Jody Watley. A Special Day and Young Man-My Son Arie

Posted on my social media pages yesterday for his birthday!

Today is a blessed day in my life – the birth of my son Arie, the best son in the world to me!

Arie is one of the lights in my life and I know I am in his Raising Arie and his sister Lauren has and continues to enrich my life. I’m so proud of the young man he has become and the man I know he will continue to be.

Celebrating My Son. Arie.

arie_jody_jrhighgrad_copy

With my son – Arie.

I chose this photo to post in celebrating the birthday of my son because this moment in our lives mark another pivotal moment. Arie had never had a haircut..he was born with so much hair..a nice afro – it was so full it looked like a wig! Both of my children have a lot of hair. Lauren’s was in the middle of her back by age 4…same thing people would ask ‘is she wearing a wig?’ For the record..it isn’t true people of color..black people don’t grow hair.

I’d seen one boy with locks and thought it would be cool to do that to Arie’s hair. I started him with braids and then began the locking process. His locks received so much attention..strangers would want to touch it, cue Solange Knowles ‘Don’t Touch My Hair” because it is odd when strangers want to touch your hair, and even more a child. Arie would occasionally be teased by students..’do you wash it?’ Of course – it’s hair!

By the end of junior high, he’d had enough and I’d see them around the house. “What are you doing to your locks?”  Arie was slowly cutting them – he was over them. He played AAU basketball and wanted to look more collegiate he said. I could tell he was ready for a change. There are moments in our lives no matter how young or old we are..change becomes necessary. We feel it, we know it. The thing is to embrace change – don’t fight it.

Cutting his hair prior to the start of high school was probably more emotional for me. Hair carries a lot of energy and I was so accustomed to seeing his lion mane. I saved some  of them in a ziplock and then made an appointment for his first trip to the barbershop.

From that point, it seems time really flew as he became a young man..junior varsity and varsity hoopster..then college student off to NYC. His interest is business and finance. Arie is a hard worker too. Instilling a strong work ethic in both is something to be proud of.

We have to allow our children to grow and be who they want to be while giving them the proper tools and foundation while raising them. Cherish the moments at each stage, time goes fast.

I love both my children more than words can convey. Being their Mom is the jewel of my life. Keeps me grounded..even though they no longer live at home. I value our relationship, and the fact they keep teaching me things too.

Arie_Me_Jody_August2016_RuthsChris_BeverlyHills

I still can’t believe Arie can grow a beard!

Happy Birthday Arie!! I love you beyond the unigalagalala-unigalaxy!

Happy Birthday Arie. Reflections.

My son Arie celebrated his 22nd birthday October 17. It’s always a time of celebration and reflection for me, as his Mom as well. Away from the spotlight, my priority when they were growing up was to be present in their lives. I’m still present and involved though that role has changed an morphed into something different since both are young adults now. It’s not easy to be the child of someone the public knows. I’ve shielded them from the public wanting them to maintain their anonymity, keep them grounded, validated and confident in who they are. However, I’m like most proud Mom’s – sometimes you just want to brag a bit of how awesome your children are and how much you love them. I asked his permission before posting to ask if it was OK for me to share on my social media pages – he said yes. He is the best son in the world. I’m so proud of how responsible and solid of a young man he is, loving, kind hearted, funny, hard working, intelligent and handsome of course. I miss his presence being home – but proud that he is in college in New York studying business laying the groundwork to fulfill his ambitions, dreams and personal happiness in a city he’s always loved. He’s also held a part time job since high school – which is something instilled in both children, a strong work ethic. I miss dressing up for Halloween, playing action heroes, and so much more from when he was little – my favorite guy in the world. I don’t miss getting him off of World of Warcraft to do homework in junior high! Now, we FaceTime, text, share funny memes, and talk nearly every day. I cherish our relationship and bond. I am inspired by my son Arie and my daughter Lauren.

Here’s to Arie –  the best son in the universe!! I was there for his 21st (pictured in collage) and can’t wait to see him next week when I travel to New York for a visit and belated birthday celebration.

jodywatley_ariewatley_birthdaycollage2014

In Remembrance September 11. 13 Years On.

