Tag Archives: music
FMM 3 25 2022 I will remember you
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ~ Maya Angelou. My childhood was filled with all kinds of music, from hymns and gospel music; soundtracks of musicals; calypso and jazz; classical and blues; reggae and rock and roll; it wasn’t until I went […]
FMM 10 29 2021 Can we Talk?
“Only humility will lead us to unity, and unity will lead to peace.” ~ Mother Theresa. The first time I visited New Jersey was on my way to New York city on a Greyhound bus. To be honest we were just driving through it, but took an unplanned break in Newark. My father had decided […]
FMM 7 2 2021 Sing me a Song!
“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” ~ Pablo Casals. I moved away from home at the age of eighteen. After finishing high school in Jamaica, I returned to the land of my birth to see if I could reconnect. I knew that I could happily live in Jamaica […]
FMM 3 12 21 Will it go round in Circles?
“The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the earth.” ~ Robert Anton Wilson. Every once in a while I will hear someone singing a song and say “Oh, that’s what that line says?” I’m sure it has happened to you too. There used to be a segment on […]
FMM 2 14 20 Sing me a Song
“My music had roots which I’d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.” ~ Ray Charles. The road trips of my early childhood included many a song. My family had a repertoire of songs which distracted and entertained on the long journey which would take us from the city […]
FMM 9 20 19 Think in Harmony
“How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns? “ ~ Desmond Tutu. On our first trip to Jamaica, we were accompanied by a banjo. By that I mean that, deep in the hold, along with countless bags, boxes and trunks, there […]
2 15 19 Mulling and stewing
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” ~ Joseph Campbell. When I was young, one of my aunts sent me a book of poetry. At first I was a little upset. I loved to get books of short stories, fairy tales, children’s magical adventures. Poetry not so much! It was […]
FMM 9 21 18 Do your Thing
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Berthold Auerbach. One of the challenges of writing a message every Friday morning, is trying to knit together the variety of threads that catch my interest during the week. Some weeks random items come together in a harmonious message, eventually; at other times […]
8 31 18 I’m with Them
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” ~ Frederick Douglass. Music formed the backdrop to my formative years. In a little Jamaican town where the Saturday open air market was our mall, and the only place we got dressed up to go was church, we milked every ounce of pleasure out of music. […]