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Catch them while you can

Catch them while you can

You may have seen this week an excellent but heartbreaking New York Times article, by Nate Chinen, on the legendary pianist Keith Jarrett. In the article we learn that after two strokes, Keith will likely never return to the stage. Now 75, Keith’s last performance was at Carnegie Hall in 2017, and while I had concerns about his silence since then, reading of his health struggles – in what is a very personal interview – was in many ways devastating: another legendary musician silenced and, selfishly, gone was the opportunity to see a legendary performer in action once more.

I was reminded of a letter posted to the jazz board at the University of Toronto several years back, shortly after Stanley Turrentine passed away, by a faculty member at the time. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before; the letter called out students for not getting out to see live music, and especially not getting out to see some of the legendary jazz musicians when they pass through town. I wasn’t a student when I read the letter, but I took it to heart – I knew then (as I do now) that I could still do better to ensure that I experience, in person, the players who represent the history of this incredible music.

I have been lucky to see a number of my favourites over the years. I remember in particular Dizzy Gillespie at Massey Hall; Ella Fitzgerald at Roy Thomson Hall; Oscar Peterson (with Oliver Jones opening) at the Four Seasons Centre. (I had a ticket to see Miles Davis at Massey Hall, but the show was cancelled due to illness, and he never made it back.) But there is only so much time (and so much money) and I can think of too many shows I’ve missed – only to realize too late that there wouldn’t be another.

At the Festival, we do our best to feature jazz legends whenever we can, and sometimes a performance on our stage is the last time a musician comes to the city. There is, of course, no way of knowing, and there are sometimes regrets – we could not have known that Keith Jarret’s 2014 performance at Roy Thomson Hall would be his last in the city. We were in talks a couple of years after to bring him back, but it didn’t work out.

And sometimes, in the quest to find new and exciting, I admit that I forget to look backwards, to be sure to recognize why legendary musicians have become legendary, and to recognize what they did for the art form. I certainly have my go-to artists when I need a reset – a reminder of what makes swing really swing, or of what makes a rhythm section cook, or of what makes an arrangement sing. But it’s (too) often by accident that I’m reminded of the mastery of the masters. This week, for example, while making my way through a playlist, a particularly swinging tune came on – beautiful soloing, absolutely tight rhythm section. A quick check of the credits, and no surprise: it was Kenny Barron with Dave Holland and Jonathan Blake from the recent release Without Deception.

It’s challenging, of course, at the moment, to seek out the legends live and in-person. But we can still be intentional about it, even in the current reality. A few weeks back I committed to watching a livestream from Healdsburg Jazz featuring the trio of Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain and Julian Lage. Though of course I would have preferred to be in the same room, the quality was excellent and the mastery of the musicians transcended any technological barriers. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of veteran musicians who have taken advantage of online opportunities to connect, either through performance or conversation, with their audience.

Yes, recordings and books and articles will exist after the artists themselves are gone. But music is meant be experienced live, and so often in a live setting there are extras – comments from the musicians, the on-stage banter, the magic of the final note hanging in the air, or just the thrill of being in the room with a legend (and sharing that with other music lovers) – that cannot be duplicated on tape or on film or on the page. In fact, Keith Jarrett provided just one of those extras at his Roy Thomson Hall concert in 2014: after an audience member sneezed, he turned and said, maybe even with a bit of a smile, “You get one!” And suddenly we all relaxed, and enjoyed the beauty of the moment, and the notes that followed.

What have been some of your most memorable live living legends moments?





Fear is guiding these times that we are living in.  Our “leaders” are fulfilling their roles of keeping the populations of the world panicked, mirroring the media that is forced upon us

Fear can alter the spirit

Fix your spirit… stabilize your soul

No virus or vaccine can affect your souls

This is how you affect the physical world around you

The chaos and confusion is by design… none of us are confused by this

This is too much to process

Honoring your spiritual peace is your responsibility, no matter the distractions of poverty, family, illness…  comforting and grounding your spirit is on you

Remember, no virus or vaccine can affect your souls


Louis March needs the aid of this community to curb gun violence

My mindset is based on the love of my children and those of my friends

I love our children

Help me to help Louis to save these babies from the instituted tricks of the colonizer

They won’t ever change, but we can… We must


Starliners tonight… my Canadian reggae energy… Thursdays and Sundays

Organize and Centralize are great words of advice to apply to starliners show with Mally Bless and Tonya P

