Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Undrunken 2014 Love

It is not an unusual thing to decide to commit to something new when a new year dawns. For me, it was giving up alcohol.


When you take a person who has been a lush all her many years of her life, to not drinking at all, it is a big deal. But, exactly one year ago today, on December 31, 2013, I took my last drink. 

I gathered all the alcohol I had in my house, emptied each container into my cup and downed it until there was no more. It was not a sad goodbye because we parted on a good note. And since then, temptation does not augment my decision, whether I'm at a bar or with friends and or family who are drinking while I'm around. I even turn down drinks that people put in my hand. 

Let's see how 2015 will be as I say goodbye to yet another thing that is really unnecessary for my life, even if it is enjoyable. (Not sure what yet but . . .) 


Thank you Mamkat for the inspiration to write this post. To all currently reading this post, happy new year to you and yours and thank you for being a part of my world.

Peace be the journey. 


Monday, December 15, 2014

Eddie Jefferson Concert

Two months ago, I learned about the late, great Eddie Jefferson. 

What a singer? He is known as the father of vocalese. He could take any instrumental tune and imitate the sounds of the instruments with words or scatting. Listening to him sing is an earful. He definitely has an interestingly, different sound worth listening to. And so, I have been listening. I also enjoy viewing performances and am excited to be watching one of his performances on DVD.


What is interesting about this concert is that it was recorded exactly six months after I was born which was also his last performance before his tragic death only two days later. The performance was recorded at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago in 1979 and featured Richie Cole on saxophone, John Campbell on piano, Kelly Sill on bass, Joel Spencer on drums and Jefferson on vocals. 

I am enjoying watching how he graces the stage while interacting with his musicians and audience. He is so free with the words he sings and has a wonderful approach. Though it is almost 36years after this concert was performed, it is still relevant and just in time for someone like me who just recently started singing jazz more frequently and am always seeking direction and inspiration. Jefferson is a great singer to listen to and learn from. This would definitely be a great gift for that songbird in your life. 

Disclaimer: I am not a distributor or seller of this product. I will not be given compensation for discussing this program. I am a music enthusiast and am sharing the information for others who might be interested in obtaining it for their own personal viewing. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

First Tuesdays at Rustik Tavern in Brooklyn, NY

I love how jazz music is not just about listening but the singing, dancing and appreciating. 



This is a visual of what Eric Frazier's jazz jam looks like. Music, singing, tap dancing, great food and more. Such a great night of energy.  


You can experience it for yourself every first Tuesday of the month at Rustik Tavern located at 471 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY 11205.  


Every first Tuesday from 7pm to 11pm. All are welcome.   

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Stuart Thomas


Stuart Thomas is a singer and songwriter from the Brooklyn, NY area who is about to release a video for his song entitled, "Can't We Try to Live."  I had the opportunity to sit down with the independent artist today and here are some of the things we discussed about his life and his music.

MCSJ: What is the song "Can't We Try To Live" about?
Thomas: It is about relationships. Basically, the ups and downs of love. It is about a couple who is still together but wanting to start life over again to make things better. 


MCSJ: Wow! Sounds interesting and very real. That is a situation that many listeners will be able to relate to. How long have you been writing?
Thomas: I've been writing since I was in high school. I think it was about 25 years ago in 1989. 

MCSJ: Where do you get the inspiration for the songs you write?
Thomas: From everyday life that people live. From the things that we see in life and from the relationships we tend to attach ourselves to.

MCSJ: Are there any artist or genres that you love to sing or listen to the most?
Thomas: I love all types of music. And it's funny; I grew up in a household where my father sang when he was alive and my sister sings all day long around the house. I went to High School of Music in Harlem on 135th Street and Convent Avenue. I was a member of the Brooklyn Boys Chorus where I've sung opera in Italian and French all over the world including in Italy, Venice and at the world renowned Carnegie Hall and with artists like Leonard Bernstein, Andre Watts and the Philharmonic Orchestra. I also love jazz music. But out of all the genres, I listen to R&B the most. Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross and Earth Wind & Fire inspire me very much.

MCSJ: You have a lot under your belt I must say. That's impressive. So I know the ladies are dying to know; is there a Mrs Thomas?
Thomas: No. I am single, in my forties and have no kids.

