The Love Channel with Ty Swint

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fall's Beauty and Preparing For Winter

The extra cold temperatures we've been experiencing in the southern US, in Nashville in particular, have me feeling like I missed saying good bye to Fall and like I'm so, SO unprepared for winter.

Winter officially arrives on December 21, however I've been in my coat and boots a lot here lately. Leaving work late nights to walk out to temperatures in the low 40's that quickly becomes 37, 35 degrees by the time I make it home. YIKES!!! That's pretty darn cold for me, but perhaps because I'm such a sun child.

During a recent visit to Atlanta the temperature was a nice high 60 something degrees with just the perfect breeze. I took advantage by wearing something less heavy on top and by basking in the sun for as long as I could.

Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love how bright and beautiful the trees become in their varying colors of burgundy, this gorgeous fire orange that they become, a golden yellow that just makes me smile and even the brown leaves that fall to the ground. I simply love Fall. It's the sound the leaves make under your feet as you walk across them that I love the most about the fallen leaves.

I was out yesterday and noticed a lot of the trees are starting to lose their leaves and become bare {sad face}. I guess the good thing is that not all the trees will be without their leaves and there will still be their beauty to behold. Nonetheless, it had me thinking about just how unprepared for winter I am. I made a list and started to look online for some winter essentials that I feel will be much needed. I think it's going to be super cold this winter, so preparing for winter is a must in my book. Here are my #WantNeedLove items to get ready for winter.
{Click each item for details.}

Monday, October 24, 2016

"I believe in Nashville." Yep, I sure do. :) I would say my journey to Nashville started back in 2013 when I was driving my granny up from Chattanooga to Vanderbilt. At the time we were making the tough decision on which route to take regarding the return of my granny's cancer. Deciding to go through with a 10 hour surgery to remove cancer from her jaw bone, tongue and cheeks which required moving bone and skin graphs from other parts of this amazing woman's body, I returned to Nashville with my granny and family members in September of the same year for about two weeks.

I'm a Tennessee girl who have lived in Colorado, Virginia, my hometown of Chattanooga along with spending most of my 20's in Atlanta, Georgia. I've also spent time working in LA and South Beach along with other parts of Florida and spent a little time, about 2 weeks, in London and Paris. I say all of that to say that I've had an opportunity to be with people from all over the world and various walks of life and the two weeks I spent in Nashville back in September 2013 was like none I had ever experienced. I've always felt so blessed to meet and come across amazing people who enriched my travels with their kindness, but I have gotta tell you, Nashville just blew me away. I'm talking from the staff at the hospital, doctors, nurses, cafeteria attendants, you name it, to the servers and other staff at restaurants my family and I would go to during our stay, along with the staff at the hotels where we stayed to the Starbucks baristas and the cashiers at Walgreens. The people of Nashville were just so darn nice. :)

During my couple of weeks stay I got out and about and simply fell in love with the city. During one instance, I hadn't seen one of my little brothers in some time due to his service and travels as an Airman in the military. When he came to town I wanted to spend some time with him to catch up and I shared with him that I wanted to try this restaurant that I would pass daily when going to Vanderbilt. Only seeing the restaurant from the back, not knowing its name and seeing just how cute it was, peeked my interest and I had to check it out. It gave me that South Beach feeling that I love, but with moonshine. In my mind, you can't beat that. It was Cabana's. I loved it and have been in love with it ever since. During my visit for Fashion Week this year my friends and I got together at Cabana's for their wonderful Girl's Night Out

Back in 2013 I had no idea that there was so much wonderful growth taking place in Nashville, especially in reference to the things I absolutely love like art and small museums, some really wonderful and tasty restaurants, coffee houses, street art and all kinds of music. Plus there were so many awesome fashion boutiques. When I originally learned that Nashville had a fashion week, I think the heavens opened up and I heard angels sing. I have attended Nashville Fashion Week since 2014 and it is always such an amazing experience.
{Nashville Fashion Week 2015} 

I am so thrilled to be in Nashville now. It is such an exciting time for creatives in this beautiful city. This past Saturday, October 22, mayor Megan Barry proclaimed the day as Creatives Day. An event was held Saturday morning at the Carl Van Vechten Gallary at Fisk University in honor of the day. The day included the reading of the Creatives Day proclamation by Audra Ladd from the mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development along with local creatives sharing their stories of being artists in the Nashville area. And a great open and honest discussion between a select panel of creatives and the creatives of the audience ensued.
I'm excited to dig into and learn more about the many resources that were shared at the Creatives Day event. I've listed the resources below plus you can see more photos from the day here.

