Where are they now #5

Folks,

I just have one simple question. Where the HELL is Remy Shand? He busted on the scene in 2002 with his hit single, “Take a message”, had a couple of other hits(“The way I feel & “Rocksteady”), and just disappeared. It should be noted the Shand is one of the few artists to get me to buy their album based on hearing one song one time(true story. It was the video, actually). One other being Maxwell (and we’re still waiting on him). The album itself, was said to all have been all done in his bedroom and was pretty much ready to press when he got signed to Motown in 2001.

Do you all know that for a good minute I thought Remy Shand was Robin Thicke. They were out around during the same time and sounded similar to me. Sandwiched in sound somewhere between the aforementioned Thicke and Jamiroqui (maybe a touch of Maxwell too, come to think of it), the album was a nonstop listen through and in heavy (personal) rotation when it came out. Anyway, Remy was said to be working on a second that hasn’t materialized yet. If anyone sees him or has any knowledge to his whereabouts, tackle him and march his ass to the nearest studio and tell him he’s not to leave until he comes with a album. A quality one would be preferred. I’m going to go dig out his album now. You can take a chill and check out these videos.

Take a Message

The Way I Feel

Rocksteady (BOO Universal for not letting this be embedded)

Looking before you leap…

This is what I get for not checking out my blog roll before posting. Yesterday(as of this post), the super cutie sex/dating/relationship super Blogger FunkyBrownChick wrote a great based on a comment made by some unknown clown. You can check that out here. I recently came across FBC and her site roaming through Twitter. I know, I haven’t talked about that site yet and I will. It’s having issues right now, anyway. That’s another post.

Anywhoo, what’s funny to me is that had I known (she did mention it in the comments though) she was going to bat this one out that fast and post it, I would not have put up the post before this one. But that’s the mark of a good writer. They can do that kind of stuff. I was already embarrassed that the people I knew would see it, but now there the chance that that others might, also. It’s not a bad post, just embarrassing for me (being a shy type person and all). I thought about taking it it down real quick, but I thought about it. Eff it. What’s done is done. And I’m probably making it worse for myself by calling attention to it.:) So up it stays and hiding in the corner, am I. My less than consistent blogging habits don’t help either. 🙂 Speaking of, hopefully Deja won’t bop me in the head V-8 style.

Now, lest ye be thinking that I’m just hyping up her site because she mentioned me, you need to be ashamed. She’s been on my blog roll since the re-template (I didn’t design it), so you could have very well been over there by now, so there (*sticks out toungue*). It doesn’t matter, and you all know I try to put you up on good things and people…no matter how late that may. So go…and try to foget about the last post.

What What, Jean?

I gotta give props to one of the baddest MC’s in the game at the the moment. Or at least for as long as she’s still in the game, if the rumors are true. I’m thinking of blaming Busta, but that might not be right. Yes folks, I’m speaking on Jean Grae. Probably one of the few real MC’s (female or otherwise) still out there right now. She’s been repping strong since she was going by the name What? What? back in the day. I’m hoping the aforementioned rumors are not true(though this is making me believe it is) because pickings are slim right now and Jean stays fresh like zip loc bags and baking soda… I don’t know what that means either so let’s move on, shall we?

Anywhoo, a few months ago, I heard the song “Love Thirst“(produced by 9th Wonder) from Jean’s hopefully soon to be forthcoming album, “Jeanius“, during a little event you should have heard of called the Cupid Hunt(if you didn’t, shame on me). Props go to the Big La, Todd Kelley (check his entry here) for that one because I might not had heard it if it wasn’t for him. The song is a little different from what I’m used to hearing Jean spit, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! It’s in rotation constantly (despite what Last.fm says). Well, now there is a video for it that shows Jean…going through changes, if you will. I’m thinking sexy and Hip Hop, two words that don’t exactly taste great together. Peep out the video below and get your head nod on.

