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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!

Buster Williams

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September 11, 2010 – Almost A Decade.

I talk too much.

[Listen to an air-check from a radio show broadcast live in New Orleans, 10:00 p.m.-Midnight, Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Try clicking here... It's also at the top of the Playlist on my Main Page.]

I admit it; and of course many have said that generally, in quality and quantity, we talk too much. Nevertheless, peace to you, Dear Reader. Which do you prefer? To talk about the past...? There are many, or at least several, once fond memories of the top of the Twin Towers. Where does one place those reflections?

Shall we talk about the present... or, the future? This post comes about amidst a significantly reflective period for yours truly. My apologies for the lateness in coming; nonetheless, I've allowed myself to wade in, and out of, the water. Having been a New Yorker for most of my adulthood, and then having been a New Orleanian for the increasing future, the two weeks between “8/29” and “9/11” will remain a time of deep, inward, and intuitive reflection. It may be called, a habit.

Habits are negotiable. I will be “duckin' out” of this blogosphere until further notice. (I expect to be surrendering to Facebook soon.) I will be focusing more attention on the bandstand, the stage and, perhaps the recording studio. Thus, let this be a farewell from me, to you with gratitude for reading and caring. Nevertheless, before we part from here, there are some bits of information that I'd like to share with you.

Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints for their thrilling season opener victory. I'm so grateful that we made it, and are continuing the climb. Peace to New Orleans; peace to the land.

I would be utterly remiss if here I was not to acknowledge that, on Sunday, September 11, 2005; I met a true and loyal friend – the type of friend that is good to have in life. Linda Cronin-Gross took me into her home, and gave me a guest room because I couldn't have my house then. We have had some terrific past and; we will have our beautiful futures.

I read a compelling article about a Muslim woman, and her life in the passed nine years. In case you missed the story of, Hadidjatou Karamoko Traoré and her sons, you can find it here.

In closing, I will say that yes, “God is great! There is no god but God.” (The words of an African freed from slavery.) I'd like to also point out, perhaps remind of, the words of Peter Tosh, “Mighty God is a living man.”

What is the quality of your living... man?!

Peace & Pops,
Esquizito
Maison Musique, New Orleans
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Comment by Esquizito on September 19, 2010 at 3:07pm
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Almost a decade... and almost a week... Give thanks for the now.

"The well is dead. Finally."

May the Petrochemical Age now continue to come to a peaceful end.

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