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
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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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Carved Confession [259/365]

Purple Iris SignThis proclamation of adoration is attached to a bench that sits facing the Pacific Ocean in the sleepy town of Cambria, CA.  It’s my favorite place to sit and meditate during my PCH drive between San Francisco and Los Angeles. I love to think of the person who placed the plaque and the person being honored.

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