Thank you and mom for giving me life. God gave me all the rest. Here’s what I have learned from my greatest teachers…. The journey began from my heart and continues to search for the life that is waiting for me.
Learned that timing is critical in jazz as in life,
Knowing when to stop, start, step it up, slow it down
And more so, and
oh so important is to learn how to wait thru the strife.
Jazz harmony is the theory and practice of changing chords,
where major and minor scales share the same space in a timeless bond…
progressions depart in thirds and stacked fourths
favoring harmonic progressions where tensions in intervals of 9th , 11th, or 13th abound.
Learned about the search for meaning, intentions and having the blues
Finding your truth and appreciating a life of humility
‘cause the universe is misting the air with valuable clues
now you have the essence of a universal tranquility.
Notes are just window dressing a façade you create
listen to the spoken word filled with meaning
of the path and choices you debate
Play it slant is the message best heard in the evening.
Learned that being different is the integral part of the plan
pressing forward seeing how far you can reach
harmonies in real-time, flowing and ebbing broadening the span
of improvisational context is what matters in all you teach .
Learned that playing jazz has four elements
broadening your words and expressing every letter
in a charismatic way to enhance
finding your intentions and mixing all together
where freedom and coordination can really dance.
Jazz has the power to go deep within,
having a relationship with you as next of kin
Surpassing arrogance into a love of sound and words
sharing that experience with others like the legends you’ve heard.
if you truly want to be a writer,
you will have to sacrifice your life
that words and jazz are the loves of your life.
It is a choice that you cannot shake.
It brings happiness, patience, love and peace.
You are miserable and tortured if you don’t write.
Self-expression is overrated when it comes to
the ‘hour of the wolf’
when it seems that the words are discordant and fretful.
The trick is they are your children
be humble and allow them the love and respect that you claim for yourself.
I was very fortunate to have met your mother, she gave me you and your brother.
So I did not have to make that choice alone.
So your family is words and jazz replete with lessons on life,
discernment and discovering who you are,
who you’ve been and most of all be grateful
to God for the talent to write.
Write your heart out, share your soul.
That is what happens to me when I am writing a song.
The notes are my children too. I know you think that I made your life difficult,
but you will realize some day that when you look back
it is the fuel you’ll need to be who you are.
That’s your story.
Learned that I was saved by jazz
healing my soul and my body from
life’s trials and tribulations
Finding peace on earth filled with
I am waiting and discovering a life filled with wonder and love…
I am definitely on the right wake…
A Love Supreme,
December 25th, 2005
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