Archive for September, 2007

Nat King Cole

A Purple Heart for Nat King Cole because he lived fully and brought his gifts to the World!

From the time of his death in 1964, I think, I can not say those three words without tearing up with appreciation for the man and his music! It still amazes me that someone I never even met, could touch my soul so profoundly that I still miss him so many years later. I am so glad Natalie Cole made a CD with her father’s Music, Thank YOU!!!

Louis Armstrong

A Purple Heart for Louis Armstrong because he lived fully and brought his gifts to the World!

Louis Armstrong mesmerized me from the first time I saw him on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950’s. People called him “Sachmo” and some called him “Pop’s”. He played his trumpet in a way that beaconed my heart to open to the love and goodness around. When he sang “A Wonderful World” I believed him and still believe that we can create that if we try. He was a loving father figure or uncle. No child ever has too many loving adults in their lives.

In a writing class, in 1998, we were assigned an exercise to just let ideas and thoughts pour from our minds and down our arm onto the paper. My children’s book “Louis Armstrong’s Trumpet” poured from my soul even though I was not consciously thinking of the “Father of Jazz” at that time.

Purple Hearts

Purple Hearts
for those who live fully and bring their gifts to the World With DUE RESPECT for our men, women in the armed forces–and with GRATEFUL APPRECIATIONS for their time, efforts, and LIFE LONG SACRIFICES as a result of that service; I have to ask
WHAT IF LIVING FULLY and BRINGING ONE’S GIFTS and TALENTS TO THE WORLD WAS AS
NOBLE A CALLING as dying for one’s country?

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