What time is it? It’s almost (8)ight.

I will be the first to say that I AM CANADIAN…and proud of it!

My parents, like many others, migrated to Canada to start their families and to give their children ‘a better chance in life’.

Canada is home to a lengthy list of talented individuals. One of those people blessed with an incredible amount of talent is our very own Jully Black.

Jully has been sharing her blessings with us for years.  Her blessings stretch beyond her amazing voice.  She shares the gift of time, happiness and love with her fans and many reputable charities that are dear to her heart.

Jully’s credentials include singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and so much more.

I’ve been blessed to know and watch Jully evolve from a young girl with a powerful voice to a strong woman with extranodinary talent.

The following words were inspired by Jully’s photo below.

A style like no other. So refined.

Grace that’s untouchable. One of a kind.

Reach for the goal. See it. Touch it.

Point to the future. Embrace it. Become it.

What is the future? The future is f(8).

The future is coming.  The future is (8)ight.

Jully Black
The future is (8)ight

Watch out for Jully’s new album (8)ight! 

To hear a sample of her new single, visit her website at: http://www.jullyblack.com/

Fade to black….

Though I wasn’t surprised to hear of Amy Winehouse’s fate, I was saddened by the news of her unfortunate but predictable demise.  We will not see her perform live again but she has left us with songs that I’m certain will be considered legendary in years to come.

This is an ode to Amy. I’ve attempted to capture the title of her songs within.

Fade to black…

When you came back in black, you showed us your pain.  By going to rehab, you made us believe you’d be ok. When you said love is blind and did as you will.  Your heart was torn to pieces – unable to be refilled. Though your tears always dried – those tears dried on their own.  You learned the hard way that love is a losing game and often felt alone.

At what point did you tell yourself – “You know, I’m no good“? At what point did you convince yourself you had done all that you could.

When you said it’s just “Me and Mr. Jones“, did that have you flying higher than life? Did it cause you pain when you saw him holding her as though she was his wife?

Did you wake up alone and question when did it all go wrong? You wanted to be independent, you wanted to be strong.  You did your best and tried to be “Just Friends” but like “Some Unholy War” love made you fight to the bitter end.

R.I.P. Ms. Winehouse – your music will forever live on.

Here are a couple of my favourite songs by Amy.

Just Friends – http://youtu.be/zzlzI3BnoGw

You know I’m no good – http://youtu.be/b-I2s5zRbHg

These tears dry on their own: http://youtu.be/ojdbDYahiCQ

City Lights

The following words are inspired by a photo (seen below) taken by Lucy Limanni. Lucy is an amazing photographer with great talent.  In each of her photos she is able to capture the beauty of the object of which she has focused upon.

City Lights 

Flashing lights, moving cars, towers soaring high

Look closely – what do you see?

Be still – what do you hear?

Stop and watch the world speed by in slow motion.

It’s your night – don’t look back

It’s your night – make it last

It’s your night amongst the City Lights.

City Lights

To see more amazing photos visit Lucy’s website at: http://lucylimanni.wordpress.com/2010/11/14/hello-world/

Harmony in a few words…

Back in November 2010, my friend was involved in an exhibition where a number of talented artists showcased their artwork which answered the question ‘What is Hip Hop?’.  This was the first time I attended an event of this nature and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to do so.

As an exhibitor, my friend had asked me to create two poems based on his artwork.  Here are the writings:

What is Hip Hop?

Hip Hop is a feeling, an emotion, an experience and is slowly becoming a distant memory. Deep thoughts have been replaced by deep pockets. Tight rhymes and hard beats have been traded for diamond encrusted grillz and life-sized platinum pendants. Meaningful lyrics have been sold for meaningless words. Tattoo Hip Hop on your heart, not on your arm. Redefine Hip Hop.

This poem described one of his pieces which portrayed Hip Hop as a female.

With style and grace, she emits the rhythm within her soul. She has a delicate attitude that will make you look away yet want to know more about her. With few words she educates and spreads wisdom. Inspired by the goddess of knowledge, music and art, Saraswati, she exudes the four elements of music – MIND – ALERTNESS – EGO – INTELLECT.

Her stories are real, gritty, painful and triumphant. They tell of her trials, tribulations, failures and successes. Representing the universal, divine and true knowledge.

With confidence she channels every emotion and feeling into the heart and soul of music.

She is strong. She is powerful.

She is Hip Hop.

Visit www.petersonjoseph.com to see some incredible artwork!