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Archive for the month “December, 2011”

Melodic Memories

On this last day of the year 2011, it is with great joy that I reminisce on the MUSIC we made in the past five years and that which we will make in this most auspicious of years coming up – 2012!

Emerald Lake is where I live. How blessed is that?!!!

First, I remember the beauty of life from my golden pond upon which I live and my comfortable home.

Home, sweet home!

My greatest joy is being able to pick up the phone or take a 40-minute drive to talk with and spend time with my father, Uriah (92). He’s lucid and fully aware of everything happening around the world. This is a blessing!

Me and Dad

My children are doing well and believe me, THAT’S A BLESSING!

Joan, Muki & Mimi

Joan, Michael, Sophia & Maelle

And! My brother Carlton married Letitia on December 3, 2011 @ 9 a.m. in West Palm Beach, Florida. Yeyyyyyyyy! [Photo]

Roach Thompson and Diva JC

When you reunite with old friends, you know you’re on the right track. Roach Thompson is one of the most entertaining guitarists and Bluesmen I have ever experienced. I used to be a groupie for ROACH THOMPSON’S BLUES BAND! They made me jump on the stage and rock it more than once!

WIJSF Compilation CD Volume II

The second compilation CD is ready to drop with 10 fabulous female composers who are all members of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.  Well, it turns out that  my bass player Anthony Turner referred me to Roach, when I needed to get our second compilation CD mastered.

Kiki Sanchez and Anthony Turner

Kiki and Anthony performed with me on Christmas Eve in Coral Gables. We had a ball and will be together on January 6, 2012, at the Miami Shores Country Club.

Parkway Middle School of the Performing Arts

Parkway Middle School Jazz Band

and the beat goes on!

Diva JC

What I desire, believe, and expect in 2011. . .

  • God will help you overcome any hardship!
  • In music, one must think with her heart and feel with her brain.
  • Willingness opens the door to knowledge, direction and achievement.
  • You will have a party!
  • Try not to stand on your own side in an argument.
  • Take that luxury way, what you spent will get pay back.
  • The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
  • The closest distance between two people is a good laugh.
  • You will be a philanthropist in your later years.
  • Life is the sum of the ingredients you put into it!

A Mother’s Reverie

Michelle, Michael & Joan

Michelle, Michael & Joan

A Mother’s Reverie

By Diva JC
He lay in my womb on New Year’s Eve
And was born on January 22nd
She was born on December 23rd
So I could go home on Christmas Day
And give her to him and did he play!

He revelled in her, while she slept
And that’s what she does, even today
Especially, if she sings or does many things
Three whole days in a row!

He now has two little ladies to mind
As he did his sister and me.
Michelle has grown three, two men and a girl
And Michael’s are 14 and 4 with a swirl!

Copyright 2011 Joan Cartwright

I shall not be stilled!

I shall not be stilled! I have a dream and when I share it with those whose imagination is too shallow to conceive of my dream, I shall not be stilled! I shall press on ! ~ Diva JC

Let the naysayers be informed. When I come to you with my plan and you say, “This is a very ambitious proposal!” Know this – “I shall not be stilled!”

Let the narrow-minded be informed. When I tell you that I will be successful and you say, “There are many obstacles in your way.” Know this – “I shall not be stilled!”

I shall press on until all of my dreams come to fruition.

I shall have complete faith in the whispers I receive from My Authentic and Higher Self. She is always guiding me in the right path.

I shall refuse to be swayed from my true purpose – to bring joy to and from other people. I shall not be stilled by the faint voices of failed followers. I shall seek the guidance of wisdom, wise and believing people, who’ve known that they should not be stilled, no matter how many tell them they should be.

I AM, THAT I AM and the grace of God/Goddess/All That Is fills me from my core to the highest potential of my MIND!

Peace be still but I shall press on until all of my expectations are fulfilled!

Diva JC

I ask for Grace

Today, is my 64th birthday. I’m so blessed beyond the mind’s imagination with family members who are happy, friends who are faithful and work that is inspiring.

