Riff Shots, Licks, Mimesis & Memory Bytes~” Blues Alley, Dizzy, Me My Ex in D.C”. featuring . Jimmy Smith – “Walk on the Wild Side” ~ Jazz Byte Creole Shrimp Gumbo with a special C/U of Dizzy Gillespie – “And Then She Stopped”

 

Dizzy Gillespie ~ This is how I remember him!  Courtesy of  http://dialogosdosubsolo.blogspot.com/

It’s mid-December 1985 when I spotted an announcement in the Washington Post that Dizzy Gillespie and his band was performing at Blues Alley in Georgetown, D.C.  Cell phones to call Dizzy were rare back then so I relied on plan B going in person.   So me, my ex and his father drove, found a great place to park, which is rare in Georgetown especially on a Saturday night back then.  To make a long story painfully short, we arrived sixty minutes early, it was a rainy and chilly evening with little cover over the cobblestone alley.  I knocked on the club door and asked the Maître D’ to give the note I hurriedly scrawled on the way to Dizzy. After a long glaring pause, the Maître D’ looked once more at the note and then back at me and in the next instant disappeared into the dark ambiance of club.  Typically when Dizzy came to L.A. for a visit or was performing, he would always come and stay with us.  He was the complete opposite of my father.  Sometimes I felt my father wanted to lock him up in the attic hidden from polite society.  But that was a losing battle because Dizzy was just like my grandfather and dad knew that he couldn’t compete with that kind of love.  I stood behind the door underneath a small awning listening to my ex and his dad saying he ain’t coming…the door gradually opened.  Where the hell are you?  I stepped out into the light and Dizzy was standing in the doorway with a big ol’ bowl of Shrimp Gumbo in bare feet, You escaped!  Girl, if you don’t get your tail in here right now, I am not sure who scares me more, your dad or my wife.  He motioned me into the foyer turning he instructed the Maître D’ to seat my ex and his father to reserved seats in front of the band stand.  It was a night to remember and if you haven’t caught on by now, I love Shrimp!  here is a family fav, this is an authentic slammin’ New Orleanian recipe here are the ingredients with instructions:  Welcome to my mixed ethnic world and Bon appétit!

Jazz Byte Authentic N’awlins bonnaroo recipe for a Slammin’ Bowl of Creole Shrimp Gumbo

The Original recipe makes 20 servings (P.S. you can plug into an app to the serving size you need)

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Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup bacon drippings

1 cup coarsely chopped celery

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

1 large green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound andouille sausage, sliced

3 quarts water

6 cubes beef bouillon

tablespoon white sugar

salt to taste

2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®), or to taste

1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning blend (such as Tony Chachere’s®), or to taste

4 bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes

1 (6 ounce) can tomato sauce

2 teaspoons gumbo file powder

2 tablespoons bacon drippings

2 (10 ounce) packages frozen cut okra, thawed

2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

1 pound lump crabmeat

3 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons gumbo file powder

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Putting it all together:

Make a roux by whisking the flour and 3/4 cup bacon drippings together in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat to form a smooth mixture. Cook the roux, whisking constantly, until it turns a rich mahogany brown color. This can take 20 to 30 minutes; watch heat carefully and whisk constantly or roux will burn. Remove from heat; continue whisking until mixture stops cooking.

Place the celery, onion, green bell pepper, and garlic into the work bowl of a food processor, and pulse until the vegetables are very finely chopped. Stir the vegetables into the roux, and mix in the sausage. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat, and cook until vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Bring the water and beef bouillon cubes to a boil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Stir until the bouillon cubes dissolve, and whisk the roux mixture into the boiling water. Reduce heat to a simmer, and mix in the sugar, salt, hot pepper sauce, Cajun seasoning, bay leaves, thyme, stewed tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Simmer the soup over low heat for 1 hour; mix in 2 teaspoons of file gumbo powder at the 45-minute mark.

Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings in a skillet, and cook the okra with vinegar over medium heat for 15 minutes; remove okra with slotted spoon, and stir into the simmering gumbo. Mix in crabmeat, shrimp, and Worcestershire sauce, and simmer until flavors have blended, 45 more minutes. Just before serving, stir in 2 more teaspoons of file gumbo powder.

And now for the Pièce de résistance I give you a snap shot of Dizzy  the man that my father wrote inspired and amazing arrangements for.  There was no one in the world like him and he treated everyone the same way, DIZZY!

Happy Holidaze my JazzFanFoodies!  Peace ‘n love out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

Jazzybeatchick:

An homage to the WP Bloggers who made a difference in blogosphere….Nice! & Fresh … The way all of the blogs I follow are…Inspiring! Check it w/a jazz POV Chick Corea “Windows“.

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014.

“Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine

“Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated — in secret — with Watterson. Their awesome idea: Watterson would silently step in and draw Pastis’ comic strip, Pearls Before Swine, for a few days, pretending to be a second grader. Pastis recounts the experience, offering a rare glimpse of Bigfoot.

Pearls Before Swine; Stephan Pastis; June 4, 2014.

Pearls Before Swine ; Stephan Pastis; June 4, 2014.

“No Apology,” Mehreen Kasana

I will apologize for ISIS when every…

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Leigh Anne Tuohy, Racism, and the White Saviour Complex

Jazzybeatchick:

FreeWrite Friday ~ Interesting post. Jury still out on the “racist” “huddled” thing. Leigh AnneTuohy, clearly not a child of the 60s.  P.S.  Hear it from a Jazz POV

Dinah Washington – This Bitter Earth Peace out!   JBC 8-) <3

 

Originally posted on The Belle Jar:

Leigh Anne “That Nice Woman Sandra Bullock Played In The Blind Side” Tuohy recently posted the following picture and caption on her Facebook and Instagram accounts:

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We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We have to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people!…

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JazzUp Thursdays ~ The Unity of Life featuring the Ahmad Jamal Trio – “Stolen Moments” On a Poet’s Beat ~ “A Vast Confusion” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination & charm & gaiety to life.”  ~ Plato

It is that time of year again.  Holidays have become my days to prep, pamper, and prepare myself for renewal and spiritual enrichment.  It is a way to wash away the dirt of life’s suffering like waves upon our souls to rinse the confusion of our minds and rejuvenate the ocean of our existence.  It means to Relax, Breathe and Awaken to what is happening now.  I like to consider it an #IndaMomentSpa  to reclaim the joy and beauty of life as it is.  Not over thinking to the point of being confused, lost and devoid of wisdom.  Give a listen to Stolen Moments and feel the words of Ferlinghetti bring peace, clarity and contentment.  That is the secret to living life instead of surviving until the next life happening. Mark Nepo couldn’t have said it better…To be living, growing, changing beings in a living, growing, changing Universe opens a larger, more dynamic sense of relationship, to each other and the world, as we journey through the depth and surface of life. To find our way, alone and together, is the purpose of spiritual friendship. All we can do is hold each other up in the journey of becoming who we are, while sharing our experience of the mysterious Unity of Life.  It has become words to live and breathe by.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

 A Vast Confusion

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 

Long long I lay in the sands

Sounds of trains in the surf
in subways of the sea
And an even greater undersound
of a vast confusion in the universe
a rumbling and a roaring
as of some enormous creature turning
under sea and earth
a billion sotto voices murmuring
a vast muttering
a swelling stuttering
in ocean’s speakers
world’s voice-box heard with ear to sand
a shocked echoing
a shocking shouting
of all life’s voices lost in night
And the tape of it
someow running backwards now
through the Moog Synthesizer of time
Chaos unscrambled
back to the first
harmonies
And the first light

 

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WordPlay Wednesday ~ Oh No They Didn’t! Jazz & the Roaring Twenties are the Mimésis of American Life Therein Lies the Riff featuring Erroll Garner – It’s All Right With Me

Bryan Ferry Orchestra in the 1920s Style

Bryan Ferry Orchestra in the 1920s Style

“They’re all desperadoes, these kids, all of them with any life in their veins; the girls as well as the boys; maybe more than the boys.”  ~  – from “Flaming Youth,” by Warner Fabian

Wat da Mimésis?  Mimésis is our effort to become “like” a person or a phenomenon that we are drawn to.  Through jazz, dance, writing ~Improvisation is the portal that opens the heart to become vulnerable and connect to all aspects of life.  Perhaps this is the deeper meaning of what Aristotle wrote in his Poetics, called Mimésis.   Jazz revolutionized America’s social and cultural world.  It began with the Roaring Twenties and transformed to become the Jazz Age.  Both challenged the American traditional roles and mores of women.  John Held, Jr. introduced flappers in his cartoons by depicting women’s role as the gentile “Gibson girl” from an earlier generation to an outright Rebel.  Women no longer were confined to the home and its traditional roles and were becoming a young “independent” woman who was often coined as a little fast and maybe even a little brazen. Flappers truly offended the older generation because women defied conventions of acceptable feminine behavior. The flapper was “modern.” Flappers did more than symbolize a revolution in fashion and mores – they completely embodied the modern spirit of the Jazz Age.

Jazz Age Mimesis Courtesy of Jazz-feverdotblogspotdotcom

Jazz Age Mimesis Courtesy of Jazz-feverdotblogspotdotcom

I remember  my 14th birthday when my grandmother took me to the Russian Tea Room in New York City after we went to see The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews.  When we stayed at my grand rents house in Jamaica Estates, New York, where back in the 1960’s . was a gated community of well to do folks. I loved going up into the attic sitting on an old trunk and going through all grandmother’s  photo albums.  It was filled old sepia toned pictures of my grand rents.  The ones that stood out the most were the snaps of my grandmother replete in  full on Flapper style…short wavy auburn hair with a headband; flapper styled baggy sequined sleeveless dress with a fringe of wavy organdy; stylish Mary Jane shoes on her feet holding a long cigarette holder in her three-quarter length gloves covering her hands and arms to the elbow.  It was such a stark contrast to her appearance sitting across from me at the white linen covered table.

Women Saxophone Players

Women Saxophone Players

Louise Brooks the famous silent star was very much part of the Jazz Age. Her rise as a personality and as a film star was in keeping with the central phenomena of the flapper era – the worship of youth. Brooks’ exuberant social life echoed the flamboyant tenor of the times, while her social circle included the notable figures who helped define the era – such as the composer George Gershwin and the writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Benchley, H.L. Mencken and Anita Loos. Prior to her career in Hollywood, Brooks briefly appeared in such New York stage productions as the George White Scandals and Zeigfield Follies. Her tenure on stage (and later in the movies) brought her into contact with the wealthy, the artistic and the socially glamorous life of the 1920’s.  The Jazz Age is a big part of American history and is truly an Imitation of Life in all of its vulnerability, connections and engaging in all aspects of life not having to prove anything or have fears of approval, avoiding conflict or bartering which is really saying no to life.  Jazz through improvised expression says Yes accepting what ever aspect comes its way.  It seems as though jazz history like American History could only exact change through an array of people and communities, i.e. Flappers, Beatniks in the late 50’s and the Hippies in the 60’s; and Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.  It was not a smooth evolving series of musical styles; it was derived through desperate conflicting actions, ideals, and attitudes.  When the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War dropped our nation into turmoil, a noisy minority of the boomers protested through demonstrations or non-conformist lifestyles that changed the direction of American society and culture.  So for those of you who did not live through the 1960s, or were too young to remember, Walter Cronkite called those times  as the most turbulent decade of the century. He would end the evening news by signing off with  “That’s the way it is”.   Where were you?  What was happening in your life at that time?  I was smack dab in the thick of things…Peace Out & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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Tell it slant Tuesday ~ Awakening to Jazz and the Abstract Truth featuring Erroll Garner – “How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me”

Evening Surrealism Courtesy of crazygallerydotinfo

  Tell all the truth but tell it slant,

Success in circuit lies,
Too bright for our infirm delight
The truth’s superb surprise;

As lightning to the children eased
With explanation kind,
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.  ~ Emily Dickinson

The truth is- Jazz on a page has been exclusionary and categorized by Race and Ethnicity and continues to politicize this art artform by promoting separatism and discrimination in the same manner in which America was founded.  Many jazz writers and journalists continue to write about Jazz as a form of social and economic justice for African AmericansJazz is an artform.  It is defined as a means of creative expression, as poetry, song, or a specific creative genre, as the sonnet, based on traditional structures, standards, and principles according to Webster’s New World College Dictionary.  As a writer and a Native Daughter of Jazz I really want to know what it is like to be born into jazz, because all the written words about jazz so far turns out to be quite disquieting and lies on a template of discomfort  for understanding and appreciating “Jazz”  which is characterized as vanishing, residing in a place marred by racism, chauvinism, provincial, insular and socially depraved.  However, when witnessed and seen through my innocence from the soul and inner world of jazz, it allows us to preserve something of value  and   we embrace Jazz as nothing more than a healing, inspiring, transforming and awakening acoustic artform.   More to come….Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

As a special treat…A short meditation on Truth

This meditation incorporates frequencies of TRUTH and facilitates a connection to your higher-self. The tones and frequencies included in this track will guide you into a state of awareness where self-realization, and awakening to higher states of knowledge can occur. Use this meditation, along with focused intention, to explore the depths of self-discovery. The use of headphones is required to achieve the full benefit of this meditation. This is only a small preview of the entire meditation. The full length meditation is 30 minutes long and a high quality 320kbps MP3 file.

