Less Talk, More Music and Art

I’m trying to stay warm this fine spring of 2014. It’s cold down here, folks. Though, I won’t spend  so much time yacking. Beatrice did enough of that all for us both yesterday.

Well, just so you know, the artwork in the video is very different from what you’ve ever seen me do. I was quite fascinated with art created by Australian Aboriginals. Instead of using paint, I opted for oil pastel. I do like the effect of the paint much better but I’m okay with what I produced. This process actually became rather addictive and I’m not an addict by any means. Or so I thought.

Anyhow, less talk. More music and art.

 

Meet Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui. Google image.

Keiko Matsui. Google image.

I think you’ll love her if you’re not already familiar. I have a few CDs of hers. Simply came across her some years ago when I was browsing music in a store. So, when I was playing her in my car awhile back when driving a friend around, he fell in love with her but he had to buy his own CD ’cause I don’t loan out these kinda things. You just never see them again ’cause folk start thinking your stuff belongs to them.

Anyhow, Matsui is a jazz pianist or keyboardist, from Japan. I’ve always had this thing for the piano although I can’t play at all. I do, however, have a good ear for music. Now, Matsui’s been around for a good while. She looks young and you can say she is, really, at 52. She’s been on the circuit for 30 years, so you can be sure the music’s way better than good with her lasting that long.

Matsui is a naturalist and her titles reflect that. You may also be interested to know she’s an advocate for women’s health and contributes to several charitable causes, as well at to the Marrow Foundation. Royalties from CDs, in 2001 and 2004, were donated to the causes dear to her. You can visit Keiko Matsui’s website at www.keikomatsui.com.

Meet Jackie Ormes

Jackie Ormes.  From Jackieormes.com website

Jackie Ormes. From Jackieormes.com website

Meet Jackie Ormes. I discovered her on NPR about 6 years ago from one of their audios. At the time, I was toying with the idea to do an educational graphic novel and got a little education myself. That’s what NPR tends to do.

Well, I was intrigued and got to nosing around on the web, looking for more information about this Ormes woman. I ended up buying a book with her work. She was the first syndicated African American cartoonist in her day. Now, I ended up giving the book away as a gift ’cause I was inviting someone to do a presentation. I sure do miss that book ’cause I haven’t re-purchased it yet but I will on Amazon this weekend.

Anyhow, Mrs. Ormes’ character was kinda modeled after herself. The little girl in the cartoon below was quick-witted and as central to the content as the adult characters. I’m rather inspired by Ormes in developing my own work, although our content will be different, this being a different time and all. Since women aren’t dominating this area of the arts, her accomplishments were significant.

Just thought I’d share that with it being Women’s History Month and all. If you’re spotlighting a woman of substance this month, please share. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

From the Jackieormes.com website

From the Jackieormes.com website

Short Illustrative Film

I’m experimenting while I marinate on how to do some other stuff going in my head. See, what happened was, my film is supposed to have folk actually talking with all these neat voices and whatnot. Though, I have this cousin, and you may have one too, who says he’s gonna hook you up and soon as you text him, he’s fallen off the planet.

Anyhow, I had to hook myself up. Know what I mean? I’ve got the day off tomorrow to play around since it’s snowing down here and whatnot. Anyhow (I say that a lot, don’t I?), stay warm and curl up with a popcorn to enjoy my first movie. Hehehee!

Be Yourself or Somebody Who Wants to Be You

"Be Yourself" Copyright 2013 Totsymae

“Be Yourself”  Digital Art / Copyright 2013 Totsymae

Thank you for hanging out with me. As a non-drinker/smoker, I feel like when I blog, I’m hanging out in a bar, so to speak – exchanging words and utter nonsense. In virtual communities, you can be multiple folk or simply let your hair down and be yourself. I like that. I don’t care how many folk you are ’cause it’s so unlikely we’ll ever meet anyhow. And if we did meet, I wouldn’t be mad ’cause you said you’re an airplane pilot when you really drive a taxi. It’s not like I can cast stones. Well, I could but there’s no long term glory in that.

If I were gonna be on the deceptive side, I’d more than likely tell you I was a naturopath doctor or something of that nature. Like, I could find so many cures to stuff with Google and you’d never know. Matter of fact, I have a cure for toothaches. I have a cure for a number of ailments, actually. I keep a stash of books around here, so I really could help you if need be. I know. My background’s in art but I have to know a lot about a lotta things as an artist. If you’re not an artist, you can’t possibly understand the intensity of what I do…which is why…I’m applying to medical school. It would behoove you to make an appointment with me once I set up my practice so I can practice on you.

In the meantime, I’m gonna keep shop here on this blog, experimenting with words, art and whatever moves me. Thank you again for hanging out and being you or whoever you choose to be.

May I Run A Few Questions by You?

Remember me telling you about the PBS special, Race 2012? Well, it’s that time and every Tuesday, up until election day, is when I’ll publish an article relating to the topic of race and politics. Do make sure you tune in to the program, which will be aired on October 16th. I’ll keep you posted, of course but I also want you to be proactive, folks. That’s critical in these uncertain times. So, check your local listing, folks and look for Race 2012: A Conversation About Race & Politics in America.

Of course, the purpose of this is to have a forum for open and honest dialogue and since we’re all grown folk around here, we can do that, right? I thought so.

Monica, of Monica’s Tangled Web, invited me. Just so you know I’m not making this up. Okay? The Race 2012 Blogging Project Begins is the proof that I’m not. Now…If you’d so kindly oblige me, I have a few questions…

“Race in America” Watercolor on paper. Copyright 2012 Totsymae/www.totsymae.com

Are you voting this year? You most certainly will? May I ask you where we are with race relations in America? Are we getting better? What makes you think so? How do you think folks who don’t look like you feel about where we are on this matter? Do you ever empathize on that? What makes them feel that way? You think we’re getting better ’cause we’ve got an African American president? What kind of president did you say you want?  Does your president have to look like you or can he look like me? Does it matter how he looks at all? Are you sure? How much of a factor has race played into the political game in the last four years?  Do you feel as if your president represents you regardless of color? Can you expound on why you feel that way? Ever have conversations about race among friends and family? Would you care to share snippets of those  conversations? So, you think not talking about race makes it all better? How does that happen? Has it been working for you? Why do you think folk want to have this conversation? We need to just move on? Okay. If I may ask a handful of other questions, can I ask you what folks mean when they say we want to take our country back? Why are they so angry when they say that? Do you feel the same way? Do you think there’s a racial divide in America? You don’t see one? Do your friends who don’t look like you see one? You just want us all to get along? How can we get along if we don’t talk?

Here are a few other participants in the Race 2012 blogging campaign:

Monica’s Tangled Web

She Writes

Somer Empress

Destination Unknown