For some reason when I woke up this morning, one of my first thoughts was being a little girl in elementary school at Thanksgiving time. The smell of school paste felt real (I loved that smell). I could remember myself excited to cut out colorful shapes on construction paper, coloring in the templates provided by the teacher. It was with great joy to complete a paper turkey or making autumn leaves to take home – my creation. It really is the simple things in life that can make you smile at any given moment.
I had a blast in Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana. The people were so nice everywhere we went. Thank you to Frank “Penny” Edwards for making the trip and experience so special and for having me and the new Shalamar with Nate Smith and Rosero be a part of this experience. I’d never been to a rodeo – never been around real cowboys. It was unforgettable – yes, I had no problem getting in the dirt, riding a horse, or even taking a bull by the horns.
Lt. Don Gibbs (thank you for being so great), Jody Watley, Nate Smith arriving at Shreveport Regional Airport.
Nothing like a great dinner sharing laughs, good food and good times – and fabulous hospitality . Thank you to the staff at the Eldorado Hotel and Casino in Shreveport for taking such a great care of us. A+. Wallace Butts (Avid Music Inc.). Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith.
Jody Watley, Frank “Penny” Edwards and Nate Smith at soundcheck. National Black Rodeo Finals 2015. Century Link Center.
“I have no problem getting in the dirt! I embrace life’s journey and have a great time wherever I go.” Jody Watley, soundcheck – on a horse. Century Link Center National Black Rodeo Finals 2015
Nate Allen Smith of Shalamar® enjoying the journey at Century Link Center with Grambling State Marching Band entertaining the crowd of 11,000.
Before going onstage at Century Link Center with Shalamar® Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy – pictured with Frank “Penny” Edwards and the world renowned Grambling State Marching Band.
Taking life and the bull by the horns! – Jody Watley National Black Rodeo Finals 2015. Real Cowboys Association.
Heading back to Los Angeles, feeling blessed and grateful as always – wiser and stronger at every turn. Thank you Real Cowboys Association / RCA.
This continues to be a running undercurrent theme in my life journey. It’s not what happens to us, it’s how we respond, rebound or simply keep it pushing forward. Never being discouraged for long – just keep on keeping on.
I was reminded of this on my trip to Louisiana for the Real Cowboys Association National Black Rodeo Finals this weekend. The promoter let me know someone behind the scenes had been badmouthing me – without naming names. They were encouraging him to not book me, not to book the new Shalamar in favor of another artist – how much trouble I’d be..such a ‘bitch’ to work with, a diva..immediately my people and I knew where this probably came from an association to someone from my past or someone who represents them. That’s the level of people they’re with. This is a shady business full of people throwing bricks at any given time, just for someone out here as I wrote – just living my life. This is to anyone who may be in a similar situation at your job. Hang in there. As hard as you’re working, you never know when someone else is working just as hard for another not to succeed. Imagine that – someone attempting to block another’s blessings with lies – again. I’m a woman with standards, a total professional – some will always resent that. Initially I was going to keep this to myself. but it’s important for me to convey the things that go on behind the scenes and some of the obstacles I face just being me; as well as a cautionary tale for other women in business.
The promoter was so delighted that he’d trusted his own instincts and not listened – he said he wanted to see for himself. That he did.
The result – “You’re nothing like they said you’d be..I just love you girl..this has been one of my best experiences with any artist and can’t wait to work with you and the guys again!”
And the world keeps on spinning. If something is truly for you – no one can take that away..hard as they might try.
Thank God and the universe for another lesson and opportunity.
May the obstacles and bricks lead to more stepping stones to success.
Although I totally believe there is one above us all – we ourselves must listen to instinct which is often the voice of the universe and God. The inner voice is to awaken us in various ways in our daily lives often moving us toward or away from something. In the end it is up to us individually to make things happen..nothing is going to fall of the sky and it’s important to listen to your life (I wrote about this in my song ‘Clouds’ from Midnight Lounge). Don’t miss your destiny – move yourself toward the life you want.