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Moveable Feast Monday ~ Mardi Gras celebrates Holidaze with JUST DESSERTS! Vegan King Cake featuring Diana Krall – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

“Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.”~ Victor Hugo

Okay JazzFoodies before you say that I am mixing up my Holidays, I am not!  I love to use Holiday favs year round.  I believe in wearing white (aka Winter White) after Labor Day.  Did you really think after all these years I’ve been on the planet that a simple rule that doesn’t make sense would affect me?  Not!  Jazz up your New Year with Hoppin’ John for good luck and King Cake to set the New Year off with a bit of a twist.  Love & Peace Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

In the Mix:

King Cake:
1 pack dry active yeast
1/4 cup warm water
tbsp maple syrup
2 1/2 All Purpose Flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp margarine
2 tbsp energ egg replacer + 1 tbsp water
1/4 cup applesauce
1/3 cup non dairy milk ( I prefer almond milk)

Vegan King Cake Filling:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Vegan King Cake Topping:
Vegan Butter cream

Sprinkles – green, yellow, purple or you can do the white, red, green thing or 3 of your favorite colors

Now I know it isn’t Mardi Gras, however, mom always said to live a life that is filled with celebration.  Happy Holidays!

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Birth as poetry in research

Jazzybeatchick:

 

This speaks to the secret habits of jazz living. Jazz is devoted to the life of expression because it is the tuning fork to find our way to Sacredness.  Peace & Love Out! A good read…

Originally posted on Dr Susan Crowther:

Using poetry in research and professional life as an academic in health care practice could be construed as professional suicide. Yet it is a medium that keeps me sane and allows something more deeply felt to filter through. I am in the process of writing an academic journal article about poetry use in research and thought I would air some of my early musings.

When I completed my PhD thesis the final chapter evolved around a final poem that emerged from participants words (see below). It was risky –  however it paid off. That same poem on request from faculty management is now enlarged and lives proudly framed in front of the midwifery school in the faculty buildings. When presenting poems in conferences the audience is often left in a quiet place where I have to confirm to the chair and audience – “I’m finished” so the session can end…

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FreeWrite Friday ~ 7 Signs You’ve Found Your Gift featuring Dave Brubeck – “Over The Rainbow” – live at Storyville ~ Poet’s Beat ~ “Invictus” by William Earnest Henley

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Yesterday when I was on my way home from the store I saw a rainbow.  It was the second rainbow I had ever seen in my adult life.  I saw the beginning and was not able to see the end.  The first time I saw a rainbow it was in Brooklyn New York and I was visiting my great grandfather who was Native American from the Ossining tribe.  There was a down pour of rain and we were sitting on the stoop outside of his three story townhouse on President Street.  He was reading the New York Times newspaper and I was reading from a reader that my Nana (his wife) gave me.  I stopped reading and I proclaimed that I wanted to write when I grew up.  Patting me on my head I believe you will be great at anything you love to do.  Do you want to know how I know that?  I looked up and he was pointing at the rainbow that hung in the sky like a constellation of beautiful colors.  I learned that a rainbow is a sign to follow our hearts desire and purpose.  What I have discovered on my spiritual journey is the symbolism of the rainbow sensing a direct deep connection with the Spirit.  Native Americans believe that the Spirit is gently reminding us to stay focused on our path and to have patience and faith that the Gifts of the Spirit will manifest in awesome and unexpected ways.  So I am going to embrace the gifts and the beauty of Nature and all the blessings from Heaven and the Universe has to offer.  Here are 7 signs I learned from the jazz lessons for living a fulfilling and happy life.

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do ~ Rilke

  1. It comes Naturally

You always feel its presence and you look forward to doing it every day.  You are drawn to it and when you do it you don’t care what the outcome is or have any expectations.

  1. It’s is recognized and praised by others

Your friends and family would tell you it is a talent you have.  They come to you for help or suggestions.

  1. It tests your abilities and inspires you to want to solve or perform it giving you a tremendous amount of satisfaction.

You find it exhilarating to write or paint or play the guitar, you lose track of time you feel that you are off balance if you don’t do it on a regular basis.

  1. You believe and have faith in your abilities.

Sometimes it seems frustrating but you keep going back to it in your mind until you come to a resolution and you are satisfied.

  1. It is timeless.

You never tire of doing or thinking about it.  You get excited and feel complete when you reach the place where you are connected in mind-body-soul.

  1. It integrates all aspects of who you are.

It complements every aspect of your life.  When you use your ability in more than one area of your life, you are actualized and you see the world differently.

  1. It’s Larger than Life

When you are overwhelmed you find that your ability becomes hyper-vigilant and others using their talents will join you in an effort for the benefit of all.  Musicians demonstrate this when jamming or performing on stage.  It is electric and euphoric.

 

Here is a poem that my father and mother used to read to me when I was three years old instead of a bedtime story.  I would recite and copy into my hand made journal with pictures and drawings for inspiration to be resourceful and wait through the strife and hardship that life brings.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

Invictus

by William Earnest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud,
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

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JazzUp Thursdays ~ O-Jazz-O War Memoir by Bob Kaufman featuring Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream – Take 8

Postcards from The Yellow Room Courtesy of sidsmithdotblogspotdotcom

Postcards from The Yellow Room Courtesy of sidsmithdotblogspotdotcom

 

My head is a bony guitar, strung with tongues, plucked by fingers & nails.”  ~ Bob Kaufman on  his own work

Jazz has always been forced to be political.  More so than any other American Artform.  So if we are to get a better understanding of the jazz, we will have to take a good look at what the outside world and for the longest time jazz has been at some kind of war.  It is only natural that at the tender age of eleven, I had fallen in love with jazz sound and words.  Jazz poetry is the best of both worlds for me.  There ain’t nothin’ in this world I could ask God to give me, than the gift of translating musical notes into words.  Take the shape of a life lived in full measure.  Of course, with that gift I had to face the perfect storms of life and after all that is played and done, a glorious experience and sense of timing.  The art of knowing when to..stop, start, slow it down, staccato and rests carefully placed on the canvas of life.  That knowing has left me craving peace and serenity and knowing deep down to the souls of my heart that the joy comes when we wait,  Waiting is the first born of jazz poetry.  So, I have embraced Jazz and Poetry for the month of April.  Exploring mindfulness meditations and conversations that gives the soul the full acoustic literary dose of memories, dreams, inspiration that expands and awakens the mysterious source of living the life that is waiting for us….  Today I want to take a closer look at Bob Kaufman and unleash the scores of wisdom and insight.  I paired these two because of my dad and my mom have made this all possible… Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

O-Jazz-O

Bob Kaufman

Where the string
At
some point,
Was umbilical jazz,
Or perhaps,
In memory,
A long lost bloody cross,
Buried in some steel cavalry.
In what time
For whom do we bleed,
Lost notes, from some jazzman’s
Broken needle.
Musical tears from lost
Eyes.
Broken drumsticks, why?
Pitter patter, boom dropping
Bombs in the middle
Of my emotions
My father’s sound
My mother’s sound,
Is love,
Is life.

Poet Jack Micheline said about Kaufman, “I found his work to be essentially improvisational, and was at its best when accompanied by a jazz musician. His technique resembled that of the surreal school of poets, ranging from a powerful, visionary lyricism of satirical, near dadaistic leanings, to the more prophetic tone that can be found in his political poems.

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WordPlay Wednesday ~ Letting go thru the Fog of Cancer featuring John Coltrane – Serenity & A Guided Meditation on the Body, Space, and Awareness with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Courtesy of Tammy Ransdell

Courtesy of Tammy Ransdell

It is the way you play that makes it…Play like you play, play like you think, and you got it, if you are going to get it.  And whatever you get, that’s you, so that’s your story.”  ~ Count Basie

The message that Jazz continues to flow through my life is that the soul journey that all of us are on is learning how to strike a balance between being present and expressing love and service through our spiritual giftsCount Basie shared those words on “playing” which translated to “living” the fall of 1967 at the Newport Jazz festival when my father took me to  a MJF Orchestra rehearsal for their Saturday night performance.  The Count was onstage sitting at the piano, he motioned for me to come sit next to him on the bench.  I shot a look at my father smiling Go on, he’s family!  At that very moment at the tender age of thirteen feeling I am in an absolute blissful existence, I am an ocean filled with possibilities.  Jazz is a way of collaborating with other souls connecting us to a universal riff that transcends all limitations that is awakening everyone to self discovery and expression in the majesty of God’s gift to our lives. In 2000 Jazz saved my life.  My mother and I were in for the fight of our lives against Breast Cancer. I struggled to desperately to reconnect with my soul.  What had been so sacred to me was lost and I wanted to make peace with my cancer.  I had to let go of what no longer worked for me and find new ways to get back into a flow and reconnect to the journey of the sacred aspects in my life.  I would go to chemotherapy and would play Coltrane, Miles, the Count and Ella, Sarah and of course my dad’s music.  Mark Singer in The Untethered Soul” taught me to experience and allow the cancer to flow.  Don’t fight it but to breathe and accept things as they are.  I remembered that Fall day back in 1967 with Count Basie and became alive surrendering my fears  and loss to find a new current that was flowing with life.  My friends faded away because they didn’t know what to say to me.  I can’t tell you the number of times I wanted to give up.  I listened to Coltrane’s Serenity and became completely present and forgiving.  The transformational power of letting go by listening to jazz was shear Nirvana.   Joseph Campbell said it best…“You must give up the life you planned to have the life that is waiting for you.”   Peace and Love Out! JBC 8-) & <3

So chillax and breathe with this wonderful  Guided Meditation on the Body, Space, and Awareness with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Tell it Slant Tuesday ~ RiffShot ~ Race Judicada… feat. Regina Carter – “Higher Ground” Special Note: Leila “Change” – A Song To Eliminate Racism

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And if we don’t fight 
if we don’t resist 
if we don’t organize and unify and 
get the power to control our own lives 
Then we will wear 
the exaggerated look of captivity 
the stylized look of submission 
the bizarre look of suicide 
the dehumanized look of fear 
and the decomposed look of repression 
forever and ever and ever 
And there it is ~ Jayne Cortez

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There is a reason why music and poetry are timeless.  Yet the words and the thoughts reflect the times that we live in.  Sometimes you can use a lot of words when only a few would do.  Racism is a phenomenon of culture, a birth defect if you will, it gives rise to emotions that all of us wish would just fade away.    Jazz belongs to everyone.  Its beginnings were stained by society’s deference to understanding the people who played it.  It was stigmatized and was used as a device to suppress and not to liberate which is what the spirit of the sound was all about.  The sixties became the era that all things changed.  Lil Hardin Armstrong before going onto the bandstand once said “We used to look out at you all and say, ‘What are they staring at?  Why are they all here?’  That is what racism and discrimination played upon.  I believe that racism will always be around.  The only difference now, after going through years of “staring” and “tolerating”, now is the time for everyone to change that script to one the includes conversations of compassion and embracing the differences that each of us possesses.  We were born into it.  And it is not a defect.  Cultural Anthropology dictates that it is necessary to find that higher place so that Humanity will transcend our racial differences and to color beyond the lines of life that includes Black, White, Blue, Yellow and Red – to live fully on the blank canvas of Life. Here is a special treat for this holiday season…Peace & Love Out!  JBC -8) & <3

Leila “Change” – A Song To Eliminate Racism

A beautiful song I am blessed to have co-written with 2 amazing writers & souls! K.C. Porter & Francesca Richard .”Change” will be on my new CD “Soul Ascension” & is also currently available at http://www.cdbaby.com/oneness. Oneness is a not for profit organization based out of Los Angeles whose mission is to eliminate hate and racism through music. I was honored to have been chosen to come together with some of the top names in the music industry, all for the common goal of using our creative gifts to heal, uplift, inspire and unify. This is the actual multimedia slideshow that was used as a beautiful backdrop in my live performance video of this song. It features beautiful photographs, generously made available royalty free by their respective photographers whom I deeply appreciate and credit at the end of the live performance..may this song touch your hearts, and as it says…remind us all of our “commonality and our divinity” Blessings, Leila

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Moveable Feast Monday~ JUST DESSERTS! A Jazz “Rawsome Delights” Byte ~ Raw Chocolate Cheesecake by Jolinda Hackett

Movable Feast Monday

“The world is upheld by the veracity of good men: they make the earth wholesome. They who lived with them found life glad and nutritious. Life is sweet and tolerable only in our belief in such society.”  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Hey JazzFoodies here is an awesome raw vegan dessert recipe for raw double layer vanilla and chocolate cheesecake with a peanut butter topping. Use raw carob if you don’t like or can’t find raw cacao. A gourmet raw foods dessert for sure!  This gourmet raw vegan cheesecake recipe comes from the new book full of similarly delicious raw and living food recipes, Rawsome Vegan Baking, by Emily von Euw. Emily says that this raw layered cheesecake is “One of the best things I have ever put in my mouth.”  Bon Appétite!   Peace & Love Out!  JBC  8-) & <3

Raw-Chocolate-Cheesecake by Chef Jolinda Hackett

Raw-Chocolate-Cheesecake by Chef Jolinda Hackett

In the mix:

  • 1 cup (90 g) oats
  • 1 cup (175 g) pitted dates
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups (190 g) raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups (263 g) pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup (85 g) liquid sweetener, any kind (optional)
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
  • Water
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) cacao or carob powder
  • 3 tablespoons (48 g) raw peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons (18 g) raw chocolate recipe

 

Puttin’ it All Together:

First, prepare the crust. Pulse together the oats into flour in your food processor, and then add the dates and process until they stick together. Press into the bottom of a spring-form pan and put in the fridge.

