In support of Suicide Prevention Week 2023, the novel Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player, by Aberjhani, will be available as a free Kindle eBook download from September 9-12. Because of its serious themes and sometimes disturbing literary images, the book is recommended for readers aged 17 years and older.
“For anyone asking why I opted to do this,” said Aberjhani, “the answer is simple. The mental health crisis represented by rising suicide rates over the past decade is something I believe should concern everybody. I’ve addressed it before in poetry and other forms and I’m doing it now with SONGS because it’s what I’m able to offer at this time.”
The author-poet-artist has written some of the most popular contemporary life-affirming passages found on social media, including: “Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends,” and, “You are the hybrids of golden worlds and ages splendidly conceived.”
The works from which the above quotations are taken acknowledge the difficulties many experience coping with destructive life situations such as war, poverty, racial violence, and the climate crisis. At the same time, they seek to provide motivation for working through trauma and reclaiming experiences of joy. Like those works, Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player pushes for recognition of all that makes an individual’s life worth holding onto and commemorating.
In the AI Words of ChatGPT:
“In Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player, Aberjhani presents readers with a literary work of art that transcends genre boundaries. This metaphysical fantasy novel encourages readers to embrace life as an adventure filled with empowering meanings, promotes mindful consideration of media content, and inspires a profound belief in the innate value of every individual's life.
“Through its rich narrative and thought-provoking themes, the novel celebrates the beauty of friendship and the transformative power of self-awareness. As readers embark on this surreal journey, they are invited to reflect on the complexities of existence, the influence of media, and the inherent worth of every soul.”
This offer of SONGS as a free Kindle eBook download from September 9-12, 2023, is not one likely to be repeated any time soon, so for those who enjoy an unusual kind of reluctant superhero read, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Bright Skylark Literary News Notes
The month of April is always an exciting one at Bright Skylark Literary Productions. It arrives with opportunities to share, at a minimum, combined celebrations of National Poetry Month and National Jazz Appreciation Month with readers and audiences worldwide. This year, it is especially thrilling because in addition to regular features and highlights, the following special events are also scheduled to take place:
April 2: The Carousel of Sustainable Compassion Number 1, a more visually-oriented interpretation of Bright Skylark’s popular Conversations with the World series, makes its debut. The 25 quotation memes, digital posters, and artworks have been curated as a celebratory sampler of the many ways which writings by Aberjhani have supported the humanitarian values and visions of different organizations’ and individual’s platforms. They range from education and personal motivation to environmental sustainability, coexistence, human rights, and a great deal more.
April 4: The GoFundMe page for the Ike Carter and Aberjhani Music Heritage Project will launch to raise funds in support of the extended research, composition, and publication of a major volume on radio programmer and music historian Theron "Ike" Carter’s life and musical times. The campaign is slated to run from April 4, 2023 to June 30, 2023. The project is one on which a considerable amount of work has already been accomplished since January 2022. A legendary figure in the world of jazz, Carter is the previous manager of WHCJ Ratio Station at HBCU Savannah State University, and former president of the Coastal Jazz Association (now Savannah Jazz).
April 14: Publication of a special text edition of Black and Blue Letters from the Red Zone titled: These Black and Blue Red Zone Days (ISBN: 979-8-218-17561-0). Showcased in the special edition are the stories, letters, and poems included in the artbook project. This trade-size paperback makes it easy for people who like to read on the go, or who simply prefer a book they can comfortably hold while reading in bed instead of the larger gift volume designed to feature color art alongside the text.
April 19: The Senior Savannah Learning Center noon program will present a celebration of Art & Words by Aberjhani. The program will feature readings from the author’s new book, These Black and Blue Red Zone Days, a displace of artworks, and PowerPoint presentation. This will be the author-artist’s first 2023 public appearance.
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When he received the announcement that the Pantone Color Institute had selected as its color of the year a tint described as Viva Magenta 18-1750, artist and author Aberjhani thought it was a tribute to popular Fine Art America artist VIVA Anderson. He later learned there was no connection between the two.
However, certain characteristics used to describe the color matched many of his reflections on Anderson’s art. That was reason enough, he decided, to create his own tribute to the artist on FAA at url: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/viva-magenta-skies-with-ruby-red-apple-heart-aberjhani.html?newartwork=true .
“I wasn’t sure I agreed with the Pantone Color Institute’s descriptions of their chosen color as ‘audacious, full of wit and inclusive of all,” said Aberjhani, “but I was sure I often felt that way when viewing different works by VIVA Anderson are reading her inspiring comments on art created by others. There were more statements in the announcement which made me think of her work in different forms and styles as well.”
In addition to his tribute to Anderson, titled “VIVA Magenta Skies with Ruby Red Apple Heart,” to further experiment with the subject color he created another piece titled “Majestic Magenta with Heart of Gold.” When asked how he was able to do these so quickly, he answered, “It only seems quick. I always have a number of artworks in progress waiting for the right idea to come along before I finish it. In this case, for two prints it turned out to be the announcement of the 2023 color of year.”
In regard to the selected color itself, he added: “It’s definitely an intriguing choice. I’m not going to claim I duplicated it exactly in my new posts on FAA but I had a lot of fun trying to get there.”
In addition to having been a member of FAA and maintained an artsite on Pixels.com since 2017, Aberjhani is a member of the Savannah Artists Association and featured cover artist for the 2022 Flannery O’Connor Review.
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