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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.


Monday, July 6, 2020

Dear Hannah: LEarning (I Believe (Keep Your Peace))



 
Dear Hannah,

Keep your peace ...

... through doubt and uncertainty
... through headache
... through heartache


Love,

Daddy



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"I Believe (AKA "Keep Your Peace")"
By Derrick Brown
10-2-2019

keep your peace ...

... through doubt and uncertainty
... through headache
... through heartache

[Chorus]

i believe in dreams
so big that i

close my eyes_and_see
the reasons why

tell you somethin
i can't begin to try

take my time_and_hold_on
to testify

victory is_for_me
i qualify

'cause I believe ...
yes - I believe ...

[Verse 1 - doubt and uncertainty ... what do I do? ]

all up in the air
but it ain't hit the ground

better catch what u can
can u hear me now?

I grind, hustle, and flow
& never no-show

I say "gimme the dough"
but u say "uh oh"

4

"didn't cha know ..."
"... this was pro bono?"

under my breath
I be like "uh-oh"

then in my Astro voice
I be like "rut ro"

catch-22s
are a no-no

8

watch out (now)
for_Mr._So-and-so-so

art of the deal
pay on the low-low

then u stay rich
and I stay po-po

seen it comin'
_movin' in slo-mo

12

''bottom_line_tho
this poco loco

but I better_know
don't say "I know so"

keep_it_to_myself
and then I grow-grow

but lemme leave u alone
it's time to go-go

16

I still believe, right? ... but please help my unbelief

[Chorus]

i believe in dreams
so big that i

close my eyes_and_see
the reasons why

tell you somethin
i can't begin to try

take my time_and_hold_on
to testify

victory is_for_me
i qualify

'cause I believe ...
yes - I believe ...

[Verse 2 - persevere through headache and heartache - we will make our living through giving]

didn't write the book
but I told the tale

blood_sweat_and_so_many_tears
minus the detail

spent the best of my years
plannin' and schemin'

to spend the rest of my years
hopin' and dreamin'

4

faced the worst of my fears
kickin' and screamin'

now I switched up careers
podcastin'_streamin'

study war no more
but think like sun-tzu

know what i'm fightin' for
& share it with you ...

8

re'sume' say
'I only teach a "be-be"

'the games that "they" play
'make_way_out_of_no_way

this ain't for play-play
i do it for the payday

the family vacay
and the 401k

12

and so that I stay
"one foot out" so maybay

I have some say-say
'on_to-day_and_the_next_day

_detour_but_no_delay
'right_on_time_cause_I'm_gray

_and_just _a_l'il_cray-cray
to speak up for mi gente

16

'cause I believe ...

[Chorus]

i believe in dreams
so big that i

close my eyes_and_see
the reasons why

tell you somethin
i can't begin to try

take my time_and_hold_on
to testify

victory is_for_me
i qualify

'cause I believe ...
yes - I believe ...


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.


Sunday, July 5, 2020

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Ain't Goin' Nowhere)



 
Dear Hannah,

My songs help me talk to "me" about "me".

They teach, train, correct, rebuke, encourage, inspire, restore, and motivate me.

I don't like being exploited, marginalized, disrespected, and overlooked.

I get that a lot ... too much.

I don't like to be used.

I get that a lot ... too much.

I don't like to waste time on empty, one-sided relationships.

I get that a lot ... too much.

I don't like being asked to be part of the solution - without being able to help define the problem.

I get that a lot ... too much.

It does make me appreciate others who might be treated worse.

I hope it makes me pay more attention to the way I treat people.

I pray that it inspires mercy, grace, patience, and empathy more than enmity.

The convenient choices about listening to our voices do not fool me.

We are fooled much too easily ... usually because we think we know ... sometimes because we only care about what we care about.

All I know is that we don't know.

You see what you think you saw.

You want what you think you want.

They did what they think they did.

They meant what you think they meant.

But a mind is a terrible thing to have.

You may have your eyes on the wrong prize.

Mine eyes have seen the promised land.

I have seen the finish line.

I pray that I stay focused, and stay in the race.

I know I'll be alright.

I ain't goin' nowhere.

Love,

Daddy


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"Ain't Going Nowhere"
By Derrick Brown
1-1-2020
8-20-2019

[VERSE 1]

ain't invited
but i show up

make mistakes
but i grow up

kinda quiet sometimes
but i speak up

move in silence
so i sneak up

4

surprise, surprise!
what y'all up to?

oh - is that right?
that's wassup, boo!

strength in numbers
let me help you

synergy
new breakthrough

8

fully focused, man
on a new day

and a new way
forget what "they" say

run the relay
instant replay

same cray cray
groundhog day

12

met you 2 or 3 times
but you still don't know me

now that sho ain't a crime
so make it 4 for-me

you made a bar in my rhyme
now get the door for-me

you remind me that i'm
OK - no mo' for-me

16

[CHORUS 1]

... 'cause this ain't goin' nowhere
... naw, fam - nowhere

[VERSE 2]

situation room
'come_on_let's_work_it_out

(but) first things first
'what *are* we working out?

where_did_we_go_wrong
_what the heck we talm 'bout?

'how did we get here?
'how do we reroute?

4

'don't do arguments
_no need to scream and holla

no need to pop ya colla
'school me like a scholar

however -
'i ain't sure i follow

you wanna pay me pennies
then boss up like they dollars?

8

'(now) that's an answer
i question a lot

i connect the dots
think i know the plot

'Jedi mind trick
_drop it like it's hot

tie 'em in a knot
_okey-doke i think not

12

'you "Papa Big Shot"?
i'm "Mr. Robot"?

_right stew, wrong pot
i'm "Mr. Free Thought"

imma cop a squat
hold onto what i got

ain't your mascot
took a snapshot

[CHORUS 2]

... and i ain't goin' nowhere
... got my eyes wide shut

[VERSE 3 (LAST VERSE)]

now you see me
''now you don't

all depends
'on what ya want

lemme tell ya tho
this kinda lets me know

that ya never know
and i need to grow

4

ideas
continue_to_flow

when i guard my heart
with_both_friend_and_foe

keep ya balance yo
whether high or low

pay it forward so
you grow and go-go-go

8

'now play me once
'shame_on_you_boo

play me twice
' shame_on_me_too

ain't stuck on stupid
ain't stuck on you

ain't stuck like chuck
know what to do

12

shake it off and bail
_say "ouch" behind the veil

selah and then exhale
respect the detail

let it be and then
_if we ever meet again

don't say "remember when?"
_say "bless you" and "amen"

16

[CHORUS 3 (FINAL CHORUS)]

... 'cause i ain't goin' nowhere
... i'll be right here


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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