Lost one of my best friends recently, her funeral was today, and this was a song I wrote for her family... Although it was not mixed properly, it took me 36 hours straight with no sleep to come up with this rough version, for someone who I cared about dearly... Over 600 people attended her funeral, and rightfully so, she was an amazing person who I worked with... RIP Aynie Tadesse, see you again one day, I learned to love myself, and my future wife because of you... Thank you for caring about me. You were a great teacher.
So tonight, something special happened in my home studio... Had an old friend come over who was helping me record the title track "Medieval Ghetto" for my wedding album, and Boom, I realized, he was what I was looking for in a group, or duo partner to cut a few future records, and go out and do some shows with... I dug his poetry, delivery, and definitely his no ego attitude, something I can vibe with, and plus he's from my old crew from high school. I just had no idea he could flow like he did on the mic tonight, spoken word style... Anyways, now I can write my classical music, and have a voice over it, with an opinion... Check out Medieval Ghetto. It's not a bad track at all... Forgive the background singer though lol.
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
Tonight is a sad night indeed, as the changing of the guards for Mother Africa takes the world stage with the passing of Nelson Mandela. One of my best friends tonight asked me to write a tribute song for him, like I did for Paul Walker, and I thought long and hard about it at work, and thought against it, as I don't think I could do the moment justice, as some more prominent Artists could do better, and I'm sure they will… In the next few weeks. But I just wanted to say, that for those of you who weren't aware of Nelson Mandela or what he stood for he was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who was imprisoned and then became a politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. He was not just a black leader, but a world peace keeper, who fought for the rights of both black and white, yellow and brown alike. It will be interesting to see where Africa is led in the next few years, but my hope is one day Mother Africa, the West Indies, the Phillipines, Asia, India, and all 2nd and 3rd world territories are greeted with the same philanthropic touch and smile, by future world leaders, as this rare African man, Nelson Mandela did for those who were lucky enough to meet him, every time he got off a plane, or posed for a picture in a foreign country. His democracy, and human spirit will echo for eternity, as he becomes the staple in the history books on how to inspire a nation, the world, and humankind.
"There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere…" - Nelson Mandela.
Cancer is a debilitating disease… Having worked in the medical field for the last 10 years with palliative patients I've seen the effects of what it can do to families, and loved ones by the bedside. Music has healing powers, and with music, and through music sometimes we have the ability to ease the discomfort of those sick loved ones, simply by just performing, writing or pressing play. Katarina Reiser, loved music, and that is why I wrote these songs for her to hear, however she passed before she could hear them here, but I know somewhere, she's listening to "Reflections in the Water" or "Sanctum" and smiling… Godbless you dear. You will be missed by a lot of friends.