RESPECT DUE: R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou

Word are my tools, my instruments, my friends, even.

I find comfort and joy, wonder even in the God-given ability to employ them to express my feelings, thoughts and desires, sometimes with clarion clarity and others to work my way through whatever is happening or going on in my life and the world we live in that I sometimes can’t quite decipher.

But sometimes, nothing I say, nothing that could or can be said will ever quite capture the ephemeral essence of the moment, the event.

This is one of those times.

So, instead of reaching, trying, grasping and wrestling in an attempt to convey our collective loss, I’m going to put them away now.

Instead, I will let the words of others and most importantly, more significantly the words of Dr. Maya Angelou herself speak in this time of great and immeasurable loss.

R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou.

For the example and the gifts that will keep on giving, living maybe, perhaps even when this world is windswept cosmic dust and displaced energy seeking some new place, planet or plane to be, I humbly Thank You.

Love.

Eternally.

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Master Class: Show ‘Em How To Do This, Sons! Music-Loving Dad Creates Classic LP Cover Remixes Starring His Sons

Classic Album Cover Remixes Created By a Music-Loving Dad, Starring His Adorable Sons

 Lance Underwood, father of two sons uses his tumblr page to share his remixed photoshopped versions of classic lp covers from across musical genres – Rock, Soul, R&B, Country, Jazz, Spoken Word, Comedy, Hip Hop – to amazing results.

Check the technique below:

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His kids also have a few of their own offerings – original music coupled with original visuals  – and there’s also examples of dad’s work for some other folks and the coffee table book he did compiling the work he and his little men have done together.

I don’t know if I’ve seen a better way to actively teach your kids about culture and the proper utilization of tech tools. He’s teaching history, technology and respect for icons and their creations while inspiring them to create their own art and showing them how.

If that’s not providing a living example tell me what is.

Please.

A lot of dads get a bad rap – sometimes deserved, sometimes not.  Nice to see one of the club getting recognized for providing knowledge, culture and Love as his son’s foundation for the future.

Salute, Lance Underwood & sons!

Master Class: Show ‘Em How To Do This, Sons! Music-Loving Dad Creates Classic LP Cover Remixes Starring His Sons

Classic Album Cover Remixes Created By a Music-Loving Dad, Starring His Adorable Sons

 Lance Underwood, father of two sons uses his tumblr page to share his remixed photoshopped versions of classic lp covers from across musical genres – Rock, Soul, R&B, Country, Jazz, Spoken Word, Comedy, Hip Hop – to amazing results.

Check the technique below:

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His kids also have a few of their own offerings – original music coupled with original visuals  – and there’s also examples of dad’s work for some other folks and the coffee table book he did compiling the work he and his little men have done together.

I don’t know if I’ve seen a better way to actively teach your kids about culture and the proper utilization of tech tools. He’s teaching history, technology and respect for icons and their creations while inspiring them to create their own art and showing them how.

If that’s not providing a living example tell me what is.

Please.

A lot of dads get a bad rap – sometimes deserved, sometimes not.  Nice to see one of the club getting recognized for providing knowledge, culture and Love as his son’s foundation for the future.

Salute, Lance Underwood & sons!

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Take heed Lunchbox dads and fathers of cute Internet dogs: classic album cover remixes starring your two adorable sons are the new thing. Dad Lance Underwood recreates famous album covers and casts his sons Taj and Amar in the roles of musicians such as Bob Dylan, Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, and more. Judging by the amount of old-school hip hop, jazz, funk, and soul on his Tumblr, we’d say that Underwood’s sons are getting a fine education in music history. See more of Underwood’s fun album cover remakes, starring his extremely photogenic kids, below.

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Mining for (Black) Gold In Black History Month

After seeing Imani Uzuri’s “Sun Moon Child” video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAFhh47DYCc]  posted by my man Bob Wisdom on Facebook, I was compelled to post an addition, a companion clip, this being Black History Month and all. The only problem was that there was a dearth of current videos to post.

Not to cop the Ol’ Man-talkin’-to-the-young-whippersnapper stance, but in the Golden Age of Hip Hop when I came up, there were a slew of songs and accompanying visual representations to pick from. I thought about the most positive current joint I could think of. (Sadly) It wasn’t something you could call Hip Hop, but the very energy of the song was the direct descendant of Hip Hop Culture, I think. (Some would argue that it’s just Black/African American cultural expression, that we’ve been expressing ourselves positively forever, but since just about everything that’s come out of the diaspora in the last nearly 40 or so years has been distilled though the sieve that is Hip Hop, I can’t deny filtering it accordingly, though you’re welcome to try).

What I offered on Facebook and now as the initial post on my blog, Foolish Dreamer, was Esperanza Spalding’s “Black Gold”. (It was a great personal and prideful bonus surprise that my brother-from-another, David Glimore is in the video playing guitar with his singularly soulful self and style. I see, you Giz!).

But as I watched the clip, it made me feel sad, almost mournful for the day when Hip Hop was so much more and Rap itself had so much more to offer.

So, as a dutiful Dad and official O.G. that I am – a title bestowed by others that I have only recently, albeit humbly and gratefully accepted – I had to offer up not only an encore of “Black Gold”, but a few of what I think are some of the best positive message visual representations I could find. The fact that none of them are current is a problem: I welcome and encourage more recent additions to my list.

I hope you enjoy them and can actually share them with your kids, and discuss them. I will.

Love.

Esperanza Spalding – “Black Gold”

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – “Black My Story”                           

Boogie Down Productions – “You Must Learn”                                       

Kool G. Rap ft: Biz Markie & Big Daddy Kane – “Erase Racism”          

Queen Latifah ft., Monie Love – “Ladies First” –

Other Clips: Brand Nubian, “Wake Up” , YZ, “Thinking Of A Master Plan”, Eric B & Rakim, “Know The Ledge”, H.E.A.L., “Heal Yourself”, “The Stop The Violence Movement, “Self-Destruction”, GangStarr, “Jazz Thing”, King Sun, “Be Black”, 2Pac, “Keep Your Head Up”