This evening I had the privilege of seeing Patti Labelle peform live here at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Ms. Patti was wearing a baaaddd red dress and gave an outstanding performance as only a diva could. At the same time, she proudly reminded the audience that she is "66 years young". The crowd went wild and I could only shake my head in amazement.
As the sun faded and a welcome breeze embraced us, I was truly appreciative of the fact that I was witnessing a living legend. It reminded me of when I saw James Brown perform back in 2005. Performers like Ms. Patti, James Brown, and so many others, are giants. I listen to the massive repetoire of music that they put out, and I am proud and yet humbled to dare call myself a writer/musician. I realize that every time I pick up my pen to write another lyric or poem, I am standing on the shoulders of these legends. I know that my words are not just entertainment, but a link, a part of the circle that joins past to present, ancestors to the future. May that sacred circle always remain unbroken.
18 May 2010
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