Next, prepare the cheesecake. Blend together the banana, melted coconut oil, raw cashews, dates, liquid sweetener, and vanilla seeds until very smooth, using as little water as possible, to keep your cheesecake creamy. If you don’t want to add any water, use some extra liquid sweetener or another banana. This is your vanilla layer.

Transfer half of the vanilla batter to a bowl.

To make the chocolate layer, add the raw cacao powder or raw carob powder to the remaining batter that is still in your blender and blend until it’s well incorporated. Now spread the vanilla layer and the chocolate layer on your crust, alternating layers a few times.

Set in the freezer overnight and then drizzle with peanut butter and homemade raw chocolate the next day. Enjoy!  This is the closest thing to Heaven on Earth.  You have got to treat yourself.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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FreeWrite Friday ~ 5 Eazy Peazy Steps to Transform & InspireYour Life with the Secret Habits of Jazz Living ~ Step 1 Responsibility with Oprah on Taking Responsibility for Your Life featuring New Age Jazz – Inner Peace

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry its own weight, this is a frightening prospect.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Step 1: Taking Responsibility for Your life

When I conceptualized my blog last November, I knew that I wanted to write posts focusing on mindfulness meditations about life and how I could actualize my dreams. I began clearing all the cobwebs from my past that no longer applied or stained my perspectives when preparing for the present and the future. I realize that I have carried around images of myself that have been tainted by my breast cancer, reliving my mother’s death in 2003; and the complications from my GBS and BrCa that continue to haunt me affecting my image of my body and life. I realized I must take responsibility and accountability of my life to flip the script to creating who I am. before I can change my life, first I must take full responsibility.   It means to stop blaming others – the demanding employer, ungrateful children, unpredictable weather, irritating spouse, unreliable friend, useless government, unfavorable circumstances, an unjust God – and instead realize that you are the creator of your own life story.  So I see myself living through the worse aspects of breast cancer and the complications associated and see myself  making healthier choices and to deal with the issues as they arise.

Life Lesson from Albert Einstein

Life Lesson from Albert Einstein

 

Consciousness raising is the key element here. We are conditioned to conduct our lives unconsciously resembling watching a movie of living life on auto pilot and automatically reacting to everything and everyone.  What we can do now is take a deep breath, realize that we have a choice and that the first choice is whether we want to simply react in a reflex-like manner or whether we want to make a conscious decision of what the best course of action is. Begin by taking responsibility for everything that has happened in your life so far. The difference is that in the past we unconsciously created undesired effects by not being present and behavior we have learned from others.  Realize that we can intentionally have thoughts to create the lives we have always dreamed of.  Responsibility means that it is not based on duty and assigning blame and guilt but embracing your life through your thoughts, your actions and your decisions. It is a question of cause and effect and hopefully a shift from unconscious creation to conscious creation.  The quality of our decisions is a totally different story and will be discussed in future posts.  Once we have decided to become the conscious creators of our lives, a whole wide world of opportunity arises and opens up its gates to an ideally purposeful life.  Please have a look at Oprah on Taking Responsibility for Your Life – Oprah’s LifeclassOprah Winfrey Network.  What do you create in your life?  Are you living the life you want?  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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Jazzin’ thru Thursday ~ Living in the Moment featuring Dizzy Gillespie’s “Night In Tunisia” and “For The Moment” by Pierre Reverdy

“There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play, which is dangerously, where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before.” ~Dave Brubeck

 

Live every moment

I had fallen in love with the sound of words, even though I had to keep it a secret.   I credit discovering my inner voice when immersed in the sound and creation of jazz music realized at my first Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra rehearsal session in June of 1965.  Now when I am facing cancer trials and tribulations, I write.  When I am grateful for the wonders of life and God’s blessings, I write.  When I am weary and discouraged, I write.  I always felt that my father didn’t want me to become a writer, it wasn’t until after his death that I found out it was just his way of letting me know that if I can take all the adversity and really feel that I had to write,  then I must write…..  Love & Peace Out!  JBC 8-) & <3.

 

For The Moment

by Pierre Reverdy

Life is simple and gay
The bright sun rings with a quiet sound
The sound of the bells has quieted
down
This morning the light hits it all
The footlights of my head are lit again
And the room I live in is finally bright

Just one beam is enough
Just one burst of laughter
My joy that shakes the house
Restrains those wanting to die
By the notes of its song

I sing off-key
Ah it’s funny
My mouth open to every breeze
Spews mad notes everywhere
That emerge I don’t know how
To fly toward other ears

Listen I’m not crazy
I laugh at the bottom of the stairs
Before the wide-open door
In the sunlight scattered
On the wall among green vines
And my arms are held out toward you

It’s today I love you.

 

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WordPlay Wednesday ~ 5 Secret Habits of Jazz Living to Getting to Know Who You Are featuring David Benoit – Human Nature

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“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” ― Ralph EllisonInvisible Man

 

 

Romare Bearden Odyssey - a trip of self discovery

Romare Bearden Odyssey – a trip of self discovery

Our experiences shape and make us into the people we are today.  But that does not clarify who we really are or for that matter what we are passionate about or what we want from life or what our purpose is.

We develop beliefs and values albeit good and not so good from our environment.  The pressure from society to conform plays the biggest role in how these virtues are developed.

When I was younger, I thought academic achievement and fitting in defined my self-worth.

Except from memoir:  Improvising Positions….

The sunrise cast a warm glow through my picture window early Monday morning.  Dad is sitting at the piano in our living room making last minute notations on the songs for rehearsal later today.  He is my five a.m. wake up call. I would hear dulcet tones sending a breath of notes across my mind to the beat of my existence.  It was a series of riffs and changes with a syncopated harmonic intent.  It had a rhythm that majestically brought a sense of devotion to each note.  The sound of him hitting each piano key gave the house a mystery, transforming life and setting our house apart from the rest of the houses on Wilton Place….

…Growing up, I am the “native” daughter of a 60s Jazz arranger/conductor where the reining tradition was parents (‘rents) had the final word.  I slump down in my seat staring out the window trying to recover.  I feel betrayed.   Deep down inside I always felt like I was a visitor especially when it came to expressing my feelings and even more so in the world.  To me being mixed race or checking the “Other” box is a perfect witness to my life.  My father was a very complicated man of contradictions.  So reading and writing poems became my escape.    It liberated me from the labyrinths of insuperable gender and race biases that tend to dissipate little girls like me.

 I would hole up in my room for hours overhearing myself admit difficult truths that I could not hide from.  It welcomed creative inspirations into my sensory consciousness.    It gave me the chance to explore and discover the province of sound and words.   I found my rhythm. Mom taught me how to read when I was 3.  I was eleven years old when I had fallen in love with sound, art and most of all words.  Dad throughout all the civil rights Tsunami did not faze him because he was driven to do the best on all levels for the upcoming Festival.  I followed suit in my own little way.  I survived by living in disguise. Since I was very young, the sanctity of my bedroom provided a canvas where I hoped, dreamed, set my own values and aspirations.  When I left my room I had to leave them behind like my books and other treasures tucked away on a shelf nestled in the opposite corner of the room.  I knew that Dad loved me, not without surrendering and bartering my own thoughts and feelings when he told me what I was supposed to want.  Dad repeatedly drummed into me that …being a doctor is where it’s at.  My foray into the jazz world began when I could feel my father’s intensity and determination given to each note; I mirrored that sensation into words at my desk.  I discovered and accepted the gifts and talents that Grandpa used to tell me… were gifts God gave me.  I let go of my family “persona”  free to let my imagination come alive and tap into my personal sense of purpose and who I really am.  Early mornings I would lie in bed hearing the music climb the stairs, it had a purpose, it had an intent – it was harmonic, it had a rhythm that grabbed my heart and rendered the beats to prepare me to go to my desk open my curtains and let the burst of the morning gently touch my face.  Jazz was transformative.  I was paralyzed by the feeling of losing my father’s love if I chose to follow my star.  I needed for him to tell me things would be okay.  That he would help me, encourage me, teach me the way things are in the world I was living.  How did he do it?  Every time I tried to step out of the role he created in the song he wrote for me, he would resist.  So I would withdraw and try to convince myself that he knows what’s best for me.  I was so conflicted when he would teach me how to sight sing from sheet music, take me to his rehearsals and ask what instrument I wanted to learn how to play?  There were definitely rules of conduct and engagement with others in the Jazz world.  There were two distinct behaviors, one associated with our home and private life and the one associated with our public life.  I spent most of the time in my room.  There the only rule was to be myself.

So here are 5 Secret Habits of Jazz Living that helped me to find myself:

  1. You do not have to justify or define your worth.

It is not up for debate.  You cannot change your circumstance by saying If I do everything my parents or loved one wants then I will be accepted or loved.  Not only is that self deprecating and destructive it places your value outside of who you really are…worthy of love, respect, and compassion.

  1. Take 5 to explore different things to identify the things you enjoy.

Begin by having a mindfulness meditation on what things you would do if you were stranded on an island or in the country or even a big city and see what you would like to do and need.  Would you need a guitar, books, art supplies, a camera or would you run or dance in place or create a movie?  Explore what makes you feel comforted, and what comes naturally to you.  You can sign up for classes in dance, guitar lessons, listen to a different music to find out what resonates with you.

  1. Let go of expectations. Be yourself!

Stop worrying about what the outcome will be.  Others have always tried to help me to find myself and granted that was wonderful but what I learned from the musicians when I went to their rehearsals was you have to discovers what makes you tick.  What gives you joy and what gives you pause.  Let your inner soul free to fly or sail to where ever it may lead you.

  1. Take care of yourself.

Follow your gut.  If something doesn’t feel right, listen to yourself.  Give yourself a break at least, well in my case, a hundred times a day.  If something isn’t going the way I want it to, step back and see what it is you really want from the situation.

  1. Fitting in is not the name of the game.

“The real treasure is not reaching your destination; it’s getting the most out of the journey.”

When you are living in the moment and being yourself you will attract authentic and lasting friendships into your life.  People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.

Your life is not set in stone.  You are the creator of your life and the choices you make.  You are Awesome and if someone tells you otherwise, tell them Haters Not Allowed.  Peace and Love Out!  JBC  8-) & <3

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Tell it Slant Tuesday ~ Prologue Knowing the Real You featuring Keiko Matsui – Voice Of The Heart Special short The Real You – Alan Watts

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     plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. | The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Jazz has taught me ~ Faith in my writing opens my mind to all of life’s possibilities.  My writing is my instrument.  It means everything to me.  It’s how I feel, how I express myself, how I communicate.  As writers we use every aspect of words and sounds seeking perfection.  That’s what keeps us going.  Knowing that you’ll never get there; it is something to strive for every moment of the day.

 

I practice with a blank page every day.  When I start with my morning free write meditation I realize that I bring in thoughts outside of who I am and from other things.  Reflection allows you to begin the process and to bask in the present tense.  You find the rhythm in your breath and  allow a stream of words and ideas to flow.  It is a very meditative process.  Writing and collage art are definitely my spiritual gifts and paths.  When I remember my upbringing Jazz became the portal that connected me to the world I live in and saved and healed me to where my life was heading.   I lived in disguise as a child.  There was something about reading and discovering the power of words and sound that was instinctive and natural to me.  It gave me strength.  It gave me a voice.  I think that everything that I represent when people look at me demonstrates that I am a writer to the core.  I started secretly writing when I was nine years old which by all standards is far too obscure for a daughter of a renowned jazz arranger and of mixed race to be seen as a successful writer in the literary and jazz world.  I am well read and educated and although I wrote I never entered contests or attempted to publish which now I feel has worked against me.  I think I have broken some myths about how people think about Jazz in my blog posts.  The greatest lesson I’ve learned is to be vulnerable and to believe in myself.  Being socially defined and proscribed as a minority in the ‘60’s and have the pressures of the literary world can sometimes be overwhelming and a lot to handle.  Writing and Jazz helped me to understand why I am here and why my purpose is to lean into my fears and opportunities to write no matter what the circumstances or rejections.  I will always be grateful for it.  I just think that is what I was born to do….Check out Alan WattsThe Real You.

