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Compositions & Coffee Presents: "Creative Soul Digest"





It's A Vibe!


Friday has arrived!!!!!!!! There's no greater feeling than making it to the end of your weekday/ work day! How we doing family? I wish you all nothing but rest, relaxation, and joy over the next few days! I was reflecting on one of my childhood songs that truly rocked my world and made me sing it with my chest! Haha! I’ll give you a hint….”I love the average girl in the….?” That’s right Video by India Arie. I was blessed with my introduction to this amazing powerhouse and spiritual leader by my sister-in-law when I was 11-12 years old. One of my very clear recollections of this song was belting it out in the car with her while she switched the name India Arie with Danica. She held my hand and looked right at me as if this song was written for you. Yes folks, true story.

This song was so beautifully and perfectly written as an uplifting, self-love, black girl anthem-song and it is overlooked for it’s true power and intention. This song is one I still hold onto, to this day to lift me out of whatever funk of self-doubt or ugly girl feelings I may be feeling. It reminds me that true love of self is seeing the flaws as beautiful pieces of what make me, ME. I think our young girls need more songs like this. Soo today….I will have the link to the song next and the lyrics below to follow so you can see the powerful words and take in it’s true intention. Feel the vibe of this song and we will discuss after. Happy listening friends…







Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don't Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won't Depend on how the wind blows I might even paint my toes It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul
I'm not the average girl from your video And I ain't built like a supermodel But I learned to love myself unconditionally Because I am a queen I’m not the average girl from your video My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes No matter what I'm wearing I will always be India.Arie
When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me Every freckle on my face is where it's suppose to be And I know my creator didn't make no mistakes on me My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I'm loving what I see
I'm not the average girl from your video And I ain't built like a supermodel But I learned to love myself unconditionally Because I am a queen I’m not the average girl from your video My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes No matter what I'm wearing I will always be India.Arie
Am I less of a lady if I don't wear panty hose My momma said a lady ain't what she wears but what she knows. But I've drawn the conclusion, it's all an illusion Confusion's the name of the game A misconception, a mass deception, Something gotta change
Now don't be offended this is all my opinion Ain't nothing that I'm saying law This is a true confession Of a life learned lesson I was sent here to share with y'all So get in where you fit in Go on and shine Clear your mind Now's the time Put your salt on the shelf Go on and love yourself Cause everything's gonna be alright
I'm not the average girl from your video And I ain't built like a supermodel But I learned to love myself unconditionally Because I am a queen I’m not the average girl from your video My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes No matter what I'm wearing I will always be India.Arie
Keep your fancy drink, and your expensive minks I don't need that to have a good time Keep your expensive cars and your caviar All I need is my guitar
Keep your crystal and your pistol I'd rather have a pretty piece of crystal Don't need you silicone, I prefer my own What god gave me is just fine
I'm not the average girl from your video And I ain't built like a supermodel But I learned to love myself unconditionally Because I am a queen I’m not the average girl from your video My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes No matter what I'm wearing I will always be India.Arie


YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!! I hope you felt that breath of life in your soul! It’s such an empowering song of just pure acknowledgment of one’s self, confidence, self-worth. Ah, the power of knowing who YOU ARE and what you need and don’t, what you will put up with and what you will not!! *sigh*

The joy of self-love! How we feeling everyone? I know everyone sings their song but inserts their name. Haha. As I’ve gotten older I appreciated some of the deeper meanings of this song at a different level. I love when she says, "of a life learned lesson," because loving every inch of you is a life learned lesson. We constantly battle negative images and criticism everyday it’s true warfare we rage against who we know and love versus what they want us to be. I also love the, " put the “salt on the shelf go on and love yourself cause everything’s gonna be alright. Hilarious!! Don’t be salty Sis, over someone else, love yourself, and you’re gonna be alright. How many times have you felt salty over someone else’s looks?! I rejoice in other’s beauty and have taught myself to have patience if I want to get there but I’m beautiful as I am. Man, the pressure society make!

My other new appreciated line is, “I’d rather have a pretty piece of crystal.” Know this if you know nothing else about Sister India, she is a spiritual warrior!!! She’d rather keep crystals around her to repel negative energy, remind of self love, and promote over all well-being and joy! *mic drop*

Ya, she’s a boss! I aspire to be at her level of self-actualization one day! Any other favorite lines?

Of course, we all know the feeling of “sometimes I shave my legs sometimes, I don’t” and “ depending on how the wind blows I might even paint my toes.” This is life!! We do it for our own joy and self-care, not for the pleasing of others! *sigh*

WE LOVE YOU INDIA ARIE!!


Now, this is such a treasure for our black girls, ladies, women. I need someone to create a dope self-love song for our brothers. Especially, starting as boys all the way up to young men. I’m not saying this song cannot be for them, but, I do feel we can make something that encourages our young brothers to start loving themselves at a young age and to continue that love and respect for themselves and their counterparts (women). If there is a song PLEASE put me on folks!



Alright beautiful people! I hope this song reminded you of how truly beautiful and amazing you are my Brown Queens! Share this song with your little princesses today to remind them they define what it means to be beautiful everyday! I have recommendations for you to check out below! Show some love to Eclectuals for all the amazing thing this Queen is doing to inspire and uplift our kids!

Enjoy the day and have a wonderful weekend! See you back here for more!


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