I love this cartoon by Brian King.

It reminded me of this song by Joe Williams👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

I noticed these signs while taking a walk along the Cushman Trail…

Alas, a couple of days later, the signs were missing.

I found one though…

Not everyone buys-in to the dream!

#JazzChurch 49 – Sunday, April 4, 2021

bbebop · #JazzChurch 49 - Sunday, April 4, 2021

#jazzchurch 49 – Sunday, April 4, 2021 – featured music by Wynton Marsalis, Joe Williams, Tom Harrell, Robert Hurst, Andy Bey, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marcus Miller, Darrell Grant, Richie Havens, Richie Havens, Rickie Lee Jones, Norah Jones, and Jessica Williams, among others shown below:

  1. I’ll Remember April (Wynton Marsalis Septet)
  2. April in Paris (Joe Williams)
  3. April (Dick Oatts, Don Braden & Vincent Herring)
  4. April Mist (Tom Harrell)
  5. April Foolproof (Robert Hurst)
  6. I’ll Remember April (Andy Bey)
  7. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  8. The Geography of Hope (I Am Music) (Darrell Grant)
  9. Goin’ Home (Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan)
  10. Things Are Getting Better (Cannonball Adderley & Milt Jackson)
  11. So What (Marcus Miller)
  12. Here Comes the Sun (Live) (Richie Havens)
  13. I Can See Clearly Now (Richie Havens)
  14. The Black Angel (Freddie Hubbard)
  15. Dual Force (Freddie Hubbard)
  16. Chuck E’s in Love (Rickie Lee Jones)
  17. Trouble Man (Joni Mitchell & Kyle Eastwood)
  18. Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones)
  19. Say It Over and Over Again (Jessica Williams)
  20. Bang Bang (Dizzy Gillespie)
  21. Preacher’s Kid (feat. Take 6, Kirk Whalum & Alex Han) (Marcus Miller)
  22. Trip Trap (Marcus Miller)
  23. Blast (Marcus Miller)
  24. Soul Vaccination (Tower Of Power)
  25. This Is the Movie (Jon Balke)
  26. Tomorrow Land (John Scofield)
  27. Old Folks (Lou Rawls)
  28. Lost My Love (DJ Amir & Re.Decay Jazz Re.Imagined Remix) (Kenny Cox)
  29. Flash Light (Parliament)
Apple Music Playlist

Here’s an Apple Music Playlist containing songs from this episode of #JazzChurch:

Next week’s #jazzchurch livestream can be found at postbop.com/jazzchurch Streaming live from 1-4ish PM PDT. Past episodes are available here as well.

Where else can I find #JazzChurch?
  • Postbop.com: Livestream plus audio archives and information for all past shows
  • Twitch Livestream: 1-3pm-ish PDT on Sundays plus audio/video of recent shows
  • Soundcloud: Listen to past shows and subscribe to receive notifications and listen to future shows

Why is there no April Fool’s Day this year? This is incredibly disappointing. #AprilFoolsDay
Sandy Boynton

A. Nothing seems funny (COVID-19, deaths, Jan. 6 insurrection, mass murders, political division, etc). We feel guilty if we even smile?

”I’m not the only one on-screen right now who has been falsely accused of a terrible sex act…“
– Rep. Matt Gaetz

Outward Mindset workshops are #fun!!!

When facilitating a DIOM workshop for fellow City of Tacoma employees, I’d frequently photograph the class from behind while working together on an exercise. The photographs would end up on LinkedIn and Facebook to memorialize our time together and show folks how much fun we have.

That all came to a halt last March, and our workshops have become virtual on Zoom. I told our most recent class about that practice and asked if I could record a brief video. All the cameras turned on, and I hit record. Someone mentioned that my pre-pandemic photos would only show the backs of their heads, so we tried that too!

Great group! We learned a lot together and had some serious fun in the process!!!

