The coffee house cd was created as a framed portrait of the people one might meet in a coffee house. Although, the cd does reflect the pleasurable experience of a morning or afternoon cup of your favorite hot beverage sipped slowly. My creative inspiration for each piece resembles lives that have touched mine over the past. Much like a musical piece, we are never perfect in our makeup or direction… instead we work hard to grow beautiful qualities while we are made perfect by our flaws. These are the type of people who are willing to share their lives, their stories and their dreams with others and they have inspired me to share this music.
A mother of five who humbly takes care of her sister as well as her own daughter, both developmentally challenged and beautiful people. A pillar of purpose, I was fortunate enough to learn from Jo, as I watched her patience and humility span several decades after raising her family and now caring for two wonderful people. A symbol of strength and humanity, Josephine would sip no latte - she would have her black coffee with two sugars.
The formula for assisting and encouraging others is love and as the sun rises on the coast of North Carolina, so does David Cain as he prepares his camera for another day of photography. The work typically reflects its artist and a huge heart can always been seen in every picture created from The Cain Gallery portrait studio. Thanks David for showing us your vision through portraiture. A caramel-creamed oven roasted blend for David. No sugar.
There was a girl who left home to fulfill her dreams. After many hard lessons, disappointments and even failures, she made the transition to another country to further her teaching career. During this time, she wrote songs as well as recorded them. Even while in a foreign land, alone and away from family, she never gave up on her dream of making music. Today she has been featured in European magazines, performed on cruise ships and has made regular appearances in abu-dhabi, UAE showcasing her tremendous vocal ability and style. Thanks Satirah for allowing me to witness such prowess that is so far away. Something sweet for this lady… perhaps a caramel apple latte with cinnamon.
She was 97 when I was 6. I remember long days with my Godmother, Addie Bryant, who would tell me so many stories about her life in Cincinnati. I was amazed at the softness of her voice. She would whisper sometimes, I believe, to test my hearing and I always heard every word. She would say that I was special and I would grow up to be very important in the world. … I always take her with me wherever I go. She likes sweet tea.
As a child I watched my father sing and dance on gospel stages. I was always amazed at how the audience responded. So, today as I remember the Nicholas brothers, James Brown, Michael Jackson and see the greatness of Janelle monae - I celebrate them all with Stage Rage - a tribute to the entertainers of our time. My dad likes a decaf.
Just having fun. No caffeine needed.
A friend said… As we turn the pages of lifes' stories, we often find ourselves having to let go. Whether from a loved one or a precious memento, closure is often needed. This piece was created with that in mind bringing to light a fascinating conclusion… joy. Thanks John for always reminding me to finish what I start and keep moving forward. So, as I find joy in the closures I've had - I'll sip a rich blend coffee - full flavored - no sugar - with a slice of iced-lemon pound cake and a couple of napkins. Ha!
I hope you will enjoy the cd as much as I have enjoyed recording it. Each piece has a special place in my heart celebrating everyone who has touched my life in some way. It's truly amazing to hear and feel all of the support I receive from around the world. My goal is to always continue to share the things I create from such wonderful energy.