Saturday, December 1, 2012

I love Old Photo's

Hello JazzLovers,

A very beautiful  Fall Day!!

Today Frankie!!

I have been away for a while out getting me Some Live!!

It has been a wonderful coupe of months..But today is so special..I  just feel good!! Now what started me to thinking was just how good the day felt it is a progress feeling!! I am progressing into adult hood..I am growing UP! And it is wonderful..Life is a Fascinating Journey..   "Joy and Pain"

I love old Photographs, I like the faces and try to figure out the emotions of the moment..WHO is comfortable with who? Who is on Stage? Who is really having a Blast!?Who would rather be anyplace else bit there!!( They are the funny!) Who has real love for the others in the photo? Who is in love with who? Who is in Lust? I have been in everyone of those Photographs at one time or another in my life!! And I am so happy to say I am happy in most of the photos that have survived... but I know  what I looked like in the one's that did not survive and But all of them are Me!!           "Feel That You are Feeling"

I spent the after noon with an old classmate and we took up the conversation where we left high school!! It was wonderful to know that my friend was still my friend..It is great being among people who knew you before you were you!!! And take into consideration that we have all experienced different things but the core is still the same!! It means you can let down your guard!!
It means that out paths might have been different.Our core was the same..We can speak truths to each other....We remember out innocence( Stupidity! In the eyes of the world!!   " I  Wanna Thank You!!"

To live in gratitude is a long way into who you are...It is so funny to laugh at ourselves...I am so grateful for getting home before it was toooooo Late..

Today I am a Very Happy Man...My friends are still my friends,what more can I ask for!!! I love old Photos because we are thanking Old Photos every time we take a Picture!!  This post is really about the Music though !    " We Are One"!!!

Well Jazzlovers

Until Next time,

Keep The beat..


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Facinating Journey!!

I miss my Beautiful Father, I wish I had known him then!!

Hello Jazzlovers,

Featuring George Micheal today..Love This Man!!

What a wonderful day!!

I played hooky today from the total daily routine and did something different!! Back in my old community,I went visiting..And I walked the whole way,it was soooo nice..
The weather was sooo nice and the trees were putting on their Fall Clothes. I had forgotten how beautiful that could be!! I felt like a child once more, I did not need a water bottle because there ale little oasis all along the way..Thankfully there is enough wooded areas that are the same and as beautiful as ever..Joy!   George Michael  " It doesn't really Matter"

I think this is all I need to say today..Check out the music... Every body's got a story.. Love this cut..

I am on this quest to know My Father at the above place in his life..I know he worked at the place he is standing, I know that is where he met MY Mom..But I don't know what he was like then. I had no contact with my father ontil I was 6 years old..I knew who he was and I often saw him around town but we had no contact..but even then he was very importantto my life.And from 6years old  til adult hood he was verymuch in my life. And My Fave!!! My Cuz's Fave...

I wanted to say more but I did not want to leave the wonderful place I am right now..

Until Next time..

Keep the beat.

DW Jazzlover

Friday, September 7, 2012

It's A Lovers Question..

Hello Jazzlovers,

I had a wonderful Weekend..

Hello Jazzlovers.

I am going to feature some of my favorite Jazz Ladies , Just cuz I like them..   Randy  Crawford " Feeling Good"

I have had the best week!!  I had planned to write about something I learned on Divorce Court"about relationships and Pain!! But I will not write about it today because I need to think about it a little longer..I wrote the thought down so I will not forget!    Randy Crawford " Purple Rain"

There was an interesting Development this weekend ! And that is what I am going to write about...Growth is an amazing thing..and once I let go! I have grown a lot..And I realize I started letting go a long time ago... A Dear Cousin was in town last weekend and we had not seen each other in a very long time, it was delightful..Well through her I found some other grade school friends.So I am getting some nice phone calls...    My Cuz sent me the original years ago and it is still my favorite piece...

