Mother’s Waltz by swo8 Blues Jazz # 5 on the album Unfinished Business

The Mother’s Waltz by swo8 Blues Jazz was inspired by a collaboration with the great American Author and Photographer Marilyn Armstrong.  Our collective efforts produced a collage of our families, dwelling on the distaff side for our video. I tried putting words to the music but it didn’t work. So I hummed. The song really belongs with the video but it is on the album as unfinished business. A mother’s job is never done.

The Rose of Black is Sacred by swo8 Blues Jazz lyrics by Shelby Cortland

The #4 song from the album, Unfinished Business, is The Rose of Black is Sacred and was inspired by a truly great, American poet of our times, Shelby Courtland. She wrote the lyrics and allowed me to work on the music. Her art work is the main feature in the video. It is a protest song from the heart and I will feature this song every time there is racially targeted murder by the police.

Os Dias Sao Curtos by swo8 Blues Jazz from the Christmas album in iTunes

Ola amigos, tudo bem com voces? November 29th, 2015 marks the beginning of Advent. Christmas tress, decorations and all sorts of related items are in the stores already. They’ve been there for quite sometime. This song, Os Dias Sao Curtos by swo8 Blues Jazz (the days are short)  is light spirited inspite of all the heavy stuff that is going on in the world. It is in Portuguese, English captions are embedded. When the weather turns cold, Brazil is where I want to be. The video is 3:01 min.


The Rose of Black is Sacred by swo8 Blues Jazz lyrics by Shelby Courtland

Early Saturday, November 14th, in North Minneapolis a young black man, Jamar Clark, was shot and killed by police. This song, The Rose of Black is Sacred will be posted everytime I hear of such happenings. Please listen closely to the lyrics. They are the creation of a passionate, great American Poet, Shelby Cortland. Please feel free to reblog this. Special thanks to   Talesfromthelou for bring this to my attention.

Unfinished Business by swo8 Blues Jazz

No music this time. We are in the process of finishing up an album called Unfinished Business by swo8 Blues Jazz. It will be released in iTunes in the next few weeks. There are 10 songs on this album and the first one is called Autumn Blues with Big Dio doing the vocals. Big Dio is my younger son and he has a beautiful soul and rich, deep voice.

Espionage Blues by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Sahara Rose in iTunes

This is Rememberance Day, Amristice Day in the US. Time to reflect on the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. Let us not forget their sacrifice, also let us be aware of the many freedoms we have lost. In spite of these wars we live in a time when people are racially targetted by a militarized police. Our phone calls and emails are monitored. We are attacked by swat teams when we peacefully protest the Trade Deals that usurp local governments and undermine employment in our own small industries. Certainly there are things worth fighting for and even dying for. I will remember, but I will not wear a poppy. War is not the answer.