Come On In
Listening to Roger Lewis and Herlin Riley at the NOLA Sidebar July 14, 2020. It was my 70th-birthday party. Maryse brought balloons. Image from Carlos Germaine.
A compilation of 13 tracks from six albums, recorded in San Francisco and New Orleans between 1989 and 2018.
The Time We Have ... includes members of the Suspect Many and Rivers of Dreams bands; the GALLOP Trio of Don Paul, Alex de Grassi and Hamid Drake; duets with Hamid Drake; and a trio with Kidd Jordan and Morikeba Kouyaté. You can hear it on Bandcamp.
We are VERY grateful to the 65 Radio-Stations 'cross the United States and round the world that put The Time
We Have (Meld #1) into their airwaves. Their airwaves are all people's airwaves. Please see RADIO for profiles
of several of the generous and hard-working. Thanks particularly to Kate Smith and her team.
Louisiana 1977, off-shore oil-rigs in the making along Highway 90. 'Like dark steel spars of fantastic armada.' From the 1982 book AmeriModern.
Hamid, Alex and me (The GALLOP Trio) after a benefit show at the SPACE Theater in Ukiah, California, April 14, 2014. You can watch four of our performances that night in the 'Wings beyond Wings' video compilation.
Here I'm with Stanley Covington and O.C. Draughan at our house of Structural Concrete Integrated Panels (SCIPs) in the Upper 9th Ward. It's June 2007. "Sky of huge / Billows and blue / ... " from the song "Louisiana Days, Louisiana Nights." The photo is by volunteer Jaime Hazard.
The wider shot is of Home Builders Association apprentices and Mark Wilson of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International. It's December 2009, our first month of notable progress in restoring the building that had been home to New Orleans' second-oldest African-American Church at 2517 Jackson Avenue in Central City. The photo is by the artist and teacher Jim Belfon, who gave the project many fine images.
Below are stills from video shot by the young artist Aristide Phillips. Aristide is born and raised in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward and now lives in Atlanta with his wife Jessica. Aristide helped immeasurably on projects between 2013 and 2016. One was video for the "Soltiude / Raga Puriya Kalyan" track from Urna's album Journey To The Beloved, featuring Ustad Salamat Ali Khan.
The stills below are from Kidd Jordan's and Morikeba Kouyaté's and my session for the album Women Center Earth, Sea And Sky at Rick G. Nelson's Marigny Recording Studio, July 24, 2014. We were into momens of creations.
Finally, for more pieces of this life's meld, a 2020 banner for the Rebel Poets' album Worlds Made Flesh that I produced in 1989 and
a photo of Herlin Riley and Roger Lewis of Rivers of Dreams after our performance last July 14. It was a very good time. The painting is by Isabelle. Please bear in mind that you are one light, unique, and that you reflect an infinity of lights from moment to moment.