Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art. Charlie Parker
Contrary to popular belief, everyone has the ability to change their circumstance, point of view and/or state of mind. Now you say She’s must be tripping…. Well, I was skeptical about the whole change your mind and change your life thing, too. Breast cancer changed my life. Making me question my thoughts; re-examine my beliefs and why I was so unhappy. The prelude to living a life with cancer began after my mastectomy that was riddled with several complications. I was gasping for air. Then chemotherapy was introduced. I discovered that if I was going to make it through this ordeal I had to look through the rearview mirror that took me back to the 1960’s. I desperately wanted to live with music again and not die with the noise of surgeries, chemotherapy, loss, betrayal and everything that was happening to me. That being said, this was by no means something that could change overnight. It meant to go back to my fondest memories and the lessons dad taught me through jazz. Confucius says Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. I had to get rid of all of my attachments to outcomes and material things because quite honestly, they didn’t mean much. Never did. Dad died six years earlier and mom’s cancer returned after so many years. It was just us. My friends found it hard to talk to me. They simply didn’t know what to do or say. At the time, I was angry and frustrated about everything. I wanted to give up. It really began in November of 2000. Is there an event that brought you to the shores of life? What began to make sense and how did it transform your life. For me, it was Jazz with all the trimmings. JBC 8-)
“A Patch Of Blue (2007 Digital Remaster) (Feat. James Moody)” from Dizzy Gillespie & James Moody With Gil Fuller & The Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra by Gil Fuller & The Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra Featuring James Moody. Released: 2008.
I remember the first time I heard this song. Logline: A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life. The opening note sets the tonality and timbre of life back then. Listen to the way the notes transforms the soul of society and gracefully introduces the beauty and glory that jazz brought to a fractured and wounded society. What do you hear?
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