Wednesday, 12 November 2008
LONG TIME NO SEE!
Hey my bambini..
I am so sorry it has been so long since I have written something on here. But I have been so busy. I barely have time to sleep. It's a good thing I can sleep anywhere because over the past 2 weeks I have had to sleep in some pretty random places and take any opportunity to catch some shut eye.
Last week I had the the honour of having Reverend Al Green watch me do my thang and I was ecstatic when he gave me a hug and told me how well I had done. To be greated with such warmth and to have him say such nice things was encouraging. When I have doubtful days or when people who have no idea about music try to put me down (because there will always be one or two) I can think, if Al Green says I'm alright, then I'm alright!
I also got to see him perform and was blown away with his energy. He has more energy than a lot of people half his age...we could all learn a lot about performing from him. He is definitely a legend!
So that was last week...
This weekend I went to North Yorshire to perform @ a charity gig. It was a long journey and a tiring day but it was worth it for the thousands raised for children!
There was definitely no rest for the wicked, lol, cos as soon as I returned on sunday I had to get ready to go see my friend and poet, Natalie Fiawoo perform at Sunday Chic. It was a well organised event with top class acts in a classy surrounding. And Nats smashed it with both her pieces. However her 'Ode to black man' where she touched on all the aspects of black men that she adores, grabbed the audience's attention! The guys were lapping it up and she was definitely in their good books for the rest of the night...but also the ladies, because they could relate.
I was having a really good time there but had to cut it short as I had another event to attend, the 'Freesoul sessions' @ Cargo.
Well respected and established Jazz musician and producer, Mark De Clive Lowe is leaving the sunny shores of Britain for LA so it was a Goodbye party. There was a nice vibe as a lot of my peers were there and there were great performances from Bembe Segue, Vanessa Freeman, Tawiah and Michelle Escoffery.
I was able to catch up with my friends and make new ones. I met two young men (who are friends of friends) who happen to share my birthday (16th November) and we clicked straight away...hopefully they will be able to make it to my celebrations this weekend! Trust me, it's gonna be a mad one!
So I went home Monday morning! feeling really tired but really happy.
Another thing, it was really strange being out on Sunday. I didn't really realise the full effect of all the marketing strategies and exposure I have had until then. I had numerous people coming up to me knowing who I was. Saying, I've seen you on Myspace/facebook etc. You may think I am a bit crazy, because obviously if I put myself out there and I perform on a stage,have a fan page etc people are gonna know me, but the reality is different from theory. It really is quite strange. But nice at the same time, because evryone was so complimentary about my work and all the things I am involved with, so yeah...it was a good feeling. And I appreciated them coming up to me because I am rubbish with remembering faces!
Monday....I got my hair did in the morning so it's nice and silky and fresh :) and pretty much chilled for the rest of the day.
Tuesday...I was meant to have a rehearsal, but ended up sleeping half of the day. I think my body was over tired from the past two weeks events. So although I was disappointed I didn't get to sing, my body got a rest. Which was needed so I could enjoy myself at the Raphael Saadiq show!
I had been looking forward to it for weeks and he certainly didn't disappoint. His band were on point and so was he! I feel sorry for all my friends that couldn't make it for one reason or another because they definitely missed out...But i have filmed some of it for you (actually quite a lot)...
And after the show, my sis and I went back stage to have a little chat with him. He was tired, but still made time for a little chin wag which was nice. I definitely can't wait to see him again soon.
I will be doing some more shows soon...I am waiting for some dates to be confirmed then will let you know, so please bear with me.
OMG it is nearly 4am and i have to be up in a few hours.
Gotta love you and leave you. Will touch base real soon.