Talk to the Author with Dr. Mamie Smith - Sundays @ 5 PM Dr. Mamie Smith has talked with people from all walks of life around the world. Her demeanor is "inviting," but her questions are "tough." Most interviewees cannot grab an answer "off the top of their heads." Thinking below the surface of thought is the norm. Come aboard and share your thoughts . . .
Like millions of people around the world, I knew Aretha Franklin through her music–music that touched the heart and massaged the soul,
As I listened to the outpouring of remembrances, tributes and honors bestowed on Aretha Franklin, my heart became heavy, a lump settled in my throat and tears rolled down my cheeks. Why was I sad? Why was I grieving? Did I feel a loss of her presence? The answers did not come, but I knew they would, and when they did … they would reach beyond the surface of thought. They came as I listened to her recording of “Angel.” It was not so much the lyrics that stirred my soul, it was the word “angel.” You see … that word has a special meaning to me … it’s a divine message, speaking to the human consciousness. I knew I had to listen for it to reach my soul … before it could reach your eyes. I waited … I waited … I waited.
Then … a voice whispers, “It’s not about how you feel, it’s about how she made the world feel. It’s about why the world calls her ‘The Queen of Soul!” That generated the question “Why does the world call her the Queen of Soul?” Again, an inner voice responds, “It’s not because she sings one genre of music called soul, it’s because she brings soul to every genre of music she sings!
I got a call the other day It was my sister, Carolyn, sayin Aretha, come by when you can I’ve got somethin’ that I want to say And when I got there she said You know rather than go through a long drawn out thing, I think the melody on the box, will help me explain
Gotta find me an angel, just fly away with me Gotta find me an angel, ooh and set me free My heart is without a whole, I don’t want to be in love I gotta find me an angel in my life, in my life Too long have I loved you so unattached within So much that I know that I need somebody so So I’ll just go on hoping that I find me someone Find me an angel in my life In my life
I know there must be someone, somewhere for me Oh I lived too long without the love of someone And there’s no misery ooh ooh like the misery I feel in me, gotta find me an angel in (in my life) (You’ll meet him now don’t you worry) My life (keep lookin’ and just keep cookin’) My life (he’ll be there, now don’t you worry)
My lifeWriter/s: FERNANDO LAMAS SAUNDERS Publisher: AFGHAN MUSIC INC , SPRINGTIME MUSIC INC , Universal Music Publishing Group Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
Expressing Soul in her music, Aretha as the performer, and you as the listener, are able to connect with its beauty, creativeness, joy and peace. Having grown up in her father’s church, she had learned as a child to connect with a spirit outside of human consciousness … and that’s what she brought to her music! She drew upon the inspiration of Love, the government of divine Law and the honesty of truth. She did not have a professionally-trained voice, but united with a spiritually-trained voice, cemented with affection and power. That is what the listener hears and responds to. That is why tears filled the eyes of President Barack Obama … and that is why they rolled down my cheeks. It was not about me … it was about her and all that she expressed. As we as listeners, connect with the soul Aretha brings to a song, the darkness felt in our hearts turns to light–to peace and contemplation. A woman called Mary Baker Eddy, put it this way: “Let there be light,” is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of spheres (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p, 255).
The soul of music Aretha shared with the world, came from the ultimate Soul she expressed. It embraces and lifts us above the hardships of life. The human voice is silenced, but the eternal voice lives on! Our greatest tribute to her, is to live the messages she solidified with her music.
She made all females feel like a natural woman–a woman untouched by the century old prejudices, bias and discriminatory practices that the human mind alludes to. Stevie Wonder talks about his experiences with the super star?
Mankind strives for just a little more “R-E-S-P-E-C-T!” As an African American female, Aretha knew what it meant to have two strikes against you in a world of racism and sexism, and used her music to alert the world to the emotional impact those prejudices have on the human spirit. As we pay tribute to the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul, let us re-affirm the dignity of all men and the love and respect that unite and bind us.
