Summer Updates! Raghouse International Knitwear

I had a realization recently. I have friends I've known for over ten years that have said to me, "I didn't know you sing", or "I didn't know you were such a good crocheter, or "I didn't know you had a business."

I thought it was interesting because my assumption about social media (some of us being together since the Myspace days) is that we all see clearly what we are all doing from Youtube channels, to Instagram, to Facebook. But that is not always the case. I understand that we are not always looking. And honestly, we have our own lives to attend to, but on my part I thought I would make an extra effort to make sure you are all aware of how I am progressing in life, especially with my business and education, because soon I will need your support to help me get to the next level!

First and foremost, I want to thank all my fellow classmates, friends, and family for their friendship and support they have given me this past Spring semester. It was busy and tough, but I am happy to say that I have come out with a perfect 4.0! I am also the recipient of the Ralph and Jean Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Music and I look forward to receiving many more. I thought now would be a good time to update everyone on all that I have done and where I am going next.

At the top of the semester I was not only hired by El Camino College as a PASS Mentor and tutor for the PASS Program, I was taking six courses on top of working at Guess, practicing a new instrument, the piano, and performing weekly at the House of Blues with Firm Soundation in Anaheim and San Diego. One course was a five week fashion course offered at VEDC's Women’s Business Center. The next eight week Entrepreneurial Training Course began immediately after, both located in the valley. I have received certificates for both course and will receive a third certificate for the Tutoring and Mentoring Course also taken during the first eight weeks of the Spring semester at El Camino College. So you can imagine how busy things were in the first half of the semester. What came out of the training course was an amazing new business model and exciting next steps! This is where you come in, but not just yet! More later.

The Spring semester ended with three less classes, greater direction for the Fall semester, and well, I came out a fairly decent piano player. So for this summer, I am taking one online course, History of Rock, which makes my time more flexible for getting down to Raghouse International business!

At the close of May my venture at Guess Inc. was over. It was an amazing two and a half years and I was glad to lend my crocheting skills to the community there. It was a fashion dream that can now be checked off my list. Check!

Now I am in a position to step into the next level of building my business and continuing my education. Raghouse International is not in the capital building stage and I look forward to all of your support. Stay tuned.

Raghouse International

Why Katy Perry's Grammy Performance was the Best of the Night

For the 2017 Grammy awards Katy Perry debuted her new song, "Chained to the Rhythm", and gave a performance that left me wanting more. By the end of the award show, I found myself most moved by Perry's performance overall. In my mind, I kept coming back to the visuals and had already picked up on that groovy dance beat. I loved the song immediately, and while I initially only thought of it as another one of her hot dance numbers, I later discovered through a youtube comment that it was a protest song. This was, of course, after searching for the performance online because I was dying to see it again. Now the lyrics had meaning and the performance that went along with those lyrics became even more ingenious of Katy Perry than the first time around.



"Chained to the Rhythm", in my book, is one of the greatest songs of our time, superbly written, and in dance form. The performance that companioned it speaks volumes! It calls us to self reflect and see the possibility of what is at stake. This is where the mirrored side of the fence comes in and when the fence falls over, who we are is questioned. Can we clearly see us anymore? She also brings us to attention by causing us to think about what she is asking, "Are we crazy?", she begans. That should stop us in our tracks.

Perry stands in the window of a white house with a white picket fence, dually symbolic of our political and governing system and the American dream. You see clear skies, fluffy clouds, and a large pink rose signifying the original purpose of that dream, the utopia. Here, nothing is wrong.

With the line, "so put your rose colored glasses on and party on", comes an underlying thought. We are all caught in the system of things anyway, so we might as well live on, but just know that Katy does not want you to "party on" to just any song. She wants you to party to the lyrics and groove of "Chained to the Rhythm", so that you will be reminded of the truth that is taking place in society today. Hence, the "turn it up" and "keep it on repeat".

Before being completely hidden by the rising white fence, Perry emerges from the house as a thunder and lightening storm begans to brew. In the second verse she states, "I thought we could do better than that", then yells, "I hope! We can!" This IS the call to action, to do better.

By the time the second chorus comes in, the American dream and self reflection is being swept out to sea and when the chorus repeats, the dream is now up in flames. Skip Marley enters, who was fantastic by the way, to give us more truth. Behind him are graphics like that of a broken tv and channels that do not work. There is static, smoke, a broken media that feeds "feeble" information to us. It simply does not work. When he finishes, it all breaks apart into a tornado whirlwind. This imagery is stunning and so moving! I couldn't help but think of the prop people who did an excellent job with the choreography. Without them Katy's vision would not have become a reality. As the choir-like reprise plays on, Marley and Perry, hand in hand, walks down the steps while all the white boards fall into place creating one large board displaying The American Constitution. In big letters you see "We The People".

I confess, "Chained to the Rhythm" is my new "Work, Work, Work". I cannot get enough of this song and its performance. I look forward to it being the song of the Spring and the Summer. I know I will be turning it up and playing on repeat in my car. That's a guarantee. I will be reminded of my own bubble and the trouble I can or cannot see. Hope you will consider as well.

Enjoy the lyrics and video below.


Are we crazy?
Living our lives through a lens
Trapped in our white picket fence
Like ornaments
So comfortable, we're living in a bubble, bubble
So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble
Aren't you lonely?
Up there in utopia
Where nothing will ever be enough
Happily numb
So comfortable, we're living in a bubble, bubble
So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble

(Aha)
So put your rose-colored glasses on
And party on

Turn it up, it's your favorite song
Dance, dance, dance to the distortion

Turn it up, keep it on repeat
Stumbling around like a wasted zombie, yeah
We think we're free (Aha)
Drink, this one's on me
We're all chained to the rhythm
To the rhythm
To the rhythm
Turn it up, it's your favorite song
Dance, dance, dance to the distortion
Turn it up, keep it on repeat
Stumbling around like a wasted zombie, yeah
We think we're free (Aha)
Drink, this one's on me
We're all chained to the rhythm
To the rhythm
To the rhythm

Are we tone deaf?
Keep sweeping it under the mat
Thought we could do better than that
I hope we can
So comfortable, we're living in a bubble, bubble
So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble

(Aha)
So put your rose-colored glasses on
And party on

Turn it up, it's your favorite song
Dance, dance, dance to the distortion
Turn it up, keep it on repeat
Stumbling around like a wasted zombie, yeah
We think we're free (Aha)
Drink, this one's on me
We're all chained to the rhythm
To the rhythm
To the rhythm

Turn it up, it's your favorite song
Dance, dance, dance to the distortion
Turn it up, keep it on repeat
Stumbling around like a wasted zombie, yeah
We think we're free (Aha)
Drink, this one's on me
We're all chained to the rhythm
To the rhythm
To the rhythm

[Skip Marley:]
It is my desire
Break down the walls to connect, inspire, ay
Up in your high place, liars
Time is ticking for the empire
The truth they feed is feeble
As so many times before
They greed over the people
They stumbling and fumbling
And we about to riot
They woke up, they woke up the lions
(Woo!)

[Katy Perry:]
Turn it up, it's your favorite song
Dance, dance, dance to the distortion
Turn it up (turn it up, turn it up), keep it on repeat
Stumbling around like a wasted zombie (like a wasted zombie), yeah
We think we're free (Aha)
Drink, this one's on me
We're all chained to the rhythm
To the rhythm
To the rhythm

It goes on and on and on
It goes on and on and on
It goes on and on and on
'Cause we're all chained to the rhythm

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