FBF/Flashback Friday :: I was going to do a video, but I feel ridiculous whenever I do them... but I wanted to post in follow up to my earlier post this Monday and the awfulness of the birthday that I had no plans to celebrate. What was supposed to be a quiet, uneventful day, ended in a ruined carpet and brown rice for dinner, followed by a re-watch of "Young Adult" featuring Charlize Theron--which I probably shouldn't have watched, but there were a few parallels that made me feel less alone. A couple of days later, I was recalling my week during my check-in with my therapist and she said something so amazingly fantastic. She suggested that I reframe the day as the last day of the age I had been, and to take myself out for a new dinner/movie that represents what I want for the next 365. My mind was blown--because by all accounts, the fiasco of Monday and the spilled meal was the perfect 'End Scene' for a year where nearly every Monday started with bad news (an understatement in some instances) or a new calamity, almost like an extended Groundhogs Week on a loop since last October... So, I wanted to share the idea of the reset. It probably may not seem too revolutionary to most, but I thought it was brilliance. It's a new year... It won't be perfect, and there are many problems and questions that have gone unanswered but I have a new set of pages. Happy New Year/Happy Friday. #fbf#friday#flashbackfriday#happynewyear#october#thoughts#tgif#claudiajazzalexander#jazz#culturetherapy#blog#preblog#reset#perspective#reboot#losangeles#la#cityofangels#culturecultivator#musician#vocalist#writer#producer#music#art#film#jazzmusic#freedomfriday#jazzovereverything
"Fortunately I had a great teacher, Miles Davis, who helped me to find my way. -- It took me years to figure out: if I wanted to follow him, I had to follow myself and bring the answer from myself. That’s what a master teacher does.
Miles was non-judgmental. He never told us he didn’t like what we played, never said 'Don’t do this, don’t do that’. I remember I played a real wrong chord at the peak of a great evening when Miles was soloing. He played some notes that made my chord right. It blew my mind. He didn’t hear it as a wrong chord, he just heard it as something that had happened and he took the responsibility of making something out of it. And I try to do the same thing myself.
Take whatever happens and try to make it work. This is the essence of my experience with Miles and it’s always present. I don’t feel that I’m missing Miles because I don’t feel he’s gone. It’s like that for a lot of the people that have played with Miles.
Now I try to live up to this experience and turn anything that happens into something of value for my life. It’s part of life to have obstacles. It’s about overcoming obstacles, that’s the key to happiness.-- Hidden underneath every obstacle is something of value and it’s your responsibility to find out what that is. When you’re not afraid of any obstacles because you know that there is some way to look at them that can move your life forward, then you’re free. I don’t know of any other freedom that goes beyond that." - Herbie Hancock @herbiehancockofficial (Excerpt taken from The Telegraph "Herbie Hancock interview" by Stefan Hentz) (Includes photography by Francis Wolff; NPR Music) #herbiehancock#artist#jazz#piano#master#teacher#wisdom#insight#humility#exploration#experience#freedom#losangeles#la#cityofangels#culturecultivator#musician#vocalist#writer#producer#music#art#film#jazzmusic#midweek#encouragement#mindset#wednesday#werkwednesday#jazzovereverything
Thank you for following my IG channel--I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out on a customer service level for an end of year survey, so to speak, to see if my content has been productive and of value for you. At the start of this year, my goal was to provide the type of daily encouragement and faith messaging that I needed in different legs of my journey as an artist through content development and the launch of my blog, and also by sharing some of my experiences. Throughout the year, I've received partial feedback that my lack of music performance and active presence as an artist on my channel somewhat invalidates my intent and messaging. There are extenuating circumstances at hand in regards to the absence of new music on my part, but I also understand via feedback that no one is really interested in hearing "sad stories"... In any case, let me know if the current content has been helpful or uplifting for you, or if you primarily prefer to see more jazz music performance, that's fine too--as I will be making some decisions on next steps regarding content delivery going into the final leg of this year and into the next. If all goes according to schedule, I look forward to sharing a new project with you this winter. Take care and Thank you for your support. #claudiajazzalexander#culturetherapy#blog#jazz#faith#spirituality#wellness#artistempowerment#selfcare#mindfulness#losangeles#la#cityofangels#culturecultivator#musician#vocalist#writer#producer#music#art#film#jazzmusic#hiphop#fridaynight#weekendvibes#jazzovereverything
I have always grown my own scobys; however, since moving to NYC I have yet to pull an acceptable batch. My methods haven’t changed so I think I may just be losing my sensibility! I’ve finally decided to purchase a starter in hopes of getting my home brew game back up. Any one else ever experience anything like this? Guidance would be appreciated! #kombuchabrewing#homebrew#scoby#culturecultivator
"Basquiat made frequent references in his work to the musicians he most admired. He paid homage to Parker, whose nickname was Bird, in paintings such as 'Bird on Money,' 'Charles the First' and 'CPRKR.' Basquiat, who died of a drug overdose at 27, attained dizzying heights during his short career. His first sale, the painting 'Cadillac Moon,' was to Debbie Harry, the frontwoman of Blondie, in 1981. She paid $200.
