Ben Sidran: Talking Jazz (An Oral History)

They say that if you want to understand why an instrumentalist plays the way he or she plays, listen to them speak. That makes total sense when hearing Wayne Shorter or Ornette Coleman being interviewed. And now, courtesy of Ben Sidran, there’s never been a better chance to hear other examples of this. Sidran is […] Ben Sidran: Talking Jazz (An Oral History) Continue reading Ben Sidran: Talking Jazz (An Oral History)

WBGO – Books on Racial Injustice

This is worth sharing. The words of James Baldwin have echoed across the decades as of late. The WBGO selection includes the following jazz inspired works: Notes and Tones by Arthur R. Taylor (Da Capo Press) Blues Legacies and Black Feminism by Angela Davis (Vintage Books) Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever by Salim Washington and Farah Griffin (Thomas Dunne Books) … Continue reading WBGO – Books on Racial Injustice

Kim

Life may seem to have a plan, but for the most part it’s pretty random. We’re thrown together on this big old rock, then try to connect in a variety of ways. Our reach has expanded through technology, but the desired result has never changed; we are looking for friendship and love, an understanding ear, and a sense of belonging though shared experience. Last week … Continue reading Kim

How to Submit Your Manuscript to the Big 5 US Publishers in 2019 — The Cat’s Write

This one’s a keeper, so re-blogging for easy reference: Hi Everyone! Here’s a recently updated list of the Big 5 US Publishing Houses, their submission requirements for unsolicited manuscripts and links to submission details. I’ve also added a bonus publisher at the end for you. I spent hours (quite literally) researching and updating this list for all of my wonderful blogging friends. You know how … Continue reading How to Submit Your Manuscript to the Big 5 US Publishers in 2019 — The Cat’s Write

Somebody’s watching…

WordPress sent me a notification that I reached a milestone of sorts. My little counter button that tallies my followers finally hit 100. I actually surpassed that number a short time ago if you count the handful of Facebook friends and e-mail subscribers that follow my blog. I have amassed this enormous following in less than three years.   If this number was the only … Continue reading Somebody’s watching…

New Year’s Resolution

My blogging buddy Kunal of random rants ruminations ramblings will get a kick out of this: I had a dream, a couple nights ago, about Priyanka–likely because I saw a news report about Nick Jonas–and the dream included my wife. Don’t get so excited; it’s probably not what you think. We were sitting at a counter, or table, with Bibi on my immediate right, between myself … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution

Poison Deconstructs Karma

Credit to The Girl From Jupiter for the inspiration for this post, based on her poem Reverse Karma and the resulting conversation linked here: Excerpts from the comments section are in bold italics. I was born and raised a Catholic, so my viewpoint has a Christian slant. However, my wife is Muslim who grew up in Guyana where Islam was practiced in a relatively moderate … Continue reading Poison Deconstructs Karma

“This rigid refusal to look at ourselves may well destroy us” James Baldwin

Originally posted on Reconsidering James Baldwin in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter:
“particularly now” same as it ever was… We must look in the mirror and ask ourselves, what is at the core of our emotional reactions? What does this say about me, who I am as a person, and what I believe in? Reconsidering James Baldwin in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter View original post Continue reading “This rigid refusal to look at ourselves may well destroy us” James Baldwin