MCSJ: Alright single ladies. Here is a strong-minded and available man without baby mama drama who is going places. Stay tuned for more. Video coming soon! 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Dishing Out A Plate of Sandy: 2 Years Later

Two years ago today I was getting myself together to go on my very first cruise. 


It was supposed to be on the Carnival Cruise line going to Puerto Rico, Barbados and Turks & Caicos and leaving from New York City. Our boat was scheduled to leave on October 29th but because of the approaching storm, the date of departure was changed to the 28th to try to beat Sandy. I hadn't even packed my bags yet and had a late night gig at Plate of Soul in Queens with 19 South Band the night before. 



That Saturday was spent rushing to get the last minute things I needed as well as getting my nails and feet done. I only had a short period of time to get myself together plus to be at Plate of Soul for my singing engagement. 


While I was sitting at the venue. as I am in the picture above, I received notice that my trip was cancelled; the next few days was history. 


Sandy! New York! State of emergency! Destruction. Thank God we got insurance on the trip and were able to get our money back. 



What a blessing to say that two years later, I'm still here. Could've been worst I guess but I still hope one day to go on a cruise and enjoy it!!! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Smile, it's Friday!!!

It's Friday. The first Friday of October, 2014. And a great day to share a smile. Not simply because today is Friday; thank God. But because it's world smile day. 


Share a smile with someone today. It takes more effort to frown than to smile. You never know who's day you can brighten. Smiling is contagious. 

Happy Friday and happy world smile day!!!!

Enjoy!!!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Year of Jazzy Strong Arms Around Louis

Mama Kat is always inspiring some cool blogs as she did this one. What was I writing about a year ago?

2013 Reincarnated

A year ago around this time, I was taking jazz classes with hopes to learn how to scat. I came across a great jazz improvisationalist named Marion Cowings and he gave me guidance on the art of jazz crooning; though I have found that jazzmusic is still one of the most difficult genres of music to grasp. After listening to his CD and heard his cover of the Flintstones, I wrote a blogpost about his song and his class, among other things.

A year ago, I was writing about songs that have been reincarnated and my blogpost started with an image of Louis Armstrong. Check out the old post here, written on September 29, 2013: The Sounds of Reincarnated Music.

To look back and see where you were is interesting when you look at the here and now at what has occurred since then. For one, I visited the home of Louis Armstrong, now a museum located in the Corona section of New York.

Louis Louis

It was awesome to see where he lived, how he lived and to learn more about this fascinating jazz musical icon; especially about the song "What a Wonderful World."

The lyrics itself are wonderful. A truly positive message is reverberated through the words and sound. And Louis sang it so beautifully. Louis was a type of person who loved where he lived and he loved his neighbors. The children all around loved him and would call him Uncle Louis. These song was written in honor of them because he loved coming back to Corona and enjoying life and his surroundings; especially the children. Made me find a little bit more respect for the song and made me want to sing it.

And so, I did. Still trying to grasp jazz singing, I am always trying a new song. I learned the lyrics and melody to "What a Wonderful World," and sang it; live. I changed the key to Bflat but, this song has so much meaning to me now that I fell in love with it.

Please check out the live footage of my performance of the cover of "What a Wonderful World" on Youtube. The following is the link:
 


Thank you for reading my blog post.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Autumn is the Perfect Time to Fall Back Into Fitness

It's autumn; the perfect time to fall back into fitness. 



Summer fun is over. Time to start a new way of living. Time to get inching and ready for better health and more feel great days. 



Not as many barbecue grills out anymore. Kind of cold now but nice enough to take a stroll and experience the beauty of the new season. Remember; with just 30 minutes of cardio fitness a day, you can improve your heart health tremendously. Walk, run, jog, kettlebell, Wii sport or whatever; do something to give your engine a pure workout. 




If you aim for fitness at all, do it for the sake of your health. And whatever you do, aim and stay on target until you reach that point. You got the strength!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What About Them Strings?

I always thought of the bass as my favorite instrument because of the energy of the musician playing it and the funk of it. 

The bass always seems like the first thing I hear in any song. The deep bottom that just holds the groove together, in my opinion, makes a song just what it is. 

