Feel The Music

African-American Music Appreciation Month, Music

“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” ― Michael Jackson

As we approach the end of African-American Music Appreciation Month, I wanted to pay tribute to the essence of old school music with this poem The Soul of Old School Music.

The Soul of Old School Music

Oh the sweet sounds of music
whether it’s classical, jazz or rap
rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll
country, alternative or neo soul
the essence of old school music
messages that were thought provoking
soul stirring and entertaining
timeless lyrics still resonating today.

Old school music continues to be sampled
re-recorded by singers of this new age
the foundation of most old school music
was grassroots planted and church choir trained
not vulgar or obscene, but sexy and sensual
not too excessive, retaliatory or rebellious
but smooth and united with a funky style.

Voices rich in tone, range and technique
unique vocalists defined by their style and pitch
when you close your eyes you identified who they were
voices that could never be duplicated although imitated
colorblind to the treble and bass clef of any singer
running through scales that seemed impossible.

There were groups who brought the music
and played with live bands
crossing over to audiences of various cultures
with amazing showmanship, costumes and life-changing lyrics.

With all of the finger snappin’, body thumpin’
hip shakin’ and toe tappin’
the music echoed with reminders of the time
disconnecting people from war, discord, injustice and poverty
to connections of love, peace, understanding and unity
old school music became our great escape
with messages still ringing with purpose this day.

From the ballrooms of the big band era
to the bright neon lights of Broadway
bleeding throughout the corridors of posh dance halls
to the streets of neighborhood juke joints
from barber shops to beauty salons
from a Cadillac to a Chevrolet
crooners of old school music
command the attention of new school style.

As the music plays on, it lives on
giving us a deeper appreciation of what it historically says
how we hear and what we feel through the tempo
bridging a generational gap in worn out dancing shoes.

Thank you Dick Clark, Ed Sullivan and Don Cornelius
thank you Motown, Arista, Columbia, Epic and Atlantic
if you didn’t introduce them, we never would have known
the ambassadors behind the soul of old school music.

Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry © 2013 Kym Gordon Moore

Camping, Glamping or RV-ing?

Camp, Camping, Glamping, Motorcoach, RV

Are you a camper? How do you get your camping on? This week is National Camping Week during Camping Month. Whether you’re tenting it, motor coaching it or glamping it, grab your gear and head on out to the great outdoors. This is the time where kids are headed to Summer camp, so why let them have all the fun? What a great time to kick off your holiday weekend by taking a camping trip!

A Camping We Go

Finding that quiet spot to retreat
outdoor recreation with overnight stays
where nature opens her home to native wildlife
stimulating the follicles of our hair they raise

echoing and offering free musical interludes
at night a light show featuring strobing fireflies
tents mounted, sleeping bags unrolled, location secured
outdoor cooking simmering, roasting under midnight skies

sharing intimate and scary stories, perhaps a poem or two
to hike, fish, bike, climb or river-bound rafting in a canoe
respecting a natural habitat as the blazing campfire roars
a lifetime of adventure exploring the incredible great outdoors.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Flavored Iced Tea Recipes for National Iced Tea Month

Tea, Iced Tea, Living On A Dime, Beverages

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Summer temperatures are kicking in and thirst quenching seekers are looking for immediate refreshment. When water doesn’t seem to always be appealing to many leisure non-alcoholic beverage drinkers, a refreshing glass of flavored iced tea could do the trick.

Today on Food Porn Friday, we’re sharing 13 easy and inexpensive Homemade Flavored Tea Recipes from Living on a Dime that you can make for you and your family to keep cool and hydrated this summer!

Happy National Iced Tea Month on Food Porn Friday!

 

Spring Left the Building and Summer Has Arrived!

Summer, Summer Solstice, Vacation, Poetry

Whoo-hooooo! Today is the first day of Summer! The Summer Solstice arrived June 21, at 12:24 A.M. EDT.

Summer Pursuits

It’s time for a little hot fun
in the good ole Summertime sun
vacations at the beach or pristine lake
grillin’, cookouts, or an evening clam bake
drenched in silkiness of warm drizzling sweat
quench your thirst with a drink, ice cold and wet
summer reading, water skiing, road trips and more
leisure pursuits, relaxation not meant to be a chore
strolling through shady meadows, memories of yesteryear
that summertime madness is a state of mind oh so fresh and clear.
© Kym Gordon Moore

As we begin this new season, go for the gusto, make new memories and have some hot fun in the good ole summertime!

Celebrating the Bald Eagle on American Eagle Day

Bald Eagle Day, American Eagle Day, National Bird, Eagle

Today, June 20 we celebrate Bald Eagle Day or American Eagle Day. The Eagle has stood as a symbol of freedom and liberty, known for its beauty and strength. This majestic raptor was chosen as the featured emblem on our coat of arms representing the United States of America on June 20, 1782.

Bald Eagle Day, American Eagle Day, National Bird, Eagle

I have always been fascinated with the presence of an eagle. The following Bible passage sits on my desk as a reminder of the tests, endurance, and strength of this mighty bird, and what happens when we adopt such characteristics of an eagle:

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Bald Eagle Day, American Eagle Day, National Bird, Eagle

Bald Eagle Day, American Eagle Day, National Bird, Eagle

Bald Eagle Day, American Eagle Day, National Bird, Eagle

Bald Eagle Day, American Eagle Day, National Bird, Eagle

Bald Eagle Day, American Eagle Day, National Bird, Eagle

Bald Eagle Day, American Eagle Day, National Bird, Eagle

As we pay tribute to this national bird in flight, spread your wings and soar today!

Bald Eagle Day, American Eagle Day, National Bird, Eagle

Unites States Emblem, United States of America Coat of Arms, Eagle

Bald Eagle Day, American Eagle Day, National Bird, Eagle

Juneteenth: Emancipation for Humanity

Slavery, Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham , Juneteenth

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Slavery has remained one of the darkest clouds in the history of the United States and in many parts of the world. Slaves were not even considered people, but property like cattle. The Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation and executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. This proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states (more than 3 million enslaved people in designated areas of the South) “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

Also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, Juneteenth commemorates the day Union General Gordon Granger along with 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas (a rebellious state) to take possession of the state in order to enforce the emancipation of its slaves.

I always wondered whether the last line of the poem, Defence of Fort M’Henry written in 1814 by poet Francis Scott Key, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave (better known in our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner) had any significance behind the writing and execution of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863? There are many resources for learning about the historical influences behind Juneteenth. You can find out more about this holiday and how it is celebrated 152 years later around the country, by visiting Juneteenth.com.

Happy Juneteenth!