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Disfruta la vida loca

It’s Spring in San Diego
the stars are out tonight
and the sky sparkles
in celestial light
La Frontera lies below
In the distance where border lights
and Tijuana hills are aglow
like diamonds in the dark

Blues rhythm and rhyme
rule the Nation

Blues Legends save us:

Son House
Robert Johnson
Jelly Roll John Lee Hooker

Blind Lemon
Lead Belly
T-Bone Walker

Muddy Waters
Howlin’ Wolf
B.B. King
Buddy Guy

Ma Rainey
Memphis Minnie
Bessie Smith

Etta James
Billy Holiday
Nina Simone

BLUES defend us from
Skin Heads… Neo-Cons
The Alt-Right… The New Reich

As America repeats its retreat
from Reconstruction begun in 1877
when Hayes was elected President
and grand-uncle Jefferson fell victim
to white sheets with rope and gun

Now you sing the Blues
but don’t forget
why we sing the Blues
Don’t forget!
Why we are the Blues Nation

Walking in Montclair canyon while on retreat
I see two coyotes roaming the slope
descending under sagebrush
to the creek below where shallow water flows
over desiccated stones and sand
while I stand still and watch in wonder
as these two curious creatures bestow
a blessing on my wandering soul


“Fresh, new mix of jazz and the spoken word. Combines the talents of author Tomas Gayton & multi-instrumentalist Richard A. James, longtime residents of San Diego, Calif. as well as mainline local jazz greats Daniel Jackson, Joe Marillo, etc.
Tomas Gayton and I are happy to announce that our new CD, Jazz Heaven, is now available on various websites. Not only can you buy the album on my website at > recordings > Jazz Heaven. Take your pick. We’re on Just type in “Jazz Heaven” and that will get you to our album. Same thing is true for iTunes. Btw, nice graphics, you’ll dig it. Again just go there and type in “Jazz Heaven,” and there you’ll be… The cool thing is that you can download one song, that grabs your attention, check it out, and just work it from there…
Here are a couple of reviews we’ve gotten so far, and there will be others as well.
from jazz great Charles McPherson: ‘Truly a creative adventure in poetry and jazz by two talented friends of mine. The poetry is insightful, and the symbiotic connection with the music works.’ Charles McPherson
from Joe Garrison (local piano artist, gifted composer, founder of “Joe Garrison and Night People”): A very fortunate collaboration of original spoken word by Tomas with organic accompaniment by the extremely versatile Richard James. So fun to hear these two artists stretch out. (Perfectly matched cover art.)
Joe Garrison – 11/2016
more to come”


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