“A Poetic Ode to S.T.E.A.M.” (Biennial of the Americas 2015)

by Molina Speaks

(This poem was scribed in reflection of conversations about S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.AM. in Education.  Molina was commissioned as the live poetic scribe of the Biennial of the Americas 2015.)

A Poetic Ode to S.T.E.A.M.

(science, technology, engineering, ARTS, math)

mi poesia es mi corazon
mis artes, mi cuerpo
these relics, these stones
what is life
without these poems? 

what are your numbers worth?
sin musica?
sin danza?
your math, without design?

what are your buildings worth
if they don’t stimulate my mind?

mi alma, my technology
mi sciencia, the wings of las mariposas
the songs that keep my dreams alive

what are your lab results worth
without appreciation for the particles
that dance across my skies? 

mi poesia es mi corazon
mis artes, mi cuerpo
these relics, these stones
what is life
without these poems?

“Opening Sounds” (Biennial of the Americas 2015)

By Molina Speaks

(This poem was scribed to reflect the opening night street concert by the band Flobots.  Molina was commissioned as the live poetic scribe of the Biennial of the Americas 2015.)

I want to be free from this history
I want to be free from this history
I want to be free from this history

I see you,
I too
want to be Free
yet I am tethered
to a reality paved for me

Ya Basta!
I take a sledgehammer to past paths I did not lay

Ya Basta guay!
Ya Basta!
I take a sledgehammer to future paths I did not lay

Railroad tracks
for trains of thought
conveyed Now

I am an agent of change
yet I am tied to my history,
unforgotten
and unforgettable

I hold our people’s struggles and victories as my Truths, so I
fight with fight with fight with
Tools

break

The conscious performance landscape
has changed:
a milieu of arms crossed and fists raised,
who is who?

Fists don’t fly free to the sky the way they used to
like flags melting down the molten ticks of our times
speaking urgency
unrecognized

The boom lights rise to the righteous sound bouncing
through the darkness off the corporate towers downtown
juxtaposing,
contradicting,
conflicting,
merging,
communicating Love into the confusion  and chaos
of Now

break

“Opening Words” (Biennial of the Americas 2015)

By Molina Speaks

(This poem was scribed to reflect the Opening Symposium of the Biennial of the Americas 2015.  Molina was commissioned as the live poetic scribe of the Biennial.)

Suit Jackets and Ties
Live at the Americas
Cocktail Dresses and Heels
Costume and Curtain Time, Shine

The Beautiful People shuffle truths and disguise Now
Live at the Americas

Let us talk Money
Let us talk Business and Big Names
Politics and Community

Tell me about the Thought Leaders in the
“The Conceptual Economy”
I will tell you about the hood
and the ideas that are mined from our lives
by monopolies

It is a privilege to be Here
I will soak it up and plant a flag
A seat at the Table for the Poet reading shadows
I am honored to be of Residence here

Now

Let us talk of Now

Pull out the Resumes, Bios and the Script,
under-rehearsed name pronunciations
and Million Dollar accents
on Investment

Meet the Talent
Enunciate your Passions in Fluctuating Times

Now!
Meet the Millennials!
Meet the Billennials!!, the bilinguals

Meet the Now Statistics as America Browns

Do not panic, America
is Browning

Do not call me “Hispanic”
Another conversation for another time…

(do not panic)

For now we are speaking of Now
The Millennials are coming!!
The Millennials are coming!!!!

I counted 27.5 uses of the word “Millennial”
in session
and perhaps one mention of “justice”

Education and Choice, Taxonomies
Digital Currencies and Technologies
Old standards and Domains irrelevant
Times of Informal Educations and Social Media hype
Now

Where will you find Yourself a  m  e  r  I  c  a ? ? ?

