Honoring Maya Angelou

One of humanity’s greatest voices, Maya Angelou, has passed on. She was a poet, a writer, a singer, dancer, an essayist, a playwright, and a survivor.

LTJ Bukem’s “Horizons” may not be the best example of a track sampling Dr. Angelou’s work, but it’s my favorite.

My mother (RIP) was a big fan of Dr. Angelou, and she introduced me to her poetry when I was young. Years later when I found jungle, I was listening to LTJ Bukem’s music and “Horizons” came on. My mom instantly pointed out that “Horizons” contained a section of Dr. Angelou’s “On The Pulse of the Morning” poem from President Clinton’s 1993 Inauguration and asked to listen to the song again. This led my mother to eventually discover two more of Bukem’s tracks, “Demon’s Theme” and “Music,” which created a small musical bond between us. That kind of bridge is special and it began through Dr. Angelou’s work.

The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.

She is no longer a caged bird, but she sings on. Rest in peace, Ma’am.

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