Two of the phone calls were very interesting to say the least..One of the beautiful things about a small town is people have loooong memories!! And Legend's abound!! Now when something happens and everyone knows something happened but no one has first hand knowledge except those involved!! And if one or both of them becomes infamous a legend is born..Oddly enough the incident became funny to me all these years later, and I was telling a New Friend that I knew in school but we ran in different circles and was way ahead of me in school but we knew the same people...The Other Persons name came up and I told here about the scandal and we had a good laugh!!   Randy Crawford " Love Town"

I was Young,Fresh,and ready!! Just Toooo Cute!! ( Good Thing I did not know it!!) And just as dumb! snatched up real fast!! Flattered to no end!!! It did not take long to learn that all that glitters is not gold!!(About 2 and a half years) But when You become a habit to someone and they will not let go it gets crazy!!! Well it seems I am Legend !! The two phone calls were from Friends I had not seen since high school and it was really nice to hear from them, we have a lot to talk about!! Bur half way through the conversation it came up!! I have never laughed so hard..We are talking 50 years ago!!   Rochell Farrell  " Till You Come Back To Me"

Thank this Universe that I am very OK with it all, it was a part of my life and I learned from it, sometimes slow and sometimes very fast but that's how life goes.. I will never regret that time in my life, I learned some very valuable lessons in that relationship..A very good thing came out of that relationship, I walked away from it with an understanding of Passion !  50 years later and people are still interested..Must have been HOT!!     Esther Phillips 

Well Jazzlovers

Until next time..

Keep The Beat..

DW Jazzlover

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Drinking Again

My Space.

Hello Jazzlovers,

I am in a wine drinking kind of mood!!!

So I am going to write about Wine!! And I am going to use Drinking songs to add to the mood..In Bahrain finding places that had a good wine was sometimes difficult and very expensive!! There was one Italian Place that had a great French wine that we all liked and it had a good price about 30 dollars a bottle, but you can only eat so much Italian food weekly..And when left and went to the Bar the wine was boxed and tasted terrible ,,But when in Rome!! What are you going to do?     Aretha Franklin "Drinking Again" 1964, some of her best work was done around this time..

Looking at the photo above it was the perfect Wine drinking space..LOL.. Wine is very special to a great evening...In Bahrain the liqueur stores had delivery service so it was easy to keep a well stocked wine collection..I have a very good friend that would drop by and we shared a bottle of red wind with good music and great conversations by candle light..( Candles were also hard to find) Those moments I will treasure for ever!!It is impossible to be sad with a good friend and a great bottle of wine..I also collected good wine glasses it is essential to really enjoying a good wine..( A paper cup or water glasses are not the thing!!)   Nancy Wilson " Drinking Again"

There is a bar in the Intercontinental Hotel named Down Town, that is a great Jazz Bar Idea!! A lovely place!! Well a good friend offered us a great wine!! A wine that I am madly in love with now..."Pinot Grigio""""I give it 5 Stars!!! This is now my wine of choice..It is mellow and nice  and great with fruit and cheese..Thanks E.One of the Pinot Grigio's we had was a California Wine by Beringer and it is ambrosia!! Well since I have been home I had been drinking various makers of Pinot Grigio and a couple of days ago while heading for an old friends house I stopped to buy wine and there it was!! Beringer!!!Found IT!!!!And my friends had wonderful wine glasses!!!We had a smashing time .        Esther Phillips " Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave" Think about it!!

After we left my friends about 12:30 My Dear Cousin took me to visit some people I had know a long time ago!! And they had a very good Red Wine that I need to find out the name of! But after 2 bottles of White Wine, those 2 glasses of Red knocked my on my ever loving Butt!!!LOL I was feeling no pain when I got home at 3;30 in the Morning!! But it was a Great Day....Nothing like good friends and good Wine!!    Esther Phillips " Aged and Mello) I just had to throw this one in LOL!!!

Now Jazzlovers don't take it to this level!!!!LOL Esther Phillips " Cherry Wine" Think about it...

Well Jazzlovers until next time,

Keep the beat!

DW Jazzlover...

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Tapestry of Innocence

The Tapestry of Innocence
Hello JazzLovers,
A Beautiful rainy day and I am tripping down happy memories lane..Listening to Aretha...Featuring Miss Franklin today..

