Landed safely in Tokyo and so honored to have the opportunity to perform with the Tokyo Symphony. No gimmicks..no controversy, nonsense.. public romances or anything driven by tabloid media to generate interest..just a veteran artist who continues to live my dreams – it’s in the music! Blessed and grateful.
Safely landed – time to relax unwind..good food a little wine..just cherishing the time!
Woke up, said my thanks to God and the universe for the continued blessings and gift of life and the opportunities to do what I love on my own terms – enjoying the view..coffee and reflections of how awesome it is to look out over Tokyo. Two wonderful children..great friends..my wonderful SRL mates who I miss on this trip but so happy to have them (Nate and Rosero) in my life and the love from true dedicated fans who lift me up daily.
For my second live TV special in Japan – it was exciting to have it be Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded – so it was a first for the group. Exciting for me because I’m never jaded..and exciting for Nate and Rosero. The special was broadcast on Fuji TV Next on January 19 and will re-air.
I’m always so grateful and continue to work hard and keep positive spirits up. When I think of the vitriol and some of the wasted energy some direct my way..I just keep on keeping on and accepting the lessons and blessings of God and the universe. This is my recommendation to anyone in life – just keep on keeping on and never be distracted by people and things that in the long run of life are irrelevant to the journey..though they may also inadvertently inspire you to exceed even your own expectations.
Taping Interview prior to live TV special broadcast for Fuji Next TV, Japan.
To those who have only gravitated to my commercial successes – you have missed so much good music. It’s never too late in this digital world to catch up. This project Saturday Night Experience Vol. 1 featuring Jody Watley came at a another pivotal time in my life and career –my enthusiasm had waned for the ‘business’.. 4Hero’s Two Pages renewed it and took me into the world of underground..ambient electronica, dance – my faith and creative juices restored. It wasn’t about commercial pop success – simply the continued journey of an artist, writer and producer..creative spirit.
This review of ‘Another Chapter’ from 1999 is so on point…it remains the perfect New Year’s song..life change song…read it and check it out. “Every story has a beginning, a middle and end — it’s life..”
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.
The shows in Tokyo at Billboard Live were a smashing success, packing the house and having the fans dancing in the aisles, singing, and love One of the Billboard Live staff said to me of all of the artists who perform there – I seem to have the most special connection to the fans, which made me feel very happy and appreciative. One person told me seeing me live and hearing my songs makes them feel strong and motivated again – that’s the power of music. Real love indeed!
We arrived in Osaka yesterday April 12 – and woke up to a 6.0 earthquake this morning. Thank God we’re all OK though I’m reading about ongoing threats from North Korea to Tokyo and of course America about nuclear attacks – which make me very pensive and sad to consider that these leaders have so much power to destroy at their fingertips. Let’s send heaps of prayers, meditation (if you do that as well) and overall positive energy into the universe.
Blessings and love to everyone – for now I’ll focus on the the escape and good feelings music provides globally. More pics and video highlights to come! Billboard Live Osaka – get ready for a night to remember!
Photo: Jody Watley Music (c). All Rights Reserved 2013
Photo. Jody Watley Music (c). All Rights Reserved. 2013
Some of my material gifts from the fans which I always cherish and appreciate! Photo: Jody Watley Music (c) All Rights Reserved 2013
Adorable! Photo: Jody Watley Music (c) All Rights Reserved.
One of my favorite birthday’s occurred over the span of a few days in Japan a few years ago – my tour manager Van Roy and band surprised me during standing room only shows at Billboard Live in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka. They stopped the show in Osaka as I was ready to go into the next song. My drummer Donnell Spencer Jr. had stepped from behind the drums and walked to the microphone with me thinking initially that he’d lost his mind! The band DJ Bill Coleman said the look on my face was priceless. Donnell then started making a speech as a cake was brought out and everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me. At at point I was nearly in tears. Thinking that was it – they totally got me again in Fukuoka. The cake was spectacular and once again the moment priceless.
I’m very fortunate to work with such wonderful and thoughtful people – we always have a great time when we get together.
Being full of gratitude for each day – I’m happy to have another full circle around the sun.