Welcome to Beats, Times and Life


Music is a part of my everyday routine. Every where I go and everything I do has a soundtrack. What’s important about this soundtrack is not just the music, but also the experiences that accompany it.

I actively search out new music several times per week. However the greatest joy is when great music finds me.

Very often I will be going about my normal day and I over hear a car at a light, or push shuffle on my computer. I’ll eat in a restaurant or chill with my daughters. I’ll practice bass guitar or roam the internet. During these activities a song will present itself and put a stamp on that experience. Creating a musical accompaniment for the moment.

It is proven that triggers to our senses can transport us back in time. Certain smells and tastes remind you of select times of your life. Music can do the same thing.

As a father of two incredible daughters, (Aaliyah and Lola) and the husband of the most special woman on the planet (Pilar Ramos). I know that they are experiencing life right along with me. All the music I hear, they hear, Everywhere I go they go. We are experiencing BEATS, TIMES, and LIFE together. I want to create new musical experiences that will build triggers to different times in our lives. Creating not only the playlist of a lifetime, but creating sustainable memories. so we can vividly remember the experiences that go along with it.

The content of this site will chronicle my experiences as a father, husband, DJ, and educator. All through the lens of a music lover. We will use the sound track of life to better understand the past and the present.

So welcome! This is going to be a fun journey.


Right now we have two theme songs

Music is my Sanctuary- Gary Bartz




Music is my way of life – Patti Labelle


Listen close you’ll hear what I’m about “Jay-Z”


Live if you really want to.

Aaliyah, Clementine, Nina and Mo-Mo. This past week we spent a lot of time with our friends (as always). I took Aaliyah and Lola to Cumbe dance center. We met Clementine, Nina, and Mo-Mo (Morris) there.  I have taken Aaliyah to Cumbe before for Jaime Philbert’s class. She is amazing, but so was this crew.


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This is Funmi and Olatunji. Olatunji on the Djembe and Funmi was the dance leader. They incorporate African dance, creative movement and  Call and response to create a really fun class. The kids had a great time. Also the music was on point. Check the breakdown below.




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Aaliyah  Bang, Bang, Bang on the drum baby, BAAAANG BAAAAANG!

What I really love about these classes in general is that the kids are really letting go and expressing themselves with no inhibitions.

As children we were almost immune to any kind of criticism.  As adults we worry a lot about what others think, and try to fit into what society thinks is acceptable.

This feat can keep us from really reaching our dreams.  Stepping out on a limb that seems unsteady is scary. That limb could break and you may  fall. Or you may reach your destination if you are careful.

But you will never know until you let go and try.


Big ups to

Olatunji Ore-  http://www.cumbedance.com/olatunji-ojore/

Funmilayo Chesney- http://www.cumbedance.com/teachers/funmilayo-chesney/


Live your life!

Musical Time Stamps

imgresLive your Life by YUNA


The class after ours was an adult movement class. It began with this song. I heard it as I was putting Aaliyah’s shoes on and had to know what it was. I found it truly beautiful, and a really nice wind down tune for us on our way out.

images      Cristo Redentor – Donald Byrd