Canada’s reggae life and contributions are legendary so get on board because you see it for yourself

Blessed new tune ~ Dancehall Vaccine

Control Of the Music is The Control of the Spirit

Control Of the Music is The Control of the Spirit

Control of the music is the control of the spirit

This is what the babylonian decision makers have convinced themselves of

And they are one hundred percent correct in their analysis and worldwide execution of their control on the music industry

Control the music

The defiance, the love, the morality, the pain, the emotion, the message of music is a spiritual message that only needs to be heard or felt to allow the listener to vibe, feel and move in a different way

Lyric and sound are just as effective, together or apart

Without a spiritual thesaurus to speak a specific spirit language, feel is all we know

Babylon trying to hijack that

In a physical way, they have already done that and created large streams of revenue for their cause

It is clear what music does for the human spirit during chaotic, tragic, happy times.  It isn’t once that music carries us through times in our lives, uplifting us

Our happiest memories are taken up in music.  We have a song/s that takes us to specific memories

Physically, babylon owns that

Currently, musicians globally are shut down by a movement to control the music, stopping the players of instruments and singers

This controlling path feels deliberate in its application

Not a conspiracy.  I know nothing.  I am going off feel.  Music is the spirit so I can only move with feel on this one

Control the future message/s of the music

This is evident in their use of hip hop and dancehall to develop a glorification of drug and gun culture, having our children murdering each other

There are powerful, uplifting messages by many dancehall and hip hop artists being suppressed by the babylonian.  We have all had this very discussion a million times yet can do nothing to infuse positivity to the deliberately corrupt shitstym

Now more than ever we need our musicians


My message to all you spirit warriors out there, singer, song writers, horn players, cellists, bass, guitar, congo, drummers, cowbell and everyone, the spirit cannot be curbed

It cannot be controlled

It feels like a deliberate block on music

But it isn’t possible to block the spirit, the soul

Babylon only knows the physical.  They fully control the physical

The spiritual cannot be controlled

This isn’t an answer to fix anything

I felt a vibe, so I write again

311 Judas

311 Judas

311 Judas

We are designed to keep each other down

It isn’t just being competitive to strive and to aspire to our best selves and our best earning power, it is also ingrained to step on others in order to keep them in their place/s or push them further down

It is why 311 works so well

It has power, directly to those who “govern” us.  Each coward justifies their avarice and greed even if they have nothing to gain, except for the personal satisfaction of keeping someone else down

We NEED to make absolutely sure that no one but us rises to the fore

The money game

You need the right contacts as well as the right formula to elevate

The money game isn’t about the love of money.  It is about status

Status known or status perceived or just perverse personal satisfaction

Yet status is acquired

There is constant, daily, personal pursuit of this elusive status when you are only one of the seven billion ants / sheeple, statistically with zero chance of ever elevating your station from teenage years to retirement, so instead of only seeking status, we engage in pushing down total strangers, friends, relatives, siblings and even our own children

I thought of the type of coward who would call 311 and realize that it is most of us

Throughout the histories that we leaned, we are believe ourselves to be the heroes we glorify but most of us are not

We are Judas

“I can’t make it, but if I can help it, neither can you”

In all households globally there is one, two, or three of these Judas

If this piece bothers or offends you in any way, good, I am speaking directly to you


To many, this is actually a badge of honor creating what they hope is a better, cozier relationship with those that run the government or the law.  They are aware that the law is the power, so why go against it, even if it is unjust

Judas role

311 is perfect for Judas.  He or she can anonymously make the call and watch from a distance, glorifying themselves as the target of the call gets “the law”

Cowardice personified

Judas sleeps well that night knowing they did their Judas-duty.  They were able to keep another total stranger or someone we know personally in their place, or push them further down

311 Judas

Written from feel




This is how the so called one percenters manipulate us sheeple

They make us so angry we emote, instead of stopping the subject of the anger

Kill a nigger before the whole world and get  them screaming and marching, burning and looting, hiding under the bed, walk around in fear daily as a police car rolls by, facebooking our frustration/s, spend hours talking to friends and family about this new crime

Name them… Amidoo Dialo, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Lester Donaldson…

But they don’t stop do they?

