Robert Irving III receiving Lifetime Achievement Award
No one will escape the coronavirus’ effect, but in 1983 far ahead of the pandemic’s 2020 world onslaught, social scientist Dwight McKee composed foreboding lyrics about the uncertainty of our future in Time For Change (In Time). We are advised by health professionals to remain a minimum of six feet apart from neighbors to avoid the spread of this contagious viral infection that is tearing humanity apart. McKee’s diet diagnosis for this madness: “If we humble ourselves and pray and seek back God and turn from our wicked ways, then we will hear from Heaven and God will forgive our sins and heal our land.” (Second Chronicles 7: 14.)
The music is produced and arranged by Robert Irving III featuring his Sonic Portraits Orchestra. Irving is best known for his nine-year collaboration with jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. Irving was, ironically, introduced to jazz via gospel musician Edwin Hawkins when at age seven, his grandmother took him to The Edwin Hawkins Singers first major Chicago performance after their commercial success of “Oh Happy Day”.