Saturday, June 30, 2012

Parents Gotta Fly Too!

My Parents

Day 6 I believe it is! I'm putting my body through a no carbs routine…. I told myself that I can go maybe ten days or more without them, so here I am. I believe it might be day 7 though  if I'm not mistaken.

So far, so good. I tried it last year, for about twelve days and I literally went down a shirt size. I was amazed, like anyone would be, but at the same time, it really made me realize all the junk and sugar that my body doesn't need but craves.
I ate fruit instead of eating candy and sugar loaded calorie cakes. You know, the brownies, and 7up punned cakes and honey buns.

Dried fruit like mango and cranberries do the trick sometimes, even red grapes can help. 
The night time comes, and I'm looking around for any type of sugar i can get. It's a tuff fight but I made it through so far.

ANyway, enough with that, I wanted to write today because something was on my mind, and I thought i would share with you guys.

I started to write an email to my parents, particularly my mom because she has a fear of flying but she's always talking about seeing the world and everything.
As I begin to type, I said to myself, you are not the only one in the world that has parents who have a fear of flying, so maybe if you shared a blog, not to personal, it could inspire someone's else folks to make the step as well.
Who knows, whatever, but its true.

How many times can you get on a plane and get to your destination of choice and not be fulfilled to the point where you bring back bits and pieces of a culture you've never experienced before?

I do it all the time when I travel. To those who know a little about me, know that I've been all over the world and back multiple times in these amazing countries, continents, whatever.
You always bring a piece of it back with you, whether its food, being introduced to a new drink, clothing, or more importantly, a new setting in your mind, exploring a world of so many beautiful things to see. 
Why sit around when you can go anywhere you like. You have a vacation time, and all you do is sit around and rest and maybe travel to a nearby beach, that you've been to a dozen or more times.

Let's take my Mother and Father for instance, and maybe they will kill me, but for over a decade now, they have had the privilege to get a on plane and fly anywhere they could ever imagine…. FOR FREE….. now we all know what that means if you have a sibling working for the airport, then you know what those perks are.

For at least ten years or more now, and not one flight out!

What I wanna tell them is, flying has become apart of our everyday lives, people get up every morning to take a flight somewhere, everyday!
The fear of flying leaves you once you get in the air, and when you think about the destination of your trip and why your going there, it really relaxes you and help you deal with being thirty thousand feet in the air.

For years, my parents would travel to Wildwood New jersey to relax for their summer vacation and they would often include the rest of my siblings to come, and you know me, I'm complaining the entire way there because I'm feeling like, well, i just came from europe or somewhere and now we are headed to wildwood?
Not to sound like a snob, but the point that I'm getting at is, I go to these beautiful places in the world, and most the time, I'm thinking, wow, my family would love to be in this atmosphere, only if my parents could see where I'm staying, Only if they could see how blue the water is and how close the mountains are to you.

Only if they could experience walking through customs with their passports entering another country, the joy of getting multiple stamps in your passports to outline all the traveling you've done, sometimes that's fun.

There were times when I would walk around the streets of Paris or even the south of France thinking to myself, wow, it's amazing here, My mom would love it here, and my dad would enjoy it too.
Imagine how their faces would be standing next to the Eiffel Tower taking all the coolest pictures with their iphones, posting on their Facebook accounts. 
My Mom loves the spirit of Christmas, so imagine her walking through the streets of Avenue des Champs-Elysees during Christmas time.
Im sure she would be geeked!
Even the beach scene in the daytime in Miami is ideal, and the plane ride isn't that long.

I always suggested Florida for their first time going on a plane, it's quick and easy to get it over with….

My main goal of writing this, is because I've seen so many places this world has to offer, It wouldn't be right if my family, or yours doesn't do or see some of the same things. 
It kills me to come home, and have a gathering and say, Oh, I don't eat that anymore, I went to 

One of the problems with America…. stubborn, thinking this is the only place to be in the world.

It's designed to almost never having to leave it.  The cultures of the world and what is has to offer is not important to everybody so they don't bother trying to explore any other.
It's funny, my mom has me bringing her fridge magnets from all of the places I've been to, and now, there's magnets from all over the place, I use to wonder would that help her get closer to getting on a plane herself, but it never worked.

People…..encourage your folks to go and see the world and  explain to them how important it is to take in all these cultures.

For years they have been raising us, to be the best we can be, and now, they have the chance to reward themselves with the privilege of flying to a cool destination…. make them go. I'm About to!

See the world Mom and Dad… you will never regret it! I've added some pictures throughout my journey for you guys to look foward too in your future travel.

Since I'm new to this, I thought i would share some new beats for you all.

