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Trying Times

Posted on July 25, 2011 with 0 comments
The loss of a loved one. It's very tough to take for anyone in general under any circumstances. But when that person is your mother--the woman who carried you, bore you, had unconditional love for you, who made sure you had food, clothing, and shelter, who taught you the little things, who made sure your education was paid in full, who was there for you no matter what, who listened, who was there to pick you up when you fell, who cheered you on in your success--grief can be really challenging. I miss my Mom so much! Terribly! Just to hear another story, her words of wisdom, eat her DELICIOUS food! She was truly my biggest fan. I loved my mother dearly, but what I wouldn't do for the chance to talk MORE about her past, her life experiences, our family history...I still talk to her. I ask her for advice--what she would do if she were me. Same as my Dad, whom I lost five years ago. That was hard. But when BOTH parents are gone, and you're an only child, you need all the help you [...]
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Time to MOVE! Let's do it!

Posted on January 9, 2011 with 0 comments
Hey...The time is NOW, y'all. Tomorrow is not promised. "Whatever you wanna do," as Isaac Hayes said, "you gotta DO YOUR THING!"
Procrastination has been a major problem for me all my life. A boon to my existence. You have to reach a point where you have to say, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Get it DONE! I have seen all these legendary musicians and artists pass on, leaving legacies that are phenomenal behind...This past year, 2010 alone, we lost greats like Saxophonist James Moody, Vocalist/Musician Teena Marie, Pianist/Composer/Educator/Broadcaster Dr. Billy Taylor...the list goes on and on. I saw Dr. Taylor ONCE, and he was STILL incredible even after suffering two strokes recently...this was a couple years ago. I NEVER saw Teena or James Moody live, and I so badly wish I had...
What legacy will I leave when I'm gone? There is so much I want to accomplish in my lifetime, writing books, writing and producing music, performing all over the world, traveling for pleasure, exploring my hobbies, [...]
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New Year's Resolutions?

Posted on January 4, 2011 with 0 comments
All I know is that 2011 is going to be a memorable one. I am going to live each day to the fullest. I will be certain that whatever I do, I will do it well, and be comfortable with the person I am now. I want to grow and have enriching learning experiences. Making empty promises just doesn't fly. There is a saying: "When preparation meets opportunity, success is inevitable. Well, let's see how that plays out for me!

Ready for a New Start

Posted on December 29, 2010 with 0 comments
My, how time has flown! Still spending much quality time with mom, and taking some time out for myself. I am gradually getting myself back in the race as far as the music business is concerned. After all, music is a part of my life! What a snowstorm we had right after Christmas! I had time to regroup with my Winter Vacation, and try to determine what my new game plan would be. First of all, I realize the importance and NECESSITY of integrating and INFUSING technology into everything I do. Starting off with the purchase of a video camera, capturing video recordings of my performances to post on youtube, facebook, my website, etc. This is CRUCIAL for my survival in 2011. Next, networking is another vital part...staying in touch with current contacts who can help me in this business, and gaining new contacts who can advance my career. Most importantly, staying in better touch with my FANS. I've been maintaining a VERY low profile because of my family priorities. I have to GET connected [...]
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This summer I experienced a sudden turn of events. My mother was in serious pain in her hip at the end of July, and it so happened that she needed to be admitted to the hospital for hip replacement surgery. A proud octogenarian, my mom had quite an ordeal and challenge to her independence. I had to wear yet another hat, that of caregiver. My commute increased, gas consumption and mileage doubled, and as I attempted to return to work after a period of several days to locate a companion for mom to do light housekeeping, help her dress and get up the stairs, get her to appointments, my energy was at an all time low. I had to curtail my gig schedule just to keep up with myself. I had to create more down time to recuperate. For my own sanity. I'm sure many of you that have been in this situation can relate. Many days I go in going through the motions of my routine, working my tail off to make sure I can keep my job. But I swear sometimes I feel I am sleepwalking. I finally realized [...]
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