Does Your House Have Lions?

"One day in the late sixties, I was on the phone with Rahsaan and mentioned to him that just that day I bought a house.
He responded by asking, "Does your house have lions?"
I said, "What?"
He said, "Lions, you know like in front of a museum or the post office. You know, concrete lions. My house has lions. Get a house with lions."

--Joel Dorn

Friday, April 17, 2015

"Now people say 'circular breathing' but that's not what it is...

....but I let people use that because that's what they say that it is and that's what they have in their minds. But it's something that I thought about as a kid, and by me thinking about it so much and after I went through so much to get to a certain point, it started to come to me. You see, that's why my direction is set. That is my direction. That is what I think I'm going to contribute to the music. It's a non-stop way of playing."

 --RRK, from his last recorded interview

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A beautiful note from facebook...

"Just heard about this film and this fb page. There's just so much to say about Rahsaan. So many folks have something to say about him... I think it's because he reached deep into everyone who listened. For me, every time I saw him play, or listened (I mean put on the head phones and dove into his brilliant offerings) I came out glowing. I came out feeling more and more like all of me was present. HE was so totally present in his music, in every note and phrase that it just lit me up from the inside. So many times I turned to his music when I was struggling within myself for a direction or for clarity, and there was Rahsaan so totally committed to his song, his vision, and his journey. I had a brief conversation with him once and it was all there in his words like it was there in his music. Such a generous vibe and such a ferocious, loving spirit. This was a truly unforgettable cat. Sending love, respect and gratitude."

--Tony Vacca (a performer & musician who left this nice note about Rah on facebook yesterday).

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A warm note from the past....

One day I will post a picture of all the many journals I have kept since 1996, when I began writing about Rahsaan.  But for now, I wanted to share something that I came across the other day.  I recently just moved, and in the process of sorting, unpacking, organizing--a never-ending task--I found an old spiral notebook from 2001.  In it, I had taken notes from a conversation I had with Joel Dorn, (Rahsaan's producer and friend).  I had just sent him the first draft of the book, the first fifty pages or so, and was nervously waiting to hear what he thought of it. 

I remember him calling me.  I was sitting on the staircase of my mother's log cabin.  The first thing he said was that he'd read the whole thing in about half an hour.  I couldn't decide if this was a good thing or not.  But then he told me, "For something that's not a biography, it has the most in-depth view of Rahsaan as a kid that I've read."  He said many other encouraging things to this young, scared writer, things that would buoy me in times of doubt.  He told me that he liked it very much, but that he felt that the end result would be different from what I had written.  He was right. 

I will never stop missing Joel Dorn, but I am so happy that our paths crossed.

Black History Month concluded with a movie screening

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rah film tomorrow night in SF

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/747479-case-three-sided-dream-san-francisco/