We call these people demons and evil in an attempt to identify them for our notions of God.  God will get them for us.  No He won’t sheep

Step aside sheep, this isn’t a job for you

Yu nuh mek fe is.  Yu too soff

These evil people kinda enjoy you calling them evil actually.  More than insulted, they feel a sense of joy, a compliment even.  We are so superstitious in our fear of evil, it continues to give them the edge that they need to continue their evil

Go near them and they are protected by the police who they pay handsomely and give them power over the herd

When stressed with emotion based on world collapse from covid mismanagement by governments yet actually feels like a narrative of the evil, we wonder how we will survive the coming apocalypse

Our emotions blind our ability to go directly to the source

Emotion blinds

Emotion confuses

Human thing

In a loving space the dishonesty of the evil coward works best… it runs our emotions to the peak because we sheeple trust them from birth

We all trust them

The Hippocratic Oath.  It took me a minute to realise the connection to the word hypocrisy and Hippocratic

Emotion towards big pharma clouds our judgement very successfully

Some doctors, pharmacists, oncologists will hate on this but they are a part of the Hippocratic process hence have lost my trust and respect.  Funny thing is, some have already figured this out and left their various professions to focus on true healing.  They ovastand that fighting big pharma is futile so they do what they do in their own families and communities

This becomes dangerous work if they are found out

Hippocratic Oath

They do not hide what they do

Emotion blocks any ability we may have of effecting change on these folks whose systems seem quite complex and unbeatable

Emotion destroys our ability to move them, even if we know them

Venting as usual

I have no answers ever

I realize more and more that I don’t know much.  An expert on nothing

But emotions come over me as well

So when I feel it, I write

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I don’t know the artist but this is beautiful… who is this?

Division ➗

This is the most successful of the babylonian construct and its success is dependent on the cooperation of each of us

We enthusiastically comply

First we jump on “the point” like vaxx / anti-vaxx, racism, sexism, liberal, conservative, mask / anti-mask… you get the picture and we discredit the intellect or personality of the opposing points of view, with hate and venom

We then choose like minded ones who agree with us, to confirm how right you must be to have so many agree with you so those who do not agree must be idiots

The division weakens us because it leads to anger and violence

We are currently more hateful hence weaker as a species

Toxicity is now our norm

Discredit the character of others in a hope to elevate self


This is weak behavior and it is highly prevalent in this time

“I’m right and everyone else is an idiot”


We have raised weaker and weaker generations over the past 100 years.  The erosion of empathy, compassion and humility is totally complete

We have succeeded in weakening the morality of the human race

If we listen to the Christian faith, this has been predicted a long time ago and this is totally natural, on a path to “end of times”

I write this because I too have this burning anger constantly from the abusive behavior of racism so ingrained in the global psyche.  I am pissed daily because many expect me to accept their hatred

Some have this anger because they are female and live in a globally abusive pattern of behavior that is centuries long

There are many other abuses too numerous to mention but we only have time to focus on what irks us most hence we have zero tolerance or patience for mental illness, unemployment, homelessness, climate change or any other distraction that doesn’t pertain directly to our existence


We have been successfully divided so conquering is easy

It takes a loving path, a spiritual strength that we no longer possess as a species to get over this hate and venom

We possess this humility and love individually but won’t use it because kindness is viewed as weakness.  We must wear our masks of anger and hate so folks are aware that we aren’t to be fucked with.  No time for love and empathy

Seems futile, I’m aware

I write always from feel and no, the information isn’t new yet always trying to reach someone (a bunch of some ones) who see and feel this, who have the ability to redevelop humility and love, hence greater integrity among humans across the planet


They do feel and sound futile within the onslaught of venom and hate yet my loving energy still exists so I keep communicating

Love, the word so many use as the beacon of hope and it is definitely that yet we can’t wait for the herd to figure this out and move together because that will never happen.  You / we need to make an individual choice to do this

It takes individual integrity and honor to move on this path

You and only you 

​~ ~ ~ ~

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A completely biased guide to live performance

A completely biased guide to live performance

Live performance is coming back. It may not look or sound the same as it did eight months ago, but musicians are heading back to the stage, and audiences are heading back to venues. Given the increased efforts required from all involved to follow the health protocols, weigh the risks of being out and about, and even make less money, I thought I would offer a few thoughts on what, to me, makes a good performance.

As the title of this post suggests, these thoughts are completely biased – they are based on my experiences and my preferences only. But as my wife will tell you, I like to think I’m right about a lot of stuff. And while every performance setting – and every performer, and every audience – is a bit different, I’d argue that regardless of the performance, some of the following will apply. So without any further ado, it’s a list nobody asked for…

Be on time and professional in everything you do
This should go without saying. In advance of the show, all gig-related correspondence should be courteous and helpful. Show up to the show at your call time, ready to go. Facilitate the work that those around you – the venue manager, the sound technician, the stage crew, etc. – might have to do in order to get ready for the show. Start on time.