We weave an interesting tapestry in our innocence of youth!! I am thinking of my first trip to The Bahamas, and how innocent I was and how fast I learned a lot of things!! Travel is a wonderful teacher...(Scene) It was the middle 70s, I had just graduated school, had a good job, newel in The City...a wonderful time to be young!(and I almost missed it) There were a 4 of us that were  all at the same place in life and wanted to see more. These 2 women were friends that will live forever in my heart..I was the youngest in years and experience..We Liked each other! And we liked nice things and worked hard to get there...Worked hard.played hard..        Aretha " Sparkle"

The movie" Sparkle" was spreed by word of mouth...Aretha had released the album Sparkle,and dance clubs were Hot and some the hottest were in the center of town..There was Jazz and bluess Clubs all over town where you could find some fantastic musicians,,,and still make it downtown for the after hours dance clubs so our friends were very varied because we all liked different things at the time. So therefore we did a lot of different things together and apart, We invited each other to different types of entertainment so when you got an invitation you know it was the best..some we all liked some we didn't and that was OK too.   They were Angels!! We in our Innocence decided on an adventure! One of the airlines had an amazing deal to the Bahamas an we decided to go!!What a fantastic learning curve it was and we had a blast!!!        'Look into Your Heart" One of my favarite cuts...

It is a very interesting place, (The whole Culture is a business,for real!!) There is much to offer in meeting tourist needs...They will offer you your vision of island life..and they do it very well and there is a serious code of the is a very pleasant job..."Multiply "How Stella got her Groove Back, and you get the picture) meets "BAPs) in Old Black Hollywood. What a sight we must have been! They In The Latest in Hollywood Beach Resort Wear ! and me looking like I just stepped out of "International Male @)  They did not know what hit'em Sugah! They either we were the funniest thing that had ever seen or we were looking as good as we thought!!LOL !
But we were the only ones who left the airport in private car and did not have a potential escort...carrying our bags....           "Jump"

The driver kept talking and staring at me in the mirror, now I must understand as to why he was staring,the women were answering his questions and I was staring out the window at the beauty of the Island which was breathtaking...My hair was shoulder length and red/gold in color!! I must have been a sight...He informed us to enjoy the resort that day and skip the hotel festivities for the day and enjoy the pool and the bar and he would pick us up at the front entrance at midnight... After checking in and changed into our "Sex in the City" outfits we hit the pool area in all our glory!!With our umbrellas set just right, we set back to enjoy the bar and the people...The waiters were so much fun!!I have never laughter so much in my life...Feeling very good and very happy we went in to shower and nap about 5 be ready for midnight...        " In The Dark"

True to his word the driver was there to take us to the village and he was right about the hotel also all their festivities were over at midnight and most new attachment's had been made and retired to do what most grownups on vacation do!!! It was a local night club and it was jumping!!! (The DJ's name was Sparkle!!) I earned the name "Little slim boy that night,I danced my ass off!! Rum and coconut milk!!Is a lethal combination,I walked back to the resort with a group of guys climbing coconut trees getting fresh coconuts and mixing it with rum!!I walked in in to a Olympic size swimming pool!! Think about that for a moment!!I am walking down a deserted beach with a group of men I did not know feeling good and having a blast..How innocent can one get?? I was in one on the most homophobic countries in the word and felt safe..This Universe is amazing...    "The dark side of the Strreet"

It turned out to be one of the best vacations I have ever had!! I even won the limbo contest ..18 inches...I got to visit homes and villages, ate home cooking everyday and danced every night away..There are things I need to leave out now..But let you imagination run wild but all I can say is I really felt appreciated and left the Bahamas a very happy Man!!!  "Amazing Grace"

Well Jazzlovers I will leave it here...

Until Next time.

Keep the beat

DW Jazzlover..

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Now is a Wonderful Place to be

Comfort Levels He is free..

