"Hey Derrick! How are you? Hope all is well in Johannesburg! Get in touch with me. We'd still love to have you here over the summer. What are you guys working on right now? Hope you still plan to come!
Hey Derrick, I had the wonderful opportunity to perform at the Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, S. Africa a few years ago with The Count Basie Orchestra and it was a beautiful experience for me to be in the motherland, the place where all of mankind started. Diggin' your sound.
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."