Dr. Maya Angelou was a light, that I believe, that was given to us by the Most High. Her passing did not leave me saddened, but, instead, encouraged. She ran the race that set was set before her. Not only did she run but she ran well, and she has finished her course.
She lived a life that set an example for all us. She showed it that it didn't matter how you start the race but how you finish it. Coming from meager beginnings, being abandoned by her mother and father, and surviving abuse at age 7,not speaking audibly for 6 yrs, to dropping out of school, and becoming an unwed, teenage mother, to going back to school, learning to speak 6 different languages, and adding to her resume, the titles of author, singer, dancer, poet, teacher, and actress.
I've often thought about Mother Angelou, telling the story of her mother's boyfriend abusing her. After she told her relatives, what he did to her, he was put in jail, 24 hours later he was found beaten to death. The police came to notify the family, and she was within earshot, her 7yr old logic told her that her voice had killed him. She stopped speaking for years because she thought her "voice" had the power to kill.</p><p>I just believe that that was a tactic of the forces of darkness trying to silence a voice that would bring joy, insight, and wisdom to the world. But what the enemy means for bad God will always turn it around for good.</p>
How grateful I am for this gift of her voice. The encouragement and the wisdom, that it spoke. The hope that it stirred. The creativity that it spewed out in rivers. She was a good steward over the gifts that God gave her. Nothing wasted.
So in closing, I will take some valuable cues from Dr. Angelou, and try my best not to waste or squander, all that God has put it in me. I pray to sow it in good ground, so that a harvest may spring up in someone else's field, just as the seeds she's sown have sprang up in my backyard, and in others. "For, at our best, we are all Teachers".
In my opinion, she really was the world's Mother. Rest on Dear One!
I don't think there is anyone around, who loves R&B music, who is not a fan of the soulful, powerhouse voice of Bobby Womack. The man who belted out such classics as, "If You Think You're Lonely Now, Across 110th St, Harry Hippie", and so many more, sadly passed away yesterday, at the age of 70 yrs. old.
Although, there are not very many specifics, as to the cause of his death, it is known that, Mr. Womack has battled prostate and colon cancer, in the past. Nevertheless, that is not the focus of this post, because we know, that if you know God, death is merely a vehicle that takes you into life. Eternal life.
My focus is on the man, who had the gift of a tremendous voice, that brought joy and sometimes tears, to the eyes of those listening to it. He and David Ruffin, are two singers, who when I listen to them belt out their notes, it almost seems as though, it is EFFORTLESS. That they really didn't have to try. It was something that seemed to come as natural to them, as breathing air.
I remember watching old YouTube clips of Ruffin from the 80's, when the Temptations, tried their hands, at a reunion tour. David came on stage looking ravaged, and worn. You could tell that drugs and alcohol had clearly been having their way with him, but when he opened his mouth...!!!! Pure, unfiltered, raw talent!
Bobby's voice was that kind of voice. Bobby himself, also had his own storied past with drug and alcohol abuse, that he often spoke candidly about. But just as with Ruffin, the "pipes" seemingly remained unaffected. That voice ALWAYS ever melodic, strong, raw, and BEAUTIFUL.
He will be missed, but the gift of the beautiful music he gave us will live on forever.
We thank you, Bobby, for some of the soundtracks to our lives! Rest well.