The Fierce Urgency of Now

MLKI was in the midst of improvising on the piano this past weekend, when unbidden a tantalizing phrase leaped out of my subconscious mind that wouldn’t leave me until I abandoned the instrument and wrote it down on my computer. There followed a stream of consciousness that in turn led me inexorably to my Yamaha MIDI: there in fairly short order I composed an impromptu piece with an incessant, almost fierce, undercurrent of repeated notes in the left hand, leading to a contemplative midsection of peace and quietude. Not for long, because something within me demanded that I return without delay to the urgency of now.

I recall that some years ago in my native India I was moved to compose a song in remembrance of the late Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Peace” on the anniversary of his assassination. As is well known, Mahatma GandhiGandhi led India to independence through nonviolent civil disobedience.  I was fully aware of the role that movement had  played in another iconic world figure’s life – that of Martin Luther King, Jr., whom I had long admired for his role in the civil rights of  African-Americans in my future home, these United States. So, perhaps, it is not surprising that on a certain day in October 2015, those two remembrances coincided to spark my creative effort in composing “The Fierce Urgency of Now” subtitled Impromptu in B-flat  Minor.

Dear Readers,
You number over 16,000 since January 2015, when I first began to put “some of my thoughts, written down” and posted them in the blogosphere. Since that time, many of you have urged me to seek support of my site and my writings by way of donations.

 My blog is about my life. It’s about what I’ve learned through the span of my life. It’s about things I love, and things I know and things I have experienced. I am humbled that so many of you want to join with me in my reflections. If you like what you find here, if it inspires or informs or amuses you, then I am content.  
It would mean a lot to me if you would please consider making a donation of US $5.00, $10.00, $15.00, or whatever amount you deem fit to sustain my work.
And thank you for being a regular reader of the Azim Mayadas Blog!

________________________________________

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *