Music, Art, Poetry, and of Course… Food / Drink, PAZAZ™ Style!

We all dance to a different tune which is played by the instrument of experience that becomes the theme of whom we are. This dance is possible because of the history we have with those we love and the truth we seek from those we trust. Woven into this dance are the nuances of environment, the books we read, and the spiritual guidance from up above.

The nuances of environment can be captured by a myriad of unexpected sensory pleasures. Many of us will remember a relationship captured by the words, beat, and tonality of a song. Others will be triggered by a poem, a work of art, or simply the surroundings of a crowd, a group, or the beauty of a place in which something very special occurred.

Each decade is a reflection of our social consciousness through the music we listen to as a nation, as a culture, and as individuals capturing the spirit of humanity.

The fifties brought us the care-free upbeat bebop singing about growing up as teenagers and young adults.

The sixties brought us the theme of protest but also the melodic birth of Motown and of course the Beatles and the Stones.

The seventies inspired us with perhaps the greatest collection of rock and roll bands in history.

The eighties is a blur, the nineties was the surge in popularity of techno or house music and hip-hop.

2000 rolled around and the music scene was chill, house, and latino pop. And here we are… another decade kicked off with protest and unrest. Out of the flames of discontent grows the seeds for discourse, poetic nuance, and the rebirth of our nation. This decade should be like the 60’s emblematic of powerful music driven by passion and pain.

The books we are reading now have to do with culinary recipes, history (God forbid we repeat it), and getting lost in some fictional place loosely based upon the reality we’re trying to escape.

Food and drink have become our social playground to release the anxiety from the pressures of everyday life. These food and beverage gatherings usually include family or our very special friends. We are truly blessed during such events as the wonderful connection that binds us together can be the spark that holds a very special collection of memories etched into the frame around our lives.

Through all of this our foundation for seeking a greater understanding of ourselves and others through prayer and dialogue has led me to two reflective points:

First – Believing in God or some spiritual entity or path cannot come solely from within but must also come from above.

Secondly – The one thing you know is… you never know!

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Music, Art, and Poetry… PAZAZ™ Style!

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Throughout the 50’s and 60’s (20th century), US history can find emblematic reflection of social consciousness traced to music, art, and poetry. Of course every decade has its statements that unfold the envelope of human societal evolution. But to see the beginning of this in my lifetime as I reflect on the current unrest that has divided our country I see the pendulum swing.

The music of the fifties was about love, dancing, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, within a framework of simplicity that captured the spirit of the times. The art movement was abstract expressionism while any disillusioned voice became vocal through the medium of beat poets. The 1950’s history can be summed up as a time of conformity and compliance. There was underneath it all a rising tide of rebellion that would rear its head in the sixties. However, for the most part, it was poodle skirts, cruising, interesting jargon expressed in jazz scat singing and beat poetry which made its way into mainstream television with the popular show, Dobie Gillis.

All of this relative peace and tranquility would soon lead to music beyond our shores with the onslaught of the “British Invasion”, and then our own full on music, art, and poetry rebellion.

The music of the sixties produced the most profound explosion of rock groups that has extended into our current lifetime. The Beatles, Stones, Doors, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and a host of others produced music that was both creative and symbolic. Experimental drug use, the Vietnam war, riots across campuses through-out America, assassinations, landing on the moon, and the all important racial consciousness brought passion to music rarely experienced before or since.

In visual art, movements such as Pop Art (Andy Warhol) and Psychedelic Art (illegible hand-drawn type with intense optical color) became the most significant and shape-shifting concepts of these tumultuous times.

Poetry written by William Carlos Williams, Phyllis McGinely, John Berryman were conventional in composition and content but new ground was being broken wide open through cultural and political avenues highlighted by Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka, and Gil Scott-Heron (The Revolution will not be Televised).

This poetic political landscape featured the rise of the Black Panthers, Flower Power, and Vietnam protests. This was the opening of the flood gate to pose important questions about race, gender, class, sexuality, and identity at large. Poetry is a tool which interacts with the world looking critically on the basis of language and aesthetics, but is also a counter-cultural product that has the ability to occupy both cult and mainstream status.

Today’s protests that have divided our country seem more a function of divide and conquer through a myriad of carefully calculated events. If you trust our government (Kennedy assassination, 9-11, etc.), and you trust Big Pharma, then absolutely go out and dance up and down for your vaccination shot (not knowing what’s in it our what the side effects are). But if you really want the truth go to “Part 1 “Birth of Big Pharma”. Just remember one thing in all the protests, vaccinations, and division politics… follow the money! Times they be a changing.

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