With the Queen of Soul #ArethaFranklin at her annual Christmas Party in Detroit -it was an elegant and loving event-a night to remember for real! . In our journey and history (most don’t know about) she reminded me I gave her my high school graduation photo and signed it to her and that she still has it…I gushed about what an honor it was to sing for her and thanked her for believing in me before I was a professional artist myself and that I loved her – she saw something in me early on and I’ll never forget that or the meaning of that -Then- When she looked Nate and Rosero of #SRLShalamar Reloadedafter I introduced them to her she smiled and said “Alright Ms.Jody!” 😊❤️️ We both laughed. She looks beautiful too by the way!
SRL (Shalamar Reloaded) and I with the Queen of Soul before our performance.
Jody Watley with civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Shalamar Reloaded (SRL).
In full effect. Jody Watley and SRL (Shalamar Reloaded).
Thank you to Mervin Malone Jr. for uploading “My Love, Santa Claus.” Recorded exclusively for a Japanese release with Cyber X in 2003. This was the first time I’d done ‘trance’ the various genres I’ve explored over the years.
This is stark contrast to my jazzy chilled out rendition of “Christmas Time Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas – my favorite holiday album.
Created by Shawn West, Facebook. Nightlife Winter Holiday Inspiration. 2013
Wishing everyone the comfort, warmth, joy and blessings of the holiday season and time of year when many are stressed, lonely and depressed – as much as many of us are filled with happiness, enjoying family and the often magically beautiful spirit of the season. Give love.
I have so many favorite traditions that my daughter and son have over the years, from baking and decorating cookies, watching a “Charlie Brown Christmas” together and playing the CD which to us really kicks off the spirit of the season. One of our other traditions was the tree trimming party – in the spirit of “Nightlife” that’s the one I shared with Hip Hop Weekly. Christmas and the holiday season isn’t as hectic as it used to be now that my children are young adults. That said, it’s still a time for family, giving and remembering what’s most important in life — it’s really not about the gifts, although I miss Christmas mornings when my kids were little and waking up to see the presents under the tree and that half eaten cookie left for ‘Santa.’
“One of my favorite holiday traditions is to have a tree trimming party. It starts with a great music playlist which is the key to any party, along with good food. Everyone brings an ornament and hangs it on the tree. Over the years I’ve ended up with some amazing ornaments that always evoke a special feeling and a reminder of that person.”
Take time to remember the reason for the season. The world was supposed to end according to some, but we’re all still here. Every day is a gift, don’t take that for granted – even if you’re having a bad day. Pay attention to the taste of your food, look at the sky, laugh loud, often and hard. Breathe deeply and feel the oxygen in your body. Avoid being unnecessarily stressed, overwhelmed and caught up in overblown commercialism and overspending. Remember that people will forget what you said, what you did – and maybe even the gift you gave – but they won’t forget how you made them feel. Spend time with the people you love and love you in return if you can. If you’re alone – don’t be blue, celebrate YOU and be your own gift and shining light.
Most of all don’t forget to spread holiday love, kindness and cheer!