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Music in My Life
I’m back to d music/–never should have left it/–but d daily grind of life hard/–music 1 of my passions/–not so much d beats/–but d stories they tell/–they make my mind swell/–light in a dark world/–words manipulated to make people feel low/–light, postive/–dark, negative, break positive flow/–what kind of crap is that/–language, distorts facts/–now, we must readjust our racks (minds), get in time wt d time/–living in hard times of nickels & dimes/–Music, real music, bout breaking out man-made confines/–lyrics of substance, elevate minds/–Jewels for The Minds.
It Depends on the subject matter really.
James Baldwin certainly sent me somewhere, a place I’m still trying to reconcile. But Cornel West’s critical essay (in he and Gates’ Future of the Race) “Black Strivings in a Twilight Civilization” had the most profound affect on my critical thinking, taught me a collection of value lessons inasmuch as how to assess black worth, love, value and commitment to the struggle, and how in fact the struggle is defined, and tantamount to other ethnic/racial ones at the international level – and the role the artist must play. The centrality of Jazz, Blues, Toni Morrison and John Coltrane’s connection to Tolstoy and other Russian artists.
Playwrights Arthur Miller, Ibsen, Albee, Hansberry spoke to my question of how to write the truth about people and places, how to pull back the layers and examine who and what we really are as human beings – Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy, “Waiting for Godot”, sent me further in existential wrestling with the question of God. Toni Morrison and August Wilson changed my life too. Eric Williams (Capitalism & Slavery), John Blassingame’s (The Slave Community), Manning Marable, all their works are indispensable to my understanding of how I think about history, the black predicament (then and now), and how we arrived at this present point. But Baldwin had the broadest, most human meditation on love. “The Fire Next Time” (and Albert Raboteau’s “Slave Religion”, and Charles Mann’s “1491”) answered many questions which had worried me at the moment . And there are many other books. There can never be one single book.
Push Nevahda Review
This is a Great Book.
It gives us an inside view of Langston’s Mind, which was brilliant. It also lets us see the human side of him. The difficulties he went through in life. His hopes & dreams. His frustrations. His anger. His diplomacy in dealing with publishers & people he seeked support from to give him time to write his books & other projects he had going on.
The book also gives us an inside view of his thought process as he communicated with his friends & other artists as they devised plans to further build their brands.
The book is a MUST READ for Langston Hughes Readers.