'My Kind of Love' - Tessanne Chin Cover on The Voice Season 5 @tessanne #LastNight
I am speechless! In Peru. Have no NBC, and this has made it to YouTube already. Thanks YOUCHUUUBE!! Tessanne Chin is channeling emotion from a serious place. I seriously was near to shedding a tear, because as short as this performance was it again possessed such excellent use of melody, dynamic and range. With the experience and talent Tessanne has honed over the years, she really will be difficult to beat. #TeamTessanne. Really phenomenal!
#MEExposed: Hail Campion Hail - It’s been way too long.
So Wednesday, October 30, 2013 I had the pleasure of speaking to the 6th formers of my Alma mater, Campion College, about following their dreams, believing in, and finding their authentic selves. I always hear people talking about how much you learn when you teach, and the experience felt almost more enlightening to me than it may have been for them.
The fountain now in the middle of the Courtyard, which in my day was the staff parking lot. This is a much better touch. There are a few coins in there too.
Firstly it was just lots of fun. The students were well-behaved, cool, asked awesome questions and were very willing to participate. There were at least 70 persons in the room, and to be honest I had no idea when they congregated in the lecture room, but they were there to see me, and I thank them for coming out. Who is this Mario Evon dude anyway, and why should we come listen to him? That’s the question I probably would have asked if I were them, but somehow they were curious enough to come and stay, irrespective of whatever I was about to offer.
After my introduction, and telling my story, I sang John Legend’s ‘All of Me’, which was well-received, then launched into my recap. I would say this recap summed up many of the things I have learned about life thus far, and wished someone had told me a long time ago. It also summed up the essence of some of what I wanted them to go home with. So here goes:
Remember what it is that makes you smile and feel fulfilled all the time.
Get involved, because the relationships you build now are some that will last for the rest of your lifetime, and you never know who may open a door for you in the future.
Once you find your love, chase it fearlessly and without shame. - Only you will truly know what you love. Knowledge of self is key. This doesn’t happen overnight.
Do your research - Especially as Jamaicans we must ensure that we don’t feel limited by anything that we don’t have here. There is always a way - Scholarships, grants…Google it.
Don’t let others define you, but be open to constructive criticism.
Have great vision & ambition.
Be practical - Do what you love but sometimes you may have to do other things to get to that ultimate love, and don’t frown on those steps inbetween.
Be patient - Anything you love will require hard work and not occur overnight.
Define your own success. Too many times our success is determined by external people and factors.
Work hard but enjoy the journey. Discipline/Drive/Determination are key, and celebrate small successes.
Be supportive and kind to others - Your talent will only take you so far. You, the package, will take you much further. Karma is real.
Don’t be afraid to fail - “Failure often does that for people. It reawakens us to who we really are and to what we truly want, and it shakes us out of complacency.” - Robin Sharma, ‘The Surfer, The Saint & The CEO.”
Don’t take this moment for granted. Be grateful for what you have - There is someone dying to be in your shoes right now.
It’s all about the journey, not the destination.
On my request for ‘Crazy Faces’ this is what we came up with.
This was followed by more and more singing, and one of my new Campion crew, Maria (aka Big singa Maria) came down to share a song too. How ironic she had the feminine version of my name. She will be big one day…I’m calling it.
M.E. & Maria
After this came the school tour by Ms. Katie Stewart (my old Bio teacher and friend). Everything was so different from my days, but thankfully in an amazingly good way. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, and I wish I had old pics to show you real comparisons. Check out more pics on my Facebook Fan Page at this link —-> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151694490126962.1073741829.16497476961&type=3
Brick is definitely more friendly than the asphalt of the old days.
It was just a really great experience and I thank Alexis Goffe and Katie Stewart for making it happen, and I really can’t wait to be back.
Katie & I. We haven’t aged a day, lol.
Hail Campion Hail! It really had been too long.
'Tight Skirt' - Samantha J on #YouTube