Check Jean Greazy out on Myspace for her thoughts (I believe it really is her) and some of her videos. And to Jean, if you are seeing this: I understand if you gotta, I thank you for being you. Ans SOMEBODY’S got to have the actual video for Natural Resource’s “Negro League Baseball“! I know I do, but have no way to get it on Youtube. SUX!

Couldn’t resist it.

As you can see, I just changed the template of the blog. I got from here. It was done by someone over at Infocreek.com and was based from a wordpress template of the same name called Aspire. I was thinking of a change for the blog anyway, so this came along a t a great time. It may still need a tweak or two for my own likeness, but it kind called to me. It’s a little different from the old one, but still has a feel that I kinda like. What’s funny is, it was billed as a template for History or Food bloggers, of which I am not. Hopefully I didn’t break anything in the change. On a side note, it’s taken me about 2 or so hours from the time before I posted this to get it the way it is now. Blogger is a funny animal at times.

At any rate, let me know how you like.

Song of the Moment: Explained!

If you’ve been around these parts for a minute, you will have noticed from time to time my mentions of Songs of the Moment (SotM). Chances are, you probably haven’t so, you probably haven’t. I used to do it a reasonable amount on here, but just really haven’t. Actually, I’ve pretty much taken up that task on other platforms. So, since I have a sec, I will explain it to you anyway if I hadn’t already.

So, a Song of the Moment is that song that you might hear on the radio that sticks with you for a while and won’t go away(unless you force it, because it stays with you my friend, and if you*….um, yeah). Anyway, it could be that song that someone happens to be humming and it attaches to you like a leech. Could be the song you woke up singing. Could be the little ditty in the shower that sticks around afterward. You get the point, I think. For me, it’s a combination of those things, plus a a couple of others. I have any number of songs running through my head at any given moment. There are some that stick around for sometimes days, or for 30 seconds or so. Sometimes, a song will pop up in the midst of a conversation with someone. Sometimes, I’m the one the that’s humming the songs that other people catch on to subliminally (I know I’m not the only one, but it feels special to me). Sometimes, you gotta do right, for you to be happy…

A lot times, a Song of the Moment has nothing to do with how I’m currently feeling or what I’m writing about. It’s not too often, at least to my knowledge, that there is a correlation, but it can and does happen. I don’t play the radio in my car as I have an MP3 player, so any song that I’m listening to there was meant to be played. And I thought I would have some kind of hard and fast rules about what constitutes a Song of the Moment candidate, but outside what I’ve already said, there isn’t much else. The only thing I’d make a rule to is the fact the song has to stick your head for a reasonable amount of time. Obvious, you think of a song and 30 seconds later it’s gone, while that’s is truly a song of the moment, it doesn’t qualify. I guess if you tack on the fact that if you are on to a song that you hold on to until you could foresee ably write it down somewhere, that could qualify.

The reason I don’t actually write down (or post) every time I have one of these moments, is because I’d be here (or somewhere) every other minute or so. There was, a time where I was going to write down every song that stuck in my head to see if there was some hidden correlation to how I was feeling at the moment. I quickly realized that was a fools’ errand. 🙂 Hell, if I typed every song I thought about during the typing of this post (including the ones I’ve alluded to), I’d never finish it. It’s like that sometimes.

Anyway, that explains that. If you come across any past or future posts that bear the mark of Song of the Moment, stand proud to know that mark of….excellence(?) means. I mean, outside of the obvious meaning, anyway. So without further ado:

Song of the Moment
Cherish the Day – Sade

And since you probably saw this one coming, I have a question for you. What is your song of the moment? You think there is any meaning to it, or did it randomly pop into your head and you couldn’t help yourself from singing it? Inquiring minds, want to know.

Incidently, I would have linked to older Song of the Moment posts, but I apparently don’t have them tagged, and I’m sleepy right now. Maybe I’ll go back and do that sometimes. Maybe.

(edit) SotM is not the same as np (Now Playing) because I’m not normally actually playing the song that becomes a SotM. Don’t know why I felt compelled to add this. I should NOT be writing while I’m sleepy.

