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Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo

What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?


When music was poetic

There was a time when music was still music. There was a time when it was poetic and creative. It was a time when songs told a story of love, pain, joy and ecstasy (sometimes all in the same song). Don’t misunderstand me, there a few artists who are still making (what I consider) music and not copying over what’s has been done already.

I still love those sounds

I grew up to the sounds of R&B and Gospel coming from the radio and TV. My parents were people who enjoyed having a good time. I also spent weekends with a family who loved music. It’s these sounds that I still seek out and love this day. I have since broadened my music interest into jazz with the likes of the Coltrane, Parker, Wynton, Harry Connick Jr,  Frank Sinatra, Fitzgerald. I also love new school artist with an old feel like John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and  John Mayer. My taste for music is all over the place, and I still love Gospel music that ranges from Chris Tomlin, Clint Brown and Gilbert Earl Patterson. The sounds in the house as a child could at times set the atmosphere. So like my parents, I use music to set my atmosphere.

Motivation One Moment At A Time


E.N.Howie is a native Washingtonian who has been fortunate to experience some life-altering circumstances that have given him a different way to look at challenges. In some circles, he would be described as an eternal optimist. He believes there is a bright side to even the darkest of experiences if you will search for the light. He is a husband, mentor, community-centered individual and a sharer of inspiration.