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Friday, July 15, 2022

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Say What)



 
Dear Hannah,
 
i'm the brother
from another planet

I travel each day
far, far away

... hear what they say ...

... then try to make sense of it ...

... lemme tell you what I
have LEarned ...

i ain't ya ...


Love,

Daddy


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"LEarning (Say What)"
6-3-2022
"TakeAT (Sounds dot com) (154 bars) (100 bpm) (6m10sec) (5-7-2022).MP3"

[SPOKEN INTRO]

I'm the brother
from another planet

I travel each day
far, far away

... hear what they say ...

... then try to make sense of it ...

... lemme tell y'all what I
have LEarned ...

i ain't ya ...

[Verse 1 - The Duality Of Reality (and Personality)]

okey dokey
jokey jokey

hokey pokey
folkey folkey

stepped it up
from karaoke

know my role
and keep it lo-key

4

sometimes_the_truth'll_make_ya
chokey chokey

don't_wanna_deal_with_that
smokey smokey

sleepwalkin'_but_ya_think_ya
wokey wokey

can't_listen_cuz_you_always
spokey spokey


8

my_mind's_a_weapon
yep - for quite some time

it_works_against_me
when i think that i'm

above_ it_all
and can't commit no crime

'cuz_I_shine_so_bright
and hide the grime


12

yea_I_can_be_the_best
and be even worse

this_ain't_no_contradiction
y'all - it's a curse

can't_cheat_the_game
and hope that it'll disperse

it_comes_around_again
when they hit "reverse"

[CHORUS]

Say what?

SAY WHAT?

Say what?

SAY WHAT?

[Verse 2 - Changing players don't change the game ... watch & LEarn]

once_upon_a_time
ain't_how_I_rhyme

'watch_the_same_story
all the time

'change_players
but the game's the same

'so_i'm_a_aim_
go_'head_and_name_some_names


4

perfect patti - I see you boo
''and_all_yo_do-do-do_

Word_Salad_Willie
song_is_still_the same

'beat sounds so nice'
but_them_bars_is_lame

8

crazy daisy - you's a trip
grip's 'bout to slip
chip's 'bout to snip

lazy susan
can't_get_out_the_way

'always_countin_costs_
ain't_willin_to_pay


12

[speak slowly]

this ain't 'bout y'all

it's a wake up call

when the conversation's "small"

that's when you listen "tall"

[CHORUS]

Say what?

SAY WHAT?

Say what?

SAY WHAT?




About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)


I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2021 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.
 

 
 



Sunday, May 22, 2022

Dear Hannah: LEarning (RollCall)



 
Dear Hannah,
 
i'm on a journey
i cannot make alone

the folks who
accompany me

are the ones who
accept, affirm and
are accountable

they are "mi gente"

I gotta find 'em

where ya'll at?


Love,

Daddy


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"LEarning (Roll Call)"
5-19-2022
"Fredmont (Sounds dot com) (242 bars) (93 bpm) (10m24sec) (5-11-2022).MP3"


[SPOKEN INTRO]

i'm on a journey
i cannot make alone

the folks who
accompany me

are the ones who
accept, affirm and
are accountable

they are "mi gente"

I gotta find 'em

where ya'll at?


[Verse 1] connect & collect

raise ya hand
up to the sky

if_ya_see_me_and_ya_feel_me
and ya verify

''we'll SEE
if we open_our_eyes

''we'll SAY
if we buy_into_why

4

''we'll SHOW
when_we_tessstttiiiffyyy

''we'll win
if we willin_to_try_

''we'll have
a_l'il_piece_o_the_pie_

now_this_feelin_is_revealin_
we_appealin_my_guy'

8

'I ain't lie
'I ain't stutter

'didn't mumble
'didn't mutter

'ain't shaky
'didn't shudder

'no butterfly
'no flutter

12

'no false start
'no sputter

'no BS
'no clutter

'no copy
'cookie-cutter

'it's smooth like
cocoa_butter


[CHORUS]

#TheSeeSayShow (4x)

[Verse 2] protect & project

guess who's back
right on rhyme

'prime on time
steady chime

steady climb
know that i'm

ready_to_shift_the
paradigm

4

instead_he_might_shift
and reassign

'then_I_might_lift
and realign

see_i'm_a_spendthrift
so by design

i'm_paying_for_yours
and_for_mine

ur_welcome_but_trust
i_know_the_sign

8

courage_begins
within the spine

multiply_strengths
and then combine

subtract_the_tenth
let's_roll_with_nine

let's_ride_the_wave
if_it's_a_sine

12

ignore the crowd
ignore the shine

respect the work
do_it_offline

adjust ya pace
but don't resign

freedom_loves_the_brave
yo - that's my line


[CHORUS]

#TheSeeSayShow (4x)




About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)


I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2021 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.
 

