Open Mic Session: "A Love Supreme"
August 27 at Anne Spencer House
"There was a reckless abandon that I suppose attracted me to jazz, how what occasionally sounded like a uniformed effort was actually a laborious search for a groove, one that took a lot of time. Robert Gelinas discusses this in his book, “Finding the Groove”, and connects the natures of both jazz and spirituality, which I personally endorse and encourage you to read.
Isn’t love like that at times?
It often feels like a search for something grand, something that has an undeniable flow, but we don’t always know it when we see it. Especially when it feels contrary to our environment, or what history has told us."
This could all veer into Behind the Music territory, but it doesn't. Rapaport deserves credit for making a movie that's neither exploitative nor puffy, and in which we find ourselves rooting for these two friends to get over themselves and work things out—not because we'd like to fantasize that some return-to-greatness comeback album is possible (that'd be nice, but unlikely), but because their relationship is rendered so affectingly, even at its pettiest. Beats, Rhymes & Life ends on a hopeful high note... - Jonah Weiner, Slate, 2011
We've been in the news!
"Here’s a thought to consider: If you had a room full of people willing to listen to you, what would you say?
Would you talk about trivial things like the weather, the newest celebrity scandal or that TV show you watched last night?
Or would you strive for something more meaningful, open and honest? Would you talk about the struggles you’ve experienced and the conflicts on the news that have impacted you personally?
What would you tell the world if you knew it was really paying attention?"
Q: How do you think The Listening has been received by the community?
A: It’s always hard to tell because this community is much more broad and nuanced than it appears from any one vantage point. I’m not comfortable with it looking good through my eyes alone; the reception of The Listening is reflected in the attendance and participation at our events. If there are different people showing up and stepping to the mic or stage, then that tells me the vision is being received beyond my circle of friends. If one poet speaks on social justice, a songwriter performs an original piece about their childhood home, and an actor reenacts a scene from a movie, then we are doing something right.