A Soundtrack for Our Songbird Tori

May Tori's memory live on with us through the music she loved to sing.

May Tori’s memory live on with us through the music she loved to sing.

In preparation to formally celebrate the life of my dear college friend Victoria Martin, I thought it only fitting to share a piece of the soundtrack of her life. For those of us who were blessed to bear witness to her vocal gymnastics, it was such a treat to hear Tori express herself musically. She loved R&B, jazz, the Blues and standards, but we know there was nothing standard about our little songbird.

While studying at The University of Virginia she was a member of the all-female a cappella group, The Virginia Belles. Some of the following songs she performed with the Belles, and all of the others are tunes that will always remind me of her light, radiance and spirit for life. I hope you enjoy the selections. I know you will enjoy them even more if you close your eyes and envision Tori’s rendition of each one.

  1. Never Stop – Brand New Heavies
  2. Loving You – Minnie Riperton
  3. Roam – The B52’s
  4. Birdland – The Manhattan Transfer
  5. When Sunny Gets Blue – Johnny Mathis
  6. God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday
  7. Summertime – Ella Fitzgerald
  8. Free – Deniece Williams
  9. Mary – Take 6
  10. Do You Know Where You’re Going To – Diana Ross
  11. Groove is in the Heart – Deee-Lite
  12. Affair – Cherrelle
  13. Hip Hop Junkies – Nice & Smooth
  14. Get Away Jordan – Take 6
  15. Come and Talk to Me – Jodeci
  16. Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
  17. Hold On – En Vogue
  18. My Funny Valentine – Ella Fitzgerald
  19. Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me) – Tevin Campbell & Quincy Jones
  20. Home – Stephanie Mills

Life Is What Happens When You Make Plans

I realized this morning that today should have been the first day after the completion of my 365Project – my digital diary of taking a daily photo for a year. On March 17th I posted my last photo and blog entry because life is what happens when you make plans.

I was dedicated to my photo project. I had every intention of seeing it through. I had done a 365Project before and knew I could do it again. But once again, life is what happens when you make plans.

I cannot say that I will blog anymore after this post. I now have a time-consuming day job that requires me to write all day long, and the last thing I think about when I log out at 5:30pm is typing another sentence. But for my own satisfaction of seeing things through I felt compelled to put together a slide show of photos that I captured during my days between mid March until now. So, let the show begin…

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December to Remember: Ruined [212/365]

Chichen ItzaA trip to Cancun is great for sun, sips and shaking what your mama gave ya.  But throwing in some sightseeing and culture is fun too.  In May 2002, in honor of my friend Pam’s 30th birthday, a group of us ended our trip with a tour of Chichen Itza.  Who knew, but five years later this Mayan City would be named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.  The climb up was a workout and scaling down the narrow, steep steps was tricky, but the view from the top was absolutely breathtaking.

*Oh snap! A photo a day for 365 days. My 365Project – A daily digital diary.*

December to Remember: True Grit [194/365]

Meet Me at the Go-GoHands down – this is my favorite and funniest photo from my high school days.  To go to a Go-Go performance in the 80s was a big deal as a teenager in the DC area.  This was taken at the Rare Essence show at Sidwell Friends.  Cardinal rules for picture posing at a Go-Go: (1) there must be a graffiti backdrop or a large fan back wicker chair to sit in or stand around, (2) no smiling allowed and (3) athletic gear is desired attire.  We’ve got that covered.  Now, let’s all Do the Mickey, the Happy Feet or Run Joe.

*Oh snap! A photo a day for 365 days. My 365Project – A daily digital diary.*

Light Headed [165/365]

Last night in over a decade I spent the evening at the Kennedy Center.  The red-carpeted hallways and the dangling lights looked exactly as I remembered them.  I recall my first memory visiting the Kennedy Center was in the late 70s when I saw a screening of the movie The Wiz.  I was convinced then that the giant bronze bust of President Kennedy was made out of cork and I thought aren’t people tempted to throw darts at it to see if they would stick.  Obviously my twisted imagination began early on in my life.

 *Oh snap! A photo a day for 365 days. My 365Project – A daily digital diary.*