Kirk Whalum Blog
Don't miss this if you live in or close to Memphis. This Thursday, July 3rd, I'll play the first Random Act of Music set at a cute little restaurant/café in my neighborhood called Café Eclectic. What a cool place. What a great neighborhood!
This 1st set will benefit the spouse of a very sweet lady from Sudan. He was involved in an accident while riding his bike and, of course, though working and contributing to his host country, is without ANY healthcare.
Also, if you've never experienced a "flowering tea," it's one of my favorite drinks -- fun to watch, kind of like us Babyboomers who used to look forward to Jiffy Pop! "As much fun to make..." you know the rest. Make sure and order one at Café Eclectic -- flowering tea, not Jiffy Pop!
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
603 N McLean Blvd
Memphis, TN 38107
Just a tip to my fellow R&B junkies, there's a new single, as they say a "hit" single about to hit cyberspace in the next few days featuring two of my favorite singers and best friends. Barbara Weathers and Will Downing. It's a song that I co-wrote with Nashville writer Benita Hill called "My Friend."
BTW, what does "hit" mean?
The following piece was posted by someone (sorry I didn't get the name) as an homage to George Carlin; 1937-2008. In posting it I salute him for the very "spiritual" comments he tended to make along with the jokes. Was he a bit "raw?" Yes. Does that preclude him from having been a genius with a surprising amount of insight? No.
If you know who wrote this piece please forward the name so I can credit him/her.
"George Carlin's recent passing caused me to remember a piece he wrote shortly after his wife passed. Here it is.
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.
Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all, mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. "
Just in case you missed Kirk's Father's Day performances at South Coast Winery in Temecula, CA or at EP's Delta Kitchen on Beale Street in Memphis this past weekend, here's how you can download the LIVE RINGTONES Kirk performed live from the stage!!!
Just text this content: KWlive
to this number: 67463
You'll be instructed how to grab a TOTALLY FRESH ringtone for your phone!
You may download the ringtone directly from our Online Store for manual installation.
I want to offer a formal goodbye to my friend, Pastor Denny Denson who passed away just an hour ago. Having been a member of the Black Panthers in Chicago as a young man, he was a very unlikely candidate to help bring racial reconciliation to the wealthy (predominately white) suburb of Franklin. But that is exactly what he did -- with the vengeance of a panther.
When we last hung out, at the Cinqo de Mayo celebration in Franklin, TN (see the entry earlier in May) I leaned over and put my saxophone bell close to him there in the park and played one of his favorites - "Body And Soul." I offer that thought to his lovely wife Lela Denson today. Denny loved you Body And Soul. Now the angels are fitting him for his new suit!
If you live in Memphis and missed Garry Goin and me on Live At 9 on WREG Channel 3, here's a lovely photo of Stephanie Scurlock and Markova Reed -- two over-qualified beauties from the station. Thanks to Jason Clark, Jackie Clark and "The Bishop" who all sounded GREAT that early in the morning! I could have posted a photo of them instead of these two... Oh well! Photo credits go to the equally over-qualified and handsome and debonaire... ALEX COLEMAAAAAAN!
This is the car in which I taught all four of our kids to drive! It's a 5-speed -- that's right, all of our kids took their driving exam in a 5-speed! I know, that's so European! Well we did live in Paris -- I digress. I can't tell you how glad I am that I didn't buy something newer and fancier AND THIRSTIER now that gas is... I can't even say it... it hurts too bad!!!
Any more Honda-lovers out there?!