Featuring Randy Crawford

Hello Jazzlovers,

There have been a lot of things running through my head lately!!(as always).
I have been thinking about this journey called life and all it intails. One of the wonderful things about ageing is how clearly you can see things as they are..having cleaned out all the old truncks and files and old tapes in my head..and removed all the future tapes in from my mind, I am left with now!! I can now take joy in small things and enjoy all that is happening around me right now. My head and heart are open and aware of beauty....    Randy Crawford and Joe Sample, "Rio de Janiero Blues'

Did you know that Jazz and Blues are the only trully Born in America ? Right now I am into and Featuring Ms. Randy Crawford only in this post..Randy Crawford is one of my most favored Artist and has been since one of my Dear Cousins (We have to find our way back to each other) sent me the Original album with Her first Version of Rio de Janiero Blues and I was hooked..        " People Alone"

There is no us in the verb 'To be". It takes a lifetime to understand what Love really is!! Love is constantly Evolving...Everyone has a bifferent definition of love.. The ability to love and the need for love  controles a lot of our actions whether right or wrong in actions.. One of the amazing things about travel is you have to challange all you have been taught to belive! Travel is a journey into yourself..and a lot of people don't get it even when they do travel...I learned that traveling alone or wih like minded people and sometimes traveling with none like minded people...It is very interesting to meet indiginous people and other people while traveing with someone and when traveling alone..     " Street Life" Live

Travel has taught me to be much more excepting of things I don't know or understand,it frees me to learn and grow as a person..There are some wonderful people out there...Love is real!! To be taught at an early age that no matter what, The Creator of The Universe Loves me..and it is true!!!(See I was paying attention!) Love is so real and it is right there in front of us at all times if we choose..How often have you heard someone say they cone The Creator and in the next breath they hate soneone,country'color,etc? That does not compute with me, How can anyone hate The Creators beautiful Variations of people? It is like a crystal Vase filled with wonderous flowers,all different all beautiful..Thats Love...       " When I Get Over You'

Well Jazzlovers,

Untill Next time

Keep the beat..


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Trouble in Mind

A place of Refuge

Hello Jazzlovers,

It is a beautiful day today..

To Beautiful to be troubled!!

But I am troubled so I must write it out..I am giving it to the Universe and letting it go...

I am normally a very happy person and don't let things I have no control over get to me..but I think I am a little venerable right now..    Nina Simone "Trouble in Mind"

I am back in my home town after being gone for most of my adult life, I have visited and have stayed a while, but I always knew I would be leaving so it was OK.. I knew what it would be like coming back and I really don't have a problem with it...I am actually happy to be back, I need to be clear on that front..My family is absolutely wonderful!!!       Della Reese   "Being Green"

One of the things I have always had a problem with is hypocrisy!!I have lived my life openly and honestly..So I was very surprised at something that happened last sunday!!( To be honest I expected it) Yet it did surprise me..LOL. For  some reason last Sunday I decided not to go to church,It is a community event so I do enjoy going and being amoung people I have known all my life..So My decision not to go was unsual...When my Family returned they were a little vague as to how it went...Until a little later in the evening when they let it drop that the sermon was on Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve...(They can not get pass that one!!Can They?)!!!       Della Reese  " Fire and Rain"

I felt betrayed because before I started going back to church I had the conversation with the Minister, and asked if they had a problem with it I would not return,,and I was very comfortable with that decision...I was assured that it would not be a problem..I think the Universe for keeping me home last Sunday..I don't think I would have kept quiet...You see I am a Child of this Universe and I did not ask for this GIFT of being me...I am going to live this life and play the hand I have been given until the end...I have a strong loving and giving heart,that I am so grateful for..I see and work at creating Beauty!! If there were no Adams and Steve's there would be very little Beauty on this earth and what a dull place it would be...I really believe this..  Della Reese  " The Games People Play"

The Controller of this Universe is amazing and does not make mistakes and I am a true Child of This Universe...I celebrate that!!! I can only answer to The Universe for me no one can answer for me and I can answer for no one else..       Della Reese  " I've Got to be me..."

One More..... To say thanks for listening Jazzlovers I feel much Better..      Loving Spoonful    " Daydream"

Ok One more!!

See I amfeeling better....      Mama Cass   " Dream a little Dream"

Well Jazz Lovers

Until Next time Keep the Beat...

