Latrice McGlothin

Songwriter/Recording Artist/Performer

#Throwback Thursday

Having sisters means you always have back up  --unknown

Hello everyone,

When I saw this quote, I just started shaking my head as I recall all of the funny, crazy, serious, heart wrenching & life saving moments that it rings true.

 Val's graduation from Stanford

Val's graduation from Stanford

My sisters were my first and remain my best friends. 

Learn to love, celebrate, have mercy on, extend grace, care for one another and forgive each other.

Ciao!

Latrice

#WisdomWednesday - Why fit in? Stand out!

Hi Everyone,

Today I saw this quote and was reminded of my childhood spending many nights reading Dr. Seuss books, dreaming dreams of tall tales and great feats. Enjoying the fun colorful characters, wonderful quirky humor and unforgettable cadence of rhyme woven throughout.

 Great Dr. Seuss Quote

Great Dr. Seuss Quote

Plain and simple "be yourself".  Somewhere in between childhood and adult life, our journey can overwhelm and tempt us to care about "what we look like", "who likes us", "if I am ______ enough" and a zillion other obstacles....At the end of the day Who really cares?

You may need to hone your craft, go back to school, stand in your truth and/or be rejected many times as you pitch your idea(s) but don't look back or conform because no one can see your vision.  When YOU believe it then you can see it.

Ciao!

Latrice

 

 

 

Happy Father's Day - A Day of love and memories

Hello everyone,

This weekend we celebrate Father's Day. Time for the funny macaroni cards, ugly ties, best dad mugs and homemade breakfast from the kids.  For many the love, joy and laughter will ring true for many hours. This is how it was all of my life - me, my parents, my siblings, my niece & nephew and any other family/friends that would join us.

Before Father's Day, we would have family discussions and decide who would be getting what for Dad because he was very, very particular. 

  • Nike Air Force Ones low top black
  • Royal Copenhagen cologne
  • Pocket squares
  • Button up shirt with a collar and short sleeves
  • Solid colored t-shirts  preferably Calvin Klein
  • Fashionable jeans, wide legged and extra long for a cuff

 

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This year, will be the first year that we don't have Dad and to be honest, I feel a bit lost.  I have wanted to gear up my goodies or make reservations at Red Lobster but then I remember that he has transitioned. 

It's a sobering fact that makes me emotional, it is painful and still unbelievable.  Yet the good times shine through and I have found myself giggling about the fun times, the crazy antics of my siblings and reflecting on what a blessing it is to be Vernon Wilkinson's daughter, the lessons he taught, the wisdom he shared and the generosity he exhibited are felt by many.

 

Not a day goes by that I don't get tearful thinking of him but man, what a lucky girl I am to have been raised by him. 

If you still have your Dad with you, give him a big hug and tell him that I send my greetings.

Happy Father's Day Daddy!

Ciao!

Latrice 

What are you waiting for?

Hello everyone,

Are you living your best life?  Reaching your goals? Daring to dream?  If not, what are you waiting for?  Life has complications, time is not going to slow down, there will be rejection, the kids may have come expectantly, there will be sacrifice but.....you can do it! 

  • No matter how old or young you are. 
  • No matter how many times it has not worked before. 
  • No matter if no one believes you.
  • No matter if you have no money to kick it off 
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Please trust and believe that I am talking to myself as well as you.  The thought that keeps ringing in my ears is "Use what you have", so I am listening and doing with this plan:

  • Pray
  • Form a creative team
  • Write new songs
  • Ask for help
  • Stop allowing "done" to be the enemy of "perfect"
  • Create a monthly calendar with tasks that includes steps to reach the goal
  • Execute the tasks
  • Take time to celebrate small victories
  • Forgive myself and extend grace when I don't feel like I am winning or have done well
  • Move out of the way for God to work

What about you? It's time to go for it.  What are you doing to reach your dreams and goals?

It's Time, let's go!

Ciao!

Latrice

Stevie Wonder: My Cherie Amour is Released on May 31, 1969

Hello Everyone,

You know that I am beaming as I share this bit of history.  On May 31, 1969, My Cherie Amour written by Stevie Wonder, Sylvia Moy and Hank Cosby was released.  Story has it that the song was original titled "Oh My Marsha" for an ex-girlfriend of Stevie's but after the break-up he kept the song and changed the lyrics to My Cherie Amour and aren't we glad he did.

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I really enjoy the lighthearted feel, sense of longing and innocence of the song.

La la la la la la, la la la la la la
My cherie amour, lovely as a summer day
My cherie amour, distant as the milky way
My cherie amour, pretty little one that I adore
You're the only girl my heart beats for
How I wish that you were mine

In a cafe or sometimes on a crowded street
I've been near you, but you never noticed me
My cherie amour, won't you tell me how could you ignore
That behind that little smile I wore
How I wish that you were mine

La la la la la la, la la la la la la
La la la la la la, la la la la la la
Maybe someday, you'll see my face amoung the crowd
Maybe someday, I'll share your little distant cloud
Oh, cherie amour, pretty little one that I adore
You're the only girl my heart beats for
How I wish that you were mine

La la la la la la, la la la la la la
La la la la la la, la la la la la la

Take a look at a 1969 video of My Cherie Amour

Nostalgia, gotta love it.  Thank you Stevie for such an amazing song.

Ciao!

Latrice

Choose a job you love #Tuesdayvibe

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.  --Confucius

 

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Hello Everyone,

Over the past few days I have really been thinking about this and feel very fortunate that my 9 - 5 rather 8-6 has strong components of community service, philanthropy and meeting the needs of others.  Recently at a Scholarship awards, I had the honor to perform with Harvey Estrada and his Ensemble from Compton College. 

What about you???...Are you doing what you love?  If not, take time to consider how you can coordinate your passion and your career.

How are you combining your career with your passion?

Ciao,

Latrice

 

#Monday Motivation - Start Where You Are

Hey Everyone,

So the reminder that has chased me for more than a year as I have been writing, creating and performing is "Use What You Have".  Use what I have...ok, looking around at quick glance I see that have new songs, old and new CDs to sell, my voice, my car, my hubby, my home and my friends, family & contacts. 

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Simply put, this is where I will focus for the next 30 days.  I will do what I can with what I have.  How about you?  What are you going after?  Let's encourage one another with our progress.

Ciao!

Latrice

 

Happy Mother's Day

To the world, you are a mother. To our family, you are the world.

 

Hello everyone,

I am so excited that this weekend is Mother's Day, an opportunity to treat, encourage and remember the mothers and mother figures in our lives.

Being the oldest of 5 children, I have a special, fun and unique relationship with my mom Lois.  Coming from a large family in Milwaukee herself, my mom instilled faith, family and fashion into each of her children along with the many cousins and friends that found a way to sleepover on any given evening.

To celebrate and honor cool, fun and hip moms like mine, here is my Mother's Day playlist:

1. Song for Mama by Boys II Men

2. I'll Always Love My Mama by the Intruders

3. Dear Mama by 2 Pac 

4. Brick house by the Commodores

5. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler

6. Bad Mama Jama by Carl Carlton

7. Outstanding by the Gap Band

8. My Girl by the Temptations

Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful mothers, aunties, godmothers, grandmothers, sisters, big mommas, m'dears and a special Mother's to my Mommy - Ms. Pokei!  I love you

Ciao!

Latrice