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Archie Bell at Ken and Mary’s Blues Project — Part III   Leave a comment

Archie Bell-1632 art II_blogArchie Bell at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — Computer Art by kenne

Houston, Texas has a lot of legionary musicians, not the lease is Archie Bell. You all timers, like myself will remember the 50’s & 60’s group, Archie Bell & the Drells. Remember “Tighten Up?” When it comes to great R&B, Archie Bell is among the best! His appearance at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — The Last Waltz was a real blessing for those of us who have attended the Blues Project concerts over the years.

There’s more to come.

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Blackberry Season In East Texas — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Blackberry Season In East Texas — Photo Essay by kenne

A walk in East Park

Thick woods where the swamp drains

Into the river.

— kenne

This Old Liberal Has Not Faded Away   4 comments

kenne-profile-4672-blogSelf-Portrait” — Image by kenne

This week’s Presidential election has reminded me of Marshall McLuhan’s trademark, “The Medium In the Message.” From it, I recall his belief that we go through life looking through the rear-view mirror, and becoming aware of our environment only after we have left it and that what is communicated doesn’t count as much as how it is communicated. 

Of course, the medium that exists today is much different than that of the sixties, they still alter our sensory life, therefore what we know. As a result, our society is like the driver who sees neither ahead to the future nor outside the side window to the present but looks only to the past in the rear-view mirror — “Make America great again.”

McLuhan believed that education must serve as a defense to the media fallout. He likened our society to the mariner in Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “A Descent Into the Maelstrom.” The mariner is caught in a whirlpool, but he figures out the relative velocities of currents and saves himself. The question remains whether, as a society, we are educated enough to save ourselves.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“TIME FOR MORE ACTION”
January 17, 2003, Peace Demonstration In Houston, Texas — Photo by Joy

In some ways, I feel as if I may have been in a trance these past eight years, kind of a passive free feeling. It’s now time to stand. Social justice, like art, requires an effort. It’s time for those who have half a heart for poetry, half for life to stand for truth. Those who have continued learning and have been sharpening our weapons by night to clear their throats and stand, becoming the voices of truth. 

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Existing In An Absurd World   1 comment

kennejoysheriff-2001-art-blogJoy and Kenne (Houston, Texas, June 2001)

There are times

I’m not a female,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t male

I’m not a black,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t a white

I’m not immortal,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t mortal

I’m not a doubter,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t a believer

I’m not a conservative,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t a liberal

I’m not a saint,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t sinful

I’m not ignorant,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t learned

I’m not implicit
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t explicit

I’m not an Islamic,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t a Christian

I’m not an animal,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t a human

I’m not in
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t out

I’m not lonely
But there are times
I wish there was an opposite

I’m not you
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t me —

But there are times
You are the opposite
Of the opposite of you

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Jimmy “T99” Nelson At Houston’s Rhythm Room   Leave a comment

T-99 Nelson (1 of 1) grunge art blog IIJimmy “T99” Nelson At Houston’s Rhythm Room On Washington Street (September 13, 2003) — Computer Art by kenne

Jimmy “T99” Nelson (April 7, 1919 – July 29, 2007) was an American jump blues and rhythm and blues shouter and songwriter. With a recording career that spanned over 50 years, Jimmy “T99” Nelson became a distinguished elder statesman of American music. His best known recordings are “T-99 Blues” and “Meet Me With Your Black Dress On”. Nelson notably worked with Duke Robillard and Otis Grand.
— Source: Wikipedia

Again, I Turn To Paul Klee   7 comments

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Normally, I spend a lot of time trying to learn more in order to better understand the human existence. But, every now and then I turn to what I already know and have experienced, from which there is still much to learn. Just taking the time to listen to the music, enjoy art and read books I have -– taking the time to internalize the magic of the music, carefully read the depth of the words and looking anew at that which makes the “visible” visible. Why seek more without first making use of what I already have. Plus, what good is life without making complete use of what we already have, because life is given only once.

When I do turn to my already gathered knowledge and experience, especially in times unspeakable destruction that impales our future, I frequently turn to one of the most creative minds of the 20th century, Paul Klee. The title of this blog, “Becoming is Superior to Being” is a Klee quote.

Among Klee’s paintings is a series of angels. Like in one of his most famous, “Angelus Novus,” Klee’s angels are very fragmented creatures, appearing very elusive. Walter Benjamin was so taken by Angelus Novus that he bought the painting. In his interpretation of the painting, Benjamin seem to see in the angel the despair many of us feel in our not being able to help the victims of let another unjust war. Benjamin wrote:

“A Klee painting named “Angelus Novus” shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned towards the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling up ruin upon ruin and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which its back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.”

“Art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes visible.”

—Paul Klee

“Listen to what you see
You are blind to what you hear
Listen to what you see
Do not fear the truth beneath
Reach for roots beneath the trees
Listen to the words you seek
Don’t listen to a word they say
Do NOT listen to a word you’ve heard
Do not listen to a word you’ve heard
People are people we live for our own
Live how you think not by what you’ve been told. . .”

Justin Nozuka – Don’t Listen to a Word You’ve Heard

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CA_62068_RR01Little Dune Picture by Paul Klee — The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas

“In immanence, I am ungraspable.”

— Paul Klee

Shadows At The Backdoor   Leave a comment

The Room (1 of 1)Houndgog & T99 blog“Shadows at the Backdoor”  (09/13/03) — Image by kenne

Blues Legend, Jimmy “T99” Nelson is shadowed by James “Blues Hound” Nagel and Smokin’ Joe Montes
off-stage at the back entrance of the old Washington Street Rhythm Room.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJimmy “T99” Nelson (10/01/01) — Image by kenne

 

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