Do not be tense, just be ready; being flexible. It is being wholly & quietly alive, aware & alert – ready for whatever may come. ~Bruce Lee
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The show at Anthology was incredible full of beautiful loving people who helped set the mood for the energy of the night. My concert as promised was a music journey from Soul Train, Shalamar (I’ve included ‘A Night To Remember’ and ‘The Second Time Around’ in a funky medley) also including CHIC’s classic ‘I Want Your Love’ which was my 13th #1 single back in 2007 from my The Makeover. The medley also includes ‘Your Love Keeps Working on Me’ and ‘I Want Your Love’ from ‘Affairs of The Heart’.There were plenty of hits and rarities and the new music preview from ‘Chameleon'; people are loving the new songs. ‘The Dawn’ which was already written as an homage to Soul Train and my years there is accompanied by a video montage of a teen-aged me and other highlights and ends in tribute and thanks to Don Cornelius. That night with the news of the passing of another television pioneer and icon Dick Clark – the song was also dedicated to him. Produced by Mark De Clive-Lowe it’s a funky tribute that already has fans dancing in the aisles.
The place I’m told has never grooved and rocked as it did April 18th. My band and I were full of gratitude.
After the show, I did a lengthy meet and greet talking to fans, taking photo’s and signing merchandise and a lot of classic vinyl.
For the meet and greet I wore a print jersey dress – and anyone who knows me knows this is rare because style wise I generally don’t like them..but style is also evolving and finding what works and owning that. I love this dress!
I appreciate my fans very much – diverse in age, culture, race, sexuality, and so on. It’s never been about quantity for me, but quality. I believe I have quality fans that are as eclectic as my music is spanning decades. Those that understand and have grown with me are truly something special. Striving to be anything of value in life is a challenge but being in the entertainment business brings it’s unique set of circumstances, expectations, triumphs, disappointments, pressures, highs, lows and everything in between. It’s a journey for the artist – as well as for the fan, die-hard, stan, supporter, music appreciator, music friend or whichever term is used.
Whenever I do shows I take time to meet as many people as I can; if the circumstances are right with the location and venue. Online I exchange communication at my various networks such as Facebook and Twitter from time to time as often as I can finding that it’s appreciated very much. Yes, I’ve unfortunately had some fans go left and go off on me as well – but that’s another post; negativity is also a part of life and the journey but I’m always about positivity. I’ve come to the conclusion that those who lash out weren’t real supporters deep down in the first place and carry their own agenda.
Long before the internet, I would answer fan mail. Being a teen that wrote to a few of my favorite artists in hopes of getting a reply no doubt impacted me. Perhaps this is why it’s important to me or perhaps it’s the gene of my father who was a minister and was very much about the people. You just never know how kindness no matter how insignificant it may appear can impact someone elses day.
I’ve received so many thoughtful cards and gifts over the years and though I don’t want to become a subject on hoarders (smile), I do keep a lot of my favorites. People have shared their stories of how my music has touched their lives in some special way – this is such a gift and a reminder of the power of music. From last month’s shows in San Francisco I received this beautiful card which came with a fresh fragrant bouquet (two of my favorite things in the world) from from Tommy Daughtery who has always come out whenever I’ve performed or made an appearance there. His message was full of love, support and encouragement – we all need that from time to time. Exuding love and good vibes through my music has always been important.
Looking forward to the show and the meet and greet on Wednesday night afterwards at Anthology in San Diego on the 18th.
The one and only Marvin Gaye is gone but never forgotten. Though his life ended tragically this day 28 years ago, he left an incredible legacy of music and artistry for generations to come. I’m so happy to have grown up with this quality music and to be exposed and influenced by his fearlessness to grow and evolve throughout his career. His 73rd birthday would have been tomorrow. If you ever have a chance, ‘Divided Soul’ by David Ritz is a must read.