Maven Moment

The Voice of New Orleans — John Boutté

The Voice of New Orleans — John Boutté

Hallelujah, sing hallelujah. John’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s song is majestic. There is nothing like a crowd of people singing this song together to remind you of who we are as humans, who we should be and that we all need a little more kindness, love and compassion in our lives, our country, this world of ours.

A Birthday Thank You from Las Vegas.

A Birthday Thank You from Las Vegas.

From a city where I turned 21, a long time ago, I wanted to say thank you to the loving Joyner family for having me tag along to their family reunion at The Jockey Club way back when to celebrate with Shannan, Beth, Tina, and Meganne, my wonderful high school girlfriends. I turned 21 on the dot in the Aladdin which is now where Planet Hollywood stands — that was such a great trip. Respects to Dick and Dottie Joyner who are no longer with us and were such kind, dear, fun people who made me part of their family during my high school years in Wheaton, IL.

Despair. Disappointment. Disgust.

Despair. Disappointment. Disgust.

I see a lot of social posts about despair, disappointment, disgust, and “what is happening?”

The dismantling of one’s ideals and what we thought is true, of who we are and what we stand for as a people is disheartening.

But you are not the first nor the last that this will happen to, it is and has been happening since time began.

For new ground to be broken, there will be cracks and fissures that swallow people up whole.

Funk is…. making something out of nothing @Bootsy_Collins @GrandPerfs

Funk is…. making something out of nothing @Bootsy_Collins @GrandPerfs

So, the funk mothership lands and all you see is a beam of light, and a hear a bassline and horns that make your booty shake. And bad ass, shining star Bootsy Collins comes through the entire crowd, walks on water and hugs you. I say hot damn. I’ve been shaking tail to Bootsy, Parliament Funkadelic and James Brown since I was a kid — the bassline and horn sections of that music live in my heart.