Be musically prepared
Rehearsing for a show these days is tricky given the restrictions in place. But there is no excuse for sloppy playing on the bandstand. As the leader, make sure you know – and have communicated to the other musicians – how each tune will begin and end. (The default “hold a long note until the drummer does the final fill” gets tired in a hurry, and is kinda lazy.) Make sure the arrangements are tight and well-played. Carefully think through your set list. Is there a nice variety of tempos, styles, tune lengths? Have you planned a good show, or just a series of tunes? Does everyone need to take 11 choruses on each tune?

Engage with and know your audience
Creating an enjoyable environment for audiences is more important now than it’s ever been. Audience members today have made carefully considered decisions about leaving their homes to come hear you play, often paying more for the music in – frankly – less friendly environments (strict circulation restrictions, plexiglass, etc.) than they have in the past. To make audiences feel welcome, I’d suggest, among other things:

  • Talk to the audience! You don’t have to be a great storyteller, or have a great repertoire of jokes (have you seen me in action, for example?). But making sure to announce the titles of the tunes you play, and, where possible, giving a line or two of context behind the music, can go a long way to helping the audience feel engaged.
  • Think about who will be the audience. Will these be established jazz fans, or people newer to the music? Is it more of a party situation, or more of a concert situation? If you’re playing for jazz regulars, you might be able to stretch out a bit. If it’s an audience that might be newer to the music – or an audience that is looking for more of a party than a concert – perhaps it’s not the time to work in all of your favourite pentatonic patterns over tri-tone substitutions.
  • This one’s trickier given current health restrictions, but find ways to connect with your audience after the show. Under more normal circumstances, that would have meant circulating after the gig, saying hello, asking people to sign up for mailing lists, selling merch, etc. With face-to-face contact somewhat discouraged at the moment, these become more challenging; but still be sure to have merch available for sale, and make it easy for people to find you online after the show.

And then, as my high school trumpet teacher would have said, “forget all this and just play!” It’s such a treat to hear live music again, as different as it may be, and at the shows I’ve seen the musicians have been so happy just to be on the same stage as their bandmates. If you’re on stage having fun – and the audience can see that you’re having fun – I think a lot of these items will take care of themselves. But if you spend a few extra minutes before each gig to make sure you’re covering all of the bases – musical or not – I think everyone’s experience will be elevated.

What do you think – anything missing? Anything completely off base?


P.S. – This post is geared towards musicians; another entire post could be written about how audiences can help make performances memorable for all the right reasons.
P.P.S. – I should also be clear to acknowledge the difficult decisions musicians are making about whether or not they are comfortable performing in public at the moment (not to mention the venue managers, etc.). By the time the band is on stage and the audience is settled, everyone in the room has already done a lot of work – thank you to all for making live music possible again!




The weaponizing of music

Those who tell me “conspiracy theory” you are correct

For those who live this with me, keep reading

They created “intellectual property” monopolized the marketplace trying to control a spiritual entity that music obviously is

It is written with souls, communicating to other souls

Lyrics at times




A spiritual message given to one soul and it connects to other souls

Music my people…  You know what I’m saying

They allow us to aid them in controlling the market with our access to music on any platform available

“The Message” is in the music

They know this

They are successfully shutting it down and then squeezing though the eyes of their control.  No spiritual messages will reach the people if they can help it

And we are aiding them to achieve this

I most certainly am

I’m currently listening to a mix on a CD by Deejay Scootz, with songs on it with Morgan Heritage, Chronixx, Jesse Royal and mush more


I did not pay any of those individuals.  Scootz is sharing a musical love and energy that he knows that I need and I have wrinced this mix for three days now.  In between playing this I’m on YouTube listening to any unlimited amount of music as some spin vinyl while other on Spotify and SoundCloud and MixCloud.  We are aiding the machine

What is the alternative?