Dr. Smith taught vocal music to thousands of children across America and on Okinawa, Japan. She performed in numerous choirs, operas, churches and became guest soloist for military churches on Okinawa. It is not unusual for her to be stopped on the streets of Detroit and hear, "Hi Dr. Smith! Remember me? You taught me at (name of school)!" or to be notified by a Facebook person who remembers her as the vocal teacher. Some of her students have made successful musical careers in New York. You see... not only did Dr. Mamie teach vocal technique and polish the human voice, she also taught basic core values like discipline, hard work, honesty and responsibility. Even though she performed professionally, it never occurred to her to go in a studio and "spin a tune," that is until a few months ago when a well-known saxophonist told her she had "spent most of her life helping kids..now...do something for yourself."
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"Motown/Detroit: Get Out And Vote" is a "labor of love," filmed at the famous Roostertail Restaurant sponsored by Educational Arts Society. Not one dime was spent organizing and developing this project. All participants volunteered their talents and services. A special thanks to: Martha Reeves, Pat Lewis, Millie Scott, Tammy Trele, Spyder Turner and Ronnie McNeir . . . just to name a few!
This video is an introduction to a series of videos beginning Saturday, October 10, 2020 revealing the musicians, ministers, technicians who see the need and urgency to "save the soul of America." It begins with you: please watch this short introduction!
"I'll keep holding on till the whole world knows I matter. I feel myself getting stronger. My life is a gift I won't give away!" -Selina Albright
These words serve as the foundation for the new CD Single "Holding On," that will be released on October 16, 2020 by R&B Vocalist Selina Albright. Her Press Release says the lyrics "express the discouragement and fatigue felt by Black people all over the world working against the oppression of systemic racism..
The year 2020 is not the first time Black people have tried to convince non-Black people that our lives matter, and we will keep coming back to the outcry of this message until we are recognized, treated, respected, and valued not only as whole humans, but also rightfully as contributors of rich culture, excellence, creativity, innovation, style, and intellect."
WHAT MIGHT YOU FEEL AS A LISTENER?
You may be struck by the simplicity of the words of "Holding On," but also by the emotional response they evoke. In essence, they remind us of the struggles black people have endured for over 400 years; the disappointments felt, when the world keeps screaming, "You don't matter!" Yet . . . that still, small voice inside says, "You do matter . . . believe it . . . because it is the belief that keeps you moving, it's the patience . . . you rely on, the inner strength . . . you draw on, and the faith you cling to. . . that's gonna' get you there. Keep "holding on," you can make it!"
WHO IS SELINA ALBRIGHT?
Selina Albright is a nationally, internationally-known, independent, singer-songwriter, whose versatility allows her to sing in several genres, but many fans see her as an R&B/Jazz artist. She is a native of Los Angeles, CA, with a singing style reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald, Minnie Ripperton and Whitney Houston. So, on October 16, 2020, get your copy from Apple, Amazon or Pandora, and be inspired! Music is in her soul, and if the name Albright sounds familiar, it is . . . Selina is the daughter of world-renowned, contemporary, Jazz Saxophonist Gerald Albright. While her single "Discovering," is inspired by the birth of her child earlier this year, "Holding On" addresses cultural and social issues black Americans have lived and died with for centuries.
Other recordings include: You and I, Brighter and Sun Comes Up.
"My God, my God!! I’m so honored by this!!! WOW!!!!! Such great compliments!!!! Thank you, Mamie, for making the newsletter for your listeners - AMAZING!!!!! I appreciate every word. You just made my whole day a little brighter!!! Thanks again!!!! And please let me know how your EAMT listeners receive the song." Sincerely, Selina Albright www.selinaalbright.com
As a musician affected by COVID 19, Saxophonist Duane Parham has requested to become part of the Arts, Beats and Eats festival and is asking for your help in supporting it. Donations will go directly to Arts Beats and Eats. This affair will make contributions to all musicians who have not been able to perform during the COVID 19.
While the 2020 Arts, Beats & Eats festival has been canceled, virtual and small-scale live activations will take its place to spread a little bit of art, music, food and health, including a major effort to support the local music industry. The featured component of the 2020 event reincarnation will be The Beats Go On. . . an event that seeks to raise $500,000 for local musicians, as well as spread the joy of music virtually and through limited capacity drive-in concerts Labor Day Weekend.
As many as 400 bands will be performing virtually from August 27-September 3, 2020 and collecting funds on their individual pages. All funds that are recieved thru the Go Fund Me Donation will be used to support musicians that recieve over 50% of their income from music.
