missing tunes … old vs. classic … excitement … found

so …

i missed homecoming at WSSU last weekend and i’m missing NC a little …
i wanna share some tunes from NC peoples …

THE BEAST … you may have seen them on Okayplayer’s new jazz culture blog, THE REVIVALIST The Revivalist is the leading online journal for the burgeoning jazz community.it’s about music innovators, musicians, and music lovers documenting and foretelling the stories of jazz and how it has influenced today’s popular music.

THE BEAST are fresh because they aren’t only about music but are also educators with great engaging workshops and are about empowering people to institute change … starting with themselves.

and … quill … the emcee & and the poet

this cats is a hidden jewel of NC … someone is gonna catch the vapors!

and yea … in know this is really Miguel’s song but i gotta big up NC’s J.Cole …
plus miguel rocked at my STARBLAZER pre-grammy party in 08 … good peoples/humble hella talented dude …

http://www.vevo.com/VideoPlayer/Embedded?videoId=USZM21000044&playlist=false&autoplay=0&playerId=62FF0A5C-0D9E-4AC1-AF04-1D9E97EE3961&playerType=embedded&env=0

*here’s new jawnt from J.Cole called I’m coming home … thanks Quddus (peep the Q SIDE)

AND … i’ve been noticing something …

in ny … people are really interested in what’s new. the new style/look. the new music. the new phone/technology. i think that has led to mentality of wanting to be young. i think many would go back being a younger age if they could. i grew up around a group of people that thought a little differently. my peoples believe in staying young at heart. doing things that make you enjoy your everyday reality. making every moment special instead of trying to live in a fantasy and partying like a rock star.

all that to say …

at 40, i really like being older. my zest for life keeps me from being old. my community of peers me with a youthful outlook and creatively engaging life.
i don’t want to be young … you can’t outrun a clock … aging is something that is going too happen … no need to fight it … accept it, embrace it … make time your friend … instead of getting old … my goal is to become classic (a standard of excellence; historically memorable).

i want to be that older dude that all the young dudes want to be like when they get older. not that old (antiquated, out of style/fashion, discredited by reason of age) dude that is trying to be like the younger cats. i want my accomplishments in life to be the kind that people talk about and want to emulate. i want my body of work to be recognized as epic … classic. i’m not gonna be the old cat w/ the timbs, fitted yankee cap and the velor sweatsuit talking to my friends about … nothing. ok that’s enough about that …

JUST REMEMBER … as i get older … i won’t get old … i’ll become CLASSIC!

on another note … i’m a little excited …

i took some time to catch up on some reading today … that alone is exciting but … specifically … i read a few back issues of FAST COMPANY,
(here’s a great bit on procrastination)

and jumped a little deeper in to the book SWITCH: how to change things when change is hard by chip & dan heath …

when this is combined with the fact that i’ve also been looking at academic programs and think that i found one that really fits me so much that i’m excited about it. but a little scared at the idea of going back to school … but i’m gonna ride that horse. (it’s my way of saying overcoming the fear … i used to be scared of horses.) now i just have to get in to school.

and in closing … i just found out that Q tip had a video for this … so i wanted to share it …

Q-Tip – Gettin’ Up from Deviation on Vimeo.

and i’m out …

SHINE

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