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It was inevitable that I’d have a ‘Love’ luxury soy candle to join ‘Paradise’, ‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Comfort.’
Create an environment of all of those things in your living space. This is even more important with the ongoing pandemic, increased stress levels in some instances it’s a must to care for your well being and it begins within you – and at home. My vase, reminds me of a vintage piece or something quirky you might find at a flea market is from Target filled with a few roses – isn’t it cute?!
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On This Day: August 26, 1989
by GRAMMY® winner Jody Watley ft. Legends Eric B. & Rakim
Peaked at #9 on the @billboard Hot 100 chart!
Writers: J. Watley, A. Cymone, Rakim, Eric B.
Additional Chart® History
#3 Hot R&B
#7 Hot Dance Club Play
First rap act with a guest credit on a top 10 hit: Eric B. & Rakim (Jody Watley’s “Friends,” 8/26/89)
Six years before Mariah Carey and Ol’ Dirty Bastard set the standard for pop-meets-rap crossovers with the “Fantasy” remix, late ’80s star Jody Watley invited hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim to guest on her Larger Than Life single “Friends.” It resulted not only in the first top 10-charting feature for a rap artist on any single, but it also marked the legendary rap act’s sole trip together to the top 40 — the duo only scored one Hot 100 hit as lead artists, the No. 96-peaking “Juice (Know the Ledge)” in 1992
It was an honor to be receive invitation and opportunity to perform 2 of my classics (I chose Don’t You Want Me & Looking For A New Love) and The National Anthem by the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium for their Black Heritage Pre-Game Show. I’d previously performed the anthem many years ago at Staples Center at an LA Sparks Playoff game.
The weather was perfect – not too hot with a gentle breeze. I really tried to be present in the moment from the minute I arrived..especially since I’d never been to the this historic stadium in the majestic setting of Chavez Ravine.
Once received my custom Dodgers jersey – Number 42 in honor with baseball trailblazer Number 42 Jackie Robinson – also a Dodgers Legend breaking the MLB color barrier.
I usually get nervous before each performance..not a lot just enough to know I’m not jaded and still excited about what I do, always wanting to do and give my best.
My dancers John ‘Havic’ Gregory and Joseph Szekula and I were fitted with in-ear monitors which I never use but due to the stadium setting it was the only way for us to hear the music and not get the delay. We were positioned with our backs to the bulk of the crowd to perform for the cameras and television broadcast – that was interesting but we could feel the energy of the crowd throughout.
After performing 2 Jody Watley classics, it was anthem time..a sense of surprising calm came over me. Closing my eyes, just sang it with my heart and soul, choosing the warmth of my lower register allowing room for the modulation. Because I’m comfortable in so many genres, I wasn’t intimidated by the song at all. My main thing was to keep it simple and not try to do too much – simplicity is key for me, deliver the sentiment of the song. I didn’t sing it exactly how I’d been singing it on my morning walks or home..or the run-through in the press box with Dodger’s official organist Dieter Ruhele – the final higher note I had not rehearsed or planned, the crowd was cheering and that’s the spirit took me to the finish…it felt very much like a home-run!
After performing we went into the Dodgers ClubHouse for food (haven’t had a hotdog in probably 10 years but I had a world famous Dodger dog before going on to a more healthy salmon and fresh veggies – the selection was vast) and drinks and then on to watch the game vs. The Mets. The box seats were incredible and the day was capped off with a Dodgers win. Yaaay!
A special shout out to Pamela Broussard PR who really got this ball rolling! She’s simply the best. More video to come.
In gratitude always.
More video to come!
A great time was had by all!
..the next morning before leaving, stopped in coffee shop ..having never seen danish and pastries this large in my life. I didn’t get one..but did take a photo.
Listen To The Full Interview : Here on Audacy Media.
August 21, 2021 – Jody Watley invited to be a part of The Dodgers ‘Black Heritage Day’ Celebration in a game vs. New York Mets to perform pre-game performance and National Anthem.
Black Heritage Day
Fans that purchase the special event ticket pack at Dodgers.com/BlackHeritage will receive an exclusive Black Heritage Day t-shirt.
Special pre-game ceremonies:
Pregame performance in Centerfield Plaza: Violinist Alan Price.
Pregame performance and American Anthem: Jody Watley.
Black National Anthem: Maya B.
Ceremonial First Pitch: Actor Anthony Anderson.
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