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Friday, April 16, 2021

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Thank You)



 
Dear Hannah,
 
I love your mother (Keisha).
 
For our 10th anniversary, I told the world.


Love,

Daddy


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"LEarning (Thank You)"
(AKA "No Regrets")
3-29-2021

"No Regrets (Sounds dot com) (3-7-2021) 90 bpm 154 bars 6m50sec.MP3"

[CHORUS 1]

You made my life make sense.

We made sense, and that helped me "chill" and let "us" happen.

Our wedding day was the most peaceful day of my life.

... that day I saw it was all was worth it ...

... 'cause now I had you.

[END CHORUS 1]

[VERSE 1]

I wanna say' "thank you"
'for_e'ery_l'il_thing that_you 'do_to

'ease_my_miiind
'let_me_fiiind
'my "love to"
'my "need to"
'my "how to"

achoo!
excuse me, Ms. - but may_God 'bless you
Girl_I'm_stuck_on_you_like_super_glue -
''might be due to

A_super_clue'
'a breakthrough'
'God knew'
said "pursue"

I_was_focused, man'
like kung-fu'
had_to_barbecue'
not mildew

see_i_used_to'
have_this_worldview'
kinda_"black_and_white"
left_me_black_and_blue

I bade adieu
to_all_I_been_through_
made_myself_a new_"to_do"
'"hello_sunshine - how_do_you_do?"

16

[END VERSE 1]

[CHORUS 2]

Life is a beautiful story - but it ain't no fairy tale.

You are the best part of my story.

I love you.

The greatest love you have shown me ...

... is the freedom to find my voice ...

... and speak my truth.

[END CHORUS 2]

[Verse 2]

if_you_have_a_minute
lemme_come_through
spend_some_time_with_u
I_gotta_whole_slew

'My vision's -
''got a different hue'
dif'rent_purview_
_com'pre'hen'sive_menu

no time for play-play
i'm_so_into_you
marriage_in_the_queue
would you be my boo?

can_you_woo_woo_woo?
chapel_rendezvous
perfect venue
one & one is 2

let's_raise_a_baby_who
can_complete_our_crew
cute_l'il_bugaboo
'blessings accrue

when_challenges_debut
tough_times_ensue
we_won't_get_brand-new
bite_what_we_can_chew

look_in_the_rearview
see_how_much_we_grew
taller_than_bamboo
thicker_than_gumbo_roux

thicker_than_catfish_stew
_indel_i_ble_tattoo
_resid'ial_revenue
'delayed_but_right_on_cue

32

[END VERSE 2]

[CHORUS 3]

I say all this to say ...

... let's keep doing "us".

We work, and there is more in store.

I love you.

I need you.

I want you.

Selah.

Peace.

[END CHORUS 3]



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.
 

 
 



Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Watch Me (Work))



 
Dear Hannah,
 
"Watch Me" is a phrase with several important meanings.
 
It can describe surveillance & suppression ("who's that peekin' through my window").

It can describe determination ("I *will* make it").

It can describe discipleship ("may I show you me transparently").
 
It can describe accountability ("please don't let me fall").
 
Make sure you "watch me" the right way.


Love,

Daddy


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"Watch Me (Work)"
By Derrick Brown
July 25, 2020

"People Make The World Go Round Tribute (98 bars) (4m43sec) (March 15, 2020)"

[chorus - take 2]

watch me
through_my_window
might think you know
but u don't know
u_won't_feel_me_tho
'til_u_hear_me_flow
and_it_won't_stop-stop
'til we go-go

(repeat)

[Verse 1 Part 1 - Who's That Peeking In My Window]

obscurity
my security

easy_for_me_to_be
'someone_u_cannot_see

'now_when_u_look_at_me
'n_throw_the_book_at_me_

_that_right_there_ain't_good_for_me
'that_might be "it" for me

'there's a mystery
'about this history

u get to check for me_
_cause_u_sign_that_check_for_me_?

_plus_u_have_authority?
'and seniority?

moral majority?
superiority?

[Verse 1 Part 2 - I Will Make It ... I Will Be Alright]

i hear u talkin_
but_i_ain't_so_sho_that_i_agree

see_i_dun_come_too_far_
_to_walk_around_on_bended_knee

my_mind_is_free_to_be
'all_of_me_in_liberty

'i'll_be_alright
'if_I_set_my_sights_on_victory

power_is_work
'that_i_execute_efficiently

with sincerity
and integrity

'tell_my_story_
_so_u_get_the_tea_exclusively

and_authentically_
_unapologetically

[End Verse 1]

watch me
through_my_window
might think you know
but u don't know
u_won't_feel_me_tho
'til_u_hear_me_flow
and_it_won't_stop-stop
'til we go-go

(repeat)

[Verse 2 Part 1 - Discipleship ("may I show you me transparently")]