 

9_11_01_candle

A moment of pause -Thoughts and prayers go out to all impacted by this day, Sept. 11 – 13 years ago in 2001; to the families, loved ones, friends left behind – to the first responders, citizens who tried to help and suffer the effects and to the innocent victims of this horrific day in American history.

I’ll never forget it – watching television making breakfast that morning for my son and getting him ready for school. 13 years on – my son is now a college student in New York.
My daughter was in her sophomore year in NYC for college in 2001 – her dorm two blocks or so from the towers..it was hours before I knew she was safe, there were restaurants, cafes inside. All phone lines were jammed or down – panic then prayer. It was an extremely emotional and difficult experience for her to be there and see it all, to see families posting pictures of missing loved ones.. she came back to LA, petrified to fly (an understatement) for a while and took time off before returning to college. To day this day as someone who travels and flies because of my job in entertainment is a fear I’ve had to learn to deal with and face. Healing prayers to all. Peace on earth. Love in place of hatred.

Jody Watley. My Week. Life and Paradise

Scenes from the hospital with my Mom. The beautiful ladies posing with me lower right and left were huge fans of mine and nearly in tears to meet me and let me know who much I meant to them.

Scenes from the hospital with my Mom. The beautiful ladies posing with me lower right and left were huge fans of mine and nearly in tears to meet me and let me know who much I meant to them.

“Life is what happens, while you’re busy making other plans.”

I’ve spent this week more focused on being present and available for my Mom who had surgery (as I shared on Facebook/JodyWatleyOfficial).

Throughout this experience it’s a reminder of course of the things that matter in life such as good health and family to be there in time of need. I’ve met some really nice people, staff and those in support of their loved ones who were having surgery. One lady had a son having brain surgery due to cancer. She has 44 grandchildren and most of them were there to support, which was a beautiful thing to see. I choked up looking at the parents comforting their little ones, who were scheduled or had had surgery. It made me reflect of being so grateful that neither my daughter or son had ever experienced any major medical issues. I can’t imagine how difficult that must be. Tears came to my eyes as one Mom caressed her son’s hair who appeared to be no older than 3, as he waited for his surgery. Being who I am, and being really low key – it was also very humbling to be greeted with so love and be reminded what my music means to people in their lives and how it’s inspired and motivated young ladies to be themselves and rock their own style with confidence.

In recovery now, my Mom’s progress will be slower than we thought. She made it out of the surgery which was huge – telling me with over 3,000 people praying for me, I had to make it. She was overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support.

joanandmelissarivers_jodywatley

Joan Rivers, Jody Watley, Melissa Rivers, Leon Hall

We’d talked about the legendary Joan Rivers before and were sad to hear that she’d passed. We’d both met her when I was a guest on The Joan Rivers Show and also the original Fashion Police – she was so nice and gracious to us and so funny through the years – what a trailblazer.

 

 

I took my mother  to a convalescent home yesterday for physical therapy and to help get her strong enough to walk. The first person we saw when arriving was another older woman whose legs had been amputated due to diabetes. Sobering.

Take care of yourselves – and never take your health for granted. Work out, stretch, eat well.

 

On a happier note, I enjoyed seeing a few more ‘PARADISE’ shares, the music always keeps me in a good mood.

Graphic Designer, Ray Easmon, United Kingdom (at Victoria and Albert Museum)

Graphic Designer, Ray Easmon – United Kingdom (at Victoria and Albert Museum)

Marco, United Kingdom

Photographer Marco, Cerrone – United Kingdom

Van, Louisiana

Van Roy of BAILEY’S in Marksville, Louisiana

Raph,  Australia

Raph, Australia

 

The fabulous Naycee Villarta, from NY

The fabulous Naycee Villarta, from NY

Rick, from St. Louis

Rick – St. Louis, MO

 

Mike from Atlanta, GA

Mike – Atlanta, GA

Lisa, from San Francisco

Lisa -Oakland, CA

JET_JohnEshaya_Paradise

John Eshaya, Los Angeles, CA – JET Boutique

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Journal 8. Reflections.

