an open letter to chick willis

Blue Stew mail@bluestew.com
Sun Apr 22 15:29:38 EDT 2007


AWOMEN!
mike


Steve Ditzell wrote:
> AMEN!
>
> Kate Hart <katehart@speakeasy.net> wrote:  This is dangerous territory to get into because really, I think that the way
> any artist should speak is through their art. When you begin "telling"
> people what you think it minimizes the strength of the message that all are
> trying to convery in the first place, no matter how important the issues
> are. i.e. when someone is telling you how spiritual they are. And usually
> in the the scheme of things most things just aren't that important. I do
> have to say that I have heard this discussion since I started singing in
> 1969 and in the long run, it really doesn't matter to the people that are
> compelled to get out there to perform whatever it is they are compelled to
> do.
>
> Being an artist of any kind is an honorable job - probably the most
> honorable as far as I can tell, as they/we are visionaries of society as we
> do get our information/visions/ideas from somewhere above our hair, if we
> are truly out of the way to receive it. If we feel strongly about these
> subjects then let's use them in the context of our "art" Because, for me,
> I don't have much time to sit on these lists and have these discussions. I
> am too busy writing, playing music and running a band. 
>
> I have written a book/screenplay/play dealing with Blues as the "Healer" (in
> this context, women blues singers who are black and white). Blues in the
> context of writing and performing seemed to me, to be the "joy of sharing
> your pain". And the deeper the pain, the more secret the pain, well, that
> is the most universal pain.
>
> I have included a bit from my play relating the above thoughts....
>
> PREACHER OF THE DELTA BLUES
> I dreamed I was in Heaven sitting down on a throne. And when I woke up, I
> just laid there real still. And prayed to my master that I would do His
> will. In my dream I gots a telephone in my bosom, so's I can ring the
> ladies from my heart, I can calls them on the air and gets down on my knees
> in prayer, cause there's no need to make this journey all alone.
>
> I comes from a place where the dirt be so old and so red it make your heart
> ache. I's been around since the beginning and will be's there till the end.
> I is the Preacher of the Delta Bleus, the Wise Man from the Swamp. Don't
> matter what you calls me. Jus' needs to know when I hears the rhythms of
> the blues brining' 'sperience beyond memory, I is drawn like a mosquito to
> the bayou. You needs to know anything about the blues, I be right there,
> ready, with a song to soothe your wounded soul. If you cries out loud
> enough and long enough, I will come and find you. 
>
> Sometime tonight the women'll wake-up to them blue devils hovering 'round
> they heads. Oh, they won't see 'em, but the women'll surely feel they dark
> presence, drawn to the wailing tunes of the low spirits. The Sisters won'ts
> be able to dial for they salvation because the feeling that everything be so
> wrong will feel like the blues done come to live in their minds and it is
> bringin' one ting after another, until they sing songs they never thougt'a
> before. The women gonna do the kind a singin' that can only be sung by
> someone who have gone blind with music, stealin' them away form a life.
>
> Will these women ever believe they's a key to the Kingdom waiting for'em?
> Don't know the key to the kingdom is in they hearts and every time they open
> they mouths to sing they can feel that kingdom. The whiskey, the men,
> the gluttony, determined sufferin', all interrupting they connections to all
> that is bigger than thems. Yes, the sins of the soul will stop all that.
> It's time to cry old tears, tears so old these women cant's remember what
> they for. The tears that are telling 'em to go forwards. Go home to the
> bosom of the lord. Go back to where they came from. No 'scusin women that
> are afraid of real life. Sing and bring on a healin'.
>
> I's done the most I can for now. Ladies taking hold o' their lifes. Can
> only help thems that's ready to hear what I gots to share. I's come back
> when the sisters ready to hear me preachin' again. Bringin' with me
> messages I can pass on in a language that women like them can understand
> since I 'ssociates myself with the beginnin' a things, stoking the fires as
> they burn and entice to hold back nothing'. Yes, when they calls on me,
> longings will be satisfied, souls will delight in the body bein' fulfilled.
> If these fine women's give they body to the revel, it will opens they spirit
> to the touch of revelation. So please join these fine womens and say
> farewell to the flesh to introduce your spirit.
>
> Can I get an Amen? Can I get an Amen? Can I get an Amen?
>
> Best
> Kate Hart
> http://www.detroitwomen.org
>
>
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