"...you have no idea!!!"


Monday, April 13, 2004

Hey, what's going on? As you probably already know by now, my name is Sarah-Jane Thomas, and I sing. If you've been to www.royaltrecords.com, you probably know a lot about the business/musician side. Like you may know that I'm the owner of Royal-T Records, an indie label in the DC Metro Area. You may know where I perform and our upcoming projects. However, you may not know the weird little things that make up Sarah, like that I became a vegetarian when I was 8 (long story, don't ask!) or that I can make my eyeballs twitch one at a time. Well, for starters, let's begin playing 20 questions with a little survey courtesy of>www.forwardgarden.com, one of my favorite online pasttimes (I drive my friends crazy with these!) P.S. If you're a fool for these too, go ahead and send one back to us at Royaltrecords@aol.com. We'd love to hear about you.

1. If you could afford it at the moment, you would buy: a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, a Ford Mustang, a Triton Keyboard, a house, and some stocks
2. Something you don't have a lot of: time
3. Three traits you look for in a friend: kindness, sense of humor, tact
4. Who/What makes you happy: love
5. Emotion you hide most: fear
6. When you are angry you need: to sleep
7. Something someone can say or do that you find extremely attractive: confidence
8. Something someone can say or do that you find unattractive: be arrogant
9. Two things appealing about people: honesty and being true to yourself
10. A personality trait you find appealing: sense of humor
11. DO you have a bf if yes who? Maybe, maybe not...for me to know and you to find out (maybe)
12. If you had more time alone you would: sleep more
13. If you had more patience you would: probably be less stressed
14. If you had no committments what would you be doing: finding something productive to do with my time
15. If you could have one super power what would it be: the ability to say the right thing at the right time
16. If you could start all over.... I don't know if I would.
17. Favorite song: Beauty by Dru Hill
18. Favorite artists: Aaliyah, TLC, Sade, Stevie Wonder just to name a few
19. Sports to watch/play: I don't really watch sports too much, but I play a little basketball and soccer during my free time, as well as do a little hip hop, tap, break and belly dancing
20. Any parting words: I'm tired. I'll holla at you all later.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004, 1:00 p.m.

What's going on people? Today is kinda regular. Ya know, same old same old. I'm chillin here in the computer lab between my Geology and Biology classes with Samantha, also from Royal-T (more about Samantha). Today, I'm studying really hard for this test called Praxis that I'm taking in order to get a teacher certification. I'm nervous, but sure that everything will go fine.
The semester's winding down, and I'm really looking forward to recording some more. I'm working on this new song called "Crazy", that I think will be off the chain. So far, I've got the instrumental just about done, and it's really promising.
Also, I'm really looking forward to doing our three-on-three tournament we have planned for the end of May. For more information about that, click here to check that out. I'm currently working on that website, and it's moving along.
I'm about to start working on my album of Haitian songs, but I have to do that after the Praxis. I'll write more about it later.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004, 4:00 p.m.

Today has been a trip and a half! And I thought it was going to be boring...lol. Minutes after doing my last update, I found out that Cdbaby.com, a site where I sell my record, got me hooked up to Tower Records, and they're selling my CD there, too!

Also, I got two very interesting e-mails today. First, a man who has done work with Erykah Badu contacted me for possible collaboration, and secondly, another Howard alum and I may do some work together for choreography.

In addition, I'm going to try to get hooked up to perform for Spring Fling at one of my schools, and finally, they're going to write about me in that school newspaper. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Friday, April 16, 5:48 p.m.

Alright alright, y'all. Today is kinda stressful. I'm studying for the Praxis II test, that will let me teach elementary school in the Fall, and the test is tomorrow morning! I'm kinda stressed, but kinda chillin at the same time because the practice tests went smoothly.

One very big thing is that Suzy, a journalist from the UK, has posted an interview on me on her website, Eclectic Wisdom! Check it out when you've got the chance, and give Suzy props on her guestbook as you stop by.

