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Appreciating ‘The Sound’ of Music

The Ken Ford Foundation

By: Portia Rice

I’m new to the TWS blog roll and call it quite an honor to write my first post ever!  Since coming onboard, it’s been all things music, entertainment, fashion, media – all very exciting!  However, the one moment I’ve come to really appreciate is our agency’s involvement with keeping music alive in our schools through The Ken Ford Foundation.

In this day and time, it’s really a challenge for children to get exposure to the kind of music that can fuel their dreams – this is heartbreaking, considering we live in such a time where the world is at our fingertips, but sadly, music seems to be slipping through.

With a recent appearance on our agency’s show, The Greenlight Project, this unique,talented and most of all gifted musician, Ken Ford, will be sharing his talent with us in concert June 25, 2010 at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.  The concert is actually FREE to children and will have Grammy-nominated vocalist, Dionne Farris, singer/songwriter/producer/musician Daniel Moore who’s also a staple on BET’s The Mo’Nique Show and new pop/urban/soul/alternative vocalist, Salakida all performing and I hear there are even more surprises in store. Talk about awesome!

Growing up in Milwaukee, WI as a student of Atwater Elementary School, we had the choice to play an instrument beginning in the third grade. I was so eager have my chance at playing an instrument because all of the “popular kids” were either in orchestra or the band.  When I finally I made it to the third grade, I was introduced to the violin so to have Ken Ford become so accomplished at it makes me very proud to say that I played as well.  The violin often gets a bad rap, but I was excited and enthusiastic to play and continued playing throughout elementary through the eighth grade.  While playing the violin I learned a lot about myself and I became at peace with things I was going through.  The violin itself is such a strong and graceful object that the horse-tailed bow just adds to the music, giving it that soft melody!

I do have to give credit where it’s due, my father loves jazz, so every day on the way to school he’d make me listen to “Smooth Jazz” 93.3 FM!  At first, I hated listening to it because it was all instruments never an artist singing!  My dad would always say, “Now this is really music Portia; just sit back and listen to the violin, clarinet, and flute.”  I would just sigh and sit back in my seat (OMG, it felt like torture!)..  When I think back to those times, I can really appreciate an artist like Ken Ford because he is really making “real” music and not just using a Mac to Google a sound for his next song!

When listening to Ken Ford, there is no need for a vocal artist because his nonverbal communication skills speak for him.  The way he rocks back and forth and moves with the bow makes you feel the melodies going through one ear and out the other.  This concert will truly be inspiring and relaxing, make sure to come out and enjoy this wonderful concert all the while supporting music and arts in school – and did I mention it’s free to children??  Or if you’re not in the Atlanta area, listen to our show when the critically acclaimed electric violinist, Ken Ford was the guest and hear him for yourself!

Thanks for allowing me to share my blog with you .

Signing off,

Intern Tia Tia

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The Soundtracks of My Life

By Tamika L. Morrison

Do you ever think of starring in your own video or creating a soundtrack to your life?  Call me vain, imaginative or bizarre, but I’ve always imagined having my own video to certain songs even before reality TV was born!  As we come off the celebration of Memorial Day Weekend to honor our nation’s soldiers for the supreme sacrifice they offer us – I encourage you to use the spirit of liberty and put on the soundtrack to your life and dance like nobody’s watchin’!

If I had one song to choose as my life’s soundtrack , it would be Goapele’sCloser to my Dreams’.  I remember when I first heard that song; it was love at first note!  She literally took me ‘higher and higher beyond what I could see’ into my greatest desires so I could begin to visualize what life might have in store for me.  It was amazing to embrace and believe these things were possible for me.

I was living in my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina at the time and was really starting to taste the juicy fruits of my hard-earned labor.  I’d just moved into my townhouse I built from the ground up, was excelling at work and trying out my new-found creative freedom as a published writer but I often wondered was there more?  The lyrics that spoke to me says:

Some times it feels like I’ll never go pass here
Some times it feels like I’m stuck forever and ever

But, I’m going higher
Closer to my dreams
I’m goin’ higher and higher
I can almost reach

Every time I needed a reminder of how far I could truly reach – no matter the obstacles or challenges I faced, I’d play this song.  It wasn’t long before I literally threw caution to the wind and found myself packing up leaving the townhouse I was so proud to live in for three years and the career that seemed to be moving smoothly along and heading to the big city of Atlanta into a one-bedroom apartment in Buckhead boldly to explore what else this life might have to offer me.  It was scary and exciting all at the same time!

Atlanta truly beheld many great treasures for me (good and bad) and I am glad Goapele’s song found its way into my life – little did she know the impact it would have on me.  Speaking of impact, you never know whose life you are touching, so be conscious as you make the soundtrack of your life.  Know that somewhere, someone else is listening, watching and will be inspired – good or bad – by the soundtracks of your life.

So as I jam to my favorite sounds adding upon my own life’s soundtrack, I’ll give you some other songs to discover – and if they ‘move’ you in some way, feel free to share!  I’m anxious to know.

1)      Alicia Keys “Unthinkable” – motivates me to dare to dream the unthinkable in my life and soar!

2)      T.I.’s “I’m back”, when I’m feeling like I need a little ‘pick-me-up’;

3)      Mary Mary’s “Ordinary People”, when I feel a little doubtful and

4)      Ken Ford’sMoments in Love when I think of all the beauty surrounding me in love, life, family and fun times.

Until next time,

au revoir!

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