Arts, Beats & Eats Foundation wants to ensure that the beats go on in 2020 and the future!
To make a donation, go to the website of Arts, Beats and Eats by clicking here.
DJs and radio personalities can be valuable informational sources as they spin tunes. One source says this about DJs:
"DJS (Disc Jockey) are extremely important to the music Industry. They directly play music in front of the audience and interact with them on a regular basis than other type of musicians. Disc Jockey clearly stands the taste of fan whereby engaging in direct and regular interaction."
Talk Show Host Martha Jean (The Queen) is credited with calming the tensions of many blacks during the 1967 Detroit Riot. She urged them to go home or be shot. It is also reported that she visited a house containing members of "The Black Panthers" surrounded by Detroit Policemen, and led them to safety. After going inside of the house and speaking with them, she urged them to give themselves up to police and was told, "They're going to shoot us!" Her reply, "They'll have to shoot me first." Trust, compassion and generally proving to people that you care, are qualities that make a DJ special.
RADIO PERSONALITY FRANKIE DARCELL
Then ... there was Frankie Darcell with "Talk of the Town" on WMXD-FM (MIX 92.3) . . . her voice could be heard throughout the store of RIO BOUTIQUE, Downtown Detroit. If you wanted the news on "everyday matters," tune-in to Frankie. Even if you did not know here, listening to her, made you feel you did. She was a friend, confidant and "girl friend." It was a sad day to see her go in 2012.
RADIO/TV PERSONALITY HORACE SHEFFIELD III
Radio/TV Personality Horace Sheffield III talks not only on the "air waves," but in the pulpit as well. Another "handle' is Minister Sheffield, Pastor of New Destiny Christian Fellowship Church. He is an on-air radio personality for 1200 AM/WCHB, as the host of On The Line and an on-air television personality for Channel 38/WADL, as the host of Real Talk Weekly.
Whether your topic is racism, schools, family values or a host of other topics, having a microphone gives you an opportunity to make a difference in the world . . . a voice to say "This is what I believe, what do you believe?" The memorial of Congressman John Robert Lewis has shown us that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. It only takes courage, determination, desire and knowledge that every person matters. As Lewis discovered, sometimes battles are lost, but in the end the war is won. Are you daring? Gallant or Fearful? You decide! Do you have a story? Do you wish to help others tell their stories? If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes," grab a mic, and . . .sound your voice! It's your time!
Musicians in the Metropolitan Area of Detroit and across the State of Michigan are listening to the "sound of silence" because clubs, churches, organizations and venues that require music are closed--closed on orders of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order comes in the wake of the coronavirus spreading rapidly in Michigan. Hospital beds are running scare as hospitals scramble to take care of patients.
How Are Musicians Handling "No Work?"
Like everybody else...trying to "make ends meet." It looks like the Stimulus Package will pass soon, so, maybe after the virus is under control, a sense of normalcy will resume. Also, once the stimulus money gets in your hands, "catch-up." In the meantime, what do musicians do? Well...if you have computer skills, consider setting the groundwork for an online business, and when the economy gets better, manage it between gigs. That can be another source of income. Take a look at the list of resources below:
National Endowment for the Arts A list of art service organizations that are providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations.
Creative Capital A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. As well as a list of arts events that have moved online.
Artwork Archive Relief Fund A list of emergency resources for artists as well as an ongoing list of crowdfunding efforts to provide financial relief for artists.
Freelance Artists Resource List An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines, specifically meant to serve freelance artists.
Artists Thrive A compilation of resources, tools and opportunities that aim to provide artists and those who work with artists support to be able to thrive in the wake of these challenging circumstances.
DJ LEON WRIGHT: As a licensed radio DJ, "working the microphone" is not foreign to Leon Wright. . . it's returning to something he once knew and loved. That's because his specialty is AIR STEM CAT Technology, serving as an information technology specialist for the United States Army.
From 2000 until today, Wright has set-up and operated sound audio boards for several churches. Thus, he will join EAMT RADIO with a workable knowledge of the technological world.
Once DJ Wright hits the "air waves," he will reach into his Jazz repertoire of music and spin sounds. He may also draw on his experience as a chaplain and add a few sacred sounds.
So. . . watch your mailboxes for the day he will officially join "EAMT - The PLACE 2B!"