One of my favorite jazz/blues standards, done by, well, you see. Enjoy.
A few different angles with this one…
Jokes aside, I do think now I favor this slower tempo-ed, acoustic version, of a song I already loved for its simplicity. Enjoy…
Can’t close my eyes cause all I see is terror
I hate the man in the mirror
Cause his reflection makes the pain turn realer
Times of Armageddeon, murder in mass amounts
In this society where only gettin the cash counts
I started out as a beginner
Entered the criminal lifestyle became a sinner
I make my money and vacate, evade prison
Went from the chosen one to outcast, unforgiven
And all the Hennessy and weed can’t hide, the pain I feel inside
You know, it’s like I’m livin just to die
I fall on my knees and beg for mercy, not knowin if I’m worthy
Livin life thinkin no man can hurt me
So I’m askin — before I lay me down to sleep
Before you judge me, look at all the shit you did to me, my misery
I rose up from the slums, made it out the flames
In my search for fame will I change? I’m askin…
So what’s next?
‘Natalie Portman: the Musical’ is coming back this summer, that’s what! I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time over the next couple of months to say nice things about Brittany, Tara, Gwen, Garrett, and Adarius, but for today, let’s open up with this backstory of the show (which includes a link at the bottom to with dates and times for the shows.)
As promised, here is the backstory for the character I play (uncredited) in Star Trek Into Darkness: Starfleet Captain ‘Sweet’ Lou Garner:
‘Sweet Lou’ earned his nickname not as a ladies man, but for being one of the best pool hustlers ever accepted into Starfleet. It is one of the great ironies of his life that he only joined the Academy after losing a game to his cousin Uhura, who knows most (but not all) of Sweet Lou’s tricks. First cousins on they mama’s side, Uhura was happy to see Lou’s naturally analytical mind used for something more productive than running tables and taking Social Security checks off old hustlers in Wyandotte. Sweet Lou’s aunt asks if he ever sees Uhura with any nice young black men, but Captain Garner wisely plays the dumb role. He’s not old school like the generation before him. Besides, everyone in Starfleet knows he’s had a Ferengi or two, who is he to say something?
More than anything though, Captain Garner and Spock hit it off pretty quickly. Two minds that love to look at problems and probabilities and the different angles you can use to try to solve them. Spock gives Sweet Lou ideas about places he hasn’t traveled to yet; the Captain tries to introduce Spock to the idea of being ‘smooth’: neither is overly successful yet, but they appreciate the effort to be amiable for Nyota.
So that’s that. I’d say more about the scene, but this is a spoiler free zone. Next week, I start talking about my June project. Have a good weekend!
As I started writing this, it became so ridiculously long that I figured it would be best to break it up into two parts. Today I’ll cover the experience of what my first ‘franchise’ was like…
Like any other gig, you get a ‘you fit the description’ notice, you put your name in for it. This one was immediately different: ‘Big Sci Fi Project X’ or whatever code name they were using. You get the call to come down to the Costume Department for a fitting. OK. You sign an NDA as soon as you walk through the door, so naturally your curiosity goes up a little more: ‘What big films do I know about shooting in town?’ You go through a hallway and the Assistant Dresser asks you to semi strip down to get your measurements. OK. Now I was called in for the ‘Guys in Suits’ group, but getting an up close look at my frame (humblebrag), the Assistant says, ‘No, you need to be in uniform. Go over there.’ Uniform? OK.
So it was as I was getting sized up with the other military/cop prototype guys that I get a pin with the emblem on it. That emblem. Now keep in mind, we were told not to talk about it, but this was the moment where a few of us made eye contact with each other and made the ‘Oh shit, I’m doing the sequel to Star Trek? Oh shit, I’m going to be a member of Starfleet?!?’ Face at each other.
The set itself was like any other set I’ve been on, but (as you can imagine) a thousand more moving parts. The sequence I was part of is an IMAX sequence, so all the main players were there. J.J. (Abrams) gave us an overview of the sequence we were a part of before handing the actual miniscule directions to a group of Assistant Directors. For the homies who have been asking me about Zoe, all I have to say is ‘Yes.’ Beautiful face, tiny in physique, ‘one of the guys’. You come correct, you ‘might’ have a chance. For the record, I was a couple of rows behind her all day, so our only direct interaction was when she asked for a makeup check, spotted me in her mirror, then asked J.J. ‘Who is that brother in the back looking like a young Denzel from A Soldier’s Story?’ OK, I made that last sentence up, but my vanity believes everything before that.
So that’s the setup for those of you who may be looking for me: IMAX sequence where Captain Kirk is addressing Starfleet featuring all the cast. I don’t think that spoils anything.
Tomorrow I’ll give you the backstory I created for my character. (Come on, ya’ll know me…)
Me and my loved ones all seem to be overflowing with good news and making ‘leaps’ of various types in our lives. However randomly, it made me feel like it was time for my annual posting of this clip.
I could rattle off 10 different things in this that kill me. But I’d rather get whatever you find funny out of this…
So most of you who keep up with me in other places know I’m a Union Guy now, officially. Major career milestone, and back to back years I’ve achieved my annual goal before making it halfway through the year.
I contemplated whether I should go into the weekend:
A) paying tribute to the deep spirituality that keeps me grounded underneath the ‘Hollywood’ shell, or
B) today is one of those days I let the ego off its leash: puff my chest out a little, winking at the people cheering and supporting me, throwing a nice sideways glare at the people who still haven’t learned I won’t stay down.
Then I figured, as symbolic as this is for everything right now, why not have my cake and eat it too?
(cue Malcolm’s intro: ‘And in the few moments we have left, I’d like to talk real down to earth, in a language everyone can easily understand…)
Have a good weekend.