Dizzie Tailor is a unique individual. The story of his life so far is potentially a best seller in it’s own right but this, his first book, is focussed on his works. I say “works” not work not because of his multiple “jobs”, historically and currently, but because the main focus of his energies at the moment are on his two passions, hair styling and rhymes.
I met Dizzie in November 2009 and his calmness and grounded-nature made him infectious and inspiring company. We spoke about life, inner-city issues and spirituality – briefly but with authenticity. He gave me his book and I have to admit to a little trepidation. “Rhymes” are not a musical genre that appears on my I-Pod ! I promised to read it and, ultimately, admittedly some weeks later, I enjoyed it immensely. I understood his message and motives clearly through his unique poetry. For poetry it is. His work is incisive and accessible and his message rings like a bell. I even read the Foreward by his friend, speaker, author and coach, Kalpesh Patel. He describes Dizzie as being full of love and humility with many talents to share. He says that he has never seen Dizzie frown and that despite all of the pain and experiences in his life you would never see traces of them in his face. I felt that when I briefly met him. “Like most people with a natural gift, he is taken for granted by those close to him .” This is a great shame; we would all benefit from a close friend such as Dizzie I feel.
In his introduction, Dizzie tells us how and when the inspiration came and his focus sharpened regarding his mission. I would not wish to undermine his messages and poems by attempting to pigeonhole his work but essentially each poem addresses modern, real World issues and emotions. His rhymes are accessible and flowing. The syntax actually allows the reader to imagine the perfect back beat and rhythm without in any way detracting from the content. In fact, as an ageing Indie-Rocker, I was somewhat surprised that I was nodding and foot-tapping as I read through each text.
His works cover most, if not all, of the issues facing young men and women in modern Britain. Girlfriends and broken relationships, attitudes, truth and perception are covered as are his close shave with the law, his family and his hostage experience in a late night petrol station. If these were made up, creations of an active mind, then the reader would probably tell. They are not. They are his own experiences and insights. And very much his own stylings. The one poem that has stuck with me most contained the question “What will be your legacy? What will you leave behind?” A question that we all should ask I think. Do we leave just property, debts or children or a lasting positive legacy from our life’s work? For me, I now think of this every day.
“Will you take the lead or follow the steps, as you become more aware of what life has in store for you next,
The opportunity is there to treat life as a dance, I know it sounds crazy; why not give it a chance?
See life from a different perspective and take a stance,
Why not stop and see where your life has some importance,
We all have dreams deep inside our mind; and I’ve said this before, what is the legacy you leave behind?”
Each rhyme covers a particular single subject and it is fitting that the opening rhyme deals with truth. At the end of each rhyme he provides us with a brief explanation of meaning and the context in which he produced it;
“The truth is balance in each and every space, no matter what the problem this will always be the case, See, every little challenge, hardship and grief is carefully engineered to alter your self belief, . . .”
The style of his poems, rhymes as he prefers to call them, encourages a rhythm in the reading that un-ashamedly reflects its roots but the messages are universal and relevant to us all. He wishes to reach a whole new generation with his unique combination of skills and personality. He is increasing his work with under-privelaged youth and he incorporates figures of inspiration into his life; he actually walks his talk and through his rhymes he talks the walk. He uses influences such as Anthony Robbins, Dr John F Dermartini and Guru from Gangstarr as well as some key family members and friends to construct each message. An eclectic mix from an eclectic man.
If you want something different, fresh, poignant and readable again and again then I strongly recommend Dizzie’s book.
Revealing the Times Through Explicit Rhymes is thought-provoking and unique.
Thank you Dizzie and good luck with all your works.