Do you know who you are?  Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) & >3

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Moveable Feast Monday ~ Totally Rawsome Mediterranean Salad with FullyRaw Hummus! featuring Keiko Matsui – “Mediterranean Eyes”

Movable Feast Monday

Hey JazzFoodies, I am so sure by now that I have been eating healthy and eazy to chew and prepared meals.  Since my last visit to the hospitality suite of the Emergency Room just two weeks ago, I found that I have been told over the years that I have “anemia”.  Here’s the riff, I have a specific type of anemia also known as Thalassemia.  The diet I have been following has been rich in iron because I could not tolerate taking iron supplements.  Whoa!  FYI, if you have Thalassemia you have to avoid iron and iron rich products when you have the T type anemia.  What distresses me the most is that it has been decades of eating the wrong foods.  But, as I improvise my life and in turn not get stuck, I love creating dishes that truly make me feel good. And to me, that is the blessing in all of this.  It is sometimes difficult when you are born to a multiethnic background and living in a black and white world.  So I am going to honor and recognize my Mediterranean roots and discover super kool and delicious dishes from around the globe.  Gear up we are in flight and here is a lovely totally Rawsome Mediterranean Salad   To wit, I wish you all an Eazy Peaczy Monday!  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

Mediterranean Salad with FullyRaw Hummus! Celebrate culture, family, life, passion, and raw food, and share this colorful salad with your family and friends!

A few words from our Chef…I am half Lebanese and half Ecuadorian, and my family loves to celebrate our culture and LOVES to eat! In my culture, sharing food is a part of our culture; it’s a part of the bonding experience. Sharing food is sharing love. When I first went FullyRaw, one of the most difficult things to surpass was denying my mother’s Lebanese food. It wasn’t that I was desiring the food, but I missed the cultural aspect of sharing a dish and that bond with my family and friends. Also, I wanted to be able to share my new passion for health and raw foods with them. Therefore, I came up with this Mediterranean Salad with Hummus recipe to share with them! Eating cultural dishes doesn’t have to be unhealthy, but it can be delicious, colorful, and savory! Hummus is an all-time Arabic favorite, and you can use it as a side dip or a salad dressing! Raw food is beautiful food!

This salad is EPIC, savory, and tasty! It’s all about the flavors coming together to celebrate taste, culture, family, passion, and love!

There are a lot of ingredients in this salad because it is all of the flavors that make it absolutely delectable! An infusion of flavor is the Mediterranean way! :)

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Free Write Friday ~ “In and Out Of Time” by Maya Angelou featuring An Animation of the Poem

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Thanksgiving is over and as we move into the Christmas season I like to reflect back on the concept of Timing.  In and Out of Time is a very timeless poem in the sense that it conjures up feelings that are trés cool and always brings me to the time where I was happiest and care free…Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

 

“In and Out Of Time”

by Maya Angelou

The sun has come.

The mist has gone.

We see in the distance…

our long way home.

I was always yours to have.

You were always mine.

We have loved each other in and out of time.

When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun

and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor

I had always loved you more.

You freed your braids…

gave your hair to the breeze.

It hummed like a hive of honey bees.

I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there….

God…how I love your hair.

You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance.

Lost, injured, hurt by chance.

I screamed to the heavens….loudly screamed….

Trying to change our nightmares to dreams…

The sun has come.

The mist has gone.

We see in the distance our long way home.

I was always yours to have.

You were always mine.

We have loved each other in and out

in and out

in and out

of time.

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Jazzin’ Thru Thursday ~ Saved by Jazz: My Meditative Journey to the Life that is waiting… Featuring US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble – With Gratitude

 

“Life is not about finding our limitations, it’s about finding our infinity”. ∞ Herbie Hancock

Gratitude is the entrée of today.  Thanksgiving has a very special meaning to me since it is only my brother and me.  I am filled with gratitude every season because Breast Cancer changed my life forever.  Jazz saved my life.  This is my conversation with the universe before I went into major reconstructive surgery and things went totally wrong.

It was Thursday, November 30th, 2000 I was 48 years old.  A week after Thanksgiving, this was my big Reconstructive Surgery Day.  It was my attempt to make up for all of the losses and the ravages that resulted from the traumatic complications of breast cancer.   Life, as I knew it six months before today, would be restored.  I wanted to believe that life was the space between the notes and would free me from the exiled island where I had come to live.  Today, I realize that every breath I take is the space between the notes in a melody that was fueled by God’s love and grace.  I learned that surrendering, accepting and embracing everything that has happened in my “so called perfect life”, i.e., … In 1990 being completely paralyzed from Guillain-Barré; 1994 my father’s death; 2003 my mom’s return of cancer that was terminal; my diagnosis on April 14, 2000 (ironically on my father’s birthday); and today.  Yes, today is going to be my day; I get the chance to make things right with my soul and universe within.  I hoped that it was not just an illusion.

          Counting, 100…99…95, I am breathing in life, I see my surgeon with her mask, her eyes were reassuring and smiling, I blink.  85…80 I open my eyes again halfway, I see my mom, beautifully 1960’s coiffed hair; almond shaped pools of peaceful hazel green eyes; skin so soft and radiant now paled by society’s proscriptions; a sweet smile that always masked the pain of living in two worlds.  She is now standing by my side, smiling and leans over to kiss me on my cheek.  I hear my father’s music that I gave the surgical team begin to play, “The Shadow of Your Smile”, it is filling the O.R.,  I inhale — my soul is moving —feeling every note.  75…70, I open my eyes again, I see my father, I close my eyes tightly and slowly opening them again– he is still there, he is smiling, he kisses my forehead and says, you are playing my music, I added the song I wrote for you can you hear it? I feel myself nodding.  Darkness now has consumed me.

          The next time my eyes open I am in the ICU.  I am connected to several machines, and they are beeping.  Morphine drip is set on automatic.  I stir trying to find some comfort in being in a lot of pain, searching for relief.  I turn my head and open my eyes and see Todd a friend from work is standing by my bed.  He said I sneaked in, your mom told me where I was.  We laughed.  Suddenly, an alarm went off—nurses and staff come running in.  I scream. What’s going on?  My mouth is being covered with an oxygen mask.  My surgeon is now standing next to me, says, The graft failed, I have to take you back into the OR. I gasp WAIT!  How long have I been in surgery?  She answered slowly, 16 hours I took another deep breath What about my DNR?  She said, Your mom rescinded it.  Suddenly my mother was beside the gurney as I was being wheeled to the OR.  My mom motioned for them to stop the gurney and positioned herself to be in front of me.   I can’t mom, just let me go, I cried.  She took my hand and said, I need you, you have been my caregiver for the past 3 years and I still need you, I am your caregiver now and it is not your time.

Living with Gratitude

That was the moment my meditative journey began.  My fears drifted into the darkness at the center of my soul.  I felt God’s presence.  I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and then I exhaled — letting go of the most frightening and painful parts of my life.  I began to feel as though I was sailing into uncharted waters, letting go of everything I thought I could control.  Now I am completely trusting and have faith that my life’s purpose and wake would take care of itself.   Became an elemental person and was driven inward to my creative sea.  I reconnected with my early roots of Jazz and it was my portal to the life that is waiting for me.  Happy Thanksgiving!  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3.

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WordPlay Wednesday ~ Jazz Language and Why we need to Create to Make the World a Better Place ~Featuring ASCAP 100

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Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

 

As a appetizer and a pre-Thanksgiving football, food lodging gift I give you  Jason Silva’s  “Existential Bummer”.

It has been proven that learning a different language or learning to play music like jazz has a ton of benefits when it comes to health and cognitive abilities.  According to a study that was conducted at the University of Washington, Seattle WA found that bilinguals can process information more quickly than their monolingual counterparts.  Additionally, did you know that musicians like bilinguals are better at arithmetic, because it developes the mind and conditions it to see and experience different perspectives, versatility and possibilities.  FYI the  Basal ganglia is the part of the brain that processes and interprets information before it is integrated into speaking, thinking ~ our cognitive skills aka our inner genius.  So learn French or Japanese or learn to play an instrument and check out jazz where after you master the basics you can improvise and expand your ability of self expression.

 

ASCAP 100: Why We Create Music [Film] – Collaborative Score – Ne-Yo Lady Antebellum Aloe Blacc

Published on Nov 22, 2013

ASCAP hit its 100-year milestone on February 13th, 2014. For an entire century, the leading US performing rights organization has made it possible for American songwriters, composers and music publishers, who create the music the world loves, to thrive alongside the businesses that use their work. The ASCAP site features an interactive timeline of ASCAP’s rich history and additional interviews with each of the 15 ASCAP members featured in this film.

ASCAP’s commissioned short film “Why We Create Music” celebrates the organization’s 100-year history by providing a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of a veritable who’s-who of today’s top songwriters and composers. Combining footage from more than 10 separate film shoots around the country with 15 ASCAP members, the film explores the meaning and power of music as expressed by the music creators themselves. In addition, from shoot to shoot an unprecedented collaborative musical composition was built as each participant added their own musical “voice” to the score. A companion song, “More Than The Stars,” which will also have a music video and features lyrics by Ne-Yo, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Dan Wilson and Claudia Brant, will be released soon. A preview of “More Than The Stars” can be heard in the end credits of the “Why We Create Music” film.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Love and Peace Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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Tell it Slant Tuesday ~ The Object ~ “An Inventory of Being” to Bring Purpose & Joy into Your Life feat. Gilberto & the Musicabana Orchestra – “Jannat”

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”. ~ Galatians 5:22-23

 

With Girl and Sea

With Girl and Sea

“Ellie” poem is an exercise in getting to know one’s self.  It’s poetic form was apropos for Eleanor Wait in 1967. “Ellie: An Inventory of Being” is the full title.  The poem is a creative study of who she is and is what we would write in our journals.  I was first introduced to this poem in 1986 when I took a creative writing class at UC Berkeley in 1986.   It is a great way to ring in the new year because if you do it every year, you will see how much you have grown.  It is a way to take a personal and spiritual inventory of your life and an opportunity to transform areas that no longer enhance your experiences.  The processes is enlightening as well as healing.  Here  is My take on the “Ellie” poem… My father wrote a song for me when I was three years old titled with the name he gave me Jannat  It kinda reminds me of a “Rickie Richardo I Love Lucy sound goin’ on.  Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

 

Being Jannat

I am Jannat.

 

I am sixty years old.

 

I may be considered a senior, but never old

A woman not afraid to lean into life.

 

I have been 69 inches tall since I was nine years old.

I have light brown eyes with flecks of gold

And light brown hair with champagne speckled highlights

That gives me that “tawny” chick look.

With a café au lait complexion I’ve got the best of both worlds

Stretching between then and now

And knowing that age ain’t nothin’ but a number

 

I am a perpetual student, a fancy chick and a child in my heart;

Cancer tried to steal my femininity, my soul, my life but lost.

 

I love soul inspired vegan foods with seafood on the side.

 

I am younger than I look

Younger than Swing;

I love the smell of frankincense and myrrh.

I drink green tea with honey and coffee with steamed milk.

Gerber daisies wail and water lilies give me pause.

I am afraid of shattering glass.

 

I love jambalaya in evening and gumbo in the rain.

I thrive in adversity.

 

I love seashores and jazz ballads, but

I can’t stand pretentiousness and ingenuousness.

 

I like bookstores lined with words, wisdom and the world and

Soft cozy chaises because it comforts me.

 

I like calligraphy pens and leather bound journals filled with

Thoughts of God’s grace, mercy and serenity but I can only find

Faith in nature and not confined to a built

Sanctuary.

 

I love sea shells.

I like tiger’s eye better than diamonds,

Rose quartz more than pearls.

But I never want a diamond or

A gold band

Because it is not written in my stars.

 

Just for today.

 

I will never have a daughter who I would have named Ella

and a son named Matthew –

but I will adopt sounds, words and iambic pentameter that

expresses who I am instead.

 

That is never gonna change.

 

I believe that women are more than gender,

making waves and breaking free.

I know there were 20 pieces in my father’s band

But could never understand why he didn’t have women musicians

Who he loved and groomed to sing so beautifully.

 

Lorraine Hansberry and Marian McFarland were my high school idols.

Now I’ll add (secretly)  Audrey Hepburn.

I am feminine not a feminist.

I love to surf alone.

 

I am cra cra about avocados and cashew cheddar cheese, shrimp

With lobster sauce and Greek yogurt.

The only clutter I allow is clouds.

 

I love ballet slippers and cotton caftans and going barefoot in the park

I make gumbo in the oven and must add filé.

I have fallen in love with adjectives, nouns and diagramming sentences.

I read Dillard and Cortez.

 

I love breezes and dew and snowcapped waves

 

And Zen flutes and Enya, even if it’s not jazz

And I don’t like makeup or perfume or ‘bad’ news story programs but

I adore poetry reading.

 

I love fireplaces on the beach and front porches with hammocks that swing to and fro.

 

I love gelato and pink lip gloss.

I love being raised with music, and love TV

And midsummer dreaming at Shakespeare in the park.

 

I like dressing up and not standing on ceremony.

I hate deadlines and toxic bosses.  But I have learned to live with them.

 

I’d rather sail than walk.  But I’ll drive 17 Mile Drive anytime.

 

I am self consciously honest and

I am always searching for a deeper meaning.

I wish compassion to be a part of life even though I have been exposed to hatred and hostility.

 

I write too fast.