Nice Hotel Beds
California of course!
Switzerland( And Please take your time to look at this picture, its amazing )
California Venice Beach
Atlanta When it snows

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What I'm Thinking Right Now

It's been a while since I last wrote in my blog, but trying to be the stronghold of many things at one time can be a bit challenging.
It's Life and all, but it can get a little crazy.

Well, whats on my mind today? A few things, and i wanted to address them so that people will have a full understanding for what I'm about to say.

First, I wanna start off by saying, who gave musicians, Older ones, the right to look down and talk to younger musicians any way they feel?
It's mind boggling because for one, if you have a bunch of talent and your gifted, To me, I believe God gave you that talent to perform and be able to share and give back to a younger generation.
He did not give you the gift and say, Ok, now that your amazing in many eyes, go out and act a fool, as if every young talented person is beneath you.
Your suppose to embrace a young and hungry one, give them the chance and opportunity to grow, the same way someone did for you.
I don't get why people like the idea of having some crew suck up to them, telling them what to do, and how to play and what not to say. I will never get that.
Just like I was brought in, that person was giving back valuable information that led me to the path of leading folks myself, but only to become a true leader for their own operation one day soon.

Some cats end up playing on gigs, they are surrounded by a crew of yes people, the gig is high profile, but once your back home, its over, maybe to some degree its added to your legacy, but it lets be fair here, its really not giving you the reason to feel like your some type of Pope, Chancellor, President, or whatever.
Your not doing anything special by coming home and dressing fly and looking down over a younger generation.

In my eyes, your not setting a good and honest example that others have set for you before you were even thinking of becoming whatever you call yourself to be now.

I guess your wondering what happened to make me write this? Cool I'll tell you.

I just witnessed a scene at a "JAM SESSION"  and that clearly means you are playing at free will, not on a gig, under the instruction by a "MD" just having fun, playing some whack cover tunes or whatever you do at a jam session.

How does it come to the point where you are instructing cats what to play and how to play it?
It really bothered me because it wasn't like some kind of learning shed where your trying to school somebody on how to play something, if you wanna tell people what to do and have them like a slave, like you been doing all your playing career, then get your own stage, your own gig, and your own band!
Don't come to a public place where cats are waiting to get on and play and have fun. Don't do it.. and if your gonna even come to such a place and your so called respected by what you do…. then just play and shut the fuck up man…nobody wants  to play with a drill sargent at a damn jam session… if you want your own exclusive one, then start it.

That situation made me realize who I am and what I'm about man, its sad….I'm from a generation of some really talented cats and thats a big understatement by far. But again, it doesn't give us the right to treat this younger generation of musicians a certain way.
Here's a few pointers…
Instead of trying to be this so called leader…realize that, information you hold in your stupid ass brain can help others, and also know that there is a way of communicating to  people, that you can be assertive without looking like a dick.

I have this thing where, people respect what I do, its for a reason, and that's all i can do is continue using this gift that God gave me. In situations where there is any kind of dispute of doubt of… my work can do the talking.
I won't have to argue with someone to get a point across. The way i see it…. If your dope and  we are in eachother's presence, then thats enough for me.. i don't really need to tell you anything at all, But i can show you my path, only because I was before you.. and that your talent alone will help you catch up and get to the point of being a dope musician, or whatever you want to be. That's what you do with a younger dope cat, just show them the lane… and let their talent do the rest!

On the other side of things…Imagine being in the industry… and your doing a bunch of visual things for people to see.

In this time and age, entertainers, producers, and singers are more accessible through social media platforms, giving a hands on connection to people you wouldn't be able to contact a few years back.

You could say something like, hey man, lets work, here's a link to my music… check me out.

It's that easy right? Right.
So that moment when someone reaches out to you and your already at a point where you are known for working with an elite crew of people………….And they send you links to their music, and it's mediocre! How do you break it to them without them feeling like, man, this guy thinks he's better then me, blah blah blah…….It's pretty simple, everybody started from somewhere at some point in their life, and there is always room for growth, but you have to come in it with something, someone has to see and hear something special in your, and todays time. it's easy as clicking on a link they sent you and if its good, its good, if it has potential, then thats another way in to building something… but if its right off the top bad…then what else can you do.

You can't be the savior for everybody, you can't just take in talent just because.

If your talented and have a special gift… Believe that In some kind of way, your gonna be doing what it is you love, when you don't force things and feel like your suppose to be doing something you think you should, then it happens with no time.
 Thats all…
Be good peoples… enjoy your summer!
Bilal on a salad Break....
Not really being Innovative, but creating a sound of my own
Taking a break watching Magic City on starz
Tracking in the studio.. of course
Tone Whitfield Bass
Recording the New Bilal Album