This excerpt from Toni Morrison really resonated with me, it’s great food for thought. Live your life – set the tone and theme – change it when you feel like it. Don’t worry about other people’s expectations or opinions – we all have our own lives to live and shouldn’t waste time trying to conform what others think our journey should be about – because it may make them feel more comfortable.
It’s impossible to reduce such heavy feelings and thoughts into 140 or less on Twitter or other forums. This tragedy as well as so many others in the world..I just read an in depth article on what’s going on in the Dominican Republic with threatened mass deportations to Haiti – for a generation of children and adults who have never actually been there..the sick fun sport of hunting innocent animals roaming free (giraffe, lions) .. the still missing girls in Nigeria – some of the kidnapped have been returned raped and now pregnant.. the list goes on. We have to keep on living and finding joy but can never become heartless and desensitized to the important issues faced daily by millions of all types around the world. If something can be done, try..even if by a silent prayer.
This is a repost from my Facebook page yesterday – with this still heavy on my heart in the midst of a flurry of promotional activities while getting ready for next weeks concerts and appearance:
“My heart aches for any act of senseless violence, terror and hate as I have commented previously-I still think of the innocent little ones from time to to time at Sandy Hook and their parents left behind, unimaginable tragedy… At the least my thoughts and prayers are extended to families and friends and to the innocent victims always, my goodness, what’s wrong with people I ask to myself often. I pray for humankind all the time..words seem small in these moments to post on FB, the outrage I often feel at world events even when not sharing those things in this forum -choosing to do so privately – however – The shooting massacre and tragedy at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (a historical church at that) in Charleston is another example of a crazy world hate filled world we live – so enjoy each day and loved ones as much as you can and take that into the world, try to do what you love, laugh and share with your friends, family, co-workers – live in the moment, appreciate the now..as well stay ‘woke’ .. Blessings, Light and Love.”#AMEShooting
The trip to Sao Paulo was such a blast – the concert, the people, the food – everything but wifi was all good. Thank you to Jason Bralli and Espacos Das Americas, and AudioClub for the experience and opportunity.
A toast to another trip to remember. Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy in Sao Paulo Brazil. 6/132/2015
Listen LIVE today I’ll be on air WHUR-FM 3PM EST talking about the upcoming concert at The Howard Theater with SHALAMAR ® , the new members Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy and of course PARADISE.
Up Next: with SHALAMAR ® Reloaded
June 23 SIRIUSXM THE GROOVE
June 24 – Live on Air FOX 5 News D.C. (solo appearance)
June 24 – The Howard Theater, Washington D.C. #DC
June 25 – Midsummer Night Swing Lincoln Center Damrosch Park #LCSwing
June 27 – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Let’s Rock London #London
June 28 – An Evening With SHALAMAR ® ‘Reloaded’ and Jody Watley Melkweg Amsterdam #Netherlands
With Mary L. Datcher in the Chicago Defender from May 29, 2015; Jody Watley talking new music and the new SHALAMAR ® : ” If you grew up in the era of cultural identity, sexual exploration, political uprise..” Read the rest here:
As a teen K C & The Sunshine Band were a favorite of mine – on Soul Train during my dancer days as soon as the intro would come on to “That’sThe Way I Like It” I would lose my mind with joy. You know the feeling you get when you really love a song and it comes on. To say I’m honored and excited to be on a show with KC & The Sunshine Band all these years later in all of my current reloaded love and appreciation of disco, funk and soul is truly another full circle moment and I can’t wait to share it with Rosero and Nate! “That’s the way I like it uh huh uh huh!” Boogie shoes indeed!
It was crazy frustrating to be in the UK for 4 days without internet – and crazy to realize how dependent we are. As a business person it’s a bit of a disaster…but we made it through. The new members Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy and I went over like gangbusters – despite a few naysayers predicting we’d be booed off of the stage. As always, I’m focused on the positive side of things. Life is too short to do otherwise. Even when things don’t go your way (i.e. internet) it’s so much better with people you enjoy being with – laughing, passing the time, sharing good good, good times – doing something we all love. Gratitude.
Never get caught up in negative chatter – some people will never want to see another person succeed. Life goes on!
Good food, good times – in Shepperton first night at lovely Indian restaurant
SHALAMAR ‘RELOADED’ killin it — A sea of love united in the music. Happy Days Festival 2015.
Nate Allen Smith.Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. The newly reloaded SHALAMAR.
Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith. Happy Days Festival 2015 UK. SHALAMAR.