Should you find yourself continuously in the midst of consistent lies, vendettas, grudges, bitterness, jealousy of others.. keep going, that’s what I do anytime people bring something negative to me that others are saying. Those people can’t stop anything and trust me in my case, they’ve been trying for a long time. Remember that whatever they do or if they are able to turn others against you – whatever it is and whoever ‘they’ may be – it isn’t worth much anyway. Keep on keeping on to anyone who can relate to this type of thing.
New interview with Mike Vitti aired yesterday on popular UK station Mi-Soul Radio. You can listen now on the just posted new link. We had a great chat while I was in London for my April concert there at Under The Bridge – we touched upon the new music, a few thoughts on my Shalamar days and went back as far as Soul Train – I shared a fun bit of my history with The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. A must listen:
One of the most comprehensive interviews I’ve ever done. You really must listen to this..history, first time onstage with my Godfather Jackie Wilson,Soul Train, Shalamar, aspects of my solo career moving up through to the current new music. Mike Vitti was masterful with the questions, knowledge as well as weaving a tapestry of quality music spanning decades.
Mike Vitti takes it back to the beginning with Soul Train and Shalamar as we begin the first of three parts of our in depth conversation highlighted with the new and classic music…you will be dancing too..or getting some fly by minutes on the treadmill!
I love this fan made video by The Fantasy Clinic – the video is a mashup of the teen me on Soul Train blended with current visuals created by Ray Easmon out of the U.K. The remix keeps the essence of the song with a nice deep house edge – which you know I live for!
Snuck into a private taping of David Bowie when I was a teen on Soul Train. His song ‘Fame’ was out on Young Americans album which I loved. He was so immediately intriguing – and I was gutted when I got kicked out of the taping (my name was not on the list) missing an opportunity to see him in person. Like millions who were fans I am saddened and shocked to hear of his passing – he was so private; something else I admire about him and didn’t know he’d been battling cancer in this age of over media saturation. Original, boldly different and eclectic, Bowie never confined himself to any musical or style box throughout his legendary career up through his just released ‘Black Star’ he kept us guessing and enamored in and out of the mainstream always a chameleon – I admire him so much and anyone who just does their own thing staying true to themselves especially in this business.
Quietly, or not so..he was also a white artist who spoke out against the lack of videos being played at the time by MTV (in the days when it was Music Television) by black artists unless between certain hours when people were less likely to be tuning in. I learned this fact today. Check his interview with Mark Goodman challenging the tepid excuses: here , in that way I owe a debt of gratitude a black artist who found her way into medium to heavy rotation at one time.
Another great one – a legend who leaves an indelible legacy of music, style, performances, innovation and individuality and beyond. Live life – it’s precious..we’re all just passing through.
My condolences and prayers to his wife of 24 years Iman, his children, family and friends who knew him best.
One of my early favorites:
Good-Bye Mr. Lawrence. ( Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto from the film in which David Bowie starred).
I posted on my Facebook page yesterday, August 29, 2015 to not only celebrate Michael Jackson but my longtime friend, one of my favorite people and dancers ever – going back to my teen years – Tyrone Proctor, a Soul Train original. Many will also always remember him as my freestyle waacking dance partner in the classic ‘Still a Thrill’ video filmed in Paris, France at the Opera House – the first time any music video or commercial project was filmed there (thank you director Brian Grant for making that dream come true.)
SHALAMAR ® reloaded with Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. 2015
For those who came late, Jody Watley is a name synonymous with soul, an icon of music, fashion and dance who set the defining trends of at least four or five distinctive eras of black culture.. Read the full article on: OkayPlayer
Get your tickets:
June 24 The Howard Theater D.C.
June 25 Midsummer Night Swing NYC
June 27 Let’s Rock London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
As a teen K C & The Sunshine Band were a favorite of mine – on Soul Train during my dancer days as soon as the intro would come on to “That’sThe Way I Like It” I would lose my mind with joy. You know the feeling you get when you really love a song and it comes on. To say I’m honored and excited to be on a show with KC & The Sunshine Band all these years later in all of my current reloaded love and appreciation of disco, funk and soul is truly another full circle moment and I can’t wait to share it with Rosero and Nate! “That’s the way I like it uh huh uh huh!” Boogie shoes indeed!
With each social media throwback Thursday my desire is to not only share a photo moment from the past – but to perhaps inspire someone by providing what was behind a photo moment in my life on this journey.
From my Facebook Page post”
“Queen Jody! Living in KCMO (from Chicago though) at the time – had run a campaign for President of the school, I think I was the only girl who ran..and lost..kids were clowning me. It was a big disappointment and embarrassing for me – at the loss ..but I wasn’t discouraged in the long run, a theme in my life and career. I learned early on to never give up, keep pushing forward and stay motivated. Though not popular and still reeling from the loss of President..I went after “Miss Explorer Queen of Southeast Jr. High’ – because you never know unless you try right?! The outcome was triumph although I appear quite melancholy and sad in the photo’s (though still dealing with shade – a lot of girls including those who came in second and third weren’t happy as evidenced in the photo – shade is nothing new ) We didn’t have a lot of money but I put together my outfit and if you notice you can see what would become a style signature in my music career – jumbo hoop earrings. Certainly, I experienced far more challenging moments in my life, and even with this photo and moment there is much more to reveal.. however this is one of those touchstone character building moments. #JodyWatley#Shalamar#life#inspiration – Just keep striving and be yourself is what I hope the takeaway is from this, beyond the TBT..” May 7, 2015