Power For Life Now, February Newsletter

February was a busy month for me. I traveled to Los Angeles to perform at the California African American Museum on Feb. 2nd.

CAAM singing

I enjoyed being back in the city I spent many years in, and I had not seen the museum since it had been built. So, that was a special treat for me.

CAAM pointing

It was Superbowl Sunday, and I missed being with my wife, Jeannine, watching our Broncos play. We had watched almost every game together this season, so it was a little disappointing that these two events were on the same day. As it turned out, we would have only been consoling each other! Next year Broncos!

On Feb. 15th, I did a book signing and performance at Barnes and Noble bookstore in Boulder.

DS B-N booksigning

It was a special opportunity to share the wisdom and power of faith, love and joy and its ability to form and transform lives. I shared the process of writing the book and getting it published, and performed for an hour before signing the books attendees had bought.

DS B-N tapping

It was so wonderful and deeply moving to see just how many people showed up, especially those I knew personally. A special treat was the presence of my daughter, Danea. I am indebted to Jeannine for helping me identify and plan a flow of what I would talk about and present. She was a teacher for years, making lesson plans, etc., and really helped me put together a good program which was equal parts performance/inspiration/education. I enjoyed being able to share from the heart in such an intimate setting and present as performance pieces some of the stories, poems, songs and life lessons that are in the book. I think I surprised Barnes and Noble with how many people turned out for this.

DS B-N audience

They told me it was one of their most successful book signings. They have even invited me to come back in a couple of months! So, stayed tuned for what will be part two!

Serendipity has played a role in some of the events that have transpired because of the book signing. My publicist contacted Colorado Public Radio regarding the book signing event, hoping to get it on the arts calendar, or perhaps an interview. The Arts Director for CPR, Chloe Veltman, noticed that I am a tap dancer. It turns out she is starting a new weekly arts project called Radio Dances, premiering March 7th. This is a project where they actually put dance performances on the radio! They were looking for people to put together 30 second to 1 minute performances designed specifically for the radio. Jeannine and I did one, and they loved it. We are now on their website, www.cpr.org. The dance is called, “Heaven and Earth”. You can read about us, the idea for the dance, listen to the audio, and watch the video. 

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It turns out that they liked what we did so much that they invited us to come to the actual broadcast center to videotape the dance before a live audience. We did this on Feb. 25th. This will also be on the website.

THEN! They liked our video shoot so much that we have been invited to participate in the opening live event of this project. The event will be on March 4th. Jeannine and I are excited and honored to participate, along with a few select performers and dance groups, for a specially invited audience. I know that one of the performing groups we are on program with is… The Colorado Ballet! The performances will be interesting. They will ask the audience to close their eyes and listen to the dance. Then, they will invite the audience to open their eyes and watch the dancers as they do their routines for a second time. The idea is to see how their imaginations matched up to the actual choreography. They are hoping to take this idea national, and our dance has been presented to and commented on by Ira Glass, National Public Radio host of the show This American Life. This will also be included in the on-air production premiering March 7th at 10:30 am and 7:30 pm.

Here is how the CPR website put it: With the help of “This American Life” host Ira Glass and dancer-choreographers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass, we will present a selection of pieces from our Radio Dances project during the inaugural episode of CPR’s new arts show on Friday March 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Here are some great examples of Radio Dances we’ve received:
“The Most of It” by Wonderbound
“Hello, Blue Soul” by Erika Randall
“Heaven and Earth” by David Sharp and Jeannine Goode-Allen

Because we are one of the first to accept this challenge and create a dance, it turns out we are actually one of the first radio dancers of the 21st century! In a media world ruled by television, movies and computers, we are now post-modern radio pioneers! So, like the movie of the same name, you could say Jeannine and I are going “Back to the Future.”

Whatever you are up to… I hope that your world is rockin’…and that you are giving life a run for its money no matter what it throws your way.

Wishing you Power for Life Now!
David

 

 

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths – February

I began creating what I call Sharpettes over 30 years ago. As a speaker and writer they became my own way of sharpening my understanding of the meaning, power, and energy of a single word. I am sharing them publicly now in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

The first line is the word.
The second line defines or describes the word twice, 4 syllables for each attempt. You may place a comma or semi-colon between each attempt. So, the second line has a total of 8 syllables.
The third line is a simile. It always begins with the word “Like”, and paints a picture of the word in 10 or 11 syllables.

On some Sharpettes the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word on the first line itself. This can yield another insight into the word chosen, and provides a unique and fun poetic challenge.

Enjoy!
David

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Hilarious
More than funny, Wildly comic
Like laughter losing control of itself

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Annie Ruth’s Truths are my renderings of folk wisdom
and country common sense, gained from a lifetime of
listening to my mom, who has a unique way with
words, as well as a witty, joyous and playful attitude
to go with it! Always fun or sassy, they tell the truth
and can make you laugh, shake your head and go
“Hmph!” or even make you shout, “Whaaat?!”

