A little while ago, I was invited out to attend the Edwin Hawkins Memorial Concert in Washington, DC. If you don’t know who that is I am sure you know his music. Ever heard of the song, “Oh Happy Day” from the movie “Sister Act”?
Well, that was Edwin Hawkins who first wrote and recorded that song back in the 70s I believe. Nonetheless, there were tons of other singers in the area and abroad who came to honor the legend. Of note was DC Gospel Music royalty, Richard Smallwood. You may know Richard from the song “Total Praise.”
Edwin was a mentor and friend of Richard’s. Richard mentioned that Ediwin inspired him to use chords that were not readily accepted by churches back in the 70s and 80s. They didn’t want those jazz chords or secular chords being played. Nonetheless, we have all types of genres of Gospel music.
So, I pause and thanks the giants like Edwin Hawkins (and others) who blazed a trail to allow us to worship using multiple modes of expression, sound, volume, movement, etc.
Here is another clip of a song that I grew up hearing.
Recently, I visited my godmother, Shirley M.K. Berkley. Mother Berkley is ALWAYS teaching and educating her children. At 90, she is still spry, alert, quit witted and a cook to her heart. (Those Sunday dinners.) She sent me a couple of poems, articles, thoughts (not sure how to categorize them) and I asked if it were ok to share. She said of course. So, I share them with you. The first is “Walking Away”. I will share the PDF here as well as the text. I just ask that if you reblog or reuse PLEASE give her attribution.
(I know that there are several bloggers, institutions, and companies who are using my blogs, videos, etc. Let me know and provide proper attribution.)
EVENT: The 2018 New Orleans Seafood Festival
TIME: Sat. May 12, 2018 from 11 am to 9 pm
PLACE: National Harbor, MD (The Carousel at National Harbor)
Visit https://www.nolafestattheharbor.com/ for more information.
In a nutshell, Snag Work on-demand allows you to pick a work shift of your choice; from shifts that are left unfilled by businesses in the retail/restaurant/hospitality industries. In closing, you can read the below article for your edification:
Arlington’s Snag Work connects hourly workers with all kinds of open shifts
Down the street on Arena Drive at Brightseat Road, lies a hotel construction site, that will soon become the home of WoodSpring Suites. Visit the below links for more details about this latest development, that will provide an economic boost to the Largo Town Center area: