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Monday, May 13, 2013

MONDAY MORNING MELODY: SIMPLY FALLING BY IYEOKA IVIE OKOAWO


Singer/poet Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo not only has an incredibly silky and commanding voice, but her story is unrivaled its unusual trajectory. A Nigerian-American poet, TED fellow, and activist, Iyeoka began her adult life as a pharmacist before shifting focus to her art and launching into the music world. In her voice you may hear traces of Amy Winehouse and Lauren Hill, crooning equally catchy hits, but like both of those influences it’s her versatility and real artistic prowess that makes Iyeoka stand out in a sea of divas. How many pop stars out there also do slam poetry and teach workshops on tapping into your inner goddess?
In this song, “Simply Falling”, off her latest album SAY YES, Iyeoka describes the pain and pleasure of falling in love, all with the style of a 1940′s jazz nightclub…
There goes my heart again
All of this time I thought we were pretending
Nothing looks the same when your eyes are open
Now you’re playing these games to keep my heartbeat spinning
You show me love, you show me love
You show me everything my heart is capable of
You reshape me like butterfly origami

You have broken into my heart
This time I feel the blues have departed
Nothing can keep me away from this feeling
I know I am simply falling for you

I’m taking time to envision where your heart is
And justify why you’re gone for the moment
I tumble sometimes, looking for sunshine
And you know this is right when you look into my eyes
You show me love, you show me love
You show me everything my heart is capable of
And now I can’t break away from this fire that we started

You have broken into my heart
This time I feel the blues have departed
Nothing can keep me away from this feeling
I know I am simply falling for you

There my heart goes again
In your arms I’m falling deeper
And there’s nothing to break me away from this
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