic groups in this office, except the La Cucarachas – Sorry guys, stay where you are (in the walls).  I motioned approval to clean up.  Minutes later, the smell of a lit lavender Febreze Airfresher candle brought smiles to our faces, but I couldn’t help and think – was that candle expensed to the office or considered a reimbursment?!

My super white and super fine law enforcement officer dropped off Aavon. Looking scared to death over the situation, I knew he wasn’t guilty. Telling him to grab a slice of pizza and get to jump back right into calls with the girls, I then asked the officer to talk specifics with me outside.

“So, you see Miss..”

“Call me Tava,” smiling. (I haven’t be out in 3 solid weeks and the guy rescued one of my guys – give me a break!)

“So, you see Tava, you sent these kids to an area where many aren’t going to welcome them. I believe in what you are campaigning. You even have my vote, but this isn’t New York City…laughs… some people just don’t like black people.”

There you have it. He came out and said it out loud. Racism is still very much alive in this country. I was 4 hours away from the city, my city, New York City, and racism very much thriving. At that moment, I knew my life had changed. I was standing in an office that was considered the underdogs. We were the underdogs in number, talent, experience, and location. We had everything working against us, except for one thing – the immense need to prove myself. I had just moved back to the East Coast from what I hate to admit was an extremely abusive relationship. I had lived in an area of our country where trustfunders and retired folks moved to, to celebrate lax living. So, I was lost, restless, and a sponge to the political world. So, when that officer spoke to me – it hit a real chord. I didn’t see anythng difference  between Aavon and me. Sure, he was black and I was white, there was an age difference, and a order of power, but the bottom line was Aavon experienced discrimination not just because he was black, but because he was black working a simple job to better our country. Some people don’t like the idea of America being representing by miniorities, but news flash..

America is a mixtape, and I’m not talking about Apple’s Genius in itunes. I’m talking about one of those old skool mixtapes that blends rhythms and harmonies in a way that makes you get chickenskin and ask, man is that a new tune or something? 

From that moment, the soundtrack to my life started to play a different beat.  Fire was fueled to not only win, but to surpass the other offices, the other more experienced people working in the surrounding counties and states.  I had to put my name on the map as someone who fought for change and when in difficulty knew how to think of her feet. I had a choice:

Will I either sink or swim – and I swam. 

Dear Alexandria Tava,

 I want to thank you for inspiring Michelle. Her energy towards school has been different since she and the girls got hired to work with you. They have a better understanding of what hard work can bring them. The girls keep smiling everytime they see an Obama commercial or billboard – to know they some how are apart of politics at such a young age.

As a voter of this community, not only did the campaign provide jobs for these kids, but give those hope in this country, a reason to believe in change and to listen up. As a mother, thank you – for looking pass the winning line and at the team. Together we all won.


Rose Jennings