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Born multi-cultural, raised in Philadelphia and South Jersey, soUNdz AK (Allen Kai) descibes his music as "Universal Literature With Cultural Spices Anchored By Eclectic Sounds". With a passion for writing and all kinds of music, after college he married an actress and moved to Hollywood. There he delivered, wrote and shopped screenplays among entertainment clientele until he auditioned to be a part of a mobile entertainment unit as a spoken word artist. he was one of 14 out of 40 chosen, became part of the final 8 and went on to write skits that spoofed the scenes of movies for actors aboard the unit. Post divorce, it was a performance at a popular nightclub, and chance encounter in Atlanta, GA that afforded him the opportunity to write music videos for a company of 4 multi-talented sisters that sing, write, act and produce. Influenced by this, he put his own poetry to song and got some club and radio airtime in ATL, and was featured in publications. Then soUNdz AK met Musician George Calhoon and his Pro-Tools to produce gems. As far as writing, he writes it all: Scripts of all types, jingles, poetry etc. It's his love. So, if you can't SEE him, HEAR him. If you can't hear him, FEEL him. It's all in his work.
It amazes me as to how many people of our "free society," who have all power to question and change things, walk as clones and plunge to the depths of nihilism because they want to believe. People want to believe and accept that the governing society making the laws know what they are doing. What's not realized is that most times the things done are TO US by the selfish, rather than being things done FOR US. Music transcends. People want to believe that TV reflects the society in which we live. They don't realize that the screen is a commercial and entertainment medium that, in most instances, is used to brainwash the masses who want and need. For instance, the power of television was discovered during the Kennedy campaign, and proceeded to change the course of election history. Additionally, since it was discovered that people desire what is placed just outside of their reach, the birth of such "Hollywood-type antics" began. It is the people who have the power to make celebrities famous or executives rich, not executives or the celebrities themselves have this power. Music transcends. People want to believe that Las Vegas or Atlantic City are where you go to play and get rich. What's more realistic is that hundreds of thousands of people donate their hard earned money so that one or two people, so to speak, can get millions. Music Transcends. People want to believe James Earl Ray and Lee Harvey Oswold were sole operators in the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr and JFK respectively, and that there were no conspiracies surrounding the murders of that crazy error led by The Hoover Administration (Movie coming soon). Music Transcends. It's weird that people rather choose not to believe a man laying on his death bed attempting to make a contribution on the side of righteousness before he passes (JER). Music transcends. Music transcends. People want to believe O.J. Simpson didn't brutally murder Ron Goldman and Nichole Brown; or, to take it further, that Michael Jackson didn't abuse himself causing his death (I love ALL of MJ's work from soup to nuts, so to speak); and we won't even speak on the two terms of The Busch Administration (Music transcending). Perhaps this as fallout for that which is aforementioned above, or because there are strong limitations to the imagination of the masses. Music transcends. Music transcends. Music transcends. It occurs to me that wanting to believe in such things that are obvious and to the contrary, keeps things simple and plain. Matters of the mind that require sensible, rational thinking and acting beyond the sheep-like complacency seem to turn people off and render such things as comlicated or inconceivable. Maybe believing in the simplicity is done out of fear of the repercussions fo opening Pandora's Box or destroying hope in people's reality and dreams. I don't know. It's just me talking off the top of my writing. What do you believe? What do you believe? These thoughts on the morning of my birthday. Music transcends.
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me. Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do. Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear. When it is cold and wet, please take me inside... for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements... and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth... though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land... for you are my god... and I am your devoted worshiper. Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger. And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands. --Beth Norman Harris
http://www.reverbnation.com/1sylkay “Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.” Bill Cosby - Music “If music be the food of love, play on.” Shakespeare, Twelfth Night - Quote “As an ancient proverb says, "It's the silence between the notes that makes the music." Zen - Music “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous Huxley - After Silence “Music makes pictures And often tells stories In all of the magic. The music is YOU" - SYLKAY'S MOM “Writing makes a map, and there is something about a journey that begs to have its passage marked. ” Christina Baldwin
New York, I Love You Your eyes will sufice to give tired men hope Caligula Be the master of your own destiny...taaakiit! Pinero ...writing will keep you out of jail...well it did and it didn't. I had to keep doing bad to keep the writing good because I sell trouble... Gentlemen Prefer Blonds When love goes wrong, nothing goes right. The Beach Love, like grief, is easily replaced by something more exciting...the more you stay away, the more you don't miss it. ...Paridise is not where you go, it's how you feel that moment in your life when you are a part of something. if you find that moment, it lasts forever. My Girlfriend's Boyfriend "No one is ever ready; that's why they call it a leap. If you wait until you're ready, you'll be waiting forever" My last 5 girlfriends Love is ambiguous...slightly different perception...S.M. Greenfield (2007) writes that love is kept alive by modern capitalism only in order to motivate individuals where there is no other means of motivating them to occupy the position - husband, wife and wife, mother - and form nuclear families that are essential, not only for reproduction and socialization, but also to maintain the existing arrangement for distributing goods and services and in general to keep the social system in proper working order and thus maintaining it as a going concern Chloe How do you do this?...I try to find something to love in everybody; even if it's a small thing...There's always something. There has to be...I try to think about what not to critisize. Amadeus RE: Music "A play with 20 talking at the same time is noise. In music, 20 people can talk at the same time; it's harmony... who here wouldn't rather listen to their hair dresser (common folk) than hercules, horatio...(lofty people)" West of Brooklyn A Poet's Movie: "Wherever you go, take you with you" Under The cherry Moon you've painted a picture of a perfect world and you've framed it with hypocricy, stubborness and lies...look at me; i am your painting. Movie Source Unknown: Intent makes karma BREAKING UPWARDS We all want to believe in a love that sustains itself...but it's bullshit! Believe me. I've done impecable research. THE BOX Every soul finds its way home.
