This is part of my Fifty Shades of Jazz. Monterey was the first place that the sound really spoke to my soul in 1965. Jazz is one of the world’s infinite musical art forms. Genres like Acid, Avant-Garde, Big Band, Contemporary, Cool, Crossover, BeBop, Fusion even Mainstream Jazz are all sentient acoustics that filled and evened out our lives in times of trouble and change. Jazz functioned as a communal bond, ritual and form of social interaction where no one needed to stand on ceremony. It became more than just sounds to me. It became a way of living in the world today. I realized that I wanted to be like a song that embraced and caressed the space between the sounds.
Reflecting life where there are whole, half, ornamental, and grace notes that gives each of us a deeper understanding and passion for life. Jazz is the touchstone of modern cultural imagination, archiving mythical images as well as an aesthetic paradigm creating new modes of writing, listening, seeing and moving according to our heart’s desires. I love using jazz improvisational elements that have emerged over the years and reflecting them by transforming them through literary forms – narrative, poems and pastiches on a jazz canvas. Fifty Shades was inspired by the songs on my father’s CD featured on this site. Now life has come full circle and now I am returning to the womb so to speak ~ Monterey where the first sounds that ignited the art within my soul began 50 years ago. Let’s begin our road trip with To own the Art within the Soul by Emily Dickinson featuring “Tin Tin Deo” performed by James Moody which is a selection from the CD that beautifully illustrates the possibilities of jazz and its magnificence echoing the sadness that touches all of us.
To own the Art within the Soul
The Soul to entertain
With Silence as a Company
And Festival maintain
Is an unfurnished Circumstance
Possession is to One
As an Estate perpetual
Or a reduceless Mine.
And for the Pièce de Résistance California Rolls (p1) – A Healthy Raw Food Recipe For Beginners. Please don’t be put off by the word beginner, because I mean it in the most loving sense. Beginner’s Mind besides we all have to start somewhere. Bon Appétit! Peace n Luv Out! JBC 8-) n <3
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