“It's important to surround yourself with good people, interesting people, young people, young ideas. Go places, learn new stuff. Look at the world with wonder - don't be tired about it.” — Angela Bassett #fits4humanity#sanfrancisco#instagram#instagrammoms
About this weekend...to see churches from all over the Bay Area come together for a weekend was priceless. GOD SHOWED UPPPP in a new way! I felt like I gained a whole new family and was honored to spend a weekend with some of the best youth leaders and youth in the Bay ! Thank you @mtejuco for making this all happen and leading the way. Love you all Bay Fam. See you soon!! #thatswassup#heckacool#oakland#sanjose#sanfrancisco
When we think of Gold coming out of the ground we naturally think of big nuggets. But typically, Gold was found in tiny nuggets, flakes, or in a fine Gold dust that varied widely in purity. At general stores, dance halls, and saloons in the Wild West, a "pinch of Gold dust” was the medium of monetary exchange when there was a shortage of coins. It's no wonder that men with the biggest hands were quickly hired as bartenders on the Western Frontier. As a medium of exchange for commerce, raw Gold was impractical. The West needed coins. By 1849, the coin crisis was addressed by private mints who issued coins in the California Territory. These private mints converted raw Gold ore into coins of various denominations and consistent purity.
Some private mints produced large $20 Gold pieces with the weight proportionate to those of official “Legal Tender" $20 U.S. coins. Since $20 represented several weeks wages in the 1850's, much smaller Gold coins in denominations of 25 cents, 50 cents and one dollar were issued for use in daily commerce. Back then, Westerners didn't trust paper money, so Gold coins were literally worth their weight in Gold. A Gold Dollar has the Gold weight of a U.S. Gold Dollar while a Quarter Dollar or Half Dollar Gold Coin contained a fraction of that weight. Consequently, these coins became known as California “Fractional” Gold. As quickly as private mints issued these small Gold coins, most began circulating quickly to fill the need for coinage. Due to their small size, most surviving coins were worn down quickly from circulation and being carried in pockets of miners, merchants, and those trading goods on the Western frontier from the banks of the Mississippi River to the California Gold Coast.
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🔊SPEAKERS UP! 🔊
“Walk on the Wild Side” by Jordan Mackampa
I'm bringing the pace down real slow and sirupy today as I rejoice in the simpler things of life. Boy, I sure did need a weekend like this. A time spent with close friends, celebrating loved ones, and the first Sunday since I can remember where I virtually have no demanding work, other than sharing a few thoughts with you here. This day is gonna be filled with a whole lotta nothing and Jordan Mackampa's cover of "Walk on the Wild Side" is gonna be the pacesetter.
I'm 99.9% that all of you have heard some version of this song, hopefully that being Lou Reed's iconic original. Off Reed's second solo album, Transformer (1972), this track was produced by David Bowie (RIP) and Mick Ronson (also RIP). The lyrics touch on taboo topics (especially for 1972) such as transsexuality, drugs, male prostitution and oral sex. Rolling Stone ranked it at #223 in its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, and for good reason.
While Lou's version will no doubt always be my fave, Jordan Mackampa's acoustic rendition is right up there. The Congolese, Coventry-based songwriter reminds me of Michael Kiwanuka with his warm harmonies and folk-like melodies. With this being a cover, we don't get a sense for his poet-like lyricism, but we are certainly treated to his heart-warming vibe. His tone here is like warm butter on a stack of piping hot flapjacks and having listened to this on repeat now a solid seven times, I'm eating it right up.
Doot, di-doo, di-doo, di-doo doo, di-doo, di-doo, di doo...
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Curated by: @jpawsf
En mi lóbrega y yerta fantasía
brilla tu imagen apacible y pura,
como el rayo de luz que el sol envía
a través de una bóveda sombría,
al roto mármol de una sepultura. - JBM -