In other news, I'm looking for something to do this summer...bout to try my hand at acting if I can, but I'm definitely trying to set up a mini-tour. I just bought this book from Borders about setting up tours...I'll let you all know if it's any good.

Well, much studying is to be done, so I'm about to go. I'll post about how the Praxis went next time.

Monday, April 19, 1:17 p.m.

I've got a new gig :) Check me out on June 24, 2004 at Grog and Tankard at 8 p.m. sharp! The Praxis went well this weekend. Now that I have that off my hands, I need to finish papers and finals for this semester. Afterwards, I'm going to start recording my Haitian Songs cd and finish up with Saranade. This summer is going to be really hectic. I need to start planning now, because I'm going to kick off a radio promotion campaign in Philly, VA Beach, Baltimore, Washington, and Atlanta, and that's just for starters. In addition, we've got our 3-on-3 basketball tournament coming up on May 29, 2004. The list goes on and on.

Other artists on our label are going to start on their solo projects when the semester's over. Also, we're going to be doing some work with Lewie in the UK, a talented techno artist.

Finally, I'm going to start trying to tour in the above listed cities. Whew! I'm tired even thinking about it. Holla back, woo woo!

Monday, May 12, 5:31 a.m.

This isn't the best week. This weekend was very nice...I went to Philly and Pittsburgh to hang out with my sister-in-law's parents and to go to my friend's wedding, but when I got back, things were crazy. Sorry I haven't written in a while, by the way, but finals have been killing me!
Anyway, so last Friday I get a flat tire on the road. Sunday I lose my keys. Monday I lose my mind. Tuesday I lose my will to do anything.
Long story, so I won't get into everything that happened, so I'm going to leave it alone.
Oh well, I'll try and sleep it off. Good news is that I wrote 2 new songs out of my experiences this week, one of them called Mr. E. and the other one I don't have a title for yet.
But let me backtrack for a minute. Last week, I went to the Future of Music policy summit and met some really great people. From now on, I'm going to try and go to more events like this, because I see just how valuable they are to an artist's career.
I am so tired. I guess it's time for me to go back to sleep. Alright, well I will holla at you all later.

Monday, July 26, 2004, 6:00 a.m.

Today I was waken from my sleep by my radio alarm. Usually, that's not enough to do it. I usually keep leaning over, smacking the snooze button, and going back to sleep for an hour or so. But, today was different.

The alarm went off at 6:00 sharp, tuned to some random station that I never usually listen to. What the announcer said shocked the hell out of me.

"Seven years ago," this little girl took a picture with Hillary Clinton at her school. "But today, she's dead."

At first, I thought it was a bad dream, but as these words roused me from my slumber, I realized it was true. It turns out this girl was shot over the weekend in a drive-by in NE Washington DC. We've lost yet another kid due to violence from other kids.
Even though the shooting was supposedly unintentional, that doesn't excuse what's going on. The Washington Post reports that although the homicide rate is down in the District, the rate of youth homicides has skyrocketed. We have already matched the number of children being killed from all of 2003, and we're only a little past halfway done with this year. I really hope this is not a trend that continues.
It's like every week I'm driving to school or work in the morning, I hear about something else tragic that happened that weekend. A kid got shot on Wednesday, as a matter of fact, and today it's just Monday.

I clearly remember when 8-year-old Chelsea was shot through her window. I wanted to do something, but I didn't know what to do. I still don't know what to do.

Right after the news, I had to turn my TV on to give me some peace of mind. Usher's Burn was on VH1, and Kanye West's Jesus Walks was on MTV. I had to go with Kanye for the mood I was in. That song, although talking about a Christian Jesus, can probably touch anyone if they apply it to their own personal set of beliefs. It's true, we are living in a twisted world. A very sad world at that.

So now it's 6:30 and I still can't sleep. I may as well work on some homework. The teacher training will be finished this week, so I'm kinda excited about that. I get my classroom in less than a month. The music will still be going on, so don't worry.
I better go now so I can finish up this homework, but I'll try and write back soon and not take 2 months to do it this time.

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