Thursday, July 30, 2009
My sisters are in town for an annual event called Omaha Days. It's a big reunion for the black community, people come from all over the country and probably the world. I'm so happy to see them again. We had a reunion last year when I was on tour. They live in California. My younger brother Patrick comes in town tomorrow and it will be the first time the four of us have been together since 1996. I'm really feeling it. I'm stoked.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The 7th was my 54th birthday as well as the day of the Michael Jackson memorial. I worked as usual and it was a strange day. To me, the response to Michael's death illustrates to me how important pop culture actually is, as opposed to what we say is important. I mean, his story overshadowed all of the other news in the world. In many ways he has been a big part of the soundtrack to our lives these last 40 years. It's hard to find the words to convey how much this has affected me. I have always been a psychedelic rebel when it comes to music, having been a snob about commercial music much of my life. But Michael is such a magical person he transcends all of that. I am so sad that he is already gone.