sleep on again. It was totally hip! But let me rewind....
Have you ever been so sick that you sat on a public toilet without cleaning it
off? I know right now most of you reading this are thinking of how disgusting that is. But I travel often and I've gotten sick on airplanes more than a few times. If you should ever experience nausea on a plane you should focus on the fact that in 20-30 minutes you will begin to start feeling better. But the sickness creeps on you. You feel it worsening by the seconds. You're about to feel twenty times worse than hell. As a matter of fact, hell wouldn't be that bad compared to how you're about to feel. The best thing you can do is sit very still with sparkling water or Ginger ale. But if a bathroom is close, quickly go to it. But by all means, do not try to walk around or walk way down an aisle. You may pass out. We were about 12 hours in the air and I felt that familiar sickness raising inside of me. The sweats started happening. That initial panic that makes the heart start to race began. Man. This is it. I didn't have any water or anything. But the bathroom was right there and my shoes were off. Great... I'm not wearing socks!! But I walk into this bathroom anyway and....... Well anyway, you see where I'm driving at. I'm not even going to bring up the crying baby one seat away from me. It's like I'm starting to expect seat drama when I go on these trips. But I was cool after that. I had my IPod and listened to some really obscure joints. Leo Kottke, Ferran Savall, Michael Kiwanuka, just to name a few. This is nice. Yes the baby is crying but I have a nice pair of Denon DJ Headphones that will certainly tune that future opera singer out. I've only been to China once. And that was many moons ago before I started DJing. I went as a singer only. You know how on some flights you see people get up to stretch? Most of the people on this plane are Chinese seniors. And I mean 70 and up. Not that American senior age(65 and up). No. I'm talking Mee Maw and Pop Pop! Some of you all know what I'm talking about. They were stretching in ways I've never seen. I'm 43 and if I tried to stretch like some of these people, I'd be in the ER for a herniated scrotum muscle. I almost felt shameful. These people were easily my grandparents age. Squatting down to the floor and back up. And fast. My knee was hurting as I was watching these people. And I can tell that this is a common behavior. This is normal for them because EVERYBODY was doing it. Straight up acrobatics on the plane. When we(normal out of shape people that drink beer and enjoy White Castle's) stretch, we'll reach up in the air like we're yawning, or maybe do that hands on the hip, Jack Lallane, swing thing with our feet separated, standing in place. Some people like to grab a foot while standing and pull it close to the butt. I get that. That's normal stretching. And maybe, if you really wanna show off, touch your toes or something, but what I'm seeing right now is just really amazing. And especially for people this age. I should have known something was up when I noticed that I was the only one eating the microwaved hamburger. COME ONNNNN RIGHT?!?!?!?! I'm saying, who doesn't eat that tasty little 30% real meat burger that comes in the plastic wrap that you nuke for 30 seconds? No, they ate the fruit, the bread and drank water! FRUIT, BREAD AND WATER!! On a plane?!?! Are you kidding me? I already know, even before I step foot on the plane that I'm going to have a choice of Beef or Chicken and I'm Black. So right off, you know what I'm getting. (FYI, if you said chicken you're a racist. Sure, you're absolutely dead on right but a racist still. LOL.) The fruit was like a side dish. And don't let me get started on the little brownie. NOBODY ATE THE LITTLE BROWNIE!!!! What planet are we on here? We've got another 14 hours to go and everybody is going to eat like this? Am I the only one looking at this guys little brownie sitting next to me, wondering if he's going to eat it or not?And he's trying to act like he's sleep. You see, now he's just being a jerk. He knows I want his little brownie. He knows I'm looking at it. And you know I'm already a big dude. LOL. Can you see me on a plane with a thousand Chinese seniors? And I was kinda hungry too???? Ya know? I must have looked like a grizzly bear to them. A grizzly bear! I just untwisted my hair so it's a little puffier than usual. Full beard. I'm barely squeezing my hips in this little section 8 seat, and I'm hungry, while they're eating grapes and melon? My lips are a little white and almost crusty. Just a touch of Vaseline would do the trick. Well anyway, I'm headed to Hong Kong!!!! Yay!!!!!! 9:00 PM I see Hallex and his lady. She's very sweet like him. Hallex is a young cat in his twenties. Originally from Bordeaux France but decided to move to Hong Kong and he's doing quite well. Lovely kid that I trust. Usually you have to keep your eyes extra wide open in this business. They say trust no one. And that's true. It pays to be thorough when it comes to business, but this kid has real integrity. They take me to the Hotel where I check in and then we go get a bite to eat. The place is rocking. I think it's called Tivo. It's a dinner/lounge type place. The food was good and DJ Abel Rogers was playing some really good soulful house. Abel is Hallex's friend from Bordeaux. Hallex is loved and greeted with hugs from even the door man. It was nice. I felt proud of him. We ate and drank sparkling water. The food was awesome but I gotta sleep now. I checked in on Facebook and my man Smitty said that there's a park where the people wait for the sun to rise to do their Tai Chi. If you don't know what Tai Chi is, think if Yoga and Kung Fu had a baby. No disrespect intended. It was just the easiest way I could think if to describe how I see it. Hallex's lady says that you can see that at just about any park. Wow. At sunrise I'm either sleep or really sleep. I feel so not healthy now. Nov 17th 1:11am I should go to sleep. But I'm inspired. You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to pray. If I were honest, I will admit that I've not prayed before going to sleep in a very long time. Remember when you were a kid and you said your prayers at bedtime? I'm going to ask God for his forgiveness for things that I've done that were displeasing to him, and then I'm going to pray for those of