Sunday, September 21, 2014

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!

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