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Sounds of the Street

Posted by Aldo Cook Notarandrea on October 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

An afternoon walk in an unknown town led me to a busy intersection where the humidity kept everyone tightly packed in their vehicles. Tucked away in tiny air conditioned carts each in their own little world. I was the only one walking. I drifted through a maze designed by a string of boxes on wheels hogging the pavement. As I approached the traffic light i noticed a couple in an suv. Their foreheads up against each others as they engaged in a deep staring contest of pure bliss which slowly led to their lips touching. just two people enjoying one another in such an intensely passionate manner where every moment seemed to move in slow motion. Looking around to see if anyone was watching, their bodies moved quietly to the side.... Meanwhile, a few vehicles ahead of them, two others made their presence known as they shouted vulgar comments at each other from their cars, out in the open, without an ounce of shame. They seemed proud of their verbal attacks as they struck each other with words that shot out of their bodies fueled by pure anger. the noise they produced rang through the streets like a loud bell, the sound all too familiar and boring.... Suddenly the image of the couple reappeared in my mind and a new song emerged from inside of me. this new song energized and moved my legs in an entirely different manner. ... i was no longer walking but instead i was dancing as my body moved forward.... ... I continued my journey as I removed myself from the traffic to a less congested area of the street leading to a park..... When I reflect back on that moment, if someone were to ask me what I experienced my response would be.. "Love"... because Love is Louder

swagga like..... 2011 remix.

Posted by Aldo Cook Notarandrea on June 3, 2011 at 1:51 AM Comments comments (0)

listen to the video & read the words i wrote



you reached into your soul, unleashing the inner power that drove you this far.

carrying pounds on your back, through the tornadoes, & don't need a fuckin car.

as you walked into a race unaware of the thunder that you would soon taste

savoring the storm eating the fruits & spitting out the waste. 

  a force of nature but your humble to the core, a resurrection of the innocence that led you right through this door.

breathing love while walking straight into the fire, unleashing your heart through the flame that speaks your desire..

about to stand up & make a mark on this planet but won't sit still for a minute because your mind can't stand it.

if your tired of holding in the words you wish to speak tear your heart from your chest,

raise it up like a flag & all your words will leak. nobody has swagga like you, unleash the flame....

speak it loud or whisper your tune, it will all be true


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A Hidden Gem

Posted by Aldo Cook Notarandrea on May 25, 2011 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (1)

a hidden gem

 

born with a twisted elegance

 

shines brightly with a unique intelligence

 

 

for years so many have been unaware

 

of the gem's magnificence; now they stop & stare.

 

 

 

 

Attempting to diagnose every fabric of its being.

 

Unable to understand what it is that they're seeing.

 

no evidence is buried because there is nothing to hide.

 

instead of sleeping in closets, the skeletons   wake up and ride.

 

what may have been a mystery to myself and so many of my peers

 

now seems so different, and there really is nothing to fear.

 

 

the side thats been buried for so long climbs to the surface & breaks out.

 

& is out in the open now so you know what it's about

 

 

its warming up outside as the cold is almost gone.

 revealing a bond that i now see has been alive all along.

 

so If they begin to yell next door & try to provoke a fight

 

 

the world is ours anyway so Let's Light up the Night!

 

 

She Dreams

Posted by Aldo Cook Notarandrea on March 21, 2011 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)
She dreams:  


She dreams:  Of a world where you act the same; whether around your friends or when you're together.


She dreams:  Of a world where your loyalty is always present even during the toughest of times; in any weather.


She dreams: Of a world where you listen when she speaks instead of thinking about what you’re going to say after she’s finished.

She dreams: Of a world where you touch & caress her because you want to, not  because you want something from her.

She dreams: Of a world where you speak to  her when she’s next to you, not just when she’s walking out the door.

She dreams: Of a world where the love grows throughout the years

She dreams: Of a world where she only cries when she's happy so you won't have to  wipe away her tears

She dreams: Of a world where she can say what’s on her mind without worrying if you’ll think it’s about you.

She dreams: Of a world where you bring her 3 when she asks for two.

She dreams: Of a world when you make it about her without anything to do with you.

She dreams: Of a world where she can fly without being guided while being caught if she does fall.

She dreams: Of a love that survives when living miles apart.

She dreams in her sleep, while she’s awake, She dreams with her heart.

She dreams: Of a world

She dreams, she dreams, she dreams,
and then one day she got tired of dreaming & said, I’m going to make this dream a reality today.

