Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 4, 1968

49 years ago...

Nina Simone, singing "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)"


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Blues for Becky"

The only piece of correspondence I ever remember receiving from my father, Richard Williams, was a postcard (pictured below) from London that he sent to me in the late 1970s. The other side was an image of nightlife at Piccadilly Circus. It reads:

"Dear Becky, I am fine and hope you are likewise. I will see if the record with your tune is out yet, and get a copy for you. I will write everybody again soon. love your father" 

The record my father was referring to was a song titled "Blues for Becky," named after me, which he recorded with jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz on his album, Excition, which came out in 1977, and which was re-released on Steeplechase in 1993. Other personnel included Frank Foster (sax), Buster Williams (bass), and Roy Brooks (drums). Click on the link to hear the song--a bop blues. I sometimes wonder...why did he write a blues for me? Those who know me well will not wonder. Enjoy!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Screamin' the Blues!

I have been chided by some folks because I haven't been posting on my blogs regularly--this is due to being extremely busy with a bunch of projects. But...here's something I hope you will enjoy.

Below is an image that was sent to me by a jazz fan of my father's (trumpet player Richard Williams--1931-1985). It was taken in the early 1960s, and pictures the personnel on an album by Oliver Nelson (at right) titled Screamin' the Blues. Here are the musicians, left to right: Oliver Nelson (tenor and alto sax); Richard Wyands--he also played on my father's classic New Horn in Town (piano); Roy Haynes (drums); Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet and alto sax); Richard Williams (trumpet); George Duvivier (bass).

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FREE Vision Board Workshop: This Saturday, Feb. 4 at Emerson School!

There are a number of activities happening in Plainfield to get you started RIGHT! On Saturday, February 4, starting at 10:00 am, Dr. Denise Dennis of Prepared Mind Coaching will facilitate this FREE Vision Board Workshop* at Emerson Community School (305 Emerson Avenue). 

Vision Boards help to provide you with a reminder of the goals that you have set for yourself in 2017. Supplies will be provided, but try to bring some old magazines with you as well. A light lunch will be served! 

Join your friends and neighbors in this free, fun, interactive workshop! I will be there--I'm looking forward to it!

*The Recreation Division changed this pilot event to free!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanks, Plainfield!

We couldn't have done it without you!
Third Ward Councilman-Elect Charles McRae and At-large Councilwoman-Elect Rebecca Williams for the City of Plainfield!

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Case for Charles and Rebecca - Vote Column A in Plainfield

On Tuesday, November 8, Plainfield voters will take part in a historic election, one that will make Hillary Clinton the first woman to serve as President of the United States. In addition to Secretary Clinton, Plainfielders will vote on the future of our city. Charles McRae and I are on the ballot in Column A with Hillary Clinton, our Congresswoman, the Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Linda Carter and the Union County Freeholders. This has been quite an election season--with much demagoguery and divisiveness at the national level. Here in Plainfield, however, the choice is clear. After winning the Democratic primary, I am poised to become your next Councilwoman At-Large for the City of Plainfield. I will be as visible across the city as I always have been, and I pledge to provide the same quality of representation for all of Plainfield that I have given to the Second and Third Wards. 

Charles will bring a new voice to the Third Ward--he will be accessible, visible, and he will always put Plainfield first. Charles made a very important statement at last week's candidate forum. In effect, he noted that Plainfielders have a choice--to move Plainfield forward, or to go back to the past. Charles's opponent represents the past--a record of failure and ineptitude that marked her eight year tenure running this city. The lack of leadership in the Third Ward since 2014--the divisiveness, the rudeness, the obtuseness, the lack of even bothering to come to council meetings--will be the legacy of the past representative.  

Charles represents the future--forward progress by working with Mayor Mapp and the current administration to bring you the high quality of service that you deserve. Charles and I have been endorsed by Councilmen Barry Goode and Cory Storch, the Plainfield Democratic City Committee--led by Chairman Adrian Mapp, the Union County Democratic Committee, Congresswoman Coleman, and the freeholder board. The choice is clear: Charles McRae and Rebecca Williams. Vote Column A.





Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Plainfield Library's Museum Pass Program--Passes, Tickets, and Discounts!

As if the Plainfield Public Library isn't already the jewel of our city, there's even more great news for library cardholders! Assistant Director Tina-Marie Doody has made the following announcement: “We are excited to announce that the Library now has a Museum Pass program available for Plainfield residents. This program will allow Plainfield residents who are cardholders to checkout passes/tickets or receive a discount for a variety of museums and institutions in our area free of charge!” As we move into the fall/winter holiday season, this is a wonderful opportunity for families to visit some of the major cultural sites in the metro area. Click on this link to see the complete list, along with rules regarding the program: Plainfield Library Museum Passes

Among the museums included are the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, Liberty Hall Museum in Union, Turtleback Zoo in West Orange, Adventure Aquarium in Camden, Imagine That: A Children's Museum in Florham Park, the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, and the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan--please note: The admission price for the American Museum of Natural History is simply a SUGGESTED admission. Do not purchase tickets online if you want to pay less than what is suggested--if you go straight to the admission counter, you may pay what you wish, or pay nothing at all. However, the special exhibits and movies do have a fixed price.