Monday, December 27, 2010

This year is on it's way out.

Cold like the pole in the winter it is, on this night of December 26, 2010, and by the way, It's snowing again! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Instead of watching the eagles pound on poor Farve and the vikings, I get to blog for the last time in 2010.
In Philly, were having snow blizzard conditions which prevented the NFL to postpone the game tonight.
Sucks, but what else are you gonna do. Wait! I'm a producer, I could go to the studio and make some music right……. No… one of the heaters went out and I forgot to replace it! I went over there and tried that and my feet were frozen and that was a major discomfort when you're trying to work and you're not comfortable or warm.

I guess I better take care of that tomorrow! I've got to get back in there, so many idea's going through my head musically. I want to get them out and make some great music.
Or maybe I should relax a little more and take more time to spend with my family and get right back in it at the start of the new year, which is days away. Ok, sounds like a plan. For now I'll just write off the top.

With my only blog coming almost four weeks ago, you can tell I really took advantage of the time I've had off this month. Well, Technically from touring. I've been home for most of the month enjoying family, being able to pick my kids up from school and having a bit of time for myself to reflect upon all my encounters that I've had this year. It has been a good one, I've been blessed this year. Musically, how many young and inspiring Music producers have had the chance to be apart of such greatness as it was being able to co produce an album such as Bilal Oliver's Air tights Revenge. That was such of blessing to be apart of and while it's still making some great waves and headlines, I figure I'm on my way.
If I had to be asked what is one of the most difficult things of working in the music industry, it would be very easy to answer. The balance of your time from just regular everyday life, and the music life as we know it.
Now throw in family and things of that nature, your essence of time is everything. Neither  can be slighted.

For instance ,your kids have projects at school and of course they need your help, or they have activities that they participate in and your support is always needed there. What does that bring us back to again, that thing  called time? I like to use  a saying called " Time is money," because in my life, every minute I waste on something that's not worth it, I think of plenty of other things and places where my time could have easily gone to.
While being in the studio and working with artist, or just working on music in general, It takes time. Some folks like to work at the top of the morning, afternoon, while I feel like most of my work is done at the late hours in the evening.
Don't get me wrong, I can actually work early, but I feel like my flow is better in the evening.

At the end of the day, it's a very delicate thing. You don't wanna spend too much time in the studio while your significant other awaits you, while at the same time, you don't wanna lose time from doing something you love so much, especially when that's your bread and butter cash situation. In the end, that person shall understand what your goals and dreams are and have an awesome support system for you, but I'd advise you to not take advantage of that. It's a very thin line!

Moving right along, who wants to see more video footage of whats happening at the studio?
Lately I've been sitting down with a few final cut pro peeps about it and they are excited to grab and edit the happenings of it. I plan to get started in 2011 and adding a youtube page to the blog for you guys to check out.
The videos will include the process of beat making,recording drums and all things of that sort!
I wanted to start a little earlier this year, but I had to sit down and get my plans together on how to start.
I even considered taking final cut pro classes myself and recording and editing my own video, but again, time is money, and where is the time gonna come from that extra activity?

Well, thats all for now folks, I don't wanna take too much of your time this sunday evening, thanks for ready and sticking with me this year, I promise to showcase more of myself in action at the studio and while on stage doing what I do best.

And while I was in the middle of typing this, I was informed by my twitter page that the great R&B Singer Teena Marie has passed away!
I wish her family the best and my prayers goes out to them. She was a legend and icon in our music community. She was most famous from her career she shared with the late great Rick James. Those two wrote a bunch of hit songs that we all remember and still play to this day. Even though her career took a turn for slide down, she was still considered a beast of a singer. I guess were gonna be banging Teena songs for the next few weeks now. Ooo
 La La La, rest in peace Ms Marie! One of my all time Favorites!
March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010
Teena Marie, One the the greatest singers died today!
I'm sad from this one. Read for yourself.
Oh yeah, you know those guys right there, The Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen
They beat the sixer that night in philly by a point!
Snowing, it just started a hour ago, outside my door!
The first glimpse Of snow i saw since it started! man ol man
My Mom's crew of Shih Tzu's
This little one was enjoying his nap!
The Kids enjoyed Christmas Morning!
My son seemed to be happy, with his CSI toy!
My Boy KG Kevin Garnett was tired on this play!
Great Game though
Yeah, I'm a Bball fan, good game!
Later folks, Have a good time celebrating the new year!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

What are you thankful for?

Well folks, here we are to the count down. The last month of the year 2010. It had many good moments and many down moments, but I'm sure you made the best of them right? It's that time where you sit and reflect upon the changes and obstacles you've encountered in your life,and while your doing that, your still getting things together for one of the biggest holidays ever made. Christmas.
It's here, in full effect, the weather, the music in the malls, the 50% deals for shopping, people traveling back home, taking time off from work. It's all here again. I hope you guys are prepared for it all.

