I’ve known David Gest for decades but we only recently renewed our friendship in 2014. He had a love of R&B and Soul music like few industry promoters, having grown up next door the the Jackson family. He was an industry icon and will be missed by a great many artists as well as fans. He always put on a great show and treated the acts well. He was funny, quirky, kind, loved licorice, and liked to tell dirty jokes.
On my last tour with him, we shared a dressing room together. When the tour was ending he said “You’re going to miss me.” and I laughed. A few weeks later we were chatting on the phone and I told him he was right. I did miss him.
While the “Memphis in May” show on May 6th will go on; it will now be a memorial show. There will be many tears backstage…
Rest well my friend. I will miss you.
I am thankful for my family, my friends and my fans. You all have given me so much. In the wake of the extremest attacks happening all over the world; this Thanksgiving and this holiday season means even more to me. And as I have always loved this time of year, I am grateful. I pray that we have the strength and courage for peace in the world. Blessings to you all.
And I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it”.
WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
What are you grateful for?
I was at the UNAFF International Documentary Film Festival in October (United Nations Association Film Festival) and saw some great films at my Alma Mater Stanford University. The festival covers cutting edge films that make you think. This is their 18th year.
I am telling you now that this festival covers difficult topics.
The director of the festival Jasmina Bojic works tirelessly to find films that will make an impact on the world… and especially on children. I am in agreement with Jasmina that our children are the answer to a bright and healthy future.
They were all very important films but one that really stood out to me that I thought I would mention. It’s called “I’m Not Racist… Am I”?
It’s a film about twelve high school students asking questions we don’t normally ask. It takes place in New York City. The links to the trailer are above. It’s not something you will find in your local movie theaters, but IT IS SOMETHING that is a great thing to share with young people– your children and grand children. If you are compelled to see the film; I am pretty sure you can contact the producer André Robert Lee for a showing.
Being multi-cultural myself; issues like these are something I think about and talk about with friends and family. They are a part of who I am. I know that my friends understand how to communicate different and difficult ideas and the like; but I ask friends of friends etc… to please treat this topic with respect. If it’s not for you then its not for you. Thank you.
On a different note- I spent a few days in the snow in Lake Tahoe California.
It was beautiful. I’m sporting a beard for a little while (see clip above) because I’m tired of shaving. (Can’t a man take a break)! LOL.
There was a local pet; a chocolate Lab named Doobie who came in and out as he pleased and got treats from all until we noticed on his collar (PLEASE DO NOT FEED) then the jig was up! He still came around though. (There is always hope). It was a great three day break from the studio and I feel refreshed and ready for more….
On the last day we noticed something odd about the car…. and found out a bear had tried to break in and completely took off the door handle…. (this was not the bear but just imagine). Glad I wasn’t there to see him. This is definitely bear country and the locals respect bears and the wildness of the area and try and co exist. I saw a picture at checkout in the local pharmacy of a bear in the store. It just wandered in and started eating face cream. The people gave it a wide berth and gently “shooed” it away and it left. That’s Lake Tahoe!
Here’s the full song of the snippet in the video above. “Seasons Change”
INTERVIEWS in December
I have three interviews coming up. Click the photos to links of the stations etc…
First on December 9th I will be interviewing with Mia Williams on Nite Moods on the KOSR Radio Network (click pic) via Tunein .
Later, I will post the exact air date and time.
On the 19th of December I will be LIVE with JuLā DuCré on ‘Real Talk’ with Big G and JuLā DuCré “Making Radio Cool Again…”
And on December 29th I will be taping: Show Talk with Angela Butler @ 1:00PM PST
You can listen via either blogtalkradio or livestream.
And again- we will post when we know the exact air date and time.
On a totally unrelated note: I thought this was funny and thought I’d share.
That’s about it for now. Enjoy the holidays.
My quote for this post: Everything you want is on the other side of fear”
Be well, As always I am musically yours,
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