Hymn to the Eye

Every day’s a holiday
When I come around
I’ma change your discord
To a sweet sound

Ecstasy flows abundantly through me

Open up the tight place
Welcome me inside
Let this storm of pleasure
Take you on a ride

You won’t be the same, once you come my way

Got my eye on you
No matter what you do
Got my eye on you
I am ever true
Got my eye on you
Love you through and through
Got my eye on you

I’ll break the chains that bind you
My body will remind you
Leave you amplified

Then just call my name, I’ll be back your way

Just look into the night sky
And call my name

Got my eye on you
No matter what you do
Got my eye on you
I am ever true
Got my eye on you
Love you through and through
Got my eye on you

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Jupiter. Magnanimous. Way maker. The eye.
Dad used to always say, “keep a good pair of eyes.”
I always felt that he, and my Uncle Gussie &
the other Black men of my upbringing “had their eye on me”.
So many gone.
And with them a particular way of seeing and being.
I rarely see their exact power, and grace, and wisdom,
& yes, tomfoolery represented in full dimensional form.
I love them.
And I love my brothers now who carry their essence.
When it came time for this song, they set my tone of
voice & stance.
Uncle Gussie had a disco he named after my cousin.
I reimagined “Ursula’s” and invited my brilliant friend
the legendary scholar/artist Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones
to drop by and have a little fun. We did. Hope you do, too.
Jupiter’s eye. Blessings. Abundance. Ways made in spades.

Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones is an artist/scholar whose work focuses on performance ethnography, theatrical jazz, Yoruba-based aesthetics, Black Feminisms, and activist theatre.  Her performances include sista docta—a critique of the academy, and Searching for Osun—a performance ethnography around Yoruba-based spirituality and identity. She has conducted theatre for social change workshops for the Forum on Governance and Democracy in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, for Educafro in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and for the Austin Project which she founded as a collaboration of women of color artists, scholars, activists and allies who use art for re-imagining society. The work of the Austin Project is documented in Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia and the Austin Project, co-edited by Jones, Sharon Bridgforth and Lisa Moore (University of Texas Press, 2010).  Jones’s scholarship can be found in TDR, TPQ, Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics.  She is a member of the Urban Futures Network Think Tank and the Body Politic Think Tank at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and has begun a series of improvised explorations with 3 Jazz Collective in Austin, Texas.  Her collaborative ethnography, Theatrical Jazz:  Performance, Ase, and the Power of the Present Moment, is now available through the Ohio State University

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THE MEN (a teaser) with Arthur L. Jones

Who is Jupiter?

Jupiter Astronomy

  1. Jupiter is the biggest planet in the Solar System. It is 318 times as massive as the Earth. In fact, Jupiter is 2.5 times more massive than all of the other planets in the Solar System combined
  2. Jupiter is the fastest spinning planet in the Solar System taking just ten hours to complete a rotation on its axis. 
  3. The clouds on Jupiter are 50km thick, made of ammonia crystals broken up into two different cloud decks. The darker material is thought to be compounds brought up from deeper inside Jupiter which then changed color when they reacted with sunlight. But below those clouds, it’s hydrogen and helium, all the way down.
  4. The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is one of its most familiar features. This persistent anticyclonic storm, which is located south of its equator, measures between 24,000 km in diameter and 12–14,000 km in height. As such, it is large enough to contain two or three planets the size of Earth’s diameter. And the spot has been around for at least 350 years, since it was spotted as far back as the 17th century.
  5. Jupiter’s magnetic field is 14 times stronger than Earth’s

Jupiter Astrology

  1. Jupiter symbolizes generosity, expansion, and fortune.
  2. Ruler of the Gods it holds dominion over Sagittarius and Pisces. 
  3. Jupiter is associated with good luck, bounty, optimism and growth (spiritual and mental).While on the negative side it manifests blind optimism, excess and overindulgence.
  4. The position of Jupiter in the natal chart reveals how we express our generosity and tolerance. It shows how we go about trusting others and improving our lives. 
  5. The Jupiter symbol shows the crescent of receptivity rising above the cross of matter.  It symbolizes Jupiter’s role of raising our awareness beyond the physical realm

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