Jazz Vibraphonist, Bobby Hutcherson, dies

Bobby Hutcherson (Jan. 17, 1941 – August 15, 2016)

Bobby Hutcherson, described as “one of the greatest, most inventive jazz vibraphonists to pick up a pair of mallets” by AP has died at age 75.

As a jazz lover, and jazz radio show host in my college days, his sound is unmistakably his own!

While he originally learned to play the piano as a child, hearing Milt Jackson playing the vibraphone motivated him to switch from piano.  He had a God-given gift . . . he released over 40 albums and worked as a sideman on many more.  He was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2010.

Robert Hutcherson was born Jan. 17, 1941, in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, and sons Teddy and Barry, and two grandchildren.  

His son (Barry) was the inspiration for perhaps his best-known song “Little B’s Poem”  

  • The song is beautiful and distinctly Bobby Hutcherson.
  • Like Jimmy Greene‘s “Ana Grace”, inspired by his daughter (who perished in the Sandy Hook shooting), both songs reflect the power of their musical gift and a father’s love for his child. Greene was featured in our 2014 Faith in Action Series.


Brilliant, inventive jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson dies (John Rogers, Associated Press)

Jazz giant Bobby Hutcherson dies at 75 (Jesse Hamlin, SF Gate, August 16, 2016)



Justice: Open Mind, Open Heart Required

“History can’t be a sword to justify injustice or a shield against progress. It must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, how to break the cycle, a roadway toward a better world . . . the path of grace involves an open mind. But more importantly, an open heart“.   President Barack Obama (June 26, 2015)


While spoken on the sad occasion of the funeral of a minister (Rev. Clementa Pinckney) who was killed along with eight others in a mass shooting in his Charleston, SC church, the words seem to fit the tragic shootings in Dallas, Minnesota, and Louisiana this week.

  • Two Black men and five police officers were killed.   We surely need a ‘roadway toward a better world’ in America.

Rest in Peace:

Alton Sterling

Philando Castile

Brent Thompson

Patrick Zamarripa

Michael Krol

Lorne Ahrens

Michael Smith

Photo credit: Honorbound/flickr  (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Martin Luther King, Jr. (8/28/63) : ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

Today is the ANNIVERSARY of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous I Have a Dream speech (transcript) . . . delivered on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day

live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin

but by the content of their character”.

Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1964)

August 28, 1963

‘Strength to Love’ (Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction….
The chain reaction of evil —
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars —
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)
Strength To Love speech, 1963

(August 11, 1963, exactly 5 weeks before the Sunday Sept. 15th Birmingham Church bombing – which killed 4 Black girls)

 5332424980_cfecb39780President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964)


  • In light of the events of the past ten days, sparked by the death of the ‘Mother Emanuel 9’ (including Clem Pinckney) at the hands of a racially-violent shooter, the words of King -a Minister/Martyr like Rev. Pinckney- came to mind.

 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

Photo credit:

Signing of Civil Rights Act (7/2/64):  U.S. Embassy New Delhi/flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)


March 7th, 2015: Why Selma Matters

If LOVE, the ‘greatest commandment’ the Bible tells us, were embraced universally, the inequalities, hate-fueled indignities, and/or disrespect which American Blacks still must deal with at times would NOT exist.  They do.  As the saying goes, those who don’t know their history (like the events surrounding this anniversary) are doomed to repeat it.  While much has changed in the last 50 years since the March at Selma (Bloody Sunday), much still needs to change.

As this post states: “We have made some great strides . . . African-Americans now hold important positions in government – including the office of The President of the United States . . . Blacks, Latinos and other people of color have reached prominent roles of leadership in civic organizations, corporations and local government.

But money and/or power don’t always translate into respect…or equality.

Because here and now in 2015, the fight continues. Gender, racial,…you name it. We still don’t look at each other as equals. The fact we are still arguing over, debating about and legislating voting rights indicates we have not traveled as far across the bridge as we would hope”.  While I’ve not seen the movie Selma yet, I’ve heard it’s worth seeing. Thanks for your thoughts on this milestone and movie CLIC.


Photo Credit: Yahoo Photo Credit: Yahoo

Recently, there was a lot of discussion about the importance of Selma – the movie.  It is significant for several reasons.  It was first, and foremost, a cinematic depiction of a time in American history.  A time during the civil rights movement.  A time when people with my skin tone were referred to as Negro or Colored.  A time when people who look like me were fighting for the right to vote.  It was a fight to be considered as equals.

The movie was also notable for the film’s director.  When Lee Daniels (director of Oscar nominated film Precious and creator of the TV show Empire) was unable to fulfill his selection as director of Selma, a woman’s name came up.  Ava Duvernay had directed a couple of independent films and had recently received good reviews for directing an episode of the hit TV show

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Honoring the Legacy of a Visionary with a Great Dream

When I was just 2 years old, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered one of the greatest speeches ever given. The ideals of that great speech (“I Have A Dream”) are part of his great legacy. While his life was sadly cut short, his words -including many from the Bible- live on to this day.  MLK helped show us the way!

“Let The Church Say Amen” / Andrae E. Crouch


While I reblogged a fine tribute post from Let’s Talk Gospel! earlier today (link), I wanted to share an anointed Gospel song Andraé Edward Crouch (1942 – 2015) produced a few years ago.   He passed away in California, last Thursday, at the age of 72; information on funeral services for Crouch can be found at the Facebook link below.

  • The title speaks for itself:  “Let The Church Say Amen“.

Like the late Maya Angelou (post), who passed last year, Andraé Crouch was a talented child of God like few others.  He wrote his first gospel song at the age of 14!  He is survived by his twin sister, Sandra.

  Greg Silverthorne