A Rare Jazzy Bird


I write this post while listening to Amy Winehouse songs.  I recently saw the documentary simply titled Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia.  When I first saw it advertised, I thought it was a bio-pic.  I learned later that it was a documentary.  I wondered how much of a documentary it could be since her life seemed so short.  However, I failed to remember that though her life was short, she lived it during the coming of the digital age.

Amy-WinehouseThrough footage from friends, family, interviews, performances and the paparazzi along with her own commentary it was an in-depth look into Amy’s life.  I was pulled in from the opening footage when she was a teenager, venturing through her rise to paparazzi hounding celebrity status and then to her sad death.  During the whole documentary, I found myself thinking maybe the end will be different…maybe she will live.  But we all know that on July 23, 2011 a talent, a voice, a rare bird went silent.

I didn’t discover or rather appreciate the pint-sized powerhouse until she did a duet with Tony Bennett.  I knew of her before then but just thought of her as an odd bird with a soulful sound.  During the first scene of the documentary you realize that she was born or rather earned that soulful sound at a young age.

I know I will get dinged for saying this but Amy Winehouse story is so reminiscent of Billie Holiday.  In addition her unique jazz sound is not like other artist of her period.  During an interview on a British talk show she says “they tried to give me elocution lessons.” She laughs that raucous laugh like a seasoned fisherman.

Her ex-husband (he is not worth his name being typed) has reportedly and repeatedly stated that he is not responsible for her death.  Even though she died of alcohol poisoning and not a drug overdose, I believe he definitely contributed significantly to her untimely death.  Her co-dependecy with him and introduction to hard-core drugs as well as bouts of cutting themselves were all part of her downward spiral.

The most important of Amy Winehouse inner circle, her parents were blind to her demons of bulimia and alcoholism.  In addition her spiral included covering the pain of her paternal grandmother’s death, one of few stable family members in her life.  Even her promoter who then became her manager didn’t do right by her when she was alive.

Sadly Amy Winehouse death from substance abuse wasn’t the first; the year following her death Whitney Houston died in part due to substance abuse.  There is a list of celebrities who like Amy died at age of 27 including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.  For celebrities whose stars are rising it would be great if their inner circle is true and strong enough to stand up to their glow.

Entertainer Yasiin (Mos Def) Bey; her best friends; and her last bodyguard seemed to be the most concerned for her…however without support of her family there was little they could change.  They were not able to break through or break her away from the cocoon of fame and wealth.  Sadly it seemed when she was on a true comeback to herself, she lost the fight and her life.  We the world lost a rare jazzy bird.

Enjoy this video of Amy displaying her soul-stirring talent.

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Recap: The Freshniz Vol. 3


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Saturday, October 13th Izms of Art an organization of artist doing artsy things held it’s third Freshniz event. What is Freshniz you ask? Well it is a unique fusion of creative individuals interviewed in front of a live audience. This installment included an architect, martial artist, painter, and a producer of music among other things. Normally present is DJ B with an eclectic mix of music; however, though he was absent those in attendance received a special DJ B mixed cd. The cd contains 30 songs running over 1 hour of music.

Architect Tripp Riley principle architect with Studio 2LR located in Columbia, SC was the first interview. Tripp described Studio 2LR as a boutique firm that caters to a client looking for unique and innovative design. Known for designing a residence that has been deemed a spaceship house Studio 2LR is definitely not a cookie cutter architecture firm.

We learned about the art of Capoeira Angola a form of martial arts and dance from two local instructors. We learned that it was and still is practiced in the Congo and was brought to the United States and hidden in the form of dance. To the naked eye it is a performance art. Be on the look out for possibly seeing it performed live at an upcoming First Thursday event.

The third interview was with Whitney LeJeune a local artist known for painting with focus of human form and elements such as a hand or leg. Her paintings also mix vibrant colors together pulling the eye to the focus of a particular painting. Having studied at SCAD she decided to make Columbia her home and works as a full-time artist.

Jah Freedom was the fourth and final interview. By day he has a regular 9 – 5 but by night he is a producer of music among many other ventures. His music and beats have been used by television shows such as Pimp My Ride and Cribs as well as most recently in a Brooklyn Nets commercial. He explained that he can stay up for hours getting a track just right.

Each of these artist have a different medium but all of them share a passion for their art. Freshniz is a good way to bring together artists of different genres. I applaud Izms of Art for bringing together these five individuals who are pivotal in their genre.

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PHOTO RECAP: COLA-CON 2012


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A few memories of Cola-Con 2012 captured via iPhone.

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COLA-CON 2012 LIVE


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Today is the second day of Cola-Con 2012.  Cola-Con is a fusion of hip-hop, comics, and culture and it is being held at the Columbia Museum of Art in downtown Columbia, SC. In it’s second year Cola-Con brings together the world of comics and music into one big convention-festival.

Old School and New School

Cola-Con started in 2011 by hip-hop artist and show organizer Preach Jacobs and comic book creator Steven Prouse. It opened to a sell out crowd with featured guests Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder, Sanford Greene, and Jody LeHeup.  Last nights featured guest was Ghostface Killah from the legendary Wu-Tang Clan.  And tonight’s featured guest is Phife Dawg from the legendary A Tribe Called Quest.

Women In Comics Panel

Hosted for the first two years by The Columbia Museum of Art, Cola-Con holds all forms of art, music, and “alternative” culture in highest regards and hopes to display them respectfully while keeping an informal, fun atmosphere.  There are workshops and panels like Women in Comics and How to Get Started and Published. This event is geared toward older teens and beyond so come out and be inspired and learn something new.

Written By Women and About Women

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Music Review: It Gleams


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This June It Gleams the latest album by Kid Static dropped. Last October, PaisleyPerspective interviewed KS and learned about plans for this new project. We were provided a hint of what was to come but remained mum until it went public. Now it’s here. We’ve given it a listen and decided to share our favorite five tracks. You can purchase It Gleams from iTunes or go to http://kidstatic.com to find out how to get your hands on the CD.

Courtesy of Kid Static

From the minute I popped my autographed CD into my car player (call me old school) I knew that I was in for a treat and I was not disappointed. Track one Moonlight had me bobbing my head to the beats that are categorized as rap but have a more eclectic feel. A unique remix of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata with electric keyboard accompanied by bass and drums reverberate the rich sound of the original. Moonlight pulls you into what will be a journey for ears, body, and feet. Check out the video below.

Track three Orange Crush like one of its background repeat lines is fun. This song will have you up and on the dance floor. Even though closer to the rap sound this track has deep bass and synthesizer sounds that give you a nostalgic feel. Just like orange crush soda you want to have another…listen or two. I can see this track being expanded into a long dance mix.

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Track Five Breaking Down breaks away from the earlier tracks and takes you down a rockier path so to speak. With a clear rock inspired sound this song will have you up and fist pumping. From the drum intro we clearly know Kid Static is definitely not stuck to only one genre of music.

Track Eight Boxing Day a title that may make you think of the day following Christmas or a drag out argument between boyfriend and girlfriend. This track has a rap beat with the lyrical intelligence that Kid Static is known for putting in his music. Though the lyrics are rap based the background sounds are woven with an undercurrent of violin.

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Track Eleven Keep In Touch has a clear hip hop sound with a blend of R&B beats this is a nice end to the journey through a album identified as rap but containing a mix of genres. Like track three this song will have you dancing. You might as well keep this CD on repeat because you will want to listen again….a few more times.

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