This is wicked good music. Are you listening to me?! I am adamant. Recently I was able to hear Ms. Maya Angelou speak and I am very certain she would groove to this music. In fact, I can see her scrunch up her face and throw her head back to it. She spoke to a large crowd at the University of Delaware. Several times she mentioned how we need to talk to the children. She didn’t specify which children, she meant all children. To share wisdom, to tell stories, to teach and help nourish all the youth of the world. Candace Bellamy does just that with the track, “Put Down the Foot.” (You can stream it on this page above the title)
A physician by day and a soul singer by night, Bellamy took up singing as a hobby 10 years ago, paying dues in cover bands, musical theater (her role in an R&B version of “Porgy & Bess” impressed the New York Times), and with a one-woman show where she told stories of her life in between tunes.
With her debut album set for release on May 14th, and its opening anthem “Put Down The Foot” available now, Bellamy can say she’s a singer just as easily as she can say she’s a doctor. “Several people have asked why I am pursuing music when I already have a good job,” she muses. “The answer is simple – because I love it.”
You’re going to feel good listening to her music. Truly.
World Book Night launched in the UK in 2011 and saw passionate readers across that beautiful country, give 1 million books to light or non readers to spread the joy and love of reading. Reading changes lives and at the heart of World Book Night lies the simplest of ideas and acts – that of putting a book into another person’s hand and saying ‘this one’s amazing, you have to read it’.
Now, it’s our time to join the cause.
World Book Night 2012 will be held on April 23 – in the US and the UK – and they are looking for 50,000 volunteer book givers to hand out 20 copies each – for a total of 1 million free special World Book Night paperbacks!
I have registered to be a Book Giver on April 23, 2012 in the United States. The book I wish to give to twenty strangers is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings which is Maya Angelou‘s first memoir. In my email signature at work I have an image which simply states “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” This is sen in every message I send to anyone throughout my work day and it is something I am happy to include because I love the sentiment it carries.
“Here is a book as joyous and painful, and as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s first memoir, published in 1969 is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.”
If you would like to be a participant in this year’s World Book Night, please click here before February 1, 2012.