Monday, October 31, 2011


Such a great great RADIO Programme of music

and the story of

J Dilla - beatmaker ......

....... I love this stuff

It's a name you might not recognise - but you'll certainly know his music... James Dewitt Yancey, Jay Dee or more commonly known as J Dilla, is one of hip hop’s most influential producers and artists, but his genius was cut short at 32 after battling the incurable blood disease, lupus.

As part of the Gone Too Soon series, Benji B presents this 1Xtra story celebrating the incredible music J Dilla created during his lifetime which includes tracks for Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, The Pharcyde and De La Soul to name but a few.

Through interviews with Plug 2 from De La Soul, Mos Def, Questlove from The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, J.Rocc, Slum Village members T3 and Wajeed, his brother Illa J and his incredible mum, Ma Dukes, we learn about how he made those beats, what he was like as a person and the legacy he left behind. Benji also pays his own tribute to the man he knew for almost ten years and is his favourite producer of all time.

Music played

  1. De La Soul De La Soul Stakes is High

  2. Slum Village Raise It Up

  3. Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Got 'til It's Gone

    Got 'til It's Gone, Virgin America
  4. Q-Tip Q-Tip Breathe And Stop

    Breathe and Stop (Radio Mix), Arista
  5. Busta Rhymes Busta Rhymes Woo Hah!

  6. Slum Village You Know What Love Is

  7. Common Common The Light

  8. Pharoahe Monch Pharoahe Monch We Must Be In Love

  9. Slum Village Once Upon A Time (featuring Pete Rock)

  10. Ice Cube Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

  11. Leaders of the New SchoolCase of the P.T.A.

  12. James Brown James Brown Funky Drummer

  13. The Roots The Roots New Years at Jay Dee's


  1. Sun 30 Oct 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011


I Aim at
Unconditional Love

Aiming and Failing
Better than
Not Loving
At All

I can see human scars
Some are behind clothing
Others are interior
Some behind a mask
Some buried deep
Some disguised in
A smile
All are
Buried Alive
I like seeing the cracks
Where the light gets in
Hope is alive





Saturday, October 29, 2011


Will you forgive?
Even when you don't
FEEL like it?




Can you include me?
For not replying speedily?

I think I am OK/Then I think of the mess I have made/How incomplete I am/Then return to/BEAUTIFUL IMPERFECTION.



New Book. Go to or iTunes. GREAT ON iPhone and iPad.

"We cannot change anything
until we accept it.
Condemnation does not liberate,
it oppresses."

- Carl Jung



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ALWAYS …………….
.. I try to understand
other humans
then I understand me
so I can
understand others.

I don't feel flat.
I don't feel depressed
I don't feel sad
I don't feel ill
I don't feel tense
I don't feel worried
I don't feel - you can tell
I don't know how I feel.

I think I am not as 'on the case' as I was.
Not as sharp.
Not as energetic.
When I am with humans
going out to them
conversations, discussions,
questions responses,
buzzing, laughing,
reflections, soul digging -
I am energised.

Sometimes when I am working at home
I feel flat and unmotivated.
Cannot think straight.

If there is a deadline I take it to bed with me
wake up with it in the morning and
push the envelope of creativity.

Maybe I need some head space?
Maybe I am not relaxed?
Maybe I am a workaholic
yet all I do is mission
not work!

So I will have meal,
read some Anne Lamott,
view some 'TV',
play DJ Edu loud,
cuddle Zig even more,
and wait for the energy to visit tomorrow eh?

I wonder how you are feeling .........................

is YOU !!
If you leak your authentic beauty
humans will want to to know why.

... ANOTHER great TOOL is using a Blob Tool.
There are many - 1k by now.
All to back up you in communication/development/support/opening ......
They are only good alongside the questions you ask -
AND your non-oppressive acceptance and valuing.
This BLOB SCHOOL is full of tools and ideas to use with all ages.
Take a look
Blob School by Ian Long Pip Wilson: Blob School is a book of resources for black/ white photocopying for groupwork or in colour for use with an Interactive White Board (download only for colour please). Using nothing more than questions and images, this tool explores life in school

Monday, October 24, 2011

Level Five.
Being L.5.
is when one or more persons
process their communication & sharing
towards openness & honesty.