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Eintou 05292019

One word

Derailed chit-chat.

Are you heading home? Nope.

No words were uttered after that-

Except… by G.P.S.

Silence is worth

Five stars

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

HAIKU OF THE DAY – 09172018

Chicago, IL – panorama of the Kedzie Green line station shot by Keith M. Kelley with a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

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HAIKU OF THE DAY 06202019

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A SHITTY POEM

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Here is a recently discovered recording of “A Shitty Poem” from “Electric Poetry” my unreleased solo album. Yes, all the sounds you hear are me (thanks to phrase sampling and looping). Enjoy!

BROTHER IS HIS FIRST NAME (Eintou for Brother Kelan Phil Cohran)

FB_IMG_1494122905850I wrote this series of Eintou poetry to be performed on May 8, 2017 at the Chicago Academy of Music Conservatory’s celebration of music icon Brother Kelan Phil Cohran’s 90th birthday at the historic St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in the Pilsen community. I was honored to perform with Robert ‘Baabe” Irving III on keyboards, Junius Paul on bass, Duke Payne on saxophone, and Kahil El Zabar on percussion as Brother Kelan watched from a “throne” onstage.  Unfortunately, I ran over my allotted time (imagine that, a long-winded poet), and I was unable to present them during the actual performance. As an artist, I owe a great debt to Brother Kelan. The reason the Funky Wordsmyths album features two odd-metered compositions is because our late Musical Director, Oscar “Bobo” Brown III, was another one of his students (like Earth Wind & Fire). Brother Kelan Phil Cohran’s vision, dedication, and commitment to using his gifts for the benefit of black people (and society as a whole) have been a great inspiration for generations of musicians and artists.

Peace, Blessings & Thanks to Brother Kelan Phil Cohran!


1.

“Brother”

Is his first name.

One time he told me that,

“The Blackman is a creator!

Make your own instrument.”

No Frankephone

For me.

2.

Music’s

A healing art.

Rhythm and harmony

Uplift the spirit, heart, and mind.

In the right hands,

It’s a weapon

Of peace.

3.

“Dogon”

Is a song that

Features the frankephone,

A thumb piano invented

To create great music

By Kelan Phil

Cohran.

4.

He’s taught

More teachers than

Some teachers have students.

His impact is exponential!

That’s because he gives back:

Each one; teach one

Times “x”

5.

Icon

Living legend

Black Power Music man

Waging war one note at a time

Self-determination

Understates his

Resolve.

6.

Children

Are called “blessings.’

His cup runneth over!

And his tribe flourishes and grows

The village it takes to

Raise a child is

His home.

7.

Power

To influence

Society without

Resorting to street violence.

Contemplating stars as

African Skies

Go bye.

8.

Music

For the Cohrans,

Is the family business.

Generations of them have shared

Their musical blessings

I’ve witnessed it

Myself

9.

The harp

Sounds so soothing

As it’s plucked and strummed by

The hands of a master harpist.

Musical therapy

his listeners

can feel.

10.

Roadies

Carry your gear

In and out of your gig

So… you can just be, “an artist”

Or so you don’t have to

Carry in all

Your stuff.

11.

I think

Kelan stays fit

Because he eats right and

He is often… his own roadie.

Whatever he does… works!

Still gigging and

Teaching.

12.

Thank you

For teaching us

That musicality

Is not limited to four-four

Signatures and c-scales.

There’s so much more

To play.

 

MURDER WILL ALWAYS BE A TRAGEDY

By Keith M. Kelley

Murder will always be, “a tragedy-“
but let’s be honest here, it’s not unique.
Chiraq’s murder rate’s a catastrophe.
Being “murdered by cop?” Man, that’s, “boutique!”
Yes, murder is always, “a tragedy-“
When ignorance snuffs another young life
And shrugs it off as, “how it’s gotta be”
Then we have grown “accustomed” to the strife.
Murder will always be, “a tragedy-“
If all lives don’t matter- why even try?
We’ll just keep watching it keep happening
You know, “it-“ letting black and brown men die!
I’m just stating what you already knew
Most of the hands that take black lives ain’t blue.