I love watercolors but hate coloring within the lines.

 

It doesn’t matter whether people get me,

Even thought they think they do and

Think that they are always right.

 

If I had a lot of money I’d go to the Galapagos.

The second place would be Reunion.

And the third would be to listen to jazz in Paris.

I don’t want to dance on the moon, but I’d love to watch sea gulls.

I’ve always believed that butterflies are reincarnates.

 

I am silly.

But most of the time it’s improvisational

 

I get abdominal pains.

 

I needed my parents undying love, because I knew they needed mine.

I am a rugged individualist and sometimes I wish I could disappear.

I used to believe that happy endings were only in the movies.

Now I know that is not true.

 

I am a poet because now there is only me.

I support equality, but

If I were Japanese I’d be a monk.

If I were a Republican I’d rather be dead.

I’m in favor of freedom but not at the price of life.

 

I could be in love, but dying always messes things up

And I am left alone.

 

I am seasonally frustrated because Christmas and Thanksgiving are for families and annually concerned about my life.

 

My name is Jannat, and this is 2014.

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Moveable Feast Monday ~ Socca 2 me Flatbread Pizza featuring Archived Academy – Reaching for the Stars

 

Movable Feast Monday

Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation. ~ Michael Jackson

 

Happy Thanksgiving JazzFoodies! Here are two recipes for a flatbead pizza that are so eazy peazy that you will have time for the more important things during this holiday season.  This is perfect for setting a festive mood and gives lots of energy for whatever you have planned.  So to that end….Bon Appétit!

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summer-squash-and-feta-pizza Courtesy of CookieandKate.com

Socca Pizza with Summer Squash and Feta

by Cookie and Kate

Recipe type: Main

Prep time:  1 hour 5 mins

Cook time:  20 mins

Total time:  1 hour 25 mins

Serves: 2

A simple and delicious, gluten-free chickpea crust pizza. I topped mine with summer squash ribbons and other Greek flavors, including feta and fresh thyme. You can add any pizza toppings you’d like! Be sure to allow an hour for the chickpea flour to soak up water. The rest comes together quickly. Recipe as written yields one small (9- to 10-inch) pizza.

INGREDIENTS

Socca pizza crust

  • 1 cup (120 grams) chickpea flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Pizza toppings

  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
  • 1 small zucchini and/or yellow squash (I used both but had leftovers of each), ribboned with a vegetable peeler and/or julienne peeler and tossed lightly in olive oil
  • 5 pitted Kalamata olives, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Small handful sun-dried tomatoes (either oil-packed or Trader Joe’s dried kind)
  • 1 small sprig fresh thyme, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, water, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, garlic and salt. Let the mixture rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Turn on the broiler with a rack positioned 8 inches from heat. Place a 10-inch ovenproof skillet (preferably cast iron) in the oven to preheat.
  3. Once the skillet is hot, carefully remove it from the oven (it’s crazy hot, wear oven mitts!). Pour in 1 tablespoon olive oil and swirl the pan around so the oil is evenly distributed. Pour in the chickpea batter and return the skillet to the broiler. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until the socca is set and the edges are browning and pulling away from the sides of the pan. Remove from oven, turn off broiler and turn oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Spread the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil on top of the socca (it will soak right in). Top the socca with mozzarella, then distribute the ribboned/julienned squash on top. Sprinkle olives and sun-dried tomatoes on top, then sprinkle feta over the pizza.
  5. Return the skillet to the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is browning and the socca is crisp. Remove from oven and sprinkle fresh thyme on top. Let the pizza cool for 2 to 3 minutes before slicing into 4 pieces and serving.

NOTES:

Recipe adapted from The Homemade Flour Cookbook by Erin Alderson.
MAKE IT VEGAN: Skip the cheese for veggie flatbread.
LEFTOVER SQUASH SUGGESTIONS: Turn leftover squash ribbons into a squash ribbon salad, like this, or just add them to a simple green salad.
CHANGE IT UP: You can treat the socca pizza crust as though it were any basic pizza crust. Erin made a margherita pizza with her socca crust—she simply topped her pizza crust with sliced tomatoes and shredded mozzarella and sprinkled fresh basil on top once it came out of the oven.
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: a 10-inch cast iron skillet.

I learn very quick and well through using all of my sensibilities, so I thought maybe a quick video would give you a demonstration that you and your friends and family can participate and enjoy.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC -8) & <3

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FreeWrite Friday ~ Consciousness of Creating Your Dream Life ~ Feat. Kyle Eastwood – “Solace”

FreeWrite Friday

 

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~ Harriet Tubman 

 “New Birth, New Creation” by Carol Lynne

Life is change, every moment brings change.

In this moment there is creation
There is passion
There is fire
There is birth
A new idea
A new creation
A new love
A new passion.
Energies stir within my soul
And new aspects are born in this moment.
All is excitement
All is wonderment
A am in awe as I experience new creation
New birth.”

Courtesy of Bubble

The Vedanta teaches us that there are seven states of consciousness. These states are: (1) deep sleep; (2) dream state which occurs while we are in the 1st state; (3) awake state which we are in the majority of the time; (4) meditative state where we have a glimpse of the soul; (5) cosmic consciousness; (6) divine consciousness and last but not least (7) unity consciousness.   Today I feel in a somewhat reflective mode and am ready to move on and following my dreams. When I was 3 years old I was passionate about books and reading. When I sat in my mom’s lap as she read from a reader brought me immeasurable joy at the deepest level. I now realize my love of writing and reading were born and established that passion has a kinship with what is essential for my life. Ironically, I am asking questions that I usually reserve for the New Year and a way to release the negative energies of my previous endeavors.  I didn’t get the grant I applied for a few months ago.  Now I am blogging and working on new projects that give me boundless energy and I am following my North Star.  Timing is everying when it comes to life and jazz.  What is most significant are the internal questions and what would be inspiration for both my mental and physical state of being.  Meditating and opening up your heart to the possibilities is what keeps me going.  Experience has proven that.  So I am going to lean in on my dreams and learn from my mistakes.  I will begin by embracing the wonder and mystery of life and so I may expand my mind and connect to my inner world.  Creating and improvising allows for a change that will benefit everything and everyone .  I lay back, I plug in my iPod and crank up the volume of Things Are Hear, the flow begins streaming Jazz, words, symbols and expansion.  Timbre changes my orientation, the cadence dominates the rhythm of my heart and I become aware of the riffs that emerge that is transforming my life and prepares me for life’s riff to come.  How about you?  How do you change a negative to a positive?  It doesn’t take magic or delusions it involves your dreams and the courage and imagination to freely improvise the changes the heals and sustains you.  Baby steps in the beginning; with practice it becomes natural and joyous.  Follow your heart and let it lead you to where you never conceived was possible?. Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

 

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Jazzin’ Thru Thursday ~ Therein lies the Riff ~ Diana Krall – Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep

“Spirit is always with me. It wants to lift my pain. It does this not by abolishing painful memories but by putting me totally in the present where the past does not exist.” Deepak Chopra

In Jazz, a riff is a repeated phrase or melody.  In the past six months there have been many riffs filled with painful emotions that are manifested in physical ways.  These riffs would continue until I created a break in my response to that pain.  It has become very enlightening. Not feeling physically good varies from day to day sending riffs of pain that have become a part of living with breast cancer.  I am learning to accept it as a part of life.  Now I respond very quickly. . Now ask myself, am I maintaining my integrity? Do I do what I say I am going to do and respect and recognize other’s boundaries? Do I ask for forgiveness?

digital-art-abstract-photoshop-painting-splash-splatter Courtesy of mayhemandmusedotcom

digital-art-abstract-photoshop-painting-splash-splatter Courtesy of mayhemandmusedotcom

That has been something that has been on my mind and proven to be very liberating. . I find comfort being alone with my heart. The solitude awakens me to finding nuances in the melody and the finer points my existence..  I have been running from painful riffs most of my life.  Now I respond differently with God’s grace to open my heart and mind to the beauty that surrounds me.   Beneath the lush green grass beats a heart that is uniquely mine. Changing the riff to a melody that is set to a different rhythm allows me to get into a groove that is healing and transforms my soul.

Not letting the well-meaning gardeners disrupt my balance and groove.  My center is dynamic and dependent upon the connection to that sacred space. It is within as well as surrounds me in a golden light that is only shadowed by painful memories. But those memories are just signs and guideposts of where I need to look in order to find my true center. I am listening to the Man from Monterey I am looking toward Monterey. 2015…I am remembering 1965.  It was a year full of racial tension, misfortune and misery ringing out.  I have no agenda . My soul speaks and inspires me to share my experiences and dreams.  I realize I have spent most of my life-giving everything away.  I just wanna’ keep the rest for myself.  Life is tragic when you have not lived your dreams..  I have mindlessly taken the path of least resistance which drowned out all connections I have to my truth.  The glorious part of 1965 when I was 11 was that was the year that Jazz provided the ambience for my soul.  It was safe,   it was impenetrable and had washed away the misery that was blazing through the souls and streets of civility, compassion and love.    So just for today, I am looking forward — all I see and feel  is a joy and sense of wellbeing when I am writing with jazz as my muse filling my heart and soul with a love supreme. .How about you?  What would be your muse?  What are the riffs you have changed?  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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WordPlay Wednesday ~ Objects In This Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear by Richard Jackson featuring Jazz Crusaders – Hard Times

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We cannot always choose our circumstances.  However, we can change the way we think and respond to those circumstances.  This poem is a metaphor to life’s challenging circumstances.  It is all about perception and the depth of that perception.  Breathing transforms us in so many ways.  I realize that timing and shadows and light influence the way we confront and deal with the challenges in our life.  Listening is the key.  Are we really engaged in our life to perceive the true reality of the situation or circumstance?   If we are engaged in a mindfulness improvisation it is important that all of our sensibilities are involved.  There is always an opportunity to find the lesson in the mirror of life and to transform something that is perceived as frustrating, financially challenging and emotionally draining into a circumstance that will benefit not only ourselves but others.  The jazz lessons I have learned have taught me that we have absolutely no control of our circumstances, but on the flip side, it can become an opportunity to influence and grow in such a way that it will expand our compassion and love for one another, our family and our community at large.  Who needs an agenda when we have the opportunity to make a difference and bring God’s grace into our lives.  I hope that you enjoy this poem and the sounds that were selected.  At the end of the day, improvising problems in this manner reduces stress, increases motivation, and releases a flood of positivity that opens up new vistas to overcome difficulties and Thrive.  Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

girl before a mirror by pablo picasso

girl before a mirror by pablo picasso

Objects In This Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

 by Richard Jackson

Because the dawn empties its pockets of our nightmares.

Because the wings of birds are dusty with fear.

Because another war has eaten its way

into the granary of stars. What can console us?

 

Is there so little left to love? Is belief just the poacher’s

searchlight that always blinds us, and memory just

the tracer rounds of desire? Last night,

under the broken rudder of the moon, soldiers

 

cut a girl’s finger off for the ring, then shot her and the boy

who tried to hide under a cloak of woods beyond their Kosovo

town. Listen to me, – we have become words

without meanings, rituals learned from dried

 

river beds and the cellars of fire-bombed houses.

Excuses flutter their wings. Another mortar round is

arriving from the hills. How long would you say

it takes despair to file down a heart?

 

When, this morning, you woke beside me, you were mumbling

how yesterday our words seemed to brush over the marsh

grass the way those herons planed over

a morning of ground birds panicking in their nests.

 

When my father left me his GI compass, telling me

it was to keep me from losing myself, I never thought

where it had led him, or would lead me. Today,

beside you, I remembered simply the way you eat

 

a persimmon, and thought it would be impossible for each

dropp of rain not to want to touch you. Maybe the names

of these simple objects, returning this morning

like falcons, will console us. Maybe we can love

 

not just within the darkness, but because of it. Ours is

the dream of the snail hoping to leave its track on the moon.

we are sending signals to worlds more distant

than what the radio astronomers can listen for, and yet-

 

And yet, what? Maybe your seeds of daylight will take root.

Maybe it is for you the sea lifts its shoulders to the moon,

for you the smoke of some battle takes the shape of a tree.

On your balconies of desire, in your alleyways of touch,

 

each object is a door opening like the luminous face of

a pocket watch. Maybe because of you the stars, too,

desire one another across their infinite,

impossible distances forever, so that it is not

 

 

unthinkable that some bird skims the narrow sky where

the sentry fires have dampened, where the soldier, stacking

guns in Death‘s courtyard, might look up, and remember

touching some story he carries in his pockets, a morning

 

like this blazing through the keyholes of history, seeing not

his enemy but those lovers, reaching for each other, reaching

towards any of us, their words splintering on the sky,

the gloves of their hearts looking for anyone’s hands.

Japanese translation for meaning

Meaning

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Tell It Slant Tuesday ~ Finding the Silver lining when the forecast is Cloudy featuring The Dave Brubeck Quartet ~ “Unsquare Dance”

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Good morning! Hope this post finds you joyous and warm this morning.  I shared with you the misadventures of my severe abdominal pain that resulted in yet another idiopathic anomaly that is summed up with “Diagnosis:  Undetermined”.  As I wrote in yesterdays post, I lost several present moments because I forgot to breathe.  Now I have regained consciousness and feel that I am going to follow what my dad and his closest friends taught me, find the silver lining and lesson that is hidden in the clouds.  So here we are…I added an app to my laptop that chimes to remind me to focus on my breathing, it is quite a powerful tool and keeps me focus on what is the most important “THE PRESENT”.