Laura Lawson

Posted by Aldo Cook Notarandrea on March 7, 2011 at 11:52 PM Comments comments (0)

    I stumbled upon a blog a little while ago that instantly grabbed my attention the moment I saw it. I checked out her twitter account after I read one of her posts & decided to click the link that she chose to display on her profile. It was her blog entitled “Believing is Seeing” The person I am referring to is Laura Lawson who is an artist & writer from California. Her energy & honest words displayed in each one of her short stories is inspiring to say the least. Laura contributes to a website called http://escapeintolife.com which is dedicated to a friend of hers that she admired. The beautiful art she creates whether through writing or painting displays the passion which she possesses. As I began reading one of her blogs Inoticed the way she sees the bright side of no longer driving a vehicle. She is such a free person really. Sometimes we get caught up in what the world expects of us instead of living the way we want. That blog was so honest because that is the way she really felt. She wasn’t looking at the glass as half full. She poured the liquid into the glass and filled it up. There are so many ways to look at a situation and she brings that to life. Read it and you’ll feel what I’m saying. The one thing that surprised me though was when she considered herself impaired. She does have an eye disease that she says will cause her vision to depreciate over time. That maybe true but there is nothing about this woman that is impaired. Laura’s ability to express herself won her the top vision impaired blog of 2010. Laura’s writing conveys true strength powered by her unfeigned faith & drive to bring those dreams to life. Her genuine personality is so easily felt in her writing & stands out so vividly. Believing is Seeing is “top blog of 2010” material,Period. I’ve met many people who are very successful, have all they need in this world and complain because they don't have enough. There are people who take things for granted in this world everyday. Laura sees the beauty in every single moment of her existence. She realizes that her eye condition may inhibit her in the future but her personality not only enhances her life but the lives of everyone around her. She has the heart and passion that will not stop her regardless of what life throws her way but Iknow that God will have her back and make sure that a miracle happens. I realize that I have no control over this situation but I will with every fiber inside of me pray with kind of intensity of “this has to happen”. She deserves and will have all the tools she needs to live her life to the absolute fullest either way but I have a feeling that she will be rewarded greatly just for being who she is. If you are unfamiliar with Laura Lawson check her out at http://lauralawson.blogspot.com Read her blogs & see for yourself. Nothing will stop her from living her dreams & helping those she loves live their dreams as well. Laura will make her mark whether she uses chalk to create street art, a book that she plans on writing that will help others or painting a piece that will bring tears of joy to peoples faces.  Her art comes from inside of her & pours itself out to the world saying "hello are you ready for me"  I may seem slightly dramatic in what im about to say but,  If I had a wish coming my way i'd trade it any day of the week. i'd use that wish making it certain that she could see perfectly forever; or actually I would just say pass & let the wish go to her instead. I hardly know this person but it doesn't matter; people like Laura Lawson are a gift to this world. A gift to all those that will also be inspired by the work she creates now & in the future. She starts with a blank canvas but as her brush moves she's slowly opening up a window to a place where you can see her dreams. !

Q!

Posted by Aldo Cook Notarandrea on March 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

It's a state of mind

 A combination of moments throughout the years colliding together.

 It's the sharpened awareness of the environment built from wisdom with the innocence remaining.

It's  A spontaneous joyride that leads to unchartered territory opening up a window 4 exploration

 my thoughts roam freely allowing my mind to open up to new experiences.

  these feelings marinate inside leaving a mark that will never be forgotten

I enjoy exotic cuisine  letting my taste buds indulge in all kinds of flavors i haven't tasted before

followed by a trip to a local basketball court where i take jump shots for fun.,

 i  take a walk afterwards to a gallery where i can learn about new treasures that might be found overseas: 

then make my way to a park or even a lake where i can dive in swim around and do the backstroke as i take a break..

 It feels as if i have miles of space even in a small place. 

the ocean exudes a calm yet powerful breeze that is  felt throughout my body.

It's a force that awakens the mind and sets me free as the sound of the water splashes.

I envision my future while I reminisce back to a time where i also felt like this.

the feeling is in the present : genuine and true

this moment is old but yet it is so new

laughter ringing through the air & adults playing as kids all around

my mind is in the clouds when the sand is my ground

my mood is elevated and im taken back to my youth

IM REBORN

 

No matter how fast or slow whatever speed I travel the ocean will go.

Im young again, Im free again,i play however i wish in this sea of imagination.

 

I feel a continuous flow of increased ecstasy relaxing in a place where i can just be me.

I lay down & dream while im awake.  

I picture a jumpshot at the end of a professional basketball game similar to a child in a park

Just a smile on a face and a shot for fun without any desire of adding points.

A love for the sport shining through on a court where normally winning matters so much......

 

 

It's an element that feeds all those around once one begins this amazing domino affect

It's the bliss of a first kiss along with the feeling of a matured romance running through the body.

The aroma of a finely aged wine with a butterfly in the stomach feeling of a playful glance exchanged in the air. 

It's a powerful sensation so genuine and natural

It lives inside and sets off vibes all around

A blend of so many elements like a tree that breeds infinite branches.