The average age of entry into forced prostitution is 13 years old. Every 10 minutes, a woman or child is trafficked into the United States for forced labor. The DNA Foundation aims to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide. Educating people about this horrific problem will create a cultural shift around the buying and selling of humans. Child sex slavery isn't a problem that is happening 'somewhere else.' These girls could be your neighbors, your sisters, or your daughters. The founders of DNA, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, have enlisted the help of their friends to launch this educational movement. Allen Kai and Isaiah Mustafa, maybe better known as The Old Spice Guy, have leant their voices. Now we are asking you to join the fight against human trafficking. Show that you are a Real Man or that you Prefer A Real Man by creating your own "Real Man" video starring YOU at facebook.com/dnafoundation and share it with your friends! To learn more about the issue and how you can get involved, visit demiandashton.org. Or go to our action tab at rm.demiandashton.org/actioncenter.
Coffee shops, university lounges, book stores, open mics, and public spaces are common venues for spoken word. Many venues hold "open mic" nights where a host will allow anyone to sign up and give a performance. Although it is often poetry, many spoken word artists use "open mic" nights to present any form of message, be it confession, a political essay, or a call for action.
Since its inception, the spoken word has been an outlet for people to release their views outside the academic and institutional domains of the university and academic or small press. The spoken word and its most popular offshoot, slam poetry, evolved into the present day soap-box for people, especially younger ones, to express their views, emotions, life experiences or information to audiences. The views of spoken word artists encompass frank commentary on religion, politics, sex and gender, often taboo subjects in the world of contemporary academic poetry. When talking about emotion, it depends. A spoken word piece can be powerful with the right emotion behind it but, at the same time, a lack of emotion can set a poem apart. It all depends on the topic. Life experiences are best, especially when the person has actually lived through the experience. Lastly, spoken word is used to inform or make an audience conscious of some human aspect pertaining to life - Wikipedia
Spoken word as it is known today did not evolve until the late 1980s with the emergence of "poetry slams," where spoken word artists would square off in cabaret-style duels. This type of competitive slam poetry event has been popular in India for centuries. In the United States, the competition of slam poetry probably arose from rap music and rapper competitions. The common element is protest and a critical or corrective tone. Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City is one of the earliest venues where poets could protest the ills of society. Def Poetry on HBO became the most visible venue for slam-type protest poets, but the poets did not necessarily compete against each other for audience approval. Hip-hop is now commonly considered under the general genre of spoken word as shown in a recent article by Clare Morgan in the Sydney Morning Herald. Spoken Word was adopted by college circles in the early 1980s to describe a new wave of performing arts that was birthed during Postmodern Art Movement. Spoken Word was basically a catchall phrase to describe anything that didn’t fit into the already established categories of performance arts such as music, theatre, and dance. The Spoken Word movement in the 1980s is similar to the Beats in the 1960s. Spoken word and the Beats share a mutual lack of respect from the academic community, emphasis on poetry, and poems about consciousness and confession. The main difference is that spoken word is not recognized because it is not published. Many artists and poets have not published any of their works in book forms. Some use video and audio recording, the means used exclusivley by Hedwig Gorski, who rejected what she called the "dull-drums" of book publishing in the 1980s. Spalding Gray's film "Swimming to Cambodia" is one of the best-known exhibits of spoken word. It has a style similar to many theater monologue presentations on the stage as he sits at a desk and talks about his experiences in Francis Ford Coppola's film of "Apocalypse Now"  Nevertheless, spoken word today is part of the oral culture movement spreading literary expression that includes all minorities and women, unlike the domination by the white male community as was case with the Beats in the 1960s.
by Wikipedia the free encyclopedia Spoken word is used as a musical or entertainment term, referring to works or performances that consist solely or mostly of one person speaking as if naturally. Musically, this is distinct from rapping, as rapping incorporates rhythm and sometimes melody, whereas spoken word is more akin to narration or speaking as the person would in conversation, as shown in the song "Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)" by Baz Luhrmann. In entertainment, spoken word performances generally consist of storytelling or sometimes poetry, something exemplified by people like Hedwig Gorski, the originator of performance poetry, the lengthy monologues written only to be spoken by Spalding Gray, and improvising ranters/commentators like Henry Rollins...(continued)