Sharing the things that move me, that inspire me, sharing the beauty I see… I think that’s what it’s all about. Sharing joy and evolving as an artist and human, that’s what I live for.
One of my main reasons I post so often about films, food, and music on social media, is because I love these comics, and novels and films and songs so much. They fill me with such joy, and that’s what drives me to shoot video and photos and create work of my own.
I make it a point to tell everyone about the great art I encounter, because it drives me to be a better person, all the books I have to read, all the movies I have yet to watch, give me a reason to live, something to look forward to, many a dark night I have turned to the music I love, the screaming horns of Albert Ayler, or an episode of Mary Tyler Moore show, to give me solace…
Today, October 1st, my first day back in Manila, it’s raining hard on the Makati streets… I’m listening to Sade, just had a terrific 1hr Pinoy/Thai style massage… Probably the most relaxed I’ve felt in months, and I’m thinking about Sade, how much her music means to me, and how as a kid I just didn’t get it.
Even tho I grew up in the 80’s, I was enchanted and totally captivated by Ellington, Coltrane, and as I evolved in my playing and listening I found Roland Kirk, and Ornette Coleman. Jazz was always with me, inspiring me, transporting me, Herbie Hancock, Eric Dolphy, that was my sonic home base. The same thing for me with cinema, I was watching Bogart and Bacall, getting blown away by On The Waterfront, and Bringing up Baby. It wasn’t until my adult life that I began to understand the 80’s that I had somehow missed during my youth.
But with Sade, I think it was something more. I think I couldn’t understand Sade, till I started to understand love, loss, and women. I would never claim to understand women completely, (or any human, myself included), but something happened, something changed in me… Somehow I lost enough, experienced enough of loving, found enough in my own heart, and Sade, who sounded cheesy and simplistic to my jazz-er ears of youth, she spoke to me so deeply, so clearly, that it was one of the biggest changes of my life sonically.
Listening to Sade brings me back, takes me there, talks to me of everything that we push aside in our day to day… but she doesn’t let me get stuck… I stay with her, follow her voice, gliding over the memories, touching those lips, tasting those tears, but I stay with her, her songs like Mantra’s for me now, “it’s about faith, it’s about trust” “and I miss you, like the desert miss the rain.”
Sade and Jessie Ware are my home base for unwinding now… Like Adam Beyer is my home base for grinding in the editing suite, and SBTRKT for getting my creative mind spun on a new frequency. Ellington will always be home, some things will never change, but I’ve changed, and Sade reminds me of it today… I just love this woman so much… If I could make a music video with you Sade, that would be really sweet, and I know I’d nail it, and we would both be happy about it. So if you perchance to read this, reach out, lets make something together.