I needed a couple of weeks to decompress, relax, unwind and reflect on my experience being a part of the David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Tour. My hat is off to him for being passionate about soul music and it’s veteran artists by doing a tour like this. It boggles the mind that there are not more of these types of tours with a variety of artists with their great hits.

If you followed my posts you’ll know it started off a bit rocky for me. When I look back over the time I was away, in my head I equate it to being a child having gone to a sleep away camp and surviving it. I experienced missing my loved ones, friends and daily routines. Even in the best hotels – there’s no place like home. Thanks to Paul Williams Jr. we were all turned on to the MagicJack phone app – free international calls, though the time difference was always a challenge. Being honest there was shedding some tears of loneliness of being on the road, feeling outcast initially because of my quiet demeanor which didn’t sit well with some, not having my friends, band and crew, etc. You should know I was raised in a fairly quiet household and I’ve never been accustomed to being around overly amped up people who need to be in someone’s face all the time. Chill. I’m as comfortable being real and in my own skin, as anyone else is in being who they are. We all bring our different experiences and upbringing  to every situation. It’s about being flexible and respectful – as I said in a previous post, there’s a time and a place for everything.  In my work environment, I have tended to hire people with a certain demeanor for my band and crew. Anyway, this caused feelings of being more vulnerable than usual and totally being out of a comfort zone. The feeling of wanting to go home was strong the first few days. Of course I found the strength I needed and tapped into ‘patience.’ It was awesome to bond with a few  people after all. Bryan and Louise approached me one evening backstage and asked me what was wrong in a way that was genuine and caring and not confrontational as I mentioned in a previous post. They were like the little kids on the playground yard that come over to help when something’s gone awry. Compassion and empathy. That was a turning point for me. I’m so grateful to them for being so cool. Ultimately, despite the stress, I had a great time, triumphant in it all, definitely having grown up a bit more – even as a fully grown adult. Imagine that?! We all continue to grow with the inner child that remains alive, facing obstacles, insecurities and dealing with insecurities of others which causes them to act in certain obnoxious ways. Working to overcome obstacles in life no matter what – as much as we don’t like the challenges at times. It feels good when you do and get past something.

I teared up a lot as we drove hundred of miles to and from the venues, often gorgeous historic theaters as I looked out of the windows – forced to think about life and tune out noise at times. I often listened to everything from Stan Getz to Radiohead in my earbuds, as well as my own “Nightlife” remixes. I did a lot of reflecting on being a Mom, the homebody – raising my children my children into young adults; missing them and thinking a bit more about mortality cycles of life. I reflected on my career, what I’ve achieved, what I still want to achieve beyond making records.  Generally, I never think about my age unless it’s brought up to me – but I did a lot of thinking about it on this on this trip. I feel ageless most times – well, until I have to reach for my reading glasses! 55, though totally young at heart and in my spirit – half a life lived already and looking ahead to the things I hope to achieve still with all of my past and current accomplishments which include raising to wonderful people of which I’m most proud. Perspective. Looking at the artists doing it in their 70’s..I couldn’t help but wonder if I wanted to be on the road when I hit 70 if I’m so blessed. Anyway, back to my daughter and son -they’ve traveled with me to places around the world and that fact made me smile – and cry! Maybe the tears were also my fluctuating hormones, which is said with a smile in another nudge of age. I’ve never cried so much in small spurts!! When I’d see a Mom with her son or daughter walking and holding hands, or sharing a bite to eat – tears. I thought about the blessings of my career and to be on tour with artists in their 70’s or close to it who survived touring and sharing the gift of music in a time of segregation always knowing the safe houses to rest in their travels, as hotels weren’t option and the fear of lynching always loomed. I visited the International Slavery Museum – twice.

We are blessed even when things don’t go smoothly – it’s the pushing forward. That’s living. Life.

The view from my hotel suite in Liverpool, I took in many sunrises (insomnia) and a few sunsets on off days.

