On March 17, 2012 The Solar Flare Arkestral Marching Band will celebrate the earth’s magnificent star and its incredible cycle of activity. According to some sources the solar flare that erupted on Tuesday of thi week is causing the biggest solar storm the we’ve experienced in five years disrupting power grids, satellites and forcing airplanes to alter their North and South Pole routes. Aurora’s will appear in our night skies much lower on the hemisphere than normally visible. And based on what I hear on the radio, helio-scientists are all a flutter with excitement – as is The Solar Flare Arkestra Marching Band.

Please stay tuned for more announcements regarding the next insurgency of music color and sound. But in the mean time, check out what’s going on in our galaxy.

Click HERE to investigate>>>>

Or HERE>>>


More coming soon.




These are the manholes that surround the DuSable Museum in Washington Park. I scoured the grounds on foot and on bike. I could only find one labeled “EL.” Now I look for the EL manhole all over town. I can’t find any more.

If someone spots one, would you please let me know?

Names and Changes

“My  Mama  Always  Called  Me  Son”
Herman “Sonny” Blount
Herman >< namreH >< nam(e)reH > Reh = Egyptian Sun God
H. Sonne Bhlount
Sonny Ra
Mr. Ra<>Mr. Re
Mr. Mystery
The Ra > eaRTh
Sun Ra

The Chicago EL

Philosophy is a conjecture. I’m dealing with equations. ~Sun Ra

According to Wikipedia Ēl is a Northwest Semitic word meaning “deity”1 the root and variations thereof can be traced to many languages and nations who also understood the word to indicate the barer/ birther/(berther) of all other gods and to be translated as “Sun.”    Scholar John Szwed, in his foundational book, Space is the Place, the Life and Times of Sun Ra,  draws attention to the fact that Sun Ra’s research for the origins of mankind, and world cultures and religions led him to a wide range of documents and fields of study*2 such as Grafton Elliot Smith’s The Ancient Egyptians and Their Influence on Upon the Civilization and  Godfrey Higgins’s The Anacalypsis, an Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil of the Saitic Isis, or an Inquiry into the Origin of Languages, Nations, and Religions. The connections he began to make between historical text such as these and his research into numerology, and the occult led Sun Ra to believe, that  the letter “R” and the letter “L” were transposable and interchangeable. On October 20, 1952, Herman “Sonny” Blount changed his name to Le Sony’r Ra. 3


And then there’s Chicago’s ELE-vated Train. Which lore tells was greatly enjoyed by Sun Ra. Riding around in the loop, you can spot a sprinkling of  buildings decorated in the Egyptian Revival Style. The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the early twenties, inspired this architectural trend and also, surely ignited a young Herman Poole Blount’s imagination.

So I’m riding through Washington Park, coasting by the grounds of the DuSable Museum when I roll across this.

What’s beneath?

A story.

More later.

Check out a sprinkling of images from the flashmob that converged upon Chicago’s Meat Packing District on Saturday, September 20, 2011.


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RICH SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL has been selected to perform at the 2012 London Olympics!

They need your help to get there!

Please donate now!



It happened and it was so much fun.

The Rich South High school Band never ever fails to deliver!

More coming, but here’s a  taste of the sparks that fly when Sun Ra’s comet collides with Rich South.

Rich South High School Marching Band invades Chicago's Meat packing District

In the meantime….


Did I mention that Rich South High was going to perform in the London Olympics?

And YOU can help get them there!!


Visit the band’s SITE.






On Saturday. September 10, 2011,

sometime between 1pm & 2pm

On the corner of

N. Peoria and Randolph

in Chicago, IL



is happening.

The Rich South High School Marching Band

under the direction of

Mr. Y.L. Douglas

will perform

Where Pathways Meet

composed by

Sun Ra

arranged by

Mr. Frederick Tapley

Please be discrete while waiting for the performance.

Please do not disturb the crew.

Please Join Us!


Sponsored in part by threewalls, UCIRA,

and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and Dr. D.S. Berger.

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the Mysterious; it is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true Art and true Science” -Einstein

Chicago physician and art collector, Dr. Daniel S. Bergen is responsible for  introducing me to two artists that are now essential research guide and sources of inspiration. There have been entries about the artist Joesph Yoakum on this blog before and there are more to come. Last night I watched a doc called “Thornton Dial Has Something to Say.” The doc itself was irritating in its failure to ever let the camera rest before a full Thornton Dial work, the blinding halo of martyrdom that constantly hovers of filmmaker Celia Carey’s rendering of   Atlanta art collector Bill Arnett, and the scapegoating attacks against black intellectuals. However Mr Dial’s brilliance and importance in the history and contemporary landscape of art shined regardless. One thing he said will remain with me forever:

You can work for someone else’s freedom.

You can leave something for someone else’s child.

This is Life.

~Thornton Dial