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A Great Memory of Wayman Tisdale!

Posted in Early Death, Life, Music, NBA, people, Sports, Tragedy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by Rick

Another great memory of former NBAer and musician Wayman Tisdale, shared by his friend, saxophonist, Kirk Whalum. This is one of Wayman’s  first public messages after having most of his leg removed due to cancer. Inspiring!

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Wayman Tisdale: You will be missed!

Posted in Life, Music, NBA, people, Sports, Tragedy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by Rick

R.I.P. to Wayman Tisdale. One of the few professional athletes that finish a very respectable career in sports and move on to equal or greater success in other areas. I enjoyed him as a basketball player but I laughed when I first learned that Wayman was a jazz bassist. I was too young and naive to believe an athlete could be great at something other than sports. That was probably my way of dealing with being good at music and bad at sports. Wayman was one of the guys that first alerted me to the simple reality that people often have more than one talent/gift and can be successful at various things with talent and hard work. He played the game of basketball and displayed his musical art with so much passion and integrity that many people will never know him (tragic truth of our society). We share a mutual friend and acquaintance and I hoped to have the chance to share with him how he inspired me. Alas, cancer claimed his leg and now his life. Thank you Wayman, for loving your wife and children with integrity and sharing your passion for the game and for music with a crazy mix-up kid and the rest of the world! God bless the Tisdale family as they grieve and bask in the afterglow of a strong legacy and a life well lived. http://www.waymantisdale.com/

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Killin’ ‘Em Softly (the Beale Street Alternative)

Posted in Entertainment, Music with tags , , , , , , , on July 21, 2008 by Rick

Kudos to one of my best friends, Derrick Deric Williams! Last night, he and a ferocious ensemble of musicians set Neil’s on fire with the torch of smooth jazz. I ain’t talkin’ Kenny G, single note holdin’, sleep inducing, audio wallpaper. I mean soul stirring, head bobbin’ music! The ensemble KWEST (pronuonced quest) put it down in midtown! Some may say, ‘big deal, you heard a band in Memphis.’ It is a big deal because they didn’t play one overused blues or soul standard. No mouth harps, gruff-sounding wailers, or any mention of Kings (Elvis, B.B. or otherwise) just universally appealing great music. They are slated to hit each third Sunday of the month at Neil’s in Midtown Memphis around 7pm. $7 cover, good food and a warm atmosphere to gear up for your weekly grind. DO IT!!!