My December starts off like usual, always on the run, since five this morning I've been in the studio fixing last minute things on tracks to turn in. I've sat and watched the Boston celtics throw down the cleveland cavs, I helped my daughter with homework, spent some time with family, and then at 8-am I find myself rested with only three hours of sleep, making my way to the airport for a flight to Toronto, Canada. We have a show of course at The Revival Club. Since the new album has been out, "Air tights Revenge" We've been on the road a bit, promoting it.

So far the responses have been astonishing, If you haven't listened to it yet, you need to stop waiting around and pick it up, and this time people,  please support, we all know you downloaded the epic "Love for sale" Album for free on the internet!
Rain rain rain, go away. Thats how my night before and morning started, raining pretty hard, and I thought around the time I got up this morning that I would be late for my flight, and little did you know, this rain, allowed me to sleep in a extra few minutes. Moments later I get myself together, called a cab, and this cat came knocking on my door, like "steve" you called for a cab, I'm still in preparation mode and surprised that he got all the way inside to my front door, informing me that it's raining and all the stuff. I guess he didn't have a cell phone to call and say he was out front. Oh well, seemed like a new guy and he asked me what do I normally pay to get to the airport.
Easy, $25 bucks, while clearly in the back of my head I know it's a flat rate of $34 bucks. Needless to say I gave him a cool $30 only to get there to find out that my flight was delayed by a hour. Thanks to the mother nature, it allowed bilal to catch up and not miss his flight.
Now the drama is our Ny crew, Mike, Corey, Chris and Marc. Their flying out of Newark today, and because of rain, they got delayed in a major way. At this point while I type, sitting in the lobby of this huge Sheraton, their flight hasn't left the ground yet.
In the mean time, Bilal,Tony, and myself are here to wonder around these cold streets, and huge gallery of a mall. 
If your following me on my blogs, you know that in almost every city, I find a Thai Place to eat at, and this one time, its not that good. While we should have known, since we were the only three in there!!
Toronto is where we are, it's cold as the north pole here too. We didn't get out to see much, but I wanted to remain somewhat consistent enough to share with you guys on my blog. So here it is.
This time and moment reminds me of a time where we had a gig and it was a major snow storm, who knows why we tried to make it to the venue, the gig ended up being cancelled due to weather. Even though Tony, Bilal, and myself made it here, there's no show without the Keyboards and Guitar. The melodic section
Crazy twist right. Somebody's gotta do it.
The bright spot of this trip was walking through our hotel and connecting to the mall, and getting to see one of my wish list Christmas gifts. The New Ipod Touch, while tony was into the Ipad really heavy and Bilal enjoyed the sight of Youtube from the new iphone 4. That apple store will get you caught up, and it never fails, tons of people are always there buying and browsing with their new wishful toys.
Good thing for us is, there's gonna be a few weeks off to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, and celebrate the new year! I'm looking forward to it, while I have many things to be thankful for. One, are you guys for reading my blogs. Once I started, I got slammed for sharing my world, and that I was too personal, only to find out that you guys appreciate me taking the time out of my busy schedule to share with you my journeys. I'm thankful for my children and their family, I'm thankful for my family, how they always have me in their vision, no matter what is going on. I'm thankful for the special people that have entered my life, and of course you know who you are!
Thank you all again for taking your time to read my blogs, I really am thankful for you all.
I encourage you guys to take time to reflect upon all of your positive ventures in 2010, and take all the negatives you've faced and figure out how to turn them around and better yourself from them.
If anything, I've learned to have patience in a person you love and that things won't happen overnight. If you stick to your guns and what you believe, you'll have a positive outcome in whatever your situation is.
If you know me personally, you know I'm a person with great patience. 

These are my words coming to you, from a cold winter night in Canada. I pray I have some better food for dinner tonight. I pray that the rest of the guys show up and we have a great showcase here in Toronto, sorry Chris bosh fans, wait......... are their even any of them? I didn't think so, ok let me stop, thats my basketball spirit coming out.
Have a great night folks! 

At the Sheraton Lobby
Graphic Arts Building Of Toronto
Downtown In Toronto
This guy pulled in and me and bilal were like... ummm ok buddy! Nice Car
Look at the spirit, they got in the Sheraton lobby, my mom would like this!
This tree in the mall is huge, look mom, you likes, i took this one for you!
A woman's store on a nice display.I know some of you are enjoying this shot.
More and more malls are opening up an Apple store and with the holidays here, it stays packed then ever.
People were buying stuff left and right in this apple store!
They must make a killing around this holiday time.
Tone really has his mind set for that Ipad.
Meanwhile Bilal sat right across from Tone checking out the iphone 4. He's a youtube guy!
And for me, well, my wish list would be a ipod touch 32 or 64 gig version,
they are just cool, and i could use.
These are things you do in other cities when you have free time, hit a mall, get something to eat, waste time
today we got to check out the mail in Toronto, Canada

How about that truck stop fast food, at least the presentation looks cool. Would you get a burger and fries from this truck? 
The thai spot which wasn't so good this time around. Oh well, we were on an amazing streak though.

Well enjoy folks, catch you next time around.