Susie Butler's own conversion from singing in church to jazz began while attending
the University of Alabama where she was studying to be an actress and broadcaster. After moving to the Bay Area, marrying and raising children, Susie was singing around the Bay Area and the musicians in the band started telling her she sounded
more like Sarah Vaughan than Ella Fitzgerald. With her four-octave range and
resonance combined with a physical resemblance, she took the challenge and
began her own musical transformation.
Society. In 2003, Susie Butler and Dr. Mona V. Scott, were instrumental in making March 27th Sarah Lois Vaughan Day, in the cities of San Francisco and Berkeley, California.
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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."