The view from my hotel suite in Liverpool, I took in many sunrises (insomnia) and a few sunsets on off days. Thankful to be in the moment.

View from my suite Liverpool.

Til’ the Break of Dawn…just after sunrise from my suite Liverpool.

It's the journey not the destination..truly. I took this one I believe in Butlins Skegness © 2014 Jody Watley

It’s the journey not the destination..truly.  While others asked”How long before we get to..?!” I took in the view and thought of how blessed I was to see these places and spaces.  © 2014 Jody Watley

Early on at one of the Butlins Resorts..

In my suite early on at one of the Butlins Resorts..creative use of towels.

Sharing a birthday dinner party with music legend Dennis Edwards and fellow Aquarian - what a trip and honor..will always cherish the experience. © 2014 Jody Watley

Sharing a birthday dinner party with the other Legends of Soul artists and staff courtesy of David Gest with music legend and fellow Aquarian Dennis Edwards  – what a trip and honor..will always cherish the experience. Dennis made me laugh a LOT on the tour. He could also get really quiet and moody like me and sit off on his own.  © 2014 Jody Watley

With legendary Candi Staton - I loved watching her perform, she shared great stories one night listening to her and Little Anthony on a long drive back from one of the shows was priceless.

With legendary Candi Staton – I loved watching her perform, she shared great stories one night listening to her and Little Anthony on a long drive back from one of the shows was priceless. Candi at the end of the tour said folks were saying I was ‘the elusive one’ – lol.

Later down the line..

A gorgeous meal at San Carlos with my new friends Bryan, Louise and Alle

A gorgeous meal at San Carlos with my new friends Bryan, Louise and Alle

San Carlos Interior - GREAT restaurant!

San Carlos Interior – GREAT restaurant! Lovely ambience and 5 star food.

Vocalist Bryan Chambers  and keyboardist Alle Pearse.

Vocalist and best dressed of the tour – Bryan Chambers and keyboardist Alle Pearse.

Bryan ready for his mussels.

Bryan Chambers ready for his mussels.

mussels_2_bryan

The mussels were a hit!

One of my favorite desserts is Creme Brûlée - it's also a favorite of my son so I thought about him of course. © 2014 Jody Watley

One of my favorite desserts is Creme Brûlée – it’s also a favorite of my son so I thought about him of course and took the photo to show him. © 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Chambers - shoe shenanigans with Alle and Anders Knudsen. Just hanging out. Fun times. © 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Chambers – shoe shenanigans with Alle and Anders Knudsen’s ‘Beatles Boots.” Just hanging out. Fun times. © 2014 Jody Watley

shoe_swap_1

beatleboot4

Bryan Chammbers having fun swapping shoes with Anders Knudsen. © 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Chambers having fun swapping shoes with Anders Knudsen. We all got a good laugh and added this to many shared memorable moments on this tour.  © 2014 Jody Watley

A quote I came across while I was away that really resonated.

A quote I came across while I was away that really resonated and made me feel strong!

A universal message - while I was having coffee in Liverpool and feeling blue - it seemed like a sign for me to snap out of it!

A universal message – came at a good time early on while I was having coffee in Liverpool and feeling blue – it seemed like a sign for me to snap out of it, and I did!

With Anders Knudsen. Check out his album "Perils" at iTunes if you enjoy rock influenced by the 60's. I love it!

With the handsome and kind hearted Anders Knudsen who I grew to adore as well. Check out his album “Perils” at iTunes if you enjoy rock influenced by the 60’s. I love it!

With Matt Kern. Photo: courtesy of Matt Kern

Gushing with another cutie – Matt Kern in Hull. Photo: courtesy of Matt Kern. Look out for his band Vyktoria to release music soon. Modern Depeche Mode vibes!

Anders and Eddie Holman. "Hey There Lonely Girl"

Anders and his mesmerizing eyes with Eddie “I’m the best singer in the world” Holman. “Hey There Lonely Girl”

Anders_Fab_Buffet

The lads chillin’ post concert in our private area – fabulous buffet.

