Happy Round Birthday To Joy Harjo

While living in the Canadian West in the new millennium, I discovered Joy Harjo. Her poetry and her artful recollections of how she took care of her small children, while still being enrolled in education moved me immensely. It gave me strength and the motivation to persevere in a situation that most people can not handle. SometimesContinue reading “Happy Round Birthday To Joy Harjo”

Homage to Barry White and to the Power of the Erotic

Source, give musicians (and artists) the power that Barry White had. Too many today think they are hot (?) but are merely self-involved and not giving anything that suggests lovemaking or feels even remotely sensual. Barry White – he knew seduction. The music was luscious, high quality and fun, even prosocial. Notice the lyrics: noContinue reading “Homage to Barry White and to the Power of the Erotic”

Motown – America’s Most Beautiful Offering

If you listen carefully to the lyrics, you can notice that almost every song by Motown is a declaration of love and thanks to the childhood and the mothers who kept the songwriters safe, fed, healthy and hopeful about the future. The songs are an extension of their mother’s dreams for their lives and theContinue reading “Motown – America’s Most Beautiful Offering”

“Music Is Sunshine.”

“Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood. Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose….. Music is something you can’t hold in your hands, or smell it, taste it, even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrationsContinue reading ““Music Is Sunshine.””

The Pleasure Principle Wins Every Time

When Michael Franti traveled in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine/Israel with his guitar and camera person in the early millennium, he learned that people in war zones — just like people who enjoy some comforts and freedom from daily anxiety about making it through the day in one piece — prefer love songs and celebratory songsContinue reading “The Pleasure Principle Wins Every Time”