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Creativity breeds Transcendence

Posted in Moving, music, Playing and Working, Uncategorized on October 9, 2010 by calabartheatre

The night begun with Affirmations. “I am that I am…I am that I am.” Affirmations PITTMAN-PUCKETT gallery in Funky Ferndale was paying tribute the life and work of Photographer and Artist Jack Whitehead.  The atmosphere was warm, with simple funky furniture that was reminiscent of a 1920’s art gallery. Mindscapes melodies of  Judy Adams filled the room. I made my way through the maze of fashion forward folks to the Cafe to snag some fruits and cheese. It was here I came upon my adventure map for the evening…the list of all 48 of Jacks Painting that were on display tonight and available for purchase. The titles of his art pieces spoke wisdom to my spirit on the topic of transcendence and accepting your destiny. (Path to the Sacred Falls, Misty River, The light name a few.) I sat down on the high cafe stool and indulged myself in the life-story bio of this beautiful being.

In 1953, a young Jack Whitehead began studying photography on the GI Bill after serving in the US Army Corps of Engineers. After a forty-year and highly successful career as a fashion and automotive photographer, fate intervened and dealt this wonderful man a most severe blow- kidney failure and a life of dialysis. So, at 70yrs old, what did this remarkable man do? He moved from Michigan to Sarasota, Florida and proceeded to produce over 300 4×4 paintings.

His painting “Mother’s Lace” (The painting on the top right) was my portal for the eve as it resonated deeply with Chi Vibrations. I found this synchronicity amusing as I am consciously honoring “Great Mother”  with the 9 days of Navarati. As I stood in silence taking in the love this man transmitted through color, I was overcome by a vibratory sense of peace. From my head down through my body to my toe tips. In my mind’s eye I saw him, I felt him. After a day of  conflicting thought processes within Chi that had tears flowing from my eyes like the river Nile, he wrapped his arms around me filing me with warmth and light through his creations, as if to say It’s okay.. I feel you.

“Creativity breeds transcendence” I uttered out loud.

Wading through the pool of color love expression, I came upon my dear friend and guide Mary. She came sharing gifts of wisdom on matters of unconditional love and my eternal Lover. After an enlightening conversation, we parted ways. I bowed in respect to Mr. Whitehead and left to release the love Vibrations I soaked up in dance.

I headed uptown to trendy Royal oak for some Funk Vibrations of Nadir Omowale and his band Distorted Soul. Memphis Smoke was the name of the space… and as I made my way to the bar for a glass of lemon water I couldn’t help but be thankful for the recent Michigan No smoking law. Although bars are not my cup of tea, my spirit insisted in leading me to the creations of these talented musician energy transformers.

Nadir was a warm soul..opening up the show with greetings and humor for the diners. Nadir is an award-winning Funk and Soul musician with one heck of a live show. He’s a champion for the entertainment industry, and the best part is, he calls Detroit home. His band rocked it with their raw detroit funk, and they were not afraid to get down with the crowd. At one point in the night Nadir jumped off stage right grabbed his beautiful Nubian Queen wife Akanke Omowale and was groovin’ right along with the crowd!

What I enjoyed most about this group is the synergy that so easily flowed from them. All the instruments blended together seamlessly creating the perfect funk stew! Mahindi Masai (percussion), schooled us with sounds of our African ancestors on Congas, Tate McBroom (drums) held it together with beats that did not over power the rest of the band but complimented like the right pair of earings to an evening gown.   Derrick Benford’s snazzy finger work on the keys had my heart singing, and Chris Spooner on bass…. wow! That’s all I can say.. those who know Chi know I love some sexy smooth bass lines…and Chris was serving it up all night! To top it off like icing on the cake, Nadir on guitar with his soul-shaking lyrics and vocals.

As I soaked up the funk vibrations, my hips began to whine and sway. The music penetrated the layers of the Chi and the dance sprang forth like a high pressure geyser. My sandals came off, toes on the warm dance floor soaking up healing sound vibrations…. my heart was set free by the funk.

Creativity indeed breeds transcendence.