DAY 82 GRAMMY CHASE: JOYFUL AND RIGHTEOUS

One of my favorite songs, written by Ani Difranco and covered by my favorite trio, Soulive, featuring the one and only Dave Matthews. For the LIVE version by Soulive featuring Dave Matthews see here. (Not Grammy related). Just a favorite.

Day 82, more rain and overcast. I’m sure that most Western New Yorkers thought that they could stow away their comforters and blankets, but I personally haven’t done such a thing, as this IS Buffalo, where weather is uncertain.

Speaking of Buffalo, one of Buffalo’s musical heros/heroines, Ani Difranco, founder of the more successful independent record labels, Righteous Babe Records is among the chosen that are able to say that they’ve brought home a Grammy. In 2004, Ani Difranco’s album Evolve, earned Best Recording Package.

I don’t own the album to show pictures of the packaging and the picture I found online is pretty tiny, but I share this more importantly for 2 reasons. 1) To recognize one of Buffalo’s own, because although I’ve never met her personally, I did have the opportunity to meet and work along with her mother at one of my former places of employment. So, again, keeping me hopeful that all things are possible, even in this little, depressed town that I call home. 2) To show that there are many, many ways to obtain a Grammy. As Ani’s music is moving, timeless and powerful, however, it was her design sense and packaging that secured the Grammy.

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About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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