#JazzChurch – Sunday, March 28, 2021

John Coltrane Gets Us In The Spirit!!
bbebop · #JazzChurch 48 - Sunday, March 28, 2021

#jazzchurch 48 – Sunday, March 28, 2021 – featured music by John Coltrane, Hugh Masekela, Cedar Walton, Stevie Wonder, Donald Byrd, Oregon, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Talking Heads, and James Brown, among others shown below:

  1. A Little This, A Little That (Charles Fambrough)
  2. Mojo Highway (Marc Johnson)
  3. Dear Lord (John Coltrane Quartet)
  4. Wise One (John Coltrane)
  5. Tunji (John Coltrane Quartet)
  6. Spiritual – Live at Village Vanguard 1961 (John Coltrane Quartet)
  7. Across The Crystal Sea (Danilo Perez)
  8. Dr. Schacher Seppli (Bänz Öster & The Rainmakers)
  9. Riot (Hugh Masekela)
  10. U-Dwi (Hugh Masekela)
  11. Impressions (John Coltrane)
  12. Martha’s Prize (Cedar Walton)
  13. Minor Controversy (Cedar Walton)
  14. You Haven’t Done Nothin’ (Stevie Wonder)
  15. Flight Time (Donald Byrd)
  16. Amaryllis (Oregon)
  17. Dolphin Dance(Herbie Hancock)
  18. Psalm (Chick Corea)
  19. Burning Down the House (Talking Heads)
  20. (Fallin’ Like) Dominoes (Donald Byrd)
  21. It’s A New Day (James Brown)
Apple Music Playlist

Here’s an Apple Music Playlist containing songs from this episode of #JazzChurch:

Next week’s #jazzchurch livestream can be found at postbop.com/jazzchurch Streaming live from 1-4ish PM PDT. Past episodes are available here as well.

Where else can I find #JazzChurch?
  • Postbop.com: Livestream plus audio archives and information for all past shows
  • Twitch Livestream: 1-3pm-ish PDT on Sundays plus audio/video of recent shows
  • Soundcloud: Listen to past shows and subscribe to receive notifications and listen to future shows

True?

Cabin in the Woods! Free yoga classes in the morning, followed by awesome coffee (or tea) and all the bacon you can eat!!! #Winning!!!!

Yes, Democracy is Ragtime On the Corner

Here’s a series of screenshots from tonight’s Rachel Maddow Show that shine a bright light on what Republicans are up to all across the country:

If you hadn’t noticed, a full-fledge civil war is raging, and democracy is ragtime on the corner (to quote the very great Gil Scott-Heron). Not just now. It’s been like that since the beginning.

“Winter In America”

From the Indians who welcomed the pilgrims
And to the buffalo who once ruled the plains
Like the vultures circling beneath the dark clouds
Looking for the rain
Looking for the rain

Just like the cities staggered on the coastline
Living in a nation that just can’t stand much more
Like the forest buried beneath the highway
Never had a chance to grow
Never had a chance to grow

And now it’s winter
Winter in America
Yes and all of the healers have been killed
Or sent away, yeah
But the people know, the people know
It’s winter
Winter in America
And ain’t nobody fighting
’Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your soul, Lord knows
From Winter in America

The Constitution
A noble piece of paper
With free society
Struggled but it died in vain
And now Democracy is ragtime on the corner
Hoping for some rain
Looks like it’s hoping
Hoping for some rain

And I see the robins
Perched in barren treetops
Watching last-ditch racists marching across the floor
But just like the peace sign that vanished in our dreams
Never had a chance to grow
Never had a chance to grow

And now it’s winter
It’s winter in America
And all of the healers have been killed
Or been betrayed
Yeah, but the people know, people know
It’s winter, Lord knows
It’s winter in America
And ain’t nobody fighting
Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your souls
From Winter in America

And now it’s winter
Winter in America
And all of the healers done been killed or sent away
Yeah, and the people know, people know
It’s winter
Winter in America
And ain’t nobody fighting
Cause nobody knows what to save
And ain’t nobody fighting
Cause nobody knows, nobody knows
And ain’t nobody fighting
Cause nobody knows what to save

“You’ve stumped me!” Not the best way to respond to a question, perhaps, but certainly truthful and human! #cantpossiblyknowitall!!

On the other hand, we received approval for debt-related transactions that saved our customers over $140 million since 2015.

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is right now!”
– Chinese Proverb
– as told by Victor Wooten

Bill E. Bob’s very first #EveryDayPhoto, taken March 24, 2011, #10YearsAgoToday!

“yes! nerds don’t love everything. nerds love what they love! to the extent I’m a nerd, I’m loving different stuff than I thought I would’ve loved a long time ago. and I’m okay with that!”
– Bill E. Bob, 3/24/2013

“Love is always the goal,
but pain is what connects all of us.”
– Woody Shaw

Photo: Tom Marcello, 1978

Traveling on the Road to Hana-lytics!

