Love and gratitude to the water.

Dear Reader, welcome back and; peace to you and yours. I begin with a seemingly simple puddle of words which now carries the weight of the sea. The phrase entered my consciousness by way of a Japanese scientist, Masuro Emoto, who studies the nature of water and, visualizes world peace. Dr. Emoto's work entered my consciousness by way of, Delia Nakayama, a writer and visualizer of many things... including world peace. It was a couple of years ago as I seem to recall (I can't tell time anymore.) Delia revealed, “Have you heard about this guy who talks to water?' I replied, “Which one?” She excitedly told me, “He speaks kind, loving words to water and takes pictures of the crystals.” She continued, “He's cleaned rivers like this; he's got disciples who follow him around.”

Well... Chocko Mo Feendo Hey! Life is so, so... funny. I mean who would have thought – not me! – that on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I would wake up, enter into my morning prayers, take my dog out to the yard, and open my MacBook to find that an oil rig had exploded less than 150 miles from my doorstep here at Maison Musique. Ah... the mysteries of Cause & Effect.

I have a strong tendency to use the words, 'it's obvious' in circumstances like this. Nevertheless... it's obvious that prayer is the only way out. Therefore, the question follows: what is the quality of your prayer?

You may recall, that about nine months ago, in my examination of the late, great Danny Barker's teaching of Jazz history to a group of Xavier Students in 1977, the explosive show of Jazz drummer turned armed revolutionary, Hamaas Khaalis, who – in the name of Allah – attacked and laid fatal siege to three government buildings in Washington D.C. on the Ides of March of that year. Guess what? One of Mr. Barker's greatest apostles, Jazz drummer Shannon Powell, has recently gone greatly public that, obviously, he's prayin'.

Who also comes to mind but, Sylvia Barker, “The Daughter” who in her self-published chapbook entitled, You Are Already Hypnotized, wrote these words, “It's funny that bad words are called cursing; because you curse yourself. To curse in not cute, grown-up, or bold, as some people think. It is a destroyer of yourself.” Obviously, along with the massive destruction of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, there are a lot of thinkings and feelings which we'd rather not have although we cannot deny the reality. Perhaps in this Gulf war, anger is a badge of resistance but; how much courage does it demonstrate?

We are all to blame. We are all in need of saving. In each of our own degrees we attempt to mix the water of our being with the crude oil of our hurt and; it doesn't work. (But I, for one, am not “addicted to it.”) Eventually, it's obvious. In this equation, condemnations of any sort and nuance are wildly counterproductive. I was given the seed of this thought very early on by my people who loved me very much and set me on the path of forgiveness, and other hard work. Three strong and effective men, veterans of WW-II and Korea, whom I remember today, and call upon in all of their strength which lives endlessly within in me are: my father, Alton Perez, my godfather (yeah... my parrain!) Roy DuPlessis, and my 'Uncle Dolphie', Adolphe Moret. Beautiful men, born and raised in New Orleans.

I am proud, honored, and... pleased to be of, and live in New Orleans, Louisiana. I have much love and gratitude for the heavy, grey clouds that offer me shade and water today. Equal praise goes out to the massive Magnolia bursting with steamy blossoms this morning from the yard of my newest neighbors. I am grateful to the matter of Crows that are nurturing their young and nourishing themselves on the caterpillars on or near my great Pecan at the end of my lot. Lastly, like Dr. Emoto I spill out my desire for mercy.

To whales, dolphins, pelicans, fishes, shellfishes, plankton, corals, algae and all creatures of the Gulf of Mexico:
 I am sorry. 
Please forgive me. 
Thank you. 
I love you.

Wade in the water of your being.

In closing, I invite you to my home, Maison Musique, as come Thursday (my 11th anniversary of ownership of 1018 Music Street;) I will be hosting a gathering that I call, Music Day. Stay tuned and pay attention for more information.

Peace & Pops,
Esquizito
Maison Musique, New Orleans
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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."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

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