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

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!

Observing National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month on Food Porn Friday

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, Farmers Market, Fruits, Vegetables

Oh, the brilliant rainbow of bold colors that you see displayed in the fruit and vegetable bins when you visit your local farmers market or free standing produce stands. Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month? This is another great reason to celebrate eating healthier during these hot summer days while getting your heart-smart grub on. 

There is a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your area that provide some amazing health benefits, which include lowering your cholesterol, helping you to lose weight, contains beneficial fiber, improves your vision and cellular growth. Fruits and vegetables also contain natural sources of daily recommended vitamins and minerals. Here are 40 Garden-Fresh Vegetable Recipes that are quick and simple to whip up from the folks at Midwest Living.

Happy #NationalFreshFruitandVegetablesMonth on #FoodPornFriday!

 

Buttermilk-Brined Chicken on Food Porn Friday

As we celebrate National Dairy Month on Food Porn Friday, we are featuring this delicious, savory dish, Buttermilk-Brined Chicken from the good folks at Midwest Dairy Association. This recipe from Chef Marshall O’Brien Group makes 6 servings and is easy to make using the following ingredients: 

1 whole lemon
10 to 15 aprings fresh thyme
3 large garlic cloves
1 tbsp plus 1/4 tsp salt divided
1 quart low-fat buttermilk
1 (4 1/2 pound) whole Chicken
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Happy #NationalDairyMonth on this lip-smacking #FoodPornFriday!

National Nutty Fudge Day on Food Porn Friday

Naational Nutty Fudge Day, Desserts, Fudge, Nuts

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Do you love pistachios? Do you love fudge? Why not combine the two and make this new twist on an old favorite. Today, we celebrate National Nutty Fudge Day on Food Porn Friday. Check out this Dark Chocolate Pistachio Fudge Recipe from Crave Local, that’s easy to make and just as easy to eat! 

Go ahead and sink your teeth into this chewy decadent treat, that you can celebrate today and enjoy any time of the year. You only need 4 ingredients. Why not make a batch for Mother’s Day?

Happy #NuttyFudgeDay on #FoodPornFriday!
#HappyMothersDay

Celebrating Our Mothers

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Mothers. It seems like we can never tire of saying enough about them. For those of you who are still blessed to have your mother around, then treasure those precious opportunities to spend time with her. For those of us whose mother has passed on from this life, we will always have fond memories of times we spent with them. For those of you who have fathers, guardians, aunts, grandmothers or stepmothers who are surrogates acting in a maternal capacity, then it behooves you to cherish that.

For all mothers, past and present, I honor you with this poem “I Applaud You” and wish all of you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

I Applaud You

I applaud you for the strength you unselfishly earned
your nurturing gift you so willingly impart
your character, immeasurable and priceless
your gentle spirit, so humble and genuine.

I applaud your determination to fight for the common good
your comfort during times of sadness, pain and grief
your encouragement during those moments when someone wants
to give up
your heart, more precious than the facets in a perfect diamond.

I applaud your tears of joy, glistening down your cheeks during
celebrations
your carefree attitude to enjoy life and live it abundantly
your wisdom from life’s lessons of hard knocks and
disappointments
your test of endurance to stand up, amid all reasoning to stay
down.

Regardless of what you’ve suffered
been diagnosed with
or the pain from heartbreaks you’ve endured,
I applaud you for your survival skills
despite the cards that you were dealt.

Your inner beauty radiates your graciousness
turning obstacles into stepping stones
ugliness into beauty
discouragement into courage
skepticism into faith
despair into hope
with complete reverence of God
I applaud you.

– Kym Gordon Moore (from the book “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry,” 2013)