Archive for January, 2012

There are not too many times that I’m NOT inspired to write or be creative. But then there are also times when the creativity keeps flowing like a river with no end in site, and we as artists love when we are able to stay creative. I was asked by a few friends and peers of what I thought about state of the industry and what music has become today. Hmmmm Great question but I don’t think there is an easy answer. I believe things evolve as they need to because of the “times” we are in. Example you say? Ok, well how about back in the war times when all the men went to war and the women were left to tend the homes and finally lend helping hand by gathering metals for the factories to make more artillery and so on and what spawned from that, an age of music that catered to keeping the masses upbeat in the face of what was going on in the war. Later you had the “hippie”s who didn’t want to fight but make love and be easy. Music emerged from that time as well out of necessity. And times were good, as far as creativity goes. You had good music and even those that rose above the clammer to become what we call today ICONS and or legends such as Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, just to name a couple.

Unfortunately that is the same now. We’ve gotten to an age where the technology is allowing more of us to be creative and gives us the ability to put it out to the world via the internet. Now that being said, it doesn’t mean that everything that is out there is good! I think we’ve lost ourselves in the technology. There is now a fusion if you will of human and machine, cyborg musicians/artists. There is a cookie cutter standard now in the business, I sometimes don’t know to whom I’m listening to on the radio because everything and everyone sounds the same. Where is the art in that? As an artist myself, I remember going to a concert to watch Bone Thugs In Harmony and at that time I never really listend to them at all. After a few mediocre opening acts they come out and I must say, they gave a SHOW. Something for me to hold in my memory for as long as I live. it was incredible and although I may not have understood everything their fast talking rhythms spewed out, I enjoyed their show.

For me, it’s not good enough to have a good recording any more. It’s time to get back to the roots of where this started. I think a lot of the artists of today have lost touch with that. You listen to a record then hear them live and your are like WTBH. But we’ve gotten so use to that that when people go flat or even sharp it’s totally unacceptable, machines are making things sound so PERFECT, we’ve lost the human element. It’s perfect PITCH or nothing.

I had a good friend of mine send me this film regarding the “Industry” and not just music but visual arts too. I didn’t know what to expect but I ended up watching the whole thing. I suggest you do the same and draw your own conclusions about the industry. I strive for what I strive for because of what I know I want to be and see. In order to see what you want to see you have to create that yourself. You can’t expect that others are going to do it for you. Affirmations of being the change you want to see comes to mind and I am committing myself to live that! We are in a great time where a lot of playing fields are now leveled because of technology. That does not mean that EVERYONE should be an artist, but every one CAN be creative in his or her way. Find what your passion is and go forward with it. Passion knows no end, it doesn’t know what it is to be lazy or complacent.

I hope you get from this what I got from it, which is a renewed faith in what I do and what I pursue to accomplish. I want to feel like I’ve added something to this art in me just being ME!

ENJOY

(if you click on the link to watch it please support the filmmakers by rating this film on their IMDB site.  I’ll post it here as well) And as always support independent artists!

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What do you know about the Tuskegee Airmen? Honestly I don’t know too much. I’ve heard rumors and small stories about them but never the whole truth.  It’s almost like the X-files.  That part of history seems shrouded in mystery and doubt.  Well I ran across this little tidbit of information that I hope you will find interesting.

In an appearance on The Daily Show, George Lucas said that he had trouble getting funding for his new movie, “Red Tails,” because of its black cast.

“This has been held up for release since 1942 since it was shot, I’ve been trying to get released ever since,” Lucas quipped to Jon Stewart. “It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all…I showed it to all of them and they said no. We don’t know how to market a movie like this.”

“Red Tails,” which stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Terrence Howard, is based on the Tuskegee Airmen, the group of pioneering black pilots who fought in the United States’ segregated armed forces during World War II. The movie is directed by Anthony Hemingway, the rare black director getting a chance to direct a big-budget feature.

Last week, Lucas told USA Today that he was worried that if Red Tails was a failure, it could have negative repercussions for black filmmakers. “I realize that by accident I’ve now put the black film community at risk [with Red Tails, whose $58 million budget far exceeds typical all-black productions],” he said. “I’m saying, if this doesn’t work, there’s a good chance you’ll stay where you are for quite a while. It’ll be harder for you guys to break out of that [lower-budget] mold. But if I can break through with this movie, then hopefully there will be someone else out there saying let’s make a prequel and sequel, and soon you have more Tyler Perrys out there.”

CLICK LINK TO SEE INTERVIEW – the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-george-lucas

Now, I’m not going to say you have to see the movie just to support black actors, I want to say go see the movie because it’s a part of our history that has not been shown as it should be.  Those were true role models and heroes.  In the interview you hear George Lucas say that even Tyler Perry moves are considered in the low budget realm.  I know most would and probably have taken offense to that but as far as I’m concerned, it’s FACT! Why can’t we have movies like that from our black filmmakers? Why do we have to always be depicted in the roles we see in most of those films? Why can’t we do a “Avatar” or better yet a new generation “Huxtables”? It’s beyond me.  Well this post was not meant to discredit or defame anyone.  These are just thoughts.  My thoughts.  As I filmmaker our job is to bring great stories to life…not just a great looking film but a film with substance.  Lucas said, he thought it was a great story and he spent time with the men that made it all happen.  He started with about 40 of them and it has now dwindled to less than 10.  It’s a shame those that didn’t make it won’t be able to see how wonderful the film will be.

Well, I’ll be going out to see the movie, not just to support it but also to see a little bit into our history.