Salon Saloon

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She tries to greet every patron
With a smile of appreciation
Masking the standing situation
Of how badly her feet are aching
Instead she thinks of her creations
And an upcoming vacation

It’s Friday afternoon
Every seat in the room is nearly taken
Rows of women line the floor
Manning their stations
Mixing obnoxious concoctions
To apply with conversation

Chemicals and tools expertly used
Loyal ones return for the abuse
She helps consumer’s meet their needs
Hustling them in and out
With relative speed and ease
Looking the way they aspired to be

Cutting edge styles to desired lengths
One in the washer, under dryer and waiting
Tonight there’ll be no breaks
Edward Scissorhands fly through the air
On autopilot, parting and splitting hairs
Without any undo fanfare

Clippings quickly fall and gather around
To hear the latest talk of the town
Business here is alive and well
Everyone who comes has a story to tell
She listens and is genuinely interested
With all who pay her a routine visit


Last weekend I meet with John Brantingham and picked up his book, The Gift of Form, which I took with me to the hairdresser last night to read. About 20 pages in I came across an Observation Exercise and decided to give a try.  As a result, Leticia, who I’ve been seeing for over a decade fell victim to my words at play.

Inventive Subjugation

 

Here I stand at a crossroads
Staring off into the distance,
As I wait patiently and listen
Loyally, for the next episode

Commanding are rules to role
I struggle with the instructions
It’s the bane of self-destruction
Governing beyond my control

I let the true stories unfold
Taking a path of insistence
Though there’ll be resistance
Accepted in confusions hold

Baring the secret of horrors
Twisting the preferred reality
Toeing the fine line of fantasy
Hidden behind each closed door

Extending around the globe
Reaching into hearts and souls
Where kindred spirits do roam
Together in a place called home

Original piece featured in A Star is Born – Round VI Raw that served to throw me off The Neighborhood stage.

Tribute to Nigeria (replay/update/thanks)

Art by Issac Willie

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Oh Nigeria, you’ve taught me to believe in something much bigger than me, you brought the meaning of community and wealth by investing in family. The descendants of the Mother Land continue to rise despite the teardrops and bloodshed spelt on fertile soil during the darkest of times its people prosper and shine. Fasting for human rights and studying many lessons throughout long days and nights for a chance that might unite the world in peace against the political fights. May the “Giant of Africa,” forever be blessed with bountiful resources and beautiful people adorned in colorful attire that compliments bright, welcoming smiles.  Everlasting is the ancient works of art that paved the way to creative starts impressing upon us with permanent, influential marks of literature, proverbs, poetry, and music spreading the word. Oh Nigeria, thank you for delivering personal ties and bringing strong values into my life, which allowed me to see the world through another pair of eyes with no lies…as it is.

-Original piece published in: A Star is Born RD V: All Around the World & The Neighborhood Award for a chance to win the Performance of The Year award.  Each week there’s a new challenge with specific tasks that must be carried out. This week it was all about celebrating the arts around the world. Each nominee was asked to host a nation from a short list and I picked Nigeria for selfish reasons to pay homage to my cherished Nigerian, family and friends to recognize the many qualities they’ve introduced into my life.

A big thank you to all of my supporters who managed to keep me in this competition week-over-week with your generous votes. Last week, I slipped down a notch to number five with controversy, but this week I reclaimed my fourth place spot.  I have no idea what’s in store for round VI but be sure to tune in Sunday night cause I just might win this thing if you all stand by my side. 

 

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Chasing the Dream – Competition/Collaboration

Written by: Kelly Lewis
Performed by: John Akers (my nephew & Rock Star)

When you can’t wait any longer to figure it out
Or for someone else to show you around
Cause all you have is right here and now
You don’t know how, but make that vow

Keep chasing the dream
Of who you’re meant to be

Stumble alone through defeated crowds
Pour your bleeding heart out, loud
Fight to standout and get it all down
With both feet on the ground get lost within the sound

Keep chasing the dream
Of who you’re meant to be

Raise your voice above the noise
Working hard to tear down and destroy
The fantasy of living reality
Of who you’re destined to be

Original piece featured on 10/25/15, in A star is born: an all around artist as part of a competition for 2015 Best Performance of The Year in The Neighborhood. This week’s performances pushed artistic boundaries out of the zone. I composed my first song, and a brilliant 14 year-old wrote accompanying music and recorded it in record time, under 24 hours. The voting polls are still open, please click on the links above to view the entire show and cast your vote(s). As of the half-way point I was climbing to the top, and was last reported at #2.  Let’s try to make this a #1 Hit, tell all of your friends ~ Thank you! 🙂

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Drum Roll Please…The Results

My Lovelies,

You’ve gone and done it, and made me one happy gal. I’m pleased to report that I was able to maintain my position at #4 this week thanks to so many of you!  

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Falling Star: Send in the Clown – 2nd Stage Fall

Sadly, we must say farewell to special artists, Robert Goldstein, in this round of the competition.

Be sure to visit Robert’s site where his artistic expressions are thriving and well.

Source: Falling Star: Send in the Clown – 2nd Stage Fall

Our Legacy

Forlorn is the spirit that does not have a home
Within a beating heart of another to call its own
Seeking permanent shelter the weary soul roams
Through emotional turmoil heightened by alone

Personal endeavors that drive strangers together
Divine powers intercede to raise an eternal dynasty
Creating strong family bonds that endure forever
Values and traditions bestowed upon a living legacy

Extending ourselves to others exchanging needs
Surrounded by people with intellectual variety
Gatherings in communities by those who believe
In forming distinct units within larger society

Wealthy are the hearts with cultural immunity
Held together by rich diversity’s home of beauty

(c) Kelly Lewis 2015

This was written for The Neighborhood as part of a competition show that I featured in last night with eight other nominees. If you enjoyed this piece please go to A star is born – solo performances to see the other performers. I appreciate your readership and support!

Update: Performance of the Year – Competition

Last week, I managed not to be eliminated in the first round of voting show-cased on A star is born – the photo op for this year’s “Performance of the Year” at The Public Blogger and secured 4th place thanks to all of you!

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Round two of eliminations begin tomorrow night on Sunday October 18th, at 7:00 PM PT. This week’s show will feature solo and collaborative performances and I expect the remaining eight (nine including myself) artists to deliver award worthy performances, which you won’t want to miss. I’ll share the show here; so that you can take it all in and then cast your votes at the polls even if it’s not for me.

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An audio shout-out from Hip Hop artist and competitor, H-Y Loco, and links to the (remaining) nominees sites: