Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Our passion for categorization, life neatly fitted into pegs, has led to an unforeseen, paradoxical distress; confusion, a breakdown of meaning. Those categories which were meant to define and control the world for us have boomeranged us into chaos; in which limbo we whirl, clutching the straws of our definitions."

-James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

[Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons]

Friday, July 04, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My Ode to Maya Angelou: "Good Mourning Maya"

Good Mourning Maya
By Travis L. Williams

Mother Angelou
Radiant being
Sacred window to elsewhere
To beauty unseen

Words that touch
Words that save
Have you any idea
How much you gave?

Beautiful Blackness
Proud without shame
Healer of the People
Shaman and Sage

I know you are here
Breathing with me now
Always and forever
A Rainbow in the Clouds

© Travis L. Williams 2014


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Mark O'Connor Sidewalk Performance 3/24/13

The inimitable Mark O'Connor.  There are some musicians out there for whom I have no adequate words because no words will do them justice.  Legendary fiddler/violinist and composer Mark O'Connor is one of those musicians. Here he is playing on the sidewalk outside of the Balboa Theater in San Diego with guitarist Tony Ludiker.   Thanks to joyoffiddling for sharing the video.