remembrance

DAVID AXELROD - IN MEMORY

We just lost another great musician to the passages of time. The often herald and celebrated producer/composer David Axelrod left this world to join the universal wellspring of talent housed above. From film scores to Hip-Hop, his influence has been paramount for the revitalization of certain genres and artists.

I was hipped in college by the likes of Dr. Dre and DJ Shadow on his importance to their careers and his music has never left me to this day. Check the tribute articles below and the album that started out my fascination with the maestro. 

Read here: The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone

Tyrus Wong - A Trailblazing Life

If I want to be remembered I want to make sure I was living life as fully as Mr. Wong. At 106 years old he has lived through some of the most turbulent times for immigrants in America. Although this country hasn't been too kind for foreigners of any sort, mavericks like Tyrus Wong paved their own path towards personal success, despite the difficulties of racism and xenophobia in and outside the workplace. There have been some amazing stories shared about this man's life that you might find inspiring for your own journey my people. Peep out the pieces below. Salute. 

KQED: The California Report
New York Times

 

Carrie Fisher - Take Care Leia

This has been a terrible year for losing iconic artists and actors from my childhood. Sadly, we have lost another great creative to the times, and it's especially unfortunate to know she was on an upswing with all her creative endeavors these last few years too. To most she will always be known as Princess Leia of the Star Wars franchise, a roll she has grown to accept over the decades of her career.

When I first caught a glimpse of her I was just a young boy in the 1980s, living somewhere in rural Oklahoma, I was mesmerized not only by her beauty, but how she held herself with the boys. During a time where other 80s films like Revenge of the Nerds and Porky's relegated women as sexual side pieces, or beautiful bodies to be played within slasher flicks, Fisher's Leia was a mercenary leader of a resistance army! Before I even knew what feminism even meant, I was seeing it in action. Though in Return of the Jedi she was forced into a gold bikini set, her character reminded us that you don't get one over Leia that easily. She was an equal to men, Jedi, alien or other. 

Debbie Reynold's, Carrie's mother, died a day after her daughter. I don't know whether it was health issues, but I can only guess it might have been over the grief of losing her daughter. 

Carrie was born a day after my birthday. So seeing that she's a Libra on the cusp of Scorpio, I totally get why she was the kind of person she was. Joking, passionate, sarcastic, and very talented at making people think and feel. See you in the stars lady.