I was walking through the Flatbush Frolic today that ran across Cortelyou Rd in Brooklyn, NY from Coney Island Avenue to a Ocean Avenue, and saw a table with some very unique guitars. Of the many they had, a custom made bass guitar, once played by John Popper of the Blues Travelers Band. 


It was light in weight. Plucked a pretty nice sound. I could hear the bass thumps reverberating out of the amp as I took a slap at it. Nice!  

What makes this funk machine unique is the many carvings of endangered species that run around it; These are the things that make it one of those instruments you know "be killing the wild sounds."

The instrument show was all part of Bar Chord's display. Bar Chord is a bar and lounge located at 1008 Cortelyou Road between Coney Island Avenue and Stratford Road in Brooklyn, NY. The owner, Johnny, told me that there's live entertainment there every night. And on any night that you make your way there, there are unique guitars for sale above the stage and in the window. 

I think I want to go there just to check out some of the other cool guitars they might have; that is, after I join into the jazz jam session they have on certain nights of the week. 


I'm loving how Kensington just keeps on getting better and better. Now, How do you like them strings? 


Antiquated Rhythms


I don’t know about you, but it seems like things of the past continue to recycle in my life, not always as a memory but sometimes as something as vintage as Lady Mechanika Saloon chic, coming into the here and now moments; and sometimes also with the amnesia of these forgotten moments in time.  
 

Consider music that never dies or old fashion styles that continue to reinvent themselves in these here moments. For if it were not for the inventors who paved the way and inspired, some would have never found that dose of motivation to begin.  And although some of those reinvented things from the past are what many would consider antiquated, new kids on the block might be seeing these things for the first time and consider them as new.

I remember recently being on stage with the Celebrate Band at the 2014 Jamaica Arts and Music Festival and singing background for our drummer Hakeem Hanton, who was  interpreting a cover of the Force MDs “Tears” and doing a wonderful job hitting all the falsetto notes.  Then all of a sudden,  I was at the COBANYC 2014 Family Day at Six Flags Great Adventures and the Force MDs themselves were right their crooning their tune.  How ironic is that?
With The Force MDs and DJ Denise at Six Flags Great Adventures
 
In today’s world when we hear new expressions of classical tunes that were originally composed in the 1500s and vocal jazz scatting, you realize that some things just never die. They just remain in hearts and minds and continue to live on. And then we have all the remakes, the polka dot phase resurfacing and the sheer clothing items that folks have been wearing lately.  It was just the other day when I was watching the best of Soul Train on DVD and saw a commercial about Afro Sheen and then today we see so many beauties returning back to the natural hair styles. 

The more things in life change, the more they remain the same.  And the more we get lost in trying to find new things and reach new horizons, the more acculturated we become with who we are.  The key in life is to rise out your seat and to do a song and dance that fits who you are, whether you are wobbling forward or you are doing the running man into doors that only God can open.
 

Remember to never forget to acknowledge the truth that God, our creator and savior, holds our tomorrow. So today, thank him for, all that he has done, all that he is doing and all that he will do.  And if you think about it, no matter how antiquated old time religion might seem to be, God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
 
And this truth never changes!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Nails Did in Five Minutes

Sometime there's time to do the things you know you want and deserve and then there are times when you just don't get those special moments.

I tell you; there is nothing like sitting in that wonderful massage chair at my nail salon to get my nails and feet done. There's just something about allowing someone to beautify you just a little bit more than you are right now. 



But those times when you don't have an available moment for it, there are always other options. 



For instance! Today, I had to wake up bright and early to drive up to Great Adventures Them Park to sing with the ATM Band. Sound check is early so we had to make sure to be there on time. Disappointedly, I didn't get a chance to get my nails done. But who says I can't have salon quality looking nails? 




I was able to put on my nail dresses by Kiss My Nails on and in less than five minutes, my nails look performance ready. Thank God for my affordable option. 


Friday, September 19, 2014

"The Intern" during Rush Hour in NYC

Friday night at the end of the work day in the Wall Street area, is when you see working men and women, running like speed racers to catch their buses and trains for home, friends rushing to get to happy hour at some local bar and tourists rushing to get to some pretty, cool NYC attractions in the area. 

