Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thank you for saving my life!

Looking out the window I dreamed about leaving the mountains and seeing the world..but what path would I take when I never seen anyone leave? My father had a new life a new family, my mother was working hard to pay the bills...and the streets were raising me...your mother (my first art teacher) always talked about her son, and how he was using art and printing t-shirts...a mentor I needed, we were introduced...your spirit was like no other man I have crossed paths with in life...a father, a friend, a big brother, a mentor, an inspiration you became to me..you taught marketing, how to reach the people in the streets, how to make money using my talents..and I THANK YOU Ray Mapp for saving my life...I remember everytime we would hit the road in the late 80'-90's selling t-shirts we would listen to "Sounds of Blackness" at first I was like why you got me listening to this music and I'm not even a Christian" then you said LISTEN and FEEL the words..they are for everyone not just christians but for to EVERYONE struggling out here....I listened and I FELT the music...it because our theme song on good nights and bad nights...we listened to it before he hit the road and after you dropped me off back home to my mother...Ray, no matter where I'm at in the world, I love you big brother...and I THANK YOU...everyday I use the wisdom you gave me...I HOPE to be the samething for Corey, Chris, Sophie, and Melvin that you were and still is to ME...much love comrade...2010 is our year!

This song is for everyone who NEEDS postive energy today..I KNOW its hard out here in this recession and if your a parent I know you want your babies to have a smile on Xmas day..so your grinding extra hard..remember your not alone..

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

thats tight brother! im goin through alot of heart ache right now in my life. im tryin to keep myself straight, its good to see and hear the good in people, kinda renews a little faith..your friend from legacy tattoo mi.

Jessenia said...

great post! it is always peaceful to know that people are willing to help us grow, to be who we are capable of being. i am sure Ray is just as thankful as you are.bless that

Sole~Bound said...

u said in ur last line "you are not alone" and I thought mmhh.. cause when i think of you sometimes Miya I think like damn, look at him, he's deep up in it and gettin' it! thats ws up!, and Im sure he has no money worries, after all you are a business men, with folks working for you, and so much success already hanging proudly under your belt, then you post something like this, and your are so humble, that you quickly remind me how down to earth you allow yourself to be, since I met you, no matter who you ink, or if BET or Obama walks in ur shop. thanks for that line, cause I needed it my friend. :)

Roland Waddell said...

I am so happy to see this testimonial. We brothers must uplift one another, share how to make it in this world and stick by one another no matter what. Intestinal fortitude and resilence is the minimium requirement with inspiration from stories like this one. You see, these stories will not likely make the local or national news. It is up to each of us to do our part. Let us vow to find and support our people and organizations that inspire and teach. Thank God for brothers like Ray.