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So, if you haven’t caught me talking about on other social medias, I’ll be back on the stage in June.  Haven’t done a play in a couple of years now.  Not to go all WWE on you during WrestleMania week, but the energy of a live crowd is definitely different than performing for the camera (as is the technique).

First time I’ve done an August Wilson monologue in the room.  I was nervous and can do better, but I was told my energy was good enough to get the callback.  That was my victory this round, actually getting the part was/is a nice challenge and bonus.

So Cube is appropriate today.  I’ll spill more details on the play when tickets go on sale in a couple months.

For today, enjoy!

 

 

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It’s a dope trailer.  And the song of course, clinched it for me.

To borrow another title from that catalog, Don’t Let Me Down Warner Brothers.

Enjoy!

 

 

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We lost Chuck Barris last week.

If I’m being generous, I have ‘cloudy’ memories of the Gong Show.  I do remember ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’ as Clooney’s first film as a director, and the scene below was a heavy influence on the last short I directed ‘Santa’s Third Wheel’ (love story, body language over dialogue).

Rest in Peace Chuckie Baby.

 

 

chingy

It’s the weekend!

Some songs have you from the hook, this was one of them.  I believe this young man is a fellow Midwestern as well.

Enjoy gang!  Back next week.

 

 

pointer

Going into Don Cornelius mode today.  Fell into a GTA playlist and forgot how much I loved this song.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Let’s go fun today.

Waited for years for someone to find a more soulful performance on tambourine than Davy in this video.

Still waiting.  That boy had rhythm!

Enjoy!

 

 

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While my childhood was one of many defined by what came next, as an adult I can’t really argue with anyone who feels ‘Off the Wall’ is a superior album.  Spike’s documentary captures all the reasons why.

As the title suggests, the first half covers the journey and how (absurd as it sounds now), Michael Jackson was having a hard time figuring out how to be taken seriously.  He was the bubblegum kid singer, he was the novelty at the front of the novelty act the Jackson 5.  As (a nice interview choice here) Kobe Bryant explained, young Mike was a hardcore student of his craft.  Not just studying Sammy Davis Jr’s moves, and James Brown’s moves, but how the industry treated them as black stars.

After ‘the Jacksons’ became a success after leaving Motown, it was time.  The concert footage really captures why ‘Rock With You’ is one of my favorite videos.  No one (in all the good and bad ways) was more theatrical than Michael Jackson, but he could blow you away with nothing but the microphone in his hand.  A great vocalist.

The last third of the film is the track by track breakdown.  Everyone from Questlove to his brothers, to Stevie Wonder breaking down ‘the last great disco record.’ Rock With You. Off the Wall. She’s Out of My Life. I Can’t Help It. Turn this Disco Out.

Yep, that album still holds up.  So does this doc.

Was a Showtime exclusive for a long time, now you can rent it on iTunes and I assume your other digital channels.

 

 

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Looking out
Across the nighttime
The city winks a sleepless eye
Hear her voice
Shake my window
Sweet seducing sighs

Get me out
Into the nighttime
Four walls won’t hold me tonight
If this town
Is just an apple
Then let me take a bite

If they say,
Why, why, tell ’em that it’s human nature
Why, why, does he do it that way
If they say,
Why, why, tell ’em that it’s human nature
Why, why does he do me that way

Reaching out
To touch a stranger
Electric eyes are everywhere
See that girl
She knows I’m watching
She likes the way I stare

If they say,
Why, why, tell ’em that it’s human nature
Why, why, does he do me that way
If they say,
Why, why, tell ’em that it’s human nature
Why, why does he do me that way

I like livin’ this way
I like lovin’ this way

Why why
(That way) Why why

Looking out
Across the morning
Where the city’s heart begins to beat
Reaching out
I touch her shoulder
I’m dreaming of the street

If they say,
Why, why, tell ’em that it’s human nature
Why, why, does he do me that way
If they say,
Why, why, ooo tell ’em
Why, why does he do me that way
If they say why, why, cha cha cha cha cha cha
Why does he do me that way
If they say why, why, why, ooo tell ’em
Why does he do me that way
If they say why, ooo tell ’em
Why does he do me that way
If they say why, da da da da da da da da
Why does he do my that way, I like living this way
Why, oh why, why, why

 

 

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Oh! Darling, please believe me
I’ll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I’ll never do you no harm
Oh! Darling, if you leave me
I’ll never make it alone
Believe me when I beg you
Don’t ever leave me alone
When you told me you didn’t need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried
When you told me you didn’t need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and died
Oh! Darling, if you leave me
I’ll never make it alone
Believe me when I tell you
I’ll never do you no harm
When you told me you didn’t need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried
When you told me you didn’t need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and died
Oh! Darling, please believe me
I’ll never let you down
Believe me when I tell you
I’ll never do you no harm.

 

liksinatra

It’s quarter to three
There’s no-one in the place
‘Cept You and me.
So set ’em up Joe,
I’ve got a little story
I think you should know
We’re drinking my friend,
To the end of a brief episode
Make it one for my baby, and one more
For the road
I’ve got the routine
Put another nickel in the machine
I’m feeling so bad
Can’t you make the music easy and sad
I could tell you a lot
But you’ve gotta be true to your code
Just make it one for my baby, and one more
For the road
You’d never know it, but buddy I’m a kind of poet
And I got a lot of things I’d like to say
So when I’m gloomy, won’t you listen to me
‘Til it’s talked away
Well, that’s how it goes
And Joe I know you’re getting anxious to close
And thanks for the cheer
I hope you didn’t mind my bending your ear
But this touch that I’ve found
Must be drowned or it soon might explode
So make it one for my baby
And one more for the road
The long
It’s so long
The long
Very long