Arts and Business Council Nashville
{I've already started my journey with ABC and wow. They are already just so amazing.}

Nashville Creative Group 

Southern Word

Launch Tennessee

Tennessee Art Commission 


I've also enjoyed and found helpful

Nashville Songwriters Association 

 Nashville Entrepreneur Center 


Pathway {I heard about Pathway's through a relative and I'm looking forward to checking it out soon.}

See more of the beautiful Nashville and more of my journey as an aspiring singer and songwriter along with the Music, Fashion, Food, People and Places that inspire me along the way on The Love Channel with Ty Swint Instagram.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Music Monday - Autumn Travel Playlist

I'm so excited by Fall and all of the beautiful weather. The breezes have been perfect for rolling down the windows, allowing the wind to gently brush across your face It's just so romantic. I can see myself enjoying Autumn in all of its splendor. I'm looking forward to soaking up every moonlit night, every tender breeze, the way I enjoy soaking up the sun.

With an upcoming Autumn road trip that's almost 5 hours total, a playlist to carry me along the way is a must. One song that I absolutely love is "When I Get My Hands On You" by Marcus Mumford with lyrics by the legendary Bob Dylan. Oh my gosh, it's perfect for that leg of the road trip that's on the interstate, my hair blowing in the wind and my eyes soaking up God's beautiful art pieces of orange, golden, burgundy wine colored leaves. The hip swaying beats of the drum are going to make it hard to not want to get out of my car to dance. :)
A part of the road trip includes passing through a part of Tennessee where the mountains reaches out to touch the lakes. It's so beautiful, so majestic. I've passed it a million and one times I'm sure and it takes my breath away each and every time, much like the beautiful Sade and her music. Adding some Sade to the playlist is a must.
{Art By: Chris Longs/Nashville}
And oh my gosh, then there's the beautiful and talented Ms. Nina Simone. I take her music every where I go. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl is one of my absolute favorites by Ms. Simone. My stop in Chattanooga would be nice as this song plays. Perhaps I should even pay a visit to the Bessie Smith Hall where I had my wedding reception, but have yet to visit to learn more about Chattanooga's own Ms. Bessie Smith who sang I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl. And while I love every song I've ever heard by Nina Simone, Ne Me Quitte Pas just takes my heart to places that I can't even describe. I love every version of it that I've heard to date, however Ms. Simone's rendition feels so raw and heart wrenching. She's such an amazingly, talented woman.
Another song with many versions that I love is Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. I can't even describe how much I love this song. This song is perfect when you need that little push around the 3rd or 4th hour or travel.

I saw this artist, Kimberly Nichole perform Seven Nation Army in Atlanta moons ago and I've been a fan ever since. Whew!!! She just, wow, is amazing. The version I'm digging right now and is my must have for an Autumn playlist is Zella Day's version. It has so much boho soul.

Although, I'm not a morning person, I'm looking forward to leaving early for my trip to catch the sunrise. I think the first song on the Autumn Travel playlist will be Never Catch Me by Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar. I'm looking forward to learning more about Flying Lotus. I just learned about him last week. I feel like, "Ty, where have you been." :) This tune is going to go great with my morning cup of coffee, windows not rolled down just yet as I'm sure it is going to be cold, but oh so perfect to catch the sunrise.
I'm excited to share photos and stories with you from my first Autumn trip. It includes a beautiful stop in Chattanooga and Atlanta. And then off to Serenbe, a super cute and quaint village just outside of Atlanta. I'm so excited to share this journey with you. I have packed my journal to write in and my songwriting notebook to do the same should I be inspired to write. What songs do you love for Fall?

