As witnessed by my book—on occasion—I have something to say. The book I wrote, proves that there is much to talk about. However, I’m not the one to talk about it—so I thought. After many years of people telling me to come from behind the scenes and carry the torch. Meaning, they thought I should be the spokes person for The Batiste Family®. Well, the time has come for me to except the responsibility of speaking out. I once said I don’t like to speak and was told I missed my calling. That’s not a compliment.
It’s a calling to try to help others by speaking for them. Today, I want to speak for the Arts. I have many pages of background speaking for the Arts. Still, there’s much to be done. Now, I discovered, I can use the “Pen.” I don’t consider myself a writer, but I find myself expressing myself through the Arts and writing is another great form of the Arts.
Therefore, from time to time, I will be writing a Newsletter. I don’t have a format or schedule to write to you, so it’ll take some time for this to become organized.
The subject today—as always—is family. I have spent many years and words selling the idea of “Family.” Somehow, I don’t see enough credit going to “Family.” In 1982, I wrote, “It’s All About the Family.” It’s a great song, but it seems it didn’t get the attention it should have gotten. When I conceived it, I thought it would become a million seller. When it didn’t become an all time favorite, I knew how hard the battle would be. Nonetheless, I continue to struggle with the concept of total family involvement. It’s been a mission of mine to show what happens when everyone sticks together.
Until now, I have had total involvement of the entire Batiste Family®. I have been complimented on how, I was able to keep them together since 1971. After decades of trying to hold on to family members, “Times Have Changed.”
Today, I’m announcing the departure of “David Batiste and Damon Batiste” from the Batiste Brothers Band®/The Batiste Family®. I wish them good luck in there endeavor to “Go Solo.” Though, I understand the pressures of life to move forward, I will miss their presence on stage with The Batiste Family® and Batiste Brothers Band®.
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Paul A. Batiste
Founder of Batiste Brothers Band®, The Batiste Family® and Batiste Cultural Arts Academy@
“SOLO VS. FAMILY”
There are those who would benefit from going “Solo.” There are great examples of artist who left the pack behind, and I applaud the ambition and talent it takes to go solo. The hard work and dedication to one’s self for the sake of gain takes tremendous will power. Now, to clear the air, I must say nothing is wrong with going solo.
In a like manner, there’s nothing wrong with going family. Family is home. Though, not always at a house, home can be a city, state, country or a nation. We all can be a family. I have written lesson plans, songs and enlisted family members to be family for decades. It works. There are many success stories stemming from “home.” I remember what my college professor once said, “There’s strength in numbers.” What makes the Batiste Brothers strong is family.
People love family because they can relate directly to the love. “Brothers” is “Family” and so are sisters, children and other members. Even companies can exhibit unity as well as trust. Organizations have the ability to look sound and feel like everybody belongs.
On the other hand, I know there are differences in missions. Also, it’s possible for business to come first. However, if there’s no corruption, then even business can have trust.
What I’m trying to say is “Keep the Family.” Those are the lyrics to a song I wrote in 1982. Decades ago, I knew how difficult my plan for unity among all families would be.
Let’s keep the hope and desire to be “One” in our goals and missions. Bands and organization should stick together and try to have the same exclusive members and enjoy the success I have had with keeping the family for 4 decades.
Paul A. Batiste