The rush sort of reminds me of the movie "Rush Hour." It's action packed, somewhat funny when you think about it but minus the excitement because the getting home process can be somewhat difficult at times; especially when the traffic to get to the tunnel can often be backed up or when the train is standing room only yet, buskers still find room to dance and do cartwheels among the car passengers. Yet, we make it home in one piece, ready for the blessings of the weekend.



Today was no different. Rush hour came and I was like an Olympian running from my desk out the building, just to get to my next destination. Working men and women were in floods with the same mindset trying to get down Water Street. But something different happened today. Excitement! 

The film and camera crew of the upcoming movie, "The Intern," were stopping pedestrians from rushing like normal, so they could film a few of the scenes. 


Made sense. I mean, for Anne Hathaway and Robert DiNero to be portraying roles as part of a true working class in New York City, rush hour must be involved. Only, without the true working class, but instead with their own budgeted in $300,000,000 background extras. 

Not that I'm upset or anything, I mean, my bus stop was right across the street from where the scene was being shot. How do you get folks to stop rushing during rush hour so that a movie scene can be shot? Easy; you ask. 



Some kindly stop. I'd call those, the people who live in the neighborhood; but some rush to not miss their mode of transportation. These are the folks with kids or a life after work. They say that we New Yorkers are always in a rush. I guess you can call us mean. Yet, these are the mean streets of New York! 

Happy however to see something great happening in the area. Check out the movie, "The Intern" in theatres September of 2015. 



Prayers for Los Cabos

I will never forgot traveling to Los Cabos, Mexico with my sisters for an awesome vacation. 



What a place! Beautiful all around. The water, the sites, the weather; made me not only love it but constantly talk about the wonderful place it was to others. 


Now to hear of Hurricane Odile basically destroying it and trapping tourists in, leaves me with sorrow. 

Hurricane Odile was a category three storm. With it's 30 mile winds, it knocked out power and left people struggling to find food and water. 

As much as I loved the land I got to know only for a short while, I can honestly say that my heart is torn to hear of this tragedy. Let's keep the dwellers of Cabo San Lucas in prayer. For as visitors, we come in and out but those who live there have to remain and deal with all the destruction and loss. May God bless Los Cabos. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Joints Still Be Jumping

"Music brings life to the world" - Donald Sangster

"The joints are jumping" never seemed more like a relevant term than it did tonight when I saw it for myself before my eyes. 

Music blaring in the air. Sax blows. Bass thumps. Drum rolls. Key strokes. Waltzing. 


The scene inside of Jazz 966 located at 966 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, NY looked like one that would be in an old 1940s jazz movie; only it's today's time. Though the times have changed tremendously, one thing stands clear; jazz music is housed in the hearts of many. 

Every Friday night at 8pm, Brother Harold Valle of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium hosts 966 Jazz shows; a different act each week with something new to love about it each time. 


The program was founded and put together by Sam Pinn; primarily for the senior population. Makes sense why the room literally jumps;  most of the jazz enthusiasts (mostly comprised of a mature, adult crowd) dance the night away to the different jazz styles that the musicians play. But whether you are young or old, you will enjoy the ambience of the room. Very cool atmosphere! Music rings and pure enjoyment is the only response. 

And if you don't believe me, take it from
Barbara who said she danced so
Much that her hips would be hurting in the morning, but that the experience was worth it. Cool thing to know that someone can go to a joint right here in NYC and for a low cost, walk into a room filled with quality music, eat good food, and crowd the dance floor and do the lindyhop and/or other jazz dances through the night. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9-11, A Day I'll Never Forget (A. Poem)

9-11, A Day I'll Never Forget




We walked it like soldiers in fight
No calmness though as dark as night
We marched in terror with our strength
Hoping to make it all the way

We saw it from the window view
Toppling of buildings to their doom
And those within stayed within
And those without scattered about

The city that never sleeps that day in slumber
Lives lost pierced as loud as rolling thunder 
No emergency broadcast tests this time
For it was as real as Pearl Harbor;  "Run for your lives."

