I am Rusty Taylor, a hemp-inspired quadriplegic poet and jazz vocalist who has recorded a CD of jazz vocals entitled Southern Standard Time. Click the link above to read my very breif bio.
I write a monthly blog chronicling my journey into the world of performing live jazz music as well as my trying to grasp the mental concepts of jazz theory. This page also contains some of the essays I've wriiten along with some poetry, which includes writing lyrics for jazz standards.
This link takes you to a page of blogs that interesr me. If you write a blog that you think may stimulate interest, email me the address, and I'll look into it.
My inaugural CD of jazz vocals, Southern Standard Time, was received well in The Netherlands. Check out what other reviewers have written about me and my recording.
This link will take you to a page that lists some of the essays I've written on various themes. Within the page is another link that will navigate you to a list of op-eds I wrote to my local newspaper during the embarrassing administration of possible war criminal George W. Bush. Many were published and can thereby be corroborated as opinions I wrote during the time when the usurper of the presidency was very popular with the blind masses that lauded his ignorance.
I am a writer who loves words. This link will take you to a page that lists odd and fascinating words and phrases, trivia, lexicography, et al. It's just a fun page if you like words or word puzzles.
Here's a listing of gigs by jazz band Southern Standard Time.
It's a list of jazz events in Columbus, GA; Atlanta, GA; and a few from Auburn, AL; Birmingham, AL; Tuskegee, Al; and other live performances that I think might be interesting.
Obviously, it's a page that lists contact info for jazz musicians in the area, the instruments they play, and, if available, a little bio.
I am a poet. Not a good one, mind you, but a poet nonetheless. I truly dig weaving the tapestry of poetry with the weft and warp of imagery via hightened language and literary devices aimed to stimulate the heart of the reader. This interest obviously manifests itself quite comfortably with writing lyrics to jazz instrumentals. Do not be wary. There're only words.
Actually, this page includes my monthly blog, an archive of my monthly blogs, my personal proclamation of emancipation from hatered, and links to essays, lyrics, and poetry I've written. Who knows, I may even add links to short stories, so check back often.
I am not a political person; I'm not smart enough to understand the myriad inconsistancies, obfuscations, and character violating rhetoric by both parties. Seems like a politician can say anything with impunity as long as she justifies it in the name of Democracy. I'm just a pot-smoking poet who likes to sing (preferably the challenging improvisation characterized by jazz vocals, although I really enjoy the bawdy folk song as well), but I do see the detrimental concequencies of unregulated Capitalism, and I believe, along with *, that George W. Bush should be tried as a war criminal. To peruse a PDF file containing many of the 300-word essays I wrote to my local newspaper during Bush's embarrassing administration, click here.
Poetry page is COMING SOON!
This link will take you to a list of videos that inspire me: music, environmentally green, and interesting.
I post a video of the week. Why not?
It's a glossary, man. I've been accused of purposefully writing 'big words' (sesquipedalian). I merely read challenging material, and I try to read with a dictionary handy... and I use it, too. Also, when I find a word I didn't realize even existed in the English language, I write it down! I've recently started collecting challenging words in this web-listing. Enjoy.
Links Of Interest (Internet):
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Columbus, Georgia that is, and yes, we have a groovy non-profit jazz society extant since 1987. We have a jam/meeting every second Sunday of every month from 6-9 pm. Every jam/meeting begins with a core band's playing two sets, and then the floor is opened to musicians who wish to jam. Catered by Country's BBQ in a spacious, smoke-free room of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Activity Room. Visit the website for more details.
Did you know you can check out CDs and DVDs at the public library? Would I lie to you? Also, check out links for best sellers in fiction and nonfiction, genealogy, digital media, bookmobile, e-books, and more.
The Columbus, Georgia Consolidated Government's Planning Department provides research, analysis, and policy recommendations to the City Council and Planning Advisory Commission (PAC) on land use, zoning, transportation planning, historic preservation, subdivision plan reviews, and urban design. The Department also acts as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Columbus-Phenix City area. Check it out.
Founded in 1953, the Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in both its permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions. The mission of the Columbus Museum is to collect, preserve, research and interpret American art and regional history for the education, enrichment and enjoyment of a broad and diverse public. Plus it's free.
The Jazz Studies program at CSU promotes and celebrates this unique and all-inclusive art form - jazz, and is committed to providing interested students with innovative, comprehensive, and specialized jazz education. We offer a variety of opportunities for music students to broaden and strengthen their career choices by acquiring important skills in jazz performance and jazz education. Available to any music major student the Minor in Jazz Studies curriculum offers a full variety of jazz courses and ensembles, from Jazz Theory and Improvisation and Jazz History, to applied jazz lessons on bass, guitar, piano, saxophone, trumpet, and drum set. Through taking these jazz courses the students will learn necessary jazz performance and jazz education skills, while in Jazz Band or Jazz Combos, developing an intimate acquaintance with all jazz styles ranging from Dixieland to Bebop to Hard Bop to Contemporary Jazz. Smaller chamber jazz groups (jazz combos) provide the opportunity for students to focus on developing personal improvisation styles and benefit from enhanced interaction with ensemble members, studying and memorizing jazz standards and working original compositions.
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center’s primary focus is on education. We want all who visit the museum to leave here with a better appreciation of the sacrifices American Infantrymen make to protect our freedom. We strive to help all visitors understand what drives a young man to become an Infantryman, putting himself in harm’s way in defense of an idea. We encourage schools to bring children as young as 8 to the museum to begin learning about the critical role the Infantry has played — and continues to play — in U.S. history. And we are the primary venue for young Soldiers to learn about the legacy they are joining. A visit to the museum is part of the curriculum for all trainees.
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is dedicated to providing quality educational programs and resources that promote environmental awareness and citizen science. Our mission is to inspire individuals to conserve, protect, and restore the natural environment.
It's my band's facebook page. Check it out and 'like' us if you, in fact, truly dig our style. It's infectious, riotous, and, gosh darn it, it's clean fun. (Sorry about the aggressive vernacular... I just get so excited.)
The Loft is Columbus, Georgia's weekly home for jazz music, a Columbus Uptown favorite, a family run business rooted in local history since 1992, combining food, fun, and music in a scrumptious and unique way. It has always been our family's goal to share with our patron's quality and value in a casual atmosphere. In short, if you love extraordinary food, the best in live entertainment and a warm and welcoming service staff, come spend the evening with us.
Online Radio Stations That Play My Music: