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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