_took_nothing_for_this_journey
'cause_this_much_is_true

'crowds_are_made_to_fade
and_these_folk_won't_be_feelin'_u

shake_it_off, count_the_cost
then_do_what_u_do

'new_ places_different_faces_
_call_upon_the_hungry_few

show_them_'u'
'real_people, clear_view

of_where_u_goin'_
_and_the_rearview_of_what_u_been_through

make_sure_that_rearview_
_is_a_clearview_of_your_healing_too

your_testimony_can't_be_phony_
_tell_em_bout_your_crew

[Verse 2 Part 2 - Accountability ("please don't let me fall")]

'u_stand_on_shoulders_
_of_the_wisest_folks_you_ever_knew

they_talked_and_walked_and_prayed_
_and_stayed - never_bade_adieu

'called_you_up, called_you_out
''called_you_genius_and_guru

they_spoke_into_you_when_
_you_know_u_didn't_have_a_clue

picked_up_the_broken_pieces
'hit_em_with_that_super_glue

be_that_for_someone_else
'help_'em_see_their_breakthrough

show_your_right_hand_and_
_let_friendship_make_a_new_debut

'every_tree's_a_seed_that_
_someone_watched_until_it_grew


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 © 2020 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.
 

 
 



Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dear Hannah: LEarning (What They Say)



 
Dear Hannah,

You will live, love, win, lose, and LEarn while you are alive.

You will uplift and dignify.

You will win friends and influence people.

You will also disturb the status quo.

You will speak truth to power.

You will tell your own story.

Not everyone will read it.

Not everyone will believe it.

Not everyone will like it.

They may tell a different version.

What people think of you is none of your business.

Forget what they say.

Love,

Daddy



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"What They Say"
By Derrick Brown
1-18-2020

"Loyal Tribute + DJBase08 (Take 5) (with E-Piano) (95 BPM) (4m07sec) (1-25-2020).MP3"

[CHORUS]

stand strong
don't sway

count the cost
and pay-pay

no time for
play-play

focus and
don't stray-stray

4

some won't
some may

patience
conquers delay

speak peace (& your piece)
pray-pray

don't worry 'bout
what they say

8

[END CHORUS]

[BEGIN VERSE 1]

1-4

you're a different kind
different by design

character defined
footloose - yet refined

livin' on cloud nine
'you're a plus sign

don't need no light to shine
lead 'em from behind

5-8

think like a mastermind
'give 'em peace of mind

willing to cross the line
willing to realign

willing to recombine
'be a lifeline

protect the pipeline
protect the frontline

9-12

protect the goldmine
from the land mine

protect the waistline
from the punchline_

make sho the bloodline
know_'bout_the_floodline_

_watch_out_for_the_grapevine
turn_water_into_wine

13-16

assume then_opine
'critique_and_then_malign

oppress then_confine
predict_a_quick_decline

don't take the hardline
'check 'em off-line

if_they_should remind
'remember - don't rewind

[END VERSE 1]

[CHORUS]

stand strong
don't sway

count the cost
and pay-pay

no time for
play-play

focus and
don't stray-stray

4

some won't
some may

patience
conquers delay

speak peace (& your piece)
pray-pray

don't worry 'bout
what they say

8

[END CHORUS]

[BEGIN VERSE 2]

1-4

mine_eyes_have_seen_the_glory
of telling your own story

project exploratory
freedom like Montessori

unchartered territory_
_legacy_depository_

_auditory oratory
ain't got no category

5-8

dug up from the quarry
creative repertory

made in my laboratory
plenty inventory

purpose is preparatory_
_comprehension mandatory

may be compensatory
finding_nemo_finding_dory

9-12

''haters_say'
man - he_swore_he

'some_kinda_sorta'
prophet - the_more_he

talks_that_talk'
the less I hear - for he

'must_be'
stuck_on_stupid_or_he

13-16

''don't_see'
that_we_ignore_he

'don't_see'
that_we_closed_the_door_he

''don't_pay'
no_mind_to_lori

'don't_listen'
to_torii_maury_corey"

[END VERSE 2]

[CHORUS]

stand strong
don't sway

count the cost
and pay-pay

no time for
play-play

focus and
don't stray-stray

4

some won't
some may

patience
conquers delay

speak peace (& your piece)
pray-pray

don't worry 'bout
what they say

8

[END CHORUS]

[BEGIN VERSE 3]

1-4

need one shot'
just_like_Robert_Horry

to produce
compelling allegory

speak my truth'
but not defamatory

peaceful vibes'
are more conciliatory_

5-8

_sensitive'
and participatory

picture scenes'
from_the_observatory_

dreams_deferred'
_but anticipatory

paid in full'
on that promissory_

9-12

_memories'
can_be_inflammatory

anxiety'
nice_dipilatory

vengeance'
equally_predatory

eye-for-an-eye
'retaliatory_

13-16

_what_goes_around'
becomes circulatory

forgive_them
wash_in_the_lavatory

lessons learned''
ay'priori

wisdom earned''
a_posteriori

[END VERSE 3]

[CHORUS]

stand strong
don't sway

count the cost
and pay-pay

no time for
play-play

focus and
don't stray-stray

4

some won't
some may

patience
conquers delay

speak peace (& your piece)
pray-pray

don't worry 'bout
what they say

8

[END CHORUS]


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 © 2019 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


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