Kirk, great inspirational words!! Thank you. My all time favorites of yours (I am sure they may change) Hymns in the Garden and In This Life. The photo was taken the last opportunity I had to visit your father, in April 2005. He was "my preacher" when I was in college in the 70s. CARRY ON!!
I once heard a famous musician say Jazz is defined by have many sub dominants, tritones or chord-degrees one can write in a song. I thought, how about -- what comes from the heart and soul. Kirk, no one will every doubt from where your music comes. Please visit Cresant City in Memphis (Dr. Williams restaurant). Also, please come to Honolulu soon.
Kirk, I'm somewhere in that audience - "The Gospel According to Jazz 3" was anointed in a way that I'm still trying to fathom. The image of George Duke breaking down still makes me cry. And you...caught up in the moments - there were dozens. Thanks, Brother. I know you're missing WSMJ 104.3 in Baltimore. Me, too. I'm workin' on trying to get a 24/7 station going - it WILL be done in 2009. Talk to Lori Lewis in Wisconsin - she misses you!
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."