AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
About an hour ago I opened up this week's issue of the Soul Patrol Times. Hopefully many of you subscribe to it. Around that same time I also went to get my mail out of the mailbox. I had made contact with Sonny Fortune last week and he had sent me his CD so I can play it on the air.
When I came back upstairs I noticed that Bob had did something that he usually does not do without good reason...he posted a YouTube video of young Black musicians. Not only are these young men the future of the music but all young musicians out there wheater it may be Jazz, Blues, R&B, Rock, etc.
The last few folks I've interviewed have been Henry Grimes, Dr. Nathan Davis, Leon Dorsey and Sonny Fortune. I asked the ALL about the future of the music and they ALL said that we HAVE to pass it down to the younger musicians in order for the music to survive. That was part of what they said but it is something for us ALL to think about. Each One MUST teach One no matter what, provide opportunities for ALL musicians, and expose as many people as possible to the music. We do this through programming on teresterial radio, in cyberspace, in seminars, discussions, by presenting live music and so much more. As I embark on making my monthly event a weekly gathering, I realize that for me to bring folks into the fold be it die-hard Jazz fan or folks just getting into the music that I have to borrow from the past. Include everyone or no one and get it done by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. My committment to music is no fluke and neither is it done because it's stylish or the "flavor of the day". It's a committment to our future and our survival.
I just wanted to share that with everyone today while it was heavy on my mind. Whenever I get down and think things are not working out I go back to my private conversations with Max Roach, Oscar Brown Jr., and Dizzy Gilespie who assured me that I am doing the right thing.
"Pay attention...you can't afford to do nothing else"- George Clinton