And news reports embedded images in our mind
Some that will last forever in time
World trade gone into shreds and debris
I saw burnt paper in Brooklyn from the twins drift over me

And we cried and we prayed and our faith left in doubt
When them planes took the beauty of our skyline down 
And all the streets empty and fear filled the land
For a day that no one had foreseen coming

But thank God we had heroes willing to risk life to save
Lord bless the souls of the lives lifeless in that grave
For in that space the towers stood before it stood no more
911 is a day that we just cannot ignore

(Poem written by Stephanie Jeannot) 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bossa Nova

I have heard Shirley Horn sing before. Her voice us very mellow and pretty. She creates a soothing sound that the ears can just love. 


What I did not know about her is that she also played the keys and played it very well. I discovered this fact when I started watching this "Antonio Carlos Jobim All-Star Tribute."




What music! Everything about this program is cool. The sounds. The round up of artists and the mere fact that the concert is hosted by Herbie Hancock. 


The diva thing will always stand out to me. Just one more thing to love and appreciate about music. You never know what new and exciting thing you will come across; even if it is something that is old like this 1995 DVD. 


 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

On the Poetry of Sean Battle

Poetry to me is like animating words and making them dance. The words can shimmy, drop it like its hot, and get fancy like ballet and leave you feeling intrigued. So when you add the poet sharing that unraveling of thought before a crowd, the experience is simply amazing. 

That was the thought I had when Sean Battle stepped on to the scene at the Jazz Poetry Cafe at Brooklyn Nights. He walked into the venue ready to have a good time but little did I know the good time he was about to bring into the Brooklyn scape from New Jersey. 



His image was like a school professor before a class ready to teach. His introduction drew you in immediately. His words were clear and concise and his energy was so catchy that he had the whole room electrified. 

He is inspiring to other poets in a sense because he lets them know that you do not have to say
Much to get your poetry across. He proved this even more when he was a featured poet at the Jazz Poetry Cafe at Brooklyn Nights in May 2014. 

He used the right words and phrasings, which was what made his poetry stand out. Battle made the difference with his individuality and his awesome energy. And his poetry was tight. He is definitely a poet I'd support when showcasing anywhere. 

You can check him out live at the Dodge Poetry Festival's Lunchtime Poems Seriesst a Military Park, NJ. For more information on this incredible talent, visit his website at http://seeseanbattle.com 

Please check out the following youtube clip from the Jazz Poetry Cafe at Brooklyn Nights: http://youtu.be/WMNlWk1fqTU

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Those Glistening Jam Progressions





Take a jammed progression for a ride.

Jazz melodies glistening through the skies.

And music lovers find reasons to unwind.

At the Proper Cafe in Cambria Heights

Every Wednesday night.

On 217th & Linden; please stop on by.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Medgar Evers Jazz Ensemble Performing Live at Brooklyn Nights on Thursday, June 12, 2014 8pm

Thursday night at Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, 


the Medgar Evers Jazz Ensemble will perform a series of jazz, R&B, and soul of old school and new school music 




on Thursday June 12, 2014 from 8pm to 10pm. Join us live.


Students and teachers $5. All others $7. 


Doors open at 7:30 pm with happy hour food and drink specials. 


Free street parking available. G train to Bedford Avenue. B37 bus to Franklin Avenue. 


Casual attire. 


Hoping to see you there on Thursday. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jazz Poetry Cafe Thursday, May 15, 2014

Calling all poets, singers and music enthusiasts. 



This Thursday, May 15, 2014, please join us for jazz poetry cafe featuring live jazz band, poets, singers and hopefully you. 


Please save the date and make your way to Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn Ny. 8 pm is happy hour for discount food and drinks. 9 pm live music , poetry and fun. Suggested donation : $10. Guaranteed good time. & vibes. Please come out. Hope to see you there!!!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

All Night Long

Hey peeps!

I have had the pleasure of working with this incredible producer named Derrick Smith and together we have completed quite a few songs. 

We met years ago at an open mic competition at Soul Cafe in NYC that was hosted by Lenny Green and Shayla from 98.7 Kiss FM NY. That was about ten years ago and still, we have a great musical relationship that has resulted in some wonderful songs.

One of the songs is entitled, "All Night Long," a song about the joy of music and enjoying the beauty of it. 

