Keir the poet
By Sam Riddle
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Poetry: “Awareness of things seen and unseen”
He strolled across the parking lot from Starbucks into Whole Foods with the air of a man on a clearly defined mission. He uses his gifts of words, street rhythms and raw intellect — honed attaining a B.S. degree from the prestigious Michigan State University School of Packaging and years of private sector corporate know-how to encourage his people, in particular young men — to embark on a course of salvation instead of self-destruction.
He is Keir (key-air) the poet.
Keir’s poetry, which is a fusion of jazz and neo-soul music, resonates with self-reliance. “We can’t depend on others. We can save ourselves,” says Keir who lives in Detroit.
The creative expertise gleaned in over a decade of corporate engineering experience collided with Keir’s commitment to his people, building the foundation that has enabled him to write all of his music and poetry while mixing and mastering the works from beginning to finished product. Keir is his own role model for self-reliance. He believes an artist’s work should inspire people to action with a focus on African American males.
“We Can Re-Build Him” is a foundation work that encourages older Black men to mentor young males to achieve beyond mere street survival.
Quoting directly from his liner notes, Keir is solid on the Detroit brand he says “does not come from 30 miles away.” There is grave seriousness in his voice as Keir states emphatically, “My CDs have encouraged and inspired many people. This “high quality” CD was 100 percent produced in Detroit, the “birthplace of Motown.”
Keir has been featured as an opening act for the likes of Dr. Bill Cosby, The Last Poets, jazz great Marcus Belgrave, Haki Madhubuti of Third World Press, R&B artist Dwele, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Terrance Palmer and motivational speaker George Frasers, as well as former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and legendary actress Ruby Dee.
Contemplating a return to the corporate grind, Keir notes the battle to win a market share is unrelenting.
Keir engages in “grassroots marketing” with Internet reach at www.cdbaby.com/cd/keir5. Check Keir out, you will love what you hear. And then ask yourself: If Detroit is so big on Detroit, why don’t we hear home grown talent on Detroit-based stations?