Within months, his works were selling for tens of thousands of dollars. By his early 20s, he had made his first million. Yet Basquiat was discomforted by success. He was acutely conscious of his place as one of very few African-Americans in a predominantly white art world, where he was regarded by some as little more than an interloper.
The American art critic Hilton Kramer once described Basquiat as 'a talentless hustler, street-smart but otherwise invincibly ignorant, who used his youth, his looks, his skin color and his abundant sex appeal' to win fame. According to Ms. Nairne (co-curator of “Boom for Real”) Basquiat was 'hugely, uncomfortably, constantly aware of the racist ways he was constantly being pigeonholed.' And he found a telling parallel between his position and that of his jazz heroes. 'These are musicians who are, in one sphere of their lives, incredibly celebrated,' Ms. Nairne said. 'And in other aspects, on a daily basis and in the most banal terms, consistently reduced to the color of their skins--There’s no way you can divorce their music from their treatment in society. There was a lot of identification in there.'" (Excerpt + Photography from "Bowie, Bach and Bebop: How Music Powered Basquiat" by Ekow Eshun, NYT) // "They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art." - Charlie Parker // Bird Lives... HBD, Bird. #charlieparker#yardbird#artist#legend#jeanmichelbasquiat#intelligence#intellect#intuition#identity#independence#imagination#birdlives#happybirthdaybird#losangeles#la#cityofangels#culturecultivator#musician#vocalist#writer#producer#weaponsofourwarfare#music#art#film#jazzmusic#thursday#throwbackthursday#jazzrenaissance#jazzovereverything
Out of all the dumb shit I've done in my life I could write about it in a million ways. But I prefer to let my creativity lead over validation. Cause basically if all I spoke on was street shit, that's all I'm in search of. Acceptance! So with that being said, I'd like to extend a sincere 🖕 you to anyone that questions me in any way. Instead of leading with negativity, I came out the gate with positivity. Of course musically I've made some nice urban ballads. That's because I love to mix things up. But ultimately I'm going to do what feels good to me. Don't expect for me to do anything other than what I'm familiar with. Oh yeah, 🖕 ya(they know who they are) once again.🐐🆙 #facts#realhiphop#realshit#hiphop#hiphopmusic#culture#creative#fortheculture#culturecultivator#visionary
One day I was staring at my kids thinking about my legacy. I thought about everything they'd be doing while I'm not around. Of course everyone of them are doing great in school. I instill a sense of determination inside of them. An I also remind them that nothing makes one person superior to the next. The reason Malaysia (my oldest daughter) defends the defenseless at school. But it's a wonderful feeling when you have been blessed with a gift that will allow your family to hear you as much as they feel the need to in your passing. All the more reason for me to proceed with my awesome creations. Thank you all for the encouragement. Y'all know who you are. 😉✊💯 #facts#lit#reallife#visionary#culturecultivator#culture#fortheculture#family#support#begreat#inspiration#motivation#positivevibes 🐐