Everything that came before ——— everything that is to come



She’s hummingbird, she’s a sprite - She is beauty, she is light!

Thursday April 6, I walked into the lobby of the Millennium Harvest House in my home town of Boulder, Co where Shirley and Arthur were staying after a 15 hour drive from Shreveport Louisiana and my life was forever changed. There is a line that exists now. Everything that came before ——— everything that is to come.

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Artistic Authenticity

This lifestyle is simultaneously exhilarating and maddening. Sharing a moment with an engaged audience is pure energy- The feeling obtained when writing a song, or performing is nothing short of magical, when in commune with oneself and the intangible the feeling is inexplicable, it’s something like meditation I think. The utter beauty of creating something where once there was nothing… At the same time, the attempt to create something of profound value, to speak truth with originality. The constant work on improving technique, on pushing oneself forever further. Disheartening and entrancing. Frustrating and joyous. Yin and yang. 


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Memories, Lemonade & Brotherly Love

It is unreal the number of people who have told us how much we look alike. Though I’d love to be as handsome as he, we just don’t see it. People seem to love the idea of siblings sharing the stage and here in Italia family is, well- FAMILY. Though our bond is deep, and I think that’s what people are really responding to, familial resemblance has nothing to do with it. That would be down to our shared childhood. You know how going away to camp as a child draws children together so quickly? How fighting side by side in a war or as a volunteer in the wake of a natural disaster creates a sort of instant bonding? People who go through life altering or traumatic events together develop an impenetrable solidarity. 

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White Parents, Black Child: A Transracial Adoptee's Two Cents

 But what are you going to do? Five minutes after meeting them stress the importance of the extra responsibility these parents must face having adopted a child of color? Encourage them in a few seconds to be vigilant in helping that beautiful baby to know, to really know that she is beautiful? Prevail upon them to celebrate her color and compel them to help her to install a fierce, strong, stable, sense of self? Warn them of the arduous road ahead raising a black girl in a predominately white society???

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How is a spiritual jazz spoken word hipster project born and what kinda definition is that?? Part 1

The myriad occasions that we almost met make me want to believe in fate. I think that’s true of almost every couple, especially when newly in love and thinking of all the events that needed to happen so that your historic meet might take place. The same holds true for bands that are formed organically; it seems such kismet that circumstances conspire to bring together all of the elements that then produce magic.

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Ta da! Meet my birth Mom Shirley and my birth siblings

Yup, you read that correctly just over six months after the arrival of my birth certificate and I've tracked down my birth mother, five siblings, four aunts; as my birth sister Casandra put it- "Girllllll you have a whole slew of family. I am married with two biological children and two biological grandchildren. I also have children and grandchildren by marriage. You have a total between all of us of 11 biological nieces and nephews and many more by marriages. Not to mention cousins from all the aunties (mom has 4 sisters) children- you wanted it you got it lots and lots of family."

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Bound for the States in April

We are delighted and honored to have our NoteSpeak song "Every Generation's War" fan nominated (lifted by the people!!) in the Independent Music Awards- so there's that! The Awards ceremony is on the 31st of March in NYC at the Lincoln Center- may just have to change my ticket...

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Happiest 2018 - WWIII ?? :0, Womanly love, Birth family search, & #AME

Oh hurrah we ARE still alive and WWIII has not yet begun. Can we please work hard to keep it so? Also, The Sicilian badass  Franca Viola changed the mindset of thousands of women in 1966 when she refused to "save her honor" and marry her rapist, and while I'm here-  more regarding the birth parent search.

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JLF@Boulder- NoteSpeak's American debut w/ New Friends & Old

"NoteSpeak performed at the closing of the literary festival JLF@Boulder and blew the lid off the house. They had the audience on their feet throughout the incredible 90-minute set! A pure treat!" Sanjoy K. Roy  Managing Director of Teamwork Arts and co-founder as well as producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

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Historic Gay Pride Parade in Brescia, Luxurious inspiration and a Firenze Rooftop

The inspiring  Vladimir Luxuria, Italy's first transgender member of Parliament,  danced so hard, so fiercely and with such abandon, she broke a spaghetti strap on her dress and I helped her turn it into a strapless gown. I was so moved to meet this famous gay rights activist that I was rather beside myself and as she danced wildly in the middle of the crowd I came up dancing just as wildly with her. She was gracious and enthusiastic with the constant stream of people seeking photos; emanating light. Vladimir is the very essence of "being the change"


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