 
 



Dear Hannah: LEarning (Reflections (and Corrections))



 
Dear Hannah,
 
every now and then
i look back

i'm checking for my shadow
and the direction of my reflection

so i can see where i'm headed
and get out of my own way

feel me?

these are my reflections (and corrections)


Love,

Daddy


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"LEarning (Reflections (and Corrections))"
5-16-2022
"FunkVibes (Sounds dot com) (202 bars) (83 bpm) (9m44sec) (5-11-2022).MP3"


[SPOKEN INTRO]

every now and then
i look back

i'm checking for my shadow
and the direction of my reflection

so i can see where i'm headed
and get out of my own way

feel me?

these are my reflections (and corrections)


[Verse 1] eyes wide shut (dodge and destroy obstacles)

people_make_the_world_go_'round
they_make_your_eyes_roll_too

love 'em with passion'
teach 'em how to treat me, too

in the end tho it all
makes patience greater, too

but when you're goin' thru
[SIGH] when you're goin' thru

4

[Shhhh!] we not gon go there, boo
not gon' go there, boo

here's what i say to you
hollar if ya hear me, too

ease on down the road
avoid them potholes, too

two hands on the wheel
keep on drivin thru

8

let the animals cross
let the storms pass thru

let grace adjust ya pace
let peace be witcha too

keep the tank full
gas up when u need to

pack ya bags light
no room for "you-know-who"

12

so peace to "Perfect Patti"
"Lazy Susan", too

"Word Salad Willie", "Crazy Daisy",
and the whole crew

manipulators, calculators
peace be unto u

opinionators, aggravators
i can't hear u


[CHORUS]

every now and then
i remember when ... in myyyy life

reflections


[Verse 2] every word might be the last ...

might be the last thing
i ever say to you

i love you
no matter what you do

i pray that u see
the gifts i see in u

i hope u bless the world
with hope and healing too

4

protect ya heart and mind
make sure u feed 'em too

be easy with your words
kill 'em with kindness too

make small mistakes
avoid them big ones, boo

call your own fouls
that's what the grownups do

8

keep your name clean
streets is watchin' u

give peace a chance
keep it or make it, boo

put your foot down
put your foot up, too

then keep right on walkin'
that's what feet really do

12

embrace ya loved ones
that embrace you too

don't fake the funk
drama don't become you

blood is thick
friendship's a thicker glue

but here's a quicker clue
forgive and start anew

[CHORUS]

every now and then
i remember when ... in myyyy life

reflections




About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)


I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2021 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.
 

 
 



Dear Hannah: LEarning (Google It)



 
Dear Hannah,
 
A mind is a terrible thing
to have sometimes

'cause knowledge can blind
us to truth

So to anyone who thinks that
they know ...

Got it all figured out

Man - you keep on livin'

You 'gon mess around and
LEarn somethin'

Feel me?


Love,

Daddy


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"Knowing (AKA 'Google It')"
By Derrick Brown
11-22-2021

"Google It (Sounds dot com) (Dell Inspiron FIXED 2) (11-20-2021).MP3"

[Spoken Word 1]

A mind is a terrible thing
to have sometimes

'cause knowledge can blind
us to truth

So to anyone who thinks that
they know ...

Got it all figured out

Man - you keep on livin'

You 'gon mess around and
LEarn somethin'

Feel me?

[Verse 1 - WETLL on repeat!]

Got a' story_to_tell
Oh I know_too_well
Took a l'il "L"
'Cause I lacked intel

See I' had_a_dream
I matched_up_with_a_scheme
Put_the_plan_in_motion_
And_assembled_a_team'
 
5

'Played_'em_too_close
Told_the_truth_wit_no_grace
The_art_of_truth_tellin
Is_to_keep_pace_and_space'

Time_is_your_ally_
Boundaries_are_your_friend
LEarned_a_time_or_two
But_had_to_learn_it_again
 
9
 
Customer's_right_
Sometimes_you_don't_have_a_choice
Pump_ya_brakes_in_silence
Keep_the_strength_in_ya_voice

To hide a sleight
Can_take_all_of_ya_might
But_ya_cannot_lose_sight
'Skip_all_that_tryna_be_right

13

Losing a battle
Keeps_ya_strapped_for_the_war_
Can_avoid_an_encore
Of_stuff_you_conquered_before
 
Life_ain't_that_simple
So_ya_can't_make_it_hard_
Take_it_bump_bruised_and_scarred
' Keep_ya_heart_under_guard

[Spoken Word 2]

I love my people, but I don't
check to see if they love me

Sometimes that makes my chili warm

Brings up a quiet storm
 
At that point, u can go head and
pick up yo feelings

Lord - help me speak my piece as
I speak my peace

[Verse 2 - Put some respect on my name ... but the game has changed ... and game recognizes game]

Now_whatchu_not_gon_do
Is_disrespect_me_boo
But_let_me_slow_my_choo-choo
Get_hip_to_the_new-new

Got_a_new_MO
I'm_the_servant_bo!_
They're_placing_orders_yo
I_wear_an_apron_so'

5

I_keep_you_happy
Wouldn't_dare_make_you_mad
Situation_is_sad
Flipped_tha_script_just_a_tad

Don't hate_the_player
Hate_the_game_instead
This_is_a_game_I_dread
Voices_inside_my_head

9

Rise_above_the_fray
No_time_for_play-play
Live_to_fight_a_new_day_
No_worries_bout_what_"they"_say_

Love_'em_right_anyway_
Get_ya_space_right_away
'Freedom_ain't_free_OK?
There's_a_steep_price_to_pay_

13

I_wait_and_defray
Hope_for_tomorrow_today
Earned_e'ery_bit_of_this_gray_
Keep_a_silent_display_

Courage_says_that_I_may
Choose_me_and_so_I_pray
To_no_longer_be_prey_
Don't rush but_wisely_survey

[Spoken Word 3]

I acknowledge the status quo

But do not accept it as my destiny

I need to put myself in a better
situation

There are no perfect ones, but
there are better ones

And I won't find the answer with
a search engine

Selah



About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)


I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2021 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.
 

 
 



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