Dw Jazzlover


Saturday, April 21, 2012

I've Come This Far By Faith

Faith Is Personal...

Hello Jazzlovers,

It is a rainy Day Here today...

I have never written about Religion or Faith because I feel like it is personal.... Sitting out on the front porch having a fag,this post started running through my head...So that I am clear I am only writing about my personal one Else's, only mine...I feel like we are all trying to get to the same place, it is just that we are taking different highways...My route is different now than it was when I was a child...I am becoming disillusioned with Church and Religion..Don't get me wrong,I do belive that there is something in this Universe Bigger than me.              James Clevland  " I don't believe he brought this far"

I am very grateful that I had the Church,and the Masjied in my life as a child, it taught me many lessons on goodness and discipline in my life..Those early days have been my Rock and my Faith runs deep!! But Not like everyone Else's...I am having much trouble with Church and with religion right now..I grew up between three religions and realize that the messages are almost the same..But I cannot live my life looking at the end of my life!! I was put down here to Live, to Learn to be free..I can not believe I was not meant to make mistake's , to enjoy pleasure, to love someone,That is what forgiveness is all about! Isn't it?       The Barrett Sisters " I don't beieve He brought me this far"

I have been a "Child of the Night" and loved every moment! But I have never done anyone any wrong,Langston Hughes once wrote " Children of the night will give a snake a break" and that is the truth...I loved the Night Life,I enjoyed the people and I have had much fun,and I have met some wonderful people and made friends that will last a life time..I also still have friends from my child hood..But the discipline I learned at My Very religious Grandmother stayed with me and kept me safe!So I have to believe that there is a Creator of this Universe..    Aretha Franklin   " Going down Slow"

When I was out there loving the Night Life, People were real!I loved the music and the dancing better than eating...Mater of fact I saved lunch money to have the price of a ticket and a couple of drinks,LOL before I could afford it.. I wanted to experience it all and I did,but it does not mean I lost my faith or my belief in A Creator of This Universe..I just found the People of the Night more honest if!!If they were a Thief,You Knew they were a thief!!They did not hide it..You Knew a Lier when you met them!!They too did not hide,,A Loose man or woman admitted the were fast..A Nice Guy or a Lady was respected and left an alone or/and Procter!! Langston was right...         Cassandra Wilson " Children of the Night"       The Jones Girls " Children of The Night."

I have always been honest and open with my life, even when I did not know I was, it is hell tryi,ng to live a double life..and for safety there are times you have to try...You must allow other people to fool themselves at you expense..Don't get me wrong I have made mistakes in my life lots of them,but I have learned from most of them and tried not to repeat them...But that's like!!I have Loved and I have been Loved,and I can find no wrong in that..I found a book in a junk shop when I was just a kid,The title was "The Lord won't Mind if it is Love" I am so happy I found that book, It saved my life in many ways..It came along when I was having a serious Identity cries,it helped me to decide to life my life as I was,,,To play the hand I was dealt,and I have no regrets..and I think that is what the Creator of This Universe want of us !! My God does Not make mistakes...          Nina Simone " My Way"           Shirley Bassey " My Way..

Well Jazzlovers Until next time.

Keep the Peat...

A prewiew of the next post....    Shirley Bassey " I am what  I  am"     Gloria Gaynor " I am what I am...
Love Always
DW Jazzlover

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's Is MY Life

My Life

Hello JazzLovers

It is such a beautiful Day today..

My head today is both looking back and looking forward,being home is very interesting..
I am so grateful for my life and the way I have lived it..but sometimes I think those who did not leave might be the lucky ones..It amazes me that a lot of people I know and have known all my life are still in the same place, I just can not figure out if they are happy,they say they are but there is a sadness in their eyes that can not be denied..The jokes are the same,the laughter a little brittle and too loud,slightly brittle,also basically doing the same thing..playing the same games.. Skip Intro..