Interesting… these times are “interesting”
(every intellectual’s favorite word, including mine)
Call and respond with me…

    When I say, “Well, what do you think ??? hmm…”
     You rub your chin and say “Hmm mmm I  n  t  e  r  e  s  t  I  n  g …”

Ready:

The experts say you can Now learn to computer program in about six months flat through some diligence and a free online class at Harvard… in exchange for your $70,000 receipt of debt from a university of your choosing: 

“Well, what do you think ??? hmm…”
“… Hmm mmm I  n  t  e  r  e  s  t  I  n  g …”

The experts say we are obsessed with public persona, that we are distracted, that we have redacted focus, that we are not engaged in the Now but instead are infatuated with the Packaging of Now…

“Well, what do you think ??? hmm…”
“… Hmm mmm I  n  t  e  r  e  s  t  I  n  g …”

(COMES NOW from Molina Speaks, you can find me on twitter at @ Molina Speaks that’s M-O-L-I-N-A S-P-E-A-K-S)

The experts say that the future of social media is really about teaching us how to set boundaries for ourselves…

Well, what do you think ??? hmm…”
“… Hmm mmm I  n  t  e  r  e  s  t  I  n  g …”

Finally, when asked, “what is the key to happiness?”, the experts say:

In a nutshell, “Happiness is about American Exceptionalism and Investment Potential…”

“Happiness is about Impact and Purpose…”

Another expert made it about “The Chicken or the Egg”, then babbled on about qualities and quantities, qualitative and quantitative data, extended wordiness and finally proclaimed that “It cannot be contained in mere words…”

Lastly, she said Happiness was about her Job, Success, and “Kicking Ass”

Well, what do you think ??? hmm…”
“… Hmm mmm I  n  t  e  r  e  s  t  I  n  g …”

Interesting indeed.

a  m  e  r  I  c  a
Look back at your history so that you can us where we are going
Let us play Definition together
as we sit Now at your Table: 

What
Would
Make
You 
Happy

NOW
America?

What The TheloniUs

#WhatTheTheloniUs

Thelonious Monk inspired scores of jazz and hip hop legends, but in his time he was that artist who contemporaries thought was crazy because he did things his way. They didn’t know if he was garbage or genius. History has proven Thelonious a complicated and brilliant visionary. His rhythms, patterns and textures continue to inspire musicians and poets alike. We are TheloniUs when we are not afraid to be ourselves, regardless of whether people “get it.” We are TheloniUs when we take what is old and make it new with our own original wild style. #WhatTheTheloniUs is a journey through jazz and lyrical improvisation.

Concept by Molina Speaks
Produced by Diles for Visceral View Entertainment

Vocals performed by Molina Speaks and guest emcees
Beats and Mixes by Diles
Mastered by DJ Icewater

1. #WhatTheTheloniUs features guest vocals by Ill Seven and Yuzo Nieto on Saxaphone. Written, recorded and improvised start-to-finish to Diles beat in a two-hour studio session at Dryer Plug Studios, October 2014.

2. #Check features guest vocals by Mike Wird, Asia Fajardo on Saxaphone, and Chris G on Flute. Written, recorded and improvised from scratch including beat in a two hour studio session at Cherry Sound Studios, February 2014.

3. #TimePiece features Randy Runyan on Trumpet. Written, recorded and improvised start-to-finish to Diles beat in a two-hour studio session at Dryer Plug Studios, August 2014.

4. #Hustle features Joshua Trinidad on Trumpet. Horns recorded at the end of #WhatTheThelonius session at Dryer Plug Studios, lyrics written in a 30-minute stream-of-consciousness session on a Wednesday morning at sunrise, then recorded in a 90-minute studio session at Late Nite Studios.

Molina Speaks - What The Thelonius

“Everyday Denver” coming June 2014

i-zdKHgbm-XL“Everyday Denver” EP – My snapshot of and dedication to the MileHighCity as it changes and rearranges.  Album will be released mid-late June.

Features beats by Mikey Fresh, Soul City Studios, Denver.  Each track features live trumpet solos by Randy Runyan, master trumpeter, Denver.  Recorded by Owen Trujillo, Late Nite Studios.  Produced by DJ Icewater.

