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Knuckle Puck Time…

3 Mar

Like most Americans on Sunday evening I was captivated by the hockey game between USA & Canada and I’m not a hockey fan at all.  Hell, I’ve never watched the sport on TV outside of Sports Center, but I felt patriotic & swelled with boastful cheer through the last period & OT.

Then I thought to myself, “do my minority friends even care”? How is this game being received in the black & latin communities? The answer I arrived at is a gross generalization, but they really do not care that much.  In reality… that game was epic, historic, monumental & Sid Crosby has cemented himself as a God in Canada. I’m sure we will see a movie made & Mr. Crosby now has the entire female Canadian population waiting to go half on a baby with him.

I began to think…Is the stereotype true, “black people don’t play hockey (I know there are a few outliers in the NHL)? Truthfully, it can be explained through cultural and economical rationale. How many black/hispanic kids actually have access to an ice rink or can ice skate?  This is a real chasm because everyone should relish Team USA’s accomplishments yet some don’t feel a part of that “America” or can relate.  Extremely perverse I’d say…But The Mighty Ducks sure did help in the 90’s and my “Knuckle Puck Shot” is vicious!  Leave it Disney to break cultural, ethnic, generational, athletic & socio-economic gaps!

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Garden of Peace

3 Mar

One of the most beautiful and sampled tracks ever is “Garden of Peace” by Lonnie Liston Smith.  It’s a simple 7 chord piano rift that captures a moment of tranquility moreover the melody is oh so enchanting & alluring.

It has famously been sampled by Jay-Z in the song “Dead Presidents II” on his critically acclaimed debut album Reasonable Doubt. The chord equally reverberates on this track because the loop humanizes an often harsh pursuit of street wealth with a soft melody, while the lyrics provide a vivid backdrop of street fables for a few stacks. The irony is that the jazz artist was trying to evoke the feeling of a tranquil place, while the rapper was trying arrive at his peaceful garden through hyper aggression & uncouth behavior. I guess we can peacefully listen to reckless ghetto discord all together in a nice harmony.