Hey James, yes I am a voting member of the Academy. This year was my first year at getting my C.D. in the door to be considered. I knew from the start that I didn't have the money or high profile power to actually get a Nomination, but at least I tried and fot it in the door. I'm also the percussion player from the GAP Band and that wasn't enough to get me past 2nd base. They tell you it's not a popularity contest,or about how much you sold, but about the quality of the C.D.Well that quickly goes out the window, when the big boys want their Artist in there. I hope that would change one day, but that's one thing I don't thing even Obama could change, it's about too much money and power. Sorry about the soap box, take care, have a great day. Victor Orlando TJN's featured Artist of the week.
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."