Silver linings on water

Despite the various hardships and missives from folks who are surrounding me right now, I cannot help but reflect on all things positive and am so very grateful for everything that is going right in my life.  I have completed my proposal, logline, elevator pitch and now I am on a mission to find an agent.  It is nothing short of a miracle that I feel a sense of purpose in coloring outside of the lines of life and that I have abandoned all attempts to succumb to those, albeit well-intentioned folks who are taking me farther away from my heart and soul.  It is true that I have a wonderful brother left and I have a few dear friends but distance has created such a feeling of abandonment and isolation.  Words, sounds, jazz and dancing are truly my family now and I feel so blessed that I have not cast them aside for material and complicated relationships that may or may not be for a season, a reason or for a lifetime.  My new friends have been with me all along and I must never forget that truth.

This piece was written in 7/4 time.  This is a typical example of Brubeck’s exploration of time signatures. According to Brubeck, it was written during a single trip from his home to the recording studio, and was recorded the same day. Based on a blues form, the piece is driven by a strong bass figure, with percussion provided primarily by the rim of the snare drum and hand claps. It combines duple and triple meter. The piano enters with descending phrases crossing the 7/4 rhythm. The main theme then develops initially without left accompaniment and then with a characteristic figure based around the use of tenths. A drum solo using rim shots follows, then a restatement of the theme and a distinctive conclusion.

 Brubeck points out in his liner notes that “‘Unsquare Dance’, in 7/4 time, is a challenge to the foot-tappers, finger-snappers and hand-clappers. Deceitfully simple, it refuses to be squared. And the laugh you hear at the end is Joe Morello’s guffaw of surprise and relief that we had managed to get through the difficult last chorus”. According to one music teacher, “Brubeck calls it ‘Unsquare Dance’ and it ends with ‘Turkey in the Straw’ which is as ‘square’ as you can get!” At the very end, right after referencing “Turkey in the Straw”, the song cleverly quotes the well known musical couplet known in some circles as shave and a haircut … two bits, with the last note being the seventh in the measure.  Just imagine that our hardships can be plugged into 7/4 time and when we breathe we exhale our silver lining!  As an added treat check out this video on Creating Positive Thoughts.  Be well and as always in Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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Moveable Feast Monday ~Rad Rainbow Raw Pad Thai by Chef Angela Liddon featuring Francesco Santucci – Last Train to Heaven

Movable Feast Monday

 

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~ Buddha

 

All we have is now.  Yesterday has gone, tomorrow is so far away.  I am back after spending two days in the hospital with an abdominal infection that robbed me of my present moments.  It became evident that renewal is a very rewarding process where the choices we make are for the time being.  I came across this recipe in the moments when the pain prevented me from thinking straight.  But, thank God that is in the past… I hope you enjoy this eazy peazy dish that will brighten even the darkest of spirits.  Invite a friend, family or do the table for one thing as I do.  I selected this melody to bring it all together….Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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Rad Rainbow Raw Pad Thai

by Chef Angela Liddon

Yield: 2 large servings + scant 2/3 cup dressing

  • 1 medium zucchini,julienned or spiraled
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 3/4 cup frozen edamame, thawed (or try tofu)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

For the dressing (adapted from my Spicy Peanut Lime Sauce):

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cupraw almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 5 teaspoons pure maple syrup (or other sweetener)
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

 

  1. Prep vegetables. Add the zucchini, carrots, pepper, and cabbage into one or two large bowls. Toss with hands to combine.
  2. Prepare the dressing by processing all dressing ingredients in a mini processor (or simply whisk by hand). The dressing may seem a bit thin at first, but it thickens as it sits.

3. Top bowls with edamame (or tofu), green onion, hemp seeds, and sesame seeds. Pour on dressing and enjoy!

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Japanese translation for meaning

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WordPlay Wednesday ~ anyone lived in a pretty how town by e.e. Cummings featuring Benny Carter – Symphony In Riffs

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Jazz poetry dropped into American Life in the 1920’s.  With that came a cultural change that manifested into a perspective that embellished and captured the two elements of Jazz:  Rhythm and Improvisation.  Poetry took flight and poet’s like Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and of course one of my heroes…e. e. Cummings.  It became a whirlwind romance that challenged literary forms and impact of the Roaring 20’sJazz Poetry like jazz was an artform that confronted and expressed the cultural rage of American mores and society to become an outsider, a counter-culture and took residence in the Beat generation in the ‘20’s through the 40’s with poet’s like Rexroth, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Baraka, Jayne Cortez, Mina Loy to name a few.  It revolutionized and immortalized Poetry into the 20th Century that gave birth to its loving children…Hip Hop, live poetry and poetry slams. 

Today is Wednesday, my Feung Shui the grey matter day to prepare for my spiritual mindfulness improvisation on thoughts, words and sound.  Benny Carter’s Symphony In Riffs is a flash back in the way back laid back machine to the 20s jazz sound and theme.  I have paired these two pieces to get your groove on and finding jazz in everyday life.  #Timeless.  Peace Out!  JBC 8-)

Great Gatsby Party Courtesy of Gatsby Pages Wikispacesdotcom

Great Gatsby Party Courtesy of Gatsby Pages Wikispacesdotcom

anyone lived in a pretty how town

by e. e. Cummings

anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn’t he danced his did

Women and men(both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn’t they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed(but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone’s any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men(both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain.

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Tell it Slant Tuesday ~ Self Imag(I)nation by Jannat Marie featuring Herbie Hancock – Survival Of The Fittest

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Happy Veteran’s Day!  I think this poem identifies the men and women who fight for our freedom and peace and who like my father suffered unspeakable experiences that forever changed his life and the life’s he came in contact with.  These brave folks, past and present, will always be a place in my heart of strength and grace, but more importantly LOVE.  I am so grateful to know that sometimes our biggest opponent is OURSELVES.  I hope you enjoy your day and this poem.  Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) <3

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Josephine Wall Paintings

Self Imag(I)nation

by Jannat Marie

I don’t care how many masters exist.

I am curious to know if you have discovered

Who You truly are or

are you still trying to fit in and find yourself?

I am curious to know if you have felt misery or

can you hear it in our children?

Are you living in the world?

or are you of this world?

With its oppressive nexus to

make you conform when reflecting

through fine tuned ears,

Proclaiming THIS IS WHO I AM!

Are you improvising how to

thrive in the cultural inferno by

leaning in to the center of your dreams

Accepting to live in every present moment

remaining rooted in a universal love

fully aware you can consciously re-Create

the misguided missives

that originated in Cultural deceit.

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Japanese translation for meaning

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Moveable Feast Monday ~ Raw Vegan “Hold the Meat” Meatloaf by Chef Tina Jo’s Recipes

Movable Feast Monday

 

For JazzFoodies gearing up for the holidays, here is an alternative to Meatloaf  that I found just  for you.  Today Chef Tina Jo will be sharing a great raw food recipe with you. Check out the video of the delicious and healthy Raw Meatloaf. This is a great raw food recipe that everyone will find amazingly delicious.  Bon Appétit!  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) and <3

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Free Write Friday ~ 9 Inspiring Steps to a Creative Life ~ Featuring Creative Coffee – Best Time of My Life With a special short ~ Nonconformity and the Creative Life

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Creativity – is having the ability or power to create.  It is characterized as living in the moment and evokes approaching life with originality or looking at life with a fresh perspective using your imagination and expressing yourself in a style that is uniquely You. Sounds cool right?  So why not live like this every day?  Sometimes the hardest part is taking the first step.

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Here are 9 suggested inspired steps to help you start living a creative way of life:

  1. Be willing to try something new.

Step out of your daily routine and did something totally different? Take a dance class, go to a concert or try a new jazz club near you to experience something that is a departure from your normal routine.  Try a new radio station or grab a pencil and start sketching the trees in your own backyard or a park where you see children (they could be yours) take a vegan or gourmet cooking class @ a Natural Food Store to engage in a creative action. Creative thinking and creative action occurs when you decide that you want to jazz up your everyday life.

  1. Create something with your own hands on a regular basis.

Set the table following a layout from your favorite magazine, i.e., I like Coastal Living they have wonderful recipes and table settings that are really festive and different.  Make time to try something new. For example go to the art section of your favorite department store and come up with a theme for the centerpiece with flowers, object, etc.  Check out DYI sites on your computer.  It is a lot of fun when you do it as a family and or friend thing.

  1. Express yourself through movement it could be dancing to music or watch a classic film, game or performing arts of a play or opera. Start a creative writing or book club.

You have the option of creating whatever fun filled game board night, or learn a new dance step or routine to break away from your usual nightly routine.  It does not have to cost a lot of money, just use your imagination.

  1. Integrate Creativity into your daily life.

 Begin by scheduling time on your calendar for it. You don’t have to go crazy.  Start off with maybe twice a month.  Make it an intention as you would when you are meditating for a positive and productive day.  Chances are you will not consider it foreign or uncomfortable because you are pacing yourself to experience life differently.   Pick your own pace and find Parks and recreation programs that go to Wine Country or Hiking or Ballroom Dancing where there is not a long term commitment and you can sign up without going into debt.  My cable company has dance, yoga, exercise as part of the cable package for free!

  1. Design or make something for your office or your room that is made by you.

 Your surroundings are a reflection of your uniqueness. Inspiration is the catalyst for more creativity, grace and character.  So it is wonderful to surround yourself with objects that you make or you find in unusual places.  Hand-made objects evoke vivid memories as well as diversify your experiences.

  1. Find interesting and exotic creative spaces.

 Museums, art shows or galleries, outdoor exhibits, theatres and outdoor performances will places remind and cultivate our innate creative abilities.

  1. Take time-outs or break for new inspiration

 Inspiration is everywhere!  Check with friends, family, coworkers, etc. suggestions of creative ideas they enjoy.  Get the conversation on creativity going.

  1. Let your creative juices flow and explore everything!

 Keep in touch with your creative network.  Dialog and you will both be inspired.

  1. Be a creative outlet.

 Talk about unique and unusual experiences to friends, email, start a blog or a Creative Living Circle.  Just be relaxed and free to do whatever suits your fancy.

 At the end of the day, be yourself.  The possibilities are endless.  Just include love, compassion, grace, forgiveness and most of all YOU!  There is no right answer.  Not happy with a choice, just make another one.  And now for a short vid on nonconformity….You are here!  Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

Nonconformity and the Creative Life

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Japanese translation for meaning

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Jazzin’ Thru Thursday ~ Jazz Utopia by Jannat Marie featuring Miles Davis’ ~ “So What”

Jazzin' thru Thursday

Jazzin’ thru Thursday

I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life. ~ Miles Davis

This exemplifies our life when my father moved our family from the east coast to the west coast.  The jazz sound in the late 50’ to the early 60’s reflected the change in the social atmosphere of the times which transitioned and sparked revolutionary of styles and cultural cadence from swing, big band to bebop.  Miles Davis when he was young moved to New York and became enamored with Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonist Charlie Parker’s sound.  The two top bebop architects and arrangers of the emerging were  Tadd Dameron and. Gil Fuller who composed and their arrangements were characterized by a fast, inventive soloing and dynamic rhythm variations. Bebop was the new sound of the day, and Miles followed suit. Shortly after Miles’ arrival in Manhattan, he began playing in clubs with Parker and he decided to trade in his academic studies at Juilliard to become a full time jazz musician initially joining Benny Carter‘s band and making his first recordings as a sideman.  Davis described meeting and knowing both Carter and Fuller as band leaders were not to mess with in St. Louis.  They refused to succumb to racial discrimination, tension and when Carter and Fuller were instructed to enter the clubs through the backdoor kitchen entrance, both leaders responded It’s the front door or no door….  This poem inspired by Carl Sanberg’s Jazz Fantasia reflecting the perfect society where jazz was the main event.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & >3

Jazz Utopia

by Jannât Marie

 Dance to your dreams and desires,

strum the samba on your jazz box.

Wail on the shores of the trumpet bell,

Let it rip you jazz cats and chicks.

 

Swing and sway those hips the night away like you

desperately need it.  Tap your cymbal, tsss, tsss tss

caressing the shores of your soul, like a baby’s

lullaby that cries out hungry for their mother’s love

 

All you jazz players of the sea  — play in fortissimo

striking cliffs and beach in 4/4 time.  Waves of

cadence signal the jazz cruise is about to set sail,

launching an acoustic sensory alchemy on a voyage

to islands in your mind that send jasmine, lavender

and freesia bursting with color, heat and flavor that

lift eyes to enchanted starry heavens.  The orange

moon tides are casting a spell like a midsummer

night’s dream.

Now that’s jazz… cerebrally and viscerally in every

sense of the world.

