When I was very young, I heard an album that changed my life. It was a John Mayall album called The Blues Alone. One of the tracks on the album got to me so much that for the rest of my life it stayed in my head often on repeat. It took me a lifetime to find the album again - not in vinyl, but finally in CD and then later in digital format. Today I find it on youtube.
This song started it all for me - my lifetime love of blues and soul and jazz. My worship of the dark and the broken. And my journey to find my wings. I gave years of my life, but finally here I am, with my book, Broken Wings.
Thank you so much John Mayall.
The poem that I wrote titled Broken Wings features in the book and is accompanied by the self portrait that was featured on the home page of RedBubble and also won numerous awards for its stark simplicity and emotive power.