What's new? How is the world treating you? Having just smiled at the hearing, via wwoz.org, of Billie Holiday's recording of What's New? (a Norman Granz production for Verve that I first heard in my youth,) I could very well answer: Oh... well, more of the same but... differently.

It is with a bit more care, or perhaps less urgency, that I now approach my Be-Log. I've been on a inward turn in the last week and a half. I've decidedly avoided media coverage of the election, which is no great feat for yours truly since I don't watch television anyway. Nonetheless, I have stayed away from internet punditry in order to focus on my own thoughts and feelings. In these last few days, (perhaps we can call them, first few days) I've also been silent in most all Obama discussions involving more than two persons and/or people I don't know well. My reasoning: it's good to just “sit” with... stuff, at times. Of course I'm busy observing. I'm watching, listening and sensing the consciousness of this milestone as it unfolds in our lives.

To choose only one word, I'd say: fascinated. Fascinated still, at the admission of some of the ecstatic ones. “I can't believe this has happened!” Now you may very well just count this as merely a figure of speech but, ahh... Let's look closer. Perhaps this does not count as genuine disbelief. Certainly not incredulity since the admission has come from individuals who did vote for the Obama/Biden ticket. Was it fear and trepidation? i.e. That a large part of the ecstasy was, in reality, great relief within our minds so shocked, confused and/or numb from the creeping fascism that the U.S. has been under for the last eight years. I too was experiencing such, as previously posted. Nevertheless, I would characterize my own state of mind as... confident. I had faith. But I mixed my own batch of Kool-aid with a few ingredients of my liking. Those of you who know me well understand that, I've been in “dream time” for... oh, a while now. Indeed, long before this photograph was taken of your President-elect.

The President-elect of Bacchanalia

I take a bit of pride, as the dreamers now have our vindication – albeit, a curious one. Thus, the subsequent postings will search this out a bit more, as I am endlessly curious. (With much long held gratitude to Margret and Hans Augusto Rey for creating Curious George and making inquiry such a party.) I like myth very much as well and yes, I stand accused of having created – willingly and mistakenly – a bit of myth in those two weeks of Be-Log. (Nothing harmful.) Nonetheless, there appears to be a great deal of myth making going on at this time. In this post-election climate there seems to be a need to forecast much more than what Mr. Obama has contemplated and manifested. Wishful thinking does not a dream make.

And... as your Jazz Pundit, I promise shorter – if not more concise writing. I will get better at this, in this era of change. I'll admit, I'm still working on understanding the “groove” of the blogosphere. It allows an immediacy that I will try to be more careful with. Still, I hope to keep an improvisory element to my words. “To improvise is to improve.” You may take or leave that statement by Wynton Marsalis. I myself have been throwing it around, for several years now; I think he's right (this time.)

I must acknowledge and thank Regina Joseph, Esq., for her work on the internet in sending articles to members of her emailing list. I appreciate being a recipient of her gleanings. You may contact her directly at: Rjosephesq@aol.com in order to be included in her mailings. She sent me this wonderfully written commentary which put a lot in perspective for yours truly and prompted me to sit down and launch this next round.

I thank you for your time and attention, and may we go from here a stronger (and wiser) nation.

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."

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