AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
As our musical icons are graduating into the higher realms we want to keep them fresh in our memories. Please join this group where you can post any obituaries of the ancestors of our tradition for all to read and learn more about them.
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Latest Activity: May 9
Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. ---Lao Tzu
O Death, Thou shalt not
Break my pride!
As thou art fame to do
With thy icy hands
As I am living here
With all my awakened soul
Being not connected
To the worldly greed
I have my feet
Measured into three steps
For my celestial grave
To whom shalt thou
Mitigate even an inch?
The space where my tombstone
Wilt be eracted with pride
Though all thy world
Whose senses work under limit
Of time and space
Feels jealous of my lot
O Death, Thou shalt greet me
As a military troop to their leader
Laughing under suppressed voice
At my crowded depature
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity...of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.
this part of myself
that i lost with your death.
an ever wailing in my heart
and an ever rejoicing in your freed-OM.
THE EVER PRESENT SILENCES
no whispers or glaring sounds can fill. yes...
i continue to learn in your absence...
a fullness of Spirit informs me.
today, the Ancestral realm is singing.
and i, both witness and altar boy
stand in awe and in wonderment;
the exquisite dance of sounds and lights
raining down through and upon me.
and, i bathe in this holiness
where tears wash this
heart and my soul.
Garden of Memory
There comes to me from out of the past...
a recollection true...
a living glimpse of bygone days...
dear memories of you...
I have within my deepest heart...
a picture of your face...
and though the years may come and go...
time never can erase...
still gently stealing through the night...
are dreams that passed me by...
and I will ever reminisce...
'til stars fall from the sky...
the things we did I live again...
like it was yesterday...
and I am filled with thrills divine...
by what my thoughts portray...
oh voice that echoes through the years...
you bring the happy hours...
in the garden of my memory...
bloom the eternal flowers.
Are we as afraid of being born as we are of dying?
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My condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Nathan Davis. We pray you will be comforted and strengthened as you go through your bereavement and recover from your personal loss but Heaven’s gain. I was blessed to have been a student of Dr. Davis and to serve as an Assistant Coordinator, Gospel Segment Performer, Workshop Presenter and Panel Host for the 1975 Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar. Dr. Davis also was a tremendous help to our Music of Pittsburgh record label. He performed and contributed great horn and string arrangements on our Bobby and Bobbie Fulton “Til I Fly Away” Gospel Album featuring the single “Massa’s Grandboy” b/w “How Great Thou Art” released on our Bobby Fulton Enterprises, Inc. label and is still requested by collectors from around the world. Dr. Davis' music and his legacy will live on and not only keep Jazz alive through students and lovers of Jazz but it will inspire, touch and uplift the spirits of all who listen to it and who love great music. Our Thanks to Dr. Davis and Family!!!
When Mozart was my age, he had been dead for 51 years. I'm glad that I'm merely a rabid jazz fan, not a musician, so no one will be reading my obituary here.
We, sadly, lost renowned audio engineer, Rudy Van Gelder, today, 8/25/2016
Wow, I just saw Frank Greenlee's fb post about drummer Joe Harris passing this morning. So very sad. I am so glad that we kept in touch all these years. Joe treated me like a son and would often come to see my group perform at various art festivals in Pittsburgh. See attached pic of Joe and I performing at the Mellon Jazz Festival. I spoke to Joe a few months ago and one of the stories he shared with me was about his trip to Cuba with Dizzy Gillespie back in the day. Joe said they were suppose to have a drum kit setup for him, however, when he got to Cuba, they only had congas, etc., set up for him. My wife and I send our condolences to Joe's family.
What a loss!! I've been in contact with Mark Murphy for the last year or so. He's been living at the Actors Studio (Home for Show Biz) in New Jersey. As time went on, one could see that Mark was failing. Just a couple days ago, on a call to the actors Home, I was advised Mark had passed away....He wont be easy to replace...there was only one! The people at the Home couldn't give me any details but, Im in contact with the family and expect to hear from them in due course.
I met Mark right here in Pgh at Hyholde House...where he was working. I'd heard and seen him the previous year...but not so "up close". I made it my business to meet him personally..and have him to my residence. What a guy...what a vocalist. Just a gorgeous vibrato and a great resonance...and his handling of a lyric...just so distinct and fraught with emotion (when called for). I've never heard anyone...interpret a tune like Mark. He took chances I'd never heard before...and...it seemed so natural...no struggle whatsoever!
Subsequently, I heard him in person in New York and Syracuse (he came from Malone..a suburb of Syracuse).
Truly..I've never heard his equal. Not commercially successful..but that's the life of most..who are intimately identified with jazz. A great loss. I'll report further, as I hear from the family
Those were precious times and your memories are golden. I'm sure there are many members who are reveling in them as am I. Thank you.
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