Who’s listening?

I am listening. I am a musician. I contend that, once Music was eradicated from the school curriculum by the over-importance of subjects like HISTORY that are really brainwashing tools, the art of listening took a downward spiral. ALL of us as children learned to LISTEN through Music. We learned our ABCs through music. We learned how to create relationships through Music. I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist but I do believe the powers that be decidedly removed Music from the curriculum on purpose to create a roboton society that either obeys or is rebellious so that they could fill up the spaces in the Prison Industrial Complex.

On the subject of tuning out and being distracted, while children play on their own, I totally agree. People are not paying attention, simply because they don’t understand the importance of LISTENING. The so-called “Music” being played on the radio these days is also a turn off to listening. Whoever thought up the theory that loud, disharmonious rock is the best thing for youngsters to listen to. I’m not propounding listening only to classical music but cacophony is certainly not conducive to well-adjustment. Of course, this is only MY opinion and I do not care to impose this idea on others. However, I do find classical and jazz music to be soothing and more prone to helping me live a well-balanced life.

So, bring MUSIC studies back to school, pre-school, K-12 and watch our society change from apathy to humanity!

This is a response to a poster on a TED video with Julian Treasure on Listening:

Adriane Panciera wrote:
Bringing back music programs to all elementary schools would do a lot to help attune a child to that skill. Also its something that is much easier to learn as you are learning a language (your first or fifth). Music and sound making (aka noise to adults) are the very first langage of all children. As we learn to “tune out” as adults, we tend to lose our sense of child like curiousness, and natural source of empathy. As a side note- when I see parents of young children in the playground, on their smart phones, not engaging in the moment, I see a generation that is tragically crippled from the start. These same children will be engaged with the same level of distraction in a few years time. It’s good to have this conversation now. I wonder if anyone is listening?

Here are children that my organization is working with. They are focused and work so well together. Listening is at the core of what they learn how to do.

Women’s Music

This story of women’s music is not very long. At the turn of the century, in America, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey was considered a heroine to Africans emerging from the harsh reality of enslavement. Rainey expressed her personal freedom in songs like, “Daddy Goodbye Blues” and “Don’t Fish In My Sea” written with Bessie Smith. Rainey recorded 100 songs between 1923 and 1928 on Paramount Records.

For more information on 40 blues and jazzwomen, see my book Amazing Musicwomen available at http://stores.lulu.com/divajc

See all of Joan Cartwright’s books at www.fyicomminc.com/books.html

What’s the value of being a musician?

On Friday, I had a conversation with the son of a well-known percussionist in Miami. This young man’s career path was toward financial planning. His aspiration was to be a doctor, although he’d spent his youth pursuing music with his father. He’d watched quietly, while his father struggled with the disparity of income suffered by so many musicians.

Tachaka told me that, after being successful in investment banking and other financial endeavors, he realized that, if he had to do it all over again, he would have been a musician.

“It’s all B.S.,” Tachaka assured me, “but music is real!”

What do you see as the value of being a musician?

See my book, SO, YU WANT TO BE A SINGER? A manual for up-and-coming Divas, Musicians and Composers. http://stores.lulu.com/divajc

A manual for up-and-coming Divas, Musicians and Composers

What about women musicians?

Lauderhill Jazz Jam

Lauderhill Jazz Jam

Our third project funded by the Broward Cultural Division was the Lauderhill Jazz Jam on October 24, 2010. Despite three downpours, the concert went on. See our photo gallery

See our photo gallery

U.S. Embassy donates Joan’s books to schools

During my stay in Kingston, Jamaica, where I performed for the U.S. Embassy’s Blues on the Green Concert on February 26, 2010, I visited two primary schools: Linstead and Windwood Road, where I shared my books with several students ages 10-14. They sang songs from my book SONGS FOR MY CHILDREN, specifically, "Butterfly" and "Funky Monkey". I shared the stories of AMAZING MUSICWOMEN and the advice and guidance from my book SO, YOU WANT TO BE A SINGER? A manual for up-and-coming Divas, composers and musicians.

Amazing Musicwomen Singer Songs For My Children

The U.S. Embassy purchased 16 of each book for a total of 48 books to donate to the two schools (8 each). This is such an honor for me and the music teacher at Windward Road Primary told me that she really appreciated my talking with the students about the business of music. She said she emphasized the business side of music and my talk was confirmation of what she’s been instilling in the students.

JC in Kingston, Jamaica

The concert was a blast. I performed with the Maurice Gordon Quartet and the Blues was just wonderful as the audience sang along with me to their delight and to mine, "Oh, Baby!" See photos at: http://www.joancartwright.com

I enjoyed the four days I spent on this island in the sun. The people were very friendly and the embassy staff took care of me, calling me "Diva" at every turn!

I was a guest on three radio shows with Diane Thomas (KOOL.FM), Michael Anthony Cuff (Power 106 FM) and Allan Magnus and Paula Ann Porter (RJR). Then, I was on TV with hosts Neville Bell and Simon Crosskill on the morning television show "Smile, Jamaica" and "CVM at Sunrise" with Miss Jamaica, who had attended one of our concerts in Lauderhill, Florida, in 2009. What a coincidence!

Miss Jamaica

Many thanks to Angella Harvey and Fern Whyte of the U.S. Embassy for this extraordinary experience!

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Music = Social Commentary

This is proof positive that MUSIC IS POWER!
“Tell Me Why” by Declan Galbraith (11)
Just wanted to clear up something though – Declan Galbraith recorded this song “Tell me Why” in 2002 or 2003 when he was actually only 11 years old. However, he didn’t write the song. It was written by Barry Mason & Ian Mack in 2002. You can see it in Barry Mason’s discography on his website: www.barrymasonsongwriter.com

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HAPPY NEW DECADE!

Besides making resolutions to remain peaceful and purposeful, reinventing myself on a monthly basis and generally appreciating life from moment to moment, I am still dedicated to promoting Women in Jazz in the new decade and beyond. What is your vision for music in 2010?

Happy New Year 2010

Networks

The key to the internet is networking. Visit and join our networks.

Music = Happiness!

Watch this video – Escalator or Stairs?

My goal is to teach and bring awareness about the lives, contributions and joy brought to the global society by musicians who have made a difference no matter what circumstances they had to overcome. – Diva JC

Now, watch this video of me singing the Blues that truly makes me laugh!