I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted, but I was recovering from a pretty serious road trip from Birmingham back to the D.C. area, which I’ll be giving the wrap up on that tomorrow.
What I really wanted to share with you, because I think you all are so beautiful, is my exciting and magical musical experience from last night from Kamasi Washington. Please please click his name to get his background and story.
I was at the historic Howard Theatre here in Washington, D.C. (click here for what makes it historic) with a good friend to check out this jazz dude who adorns himself much like Sun Ra and has the stature of Questlove.
I know I always tie the daily experiences back to a bit of a lesson, and there was absolutely a lesson that came from seeing this show last night, but I won’t go too deep today. I’ll just leave it at this: watching a stage full of musicians truly become enthralled in doing what they love (and it was apparent that they loved it), is motivation for me to keep marching to the beat of my own drum. In the last few days, I’ve felt a little lost because my business didn’t start off the way I planned and I’m now being tasked to make some adjustments and some changes. Right when I was about to back off of entrepreneurship for a bit, I see these fellow creators, doing their thing wholeheartedly and being recognized for it, and for that I could only be grateful for the inspiration.
Kamasi Washington was a humble jazz man, sharing the stage with his friends and family (his father played with him on one song) and expressing gratitude for the love and support he was receiving for his music. He allowed his band mates to perform their original music, and he lovingly complimented the sole feminine energy in the band by saying that her voice was the most beautiful sound he’d ever heard. Overall, he seemed like a genuinely nice guy who liked to play his horn with his friends and have a good time while doing it.
His genuine support of his band mates (every time someone solo’d, he’d literally step back to allow them to have the spotlight) was the best example of the master teacher/master student dynamic I’m always referring to when I talk about being an effective leader. A true leader may know that he’s in charge, but his main concern is to be the best student possible…at all times. That works for me because I feel like there’s a group of us (both local and global) that recognize that we are the leaders of the new cool, and that our service only functions properly if we acknowledge our responsibility to remaining perpetual in our learning.
So I guess I did get a bit deep, but I can’t help it, I’m an empowerment advocate.
Check out the video below of Kamasi’s song, “Changing of the Guard” and the extended solo of the seventeen year old piano man. I hope you enjoy. His album is called The Epic. Cop it NOW.