Matt Kern chilling at the fabulous buffet, Liverpool. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Matt Kern chilling at the fabulous buffet, Liverpool. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Tales to tell.

Tales to tell.

IMG_7311

Our VIP post show hang and “Fabulous Buffet” at the hotel -Legends of Soul Tour.

Someone said something inappropriate but awkwardly funny..at 'the fabulous buffet'

We were the stragglers, it was really late. Someone said something inappropriate but awkwardly funny..at ‘the fabulous buffet’ Alle was standing on the bar to capture..this was one of the last nights in Liverpool after 3 weeks.

Alle taking the pic..photo courtesy of Louise Marshall.

Alle taking the pic..photo courtesy of Louise Marshall.

Taking a moment before showtime. © 2014 Jody Watley

Taking a moment before showtime. © 2014 Jody Watley

temps_color

Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue sing “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” in front of an adoring packed house. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

I'd never seen so much 'Curling' coverage - it's apparently huge in the UK, and seemed to be on each time I tuned in to catch the Winter Olympics.

I’d never seen so much ‘Curling’ coverage – it’s apparently huge in the UK, and seemed to be on each time I tuned in to catch the Winter Olympics.

Scenes - driving to.. "Brothers Fish and Chips" caught my eye

Scenes – driving to.. “Brothers Fish and Chips” caught my eye

Umm..

Umm..get your hair cut and grab a snack! Sounds like an episode of Kitchen Nightmares! Cue Chef Ramsey “Who’s idea was this?!”

By this time in the tour, I was having a blast! © 2014 Jody Watley

Shenanigans backstage in Hull. By this time in the tour, I was having a blast! © 2014 Jody Watley

shenanigans_jodywatley_bryan_louise_anders

Paul Williams Jr. Louise Marshall as we arrive in Hull at the venue - after a long drive in from Liverpool.

Paul Williams Jr.  of The Temptations Revue and backing vocalist on the tour Louise Marshall as we arrive in Hull at the venue – after a long drive in from Liverpool. Louise also did a great job with her duet with Dennis on “Don’t Look Any Further.”

Arriving to Hull - UK. A  gorgeous theater. Grand staircases always remind me of my 'Still A Thrill' video in Paris, France.

Arriving to Hull – UK – dressing room dilemmas imminent – lol . A gorgeous theater. Grand staircases always remind me of my ‘Still A Thrill’ video in Paris, France.

I forgot where this was or what theatre - but it was very regal. #selfie (c) 2014 Jody Watley

I forgot where this was or what theatre – but it was very regal. #selfie (c) 2014 Jody Watley

cob_pen

From earlier in the trip:

Day 2 or 3 in Butlins - the first resort city we played as we worked out the kinks of the show….

Day 2 or 3 in Butlins Bognor  Regnoir- the first resort city we played as we worked out the kinks of the show….where my ‘elusive’ reputation was born on the tour.

I'm a big sports fan - so I was happy we got to watch the big game.

I’m a big sports fan – so I was happy we got to watch the big game – Butlins Skegness.

I lost a Superbowl bet while I was on tour to Paul Willams Jr. We bet one dollar for fun.

I lost the Superbowl bet to Paul Willams Jr. We bet one dollar for fun.

Louise Marshall and her beautiful daughter - of course made me weepy for my kids!

Family time. Louise Marshall with a visit from her beautiful daughter backstage in her hometown of York. Meeting Alicia of course made me weepy for my kids when they were little and would often accompany me for shows. Working Moms – balancing family and career.

More fab light fixtures in York..obsessed!

More fab light fixtures in York at the theatre…obsessed!

Bryan Chambers was so fashionable. He did so much shopping at one point his new additions required their own seat on the van!

Bryan Chambers was so fashionable. He did so much shopping at one point his new additions required their own seat on the van!

Sometimes the situation called for improvisation for the lack of dressing rooms to accommodate us all!

Sometimes the situation called for improvisation due to the lack of dressing rooms to accommodate us all! In life sometimes you have to just roll with it and make things work!

Pause..

The sign kept calling my name.."International Slavery Museum" - I wasn't going to go at first because I didn't want to be depressed - so glad I went. It was empowering in a surprising and odd way.