Don't get me wrong I am not saying there is anything wrong with their lives,it was their choice and I can accept and live with that..I am making new friends and I am also a person of interest right now...(LOL) and I am also enjoying their company..Oddly enough they are interested in my life,and realize I am still the same person that left all those years ago..I am reconnecting with people that I enjoyed before I left and all of them also have traveled and have a lot to talk about..It is all positive and I am loving being home it was time..even reverting to my initials as I was called as a child and i realize there are people even in my family that don't know my name...Amazing!! One of the things I am discovering is I have never been invisible...Thank God I have never tried to hide my like.(People were paying attention ! Lena Horne "Maybe"

I became an adult when I was molested by the school janitor when I was 6 years old, I vowed I would never be venerable ever again..that is when I decided to make my own way in this world...That is about to soon to lose innocence!! My whole life changed at that moment..I do still trust easily until it is broken and then it can never be regained,don't get me wrong I have friends in my life that would trust with my life and vise verso...But because of that incident my sense of awareness is is very high,and I can spot devious people a mile away..(The Book "Blink" explains it very well) which keeps my heart open to new people and experiences.. Nina Simone " My Way"

I plan to write about how my life has changed from the time I was 6 years old until now..and why I am happy with my life as it has been until today...My life has been fascinating I have done things I only dared to dream as a child, But I never felt I could not do anything I set my mind to do and I have never been afraid of hard work...I dared to dream bigger than what I knew...Life is for the living!! So go out there and get yourself some live Honey!!! Shirley Bassey" My Life"

Well Jazzlovers Until Next time,

Keep The Beat.

DW Jazzlover...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Finding My Way Home


Hello Jazzlovers,

I have been away for a very long time. I hope you have not  forgotten me but it has been ragingstorm for the last 6 months and there as been very little music running through my head. So let me try to tell you about it, just the fact that I am sitting here writing this post is a Mirical with in it's self... I went in for some test and woke up from a coma 4 days later!!

Now  in a coma a person can hear everything being said you just cannot respond, I heard the Dr. Say D-----P-----  will die tonighr..So I waited to die amazingly there was no fear,(I belive the journey just continues at a different level) But I did not die that night, I don't know if it was the first night or the 3rd night because I woke up on the 4th day wirh my best friend sitting by my bedside....

Nine Months later I am home with my Family and I feel fine...My Family have been remarkable in their Love and Care of me,,,My Thing have arrived and Iam seeting up my room as I I am surronded by things I love..I am back in the area I grew up inand friends are so great in their joy of seeing me once more..It is Fantastic...I am also accepted just as I am now....But in the past I feltlike a "Stranger on This Earth"

So Jazzlovers Life is really for the Living and as the Old Folks use to say "Just keep Living Sugah" And "Never say Never". I am Very happy right now..I do miss my friends but a Group of us plan to meet in Amsterday{My Favorite City in The whole World}this there is something always to look forward to....!!!

Well Jazzlovers I leave you with Love..and Miss Della Reese...My Favorite Song...Never give up on Love...

Well Jazzlovers until Next time ,

Keep the bear!

D W  Jazzlover.....

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Whitney Houston Is Gone on to Glory

Hello Jazzlovers.

I just wanted to add my voice to those saying goodbye to one of our greatest singers. Ms Whitney Houston.
I found her service to be very moving and I too shed some tears for One gone too soon...But we don't know God's Plan...
She will be greatly missed...
Rest now in piece now Whitney...

Much Love..

DW Jazzlover....

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Music is My Life

Dear Jazzlovers,
I am back for a while, There are a few things I want to discuss about my recent brush with leaving this earth...But not on my music blog,,,So I will be starting a new Blog to write abourt the I will be starting a new Blog which is why I need to know which of these 2 you are getting

I will continue to keeep this one about the Music..I had started another dw jazzlover blog and thought I had beleted this one,,,So I am posting the same message on both Blogs With an Different Etta Jamrs song, Please let me know which one comes through as still here!!!

Love and miss you all...

I will Post the link to the Life Blog I am starting on the next  Post, I am working on Copy right issues right now,,,

Until Next time Jazzlovers Keep the beat!!

DW Jazzlover

Until Next time Jazzlovers let me hear from you...