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."
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James PJ Spraggins II Drummer/Composer/Producer James Spraggins II, affectionately known as PJ, developed a love for music at an early age while growing up in Bessemer, Alabama. Like many musicians from the South, PJ formed his musical roots in the church. From the time he began junior high until his senior year in high school, PJ participated the school band program. After graduating from high school PJ received a music scholarship to Alabama State University where he participated in Marching Band, Pep Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and percussion ensemble. After graduating, PJ made his home in Birmingham where he currently lives with his wife. During his professional career, PJ has had many opportunities to perform with numerous artists playing different styles of music. Those artists include Randy Owen (Alabama), Byron Cage, Dorenda Clark (The Clark Sisters), Ronnie Laws, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Ike Stubblefield, Eric Essix, Joey Summerville, Melvin Miller, Tekneek, William Green (Magic Dream), Toni Redd, Katrina Willis, Kelley Oneal, and Maria Howell among others. Currently PJ is holding down the drum throne for neo soul artist, Donnie. Studio Credits include: 1. Tekneek (Joyride)--drums, programming, song writing 2. Eric Essix (Abid With Me)--drums 3. William Green (Green Valley)--drums 4. It's All About Him Ministries (Come Let Us Adore Him)--drums 5. James PJ Spraggins (The Light of Day)--drums, programming, keys PJ continues to make his mark on the national music scene. He is currently performing with many of the artists mentioned above. PJ has just released his debut jazz album entitled 'The Light of Day'. The new album features music written, produced and mostly performed by PJ. Stay tuned.....the best is yet to come!
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Thanks for checking in on me...Momma's need that. All is well just a little busy keeping up with "All the JAZZ". Went to see Rachelle Ferrell last night and I am going to see her again on Sunday (different venue) " ya know it be's like dat som time" Momma's have Carte Blanche to some people, places and things : - ) Stay in Touch. God Bless "Momma D"