Leah Nobel – “Coffee Sunday NYT”.

Hey people! 🙂

Today I’d like to introduce you to Leah Nobel’s music – if you haven’t known her before, that is. – I haven’t until just a few weeks ago. Leah is from Phoenix, AZ.

What caught my attention about her is that she seems to be a really interesting person, with a lot of ideas, a lot of sides to her personality, and – yes – a lot of projects. Aside from creating music under her own name, she also has an alter ego – Hael – making more electronic music, and as Hael her music has been featured in quite a few ad campaigns for different companies, like Apple, Motorola and Toyota. She is also known as a rapper under the name of Lil Cheesecake. I like versatile people and this is a pretty wide spectrum of musical interests!

But what I find even more interesting is what she did last year. She interviewed 100 people from all walks of life, and used it as a material for her new album – “Running In Borrowed Shoes”. I like to listen to people, I like stories about people, and even more so I like to people watch and observe people and the dynamics between them, and I found that such an intriguing idea! Rather than focusing on herself, her own feelings, thoughts, interests, which would be totally fine and justifiable since it’s her album and her artistic expression, she decided to become a voice for all those people, and to inspire herself with their stories. Definitely an interesting source of inspiration and I guess not all that common in the songwriting world. I like interesting lyrics, or even just lyrics with interesting backgrounds. Leah says that it is a “‘hybrid creative endeavor’ combining journalism, empathy, advocacy and music. I really like the idea of such a combination, especially the empathy and advocacy part because you don’t normally think about them in conjunction with music even though they could complement each other so well, and I also like the results of this combination.

The song I want to share with you comes from that same 2019 album, and is all about having time for yourself, self-care, even self-pampering or maybe even laziness, being alone with yourself and chilling. I really like it and the vibe of it itself really makes you feel more chilled out.

Question of the day.

What is the most important thing a person can do to improve themselves?

My answer:

Another hard one… Umm, a person? Every person? I think it’s hard to find a thing which all the people could do to improve themselves as we all have so different qualities… and so different values so what’s important to me doesn’t necessarily have to be important to you.

But the first thing I thought about was to become more empathetic. Most of us, unless severely hurt in childhood or having some conditions like brain damages, are empathetic to a varying degree, but I think also most of us could make more use of it or improve our empathy. I think it’s often that when we do something we know is good for us it sometimes happens that we tend to think so much about advantages which we will have of it, that we might not see other people who may be also influenced by our decisions and won’t benefit from them or may even feel hurt. Sometimes we feel emotional, arguing with someone or something like this and our emotions change our view on things. We see our feelings first and then other people’s and we often say things that may be hurtful for them just because we feel hurt. We know they will feel pain and it isn’t necessary to hurt them, but we don’t try to feel how it would be to be in their situation.

I think if we tried to imagine possibly exactly how a person may feel when we do something, or how would we feel being in their shoes, we would do much less hurtful things to people and maybe even start to do more nice things to them. Of course too extreme empathy isn’t good either, but I feel like most of us would benefit if we tried to improve this quality in us. And it would be definitely a big self improvement.

What is such thing in your opinion?