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Don’t really need to do much of an intro for this one do I?

All I’ll say is, no matter what day of the week it is, my weekend ALWAYS starts at around the 2:50 mark of this extended version.

Have a good weekend!

 

 

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I’m scapegoating Stevie Wonder for most of this, but now that my attention is back on finishing the Lady rewrite, and more importantly since I’m on a relatively tight deadline, I picked three movie star names out of the list of ‘actresses you guys suggested I should write parts for’, and I’m using those ladies as the models for the three female characters to keep myself from straying too far off track.

(Which is my long winded way of saying I’m in ‘smitten’ mode right now even though I’m putting in work.  So enjoy this phase while it lasts, lovers…)

 

 

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I know I’m not the only one who considers this one of the favorite scene/sequences in black cinema.  And as a guy who gravitates toward silliness in romance as much as I do in life, I also know I’m not the only one who sees myself in the ‘shirt open to the navel, posted up in front of the jukebox, smile at you from across the room’ brotha that homeboy is embodying here.

Sitting here…in this chair…waiting on you…

 

 

The-Game

This past one was most likely the first of many upcoming weekends where the windows were rolled down, the radio was turned up, and I really couldn’t tell you a city I’d rather be in.

And off that lovely intro…

 

 

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As I told a friend last night, this is shaping up to be a ‘burn out’ summer for me.  The script for Lady is progressing nicely, there’s a grant I think I can pull off to finance Angel (wouldn’t that be nice?); now there’s a new opportunity on the horizon which meant today was spent writing another of my long gestating ideas into a one off webisode; for things I don’t write I’m helping one of my LA fam put his short together, and there’s a ‘dream project’ that of course I can’t go into detail about at this moment, but I may start doing some ‘ghost’ work on that this week.

This guy is not lacking for opportunity to express himself creatively right now.

As I’m in full scale comedy mode right now, let’s start the week with a 1st ballot Hall of Famer from one of my favorite comedies of all time.  I remember like it was yesterday, literally being on the floor laughing for 5 minutes when the punchline of this scene kicked in.  So, if you’d like to learn:

1. How to use music to set up your joke (or scene in general),

2. How to slow build your setup,

3. How having too many resources may be restricting you from the most clever ideas,

4. How to just be completely silly,

I present Exhibit A.

Have a good week!

 

 

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At this point in my life, I’m somehow, both slightly embarrassed and smugly wearing a ‘you only live once’ grin on my face at how much I identify with this song.

Have a good weekend, mon!

Uh, ah-oh-oh! I went downtown, (I went downtown)
I saw Miss Brown; (said, I saw Miss Brown)
She had brown sugar (had brown sugar)
All over her booga-wooga. (over her booga-wooga)

I think I might join the fun, (I might join the fun)
But I had to hit and run. (had to hit and run)
See I just can’t settle down (just can’t settle down)
In a kinky part of town.

Ride on;
Don’t you know I’ve got to (ride on), oh baby,
Ride on; see I just can’t settle down. (ride on)
Oh, I’m a leavin’ town. (kinky reggae)

Kinky reggae, take me away! (kinky reggae, now) Kinky reggae, now!
Oh, kinky reggae; all I’ve got to say, kinky reggae, now!
Kinky reggae, oh baby! Kinky reggae, now!
It’s gonna be kinky reggae (keep it up). Kinky reggae, now!
An’ I would say: ride on, ride on, ride on (ride on)!
Oh, ride on, baby!
Ride on, come on, woo-o-o! (ride on) Wo-now! Eh!

I went down to Piccadilly Circus; (ooh-ooh-ooh)
Down there I saw Marcus: (oo-oo-oo-ooh)
He had a candy tar (ooh-ooh-ooh)
All over his chocolate bar. (oo-oo-oo-ooh)

I think I might join the fun, (I might join the fun)
But I had to hit and run. (had to hit and run)
See I just can’t settle down (just can’t settle down)
In a kinky, kinky part of town.

Nice one; that’s what they say, (nice one)
But I’m leavin’ you today. (nice one)
Oh, darlin’, please don’t pay: (nice one)
Mama say – mama say.

Kinky reggae – kinky reggae, uh! Kinky reggae, now!
Take it or leave it!
Kinky reggae, believe it! Kinky reggae, now!
Kinky reggae – it’s gonna be: kinky reggae!
Kinky reggae, now! Cuka-yeah, now!
Kinky reggae – sca-ba-dool-ya-bung, baby!
Kinky reggae, now, oh-oh-ooh!
(Ride on!) Ride on! Come on, yeah! (Ride on)
Riding on – riding on!
Ride on, kinky reggae. Come on, ride on! Eh! Eh!
Kinky, kinky, kinky as kinky (kinky reggae) can be ! Reggae! Eh!
Kinky reggae! Let me hear ya say, now: kinky reggae, now. Oh!
Kinky reggae! Kinky reggae, now! Kick it away!
Kinky reggae – kick it away, now! Kinky reggae, now, oh!
Ride on! [fadeout]

 

 

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Might as well remind you what my number one choice for a cover that topped a Beatles original, in my opinion:

What would you think if sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me ?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key.

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends

What do I do when my love is away
(Does it worry you to be alone ?)
How do I feel by the end of the day,
(Are you sad because you’re on your own ?)

No, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody
I need somebody to love
Could it be anybody
I want somebody to love.

Would you believe in a love at first sight
Yes I’m certain that it happen all the time
What do you see when you turn out the light
I can’t tell you but I know it’s mine,

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody, I just need someone to love
Could it be anybody, I want somebody to love.

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
with a little help from my friends.

 

 

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Hearing this reminded me of how fortunate I feel to have seen Stevie play the Bowl a couple years ago.  Wasn’t on my bucket list at the time but when the opportunity presents itself…

Anyway, I’m somewhat notoriously known for believing relationships have to run their natural course.  Everyone is not meant to be in your life forever, and sometimes nothing is wrong, just one or the other has their mind on different things.  Sometimes people leave for awhile and find their way back to you in a different form (that happens to me quite a lot, which is nice to be honest).

Anyway, here’s Stevie with one of the classics.  The story behind this one (that Paul wrote this the FIRST time John was ready to leave the band) just makes it that much more sweeter to me personally.

Try to see it my way
Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?
While you see it your way
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone
We can work it out
We can work it out

Think of what you’re saying
You can get it wrong and still you think that it’s alright
Think of what I’m saying
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night
We can work it out
We can work it out

Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it’s a crime
So I will ask you once again

Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we may fall apart before too long
We can work it out
We can work it out

Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it’s a crime
So I will ask you once again

Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we may fall apart before too long
We can work it out
We can work it out

 

 

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A little mutual appreciation love today for someone who’s thrown some shine my way.  One of the great black love songs of my younger days.  Needless to say, Shorty in the Malcolm X cap was right in my wheelhouse in my younger days…

 

 

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Things are moving in the right direction.

Everyone I’ve talked to so far about Angel wants to help and likes what I’m trying to do, which of course motivates me and makes me happy.  It’s so many moving parts to make it come out the way I want it to come out.  I’m the Captain on this ship though, so it all begins and ends with me.  Right now I’ve started the part, which truly, every creative person loves: getting warned and fussed at by my entertainment lawyer friends about things I need to take care of now or pay for later, sitting in two hour long meetings that go over contracts in specific detail.  Huzzah!  Has to be done though.

With the Lady rewrite, now that ‘the Writer’ is satisfied for the moment at where Angel stands, I can start banging out the pages there.  If that feature was a musical album, I only have two ‘songs’ I’m happy with right now. But we’re getting there.  We’re getting there.

Anyway, this weekend was the first absolutely gorgeous weekend of the spring in L.A., and that timed out perfectly with the Dodgers first home stand, so there’s one way to go song wise to start the week.

Enjoy!

 

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