Happy Autumn

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Photography and Music #UInspire

 This week The Love Channel with Ty Swint is super excited to offer an interview with one of my hometown friends, Shelley King Jr. from Chattanooga. I worked with Shelley’s beautiful mom many moons ago and we became fast and good friends. It was such a pleasure to meet her son Shelley a few years back on Facebook. I enjoy Shelley’s humor and photography. And then once I saw that he was committed to giving back to his community, I was truly inspired. It is not always an easy thing to do, especially when dealing with the touchy subject of race. Through Shelley’s organization, the Chattanooga Historical Justice Coalition, he and its members are striving to right historical wrongs and striving to uplift their communities. Take a moment to read The Love Channel with Ty Swint's interview with Shelley below. I think you too will be inspired by his beautiful photography and work with CHJC. 
Name:Shelley (SoleMann) King Jr. 
Age: 49
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
{TLC}: Can you recall what initially inspired your love of photography?
Shelley: I would have to say that as a child around 6 years of age, I was always fascinated with the family pictures, was forever going through the photo albums.
{TLC}: How long have you been a photographer?
Shelley: Hmmmmmm, interesting question. The first time I had my own camera was back in 1998 and it was a Disaster!!! I tried to photograph the old abandoned Pine Breeze Sanitarium property. The pictures came out BLACK!!! (LOL) It was more of a hobby back then, but I have now been serious about it in the last 3 to 4 years.

{TLC}: Do you have a favorite subject(s) that you like to photograph?
Shelley: I can’t say that I have any one favorite subject that I like to photograph, I just have my moments where I choose a variety of things to focus my lens on.
{Shelley photographs Chattanooga artist Seven}

{TLC}: Is there anything you find challenging about being a photographer?
Shelley: Right now my biggest challenge is just learning how to work my camera the right way, here is a example; I shoot everything in automatic mode, several of my photographer friends have told me that I need to shoot in manual mode, in other words, learn everything there is about my camera and how to operate it.

{TLC}: Is there a favorite quote or saying that inspires you during your challenges as a photographer or that inspires you in general?
Shelley: I use a scripture from the bible, Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

{TLC}: What do you love most about your work as a photographer?
Shelley: I love making people happy with their pictures, capturing awesome moments in their lives that they can look back on years from now, I also love capturing historical things and editing the pictures.
{TLC}: You have started a group in Chattanooga called the Chattanooga Historical Justice Coalition. Can you share more about it, its mission and the group’s goals?
Shelley: This came about when I hooked up with Chris Winston (My Vice-President), we both are fascinated with the case of Ed Johnson, who was taken from jail, hung from the walnut street bridge by a lynch mob then shot to death for allegedly raping a white woman back in 1906. We got together and went to the Pleasant Gardens Cemetery and cleaned the gravesite of Mr. Edward Johnson, a couple of days later we added Mamie Owens, shortly after that, I came up with the name. Right now we are trying to get the walnut street bridge renamed to The Alfred Blount-Ed Johnson Memorial Bridge (Alfred Blount was another guy hung from the bridge) we currently have a petition drive going. Our mission, righting historical wrongs, uplifting our communities.
{TLC}: What inspired you to start this group? 
Shelley: Just coming together with like minded people. Change is not going to happen overnight and it could take years in some cases, but if we all keep the focus, bring in young dedicated people who can take it to the next generation, these changes can happen, but the key is, you have to start somewhere.
{TLC}: Have you personally or has the group experienced any challenges?
Shelley: I would say that our biggest challenge to date is probably getting members and staying focus. With that being said, we all have other jobs and/or outside interest, but we do talk about things, plan meet and greets, we are working on a fundraiser soon, so despite lack of focus sometimes, we are not going to let CHJC die.

{TLC}: Who or what has inspired you to push pass those challenges?
Shelley: Just knowing what we are doing is right, positive and uplifting, is enough to push pass the challenges. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so these things take time.
{Shelley and Members of the Chattanooga Historical Justice Coalition}
{TLC}: Is there anything else you would like to share with The LOVE Channel?
Shelley: Yes, I would like to give a shoutout to Rev. Dwight Harrison for having me and Chris on his Radio Show 96.1 The Beat-Breaking The Cycle to discuss CHJC.
{Shelley and CHJC Vice President Chris}
Also shoutout to WDEF News12 for interviewing Me, Mamie Owens, And Robin Moore about our concerns with The Neo-Nazi Party having a rally here in Chattanooga. Shoutout to my core members of CHJC, Chris Winston, Mamie Owens, Robin Moore, and Tarashenda Harris, God put us all together for a reason and purpose, I love you all. My final shoutout is actually the best one of all, shoutout to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without him there is no me, no nothing, THANK YOU FATHER!!!
All I can say to that is amen and Amen. And Shelley, #UInspire
You can see more of Shelley’s photograpy here.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

National Coffee Day

Today, Thursday, September 29, is National Coffee Day. I love coffee so much I just felt like writing an ode to her. LOL. And along with my poem to my absolute favorite beverage, I am also sharing with you some of my favorite coffee shops that I frequent in some of my favorite cities, Atlanta, Chattanooga and Nashville.

