Ariadne’s Notes: On January 11, at 1:30 PM PSA , CRFO 100.5 FM we welcomed the talented dynamic duo of Digs Lewis and Paul Bolotin to the World Poetry Cafe Show. Music composers for films, they opened a fascinating world of musical compositions in film. We had received several questions from young musical composers that are just starting out and wanted to get into film. Dig and Paul kindly answered their questions and gave tips about starting out. In the show, they also talked about their upcoming compositions for three film with a special messages. One listener commented: ” I never thought much about the music-this was one of the most fascinating interviews I have heard on the show.”
I would like to thank Osiris Munir of 15 minutes for bringing such a wealth of wonderful guests to our show.
Dig Lewis: Dig was a child prodigy and became an accomplished Violin, Viola and Cello musician at the age of 13 in Detroit Michigan, where he played on some of the earliest of Motown’s famous R&B sound tracks. He followed this remarkable accomplishment by serving as a junior concert master for the Detroit Symphony orchestra for three years, while concentrating his attention toward composing and conducting a diverse variety of musical scores. During this time he conducted orchestrations and concerts for notables such as Frank Sinatra, and the Pointer Sisters. He is an alumni of the University of Arizona and also attended Wayne State University and the University of Detroit. As his career evolved Dig continued to develop his skills as a musician gaining respect among the elite members of the R&B community, and was named among the top 10 bass players in the nation by both Downbeat and Bass Player magazines. He worked on numerous recording sessions as a studio musician and toured extensively with major performing artists such as Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Jack McDuff and John Mellencamp. As time progressed, Dig became seriously interested in pursuing his true love in music which is composing. Over the years he utilized his unique and formidable composing skills, both electronically and “live” to make film scores come to life.
Paul Bolotin: Paul began his early youth learning to master the accordion, followed by the drums and bass. He worked his way through college playing in local bands and taking a variety of assignments at Warner Brothers and Capitol as a studio musician. He earned a Masters Degree at UCLA where he majored in Business Management with a minor in music, specializing in film scoring. Shortly after graduating he went to work for Motown Records in Southern California as a musician in their 16 piece orchestra, which was the house band for all of their artists’ live concert performances, including Jackie Wilson, Etta James, the Four Tops, the Olympics, Roy Head, Jimmy McCracklin, etc. After a rewarding stint with Motown, Paul spent several years on tour with various headliners including the Righteous Brothers, Sonny and Cher, Little Richard and Tina Turner. In recent years Paul has dedicated himself to developing his skills as a composer and has completed many successful projects. He is a dedicated professional who is intensely focused on “hitting the mark” with every composition.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show had exceptional guests today! January 11, 1-2 PM . First up was Kevin Morris, a blind poet who was launching his new audio book and reading poems from London, England. Then, we had the dynamic duo of Digs Lewis and Paul Bolotin , film music composers from LA who spoke about their work and gave tips for young music film composers just starting out. We also had a brand new Big Bessie story from Sharon Rowe and a proclamation from Alaha Ahrar, back by popular request and a e-peace poem from Egypt from the talented Mahinour Tawfik. also by popular request. Music by Andy Vine and Kendra Shank.
Much of Kevin’s poetry is inspired by the environment. He lives close to an historic park in the Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area (a suburb of London).Upper Norwood derives it’s name from the Great North Wood and remains one of the greenest parts of greater London.
Being visually impaired Kevin uses Job Access with Speech or JAWS software which converts text into speech and braille enabling him to use a standard Windows computer or laptop.
I want to thank all the World Poetry Participants , publishers, the World Poetry Canada International closed groups Peaceathon, World Poetry Youth Team and, media partners in print and digital poetry association partners and film partners. In 2017, the film partners reached numbered 7 and we are grateful for their wonderful films and the opportunity to promote them. We hope to expand into other media as well.
The World Poetry Café radio show has been on the air continually since 1991 and the current team will be adding a couple of guest hosts in January and February. We just received a certificate from the station which I hope to post.
The show how has now reached 101 countries and the book launches have also been very popular with a wait list for a variety of guests from LA and New York , USA, as well as the world.
The World Poetry Peace Celebration still has poems to be read on the show and certificates to be sent out. 700 peace poems were received and are being read on the show with more coming in.
I want to thank all of your who have sent messages, phoned and contacted me in appreciation of what World Poetry has done for them, opened the doors for contacts and positive exposure and in bringing the poets, musicians, artists, writers together worldwide as a family in support of respect, love and peace. As one media person put it! “They love your positive and respectful show!’’
A big thank you to are directors and advisors!
This is a volunteer position for me and I hope to do the best job possible promoting all of you.
In the new year, we hope to expand with a FB Media Page, podcasts and World Poetry Media reporters searching out and reporting on positive news with the goals of respect, unity, love and peace.