What's New

Currently playing: "What's New" as played by Roy Hargrove, on his release "Approaching Standards." What an incredible musician! I wouldn't say I had lost hope of "jazz innovators" at the time, but the pickings were slim. This was mid-90's and everyone was gravitating to "smooth jazz." I wasn't so much against it, but for me it lacked that "pop" and "BAMM" derived from someone just going at it with all the umph they could muster! That's jazz, pure essential, gut wrenching, yet soulful creativity! Roy did that, all of his career, he was cutting edge!

It's Sunday evening and I'm preparing to get back to 'the grind.' The last thing I want to do is pack bags, vitamins, gym clothes and mentally prepare for long arduous days! But for now, this is how I "pay the bills." No wonder so many look for 'easier' ways out; unfortunately, not many people realize we all have the potential to change our circumstances and proper our individual, familial and community to higher heights if we would simply exercise our own individual talents! Me? I write - and I render colors and textures in oil paint, acrylic and pastel. I am masterful at what I do, mostly working intuitively. I truly get "high off my own supply" - my images and the colors and textures are intense. More so are the ideas behind them. Profound "jazz-like" images, cryptic titles…

You see, the edges are present in my life; the highs and lows, the sensual thoughts and spirit-filled conversations with my God. There are times I would rather curl up in bed, than face some of the difficulties I have in my life, but a lesson learned so many years ago: these demons must be faced, and at times embraced!

I won't always sit in "someone else's desk." The day will come when all of these words and images will be set free and liberate me at the same time. Images, Words are my freedom and my jazz highs and lows…
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