 

©July 26, 2013 by Jannât Marie All Rights Reserved

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Japanese translation for meaning

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WordPlay Wednesday ~ Runnin’ Riffs on Forgiveness and the reason’s why featuring Black Jazz Consortium – Forgiveness

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Forgiveness

By Jannât Marie

 

Forgiveness is the ability

to cleanse the soul like a hot spring,

creating a warmth that eases the pain of  life’s experience.

Forgiveness is not for the offender, but rather a stream that

flows through our hearts to open and heal.

Forgiveness is the courage to let go of the hurt and restore the power

of wisdom of  Self.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Blues in Black and White

Blues in Black and White

It seems as though forgiveness is a concept from biblical times. With the increase in school shootings, sexual assault, violence in our homes and streets, the only healthy response for healing is Forgiveness. Mental research suggests that when we apply forgiveness into our daily lives there are countless benefits to your health and wellbeing.  Improvisation only works as a catalyst when we are relaxed and balanced in mind and spirit.

Forgiveness is consciously choosing to let go of resentment or reprisal toward someone who has hurt you in some way irrespective of whether it was intentional or not.  Forgiveness according to the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley in no way means having to forget or condone the wrong that was committed.  If we fixate on a wrong, or the person who committed the offense then we have chosen to disappear or disconnect from the moment.  Forgiveness grows on you, the more you integrate it into your daily experience it will facilitate improv and creativity that will heighten our lives and those around us.  Empathy or looking for the silver linings is a portal to galvanize and improvise how we express our feelings.

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So what are the benies of improvising forgiveness riffs in our daily routine.  

 

  • Choosing to live and breathe in the moment which brings freshness and unity to your life.

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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~Mahatma Gandhi

 

  • Dissolving feelings of hopelessness, anger, being anxious and uptight.
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Making Waves

 

  • Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. ~Paul BoesePromoting a sense of wellbeing, balance and positivity when facing adversity in daily life, i.e. traffic jams, long waits in grocery lines, illness, hostility that you may encounter from others and the environment.

Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you. ~Dodinsky,

 

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The biggest riff of forgiveness would be to forgive yourself.

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. ~ Dalai Lama

 

Playful Innovative Mixed Media Artist by Peachfire Arts.

Playful Innovative Mixed Media Artist by Peachfire Arts.

Well, that enough playing forgiveness riffs.  It is something to meditate and choose when faced with any challenge in daily life.  It has been the major part of healing and staying present in my life.  How about you?  Someone do something to tick you off?  I don’t say that you should be BFF’s but forgiving gives you the opportunity to move into the next moment with grace and serenity.  On that note…Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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Japanese translation for meaning

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Tell it Slant Tuesday ~ The End of an Ethnic Dream by Jay Wright accompanied by Archived Academy – Peaceful Harmony

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I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition – about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.  ~ Maya Angelou

 

 

Definition: Ethnicity is a concept referring to a shared culture and way of life. This can be reflected in language, religion, material culture such as clothing and food, and cultural products such as music and art. Ethnicity is often a major source of social cohesion and social conflict.  ~ By Ashley Crossman

Jazz is the embodiment of ethnicity.  I agree with Ashley but I would add one extra element…language.  Musicians from every walk of life can understand and play jazz using all the above referenced elements but the mode of expression speaks uniquely to that person.  Well, maybe two, the second would be feeling.  The interesting thing about jazz is that the feeling is transcultural and transcends ethnicity.  It is important to know our predecessors and to understand the times they lived in.  I figure, without embracing my father and mother’s origin I would not be able to have the freedom to be able to spread my wings and fly.  At one time American society was fixated on Youth.  You know out with the old and in with the new.  But had it not been for the old there would not be any new.  I don’t think there is magic in new, I think the magic comes from the roots that are deep within our hearts and soul that make art and culture and life this glorious mosaic that only eyes that are not blinded by the shiniest of what is new will not drown it out.  I hope that you enjoy Jay Writes poem.  The hope lies not only with youth, but when they stand side by side, the shadows and light integrate and give grace to all of our lives.  Peace and Love Out!  Jazzybeatchick a.k.a. JazZenista Live!  <3 & 8-)

Mimika at Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho New York City

Mimika at Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho New York City

The End of an Ethnic Dream

by Jay Wright

 Cigarettes in my mouth

to puncture blisters in my brain.

My bass a fine piece of furniture.

My fingers soft, too soft to rattle

rafters in second-rate halls.

The harmonies I could never learn

stick in Ayler’s screams.

An African chant chokes us. My image shot.

If you look off over the Hudson,

the dark cooperatives spit at the dinghies

floating up the night.

A young boy pisses

on lovers rolling against each other

under a trackless el.

This could have been my town,

with light strings that could stand a tempo.

Now,

it’s the end

of an ethnic dream.

I’ve grown intellectual,

go on accumulating furniture and books,

damning literature, writing “for myself,”

calculating the possibilities that someone

will love me, or sleep with me.

Eighteen-year-old girls come back from the Southern

leers and make me cry.

Here, there are

coffee shops, bars,

natural tonsorial parlors,

plays, streets,

pamphlets, days, sun,

heat, love, anger,

politics, days, and sun.

Here, we shoot off

every day to new horizons,

coffee shops, bars,

natural tonsorial parlors,

plays, streets,

pamphlets, days, sun,

heat, love, anger,

politics, days, and sun.

It is the end of an ethnic dream.

My bass a fine piece of furniture.

My brain blistered.

 

Jay Wright, “The End of an Ethnic Dream” from Transfigurations: Collected Poems (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000). Copyright © 2000 by Jay Wright. Reprinted with the permission of the author.   Source: Transfigurations: Collected Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2000)

Japanese translation for meaning

Japanese translation for meaning

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Moveable Feast Monday ~ Raw Kale n’ African Black-Eyed Pea Salad n’ The Mack Raw Hoppin’ John ~ w/ extra tasty byte Raw, Vegan Pecan Pie by Chef Gena Hamshaw ~ Accompanied by Herbie Hancock – “Dolphin Dance”

Movable Feast Monday

I want to share my Raw Kale n’ African Black-Eyed Pea Salad improvisation that is a regular part of my healthy and wellness lifestyle.  I think the original word for improvisation was “Resourcefulness” which means taking something and imprinting your own style to create something extraordinary out of something that is a naturally occurring event of life challenge.   This recipe was quite popular last year.  I like to ring in the New Year on a weekly basis.  The black-eyed peas are delicious little white legumes that have a mild taste and smooth texture that can be enjoyed year-round. This simple, refreshing pea salad recipe makes a delicious potluck dish. I add cauliflower* and sliced avocado and chopped chives to make it a complete meal.  Now to put on the sounds and you guessed it!  Let’s Jam!  Bon appétit!  Just remember, “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”  ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist  In Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) <3

Raw Kale n’ African Black-Eyed Pea Salad

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups defrosted black-eyed peas rinse and drain and set  aside.
  • 10 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 red and yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 serrano peppers or 1 Habanero or Scotch bonnet chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Bunch of raw kale chopped finely

Dressing

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 2½ limes, juiced)
  • 1 cup chopped parsley (I like cilantro sometimes to give it a nice kick)
  • ¼ to ½  to  cup olive oil 1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard * See note below
  • 1½ teaspoons honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Teaspoon of Fresh Thyme to give it that Creole appeal

If you want to make it an entrée add

  • Cauliflower* with 1 tsp. turmeric  in food processor blend to the size of rice kernels orRaw Vegan couscous mix with rest of ingredients
  • Sliced avocado  as garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice and parsley. Continue whisking as you slowly drizzle in the olive oil to make a smooth dressing.
  2. Add the black-eyed peas, scallions, bell pepper, tomato (try not to transfer the tomato juice and seeds to the salad), cucumber, and minced pepper to the bowl. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and use a big spoon to toss the salad. Cover and set aside at room temperature for at least 1 hour, or refrigerate up to overnight to marinate and meld the flavors. Add raw chopped kale.  Serve chilled or at room temperature. To make this salad a main dish, add raw cauliflower* and top with avocado slices. and chopped chives for garnish.

Notes

  • Adapted from Saveur Magazine, May 2012.
  • The original recipe called for one cupcanola oil, which seemed like way too much oil. I reduced the oil by half and used olive oil instead. You might be able to get away with just ⅓ cup oil.

Raw, Vegan Pecan Pie

Gena's Pecan-Pie- Courtesy of Food52.com

Gena’s Pecan-Pie- Courtesy of Food52.com

Author Notes: An easy, forgiving, and absolutely delicious vegan spin on pecan pie. Creamy medjool dates and coconut oil perfectly approximate the flavor and richness of a traditional filling.  – Gena Hamshaw

 Serves 8 to 10

For the crust

  • 3/4cup raw pecans
  • 3/4cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4teaspoon sea sat
  • 1/4cup shredded coconut
  • 1cup pitted medjool dates, packed

For the pie filling

  • 1 1/4cups medjool dates, tightly packed, pitted, and soaked in warm water for at least an hour
  • 1/2cup plus 3/4 cup raw pecans, divided
  • 1/4cup melted coconut oil
  • 2teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4teaspoon nutmeg
  • Big pinch sea salt
  1. To make the crust: Place the walnuts and pecans, sea salt, and coconut in a food processor and grind roughly. Add the dates and process until the mixture is thoroughly broken down and sticks together when you squeeze a bit in the palm of your hand. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom and sides of a pie plate (alternately, you can press it into a 9″ springform pan).
  2. Drain the dates, reserving the soak liquid. Transfer the dates to a high speed blender or powerful food processor. Add the 1/2 cup pecans, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and about 1/4 cup of the date-soaking water. Blend until the mixture is totally smooth.
  3. Pour the filling into the crust. Smooth the top over with an inverted spatula. Place in the fridge for at least four hours to set. Decorate the top with the 3/4 cup pecans, and continue to chill till ready to serve.

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Free Write Friday ~ A Chick with a Plan featuring John Coltrane – My One And Only Love

FreeWrite Friday

 

“Life is a lot like Jazz… it’s best when you improvise.” ~ George Gershwin

 

I woke up this morning to gray skies with the air punctuated with a gentle rain. Fall seems to be just around the corner. Resistance has taught me to realize that sometimes I can be my own worst enemy which spirals into full blown sleepwalking.  I am disconnected from the present.  Fear that my secret will come to light.  I cannot find the exact moment that my life fell apart. Holidays sometimes brings on these feelings of resistance – pain, being abandoned, feelings of naught measuring up.  Old tapes begin to play tricks with my mind I hear “You can’t write,  you will never finish your plans to write a memoir, blah, blah, blah.”  I just wanted the pain of the brokenness to stop. I knew I could make a better choice, but it was the last thing I thought I could do. The other choice was to give myself permission to feel the pain, fear, and devastation of my world.  So I stop, focus on my breath and reconnect with my heart and soul.  Everything that happens externally is a reflection of what goes on internally. Mindfulness improv gives us the power to change our perspective.  If you  start by focusing on one belief it will transform it and the healing will be reflected outwardly. It’s this realization that prompted me to start mindfulness improvisation with jazz as the template, the catalyst of the mindfulness and sound creates the space where we can all learn to heal, and not just exist or We all have the amazing potential to create purpose, passion, and joy in life, but first we need to believe and graciously accept the fact that we truly deserve it.

I feel so alive and energized. But I kept hearing my dad’s voice about my change in attitude. So I stopped and allowed the fear to run its course, you’re not good enough, you’ll never get it, it said. Change is life’s mainstay. Perfection, fear and change cannot take center stage at the same time. So, this past week I opted for change. Life has become way more fun, open and I accept the imperfections because they are part of the process. The discomfort that creeps into the space of doubt about sailing into uncharted waters, serves as a gentle reminder and allows me to be more creative.

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Letting go of how things were, no matter how fractured things may seem, is not an easy task. It takes a ginormous amount of energy and courage to let go because it is an inside job. It instills grace. Grace to forgive myself and others, to let go of ideas of who I think I am or should be and how I think things and others should be. This allows me to surrender, replacing my old negative thoughts with hope. Change happens whether I choose to be a part or not. Fear is human. Most of us feel at one point or another something that makes us afraid. When I change my thoughts from Why is this happening to me to I have dealt with circumstances like this before and reflect and remember them, the fear stops dead in its tracks.  Developing the courage to walk along side your fears and transforming the steps (words) in a direction of what you want, the possibly be fearful and being positive cannot exist at the same time.  You cannot be afraid and have faith that things will get better.  You begin to walk your positive self talk and there is a shift in not only your mood but a shift in your perspective.  Change any overly independent thoughts such as “I’ll handle this alone” to “I have many sources of help, if I simply ask.” Shift any terrorizing thoughts such as “This is THE worst thing that could happen to me” to “I’ve handled other challenges in my life, and I’m sure I’ll survive this one.”  My new mantra has become, “Let go and Let God!” My dream is to create the life thru mindfulness improvisation will express a talent from me and a gift for you!  My real name is JazZenista a.k.a. Jazzybeatchick all growed up!  Peace & Love Out!  JZN! <3 & 8-)  P.S.  Happy Halloween!

