I posted this on social media during his presidential farewell speech. These Barack Obama Jazz images, modeled after the iconic Blue Note Records album covers designed by Reid Miles, started to pop up way back during Obama’s historic first election run and during both his terms as the POTUS. A Facebook page dedicated to our first black President appeared and I found myself tripping over myself in delight over these “album covers” that hearken back to the days of our Jazz pioneers and the epitome of cool. I took as many as I could find, minus a few, and put them together in this square image. While Obama’s policies didn’t always go over well with even his most staunch supporters, I think history will show that he was one of the finest to ever hold the Office. One thing is for sure, no other President in recent history handled himself more presidentially, or more righteously, graciously and even stylishly. In these images, I’m certain of that. You are dearly missed, Mr. Obama!
Summer is here in Los Angeles, and along with the thermometer readings, my volume of activities tends to climb. Thus, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything, even the weekly wisdoms. However, I’m comin’ back with a couple of good ones from none other than Ms. Super Soul Sunday herself, OPRAH WINFREY:
“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”
“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”
Among the many fantastic artists on this Saturday’s lineup, these amazing ladies will be working their magic and bringing some serious firepower! I’ll be the one right up front looking super starstruck during their sets. Join me!
Please check out the MAGIC GARAGE Facebook Event Page
For this week’s quotes o’ wisdom, I’ve turned to the director of comedic actor Jim Carrey’s (if you saw last week’s post, see what I did there?) movies, TOM SHADYAC (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar). If you’d like to know more as to why I’ve chosen him, be sure to watch the documentary about his life, career and recent spiritual awakening, titled “I AM.”
“I think true success is intrinsic…It’s love. It’s kindness. It’s community.”
“I hope people start to look at their lives as the most powerful, creative act they will ever offer this world.”
It just so happens that these two quotes came up on my planner on the day that I was planning to see the new Don Cheadle movie Miles Ahead:
“Don’t play what’s there. Play what’s not there.”
“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.”
Much love and gratitude to the homie, my dude outta Chamonix Mont-Blanc, my French connection, Seb(astien) ‘DJ Krimi’ Benisti, for airing my Me Llevaba (Glenn Red ‘Rub-a-Dub’ remix ft. Todd Simon) by QUITA PENAS on his ‘RADIO KRIMI’ 24/7 online radio broadcast. Not only does it fall among wonderful company on the list photographed here, but every Radio Krimi mix and playlist bursts with amazing music, carefully curated by Seb and his wide but discerning tastes. Do tune in to RADIO KRIMI as often as you can!
And be sure to check out the QUITA PENAS Remixes by my crew LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM on the QUITA PENAS BANDCAMP PAGE.