The sign kept calling my name..”International Slavery Museum” – I wasn’t going to go at first because I didn’t want to be depressed – so glad I went as did Bryan who came with me the first time. It was empowering in a surprising and odd way. Made me think of my own resilience in life.

Bryan and I were trying to find the slavery museum amongst many..good thing I had on comfy boots!

Bryan and I were trying to find the slavery museum amongst many..good thing I had on comfy boots!

African Origins. International Slavery Museum Liverpool.

African Origins. International Slavery Museum Liverpool.

Unimaginable..

Unimaginable..

I also learned that the famous street Penny Lane made famous by The Beatles is named after an influential local person in the slave trade..as are many notable streets in Liverpool.

sablevenus

Made me reflect on stereotypes – and certain elements of marginalization of black women that still exist among other things that crossed my mind..and thinking about the media and society..

Snapped at The International Slavery Musuem..

Snapped at The International Slavery Musuem in Liverpool, UK. They should have museums like this all over the U.S.

Never lose your identity-there was a time African didn't have a choice.

Never lose your identity-there was a time African slaves didn’t have a choice.

A slave torture mask for women slaves who got out of line..it was daunting to think about all of this that went on..

A slave torture mask for women slaves who got out of line..it was daunting to think about all of this that went on..and that human beings can be so cruel and think up such horrific things to do and make..

International Slavery Museum Liverpool --Muzzles, whips, torture masks, branding irons - no words.

International Slavery Museum Liverpool –Muzzles, whips, punishment collars, torture masks, branding irons – no words.  Blessings and prayers of strength  to those who remain enslaved physically and mentally.

frederickdouglasquote

slaverymusuem_remember_quote copy

I was captivated by this painting of a little boy who had stowed away on a Palm Oil slave ship, and taken in by a painter in Liverpool

I was captivated by this painting of a little boy who had stowed away on a Palm Oil slave ship, and taken in by a painter in Liverpool

Phyllis Wheatley, a slave, first published African American woman author

Phyllis Wheatley, a slave, first published African American woman author

nanny_thefearless

On  a lighter note..

Vintage organ pipes - Hull.

Vintage organ pipes – Hull.

pipes

I saw many beautiful buildings and lighting fixtures.

I saw many beautiful buildings and lighting fixtures.

I met wonderful fans like Justin and Nilesh.

I met wonderful fans like Justin and Nilesh.

David Arthur - upcoming artist musician. One of our drivers for the tour.

The divine David Arthur – upcoming artist musician. One of our drivers for the tour.

The delightful and eternally youthful voiced Little Anthony and Jody Watley © 2014 Jody Watley

The delightful and eternally youthful voiced Little Anthony and Jody Watley © 2014 Jody Watley

Dennis Edwards and The Tempations Revue Donny Finley and David Arthur chill at our customary "Fabulous Buffet" in Liverpool.

Dennis Edwards and The Tempations Revue Donny Finley and David Arthur chill at our customary “Fabulous Buffet” in Liverpool.

Matt Kern, Donny Finley and Anders Knudsen

Matt Kern, Donny Finley,  Anders Knudsen and David Arthur

Lots of fabulous architecture and grand interiors.

Lots of fabulous architecture and grand interiors in the theaters we played.

The still show music video's on their music channel which was cool to see.

The UK still shows music video’s on their music channel which was cool to see. I always had flowers in my room – gifts! Thank you to my fans for the love and taking the time to be so thoughtful. I appreciate it all the time.

A universal message - while I was having coffee in Liverpool and feeling blue - it seemed like a sign for me to snap out of it!

A universal message – while I was having coffee in Liverpool and feeling blue – it seemed like a sign for me to snap out of it! I did.

On the road again!

On the road again!

Jody Watley with Nilesh.

Jody Watley with Nilesh.

Sound!

He made us all sound great each night – shout out to sound and lights!

Some of the gear..#itsinthemusic

Some of the gear..#itsinthemusic

We live for it!

We live for it!