Annie Ruth & David

Annie Ruth & David

 

“Hey… what’s shakin’?”
“Ain’t nothin’ shaking but the leaves on the trees and they wouldn’t be shaking if it wasn’t for the breeze.”

TAP INTO JOY! Author performance and book signing.

TAP INTO JOY!  PERFORMANCE AND BOOK SIGNING.

Local author Dr. David P. Sharp presents his new book,
I’m a Black Man, Who are You? 

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 1 pm.
Barnes & Noble – 2999 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80301

David Sharp in Studio

Dr. Sharp is a charismatic speaker, writer and “inner”tainer. Come experience his personal journey into awareness as a youth, as he shares the life lessons learned during the turbulence of the 1960’s in the American Deep South.

From a painful introduction of what it meant to be “different” at 6 years old, to learning how to claim his own beauty, power and joy no matter what, Dr. Sharp will share how the strength of loving parents gave him his first glimpse of the power of Spirit, and the role creativity and humor can play in responding to and healing life’s deep pains.

I'm a Black Man, Who are You - cover

He will sing, perform his poetry and even tap dance to illustrate how the arts contributes to the ability to meet, befriend and transcend life’s obstacles to find peace and joy!

This event is in honor of African American History Month.

Learn more about Dr. Sharp at www.PowerForLifeNow.com

The Power of Personality.

When I was in the 8th grade, my new high school went from 8th through 12th grade. It was Decatur, Georgia and the school had been integrated only 3 or 4 years before. Being new to town, I didn’t know that.

Early on in the school year, I decided to run for president of my class. The school had never had an African-American president of any class, and I didn’t know that, either. I won the election, and had wonderful experiences with my class. My sister, Vanessa, who was then a 9th grader, ran for queen of her class. There had never been a queen that was an African-American since the school had been integrated, but she didn’t know that. She won the contest, and had a marvelous time representing her class, including a big ceremony at the homecoming game.

The reason we even entered was because we thought we could be useful and we believed in who we were. Though we were aware of the social climate our minds had not been poisoned by the “should and should-nots” of those who didn’t want change and social progress. Our parents and the community from which we came fed us positive truths, including that all people are equal and that we all have gifts and talents that were meant to be shared for the good of everyone. The people we were now in community with had not encountered people quite like my sister or me, who were so positive and full of joy and light. I told them they should see my parents! My mother had won a Miss Poise contest when she was in an integrated school herself, in Denver in the late 40’s. I knew that if she could win, so could I, because I had some of her gifts in me. I learned that if I think I “could” do something, it really means, “I CAN.”

This was a lesson in being who you are, and not what people say that you are.

Sometimes, it is good not to ask too many questions as to what has come before, so that other people’s stuff doesn’t trap you. Just know what YOU want.

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Personality is a powerful thing. It can affect and change others. People who moved away from us when we moved into the neighborhood ended up becoming good friends. We defeated their initial negativity with our personalities, showing them who we were beneath what they could only see and judge from a distance.

Affirmation
I believe in the goodness of who I am and in who I am becoming.

Prayer
Help me to be positive and loving in all situations, and to be both gentle and compassionate to myself and to all whom I encounter.

May you have Power For Life Now!
David

Tap Into Transformation, February

Let’s sing, dance, and grow together while having an absolute BLAST!!

APPRECIATION
TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION

At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65,
Boulder, CO 80304

FEBRUARY 7, 2014 7:00 – 9:00 pm

APPRECIATION is the theme for our February Tap Into Transformation!

Appreciation
Recognize good; Smile with great joy
Like the beam of a lighthouse finding the ship.

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What would it feel like to be basking in the love of others as they tap dance in appreciation of you? Come and find out.

Come and be part of a dynamic community that tap dances together, sings together, dines together, and this month will dive into appreciation and spark love.

Join husband and wife duo Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp in an evening of transformational song, poetry and tap dancing in our gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio in North Boulder. You will laugh, smile and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of moving your body and opening your heart to awe, wonder, beauty, gratitude and more.

Appreciation

Our world so needs each of us to step out onto the stage of life and make manifest our great potential. Experience us as we pave the way to do this by exhibiting the power of Divinity In Action through our spectacular and fun gifts.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to share and honor your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to praise, complain, thank and bless. We will create rhythms, poetry, and prayers with our feet, our voices and our bodies, individually and as a group.

To Reserve Tickets:
1.888.612.8189 or www.viriditasllc.com
$15.00 admission $10.00 students

No experience necessary and we provide the tap shoes!
We provide a healthy and tasty meal at the intermission.

Let’s sing, dance, and grow together while having an absolute BLAST!!