Today, I ask for Grace to carry on.

Today, I ask for Grace to be strong for those who need me to be strong.

Today, I ask for Grace to understand why I exist.

Today, I ask for Grace to move forward in all of my personal endeavors.

Today, I ask for Grace to complete all the tasks my Soul has for me to complete.

Today, I ask for Grace to be gentle and kind with others.

Today, I ask for Grace to be exactly who I AM.


It is such a joy to have been born in December, when people are celebrating the end of the year.  2011 had its challenges, I must admit. However, triumph is a reason to celebrate. This year I accomplished the following:

  1. Produced four concerts at senior centers with Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.’s Community Musicwomen through a $4,000  grant from Miami Beach Arts Gala (January 2011)
  2. Produced and released (Jan 3) a compilation CD Volume I with 10 fabulous female composers and Volume II is ready to be released in January 2012
  3. Won a $4,000 SEAS grant from Broward Schools to produce From Bebop to Doo Wop to Hip Hop with the Parkway Middle School Jazz Band and Vocal Ensemble who will perform four of my songs and one of Jus’ Cynthia’s songs arranged by Dr. Malcolm Black, and one song from Art Wilson, and Robin Avery and Paul Banman.
  4. Produced WIJSF’s Jazz For Peace Fundraiser at ArtServe on May 14, attended by over 100 supporters who enjoyed the music of Rick DellaRatta. We raised $3,000 ($1,100, after expenses).
  5. Increased WIJSF membership to 154
  6. Performed for and was a guest author of  Sisters in Harmony in Coconut Grove on July 26 with Jamila Sahar and Jus’ Cynthia and was co-host for their blogtalkradio show with guest authors.
  7. Published online monthly newsletters for WIJSF with 70 musicians
  8. Won three awards from Women’s Power Caucus (May 14), Women on Wings (Sept 24) and American Business Women’s Association of South Broward (Nov 9)
  9. Began (May 16) and completed two of 18 courses toward my PhD in Business Administration and Computer Technology and began work on my third course at Northcentral University (online).
  10. Began the work with a committee on Nov 29 to produce the South Atlantic Art & Food Festival in December 2012
  11. Acquired a Resolution from the City of Lauderhill for Fiuggi, Italy to become a Sister City and enabled Mayor Richard Kaplan and his wife to visit that city in June, where they met with Mayor Fabrizio Martini. This was a result of WIJSF’s association with Donne in Musica.
  12. Served as a Board Member of Lauderhill Sister Cities, created the blog and donated several books to the Haitian Book Drive
  13. Taught two students, Jackie Rodriguez and Joshua Kassar how to publish their books on http://www.lulu.com
  14. Started The Arts Reporter on Blogtalkradio and restarted Musicwoman online radio programs, partnering with my daughter Mimi Johnson for The Diva & Daughter Experience.
  15. Performed for Blacks Over 40 on an 8-day cruise on Carnival Freedom to St. Thomas, Antigua, Tortola and Nassau with Jamila Sahar, September 11-18. Had a ball!
  16. Performed with Jazz Hotline at Ciao Pasta & Grill for one month of Saturdays; for the third time for Grapes For Grades (Sept 23); and at MOCA (Oct 29)
  17. Performed for the Boys & Girls Fundraiser on Nov 19, thanks to Marika Guyton
  18. Sold $600 of my books to Phyl’s Academy
  19. Witnessed my brother Carlton’s marriage to Letitia Lewis on December 3
  20. Celebrated my father’s 92nd birthday (May 14) and my birthday (Dec 7) with friends on Dec 6 @ The Big Easy
  21. Contracted a New Year’s Eve gig at the Inverrary Hotel with my band and Robin Avery
  22. Submitted my paper Conscious Inclusion of Women Musicians to the Women in Music Symposium and Journal held Dec 4-5 in Serbia and writing treatments for a TV Reality Show with my daughter, Mimi Johnson.
  23. Paid my monthly bills on time!
  24. Created this blog for Divine Connection Church

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