I just added this song to my music library and would like to invite you in to listen to it and if you like it please download. Here is the link: http://www.reverbnation.com/stephanayjnote/song/20708562-all-night-long

I have been in the works of trying to get this song out into the public with hopes people will enjoy what they hear. I have been performing it at my shows and have just recently produced a video for it which is now available for viewing on Youtube.  If you have time, please check out my video on Youtube here and leave a comment because I need all the support I can get:
 
 



Thank you in advance for checking out my video.

Last night, I was blessed with the opportunity to be interviewed on the On the Edge Radio Show by Kaydee Barnett and my song "All Night Long" was featured in the program as well as "I'll Be There" which was completed with another incredible producer and mentor, Fred Simmons. What an incredible opportunity. If interested in listening to last nights live broadcast, check out the link here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kaydeelyssa/2014/04/26/spread-your-wings-showcase-saturday


Finally, I will be performing some of my original songs this coming Thursday night, May 1, 2014 at Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. 



There will be a live band there featuring Michael Collins on keys, Mark Payne on drums and Trey Sharpe on bass. Hosted by myself and TRP, it will be a nice musical event.


This amazing event will also featured music from TRP (rapper), Jazz-E-Matt (singer), Marissa Cayaso (singer), and Stewart Thomas (singer) just to name a few. 


The event will begin at 8PM - 9PM with happy hour consisting of food and drink specials and then from 9PM artist showcase will run til about midnight.


Hoping you will come to listen, party, or maybe to even jump on the mic and do your thing as well.

 
Hoping to see you there!!!  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Appreciate God for Making Me A Musician

I appreciate music. But never considered myself a musician until I considered that my main instrument was hand-made by God. Imagine that!


It's funny!  I remember when I was kid, my parents gave me a keyboard and I would always toil with it every now and again but always focused on my voice more; and writing. I am a poet first; since grade school. 

I guess you can say my limited piano skills help me to create tracks because I am a songwriter who loves to write not only lyrics but the music behind it. Like in this song "Appreciate;" a song to honor and thank God for the wonderful talent of being a musician. It was created with Cakewalk Sonar and my Korg Triton LE (straight up audio). Check it out here:

APPRECIATE




Jeannot, Vocals and Piano.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Passion Run Wild (a poem)



Whoever said it was easy to have a song
bursting out your seams
when you're not on the scene 
of that foreseen dream
but on another theme
at your desk doing the 9 to 5 scheme
when you feel it soul deep
that one thing that makes you complete, 
knows what it's like 
to be living with a passion. 

Who cares to see tears flow?
Passersby don't care to know.
Might consider you crazy though!
Not knowing what you crying for. 
Yet that one thing in your core;
that very thing your heart yearns for
turns your 9 to 5 into undesired labor
and pierces at your chambers 
yet you must endure;
while fighting back tears and 
dreaming about your passion. 

The alarm sounds and starts you on your daily grind
but all you want to do is live your dream and fly; 
acting it out in your mind
with HD colors like a movie screen; paradise. 
Still you force yourself to do what's required
to survive in this world even if life don't come with a smile; 
and just to make it through without breaking, you pray all the while
because your dreams seem to continuously awaken your innerchild. 
And that song in your heart, untriedly breaks through running wild
your individuality that builds your profile
while that song and dance never stops creeping in your mind 
until you give in to live that passion REM trialed. 

(I am a singer and songwriter with a passion for music and a lot of times write love songs about music; my first love. Like the song "Passionate Breeze." I posted the song on my Reverbnation page. Please check it out here: http://www.reverbnation.com/stephanayjnote/song/20069530-passionate-breeze )

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Twirls of Swirls and Trumpet Curls (A Poem)

Twirls of Swirls and Trumpet Curls (A Poem)
(C) By Stephanie Jeannot




The mic was peaking like the Kilimanjaro;
killing ears and causing peers to steer
and flooding river beds til fixed. Started trends
of dance phases and booty shakes until the end 
of the song escaping from the falsetto send.

