‘Jazzy’ is probably the best term to describe my sonic climate right now. It started some time ago, but began to overtake other genres when I started really listening to Robert Glasper. Since then, it’s been ‘Robert Glasper Radio’ on Pandora all day long. Just recently, I was hipped to Mulatu Astatke (also AstatqÃƒÂ©) of Ethiopia. Father of Ethio-jazz, a combination of jazz and Latin music influences with traditional Ethiopian music.
I just took the time to listen to Bilal Salaam. It was a good idea.
Here’s “Razor Tongue” off of his Langue De Rasoir (animated by TMelchishua), reminding us to be careful of the words we choose to use with others. The idea can be extended to how we talk to ourselves. Our words can create, build, destroy, hurt, and heal. Let’s be mindful.
Enjoy life. Every minute of it. Parts of the journey will be tough, but they will just be a part. Parts will be lonely, but those moments are just stretches in time.
There are ups and downs and both are necessary to develop us into the people we are to become; we’re all works in progress. So many of us are so so fearful of the imminent challenges, so we don’t live, but trust yourself. Trust your body, trust your instincts. Pay attention to yourself. Pay attention to your body. Know who you are, how you feel, how you react to certain situations…you can’t change anything in life until you recognize what’s what.
These were my thoughts this morning. Now’s the time to be great. There are times when I slack on my mission, but I’m getting better about staying focused.
Today’s my born day, and although I should do it every day, I really like to think about the people who enrich my life. That said, I’d like to thank all my readers. I appreciate you taking the time to share my world a little and reading my thoughts. Means a lot to me.
Here are a few selections from AFTA-1’s Love Is Real, Vol. 4 compilation I’m enjoying on this fine day.