Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Yesterday, famed songwriter, Nicholas Ashford, passed away. He was 70 years old. When I read his age, I was taken aback. And I don't really know why because he's been around since I can remember. It's sometimes hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that I'm almost 50 years old my dang self. So, that makes folks who were well into adulthood when I was a kid even older. News reports state that he had throat cancer. He is survived by his wife and former songwriting/singing partner, Valerie. And his daughter. Wherever his spirit goes, I hope it still cranks out the incredible tunes he's known for!! God bless him.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Some 20 years ago, I spoke on the phone to an aspiring, recording star who was in a Manhattan recording studio at damn near 2 AM, working on her first album. One of her friends, who was also her former employer, let me listen to one of her songs before the phone call. I was blown away by the power of her voice. So, her friend decided to call her at the studio so I could tell her myself. Well, the singer got on the phone and I told her how much I enjoyed the song I heard. I asked her to just sing a little sample of it. Reluctantly, she did. Several months later, I was listening to the radio and heard the aspiring singer's song. The song was called, Vision Of Love. The singer: Mariah Carey. Fast-forward to last night and I was on Lankershim Blvd and saw a young brotha walking toward me, listening to music and rapping along with it. I stopped him and wound up talking with him for almost an hour. He let me listen to a couple tracks he's recorded. And, honestly, they were pretty dang catchy. I told him that he'll wound up being my second, Mariah Carey story. So, just so everybody knows I'm tellin' the truth when he blows up, his name is, Mario. But his rap group's name is, Paper Mates. The two songs he played for me were: I'm A Star and California. I liked what I heard, so I sure do wish him well!!!!
Monday, August 8, 2011
Today marks Day One of my new resolve to exercise every morning AND to hunt down a new gig!!!! I began the day at the park, exercising. So, that portion of my "new" life has begun. And, now, I'm online, scouring job websites for a new job!! So...all's well that begins well!! I'm gonna SOAR like an eagle before too long. Just watch me!!!!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
It's 11:56 PM. I'm 47 yrs old. My apartment is furnitureless. I'm not happy. I love and am loved in return so the foundation on which to build happiness is in full effect. Going to bed each night and awakening the next morning with no joyful expectations has gotten waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay old. In fact, I can't take it anymore. With all the power I possess inside me, I am BEGGING God & His Universe to allow me to awaken tomorrow with a clearer mind and a focused resolve to CHANGE my life into the life I was BORN to live!! Please. And, yes, I accept responsibility that the change I seek begins with ME!!!!!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
One of my fave actors, RYLAN WILLIAMS, has booked the understudy role of, "Chad Deity," in the Geffen Playhouse premiere of, THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY. The play opens in September. I can't wait to see it. I've never been to the Geffen. I hope & pray Rylan gets to go up at least once. Perhaps weekend matinee performances! Well, the play looks like a hoot. So, I'll just wait till it goes up and see what I think first-hand!!!! Congrats, Mr. Williams!
This past weekend I had the honor of breaking bread with a fraternity brother, Zaheer Ahmed Shan, his lovely wife, Christine, two of his beautiful children and his younger brother, Tanveer. We dined at the star-gaving, sushi joint, Katsuya. The food was fine, but the company was exceptional! I have Facebook to thank for reconnecting us. We hadn't seen each other since college graduation, 1986!!! Yes, we've changed in appearance: me---bald and him---not as thin as he used to be. But boy oh boy has he thrived professionally. Me? Not so much! But I'm here. And I'm healthy. So, there! :) --- After dinner, we walked the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. I hope everybody had a blast. Zaheer and Tanveer came out to take the California Bar Exam. It still impresses the heck outta me that Zaheer can have a thriving, medical practice and STILL manage to graduate law school, too! You talk about an over-achiever!!!! What a great family! I hope & pray he knows how blessed his life is!