Sheila Ferguson original lead of Three Degrees (When Will I See You Again) having a moment before going onstage.

Sheila Ferguson original lead of Three Degrees (When Will I See You Again) having a moment before going onstage.

Candi Staton waiting to go on - it's fascinating to see other artists before stepping on to the stage - the moment before your name is called and the magic happens! © 2014 Jody Watley

Candi Staton waiting to go on – it’s fascinating to see other artists before stepping on to the stage – the moment before your name is called and the magic happens! © 2014 Jody Watley

"Here Comes The Gesty" - David Gest awaits HIS introduction..what a character he is!

“Here Comes The Gesty” – David Gest awaits HIS introduction..what a character he is!

Rhyl, UK.

Rhyl, UK. Another classic theater.

Another day at the office (backstage) for Anders Knudsen, James Adams, and Matt Kern

Another day at the office (backstage) for Anders Knudsen, James Adams, and Matt Kern

Many of us will keep in touch..some won't!

Our last day in Liverpool. Many of us will keep in touch..some won’t. Just like camp, school, work – life.

Jody Watley hotel lobby Liverpool - home was just a couple days away!

In the hotel lobby Liverpool  – home was just a couple days away!

After our final long drive, we pulled into London – Camden.

We clocked a lot of miles on the road.. pulling into Camden.

We clocked a lot of miles on the road.. pulling into Camden.

En route to Gilgamesh.. I reflected of fond memories as I snapped this photo of playing this venue  in 2006 for "The Makeover release with Dego of 4Hero - great show!

En route to Gilgamesh.. I reflected of fond memories as I snapped this photo of playing this venue in 2006 for “The Makeover release with Dego of 4Hero – great show!

The intimate, posh and stunning Gilgamesh, Camden table setting.

The intimate, posh and stunning Gilgamesh, Camden table setting.

*blank stare*

*blank stare*

Gilgamesh Camden. Table 7. Gwen Dickey. © 2014 Jody Watley

Gilgamesh Camden. Table 7. Gwen Dickey. © 2014 Jody Watley

With Gwen Dickey original lead singer of Rose Royce (Wishing On A Star, Carwash, Love Don't Live Here Anymore) at our final show - the intimate high rollers dinner show at Gilgamesh Camden © 2014 Jody Watley

With Gwen Dickey original lead singer of Rose Royce (Wishing On A Star, Carwash, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore) who is recovering from a spinal injury at our final show – the intimate high rollers dinner show at Gilgamesh Camden © 2014 Jody Watley

Gilgamesh, Camden. Some of the pictured with me include Bryan Chambers, Louise Marshall, Beverley Knight, Candi Staton

Gilgamesh, Camden. Some of the pictured with me include Bryan Chambers, Louise Marshall, Beverley Knight, Candi Staton. © 2014 Jody Watley

With Alle Pearse at Gilgamesh - last night of tour.

With Alle Pearse at Gilgamesh – last night of tour, also the Mom of two beautiful little ones.

A trinket I picked up for myself from Vivienne Westwood Boutique.

A trinket I picked up for myself from Vivienne Westwood Boutique. © 2014 Jody Watley

With our music director, keyboardist Arden Hart - smiling for the first time, last night post show!

With our music director, keyboardist Arden Hart – smiling for the first time, last night show – Gilgamesh Camden!

Getting their 'Nightlife" party fab on at Gilgamesh. It was like the Golden Globes in that we were all seated at dinner tables waiting to be called to the stage. It was one big party.

Getting their ‘Nightlife” party fab on at Gilgamesh. It was like the Golden Globes in that we were all seated at dinner tables waiting to be called to the stage. It was one big party. #itsinthemusic

And it's a wrap -

And it’s a wrap – Arden gathers his charts..

It's a wrap!

I’m going home now…where are my keys? You don’t have to go home – but you have to get the h** out of here!

A final good-bye to the lads..going to miss them! © 2014 Jody Watley

A final good-bye to the lads..going to miss them! © 2014 Jody Watley

With Paul Williams Jr. - still giving me the business about the Superbowl. Nice man - always polite and looked out for the ladies on the tour, stayed out of the fray -good people.

