Inspiration for Your Ears: From Heartfelt Gospel to Mindfulness and Activism

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This week flew with dizzying speed so I listened to more music than podcasts, but still managed to catch inspiration from a plethora of sources.

My hairstylist Dominique turned me on to a heartfelt gospel song “Worth” by Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy.  Its such a beautiful reminder that God’s love for us is boundless and liberating.

Shannon, my bestie and LIC blog contributing writer, spent this week rocking out to Vixen Noir, an eclectic music artist who’s song “Dangerous,” celebrates independence and strength.

Andra Day, with her lovely vintage look and soulful sensibilities is officially one of my favorite new artists. Her song “Rise Up” eloquently captures the relentless spirit of determination. “I’ll rise up unafraid,” she sings boldly.

I just discovered Lizz Wright has a new album, Freedom and Surrender. The behind-the-scenes video is about this latest offering is fascinating; its always great to hear the artist discuss their work.

Affirming the lives of all black folks matters is essential for America’s healing. I love Koli Tengella’s take on this issue. His commentary is regularly featured on The Marc Steiner show, my favorite daily radio broadcast airing WEAA 88.9 FM.

Rhonda Robinson, Rocket-Scientist-Turned- Jazz-Musician

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Rhonda Robinson  Photo courtesy of Rhonda Robinson
Rhonda Robinson
Photo courtesy of Rhonda Robinson

Listen  here to our February blog chat with accomplished jazz musician Rhonda Robinson. Read more about her fascinating background below (from rocket scientist to jazz vocalist and flutist). Don’t miss her upcoming event at An Die Musik, Hot Winter Nights Part 6: Rio in Baltimore on Friday, February 28, beginning at 8pm. If you miss the 8pm performance, don’t despair, there is another one at 9:30pm.

The Rhonda Robinson Quartet L-R: pianist Todd Simon, bassist Steve Synk, vocalist Rhonda Robinson, drummer Robert Shahid  Photo courtesy of Rhonda Robinson
The Rhonda Robinson Quartet
L-R: pianist Todd Simon; bassist Steve Synk; vocalist Rhonda Robinson; drummer Robert Shahid
Photo courtesy of Rhonda Robinson

 

It’s that time of the month again! If you are a regular, you know we feature inspirational folks in a variety of fields from the arts to business for our blog chat series.Yesterday I spoke with local jazz vocalist and flutist Rhonda Robinson about following your passion, creative inspiration and more.

This former rocket scientist, educated at Johns Hopkins University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, left behind an engineering career to pursue her first love, music.  She now leads the Rhonda Robinson quartet and regularly performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, appearing at An Die Musik, Creative Alliance at The Patterson, and at a host of other venues.

Some of the group’s notable appearances include opening for prominent poet and activist Amiri Baraka and Blue Ark Ensemble at University of Baltimore and performing for “A Night at Ethel’s Place,” a fundraiser for city concert artists, which also honored legendary jazz vocalist and Baltimorean, Ethel Ennis.

This coming Friday, February 28, beginning 8pm, don your party attire and catch her performing live at An Die Musik for Hot Winter Nights Part 6: Rio in Baltimore featuring world-renowned Venezuelan pianist Benito Gonzalez, accompanied by bassist Max Murray, and drummer Jesse “Jay” Moody.

Live In Color! – Emelda

Being Thankful with Michael Franti & Spearhead

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Photo Source: Micheal Franti & Spearhead website
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Gratitude is on my mind lately, and not just because Thanksgiving is 5 minutes away. Struggle will do that to you. It humbles you, reminds you this is all a gift, each breath.

Few musicians acknowledge subtle everyday beauty more lucidly than Michael Franti. The man is a poet, an architect of profound yet simple lyrics, socially conscious without being condescending.

He started his career decades ago making thoughtful hip-hop music. Today his work as lead singer of Spearhead isn’t so easily categorized as one sound, but rather a rhythmic blend of rock, funk, hip-hop and folk.

The latest CD, All People, urges me to breath deeply, smile and hold on to gratitude, even when its hard and saying thank you seems pointless. Yes. I hear you sighing over there. Trust me, I understand! We don’t always feel it, but if you step back from your problems and see promise and possibility, you will feel a calming sense of gratefulness.

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