Japanese translation for meaning

Japanese translation for meaning

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Jazzin’ Thru Thursday ~ Jazz, Sounds, Licks and the Love Saved me from BrCa featuring Gil Fuller & Monterey Jazz Festival – Love Theme From “The Sandpiper” (The Shadow Of Your Smile) – Feat. Dizzy Gillespie

Jazzin' thru Thursday

Jazzin’ thru Thursday

Life is not about finding our limitations, it’s about finding our infinity. ∞ Herbie Hancock

Jazz Dance - mixed media - collage on watercolor_free spirit arts blogspotdotcom

Jazz Dance – mixed media – collage on watercolor_free spirit arts blogspotdotcom

I am filled with gratitude every October because Breast Cancer changed my life forever.  This is my conversation with the universe before I went into major reconstructive surgery and things went totally wrong.

It was Thursday, November 30th, 2000 I was 48 years old.  A week after Thanksgiving, this was my big Reconstructive Surgery Day.  It was my attempt to make up for all of the losses and the ravages that resulted from the traumatic complications of breast cancer.   Life, as I knew it six months before today, would be restored.  I wanted to believe that life was the space between the notes and would free me from the exiled island where I had come to live.  Today, I realize that every breath I take is the space between the notes in a melody that was fueled by God’s love and grace.  I learned that surrendering, accepting and embracing everything that has happened in my “so called perfect life”, i.e., … In 1990 being completely paralyzed from Guillain-Barré; 1994 my father’s death; 2003 my mom’s return of cancer that was terminal; my diagnosis on April 14, 2000 (ironically on my father’s birthday); and today.  Yes, today is going to be my day; I get the chance to make things right with my soul and universe within.  I hoped that it was not just an illusion.

Counting, 100…99…95, I am breathing in life, I see my surgeon with her mask, her eyes were reassuring and smiling, I blink.  85…80 I open my eyes again halfway, I see my mom, beautifully 1960’s coiffed hair; almond shaped pools of peaceful hazel green eyes; skin so soft and radiant now paled by society’s proscriptions; a sweet smile that always masked the pain of living in two worlds.  She is now standing by my side, smiling and leans over to kiss me on my cheek.  I hear my father’s music that I gave the surgical team begin to play, “The Shadow of Your Smile”, it is filling the O.R.,  I inhale — my soul is moving —feeling every note.  75…70, I open my eyes again, I see my father, I close my eyes tightly and slowly opening them again– he is still there, he is smiling, he kisses my forehead and says, you are playing my music, I added the song I wrote for you can you hear it? I feel myself nodding.  Darkness now has consumed me.

The next time my eyes open I am in the ICU.  I am connected to several machines, and they are beeping.  Morphine drip is set on automatic.  I stir trying to find some comfort in being in a lot of pain, searching for relief.  I turn my head and open my eyes and see Todd a friend from work is standing by my bed.  He said I sneaked in, your mom told me where I was.  We laughed.  Suddenly, an alarm went off—nurses and staff come running in.  I scream. What’s going on?  My mouth is being covered with an oxygen mask.  My surgeon is now standing next to me, says, The graft failed, I have to take you back into the OR. I gasp WAIT!  How long have I been in surgery?  She answered slowly, 16 hours I took another deep breath What about my DNR?  She said, Your mom rescinded it.  Suddenly my mother was beside the gurney as I was being wheeled to the OR.  My mom motioned for them to stop the gurney and positioned herself to be in front of me.   I can’t mom, just let me go, I cried.  She took my hand and said, I need you, you have been my caregiver for the past 3 years and I still need you, I am your caregiver now and it is not your time.

That was the moment my mindfulness improvisation journey took a new form.  Jazz ‘s principle for improv requires living in the present moment (the call), then the response to that moment is the choice that is right for you and makes that moment makes your life awaken to truth.  My fears drifted into the darkness deep into the center of my soul.  I felt God’s presence.  I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and then I exhaled — letting go of the most frightening and painful parts of my life.  I began to feel as though I was sailing into uncharted waters, letting go of everything I thought I could control.  Now I am completely trusting and have faith that my life’s purpose and wake would take care of itself.   Became an elemental person and was driven inward to my creative sea.  I reconnected with my early roots of Jazz and it was my portal to the life that is waiting for me.   What about you, have you had a moment when you felt as if an epiphany changed the course of your life to that sacred place and you were transformed?  It is a beautiful thing sensing the awesomeness of “infinity”?  Peace and Love Out!  JBC <3 & 8-)

Japanese translation for meaning

Japanese translation for meaning

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Word Play Wednesday ~ Saved by Herbie Hancock’s “Imagine” through My Mom’s Death from and My Choice to Live with Breast Cancer Riff

My Breast Cancer Journey ~ The sea of life  2011

My Breast Cancer Journey ~ The sea of life 2011

It is the way you play that makes it…Play like you play, play like you think, and you got it, if you are going to get it.  And whatever you get, that’s you, so that’s your story.”  ~ Count Basie 

There are three days left to Breast Cancer Month and I wanted to end them with something with an upbeat rather than the downbeat that sometimes takes over the days.  Count Basie said those words to me in the fall of 1967 at the Newport Jazz Festival.  It was when dad took me to Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra’s rehearsal and the Count was onstage sitting at the piano and he motioned to me to come sit next to him on the bench.  I shot a look at dad he looked at me smiling Go on, he’s family!  At that very moment at the tender age of thirteen thinking I am absolute existence, I am a meadow of all that is possible  Jazz is collaboration of individual souls connecting to a universal riff transcending all limitations awakening everyone present to self discovery and expression in the majesty of God’s gift to our lives. In 2000 it saved my life.  Why? Because my mom and I did not have any choice back in 1997, when our Breast Cancer journey began and was not commonplace back then.  Our Oncologist a Harvard Medical School doctor was making strides to treat the  disease.  We were collateral damage.  He proscribed medications that gave me horrifying dreams of my mother and I being decapitated in a collision with a 18 wheeler mac truck.  When I told him about the dreams and the lack of sleep his response was That’s psychological, I can give you adavan.  That did not work.  I was desperately to reconnect with my soul.  What had been sacred to me changed and I wanted to make peace with my cancer and use it to give up the notion of what no longer worked for me and find new ways to get close to what is sacred in my life.  I would go for chemotherapy and would play Coltrane, Miles, the Count and Ella, Sarah and of course my dad’s music.  Mark Singer in The Untethered Soul” taught me to allow the cancer and loss not to fight it but to embrace and accept things as they are.  I created a conversation remembering that Fall day back in 1967 with Count Basie and it brought me back to an aliveness surrendering my fears to find a new current and flowing with life at that moment.  My friends faded away because they didn’t know what to say to me.  I can’t tell you the number of times I wanted to give up.  I began to listen to Coltrane’s Serenity and became completely present.  The transformational power of letting go of my identity of being a cancer patient dissolved away.

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Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project. Song: Imagine, featuring Pink, Seal, India Arie.

Here are a few brief steps I took:

Seek solitude:   Take a deep breath and allow yourself some time and space to step away from the expectations; the conversations; the pressures and the noise of everyday life.   Focus on your life in that moment. Strive for feeling free, independent and self-sufficient, gently let go thoughts of loneliness, worries or fear.

Seek out and find your passion:  When you believe or see beauty in something, you should follow your heart no matter what anyone else thinks or says. If you have found something that is worthy of your focus, sacrifice, and efforts, you have discovered a passion of your life.  Poetry in the ambience of Jazz did it for me!

Seek more Information:  Identify through reading and searches on the internet to find someone who is doing the exact passion you want to do.  Find out how they did it and how you can create and manifest it in your life.

Seek support :   Finding friends that are supportive and who encourage you when you need it most are key to my journey.  I lost my mom, but, Ida, and Andrea, Greg, Gerry, Cindy, and Dave have taken this journey with me.   A support system is crucial to any personal transformation and healing.  They will understand what you’re going through.

So get to steppin’ to the soul filled beat of your life.  Mark Nepo says it best Poetry is the utterance from the soul… Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) <3

Japanese translation for meaning

Japanese translation for meaning

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Tell it Slant Tuesday ~ 9 Thoughts to Consider featuring Larry Ridley – Never Can Say Goodbye

Jazz Abstract Courtesy of Pinterestdotcom

Jazz Abstract Courtesy of Pinterestdotcom

I really can’t say enough about Monsieur Larry Ridley.  My father admired him and he treated him as though he was part of the family.  In fact I consider him my favorite uncle.  I have learned at an early age that there are people who come into our lives for a reason.  He is the embodiment and personification of jazz and he is not only an extraordinary musician, he can also teach!  Can you believe that?  I always look forward to his emails and I really think this one takes the prize.  So for Tell it Slant Tuesday…What’s on your mind… Peace & Love Out!  JBC  8-) & <3

Nine Thoughts to Consider

Number 9   Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

Number 8    Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 7    Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

 Number 6    Men have two emotions: hungry and horny, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

Number 5    Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

Number 4    Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

Number 3    All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

Number 2    In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.

Number 1    Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today might burn your a*# tomorrow.

 And as someone recently said to me:  Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last that long.

TEN (10) THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU

1) You are reading this.

2) You are human.

3) You can’t say the letter ”P” without separating your lips.

4) You just attempted to do it.

6) You are laughing at yourself.

7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No.  5.

8) You just checked to see if there is a No.  5.

9) You laugh at this because you are a fun loving person & everyone does it too.

10) You are probably going to send this to see who else falls for it.

You have received this e-mail because I didn’t want to be alone in the idiot category.

Have a great Day.  Laugh, and then Laugh and sing It’s a Beautiful Morning even when it’s not.

“Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.”

Life is not about surviving the storm.  It’s learning how to dance in the rain.

_______________________________

For you New York Jazz Aficionados if you are going to be in the Lincoln Center Area, please check out:

Jazz @ Lincoln Center Swing U- Larry Ridley teaches Wes Montgomery-11/10,17,24,12/1/2014

Wes Montgomery

with Larry Ridley

4 Monday Nights: November 10, 17, 24, and December 1
6:30-8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$115.00

Wes Montgomery’s playing casts a towering shadow over modern guitar techniques, and his influence can be heard in the performances of nearly every jazz guitarist today. Bassist Larry Ridley will share his insights into Wes’ life and music with you, drawing from his long friendship and collaboration with the legendary guitarist.

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Movable Feast Monday

 

“I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball”.  Sports:baseball Quotes, by Gerald Early

 

 

Be conscious of EVERYTHING that you put into your body. You are a consumer, of not just food of EVERYTHING. What you put in is what you become. Every 6 months your cells are regenerated! How do you want to recreate yourself?

You are naturally a consumer of mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, I want to share with you just how to Practice Mindful Eating so that you can reap the amazing benefits!

Step 1: PREPARE YOUR FOOD WITH LOVE
Love your food so that it loves YOU back. Pray over your food. Blessing your food uplifts the energy of your food, thus benefitting you.

Step 2: MEDITATE WHILE YOU ARE EATING.
Come into a still place of mind. Appreciate each bite and the taste of each bite.

Benefits of practicing mindful eating:
Enjoy your food more!
Stopping when you are full!
You RELAX and don’t eat out of anxiety!
You become grounded.
Weight-loss
Gratitude
Appreciation
YOU CREATE A HEART SPACE (You make peace with your plate!)

Step 3: BECOME A CONSCIOUS CONSUMER
When you become conscious of what you put into your body FOOD-WISE, it effects what you put into your body on SO many other levels. What are you reading, wearing, thinking, watching, clicking, tapping, seeing, buying, supporting? YOUR DOLLAR SUPPORTS WHAT YOU CONSUME. I consume fresh fruits and veggies from Rawfully Organic because I want to see that succeed. The act of eating is sacred because it is a time to nourish ourselves. We should honor it as much as we honor our bodies.

I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES TO HEAL OUR BODIES AND MINDS
I thought that I would awaken your taste buds to what I would call my JazZenista style of healthy and sumptuous Jazz Bytes to enlighten your sensibilities and life….Bon Appétit!  Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) <3

 Fully Raw Apple Pie!

 

Published on Dec 19, 2013

Raw vegan apple pie! A healthy, simple, and low-fat holiday pie you will love!

Yummy yummy yummy I got pie in my tummy! There’s no better pie to bring to a holiday feast to share with family and friends! I hope that you enjoy my special twist on this classic pie! It’s raw, vegan, and simply delicious!

Ingredients:
Approximately 10 apples of your choice (Fuji or Honeycrisp)
3-4 pounds of pitted dates
Raw dried figs (fresh figs work as well)
Cinnamon
Nutmeg

Directions for the crust:
In a food processor, combine the dried figs and approx. 2 lbs of dates until it reaches a cookie dough consistency. Press this crust into the bottom of your pie pan dish.

For the apple pie filling:
Blend 3 apples with approx 1 lb of dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a small bit of water until it reaches a thick, smooth, pie filling consistency.

For the layers:
Thinly slice your apples with a knife or with a mandolin and start layering your apple slices with your pie filling as shown in the video. I alternate between an apple layer with an apple pie filling spread layer. Layer up to the top, remove the hold, and slice yourself a little piece of heaven! Enjoy immensely and share with family and friends!

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Japanese translation for meaning

Japanese translation for meaning

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