Soul Excursion Vol. 12 – RE:GENERATION – 2013


A while back I was into viewing documentaries and pleasantly stumbled upon a surprise. Not so much the music was a surprise but the editing and presentation of the doc made me smile a lot. If you can dig DJ Premier, Skrillex, The Crystal Method, Pretty Lights or Mark Ronson then you may be entertained. Kudos to the film ‘n music editors and all involved.


My favorite part “tap, tap,…” “STFU”


Soul Excursion Vol 11 – Mr. Ernest Ranglin – 2013


It’s been over ten years since bass player “Tim” introduced me to the stellar sound of master-teacher Ernest Ranglin.  I would play his music for hours and smile all the while multitasking or just relaxing. Click to listen to over an hour of sound and visuals to catch up – if you’re new (or not) to the legend.  Thanks Clan McNicol for the upload!


Octavia E. Butler

Lilith's Brood

Over ten years ago I remember being in the bookstore (South Street, Phila. PA) and somehow ended up purchasing “Lilith’s Brood” although I was not knowingly interested in science fiction – I figured – let’s give it a try. Suffice it to say, I loaned the book out (after reading it) and thought w/ a smile– if the book does not return to me then it was meant to be. The thought of sharing her work made me smile and feel happy. Fast forward to present…I’m re-reading “Lilith’s Brood” and it is so much fun to travel with worlds of words. It’s great how people have created tribute pages to Octavia E. Butler on numerous social sites. To learn a little more on this awesome writer please click on the link below. If you have any thoughts on her works – please feel free to share. Thank you, Octavia E. Butler, for sharing your gift of creating.

a brief conversation with Octavia E. Butler


Soul Excursion Vol 10 – Lauryn Hill

Welcome back

 2012 Philly Performance

Thank you for sharing the Bowery Ballroom set.

Recently I read a piece about how personal someone took her career moves. Listen here (John Amos/’Good Times’ Character Voice) – when you begin to take it personal then you’ve missed the point. All there is….is to keep it moving as I suggest you do the same and let it do what it do.

“Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!”

Click to LISTEN

Music is appreciated in so many ways whether it’s the instrumentals (no vocals), the particular use of an instrument be it a horn, percussion, voice etc., the bass-line, melody, in person at a live concert or performance, videos….whatever it is that connects you.  Lauryn Hill, for me, is the best mc in my lifetime. Lauryn delivers applicable lyrical content – all the while standing fearless – in order to give – her divine light of right seen on the left.  Her courage to share is what connects to me….no doubt. It’s all about the music.


To be continued


Soul Excursion Vol 9 – God Hop



Impacting many, this vibrational music scene or movement is here and being heard. Some even call it knowledge musik. Other seasoned artists that come to thought would be Common, Goodie Mob or Erykah Badu. To date there is Sa Roc who has a lot of attention and much respect for her grind of loving and being a force of feminine energy like no other. She stays true to her craft while her message brings you to think, celebrate, pump a fist or just listen as she rocks the mic right. In videos found on-line and she spits on titles like “Ether Warz” and “We Comin”. She is a must listen…you open?


God Hop is coming from all sides and vibes

so let me know what others are out there

representing their crafty view.

I already checked a few – just let it do what it do.


“Kingdom Remix” by Common
on Genius


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