Saturday, June 25, 2005
I didn’t think I would write that much in this thing, but 1) I enjoy writing, and 2) I can write about things like this and just express myself,
Everyone called him Deacon Jack, I called him Uncle Jack, actually he was my Great Uncle. Been married 72, yes that’s seventy-two, three score and 12 years, to my great Aunt Willie Mae. He passed away on Sunday, the funeral was Friday. So I got up Friday morning to drive with my Mom up Highway 61 through the woods of
So anyway went by my Aunt’s house in town, changed, then headed out to the church a little after noon on a hot, humid, summer day. The church was reminiscence of the image some would perceive as a consummate country church. Off a two line highway, turn onto a dirt road, go down a bit, to the church with the cemetery on the side. Even the name just has a certain ring to me –
I don’t want to sound self-righteous and but my family heritage is special to me. Those people who grew up in that time period with Uncle Jack were hard-working people. Most of them were farmers, well to be truly honest they were sharecroppers. They had big families and the kids grew up working in the fields also. In fact my parents both told me stories of missing school at times to go the fields to pick cotton (and to think of all the classes in skipped in college for no reason at all). Most of them we’re not very well educated, but they saved and worked hard to send some of their children to college, in fact my parents were among the first to attended integrated colleges in Louisiana while others attended the great institutions of Southern and Grambling. A number of the men fought for their country in WWII,
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
I have a new goal for the summer, to go undefeated playing darts on Top Gun Challenge. Normally we’ll play Cricket. I was undefeated until last Monday, but I was upset by Matt. Well not only did I lose to Ceasar in tennis on Monday, still trying to figure that out, but then while playing teams Tuesday night Jeremy and Ceasar whipped me and Matt (Sonja and Samantha were 3rd, they did pretty well when they actually hit the board). And of course they were talking s..t (like I would ever do that when I win). Even Sonja got in her cracks (I’m still mad about that spades game at FAOP in 1999 when she and Coco got lucky), she is too cool to compete against, I can never rattle her. I do have one secret weapon I can use against her, a certain female name that begins with a Br…., but I won’t go there. I did rebound to win a game of 501 (including a monster 3 bullseye round) against Ceaser, Jeremy, and Alan. Now I need to go undefeated the rest of the summer.
And I need to get one of these machines. www.theretroroom.com/ dargalaxytopgun.html We were talking about how much fun it would be for tailgating (less than 3 months away). If I find one cheap on ebay or something, its mine. In fact I haven’t played my Playstation 2 in months, I’ll trade it to anyone for a working Top Gun Challenge dart machine. Of course I could also spend $30 and buy a regular dart board and chalk board to keep score manually, you would think after sitting through 17 hours of Calculus and Differential Equations dart math would be pretty simple. But the machine has sound and flashy stuff. I wonder if you could program different sounds effects, oh the possibilities.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
I attended this dance performance Friday (http://www.confederacyofdances.org/pages/performances.htm); it was very enjoyable and entertaining. The program was in the
Monday, June 20, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Today was devastatingly hot. It had to be the hottest day of the summer so far. I played tennis on the purple and gold courts at the
I know most people don’t follow track unless its Olympic time or new headlines come out about BALCO grand jury testimony that athletes are sticking big needles in their butts to run faster, but if you didn’t hear, Asafa Powell from Jamaica ran the 100M dash in 9.77 seconds, a new world record. Here is a link to the race - http://folk.uio.no/perel/978.mpg. In case you’re not sure that’s pretty fast. And it’s good for the sport. On the same note LSU’s 4x400M relay won the NCAA title and set and college record – 2:59.59. The anchor leg, Xavier Carter, a freshman, ran a 44.0 split. In case you’re not sure again that’s pretty fast. A reply of the meet will be on TV this Saturday (6/18) on CBS at 1:30 pm CST.
If you’re gonna be in
- a group who’s music is well know by the crowd in attendance – check here - I think most of the crowd was older speaking relatively, probably between 23-35. Generally speaking, a younger crowd may not have been as familiar with their music
- artist who can get the crowd involved either through lyrics or dance or props (think 2 Live Crew here) – check here – Doug’s MC’ing and old school dance moves and Slick Rick’s persona and lyrical delivery knocked this one out
- a venue well suited for the event - check here – a music festival, the crowd already heard some traditional music, reggae, dancehall, old-school R&B, everyone was in the mood to really get down to some hip-hop, and in the front I saw a few “cigarettes” that emit a definitive odor being passed around.
Basically the crowd was great, the weather had cooled down, and I had a great time.
This show was probably the best hip-hop show I’ve attended. The crowd wasn’t really huge, maybe a thousand or more with a few hundred up front near the stage. First Doug E Fresh came out with their two DJ’s. He was great at working the crowd; he did some of his early stuff, including “Greatest Entertainer” and “I’m Gettin Ready”. Then it just got hotter. He freestyled with ease and played homage to groups like Earth, Wind, and Fire and Gap Band by playing samples from their songs. And then he spent about 5-10 minutes playing old TV themes, Fat Albert, The Jeffersons, Good Times, etc, even Cheers, and the crowd ate it up. I enjoyed that he kept everything old school. He also did some beatbox which was unbelievable; he had a reggae artist whose name I do not remember come out to sing with only Doug’s beatbox as background. Then Slick Rick came out about halfway through, just like you would imagine, wearing a Kango, eye patch, big chains and rings, the whole deal. They broke into “The Show” and “La-Di-Da-Di” with no music other than Doug beatboxing (by the way Snoops version pales in comparison to the original). They did another song or two then Slick Rick ended with another classic “Children’s Story”-- He was only seventeen, in a madman's dream, the cops shot the kid, I still hear him scream, This ain't funny so don't ya dare laugh, just another case 'bout the wrong path, Straight 'n narrow or yo' soul gets cast(?) Good Night.--
I know I probably enjoyed this show more than most people would, but it brought me back to day when I first heard hip-hop as a young kid. Hip-Hop doesn’t carry my affections the same way it once did, in fact I don’t even refer to myself as a hip-hop fan anymore to be brutally honest, but for an hour or so on Saturday, I was back.