The harmony started calming me
but was stopped when the alarm in me
was set off by rain pouring over me
from a twirling being doing circus tricks;
trumpet twirls that landed spit
all over my face. That's what I call a true taste
ofcalls and escapes, when I got a case 
of slob on my face, that from my mind will never be erased

Friday, April 4, 2014

3:4 Music Roll (Poetry)

I missed a day of poetry within this national poetry month which inspired the title of this poem: 3:4 Music Roll. Please read and enjoy.

3:4 Music Roll
By Stephanie Jeannot



I can't stand the rainof 
Or Monday mornings
Or snow cleaning
Or having doubts 
Or being sick
Or being stuck
Without a paycheck
Or experiencing blues
Or all the bad news
On the news
That give me blues
And attitudes
On Monds and Tues
Those working days
Of routined grooves 
That seem to loop
Around the course
our money source 
And ways of life
Or ways to climb
The mountain side
But what I do love
I think I need more of
Days of sun
And music love
For perfect is
The day that brings
A melody
The chemistry
The energy
That I receive
Just seems so me
Like a pure need
To wash away
The blues of day
Music makes
Everything okay



Have an awesome Friday. That you might experience joy in your day. Please check out my original tune Fluttering here: http://www.reverbnation.com/stephanayjnote/song/18664722-fluttering 

That the content of it, may wash over your day and bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Unsettled Rhythm (A Poem)


This past winter 2014 and the coming of spring has left my body somewhat unsettled. It is like 60 degrees in the morning and the idea forms that I can shield of all these layers the cold weather forces one to wear; and then all of a sudden, you are without the layers and the evening of the very same day has below freezing temperatures.  How does one dress and how does one proceed when the weather is like this in order to not get sick? Can I remove my mask and feel comfortable? 


So then the body gets these ailments and now you are okay one minute and the next minute sneezing, coughing and so tired, you spend days in bed as if you had not slept in weeks.  The beginning months of 2014 have definitely been unsettling. The following is a poem written, based on this idea and how the changing of seasons has gotten the best of me.
I slept more in the past week than I slept in the past three months. That is definitely not me at all.  Doctor Soandso prescribed medicine which I hate taking and finally, I have come into healing. I am not as tired as I was when I was sick and I am no longer sniffling or coughing like I had been. Also, my head is not pounding as much. Thank God!
While boredom took flight when my body was so tired from being sick, all I felt the energy to do was to be in my bed; Definitely left me with more time to write. I guess you can call this a transformation of a season, person or situation. Or; a release of the coldness of winter out of my body or heart to renew my mind and spirit for spring. Or; the ending of March and the coming of April. Or; the start of the writing to come in National poetry month. It’s here, and this is where I start to say farewell to the old and welcome in the new:

Unsettled Rhythm


It’s in the touch of your magic
that sends me over.
Never thought I’d be
thinkin’ bout tomorrow
just looking in somebody’s eyes.
Who am I
to want something so amazing?
Hope it was more than just chasing;
then I would be
more than satisfied.
Yet, nothing is settling.
The rhythm keeps echoing
and thoughts of you just
circling ‘round my mind
‘cause for a long time
all I’ve seen is you
by my side
and wish that I
could make it my
permanent vibe
Walking dreams awake;
by that I mean,
Love with you settling in my day.



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Brooklyn Celebrates Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month and is a month that honors not only the women who came before us and have made history but also to celebrate those who are using their God-given talents today and sharing it with the world. 

MOCADA MUSEUM - Art of African Women

To be a Brooklynite and to come across events of this nature is great. Right here in my home town!

For instance; while waiting to connect with a few friends this evening at Brooklyn Moon, I decided to visit the Mocada Museum on Hanson Place and South Portland Street in Brooklyn, NY and saw an awesome exhibit of art by Women from Africa displayed. 



This display will be up until April 1, 2014. So please make your way there to check out some of the awesome pieces that will blow you away. For more information on Mocada Museum, please visit their website at www.mocada.org

JAZZ POETRY CAFE AT BROOKLYN NIGHTS

Last Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, Jazz Poetry Cafe featured live music by The Musiqal Ones Band, some awesome poetry and dancing and was hosted by singer, Stephanay JNote and poet, Ras Osagyefo. 

