The Obeah Symphony & The Tao of “Ball Don’t Lie”

The Tao of Ball Don’t Lie!
The ball is essentially, the unbiased judge who will not reward the basketball player by going in if the apparent foul was indeed bullshit. (source: Urban Dictionary)

"Ball Don't Lie"Humbled to have my music currently featured in a most amazing Off-Broadway play – The Obeah Symphony, written by Kesi Foster & Jackie Alexander in production through June 30, 2013 at the legendary Billie Holiday Theater (Brooklyn, NY).

What’s the Tao of “Ball Don’t Lie” have to do with Off-Broadway theater? EVERYTHING! It’s like love – two people tell the world ain’t nothin’ going on between them…but every time they see each other, even Ray Charles can see they can’t stop that special flow of energy. BALL DON’T LIE!

Having seen The Obeah Symphony twice now, BALL DON’T LIE! The sold-out theater audience laughs like Ed McMahon on the couch gettin’ paid to laugh out loud at a Johnny Carson joke. They get the poignant moments. They are touched by the depth and relevancy of the songs.

The Obeah Symphony is EXACTLY what Black theater should be…a universal story that speaks to all people. no cheap shucking and jiving like some writers lower themselves to (Tyler Perryism cross-dressing, gun toting, sassy, oversized Black grandmas, etc.) The Obeah Symphony characters are prideful, possess a sense of self, have real loving relationships (imagine that!), are poignant and incredibly funny .

Laugh it up at The Obeah SymphonyBack when I first began writing on my acoustic guitar, Trevor Gale of SESAC fame told me you gots ta get out of your basement and test your songs on a live audience. So I took Trevor up on his advice and played out…haltingly at first, singing/playing like a newborn trying to walk down a staircase. I wrote “Someday (This Gift of Life)” and Jackie Alexander heard me play it at my first live gig at The Bitter End. It stuck with him over the years and now is featured in The Obeah Symphony.


The Billie Holiday Theater - Brooklyn, NYThe Obeah Symphony is selling out! Call in advance to buy tickets. It’s an an incredibly moving play. Honored to have my music included in such a first class production that includes a brilliant cast (B. Douglas Jones, Ito Aghayere, Marcelle Gover and Patrick J. Mitchell).


Peace & Blessings – Art of Todd

The Tao of “Ball Don’t Lie” translated to music – The audience is the unbiased judge who will not reward a songwriter by applauding for bullshit music. They will be bored silly and the song will have no legs (staying power) if it is indeed deemed not heartfelt (Source: ArtofTodd).

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