FRANK RAYMOND JOHNSON
December 03, 2013
That’s him…That’s my dad.
Everyone needs a mentor; every martial art film I ever enjoyed had a student and a master. Well I had my dad; he trained me in the art of life. As I grow in mentality I realise more and more how important that was to me. He was a clever man, an insightful man, and always a man. Lessons are still unfurling as the days pass. I am in Spain on Tour with Nihan and John at my side. She is a lady and he is a gentleman. Important, you are the people you share space with. I’m listening to The Avett brothers, I and love and you.
They say a prophet is never known in his own land, I think a prophet is known, just sometimes not acknowledged.
I’m in Spain heavy rotation on the radio, sold out shows, the beginning of a beautiful relationship. All an artist ever wants is to work without the politics. My father as you can see in the picture was a superstar, a big man with a bigger heart. A philosopher of street life, a carer of the unsung, he handed me that mantle. I just saw the documentary ‘Cutie and the boxer’, there’s something building about struggle, something else money can’t buy. Without it you can’t be bonafide. I watched my father recoil into himself over the years but we had many great in-depth discussions, and he never locked me out.
I always knew I could not; more importantly did not want to outshine the master. I learnt early to process very quickly, it came from a deep spirituality, and it also came from a seed that was compatible to two beautiful human beings, Mum and Dad. They both gave me all they had and so much more. I was blessed by my parent’s commitment to being present in the moment, awake, aware. For me they will always be the perfect role models I could look to. When my father died he armed me with answers that unravelled his own death. He gave his life purpose by giving mine reason. I still hear him, I still feel him, and I still smell him. He made me understand that love makes us cry with joy, and although life is short, as long as you understand love is eternal, that’s the real prophet. Like a relay team, what we do is hand on the heart baton. He used to say, "I’m a better version of him", when my daughter was born I got the message. She is a better version of me, because it stands to reason, we as parents hand on the message of love. I have that same commitment, to a little life that I was part of creating. Life is perfect because the lessons go hand in hand with everything we do. I took from my father’s achievements and his failures, Yin and Yang. It’s all perfect, when you know without the fight we die, without the struggle we become complacent, when it’s too warm we become cold. Everything needs balance, man and women the ultimate balance.
I’m arriving back to London and as the plane descends, I feel the glove of the game waiting for me. But know this, what mankind has created down on earth, a single man kept me hidden in the shadows long enough to find a freedom in myself. NFJ