Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization. Frantz Fanon, (Black Skins, White Mask - 1952, trans. 1967)
Note: This quote influenced the naming of my blog, Morphological Confetti. "To speak" is to create like Abracadabra which is said to be an Aramaic phrase meaning "I create as I speak." I hope that you have enjoyed my creations. Merci, monsieur, Fanon. Merci.
I am the first to admit that I do not know much about opera, but I've always admired it as a dramatic musical form. I especially admire those who have the talent to perform it on the world stage. I must also admit that when the performer is of African descent, it makes it especially interesting to me. I recently came across the music of Professor Laurence Albert, and I must say that I was impressed. It caused me to want to learn more about the opera. I see myself getting dressed one evening for a night on the town with opera! I will, of course, be accompanied by my wife who also loves the music. Perhaps I will have the pleasure one day of seeing Mr. Albert perform live. That will be a treat. Meanwhile, I will try to see what is offered here in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. I'm sure that there is much to see and hear. This featured video is just a taste of the professor's mellifluous baritone voice. To find out more about Laurence Albert, click his name. Thank you for sharing your gift to the world, Laurence. I'm looking forward to hearing more. Applause.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
I love what Nina Simone did with this song, but this original adolescent song is so pure and innocent. I love it. It goes to show how much of a cultural preservationist Nina Simone was through her music. She not only sung and preserved African American culture but American culture. She was and still is a treasure. Nevertheless, thank you Ms. Christine and Katherine Shipp for this lovely rendition. Peace~
Monday, August 22, 2016
Today, I tried to fall back into a rhythm - a living rhythm. I've been "off" for the last couple of weeks, but I'm am slowly getting back into some sort of routine. Then again, perhaps this is my chance to break away from routine. I don't know? There are just times that I strive for "normalcy" whatever that is or isn't.
Anyway, I went to the library, sat in the lobby, and started reading a biography about C.S. Lewis. My father gave it to me as a gift while he was here in Washington for my mother's home-going service. We recently had a conversation over the phone concerning Mr. Lewis, so, I guess that he felt it would be a good gift. He was right. Besides, good things usually happen after he gives me a book. Yes, that is the superstition that I have decided concerning my father and books. Plus, it's a chance to have something beyond surface conversation with my father. Who cares about the weather and classes when we can exchange thoughts about a great writer and theologian. Besides, no one else in the family is likely to have that conversation. Peace~
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Very nostalgic. The conversations and the way they people interact reminds me of my grandparents generation in North Carolina. I would visit every summer around this time in June when I was a little boy. These conversations give me ideas about language and it ultimately inspires much of my poetry.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Today, I strayed from my dialectical form of poetry and ventured into storytelling. I wrote the first draft of a short story that has been on my mind. It also deals with myth. I taught an Introduction to Mythology course this spring and it inspired my sense of storytelling. I can tell you that it deals with matters of the heart. By the way, initially I was ambitious with my wanting to give daily updates. I will, rather, give periodic updates. I will give at least one weekly update. Enjoy your evening.
Art by Cathy Delaleu