Sad news about the passing of comedian Richard Pryor of a heart attack at age 65.He had lived with multiple sclerosis for quite a few years now.I will always remember getting cassettes of Richard Pryor that were passed around amongst friends.Listening at my parents home as a teenager hoping my parents couldn't hear anything as he was quite colourful and upfront with some of his use of the english language.He really could tell a story though, with his exceptional timing and with a real jazz musicians sense of the absurd, he became the benchmark for us to judge not just all black comedians but any standup comedian.His humourous observations of life's crazy moments were always spot on for me.Most young black kids growing up could recite heaps of his material and would do so frequently in the late 70s to the early 80s.The young Eddie murphy would build the earlier part of his career on copying Pryor. This summer I had bought his autobiography "Pryor convictions and other life sentences"plus the DVD of some of his early shows and will enjoy watching them over the coming years.Richard Pryor Rest in Peace.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
I had a great time at theXmas Party of Kinetika yesterday.I met some great people and Hopefully will work with some in the future.Of course with about a 100 musicians all together with goof food, drink and instruments on hand there was a very loud and happy Jam session that raised the roof.I also might of found in the process a fantastic new venue for live music that I am sure will be used quite a bit next year.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
I have Just been reading this article about the sentencing of the killers of Anthony Walker the young Black student who was murdered in Liverpool in A racially motivated attack.It is always very sad when a family loses a next of kin violently.What has really struck me is her forgiveness towards the killers of her son.I am not sure how I would react in the same circumstances.This particular article is an interview with his mother and really hits home about her lost.What a great lady.