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Black Lives Matter. Listening. Learning. Walking. Donating. Educating. Big cities. Small towns. The actions count. Vote. Keep going. ❤️
Sometimes as a songwriter when you don’t have the words, you open a book to a random page and see what it offers. I use this for lessons and wisdom in daily life sometimes. Today I was asking for direction about even attempting to comprehend the senseless death of #breonnataylor - a spiritual reasoning for something so unjustified and tragic. I am not good at social media yet and I so appreciate others’ ability to articulate and direct and post call to action information. I will share as best as I can. Forgive me for so many screenshots. I am learning. I am listening. I was reading the EMT oath today to find out more about Breonna - the kind of person she was as only a stranger can try to know and part of the oath said ‘into whatever homes I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of only the sick and injured....’. This beautiful heart who must have taken this oath and with dreams of continued help to others... Happy Birthday Breonna. Your spirit is helping all of us. Text passage from ‘Emmanuel’s Book’.
These are some of the artists and albums that have shaped my life and music since I was a kid. Stevie Wonder taught me joyousness in melody and lyrics (I’ve been chasing that for years) and that twist sections at the end of a song that seem to come out of nowhere are magic. Shirley Horn’s ‘Where Do We Start’ was MY breakup song and Gladys ‘Neither One of Us Wants To Say Goodbye’ was a close tie. Roberta Flack’s ‘Ballad Of the Sad Young Men’ is the saddest song I’ve heard to date. I’ve played it for more than a few male singers on a tour bus or two and made them teary. Wonder why I never cut my song ‘Sunday Afternoon’? Because some songs simply need to near 9 min. and the journey is worth it. During college I played in a funk band Bumpus and covered Sly, Prince, P Funk and after the female lead left the band I took over all the Aretha songs. I was terrible with this high pitched soprano so my own humiliation led me to one year of voice lessons with a teacher that helped me discover my lower octaves (Aretha’s the reason I can sing). Nina Simone taught me lyrical poetry and a social consciousness through words (I’m working on that too). En Vogue’s harmonies hit me like nothing I’d ever heard before and showed me the power of stacked vocals. Toots was my first duet and he was so gracious towards me when I was so new and green to studio experience. Whitney, Michael and Janet, Diana Ross, Billy, Al Green and Marvin Gaye! I could go on... Dig in. Grateful for these mentors. ❤️❤️
Excerpts from an npr article today by Leah Donnella interviewing author Alex S. Vitale. Check it out. Helped me better understand the issue of ‘defunding the police’. https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/03/457251670/how-much-do-we-need-the-police
Thank you @malcolmburnmusic for passing on this article by Courtney Ariel. I will be reading these. https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies
I pledge to listen well and to educate myself with a deeper awareness of the racial disparity, inequality, inherent racism and injustice that pervades our daily lives, justice and health systems, economic realities, basic assumptions of safety and well being and take action to bring reform. In deep humility I enter the conversation. #georgefloyd #blacklivesmatter