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Why "Ask Your Mama"?
The reason for my name
Some may ask, Why do you go by "Ask Your Mama" on here? While some may assume it is a joke of some sort, it is actually a homage to the Langston Hughes Poem, "Ask Your Mama".
Ask Your Mama is Hughes' homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn fromBlues and Dixieland, Gospel, Boogie Woogie, Bebop, Progressive Jazz, Latin "Cha Cha" Afro-Cuban Mambo, German Lieder, Jewish Liturgy, West Indian Calypso, and African Drumming. A creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.
I too am a writer, and if you include my passions for food and film, you will find that the intent of this poem pretty much sums up who I am, and this is why I chose to go by this name.
Last year, I experienced a staging of "Ask Your Mama" At the Hollywood Bowl with friends, and walking in cold, we had no idea of what was going on. Having now done a fair amount of research, I have come to appreciate the work, if not the presentation I witnessed.