The Will to Achieve

How does one get that will, that drive? It depends on how one handles failure. There is no success without failure.  Try to learn from your mistakes. There is something called a positive mindset. Reassess, eliminate, then re-execute.

Beyonce Knowles, the singing diva, never forgot when she lost a singing competition in 1993. It is reported, Oprah lost her TV job in Baltimore, but persevered and is now worth 3 billion dollars. And then there is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and her fellow fresh women of color in the US Congress: Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar.

Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., adjusts her coat after posing with other members of the freshman class of Congress for a group photo opportunity on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

From hourly wage jobs to platforms of influence. In Baltimore there is a new platform to show your will to achieve, the RL Living Stage. RL, this new hotel in downtown Baltimore has created a platform for people of passion to demonstrate their musical talents, to experience failure, and reignition.On my visit, on stage was local talent, R&B singer, CITA STAR

Upcoming R&B singer, CITA STAR of Baltimore Md.
Cita on Stage
The 116th US Congress, Ilhan Omar

Applause to these women of courage.

If It Walks Like A Duck

Pat Bianchi, of P B Quintet

“And quacks like a duck, it must be a duck!” If you have never heard or seen such a statement, you are not from earth.

The PAT BIANCHI Quintet is on stage. It is a jazz quintet, with Pat having an eye popping history, with him playing the organ at the age of 7, and professionally associated with stardom at 11; from Rochester New York, he studied at Berklee in Boston.

It was no wonder that he became part of the Lou Donaldson quartet in 2009. Pat is on the Hammond B3, with Lou excelling on the Alto sax. But Lou is not on stage at this event, however, there is this other guy, blowing notes, that the black birds started looking at each other, in exclamation!

Folks around me who probably saw the great John Coltrane, began whistling with excitement. So then, who is this guy? I ran through his bio that was given to me. His name is TROY ROBERTS; has worked Joey DeFrancesco, Aretha Franklin, travelled Europe, and has a Masters Degree from the University of Miami, after obtaining his bachelor’s at 19. Who is this brother?

Troy Roberts

Okay; the duck analogy is correct except one thing, there is nothing ethnically African about him, his dominant pigmentation is of East Indian origin. Would I discover the same thing with Pat Bianchi, he is of Italian heritage! But what was of more interest to me, is his tutoring of music at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society brings Ingrid Jensen to the BMA on March 3rd, 2019.

The Pat Bianchi Quintet

Lose Weight Caribbean Style

In the Caribbean exercise clubs are not as plentiful as can be found elsewhere in the world. These folks live near the equator, drink clean heavy water, eat lots of fresh fruit, and sing and dance incessantly. It is winter here in North America, and we have just survived Christmas, where for some the continuum of eating and drinking, which began with the Thanksgiving season in November, has pushed stomachs beyond the sight of their toes, with knees, arms and cheeks at several ends of the body overwhelmed.

Young Trinidadians living in the capital, Port-of-Spain can quickly go cross-town faster than an automobile using the hills of Laventille. Their bodies stay trim. Dancing all day in the streets behind masquerade and steel bands leave them lithesome.

So many have emigrated to North America. Outdoor garden parties are limited to the summer months; by that time the confinement and eating habits have spawned unhealthy pictures. “So what to do boy?” in typical Caribbean parlance; go to “a jump up!”  I attended one.

Taj Weekes and Adowa

Bob Marley, the Jamaican Reggae superstar, was born February 6th, 1945. Creative Alliance in East Baltimore (a cultural venue) for the past 11 years has celebrated his birthday annually, with a “jump up!”

Three hours of nonstop original reggae, with the main highlight being TAJ WEEKES, and his band ADOWA.

Taj Weekes