Friday

Missing Me

I have been on a quest. A quest to find me. In my efforts to be a good husband, father, and man, I lost me somewhere. I guess that can happen when you purpose to be selfless and put those you love before you. All that aside, it is still wise to love on you every now and again.

The part of me that I scaled back a great deal was the Renaissance man that existed in me. I was so busy chasing a dollar, so I could support my family, that I stopped enjoying the music, art, literature and other cultural treats that used to be a regular part of my life.

Anyone who knows me knows that music was a major indulgence that I pleasured myself with. My music collection isn't nearly the size it could be had I continued my circa 92' ritual of purchasing a CD every time I got paid. As I think about it, the moment I left Atlanta in 94' my life hasn't been the same musically. I tried to hold on to some resemblance of it, but that was easier said than done. St. Louis didn't have Red, Beans and Rice Music Store and there was no more Hot Ice Show featuring Ken Batie (who I learned while doing this post is now deceased) my Atlanta people will understand.

As much as I love music, over time it lost the presence in my home that it once had. Maybe because all I have now is old CD's and the radio. St. Louis doesn't even have a commercial Jazz station. Umph, umph, umph. So that brings me to current day. Rich is trying to get his groove back so my ears are always open to hear a good tune, especially within the jazz/acid jazz genre. In fact, I heard a song today that took me back to my days of Atlanta splendor. Those of you in more aesthetically pleasing cities may be hip to this artists but if you aren't, check him out. Until you can find your way to make a music purchase, check out the artist known as Plunky.

The album is entitled: COLD HEAT



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17 comments:

Sheletha said...

Okay so who was it that I was talking to the other day???


Jokes, too early in da mornin' I know.

Mizrepresent said...

I like this, with the Funky Jazz Beat...look closer i think i'm in this video,lol!

CapCity said...

u KNOW i'm digging this jazzy tune w/ the go-go underlay;-). Tha's what I'm talkin' 'bout! Thanx for starting Sheletha's B'day weekend in the city off RITE!

Sheletha said...

tee hee...my cheeks hurt from grinnin so much!

Mega Rich said...

The Go Go beat is what drew me in. I love those strong rhythms undergirded with percussion and bells.

Shai said...

I feel ya on the using self. I did that as a mother, student, daughter, granddaughter and worker.
I will pray for your safe return to yourself.

I cannot view the video at work. Ironically, I am at work getting music for my Ipod from a co-worker. He has the machine that you connect 2 Ipods together and transfer songs.

I cannot wait to get my new CPU and download CDS at home. I will have a good thousand or two of songs.

I bought the Ipod to help me with my writing and as a stress reliever. I mean to have access to different songs that complements dif moods is good.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

Hey man, dont sweat it, men like us wil always question if we can do more. You are already the great man and husband and faher, and u just have the disposition to want to beter for yourself - for you smile (u and you family)

Shelia said...

My world seems out of sync when I don't listen to music or read a book...those are my top two forms of entertainment besides going to the movies. Life sometimes just gets in the way and its so easy to get out of the habit of enjoying it with so many responsibilities.

CapCity said...

oh, my apologies, Bro Rich. I got so caught up in the song i felt the need to return and address U. In the short time i've "known" u i sense that family and YOUR caring for them takes precedence in your life. If this post is an indication that u r starting to step back and listen to that voice of God in u - I am happy to hear it! as Bro All-Mi-T said - u r a good man to everyone else, time to be that to U....the boat won't rock as badly as u imagine;-). wishing u much love & prosperity on this path to self!

Ramblings...acVernon Menchan said...

Mega,
you better get that music back! I am barely functional without music flowing through my veins, also, you are speaking the truest truth when you say you have to take care of self, my brother you certainly do, a well-cared self, allows you the strength to care for others...
Bless You on you journey,
Angelia, known to some as Mama Deep

Don said...

Mega, you strike me as a brother who will always look to continously better himself. The video was nice. I've heard the sound somewhere else before. I can't remember when right off. Maybe on an EPMD or Nas track.

Girly_Girl said...

I think I DID see Miz in the video!!!

Ticia said...

I listen to old R&B--

I need to get the new Jill Scott CD--

Mizrepresent said...

Girly-girl, lol, you are so good for my ego lady....but then again, that was me!

GurlNexxDoor said...

Funny my sister and were talking the other day, She loves Jaz, (and soon as I am done I am going to tell her look up plunky she will love him,) and I told her about my new found love for Jazz, I never really liked it (to be honest, what I thought was Jazz, wasn't) and an older friend of mine used to send me Jazz in my email, and began to look forward to it, and was lovin it. Sadly he passed away in May, but the music he introduced me to still plays in my house.

The Master (De)bater said...

Plunky is cold! Man, am I glad you posted this one! This song makes me think of Femi Kuti's stuff (if you don't know, search for the name!), and you can't look for Femi's work without learning a lil sumn' about his father Fela Kuti (the father of Afrobeat). Thanks for giving me something new to add to the musical menu, and God bless your trek back down the musical paths. I feel you--I would die without music...mentally, spiritually...AND physically. Peace and blessings, folk.

CapCity said...

ok...Bro Rich, now, i'm searching for U...to post something new;-)...no pressure though. LOL!