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

Monday, January 26, 2015

This is a repost but it's worthy. It's a great interview with Dorthaan by Charlie Hunter for the "Compared to What" Podcast Series

Episode 21: The Dorthaan Kirk Conversation
Dorthaan Kirk is the heart and soul behind one of the best jazz radio stations in The United States, WBGO out of Newark,New Jersey. A tireless ambassador for jazz and music in general. Dorthaan also happens to be the widow of legendary musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Charlie got to sit down with Dorthaan and talk about what it was like for her to move to Los Angeles as a teenager in the late 50’s. Life with Rahsaan. Her incredible run of work at WBGO and about her letter from “Turkey”. You’ll figure out who “Turkey” is after a little while.  Let it be known that Mowo! is “Turkey Jr.” A beautiful conversation about life and family. For those of you who may not know who Rahsaan is please do yourself a major favor and check out the work of Rahsaan Roland Kirk. You should also check out the work of Dorthaan through WBGO and support the station…….unless of course you want a nation of radio stations playing the same Miley Cyrus song over and over and over and over again. You could also do that. Bright Moments everyone :)  CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO CHARLIE AND DORTHAAN’s CONVERSATION.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday quote, RRK

"Bright Moments is comin' home late at night or early in the morning from the gig, and if you're real relaxed and it's raining, you can hear the raindrops hit like in clusters.  Chords like little bells in tune with each other...a melting kind of thing.  Bright Moments is also like not bein' afraid when you hear the thunder 'cause you know it's probably Chick Webb and some other drummers playin' up there across the sky."


Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday quote, RRK

"Bright Moments is like waking up one morning and going downstairs
and picking up my two horns and being able to play two different melodies at the same time
and puttin' it on the tape and hearing the results and being scared!"


Friday, December 5, 2014

Rounding the corner....

Greetings, everyone.  Today is my birthday, and of course, it being December 5th, also marks the day of Rahsaan's passing.  So, in honor of Rah's memory, and in celebration of my 41st, I thought I would do something which I never do, and that's give you guys an update on the book.  I usually like to keep my writing life as private as possible, but so many people want to know when the book will be finished that I feel like sharing the good news:  SOON!  Also, I signed with a terrific literary agent who is currently shopping the proposal around for the perfect home.

I am racing to the finish line with this current draft and plan to have it completed before the sun rises on 2015.  I have been asked many, many times throughout the past two decades why this process has been such a long one.  And my only honest answer is this:  I do not know.  It remains a mystery to me, this path I've been walking with Rahsaan.  Dorthaan is fond of reminding me/reassuring me that "things happen when they are supposed to."  And I am finally coming around to the wisdom of those words.  When I started the book, back in the fall of 1996, I imagined that it would take a few years to research and write.  But WTH did I know about writing a book?  I had only written college term papers.  And every morning since then, and every passing year, I think to myself that this will be the year I finish writing the book.  However, I had to go through many things I would have never imagined in order to live the story, in order to actually get to the end of the story.  

I hope that makes sense.  As my dear friend, Hannibal Lokumbe says, "Pray for me as a I pray for you."  I'm writing, writing, writing, hoping, hoping, hoping to round the corner by the stroke of midnight this new year's eve.  Please send good writing vibes my way, and I will keep you posted.

Bright Moments forever,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rahsaan in Amsterdam!

"The Case of the Three-Sided Dream" will be screening all this week at the International Documentary Film Fest in Amsterdam.