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Bumi Thomas

We met Bumi Thomas purely by fate.

Lost in the dark of the night on a recent trip to London we searched for the flat of our next interview.
Bumi was the only person in sight when we asked her where the address was and she coyly replied , “I think I know who you are looking for (with a smile we would soon recognize) follow me…” it turned out Bumi was the assistant to the subject we were searching for.

Check- out another song, “Mother Tongue” 

Bumi, your music is a gift to the world and it likely was exactly at the stroke of midnight you surprised us with your voice one night.

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True Love Is…

A favourite question in our interviews with answers cut straight from the heart. 

Adam Cohen-  A state, a place, a noun a verb, the most beautiful word that you ever heard- A line from Hallelujah, Jesus and Buddha, love is a faded sign that you don’t see sometimes. 

Hozier-  Something tangible & real – to love someone as a human being

MAY- I believe that true love is honest, unwavering and immortal.

Marcus Foster- True Love is… Hard to find.

Caitlin Crosby- SERVICE. Selfless. Sacrifice

Brandon Malone- Loving someone right where their at, while inspiring one another to be more.

Ben Rothbard- Empowering the one you love.

Rayland Baxter- – True Love is… true Love is… a couple walking around their neighborhood after dinner hoLding hands and wanting nothing but each other… true Love is a huge fight… true Love is what the worLd and all her inhabitants are born with… its a feeLing that i cant expLain… its the most speciaL type of excitement.

Nicholas & the Pessimistics- When you would rather have a bad day with someone over a good day without them.

JP Maurice- For Lovers

Yamir- Understanding, trust, valuing one another, and passion.

Mick Evans- Anything you can’t give up.

Andrew Maxwell Morris- Knowing that you are safe and with someone who completes you in every way. Like a blanket but a very comfy one!

Dave Cheetham- Something everyone one deserves and no one should have to settle for less.

Devin Cuddy- Hard to find, but out there, its a journey not a destination.

Zane Carney- A choice that has become fearlessly unconditional.

Matt Costa- A bottle of Brandy and a good guitar.

Lenka- It’s everywhere. Just let it in.

Francesca Tamellini- Painful

David Newberry- Irresistable

Blue Sky Miners- A myth. Love is all around.

Poor Remy- “True love” now that we’re reading it seems kind of redundant. When you find truth, you find love. I think thats true with anything. Thats why love is so powerful, cause its true. 

Augustines- There are many kinds of love. A mother’s, a friends’, a lover, a wife’s, a brother’s.  True love?  Probably being connected with the life you are living, the actual life.  Not the life that is purchased or justified from the outside.

Griffin House- I honestly do not know.  That’s not a sexy answer, I know.  But it’s honest.  I should go look up “love” in the dictionary. That in and of it’s self would be an act of love, to me. Trying to find a proper definition is a great place to begin. I do know this.  I think I have had a bit of an incorrect definition of true love for most of my life. I think we look to other people to fill a big void in ourselves and we think that if we meet “the one” that we’ll feel happy forever and life will be wonderful.  But I don’t think that’s love, I think that is using another person to make yourself feel good.  The closest thing I could maybe venture to say is that true love is unconditional.

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Marty McConnell – Chicago

Marty McConnell – her poetry, readings and interpretations leave you feeling inspired and lost in thought from another time and place – yet she remains ever so relevant today. A true inspiration as she pushes the boundaries of the imagination and leaves you feeling it is perfectly alright to dream.
She became an unknown legend with her poem ‘Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell’ – a brilliant look through the eyes of a woman in angst yet never more sure of what she needs.

Inspiring women around the world with her honest revelations in 2016.

MARTY MCCONNELL

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Interview: Adam Cohen at Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh, Scotland

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By: Kristina Marie Ross

I can’t say I’ve ever gone into an interview process feeling natural or at an advantage of ease. Most of the time, I find myself more nervous than that of when I’m being interviewed by a prospective employer. To interview a person, based on themselves as a person or themselves as an artist, is a lot more intimidating than most would think. When you’re an artist, you know who you are and you know what you want to deliver in speech (or at least some other creative medium) All you truly have to do is answer questions you should already know the answer to.

So this time around, it felt unusual not to feel nerves as I entered the double doors belonging to Edinburgh’s backstreet Voodoo Rooms. Along the cobbled streets dusted with snow and the strange hispanic man who followed me for the last block there, I removed my winter coat and took my seat at the bar. Again, this sensation of calm was strange to me. I didn’t understand why after such a hiatus of not interviewing anyone, I didn’t feel an ounce of doubt. This isn’t to say I felt any particular or new found confidence, perhaps it just hadn’t sunk in that I was actually about to meet with a man of such prominence and creative respect. 

I guess I’d better get myself started and write about Adam Cohen. Well, it’s fairly obvious that Adam’s surname may well ring a bell with most of you. Yes, his father is Leonard Cohen. Yes, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winning Leonard Cohen. Adam is the offspring of this lyrically gifted man. But allow me to make one thing very clear about the article which I am about to write – I am not here to talk about Leonard Cohen. No. I am here to talk about Adam. You see, Adam is also a musician and I believe it’s only fair that this fully grown, well established man should have an article dedicated to the consecrated nature of his own career and not the novelty of his exquisitely talented parent. In fact, that was probably the one thing I was nervous about; Accidentally mentioning his father in a way which implied I was only interested in his last name. In fact, only a mere few hours before my own interview with Adam was he on a radio show in London. The person speaking to him immediately resorted to a question about his father on first approach, Adam’s response was by calling it ‘shabby journalism’. So perhaps, on further reflection of such events, I was a little nervous after all. 

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I was welcomed into the main room, busy with set ups and lighting effects. Out emerged Adam from a back door, dressed in a beanie and frayed blazer. The man had been awake for goodness knows how long, and still found time to piece together an outfit. He walked straight over and grabbed my hand 

“Do you want to smell something really bad?”

I didn’t really know how to respond to this. In fact, I’m not entirely sure what I said. But before I could say more, Adam, still grasping my hand with sincerity pointed over toward the back door and began to tell me about the smell of fish and chips emanating from the street. I laughed, he was so genuinely passionate about this encounter with Scottish street food. It was weird. It was great. It put me at an immediate ease as we were led to a private bar behind the sound desk. A regal room with literary charm and a wall full of whiskey, Adam and I took a seat. 

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Adam has a great amount of sincerity and intensity in his persona, never releasing himself from eye contact and having no confidence issues in complimenting my choice of outfit. He’s a man interested in everyone just as much as he is interested in himself. Questions fired at me and my own life before I had even lifted my laptop, and through moments of banter we directed ourselves toward the formality that comes with a casual Fresh Independence interview. 

Kristina – I read that you scrapped your initial album and- Wait, did you write an album before? And then you just scrapped it and started again?

Adam – I did, is this recording?

Suddenly Adams eyes darted toward my laptop sitting on the nearby dining table.

Kristina – Is that okay?

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