* – Bonus: if you know where that line came from. What’s the bonus:? Satisfaction (I got the right tactics) that you are one step closer to being like the madness of my method. 🙂 Lucky you. And if you need ’em, i got crazy prophylactics.

The family that blogs together…

Don’t like each other after a while. I, of course, kid. So some time ago, I told you all that my wife wanted to get into the blogosphere. Well, consider this the “State of the blog” address.

Now, went and set her up a Gmail account and asked if she wasn’t to blog here or get her own space.She, in her own wonderful way got brand new and told me that she didn’t want to blog on my site and that she wanted her own space. 🙂 She also said that she wanted to be around when I set up the blog to see what goes on. Fair enough. She got me excited when she said that, because it she sounded serious. Cool. At the time I didn’t really have a minute to do anything because I was working, so I got her to start batting around some ideas. At first, she was trippin’ in some of her suggestions and then I thought she was trippin’ when suggested some plain jane stuff. That was my fault because it’s her blog and her’s to do as she wishes. Me, I was thinking of stuff that I don’t do with my joint, so I can’t be judgey, can I?

Anywhoo, the next time I was off, and she told me what she settled on. I offered suggestions of my own and we came to something. What didn’t happen was that we didn’t set the site up. What also didn’t happen was that she didn’t bring it back up unless I mentioned it(mistake #2). When I did bring it up, it was in conversation with about current events and whatnot. Ok, let not lie, it was her doing a 30 minute rant on whatever it was at the time. I really do wish I could hide a recorder in the Living Room and turn it on when she goes on. Epic! Now before I go any further, let it be said that I am not griping about my wife, just giving you a good picture of what you’re missing out on.

Now, during the course of the rant, I mention that she should be blogging this (mistake #3). She tells me that this is not what she would blog about and proceeds to tell me what stuff that she would blog about. this kinda goes against part of what she told me at first, but ok. I then ask if she wants to start working on the blog, she says no. Cool. I let it go after a few time to make a long story short. And here we are. She could very well be still serious about it just not thinking about. Earlier, she told me about plans for a book. I’m keeping my mouth shut (a little). As soon as I try to help or suggest anything, it goes nowhere. I’ll let it go until she asks me about something. The last thing I want to do is pressure her. And I’m off for the next 6 days, so who knows what’s what.

It’s kind of sad, because I think you’d all like her and what she says. I believe she’s kind of scared for reasons of her own (Yea, I know them, but i’m leaving it at that). BTW, Lest you also think this is a critisicm of wifey, I cannot confirm or deny the fact that it is or isn’t. 🙂

That said, it is what it is. I wanna give you all the email address and ask you to blow it up, but I don’t think she’s looked at that address since initially set it up.

The State of the Blog co-writing project? Let’s just say that the word of the day is: Limbo

We now return you to whatever I come up with next.

Quick reviews…just ’cause

The Roots – Rising Down: Go get it.

Estelle – Shine: Why don’t you already have this?

Portishead – Third
: Still need to spin this one some more, but get it anyway. Maybe they’ll get their asses into the studio more. (If any member of Portishead happens to see this, I say this with love. And where the Hell is Keybored 299 03??)

Iron Man movie: Hadn’t seen it. Shut up! I usually wait until they get to DVD anyway.

Grand Theft Auto IV: It apparently is the shit. I’ve only cracked it open and started it before getting busy with other crap. Lemme lone. If I finish it before Soul Calibur IV, that’ll be saying something.

That’s all I can think of right now. If this wasn’t enough for you. Allow me to point you to a time passer.
It’s called Typeracer. Sounds self explanatory? It is. You’re a car, you’re in a race with other cars. First one to type their way to the finish line with the given lines of text, wins. Mistakes have to be dealt with before moving on. I personally, suck, but their seems to be some jokers who can type 160 words a second (that’s insane!). There is a leaderboard, if you some choose to participate. You can also practice, which let’s you know how bad you really are. It’s pretty fun…if you like typing games.

Later!