To the street peddler on Bourbon Street

Walking down on Bourbon Street

I heard the voice of a street peddler

Made my heart weep

I could not take another step

Without giving him compensation

For the tears I had wept

I searched in my pockets for any coin

or dollars with no such luck

Truthfully I felt like money

simply not enough

So this poem,though not much

is dedicated to you

Thank you street peddler for

singing a song so true.

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Can you love someones’ music and not like them

I will start this blog off saying “Sorry mom, I know you love R. Kelly.” And I love my mom. I think if my mom did a lot of horrible things I would still love her, becasue she is my mom. Glad she has never done many horrible things to put my love to the test. But R. Kelly has.

In high school I remember listening to R. Kelly music. Later as I started a career in the Air Force I would dance to his music at the NCO clubs and perhaps any party that I attended. R. Kelly has awesome music. That does not mean he is a great person. My mom can not seem to differentiate between the two. In her mind everyone else is lying on R.Kelly. Despite me pointing out that “Just becasue you make good music does not mean you are a good person.” I explain that that the two are not mutual exclusive she does not care.

I watched that interview with Gail King. She did an awesome job. I also watched R.Kelly get so emotional he was borderline psycho. If you have ever been in an abusive relationship you know this is where it starts. The pounding of the fist to get a point across, the out of control sobbing, the “I’m the victim,” look. He wanted you to feel sorry for him. And in his mind he probably thinks he has done nothing wrong. Or if he did they deserved it, or it is not as bad as everybody is saying it is. Yet he showed you who he is right there.

Now to play devil’s advocate. If people are aware of the things that R.Kelly did and do not want the radio to play is music. How is that any different than acknowledging his sins and not acknowledging how wrong displaying confederate statutes anywhere is. The soldiers of the confederate where not patriots. They fought against what is right. We know that slavery was wrong. Just like we know what R. Kelly did was and is wrong. I know some of you are thinking that’s as different as apples and oranges. Is it though.

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