So first, an ode to my love,
An Ode To Coffee

How do I love thee
Let me count the ways
I love you in the morning,
I love you in the afternoon,
I love you at night,
Anytime, Everywhere in many ways

I love you strong and black
Dark roast please
The taste of you keeps me going
Never bringing me to my knees

I can go for hours and hours
I think it's because of you
Your heavy robust taste
In my heart, you're my favorite brew

I love to have you with friends
Chatting for hours over you
Hot steamed milk
Still strong from espresso
Every sip has this girl in love with you

And later, you're kind of like dessert
In different flavors, my favorite caramel
topped with whipped cream, YUM

A delicious frappuccino
I love to have you day or night,
but especially during the summer
That's when you bring me
your greatest delight

Oh how I love you
Let me count the ways
Since a little baby
When my Pops would put you on my pacifier
To shut me up {LOL }

No matter how it started
I am happy to know you
You are my favorite beverage
You are what I always desire to have in my cup

I'm always getting good laughs from myself. Just as I blame my desire for taking photos of everything on my granny, I also say she's the reason why I am passionate about something as simple as a cup of coffee. But hey, I really do love coffee that much {big smile}.

Below are some of my favorite coffee houses and places to enjoy a good ole cup of joe. I definitely love Starbucks which I'm guessing everyone know. I remember the first time I had an iced caramel coffee and the barista shared with me, assured me the coffee would be strong because they brew it and allow it to steep for 20 hours. The heavens opened up and I was like, "Yes. I want that." I've been in love with their iced coffee ever since.

Here are some other coffee gems I love.

BRASH - BRASH coffee was such a delight. I loved how cute and quaint it was. My friend and I visited the White Provision location. Plus Michael Jackson's Human Nature came on just as we were sitting down to enjoy our lattes. Anyone who place Michael is alright with me. Plus the location is great for people watching.
 King + Duke - The cinnamon rolls were to die for, but the super yummy cup of joe took the dessert to a whole-nuther-level. :) And the coffee was so good with my breakfast. {Click the photo to read the article on King + Duke}


Rembrandt's - I've been a fan of Rembrandt's since my high school days. "Back in the day" it was the spot to be a giddy girl watching the cute doctors in residence from UTC and the local hospital over a good cup of coffee. Now it is one of my favorite spots at which to work when I'm in Chattanooga while enjoying breakfast and coffee. Click the photo to read the blog's article on this beautiful European style coffee house.

Revelator - The coffee and honey bun here were simply delicious. I'm looking forward to returning soon to try more of both their coffee and pastry treats.

Barista Parlor - The coffee was so yummy with a lovely process to watch. And the presentation has been one of my favorites to date. Click the photo to read my article about this cute coffee house located in East Nashville. It's so cute inside. :)

Frothy Monkey - The Frothy Monkey that I tried was in Nashville's 12th Avenue South area. I wish I had more photos to share with you because it is just the cutest. And as I type, I'm thinking about you and sharing more of this cute and trendy spot, but I'm also thinking it's another reason to go back for their lavender and orange latte which my friend ordered as a macchiato for me. He swore up and down it would make the drink creamer and more delightful. Maybe I should have a taste test. Yet another reason to enjoy more of this coffee drink that I simply can not get enough of. Lavender and orange kind of says it all. The aroma was just like love in the air. I was in this dreamy space where every one and all the sounds around me disappeared when I first took a hold to the cup. The scent was that delightful. And then the taste. Oh my God, it was like a first kiss. And then there were these bits of orange bitters that just, just, I don't even have the words. When a coffee drink is this good, any reason will do to have it over and over and over again.