Thank You Charles Mingus
The reawakening of our collective consciousness is driven by a very small group of individuals at any point in time. Fierce individuals, courageous voices…fearless in their pursuit of personal practice & expansion. Their lives often became controversial only to later be whitewashed and packaged as a cause or movement, put on t-shirts and quoted in social media. Ironically, the origins of their public images was always their immovable character, intuition, and personal practice regardless of how it was perceived, judged, or validated. Quite the opposite of comfortable and feel-good consensus. A few now popular examples: Che, King, Kennedy, Malcom X, Mandella, Coltrane, Monk, Dolphy. I have been lucky enough to hear a number of stories about Mingus from a couple of friends who knew him both personally and musically. These are the lives that remind me to keep practicing in life and art regardless of validation or external recognition. Charles Mingus …men like you make the world a better and more honest place.
This is from his fan page today:
“Today we remember Charles Mingus, who, on this day 39 years ago, died from ALS.
From Joni Mitchell’s liner notes to the album “Mingus”:
“Charles Mingus, a musical mystic, died in Mexico, January 5, 1979, at the age of 56. He was cremated the next day. That same day 56 sperm whales beached themselves on the Mexican coastline and were removed by fire. These are the coincidences that thrill my imagination.
Sue, at his request – carried his ashes to India and finding a place at the source of the Ganges River, where it ran turquoise and glinting with large gold carp, released him, with flowers and prayers at the break of a new day.
Sue and the holy river
Will send you to the saints of jazz –
To Duke and Bird and Fats –“
And any other saints you have.” #jazzgreat #Mingus #ericdolphy #death #birth #strength #character #ALS #practice #jazz #bass #debutrecords #bluenoterecords #impulserecords #conscientiousobjector #humanrights #fablesoffaubus #india #gangesriver #gangama #jonimitchell #che #malcomx #mlk #mandella #changeyourclothes