you that do the same thing that I do. Sing, write, produce, DJ, record label owners and such. I want God to do something for you to show you that he's there and only he can make it happen. You just read that last line way too fast. And because I know you did, I'll say it again. LOL. ONLY HE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. You can be Cisqo from Dru Hill with the biggest record of the year right now. "Thong Song." Thong song was massive all over. Couldn't get away from it. But today he's not charting anywhere. If you say Cisqo to someone, they might not even know how great of an artist he really is. My whole point is that God is able to sustain your career. And without being all deep and extra biblical and spiritual. God can step in right now. Right were you are at this very moment sober or drunk. High or clean. He can steer your career. But you must openly ask him. You can't do this alone. You may ask "Well what about people like Lady GaGa, and Marilyn Manson and Lil Wayne? Is God blessing their careers?" The truth is, I don't know and it's none of my business. But what I do know is that I've tried God out and he opens doors for me. I'm just sharing. I'm not where I want to be. But I'm a lifetime away from where I used to be. Only God. Nov 18th 8:57am Last night was soooooo much fun. First off, I'm in Hong Kong. That is amazing all by itself. The venue is called Armani. Yes the fashion company. And check this out, the spot is in the mall! I know right!! The mall was kinda upscale. All of the fancy brand names. Nothing low scale. I get to the place at around 10:30pm and its beautiful. Red lights everywhere. Very sexy. But no people. At first I was nervous. The club opened at 7:30pm. So where is everybody? But as we kept walking I see that the people were all outside on the terrace/rooftop. Can this get any sexier?? Here's the thing. The people preferred to be outside. But the sound was way better inside. Different strokes for different folks I guess. New Yorkers like the sound over anything else.. But hey, that's a far away place. LOL. I saw Marina, an old friend that I've not seen in almost 7-8 years. She was the one who brought me here the first time. DJ Helen Ting had a gig and came over to hang with us, IN THE MIDDLE OF HER GIG!! She had to go back. DJ Rork and his lady was there. I met some real good people this night. Kwong is a 48 year old man I met for the first time. He's a true lover of the music. He brought old vinyl records that I've done so I could sign them. Very interesting brother. He kept the Tequila shots coming! DJ Abel Rogers was there with a fancy camera. He also kept the Tequila shots coming. Check this out, you know how Dunkin Donuts will give you the little tray so you can put 4 drinks in the tray without spilling them? Well they had this little glass shot tray. Shots were coming out like by the 6's. And I've never had Tequila with an orange slice before. I've always had it with either lemon or lime. Orange slices are sweeter and made the experience different. I sang a few songs on the dance floor. There was no stage but I didn't miss it. It was a very intimate setting. The keyboard was distorting, but hey..... Nobody cared. It's a party! We're rocking and the night is perfect. After I sang, Hallex played some amazing music. Classics, soulful house, and he even played a live version of ...... either Diana Ross or Sylvester(too many shots of Tequila to remember.) Amazing set. We were dancing and singing and screaming. Yes. I danced. Random thought: I have a special respect and love for DJ's that dance. My favorite DJ and brother Joaquin can really dance but its a rarity to see him dance on the floor. DJ Pookey is one brother that is surely a dancer. A few others like Tommy Bones, Datgurl Curly come to mind. But for the most part, it seems like the unspoken statement is that it's uncool or maybe corny to dance. Maybe I'm wording it wrong but to me it's better to express yourself on the dance floor and experience the music from that angle as well as being the orchestrator/DJ. It gives the DJ a heightened edge to the feeling of songs on the floor. But hey.... What do I know. LOL. After we drank and danced and drank some more, it was time to shut it down. And so we decided to get some authentic Chinese food. This is one of my favorite things in the world to do. Eat foods from different cultures and in their country. We get there and order almost immediately. We had Chinese styled fried turnips, dim sum, meatballs, tofu skin, pork buns and all sorts of other things that I can't remember. But the Pork Buns(yes I eat pork. Don't judge me) and the fried turnip patty things stood out. There's a bond that's created when you sit at a table and eat with people. Courtney(Hallex's girlfriend) pointed out something very interesting. Everyone at the table had different backgrounds. Hallex was the only French man there, Kwong is a China man, Courtney is from Toronto and she looked like she could be a cross between Indian and Filipino. I'm not sure where her people are from. Tim Tse I believe is Chinese. He's a very deep brother. He does some form of body treatment/healing service. Deep right? And I am the only nappy headed brother there from Brooklyn. It was awesome. I loved loved loved that moment. Here's an interesting question. When's the last time you had someone over your place for dinner who's of a different ethnicity than you? How global is your circle? Kinda interesting. And what does that say about us? Does our answer define who we are socially or internally? Just wondering. Anyway... I'm headed home now. Hong Kong was awesome. But I love going home. I miss my bed and coffee machine. 2:20PM I thought I was ending the blog with that last sentence. But let me tell you what just happened. I'm going through customs right, and the officer asked "Where are you coming from" and then asked "what do you do? So when I responded "I DJ" she looked at me and said "DJ???? They like....(pause) ... American music?" but I think she was thinking black music. So I said "The music is Global" and she responded "Just kidding" I don't get it. She's a racist fool. Racism is everywhere, but it seems so healthy here in the states.
Go check my top 10 joints for November. and trust me, these are songs that I really like. Not just songs that a label asked me to post, or that I'm posting because I did them.