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Favorite Means Favorite!

September 17, 2018

Often times, you see headlines on the covers of magazines like “18 Favorite Beaches”, or “Top Ten Scenic Drives”, et cetera. And people (myself included) often say, “That’s one of my favorite songs, or cars, or whatever they are talking about at the time.

But by definition, favorite means, “Preferred before all others of the same kind”.

Well then, how can there be 18 favorite beaches or one of my favorite songs?

Of course, there are ways to get around it. You might say, “That is my current favorite”.

I remember there was a local DJ, named Ichabod Crane, on FM 94.1 (KMPS), a few years ago when the station was a country station, who always used to say, “This is the greatest song in the world today”. Then he’d play the song. Then the next day, he would say the same thing about another song. That was his way around it.

My current Lizz song favorite is “All The Way Here”, a song she wrote, herself. Tomorrow, my current favorite will be “Grace”.

I’m not a grammar freak or a perfectionist, by any means. I just notice little details like that once in a while.

When I see those kind of headlines, or see the word favorite, it reminds me of one of my favorite stories (OOPS!) my favorite story (there, that’s better!) about my father.

It’s been many years, now, since my parents passed away. When my father died, I was attending his funeral and the preacher of my Dad’s church was there too, standing at the podium, saying a few good words about my dad.

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Culture, Music

Angelique Kidjo at Benaroya Hall

July 4, 2018

I took a picture (above) of this page, which was in the March edition of “Seattle Magazine”, where they were promoting her and her upcoming performance at Benaroya Hall in May, 2018.

I took this photo of her on stage at Benaroya Hall on May 2, 2018, from my front row seat, as she performed that evening.

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creativity, Culture, Design, Health and Wellness, Music, Photography, Travel/Adventure

Serendipity At Work

May 14, 2018

If you’ve been reading my posts, you’ll know that I’ve been traveling frequently to see and hear Lizz Wright sing.

It is one great joy of mine. When I listen to her, it sparks ideas and emotions within me and influences my creativity. Her voice, words, music, style of singing, songwriting, artistry, and her very essence continue to inspire me in various ways.

We have known about each other for nearly four years now, ever since I went to Madison, Wisconsin, to see and hear her sing for the first time, to give her a song (Lizz Wright: The Sweet Honey In The Rock) I wrote about her, and to give her a digital frame with some songs and a “Seattle Bouquet” (macro shots of flowers I had taken around the Seattle area) on it. Those things were tokens of my appreciation and affection for her. I was so taken by her then and I still am. I told her about my website, the first post that I had just written about her (Lizz Wright: Doing One Thing Really Well), and how to contact me if she ever needed to.

That day in Madison, she and Rachel (a talented piano player) were walking North toward that triangular building on the corner (in the picture above), and I was walking West, away from the Capitol, toward that same corner. I was walking back to my hotel to get ready to go to the show. I assume she and Rachel were doing the same thing.

When I was about 10 steps from the corner, I suddenly saw Lizz walking across the street, about 10 steps from the same corner I was headed for. We would have met right at the corner had not that group of 5-7 people rushed right in front of me to get across the street before the light changed. I then had to go around them and catch up to Lizz from behind, which I did.

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creativity, Culture, Music, Travel/Adventure

Sona Jobarteh in Atlanta

May 13, 2018

The picture above, is a picture I took at the Rialto Center for the Arts, in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, this past April 29, of  Sona Jobarteh, a musician and singer from The Gambia in West Africa.

She plays the Kora, a 21-string instrument, and she sings while she plays.

That’s so amazing to me that she can do that. It’s like rubbing your belly at the same time you’re patting your head, only 1000x harder, I surmise. Don’t you agree?


I’m inside the Center lobby, waiting for the doors to open so we can all be seated.

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Culture, Health and Wellness, Music

Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation

August 28, 2017

I have been a huge fan of Lizz Wright for the past three years and have travelled to see and hear her sing as often as I could. It gives me great pleasure. I admire her and her music.

She offers her talents and gifts to create great musical productions in collaboration with others.

Lizz is socially conscious and lives her own life, in the present, with purpose and meaning. If she takes part in something, you know it will be a worthwhile and an important project or cause.

So, last week, when she announced on her FB page:

“I am dedicated to lifting up the importance of Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, and I’ll be performing in Chicago this Saturday at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, to honor those who have been devoted to this cause”…….

…….I knew immediately that I wanted to be there to experience it.

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