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Posted by J. Tinsley on June 21, 2009

With today signifying the start of the season, I penned a note.


Dear Summer,

I’ll make this short, sweet and to the point. During your time here in 2009, I need you to realize that the magnitude of your presence is beyond important. Without going down my laundry list of goals, by the time of your exit sometime in September, hopefully my life will be a tad different than what it is now. Maybe you’ll see forth that graduate school at Georgetown is in my future, or a job opening in Atlanta or a career opportunity from blogging here and with Karen Civil. Whatever it is, I’m ready.

August 7, 2009, marks a date which is very important not only to myself but the entire Grade A/College Radio family. It signifies the one year anniversary since this place started off as a little known blogspot from an apartment on the southside of Chicago. Hell, that’s also the date the America’s Most Wanted tour comes to D.C. too. Tickets to the event aren’t vital, but would be cool if I could somehow stumble across them.

As I said a few paragraphs earlier, whatever is in store over the course of these next few weeks, my grind and my desire with everything (from blogging to my day jobs) will become even more sharpened and even more intense. By luck, by work ethic or by all the planets being in alignment, something big is going to happen this summer. By big I mean good, of course. You know, someone once said…

“I have the dreams but dog, me and success are two things you don’t wanna find your ass between…”

And I happen to live my life by that. Success is inevitable when grind = talent * passion. Enough of my motivational talk, this is getting longer than I had originally intended. So in conclusion, I’ll exit on this…

I’m done for now, so one for now
But not forever, still more fun together
But like all good things, this letter must come to an end
Please show the same love to my friends…


Justin “Just Blaze” Tinsley

P.S. While I have your attention, please allow football season to hurry up and come. This time between the Finals and the start of training camp is excruciatingly slow. No disrespect to America’s past time, but with no Olympics this year, we’re all in between a rock and a hard place.

P.P.S. I couldn’t leave without posting links, and the most popular summer anthem of ALL TIME, donned by the Fresh Prince himself.

DL: Jay-Z–Dear Summer

DL: Young Jeezy–A-Town Summer

DL: Mos Def–Summertime

DL: Jim Jones feat. Trey Songz–Summer In Miami


One Response to “"DEAR SUMMER…"”

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