Monday, June 13, 2005
I consider myself a music lover and I have been exposed to a wide variety of music. And I have always been fascinated by Afro-Caribbean music. I will admit I’m familiar with very little of this music, but that’s the first of two reasons why I wanted to go to the International Arts Festival in N.O. at Marconi Meadows in City Park this weekend. I had a great time. It was hot outside as usual, but that didn’t stop me or the people who attended from having a good time. I saw many cool things including:
- A dance performance by the Dance Company. of Costa Rica, which was absolutely breathtaking. If only I could learn how to dance like they were …..
- I also saw the International Garifuna Band. I was not aware of the Garifuna people, they are people African descent who settled in parts of the Caribbean. Here is a website if you want to find more information about these people (www.garifuna.com), the website is really interesting, I knew basically nothing about them beforehand. And the band was really good, they played mainly Punta music.
- I also saw an artist named Rupee; he said his music was mainly Soco music (soul + calypso). He was also very entertaining; it kinda reminded me of combination of dancehall, go-go, and reggae music.
- Ernie Smith, a South African jazz musician. He played with a local band instead of bringing his own band, so he only played a few songs, but it was still good music.
- A group of children and young adults performing traditional African dance with drums.
- They also had DJ’s spinning Reggae, hip-hop, and especially old American soul and R&B hits between acts. I can always get down to that, especially the old R&B hits.
- Black Sheep, hip-hop fans may remember them from the early 90’s, they basically had two hits from the 90’s, “The Choice is Yours” and “Flavor of the Month”. They have a new CD coming out this year, they still had a really good flow, I enjoyed their short set.
- And, the second reason I wanted to go, to see the Original Human Beatbox, Doug E. Fresh, and the Story Teller, Slick Rick. This is going to be another post, they were that good. I got my boogie on.
I also sat through part of a seminar entitled, “The Congo-Creole Cultural Connection put on by SUNO (Southern University –
Summing this up, I had a great time despite my sore throat, braved the heat, met some cool people like Margaret and Adam, ate some good food, and I actually learned a lot too which is good for me considering I can be so hard-headed at times. I took some pictures; I’ll put them up when I get a change. Plus more on Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh later.
Friday, June 10, 2005
Not to turn this into a Tyson forum, but here is a really good article (albeit by a sports writer I do not care for at all) about Tyson.
“No, it's not Tyson's fault that he came along at a time when teenage athletes started realizing that even football is safer than boxing. No, it isn't his fault that he hasn't had much competition, or that the heavyweight division remains so weak and boring that he's still by far its biggest draw.
But after a pudgy and lazy Tyson suffered a 10th-round shock-out by somebody named Buster Douglas in 1990, and then did his prison stint, he lost his rage to win, and gradually realized he was more entertainer than fighter.”
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Mike Tyson was on Sportscenter this morning being interviewed about his upcoming fight:
I like Mike, well let me qualify that, I know he is all of the following: convicted rapist, somewhat overrated boxer, almost unbeatable video game boxer, still kinda crazy, and really broke, but there is something about him I just like. Especially now, he seems to have chilled out slightly and the man knows how to play it up in front of the camera. When asked a question by the host about seeing his opponent at the press conference but having to hold back till the fight, Mike said something to this effect: ….. I’m like a pit bull ready to attack but I have rationality unlike a pit bull so I have to hold back …….and …. Losing is a form of winning but we never have losing in our mind…… and...... i'm gonna gut him like fish..........
I wish I had a clip, you have to hear it in the Mike Tyson voice, has anyone in history ever had a voice less complementary of their persona? Actually I gotta give Mike credit, not only is rationality a real word, but he happened to us it kinda successfully in a sentence.
I’m not really up on new music that much, but this had been bothering me for awhile, that song by Ludacris, Usher, Lil John – Lovers and Friends, I know I have heard the background piano sample on that song before. But for the life of me I couldn’t think of the song.
Well I found out today, kinda by accident, I just happened to be switching through the radio on the way to work and I heard this song on the radio with that piano track. Well luckily the song was almost over and at the end of the song the DJ said it was Bonnie Raitt – I Can’t Make You
1) On that new Mariah Carey song it sounds like she uses the same background piano sample from Raitt’s song, I may be wrong but I don’t think so, and
2) I swear there was some 90’s R&B song that also sampled Raitt’s song. But I cannot thing of it for the world. Any suggestions?
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
I hate when I see things like this. I really want to go down to
Monday, June 06, 2005
This is for you LSU people. Last night I was over on
Does anyone remember when there was only one Krispy Kreme in town, the one in the ghetto? Well it wasn’t actually in the ghetto, but it was over in that general area. Basically it was located in the type of place where if you were not from around there you really shouldn’t be out there late at night. One night down the road you might have seen a couple of junkies, some prostitutes, a few deals going down, but getting hot Krispy Kreme donuts late at night made up for any perceived or actual risk for many students (at least some of the ones I knew). At least once a semester I would get the urge and find someone to roll out to