Words and sounds that inspire at the start of 2014: from the city of angels with love

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“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.” ~ MLK, Jr.

The year 2014 is upon us and as we come to terms with tragic consequences of global apathy, the creative mind and spirit of the earth and universe instills in us the will to live.

As the late great troubadour Pete Seeger, who passed away this week, said: “The key to the future of the world, is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” May his spirit and legacy live through us. We lost another world legend this past year as well in Nelson Mandela. Both men that lived long and inspired lives fighting in their own way for justice, equality, and community. Let us move forth with the spirit of both.

Pharrell Williams needs no introduction. He’s a producer, songwriter, activist, filmmaker, interviewer, etc. His creative spirit knows no boundaries, so we will do well to listen to his words. “I just appreciate where music is right now…so many original artists…musicianship is now going to be back at all time high”:

On the topic of excellent musicianship, I recently downloaded this amazing jazz project by Bay Area musicians Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips, which is now in the top 15 of the jazz charts. I’ve played this album incessantly. Please check it out. Here is a short video about the creative process:

My good friend DJ Moonbaby, who has turned me on to so much music featured on this blog and now has her own radio show “Unrestricted” on Accelerated Radio online station on Thursday’s 8-10 p.m. PST, posted this video which I am in love with:

Speaking of amazing music melding, the performance of Imagine Dragons with Kendrick Lamar at this past Sunday’s Grammy Awards was so full of passion, I got chills, so when I found out they released the official remix today, I bought it asap, while also downloading all Kendrick Lamar’s entire album Good Kid, m.A.A.d. city.

An homage to Kendrick’s m.A.A.d. City of Angels, there was no greater moment of this past Grammy show than LA’s own hometown band, La Santa Cecilia winning their first GRAMMY for the album “Trente Dias”. Lead singer La MariSoul gave a heartfelt acceptance speech stating, “We dedicate this award to the more than 11 million undocumented people that live and work really hard in this country, and that still need to live a more dignified life in this country!

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Artist: Fabian "Spade" Debora
Artist: Boyle Heights’ Fabian “Spade” Debora

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