It was a beautiful event where poetesses like Professor Carolyn Jones of Medgar Evers got onto the stage and shared poetry from deep, down within. Poetry with a beautiful dance to her spoken word by Arielle Adamy added that much energy to an already electric performance. 



Not to mention her rendition of Sarah Vaughan's Tenderly, who would have celebrated her 90th birthday on March 27, 2014. 

If you weren't there, please be sure to make it out to the next Jazz Poetry Cafe at 9pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.  

CAFA FILM NIGHT - Women's History a Month Edition

The CAFA Film Night - Women's History Month Edition held on March 28, 2014 at Nicholas located on Fulton Street in Brooklyn, NY was an amazing event that started at 7:30pm and ran til about 11pm. 

Films included in this series were by women from different parts of the Caribbean. It was really nice seeing different parts of the world, even in such a brief bit of time, yet still getting to enjoy pieces of culture from all the different regions of the Caribbean. It reminded me of being in a classroom with the discussions on each of the films after each viewing. 

Docket 32357 was one of the films showed. Great opportunity tonight to see Docket 32357, a film that pretty much in a nutshell left the audience knowing that you never know who you will meet and how they can change your life in a mere few seconds. Happy to have been able to speak with and vibe with the brainstorm behind it; playwright, Elion Wardall. Really great film. Look forward to seeing more. 



Make sure to check out the web based series at www.docket32357.com
And also, visit caribbeanfilm.org to find out the schedule for future film festivals as this is a monthly event. 

Also, please come out to Nicholas Brooklyn located at 570 Fulton Street in Brooklyn on Saturday May 10, 2014 for their open mic. Opening up the show at 7pm will be Stephanay JNote and friends followed by open mic and poetry from 8pm to 11pm. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jazz Poetry Cafe at Brooklyn Nights on March 20, 2014 9pm

On March, 20, 2014

Please come out to

Brooklyn Nights 
497 Dekalb Avenue
(Corner of Franklin Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY

For Jazz Poetry Cafe


A fusion of live jazz music (featuring Carl Bartlett Jr (saxophone), Wayne Holmes (keys), Stephanay JNote (vocalist), Jazz-E-Matt (vocalist), Shinya Miyamoto (drums)), poetry (featuring Ras Osagyefo, Eric Crow Draven, Wayne Russell, Jodi Allen and Professor Carolyn Jones) and poetry of the foot, more commonly known as dancing (performances by Arielle Adamy and Nyeesha Padmore).

The event will begin at 9pm and ends at midnight. $10 admission. 

Come out and help to celebrate not only the beauty if jazz, song and dance, but international women's history month and also the new season of spring entering into this here 2014. It's gonna be a great night of energy and I hope to see you all there tomorrow night, March 20, 2014.

 God Bless you!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Flex the Technique Artist Roundup Revue

This Thursday, 

I'm gonna try something I never did before. I'm doing a full set of all originals at the Flex the Technique Artist a Roundup Revue happening at Brooklyn a nights located at 497 Dekalb a Avenue in a Brooklyn, NY.




It's going to be a night of music featuring Rapper Keez, Rapper TRP, Singer Jazz E Matt, Comedian Joe Show and more, all doing original music. The event will begin on March 13, 2014 at 7pm with food and drink specials and a karaoke contest. Immediately following will be the original flow show hosted by iSoul radio's Barry Mason and it's going to be hot. 

I'm excited to be a part if this amazing event and to be flexing my originals. We all will be. 

Hope to see you there. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

With Rhythm in My Dancing Shoes


Good Afternoon My beautiful, family, friends and children of our great God. How are you doing this evening? I pray the week was as awesome as the miracles God allowances you with; flourishing talents that make you want to dance and sing with passion across the expanse of our God's blessings and creations. 


"Dance" Original song by Stephanie Jeannot and Fred Simmons. We performed it live Thursday night. If you weren't there, you missed a dope show.


 

Please check out the video here of one of the songs we performed, "Dance" 


 For those who were, thank you for patronizing my crazy love for singing. It still amazes me how God can really open up your eyes and bring you to your destiny. Almost springs forward your memory of learning you " [dance] and sing and do the Charleston fling" while tapping like the Mini Rockettes.  

  

Thank you for checking out my blogpost and God bless you!