It's a feeling that lives inside me and you

so i call it Q

 

 

 

 


Crazy Talk (a little rhyme i wrote) 2011 remix

Posted by Aldo Cook Notarandrea on March 6, 2011 at 2:43 AM Comments comments (0)

The Sound will rock your mind wake you up before its time & make this whole generation get down with my stupid rhyme.  So just sip on your drink whether it's Pabst or A&W and check out the words that im speaking to you.  Try and mimic this feeling and just dance while you walk.  some might say that what i'm spittin is straight crazy talk.  So just do what comes natural and dance while you walk and sing along to this flow, cause its straight Crazy Talk.

Chorus:  Now thats crazy talk, thats crazy talk....  what what what what......  thats crazy talk thats crazy talk what what what, U Know!

 

now keep movin..... So as i continue just relaxin and writing this song, im feeling alright keepin you up until the clock strikes dawn.  there is no rationality to this rhyme that i speak..  I just open my mind and let these words leak...... from my brain to this blog that I deliver to you.  I'm crazy talking all night until the day is through.

Don't analyze this song because it makes no sense.  It's just some words that rhyme to kill some time nonetheless.  and if you could hear the beat that is kickin in my head you'd be jammin to this "crazy talk" until you're ready for bed.

so just turn on the music and let the jams rock all night long.   

while i finish this whole damn crazy talk song.  

so let the rhythm move you and dance while you walk cause you're hearing the flow that i call "Crazy Talk"

chrous: Now that's crazy talk, that's crazy talk, that's crazy talk......  (fade away)  WHAT, What, what

Now that's crazy talk.      UUUUUU knowwwww!

Now that was the first verse written in 2008... one day in the month of May while i was chillin in the Cape.  right after i met bunny and skippy, my two roomates. they moved into my crib & just took over... but those rabbits are luckier than a 4 leaf clover. but now its 2011 and im writing part 2, crazy talk,is what its about & im bringing it to you.  for those who don't know and are meeting me for the first time...  im known for creating wild and ridiculous rhymes....   so random that it hits you like a raindrop, on a day with no clouds in the sky and no it won't stop.  i come from all angles, different directions at various wind speeds, crazy talk is what im singing and yes this rhyme amuses me.  just another drop in the bucket, something that will cease the drama for a minute, cause people to  rock out and jam to a different kind of vibe, Ya Dig it..... so instead of flipping a quarter, just toss up a dime; whether heads or tails  its still crazy talk time.

this song is neverending and next year you may see the video...... it's crazy talk that will find its way into the studio....  


so grab a smoothie, start sippin & dance while you walk.  cause this shit that im spittin is straight crazy talk.

chorus:  Now that's crazy talk, that's crazy talk, that's crazy talk........

(fade away)  WHAT What what

Now that's Crazy Talk....  U KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

 


now keep it movin...

If I started break dancing in the mall; that's crazy talk.  then stand up, spin around,  finish up with the moon walk.

until i reached the pizza place where people would think im crazy..  i'd just look at them, smile & order a slice with pepperoni.

or maybe even two & hand one to the lady walking by.

She'd probably say, that's odd.  who the hell is that guy. 

 cause i love doing things for absolutely new reason.  i may just have  to proclaim this Crazy Talk Season. 


from Connecticut to Maine, Humboldt to San Antonio, even in Provo they're all feelin my flow. 

so just listen to the beat and dance while you walk.  cause this shit that im spittin is straight crazy talk.

chorus:  Now that's crazy talk, that's crazy talk, that's crazy talk........

(fade away)  WHAT What what

Now that's Crazy Talk....  U KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

 







Treehouse

Posted by Aldo Cook Notarandrea on February 23, 2011 at 1:34 PM Comments comments (0)

I felt a mood that i haven't experienced in a long time.  A relaxed mind state, at ease as i walked down the street.  I glanced over and saw an old house that looked as if it hadn't been occupied for several years.  There was a rope swing in the back yard & an old treehouse.  I could hear the children inventing new games to play.  Their imagination running wild as they created new ideas  of how they were going to use the tree house.  The rope swing was also a part of their new adventure and their excitement continuously escalated as the afternoon moved on.  They invented their own world where anything was possible & their minds were full of life. Nothing deterred them from their mission because the only thing that existed was that moment. 


-Explore the world with the imaginative mind of a child & your life will be limitless

Stars

Posted by Aldo Cook Notarandrea on February 1, 2011 at 6:04 PM Comments comments (0)


1minute the world may not make any sense, i analyze, i debate, i search for answers..but when i clear my head & embrace the thoughts that made me who i am a revitalizing vibe takes over.. Instead of searching I explore my mind & all of a sudden the song that played for awhile shifts into an unfamiliar but pleasurable sound...

answers can be silent... the stars shine and sometimes that's all that is necessary  to get through.... we sometimes look for answers in the form of words or signs that stand out... but  the answers are all around us & inside of us too.... in the sky or the wind that brushes against our face.... silent, but potent... quiet and true... this is living. anything that may have prevented this feeling  @1 point is gone.

 

 



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