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Dearest Online Family and friends,
all of you are SOOOOO awesome! Many THANKS for all your great feedback!
Having the special opportunity to share my thoughts through our
weekly E-newsletter “The Arious Grapevine” is wonderful,
exciting and fun; plus hard work as well.
However, my work becomes so much more tangible when I get
feedback from you [our online family and friends!]
Please know that the knowledge I gain is phenomenal…it helps me
to improve, grow; and it helps me to keep going!
More importantly, the thoughts, experiences, and ideas many of
you freely share are fascinating and absolutely welcomed…[ALWAYS!!!]
I am so very pleased that many of
you took the time to read, absorbed [what I wrote last week,] and
shared your thoughts with me specifically regarding my question: “What
kind of a message did President Obama send by accepting and signing the
“debt and deficit package/bill”
[Congress had presented to him; instead of setting a precedence and
sticking to what he was fighting for.]
Many of you indicated his hands were tied; and he “had to
do…what he had to do.” Understandable … everyone; you will get
NO argument from me regarding your observations, reasoning and
explanations of the situation! However,
now that it is signed; what he was trying to avoid is currently
happening: 1) The most powerful country – The United States of
America’s AAA credit rating has been reported to have dropped.
2) The stock Market has been overly unstable (some days
falling substantially, causing the stocks many of us purchased to lose
much or all of its value; and on other days it is back up to
considerable highs~~~leaving many of us in a panic, plus us
loosing trust in the market overall.) 3) Our retirement savings have
begun to be affected (slightly)!
So do you believe it is safe for
me to use the popular statement: he was “damned if he did; and
damned if he didn’t?” In
fact, I am hearing some talk about it all being President Obama’s
this situation truly that statement is on point [“damned if you do
and damned if you don’t”.]
I must close out on a positive
note though. Late yesterday afternoon my husband Todd called and told me
something amazing has happened; which surrounds what I mentioned above.
You see: 1) The Federal Reserve has pledged to leave interest
rates near zero until mid 2013…[meaning they will not raise interest
rates for 2 years.] Yes,
headlines are reading “The Federal Reserve Saves The Stock Market.”
Additionally, (2) Interest rates
on mortgages have dropped substantially [lower than ever before.]
Therefore, now is the perfect time to buy your home…your dream
Clearly, despite the negativity
and unstable market; some positives have transpired.
Again, share with me your
thoughts on the above issue. I
am always delighted when I receive them; so please keep them coming in,
as it helps me to learn and improve my way of thinking and seeing
Magnificent ConcertsExactly one week ago it appears life was pumped into the Caribbean music industry in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia areas (in my humble opinion). As I discussed this further with my husband "Todd" and some of our colleagues everyone seemed to agree wholeheartedly. My husband eloquently pointed out that for the past 5 or 6 years the Caribbean Music Industry has been completely dead; he further stated that this week he witnessed a slight spark of hope that Caribbean Music can return in its full splendor to this area with a positive and peaceful vibe. Therefore, this is the perfect time to recognize the folks at the Crossroads Entertainment Complex in Bladensburg, Maryland for helping to rejuvenate the industry a bit in this area by presenting two (2) “top notch” concerts featuring: (1) a super band; and (2) some super talented reggae artist. Needless-to-say they were magnificent!!!
It all kicked off last Thursday 8/4/11 with the Legendary, World
Renowned & Undisputed # 1 Zouk band “KASSAV”, who gave a stellar performance; and left everyone fully contented.
was our first time seeing “Kassav” and they were truly
remarkable, and extremely full of energy.
In fact, they were more than what everyone told us they would be.
Being that my husband's dad was from Martinique, you would think
Todd would have been able to translate what they were saying to me; but LOL
he was no help (even though his father always spoke French around him
and to him; unfortunately he never picked up on the language.)
As I gathered my thoughts about the next big show that took place a few days later on 8/7/11 “The Love Within The Music Festival” Featuring Beres Hammond and Wayne Wonder; the few words I found to describe it was SPLENDID ~~~ SUPERB ~~~ MARVELOUS!
Things kicked off nicely with the Vibes Master “G-Nice” who laid
the foundation for the great vibes that continued throughout the night.
When G-Nice began his set, he courteously stated he WILL NOT be
playing "the regular jump up….jump up dancehall music that is
normally played at these type of events."