I have no clue

I’m just writing some feels and thoughts

Maybe someone else sees this as I’m seeing it and I get to ask the question as they create the answers

The machine uses the largest show promoter to crush the rest of the industry

All of this is news to no one

We are the music

Controlling a spiritual entity is not a possibility

The words are put to all who feel this like I do

“I Don’t want to Die”

“I Don’t want to Die”

I don’t want to die

The last words out of the mouth of a 17 year old who was shot recently.  I learned this on the phone today from Louis March

These are your children

Your children

Our babies are beset by a dark energy giving finance and firearms, in a belief that they have true power, all be it for a fleeting moment, before they are murdered

Your politicians and police are a part of this dark energy, facilitating our children with this “power”.  This isn’t about bad parenting as much as it is a level of helplessness, out of a system set up by corporations, as most treat it as a “conspiracy theory”

Tears in my eyes as I write the words, picturing any of my babies in that predicament, saying those words as their life essence leaves their bodies

I don’t want to die

Ovastand the situation

You cannot relate to this level of elevated hate.  Hate of the rival infused by a hatred of self, preyed upon by the colonizer corporations, using our children as fodder

Talented, beautiful children

Jane and Finch, Rexdale, Scarborough, Malton, North York, Brampton, Sauga, wherever

Talented, beautiful souls, living hard and dying harder

Picture yourself or one of your children in that predicament

Most live in dread and fear constantly

This is no life

And this is all some have

None of these places or these children make guns!  They are filtered in by the most corrupt of all systems they we are all helpless against because it comes from corporations paying our officials to continue the murdering.  It is an investment to corruption

Our children

My instincts lead me to believe that John Tory is an integral part of this corrupt system

We won’t ever see change with this clown in office

Some of you know this truth yet feel helpless like I do

All I can do is to write about it

The degradation is deliberate in order to keep us angry


My observations of John Tory’s work towards the community let me know that this politician is a part of our problem

Not blaming Tory though

He is a small part of the corporate corruption.  A pawn in the system!  The power is higher than him

Jamaican, Somali, Ghanaian elders, parents needed to reach these children who wish to live

The shitstym is set up to deliberately take out our youth

The system / government depend on the profits of the murder of black children.  Death makes money for the system
{Police, forensics, first responders, doctors, surgeons, nurses, medical expenses, jail housing, funerals}

Each death / shooting pays all of these people and more, which is all profit to the system

Note how many times I used the word helpless or helplessness


More from the convo with Louis:

You will find that if you love your children, you will love many children

If you loved your childhood, you would want that for all children


“Stay home”, is the standing order in Jane & Finch today

Do not go for walks in that community or Rexdale for that matter

This is not new

Many are aware of this truth


“Why are we not speaking about Regis?” I asked Louis?  A young woman thrown of a twenty four {24} story building by “the system”.  How is this investigation going?


“The postal code in which you live, dictates the quality of life that you live in Toronto” Louis March

Look into what that truly means

“Why are we forced to think about dying?”

“I fear living more than I fear dying” 15 year old to Louis March

The system has won… Our children are helpless

‚ÄčThe Hypocrite Within

‚ÄčThe Hypocrite Within

​The Hypocrite Within
Who are you?
Why are you awkward?
Everyone else seems so at ease, happy, interactive and getting along
{Is this the moment I tilt my head back with laughter and get right back in line so no one notices my awkwardness?}
Pretending all is well, every place you go, yet still fulljoying amazing experiences along the way, parties, clubs, concerts, family gatherings…
Who is the real you?
What is the real you?
We all sense your fear
We can see exactly the fraud that you are
You are afraid the real you does not measure up
The hypocrite knows the road code
The hypocrite kicks in with the anger and boldness
Pretend bravado
The hypocrite is a vaxxer / masker
The hypocrite is an anti-vaxxer / anti-masker
The hypocrite knows the story makes no sense yet chooses sides in a ton of distracting arguments and conversations
To fear certain scary futures is too much for the hypocrite
You choose the safest side or the side that moves with your reality
The hypocrite fears the truth of helplessness of an insignificant existence of one eight billion… more or less
You believe in fate as well as randomness
The hypocrite within makes the best of this current existence knowing you are getting played but must choose a side continuing organized abuse of humans
The hypocrite saves our psychological health by creating safe existences
One in thirteen people is a Judas if I go with biblical math
You trust nothing and no one because that’s a lot of Judas’s calling 311
You know that you are being lied to
You feel it
The fear is real
Helplessness against the organizers
You go along to get along
Through all of the hurts and pain, somehow you feel grateful for your life anyway
The hypocrite is helping you to survive
~ ~ ~
I am of course having this conversation with my third person

Writing from feel