It’s a long story… 🧐

Meanderings – The Accidental Magazine

Once upon a time, 27 years ago, this guy I know accidentally created an internet magazine called Meanderings, beginning with this article:

The Female Touch:

Before I begin, I should tell you a little story. I was born of the Colored/Negro/Afro American/Black/African-American persuasion (although I’m still, 42 years later, trying to figure out exactly what that means!). However, in 1984 while attending a finance seminar at the University of Michigan, I, along with my seminar mates, filled out a “lifestyles survey,” designed to tell us the risk of various aspects in our lifestyle, like smoking and drinking, killing us before the age of 50. Being only 32 at the time, I was really interested. When I got the survey results back, I was shocked. I didn’t smoke, rarely drank, was an avid runner and tennis player, so I was in excellent shape. Nevertheless, it seems I had a very high risk of dying young. The reason: I was black! We’ve all heard the statistics about young black men having a high risk of violent death at a young age. Well, there you go.

Most of the others attending the class had no such risk, but they were all white. When I asked aloud about the results, the surveyor explained that the sample upon which the survey’s predictions were based contained very few blacks. He also said not to worry: given my occupation, income, lifestyle, excellent health, etc., the survey results really didn’t apply to me. For purposes of reading the results and determining my risk of early death, I was “white.” So, in the future, if I write something you don’t like, please don’t call me an uncle tom, because, I’m really white!

There’s more to the story, so read on.

I chatted with the author recently. He told me he wishes he had better editing back then. Go figure!

some of my best ideas started out as miss-takes…

I’m totally in love with this most beautiful duo version of Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring by Cesar Camargo Mariano and Romero Lubambo:

Joy Spring! It’s the #song4today!

#OutwardImprovisation!!!

“The best thing about facilitating is not what you prepared for. It’s what is called (or pulled) out of you by the need in the room at the time.”
– Jim Ferrell

“This is not meant to be ‘clever.’ It is fact. Politics is the first 90% of getting anything transformational done. PERIOD.
Tom Peters

#JazzChurch 47 - Sunday, March 21, 2021

Joyspring is Here (and Can Really Hang You Up the Most)!!
bbebop · #JazzChurch 47 - Sunday, March 21, 2021

#jazzchurch 47 – Sunday, March 21, 2021 – featured music by Ben Wendel, Houston Person & Ron Carter, Charlie Haden & Kenny Barron, Walter Norris & George Mraz, Cesar Camargo Mariano & Romero Lubambo, The 5th Dimension, Tony Williams, and Earth, Wind & Fire, among others shown below:

  1. Impromptu (The Rodriguez Brothers)
  2. March (Ben Wendel)
  3. Joy Spring (Houston Person & Ron Carter)
  4. Spring Is Here (Charlie Haden & Kenny Barron)
  5. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Walter Norris & George Mraz)
  6. It Might As Well Be Spring (Sonny Stitt)
  7. Joy Spring (Cesar Camargo Mariano & Romero Lubambo)
  8. ny 2000 (Donald Harrison)
  9. I’m Gonna Be Happy (Freddie Redd)
  10. Blues In Motian (Charlie Haden, Paul Motian & Geri Allen)
  11. Strivers’ Jewels (Buster Williams)
  12. Rise and Shine (Robert Glasper)
  13. Geo Rose (Tony Williams)
  14. Turnaround (Charlie Haden feat. Hampton Hawes)
  15. Inner Urge (The Blue Note 7)
  16. Deeds, Not Words (Max Roach)
  17. When We Were Free (Pat Metheny)
  18. For Duke P. (Bobby Hutcherson)
  19. Stoned Soul Picnic (The 5th Dimension)
  20. Funkin’ for Jamaica (Tom Browne)
  21. Mr. Spock (Tony Williams Lifetime)
  22. Be Ever Wonderful (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Apple Music Playlist

Here’s an Apple Music Playlist containing songs from this episode of #JazzChurch:

Next week’s #jazzchurch livestream can be found at postbop.com/jazzchurch Streaming live from 1-4ish PM PDT. Past episodes are available here as well.

Where else can I find #JazzChurch?
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Things are getting better…

3/20/2020: So this is what being a (self-proclaimed) Chief High-Five Officer has come to!

#StaySafe!
#TakeCareOfYourself!
#ideasfor2020!

I’m thinking about maybe doing a podcast. What on earth would I talk about? Who would be good guests? Any ideas?