Instead he proceeded to set some real nice vibes by playing
conscious positive reggae music.
Wow, I must say it’s always a treat to hear the Vibes Master
Next up was DJ Inferno who
continued with some great vibes, and set the stage nicely for the
features artists. Finally,
it was show time and MC Tony Carr with his signature statement “ARE
YOU READYYYYYY” introduced the talented Wayne Wonder, who took the
stage dressed in all white.
Wayne Wonder, the great performer that he is; performed hit after hit after hit (it was amazing how many hits he has had over the years.) The fascinating thing about his performance was how well he sang his good friend Buju Banton’s parts from all the duets they had done throughout the years. It was truly awesome hearing him perform both parts! Indeed he is a great singer, and OVERALL a great performer!
After a brief intermission, which
gave the huge crowd time to mingle, greet old friends and meet new
friends; plus sample some of the tasty foods provided by the Crossroads
Restaurant and Taste of the Caribbean Restaurant.
Everyone were also able to check out the Arts and Crafts Vendors
who had some great reggae music on sale, along with fantastic souvenirs
and merchandise (t-shirts, hats, dresses, etc.)
Finally, it was time for the moment
we all were waiting for; and the crowd showed their esteem, adoration
and love by their thunderous applause after the Master Performer Beres
Hammond was introduced by MC Tony Carr. I
simply don’t know what more I
can say about “Beres
Hammond” that I have not said before in past E-Newsletters.
Indeed he is a talent to behold and I
absolutely adore the smooth, sweet, sensual voice of this lovers' rock
style, conscious and mesmerizing Jamaican singer! Mr.
captivating voice thrilled me again; as he does year after year after
year! See my words below that will help you understand what an
incredible performer and show this
Even though I was in a different frame of mind for this particular show being that my role was geared more to the organizational aspect of things. I still enjoyed this show immensely, and had tons of fun. Umm…Umm…Umm, I said it above and I MUST say it again: THIS SHOW/FESTIVAL WAS TRULY MAGNIFICENT!
I urge you to check out " Beres Hammond " when he comes to your town. I know he was at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York last night with Wayne Wonder and Sanchez. However, I'm not quite sure what towns he is scheduled to perform in during the weeks/months ahead; but look him up, get the details on his tour and check him out. If you know and love his music you are in for a treat, and if you are not familiar with this fantastic singer perhaps you will fall in love with his lovely voice and great performance as many of us have.
I noticed Todd stated on his Facebook page: “When it’s nice…you’ve got to do it twice”! Well, that's precisely what we did this past Tuesday night. We attended another Beres Hammond concert "The Love Within The Music Festival" in Baltimore, Maryland @ Rams Head Live. This venue [Rams Head Live] is awesome, it just has a cozy feel to it. However, I feel totally "ripped off" because their drink prices were exorbitant (A Bud Lite Lime beer cost $7.00...totally outrageous). Never-the-less, the show itself had a more up and close personal feel to it; which was incredible for me; and I felt the performances were quite lengthy (certainly a major plus for me). Wayne Wonder performed very nicely and sang quite a bit of his hit songs; many I obviously had forgotten. And Ohhhh Beres Hammond, was again simply marvelous! He just sang and sang and sang. I actually think he did all his hits. Towards the end of the show Beres was presented with an award from Baltimore's Jamaican Nationals Association, which he accept graciously. He ended by expressing his sincere thanks, and expressed his love for the audience...his supporters...his FAMILY as he called all of us!
A great end to a week filled with lovely, positive reggae music performed by reggae's greatest performers. I am hopeful it continues!!!
In closing I want to send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. James Anderson; who was the victim of a hate crime in late June of this year in Mississippi. In this MODERN SO CALLED POST RACIAL TIME; Mr. Anderson was attacked, and beaten brutally by carloads of white teenagers. Finally, he was ran over by one of the teen’s pickup truck. Weird that this brutal incident is just hitting the media!!!! Anyway, condolences to his family and friends.
I have added CNN's Video below of the incident!
Finally, I pray that everything
gets back to normal in London, England after all the rioting, fighting,
looting and killings have taken place due to a fatal shooting of a
civilian by Police officers a week ago.
The situation turned extremely serious with vandalism, arsons,
violent disorder and looting began to occur.
Many officers have been injured, as well as people.
Over a 1,100 people have been arrested, and several 100s have
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