“Hip Hop is how I do good in this world. That is what World View is all about. And everything I do good I do in honor of my mother. So, this site is dedicated to her… In Celebration of the Life of Debby, World-Famous Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Social Worker, Chef, Singer, Swimmer, Activist, Artist, Gardener, Birder and Dog/Horse Whisperer, who died 1/2/12, just shy of her 60th birthday.” — AWKWORD
The Greatest Woman of All Time Died on One-Two…
I wrote and recorded “Thank You (A Tribute To My Mommy)” in honor of my perfect mother, who died 1/2/12, before she even reached 60. She was smiling and beautiful, even in her last moments.
I wrote this song sitting beside my mom, as she stared at death — with grace, as she did everything in her life. Without my mother, I wouldn’t be here today. And thanks to my mother, I never shied away from expressing myself through the arts. “Thank You” is the most personal song I’ve released to date, and for me it’s the most important. My #WorstMemoryof2011 was learning we’d run out of options. My #BestMemoryof2011 was witnessing my mom’s expression as she listened to her tribute song and watched the accompanying slideshow.
To me, this song demonstrates the positive power of Hip Hop — this is why I do what I do. And rightfully, “A Tribute To My Mommy” will appear on my 100% for-charity album World View, dropping in 2012. Yet, I can’t help but think my tribute only barely touches the surface in capturing all that my mother means and has meant to the people in her life and the plants, animals and insects all around her. World-Famous Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Social Worker, Chef, Singer, Swimmer, Activist, Artist, Gardener, Birder and Dog/Horse Whisperer. The only person I’ve ever know who practices what she preaches, adheres always to morality, and even challenges my theory that there is no true form of altruism.
In her honor, as her son, as someone who always admired — and was often in awe of — her, I present this song to my family, friends and fans, as well as to all those who have ever lost someone (especially due to cancer and metastatic breast cancer) they love, undoubtedly too early.
Youtube Slideshow x Song Preview
Download in the HIGHEST, better-than-CD-quality sound, FREE or by electing to NAME YOUR OWN PRICE. All (100%) of the proceeds are being donated to The Nature Conservancy in the name of AWKWORD’s mother. And if you knew her, you know that this organization was more to her than a nonprofit to throw money at; AWKWORD’s mom lived and breathed its mission to “protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.”
Please show your support for AWKWORD — and his mother, and go to DJBooth.net to LISTEN, RATE, LIKE and COMMENT.
Per Debby’s request, we ask that you please consider a donation — IN HER NAME — to any/all of the charities below. Instructions:
- METAvivor. [Metastatic breast cancer is the spread of breast cancer to non-adjacent parts of the body -- most commonly to the bones, liver, lungs and/or brain. At present, the disease is not considered survivable. METAvivor hopes to help change that.]
- BCMets. [BCMets is an online discussion board with ongoing input from experienced Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients. "It is a list where passion, compassion, information, spunk, fun, love, fears, tears and frustration are posted, tolerated, welcomed and loved" (Linda, BcMETS member). Debby was a devoted member of this group, read the posts daily and contributed. She found help, hope and comfort in her readings and correspondence with other women. Donations to BCMets in honor of Debby will be directed to the Pete Bevin Fund, created to assist site owner Pete Bevin with hosting expenses for the Breast Cancer List Archives, Breast Cancer List AUCTION site, BCList Annual Gathering site and the the online discussion board.]
- The Nature Conservancy: Option 1 – Download “Thank You (A Tribute To My Mommy)” and NAME YOUR OWN PRICE. Option 2 – Go here and click the Make a Donation button. [As everyone who loved Debby knows, no place on earth was more apropos for her than the earth itself. Nothing made her more at peace than walking through the woods with her dog or sculpting and digging in her legendary garden. And few things made her more proud than watching her children enjoy nature or work to protect our environment. For as long as we can all remember, The Nature Conservancy — dedicated to protecting Earth’s natural resources and beauty — was Debby’s favorite charity. (It is one of the only charities that has always stuck to its mission, thusly never disappointing a woman with unflappable morals and values.)