Nick Cannon kills it in ‘Stand for What’ video

Source: Nick Cannon Stand for What
Nick Cannon’s Stand for What via YouTube
Published Sep 24, 2017


Stand For what?!
You want me to stand for a song that continues to remind me of all the harms that have done me wrong?
Stand for what?!
For your Army that none of our sons truly belong
Stand for what?
The 100 years it took them to convince Congress to become the anthem after 40 failed attempts
Stand for what?
Your forefathers who really just Pimps.
Stand for What?
A song about War, not freedom
That’s how you want to lead them
Brainwash your people? that’s how you want to treat em
Slavemasters whips to Cops night sticks, that’s how you continue to beat em.
Stand for what
the beginning of Slavery in 1619
Or the end of those Black Marines of 1814
That’s really what the lyrics are about
They may have taken the word slave out
but they forget to remove the slave connotations from their brains and they mouth The mentality to make America Greater than your imagination is how you pout
Hating because we burned down their White House
Gave proof through the night, that its light out
For the old elitist white man thinking
Drunk off they ass with power at baseball games singing and drinking read more

When you want good Christmas jazz, turn to the Jersey Jazzman

Diane Ravitch reminds us that public education advocate Mark Weber is

…not only a music teacher, not only a graduate student at Rutgers, not only a great blogger, but a jazzman!

So here’s Mark’s Christmas jazz playlist:

Weber's Christmas jazz playlist
Source: Jersey Jazzman’ Blogspot blog

Jimi Hendrix’ days as a poor guitarist in Englewood

jimi hendrixBefore Jimi Hendrix was a rock star idol, he was a supremely talented guitar player who lived at the Isley Brothers’ home in Englewood, New Jersey (my hometown). Tribute concert tonight in Morristown.

Isley brother reflects on Jimi Hendrix’s Englewood days

Thanks Gary for sharing this story. Fun piece of Englewood history.

Bill Benzon writes rocking tribute to B.B. King

BB KingMy friend Bill Benzon writes a sweet tribute to B.B. King on his New Savanna blog. Bill plays trumpet and in the 80s, once opened for The King in an Albany venue.

My memories of the Albany gig are a bit richer. To be sure, as I recall, King’s music was better at that SPAC gig, for the music comes and goes even with the best of them. Our manager (and saxophonist) Ken Drumm had seen to it that King had champagne waiting for him when he arrived in his dressing room and that got us an opportunity to meet him after the gig. But we had to line up with everyone else – mostly middle-aged ladies in big hats and Sunday dresses – and wait our turn. We didn’t have more than a minute, if that, in the man’s presence. read more

Uptown Funk is good! – in both original & viola flavors

Uptown Funk!Uptown Funk song & video are just plain good. And Brother Jeremy Green does it up nice on viola too. Here’s the original by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

But for now to see Jeremy Green’s version on viola, you need to visit I Love Being Black’s Facebook Page:

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In Chile music saves children from poverty & the sanity of two young women

Georgina misses her viola
Life was not easy for Melody and Georgina. In their small towns and Georgina’s crowded, one room house there was little room for laughter, serenity, dreams. But music changed that for these young women. Melody says, “Necesitaba una palabra para decir que extrañaba algo que nunca había tenido.” (“I needed a word to express that I missed something that I had never known.”)

Filmmaker Marialy Rivas tells their story of escape from the drudgery of poverty through a 15 minute documentary. Be advised — you might want some tissues before it’s over! read more

Untrained 9 yo Dutch girl sings like an angel

AmiraThe mature, angelic voice and astonishing range of a young Dutch girl has captured hearts and souls, including my own. The purity of 9 year old Amira Willighagen’s untrained operatic voice has brought me to tears, twice now. When asked by one Holland’s Got Talent judge how she had been taught to sing, confusion appeared instantly on the little girl’s face. You can just see Amira asking herself, “How does a person get taught to sing?” – she learned by watching videos with her brother. read more

A couple of my favorite Jimmy Cliff songs

That sweet voice of Jimmy Cliff. Make you want to just sit back and enjoy this world in which such fine beauty can be created. Many Rivers to Cross. Yah, mon.

Jimmy Cliff singing I Can See Clearly Now
I Can See Clearly Now (click to hear it on YouTube)