.. and the toxic shady ones too. Get your circle right.
.. and the toxic shady ones too. Get your circle right.
As a group we’ve had a couple of metamorphoses since we formed in 2015. Name change, concept changes and among them deciding not wanting to be another version of something associated so deeply with the past and with such accompanying negative people and baggage.
We can be inspired by the past but no one here is trying to relive it, me, Nate or Rosero. I realized some are still going to try to deceive and mislead people, disrespect me because of their own bitterness and jealousy of me..try to rewrite the past as if I can be erased or have my face paired with someone else’s name, ignore the trademark registration etc . ..my energy is not devoted to trying to make others do the right thing and they can wear themselves out trying to damage my reputation behind the scenes. My point was made with a certain trio actually benefited from my handling of business – they got shook up and woke up – and as well have tried to emulate a lot of what SRL and I have done it’s quite obvious based on what they were doing prior to my registration and what has come after it.
My decision was made last year and after my open letter – I don’t need the negative energy and once it was apparent some were also attempting to piggyback my efforts with the previous incarnation of the mark Shalamar Reloaded it became comical in some ways. That said, those Shalamar songs are still songs I originated and I can sing them whenever I choose …luckily I also have my own hits, ongoing new music and other music gems to sing in my show for a complete music journey.
As SRL., it’s refreshing to become more of who we want to be as our own music entity and brand continuing to learn and grow as has always been the case with me anyway -time does that – brings clarity if your mind is open to it. Our other incarnation was also very successful with TV, concerts and music. Moving on..all of our social media pages reflect the new era and that quietly began last year once we started working on “Bridges” we want our solo debut to have a fresh slate..just as my solo career did despite the past.
With that said, there are still many talent buyers who still want to see me do the Shalamar classics I originated and from time to time, we’re open to do that in special cases. The sound is there, because I’m a part of it and Nate and Rosero make it fresh and fun.
This will be the only show of ours this summer where we revert to our original debut show from 2015 doing a range of those hits, the promoter for this Danvers David Oriola concert really wanted this to happen .. the second half of the concert is Jody Watley hits and new music. Some of the other shows this summer where there is an SRL slot, we will go back to more focus on our new music with one classic added usually ‘A Night to Remember.’
No matter what I do – there will always be passion, soul, style and heart…and while always celebrating the past and the rich history — I’ll always keep moving forward!
I just wanted to thank those of you who follow my posts. Wishing everyone a blessed holiday season.. it’s a very sad time of year for so many.
The victims of the Oakland fire – young people just going out for a good time, artists just trying to make a living and live their dream. You never know in life. Those families are still on my mind and in my prayers – not to mention so many losses due to tragedy, from Aleppo to Chicago to Oakland and beyond. This year should remind us all how unpredictable life can be. As an artist and someone who has sought out less commercial clubs to dance – just as my daughter does and many of you may very well relate. She knew 3 of those of lost their lives and nearly went to that club that night..and so it especially hit close to home.
My message is always to cherish each day – no matter how stressful, imperfect or trying to the nerves things can be..keep moving forward and let those you love know it – show it. Give to someone in need..by kindness as a starting point.
Let the holidays and the forthcoming new year simply serve as not so gentle reminders of what means the most in life – the ultimate gift. Moments – not things (unless it’s the little ones..and I do miss the whimsy of those times through a child’s eyes)..though even then..it’s the moments that will live on long after the gifts have been received and wrapping paper tossed away. Keep people in your life that bring joy.
People may try to draw you into fake drama, people from your past may hold onto their resentments while you’ve moved on..people will resent seeing you happy and simply living the life you choose with those you choose to share it with – be happy and confident in yourself and keep moving forward. Be ruthless with your time – it’s yours.
A repost : Shalamar Reloaded Facebook Page
A passion for living – a passion for life.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lit the flame within us..keeping the passion burning bright.”
It’s always good to be reminded.
Some days are off days, difficult days..no rainbows to be found. Some days you may feel down on yourself for one reason or another – I have those days too. When I post positive pearls they aren’t just for you – they’re for me too just so you know. I’m not a plastic person, I’m human just like you. Keep your head up..that’s what I think and do so I’m sharing this quote image I came across as a reminder.