Monday, January 31, 2011

And Miss Bettye Lavette

Whooooo-weee... She's giving me Tina and Nancy all day!!!


Betty Davis

So, I'm trying to figure out why I'm just getting hipped to her music?

I. love. her.

Perceptive as I am, as soon as I heard her I thought of Joi, and realized the reason I love her so much is because I didn't realize I really love the Betty Davis in her!

The original:

I'm a little upset that I'll be in London while Joi is performing here in NYC... lol! Never mind I've seen her in concert yet I've never been to England.... I wanna see Joi!

Meanwhile, I wonder what prompted Betty Davis to leave the business... I bet if she decided to come back to the stage at 65, she would be the business. I'm just sayin'!

Black rockers ROCK!

Friday, January 28, 2011

i'm reminding myself

that nobody actually "enjoys" going to rehearsal....

and even though that is compounded by a complete unwillingness to travel far and wide by public tran during inclement weather, like snow and so forth...

i committed to doing this, so i should just suck it up,

and go to rehearsal.

very far away from my house.
starting at 9p even though nobody ever shows up at nine.
non paid.
in the snow.
without being offered a ride.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

It's not a new year's resolution but...

I really am looking forward to the workout/running regimen my brother is instituting for us. I've allowed him to convince me to go half on a fairly reasonable treadmill which arrived last monday. Then he said we'd workout three times a week: Pull-ups (of course mine are assisted, two at a time), planks, and running for 15 mins straight on the tm. Already I've done some variation of those three things the past three days. And I kinda like it. Not in the "Yeah I like to workout" sense of things, but in the "wow, I never have been inclined to commit to this, and now I'm open to it and will purpose to follow through." My cousin whose been severely overweight for years has been working out to lose weight. She is an inspiration as well as my brother who took on running and tennis in the past five years. They're 38 and 40 respectively, which shows me it's never too late to begin a healthier lifestyle. A told a friend about it and he said "Don't get too Flo-Jo with it" and I laughed like "Imagine ME, as fly as Flo-Jo!" but wouldn't that be dope if I got trim and muscular like an actual track runner! It's not my goal, at all.. matterfact I don't have one, per se. I'm not trying to altogether lose weight, I'm not trying to run a marathon. I just want to be healthier.

So.... it's not a resolution. I just suppose in order to have a change of life, you have to just decide one day to start making that change.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I am engrossed in all things Ted Williams right now.

and I am in awe. Smiling. Watching his reuniting w/his mother, working the circuit full of grace & charm. So articulate and gracious, recounting his bountiful opportunities. I'm praying for him. Let no one take advantage of him or the fortune that has come his way. Let his children and... mother will benefit from his return. Let him remain steadfast with his relationship with God... Let him remain substance free. Let him have peace of mind once all of the hype and sensation dies down. Let him live another fifty years reaping the reward of this new chance at life. Let him be an inspiration to others. Let him NOT be the ...only one this may happen to. Let any haters or folks who will try to deter him or be a stumbling block or be a hindrance, be kept away from him. Let him be surrounded by a group of trustworthy, caring, business minded individuals who will look out for him and help him to grow spiritually, socially and mentally. Let him be responsible. Let him be the love and receive the love that he appears to be in the videos. I'm praying all of that in the Lord's name. Amen.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

in the spirit of aiming higher in the new year, or just in general..

...I've created my first two Craigslist ads for MaiContent, LLC in hopes that I will gain some new clients who need assistance in writing, proofreading or editing. I created one for students* and one for small business owners; pretty generic ads, they are. I will look forward to creating more detailed and niche ads though to get the ball rolling so that I may edit docs during billable hours for the better portion of each week this year. With my shortage of classes this semester, and my deciding to become incorporated as a business owner for some apparent reason last year, I need to actually put some feet behind moving forward as said business owner.

So. Even though I spent just a few minutes creating this ad and this one, I consider them to be seeds that will yield financial fruit one way or another in the coming days....

*whereas I realize the one for students looks a bit generic without the name of the company or my name appearing anywhere, I think it's better to be inconspicuous when editing student papers, no? I probably could be a bit more deliberate with putting my company name out there for the small business ad though.... I'll have time to pull it together when I get back to NY.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

let me acknowledge oh-eleven.

i'm still in southern california, and it's the new year.

i miss new york.
--------> dearly.

but i love my family. and consider it necessary to spend time with them. and i've enjoyed seeing friends i don't normally get to hang out with as well. but i miss my home, my life in new york. so, a few more days, and it will time to bid the west coast adieu.

january one. 2011 a.d. 9a. i met Oprah Winfrey. unexpectedly invited to the launch party of OWN by a high school friend i had no idea was working for the network, i got myself up, three hour after having fallen asleep post-NYE festivities, and was on my way with one friend to meet two others and the one that had invited us. it was a lavish event for staff, families and friends, and of course we couldn't believe we were there, but for me it represented the kind of magic that happens in my life and represents what things may come if i keep living. i can only imagine, yet can't imagine, at the same time. it was the most exciting January 1 i believe i've ever experienced in my life, and is tremendously the other side of the coin that was January 1, 2010. such joy to complement the grief of one year ago. the pendulum of emotion in my life rings with a fierceness.

january two. good music in LA's music scene. i know a few cats well, but am making the kind of connections with the musicians out here that i have with the ones in NYC, mainly because of my love of the music and undying energy that comes about from the music. i'd like to hope that at some point, musicians on both coasts will be more than guys that i admire for their talent, and who admire me for my passionate energy, but that i develop enough as a vocalist to be considered one of their peers. in new york, it's happening, slowly but surely. the more i sing with s.u., and the find other opportunities to sing, the more i will find myself included on someone's stage. it's time to work at my craft more than i ever have instead of just coasting on being able to do it. i want to be good at what i do, not just nice.

january three. i swear a rainbow followed me all the way from los angeles to our timeshare in Dana Point. i saw it as soon as we got on the 405 south headed through carson. and BOOM, in the sky was the faintest path of rainbow* in the clouds. the clouds ended, the rainbow ended. then we drive a few more miles, and BOOM there it was again. and i literally stared out of the window for the hour or so it took to get here, watching the rainbow disappear and reappear, playing peeek-a-boo if you will, and finally reveal itself in its entirety once we reached our destination in Dana Point. and when my parents went to check in, it totally disappeared for good.

imagine that. a rainbow wanted to play with me, of all people, on the third day of the new year.

how charming.

Dana Point Rainbow. 3 January 11.
(by the time we arrived, it was in full arch.)

*the second one i've seen in southern cali since i've been here. i think i'm going to document each and every rainbow i see this year. let's see if it's a year of enchanting rainbows following me around, or if i reach a pot of gold at the end of one!