Between 1970 and 1973 I had the great honor of working in the studio with The Last Poets. They are the forefathers of present-day Rap and masters of the message, in rhyme and rhythm.
“This Is Madness” is their 1971 album, and the track of the same name, penned by Omar Ben Hassan. This ‘Madness,’ back then, was voiced in Rhyme about the Crime of the Time. It morphed into everyday life and became the poetic backdrop for the consciousness of the early ’70s.
Yet, here we are again, and never, since then, has it been truer than now. Anger, building into hate. Hate so palpable you can smell it oozing from the pores of unconscious living. A bias so great that it lathers the tongue from which it hails. This is the first step in the final steps toward oblivion…Oh, please, give us back our sanity.
I watched this almost two-hour Town Hall and was able to breathe again. There is sanity out there, and I miss it dearly. Do yourself a favor and listen to this Town Hall, with an open mind and an open heart. Put your biases and your anger and your hate aside for two hours and just listen to reason. Perhaps it’s time to start learning from our children. They bring a new paradigm to the idea of life. The ego stops here. Thank you.