All I can say is that…WOW! The fact that I’m blown away by this picture for many reasons is because it just makes me realize that my book is supposed to manifest itself at some point in this lifetime.
It’s amazing how ALL three of these guys play a part in the process of my book-some way, shape, or form and here they stand, side by side, in the same picture!
Mainly, Q–tip and Max Roach are the muses (that are widely known) who have played a part in the process of the development of my book’s main male character, Maxwell Odean Schroeder.
Max Schroeder is a jazz musician/creative individual who possesses versatility in the music world. I can say, by what I observed about him, Q–tip is similar in ways. While I don’t know every facet of this man’s existence, one thing’s for sure-he understand’s, he appreciates, and he’s well-versed in MUSIC. Not just one particular kind, but many genres. Love him or hate him, one can’t deny that he made an impact on the world for people of my generation (I was born 1980) when music WAS versatile in the mainstream and beyond. He’s still relevant to this day and that speaks volumes about who he is as an artist. He has an aura about him that I felt fit the character I was trying to create. He actually embodied a lot of what I saw in other musicians I knew personally, even the ones I didn’t know like Max Roach. So, it’s no surprise they are standing in this picture together. Max Roach was an excellent drummer to me. His music speaks to me in ways that maybe some people can feel or maybe not. The point is to show that a lot of us creative individuals are connected by more than just happenstance.
Questlove‘s last name “Thompson” was given to the main female character, Valerie Thompson, and that’s because I think he’s innovative and talented as well.
I’ll have a lot of people to thank by the time the book is finish and hopefully they’ll all pick up a copy and see what I have to say about them in that section of my book.
When things start to come together, they start to make sense to me and give me that purpose so that I may follow through on my journey.
While there are other individuals, situations, and things that have come into my life that play some significant part in my book, I can’t help but draw inspiration from those that inspire me through my other artistic ability, which is music.
If these guys were not present at some time in my life, I’m not sure this book would have come about.
I wish I could meet and thank every last one of them at the same time…unfortunately, Max Roach is no longer with us (R.I.P).
However, I think creating someone who possesses certain qualities that Mr. Roach had, is thanks enough.
I hope he heard me wherever he has landed beyond this flesh-driven world.
Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln–Garvey’s Ghost
A Tribe Called Quest– The Infamous Date Rape