With Paul Williams Jr., after the last show in the hotel lobby at Heathrow – still giving me the business about the Superbowl. Nice man – always polite and looked out for the ladies on the tour, stayed out of the fray – he is ‘good people’ as they say. That’s CeCe Peniston snapping a photo too. It was time to pack and get some rest! No more fabulous buffet hangs.  © 2014 Jody Watley

Homeward bound..

Homeward bound..

Airport lounge..more captivating light fixtures..and the beat don't stop!

Airport lounge..more captivating light fixtures.. ready to keep on keeping on!

Facebook Legends of Soul Tour Gallery: Here

Soundtrack:

Donald Byrd –  “Places and Spaces I’ve Seen” *most played  / “Love Has Come Around” / Best of Donald Byrd

DJ Adam XII Giorgio’s Mix 8/10/13 (for putting on my make-up and vocal warm ups)

Phyllis Hyman – You Know How To Love Me Extended Mix

CHIC – Sister Sledge, various songs

Nuyorican Soul

Radiohead – Kid A

Radiohead – In Rainbows

Radiohead  – Knives Out, House of Cards

Jan Jelinek avec The Exposures

Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba

Getz / Gilberto

Frank Sinatra . Antonio Carlos Jobim – album

Jody Watley Nightlife Remixed

Jody Watley  Paradise rough mixes

Jody Watley Global Sessions mixed by Ray Easmon

Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong album

Robert Glasper – Black Radio Recovered The Remixes

Foreign Exchange – Call it Home

King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan – Take The Lord Along With You

Milton Brunson – If I Be Lifted

Michael Jackson – tons of songs on this playlist including Jackson 5

Dance Classics – too many songs to list

Temptations -Song For You album ( Had the vinyl, bought the album on iTunes while on tour as well as Temptation’s #1’s – elementary, junior high and high school flashbacks spurred on by hearing Dennis Edwards sing … I wanted him to sing “Memories” from the ‘Song For You’ album )

Eddie Kendricks – purchased while on the tour – 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection (Tell Her Love Has Felt The Need -yeessss! I was a teen dancing on Soul Train and danced to ‘He’s A Friend of Mine’  – can you spot me?! http://youtu.be/k7HMMjya88I

Anders Knudsen – Perils (purchased a few days before trip ended – love it).

Louise Clare Marshall – Wait For You (gorgeous and soulful)

I’m sure there’s more..but these stand out the most.

Up next:

I don’t have to travel to far from home!

Yoshi’s Oakland, May 29, 2014. Get your tickets NOW! Experience the ‘Nightlife’. One show. One night, plus VIP Meet and Greet. Paradise Pre-Release Celebration -Hits and More!!

http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/4215

Just a Thought. Neighborhood Watch.

neighborhoodwatch

 

Heavy on my mind..and every time no matter where I am, I know I’ll view these signs differently.

Most neighborhoods have “Neighborhood Watch” – never told to pursue, become a vigilante, follow, stalk, confront and so forth. Call the police and wait for them to arrive if you see something truly suspicious or threatening. If ignoring what you’re told, wouldn’t you let a person know “I’m neighborhood watch, my name is…” but it should never get to that point. My son has always loved to walk and go out in the rain. To even consider such a simple act could be considered suspicious shakes me to the core. This Zimmerman trial – any case with senseless violence and someone loses their life is tragic-but this case highlights many underlying troubling issues. I remember learning growing up as well, if you go looking for trouble – you will probably find it. Zimmerman should have stayed in his car – it’s my opinion – and waited for police, but he chose not to do that.

Preconceived notions are never good. There’s nothing suspect about a kid walking home from the store, in the rain at 7 PM on the phone talking to a friend in a “nice” neighborhood where it may be assumed one doesn’t ‘belong’ — or elsewhere for that matter.

I am praying for justice for Trayvon Martin and his family, although nothing will change the fact that he was shot dead – in the heart, while walking home in the rain from the store on an early Sunday evening.

Just a thought..