I am still recovering from the sonic & social whirl of this past week in Connecticut where we were engaged in mounting the #DavidBowie & #Prince memorial conference “Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign,” organized by my dear friend & Yale University scholar Dr. Daphne A. Brooks. A good deal to reflect upon from all I heard from my former rockcrit colleagues including Ann Powers of NPR Music & Michaelangelo Matos & Greil Marcus, as well as those of the Academy such as Tavia Nyong’o of Yale & Eric Lott of CUNY Graduate Center. I do appreciate the wide audience that my session with Sherae Rimpsey & Alan Light — Everybody Still Wants To Fly — garnered due to our being the lead-in to Solange Knowles’ keynote address. My take on Prince as Mystery Cult via the prism of what Harold Bloom has denunciated as “California Orphism” was interesting to some folks (smile). And my Texan bandmate KAR / Kimberly Robison kindly traveled up from the Hamilton Grange to support me in my presentation & also did some vital research at Yale on Emily West aka the Yellow Rose of Texas for an upcoming project we wish to mount – stay tuned!
I was also very sad to learn upon my arrival in New Haven that Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks was gone to Glory. A lot of flashing on my time spent on-and-off the Road that goes on Forever with the Allmans is surfacing & I am doing a lot of listening to my favorites among their compositions — particularly one of my 3 most treasured songs: “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.” So, more to come after a spell on what transpired last week…yet here’s two precious souvenirs of my time spent in New Haven — meeting one of the scions of the great Escovedo family of American music that has had a profound influence on me since I initially grew up in a colony of Aztlan, a Chicano barrio in Chocolate City; I am very much a follower as a singer-songwriter of Sheila E. & her uncle Alejandro Escovedo…& as a past film school graduate and lover of concert cinema, I have also been influenced by D.A. Pennebaker who made my beloved Monterey Pop. An honor all ’round to briefly share space with them…A’ho*
( Sheila E. & Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose @ Yale University last Friday night, New Haven, Connecticut )
( Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose & legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker @ Yale, after screening of his 1973 David Bowie documentary “Ziggy Stardust” )
February 2, 2017 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: 1960s, 1970s, Afrofuturism, AfroNative, AlejandroEscovedo, AllmanBrothersBand, alternativespirituality, BettyDavis, BlackstarRisingandthePurpleReign, BurnedOverDistrict, ButchTrucks, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, California, Camille, Connecticut, CosmicAmericanMusic, CosmicLadies, cosmogonies, DAPennebaker, DaphneBrooks, DavidBowie, DevonWilson, EdenAhbez, ElectricEden, electricity, ElectricLadies, England, Esquerita, FatherYod, GeorgeClinton, GlitterGlam, HerculineBarbin, HierosGamos, Hippies, JehovahsWitness, JoniMitchell, Kandia Crazy Horse, Karline, KarlMay, KimberlyRobison, Lebensreform, LisaColeman, LittleRichard, MetalHurlant, MidnightRider, MilleriteGreatDisappointment, MontereyPop, Mormonism, Mothership, Muses, Music, MysteryCult, NativeAmerican, News, Nightbirds, Oakland, PaisleyPark, PaisleyUnderground, Pleiades, Prince, religion, Romanticism, SacredAndrodyne, SeventhDayAdventist, SheilaE, SisterOfTheRoad, Skymama, SongbirdAquarian, SourceFamily, southernrock, Spiritualism, Spirituality, StevieNicks, SunRa, Technopagans, TheRoadGoesOnForever, Transcendentalism, transvocalizing, VisionaryState, WendyandLisa, WendyMelvoin, WhiteWingedDove, YaleUniversity, ZiggyStardust | Leave a comment
There may be a new administration in Washington & they are obviously in cahoots with the corporations behind the #KeystoneXL & the #DakotaAccessPipeline — but we of Indian Country & our allies are still determined to stop all black snakes from afflicting Turtle Island. I have received communication from LaDonna Brave Bull Allard of Sacred Stone Camp & others to come stand with our precious water protectors @ Standing Rock — or to organize actions locally to support them. I am pondering the latter with my fellow Afro-Native bandmate of Cactus Rose & some of my Tri-State Native Circle. We all must do our part, when they are raiding camps & dishonoring rights. We cannot let this stand. And I shall still be acting in support of the Ramapough Lunaape @ Split Rock with their efforts to #StopSpectra here in NY/NJ/CT. See you on the frontlines! A’ho*
February 2, 2017 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, BlackSnakeKillas, CactusRoseBand, Connecticut, DonaldTrump, IStandWithStandingRock, KeystoneXL, LaDonnaBraveBullAllard, MniWiconi, News, NJ, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NorthDakota, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, Protect The Sacred, RamapoughLenape, RamapoughLunaape, religion, RezpectOurWater, SacredStoneCamp, SplitRock, SplitRockSweetWaterPrayerCamp, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingWithStandingRock, StopSpectra | Leave a comment
Dearly Beloved, I hope you shall join us this week @ Yale University in New Haven for the Prince – David Bowie conference: BlackStar Rising & The Purple Reign
In the lead-in to the Solange (Knowles) keynote address, I shall be holding forth on Mystical Prince, the Afro-Native spirit of his jazz belle mother Mattie & his Muses including my key sonic foremother Stevie Nicks (of course, Stevie & Prince collaborated on “Stand Back” & among other thangs, Prince clearly derived some of his famous style from Stevie’s bespoke sartorial aesthetic). Rather than due to Prince’s most adored blackface-wearing, jazz fusioneer heroine Joni Mitchell (who transformed from Saskatoon prairie flower trilling songbird into a black pimp who punked the Asylum gang royalty of LA with her own alter-ego Art Nouveau), I am a latter-day Lady of the Canyon because of my heroine Stevie Nicks — & a select elite of cult favorite canyon muses including Wendy Waldman, Essra Mohawk, Claudia Lennear & Judee Sill; they are all collectively the Muses behind songs of mine such as “Quartz Hill,” “Cowgirls,””Songcatcher,” & “Rare Bird” (& yes, my sophomore album was titled Canyons). As a sonic & spiritual acolyte-turned-Adept of Queen California’s Electric Eden (who possesses the Source Family lineage name Songbird Aquarian), I am looking forward to being purified anew in the purple-hued waters of Lake Minnetonka.
January 23, 2017 | Categories: Interviews, Live, Showout, Tourlife | Tags: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Adept, Afrofuturism, AfroNative, Amazons, AroundTheWorldInADay, AscendedMasters, Black, BlackAtlantic, blackcontemporaryart, BlackCrow, blackface, BlackHistory, BuckinghamNicks, California, CaliforniaDreamgirl, Camille, CosmicAmericanMusic, CosmicLadies, Cults, DavidBowie, ElectricEden, electricguitarevangelism, electricity, ElectricLadies, EssraMohawk, FreakPower, guitar, Hejira, HerculineBarbin, HolyUrges, JoniMitchell, JudeeSill, Kandia Crazy Horse, LadiesOfTheCanyon, LindseyBuckingham, LisaColeman, Los Angeles, LoveSymbol, Minneapolis, Mixed, MixedChicks, Mothership, Muses, Music, Mystic, NewAge, News, NewWeirdAmerica, PacificOcean, PaisleyPark, Parade, Pleiades, Prince, Purple, Purpleaxxxe, QueenCalifia, Reaganism, religion, rock, Spirituality, StevieNicks, SusannahMelvoin, Theosophy, Ulysses, VisionaryState, WeirdWest, WendyandLisa, WendyMelvoin, WendyWaldman, WhiteWingedDove | Leave a comment