Saturday, October 1, 2011

It's October Already.... "Time Flies"




What's up folks…? I know… before you even say in your minds…. Wow..Steve Wrote a new blog….Yes… but life has been on going everyday for the past few months touring with Bilal and the fellas….Everyday in the fast-lane!
I don't know if many of you know the feeling of sleeping in a different bed every night right about midnight or later… or perhaps driving and sleeping in an upright chair along the highways.
One would think….. Of course there is enough time to pull out your macbook pro and blog away my experiences………………………………………………………Yeah.. Exactly.
There's just not enough time to get it all together.
In that van.. Your either trying to find a comfortable position to sleep.. Or you paying attention to the road and the driver as they drive with care and your safety in mind.
It can get really dark out there and you'll often find strange sceneries to complete your drive… most the time.. It's nothing .. Just pure road.. Loaded with Mack trucks that you have to past by.
Inside the van.. Equipped with the slowest wifi service you'll ever endure… it's like old school dial up internet….. Well..maybe a little faster but still.. At times I felt.. Wow… the internet is slow as hell… why even bother pulling out my computer and attempt to do anything!
So there you have it….. My time was swallowed by the tour life…… rock stars… often sleeping an average of 5 to 6 hours and getting right back up and doing it again!
For now… I'm home… life back to normal…. Studio schedule fell so much behind and other projects as well… I'm only one person.. But thank God for all the amazing people surrounding me..they make it all possible. Oh… and you guys for reading.. It always inspires me that you like to read the crap I write…. Sometimes it can be inspiring.
When I say everything has been off….I mean everything….From my workout regimen….You guys know how much I brag about the miles I run with my nike ipod system….. *SMiles… its the coolest gadget….Years ago.. Who ever would be thinking about how many miles they can run and how many calories you burn from it. I do now and its cool, its like a workout partner when you don't have one out there with you.

The past couple of days…. I ran a few times…. One day 4 miles…. One day 3 miles…. Not bad when all summer i've been in and out a van… on stage every night beating the crap out the drums…..Its still some sort of workout… but not the same effect.
Now that I'm home. I'm totally challenging myself to get my routine back on track and….. Wait…. ( if this kid don't stop kicking my chair.. And pulling on my hat from the seat behind……geez dude… your like 10!!!)
……….As I was saying… i'm back on the hustle… studio.. Family….And just life… and yeah.. I am on a plane this very moment…. I guess this was an excuse to grab my laptop and start writing.. What a way to wisely use your air time…..Even though your emotions are heightened.. And elevated because you wanna have a safe flight….But most the time.. I feel.. You get your mind at a good peace.
Thinking, relaxing. Even if I have to ride coach class….I have a free moment to share with you my thoughts.

Since I been home, its been almost a month now….I believe….I've been in the studio with my buddy Chris Turner… What a talent.. What a gifted singer he is…. If you don't know him… I'm  sure, in the months to come, you will definitely find out who this dude is.
Chris sings backup with Us with Bilal…If i was him… that would be my dream gig… to sit and pick the brain of someone of Bilal talent.. the genius himself……Even myself… I mess around with singing just enough to hold my notes and stay sharp for studio purposes…..being a friend and bandmate with Bilal.. you can't help but to catch contact of some of that amazing singing that he does EVERY night.. no matter what!
Some people can say what they want about Chris and his connection with Bilal and how he sounds like him… but can you blame him…..And just try to make sense of what every amazing entertainer has done in their lives and careers…. They took from the many others who inspired them and made their own lane.
Every artist and musician have done it….You don't think Bilal had Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie wonder, Prince, Marvin Gaye in mind when he was building his legacy?
So cool…….We all have done it in some sort of form in life…….I'm sure you can agree!
Fellow drummers.. remember those times when all you wanted to do was learn Dave weckl licks,
Singers.. Remember when the likes of Aaron Hall, R. Kelly, Bobby Brown, Baby face, SWV. etc… inspired you to write your cheesy RnB song.
I can go on with that analogy.. But somewhere deep inside my heart… i'm sure you get the point.
All that to say…. I remember when there was a time in Bilal's young career.. People I know.. Would always say… yeah man… he sounds like prince….
Now I hear folks say.. Chris turner  sounds like Bilal….If he does.. Then Bilal is doing a great thing and what is even greater…. To be compared to such a voice like that and it's not in a bad way…. You have to believe your doing something right!
Wait…….. Thunderstorms…….. Just when I thought I was smooth sailing  up in the air!
Anyway… I've had the pleasure of helping produce Chris Album…. Does he have a date….. Not to sure on that one but he does have a tumblr page… along with Facebook…..And one of those music pages….ummmmmm Band camp… you can check him out ……Oh yeah i'm tripping I just produced his most to date song that's currently on itunes.. "Liquid Love" download it….. We're doing music folks… building our young legacy into existence!
I have to go now…. My whack battery is about gone and it will completely shutdown at any given moment…… so until next time peoples….
Hope you enjoyed!
Mckie