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right now … the house is full of people and they are all talking about art and life and stuff and i’m focused on this keyboard. yes it’s a little anti-social but hey … i’m not as social as people think and i need to write this. actually …
i took a break from writing … and ate. and now we’re going on a tour of the parisian underground!
so … last night i’m sitting at a table of world travelers. cats are telling stories about spain, australia, new zealand, all over europe and asia, numerous countries in africa, the middle east, north, south and central america, for real … world travelers. and who are they … a farmer, a poet, a tattoo artist, a photographer, leathersmith and me. everyone is special and holds a sense of magic magic in their own right. the rest have long embraced their powers. i’ve recognized mine, but even now, i’m struggling to embrace the shine. it’s a constant battle. i know i’m destine for great things but i don’t feel prepared for fame or wealth at times in part because there was a time in my life where i let money guide my actions. i was a money hungry monster. now success scares me sometimes. i know the kind of success that i’m destine for is larger than “U” street. but “U” street has a great way for me to practice being successful. i know there have been some battles with self discipline that i have lost on u street. now i’m weary of bigger success at times. but hey … i’ve grown and over come issues too. i tell others that far too often we focus on our losses instead of seeing all the things we’ve accomplished. as i write this … i’m starting to feel pretty good about some of the things i’ve done. i’m feeling hella humbled right now.
random thought: i’m still trying to shake this fear thing. and … i’m a little messed up because i realized that i am 3 weeks behind schedule on my work on getting settled back in dc. i need to redo my resume and get back into the habit of punching a clock. and a lot more. i really do think i’m superdude and i get mad at myself for having human limitations sometimes!
anyway … i’ll be back in the states soon enough. it’s a daunting feeling. i feel like i’m just starting to get in the mix of things here heavy … but now i need to start to wrap my head around my return. but i’m not ready … yet at the same time … i am in a space that is really different from when i left. i like the hustle but i don’t need it like i thought i did. i know i need stability to move forward. i know now that i can write better than i thought i could. i know now that i often gain a lot by doing nothing. i look forward to sitting somewhere and doing nothing in DC. i wanna write more. i want to continue this blog thing. i feel connected to the art of writing now. i like it. i want to make time to do it in my life. (haha that sounds so stoic!)
recently … i’ve been reminded that i work best (more, efficiently, longer, harder, smarter) when a part of a team. i’m looking for the right team. i think that i’m ready to be on a team. i’ve got some people around me that i feel are ready to fill the roles needed. if you’re ready … lets go! 😉
ok … now for the fun stuff …
on sunday i went to this holiday marketplace bazaar thingy …
it was cool. in this nice big grand hall and it had live performances and fashion shows. it was a afri-carribean focused event that highlighted hayti.
some of the acts were …
a hip hop artist named alibi montana (i wish i knew where he got that name from!)
mellisa laveaux … a dope hatian/french/candian on NO FORMAT Records distributed by universal records france.
the headline was a hatian band called company creole … i can’t find any links to them so come back in a few days i’ll have it!
i was there as a guest of my peoples romain & ferricia of UNIVERBAL which put out the album Enfants Soldats. i mess with these cats because they not only good people but they are also about their biz. 80% of the proceeds of the albums sales goes to an organization in the congo that is actively working against youth soldiering and re-integration. (remember to check the links!)
it was a a cool event …
and i met this cat mike sylla …
who has a wealth of things going on! So … the funny thing about this dude is that we’re talking and he’s telling me about his art, his store, his poetry and his play and then says … “you know queen godis!” check the video’s on the link!
oh … and the other day i met a dope jazz vocalist china moses who has a rock project in addition to this jazz project.
only 14% of us citizens have passports … even if you can’t get t ticket anywhere right now … get one … JUST IN CASE!!!
i gotta learn html!