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Malcolm X killer released

Most of the new generation– I guess they call them “Generation X”, probably don’t really know the “whole story” of struggle and probably don’t care unless it’s in a video (sorry, but the truth is a &*%$#). http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/killer-of-malcolm-x-granted-parole/

Learn some history, your parents and grand parents paved the way, so some respect with an eye towards the future… or be prepared to repeat it!

Here’s a few books for your reference: Eyes on the Prize, America’s Civil Rights Tears 1954-1965 by Juan Williams; In Struggle, SNCC and Black Awakening of the 1960s by Clayborne Carson; Race, Reform and Rebellion– The second reconstruction in Black America, 1945-1990, by Manning Marble; Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970.

Don’t ask don’t tell ends, what’s the world coming to?

President Obama ended the “Don’t ask don’t tell” policy with gays in the military. Let it be said, that I don’t any preconceived notions about gays… having said that, when I served in the U.S. Navy– prior to my retirement in 2005 after more than 23 years, daily, tasks, operations and duty had no requirement to announce anything with reference to race, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation or what have you… point, keep it to yourself and do your damn job!
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/23/us/23military.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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On Global Warming threatens peace…

July 21, 2011 1 comment

Read an article in the BBC News, Climate Change Threatens Peace, UN warning…

I don’t what year we’re going to “get it”, history says it’ll probably be when it’s too late. Why does it always have to be like that? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14229237

 

Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) and making music

July 16, 2011 2 comments

I’ve been playing an instrument for quite some time and only recently started using DAWs to record my music. Prior to that I just played and give much thought to recording and arranging and stuff… what changed? The fact that as trumpet player, I can’t play with a band to get the sound I really want; I’m into jazz stuff– Miles, Louis, Clifford Brown, etc.

DAWs give that and much, much more! …from “cradle to grave”! Entering notes into sheet music, midi inputs and outputs, recording, mixing, effects, exports…

DAWs of choice; FL Studio 10 XXL Producer; Cubase5, Finale 2011… these ones I’m using; the others are also supposed to be good but the energy required to learn these DAWs makes to focus your efforts; Abelton 8, Cakewalk products…

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Five years after conversion to Islam

July 13, 2011 2 comments

…in many ways, looking back on my conversion to Islam some five years ago– the grass was greener on the other side then as opposed to now (some patches of brown stuff now). What do I mean? Surely you’ve heard and used this saying before? But never have I realized it as much until now… it’s not about the grass anyway!

I feel more loved, in control of my thoughts, body, mind, spirit and place in the world now… I’m going to say it was because of the new outlook. People though, are people everywhere! No matter what race, creed or religion! Know yourself first. This can be difficult if we’re focused on the wrong things… sex, drugs and rock and roll, for example; although there is something to be said about a few of those things.

Have I figured it out yet? Not quite but I’ll surely let you know when I’m close!