I will be pressing 1000 copies of the album, most of which will be given away free and distributed throughout the Mile High City.

Support the project:

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First track leak: “Denver”

Every Day Denver Watching Clouds Change Seasons

On Resolve

Written on New Years Eve 2013-

The last splice of December sunlight peers through jagged winter branches, memories of cactus, above gray buildings, but it sinks.  It falls like heaven, like grace, leaving traces of soft blue sky that carries my clouds over the rockiest mountains of my life.  Bright orange flowers line my window seal, near relics of sea, relics of time, succulent twinges of honey moments set against a window pane that broadcasts narrow shadows. 

The world is round. 

This inner world meets the outer world, proving nothing new.  Eyes wander searching for the right words to write.  There is no science, nor math, no test that can administer these ideas, nor predict the outcome of these silhouettes that dance against a dull winter wall.  There is nothing haphazard here, nothing that was left to chance.  The candle flame sits in the ash from last night’s herb, revolving in its orbit.  Coffee grinds sit, marinating cold water.  Unpacked boxes broadcast sleepy thoughts and excitement of new adventures.  The sun continues to fall. 

A new narrative dances, winding up and back down like a staircase.  We were lucky to witness each other in this madness, to rise up from the predictability of civilization.  Nothing is fixed.  Choices mix with impermissible ideas, swayed by great winds.  We still have the trees to ground us, to fix us into the real.  Yet nothing is stagnant, we know.  I never digress, as the skyline will always change.  Every hour of changing light Everyday proves this.  We revolve in tension, without resolve. 

Yet I resolve… To be… Exactly as I wish to Be.

Ten Reasons I’m Unfamous

Dope intro track to #GreenChileInTheAir Vol 3 by Diles and Anacron.

A couple lines I like from this unapologetically unfamous track:

Ya like “don’t forget us when you blow up” / Then you forget my shows and never show up…

We don’t do hype we don’t do trends, we don’t / feel like the means should bend for ends and we / kept the friends that actually notice / instead of dissin’ em for yes men that practically blow us…

There are some other gems on the project too:  Jungle One is a lyrical Beast.

**Purchase #GreenChileInTheAir3 HERE
**Don’t “Support”… Get it cuz you owe it to yourself to enjoy the best of the Southwest.

Ten Reasons I’m Unfamous:

1. I don’t do enough drugs.
2. I don’t kiss enough ass.
3. I’d rather eat the fancy food at the fancy party than act fancy.
4. I don’t smile enough at rich people.
5. I don’t have enough outbursts.
6. I don’t like having my ass kissed.
7. I like everyday people too much to play paparrazi in the sandbox.
8. I don’t wear enough clothes.
9. I wear too much clothes.
10. I’m an Artist. I will properly wait til’ I’m dead for that.

WOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRLLLLDDDDDD FAAAAAAAAAMMMMMOOOOOOUUUUUUUSSSSSSSS!!!

Ha!

Green Chile In The Air Vol 3

Salmon Run 2013

Messages come to me when I travel.  If you talk to to strangers, you probably feel the same.  My definition of “strangers” is not limited to humans. 

I came upon a salmon run today just east of Portland.  I did not go in search of this experience.  If I tried to explain to you everything I have seen in the past two weeks, you probably would not believe me.  I will limit my commentary to the salmon.

I saw dozens, perhaps hundreds of salmon, swimming upstream, pushing against the currents, to lay their eggs and spawn new life.  They have returned to the place of their birth, perhaps the exact place of their birth, after years and hundreds of miles swimming back and forth to the pacific ocean.   Most of them will die after they lay their eggs.  They will be eaten by bears, birds of prey, fisherman, and other predators. 

Brutal.  Beautiful—A final act of selfless love and redemption.  We live to die, and we die to live.  We will die many times in this life, to remember how to live. 

Salmon Run