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Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off!

January 20, 2012


Yesterday I took the Acela train to Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yesterday I took the Acela train to Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I went there for a number of reasons, but while I was there I went and visited their music archives.

It's one of the greatest analog tape storage facilities I've ever seen. Some of my greatest musical memories are stored here. I almost missed my return train because I was photographing and singing every song on every tape box that I shot. It was a treasure chest that had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off!


One of the reasons I went to Drexel was to talk to the next gen of music biz people


Drexel's got one of the greatest analog tape storage facilities I've ever seen


Rose Royce had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off!


South Shore Commission and the one and only First Choice had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off!


Ecstasy, Passion and Pain, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Trammps, and Robert Palmer had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off!


David Bowie's Young Americans and The Duke Ellington Orchestra had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off!


The Three Degrees and Instant Funk had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off!


The Whispers, Ramsey Lewis, and my old group New York City had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off!


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Today, I'm All Over the Map

January 19, 2012


Today, I found this old photo with my hair in Jheri curls interesting

Since being attacked by cancer last year I appreciate things in this world a little more. I started this blog to help me maintain my sanity because cancer made me think insane thoughts. Sometimes there's no intellectual rhyme or reason why I find something interesting - other times, I can explain it like a scholar. Today, I'm All Over the Map.


Today, I found daybreak from my bedroom balcony interesting


I only slept two hours last night and found sun up in my bedroom interesting


I found Debbie Harry in the Power Station with me and Bernard interesting


Today, I found CHIC on "All My Children" with Darnell Williams interesting


Today, I found Steve Winwood and me with Christopher Max, Kim Sledge, and Slash in background interesting


I found this shot of Gene Ray, Mike Tyson, Billy Squire and Julian Lennon at the China Club interesting


Today, I found this cover of me with Guitarman plexi-Strat interesting


Today, I found me and Alfa performing with CHIC interesting


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Always Got A Surprise For You

January 18, 2012


I tied up my locks to take a leisurely stroll

I tied up my locks to take a leisurely stroll. It was my last day in Turks & Caicos so I thought I'd take a nice walk on the beach. The sea was still quite a distance away and I was enjoying a pleasant breeze. I had a few hours before my flight home and wanted to fully bask in my last sun filled moments in the Caribbean.

The sand felt wonderful. Everything was perfect. As I walked away from the water I knew that soon my peaceful holiday would be over. I was getting closer and closer to the beach club. I was walking away from the sea.

A big wave was coming behind me but I didn't notice it - and if I had, I'd have no reason to think it would ever reach me. Suddenly, the wave came way up on shore and I was standing up to my knees in water. I was shocked, soaked, and I couldn't stop laughing.

Just when you think you've got Mother Nature figured out - she's Always Got A Surprise A Surprise For You.


It was my last day in Turks & Caicos so I thought I'd take a nice walk on the beach


The sea was still quite a distance away and I was enjoying a pleasant breeze


I wanted to fully bask in my last sun filled moments in the Caribbean


Everything was perfect


A big wave was coming behind me but I didn't notice it


Suddenly, the wave came way up on shore and I was standing up to my knees in water


I was shocked


I couldn't stop laughing


I couldn't stop...


Laughing


Just when you think you've got Mother Nature figured out - she's Always Got A Surprise For You


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Get People on the Dancefloor

January 17, 2012


CHIC Organization Getting People on a BIG Dancefloor

Yesterday it was Martin Luther King Day in America. This is important in and of itself - but from now on I'll always remember it as the day Jimmy Castor (R.I.P.) passed away. Sadly, he's not a household name, but his influence on music is ubiquitous.

Jimmy was a musical pioneer who blazed a trail that I followed like a bloodhound tracking funk-based pop. His groove music wasn't exclusively black music, it made Everybody want to Dance!

Not only can you hear Jimmy's influence on me any time I strum a guitar, but he was the essential link between Diana Ross and the CHIC Organization. He was friendly with Diana's Motown execs and linked them up with us. We'd go on to produce Ross's biggest selling album of all time.

After the success of the album "Diana," I'd go on to produce David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, and countless other pop smashes, which were just one step removed from the "E-Man" grooves of Jimmy Castor. Thank you Jimmy for helping me Get People on the Dance Floor.


Any time I strum a guitar, there's a little Jimmy Castor in me


Jimmy Castor


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A Massive Playlist In My Head


Today I visualized doing more concerts than I've done in any year since we'd formed CHIC

One year ago, I was recovering from surgery to remove an aggressive cancer. To give myself a goal, I focused on my former partner Bernard Edwards. I had four months to get into shape to perform in Japan for the fifteenth anniversary of his death.

Today in Turks and Caicos, I'm also focusing on a goal for the next year. Not only will I go to Japan, Australia, and Europe - I'll do more concerts than I've ever done in any year since we formed CHIC.

Though I live one day at a time, I always have a larger plan in mind. At various times throughout the day I visualized what my next round of live shows would be like. Just like in today's Legacy Rewind feature there's A Massive Playlist in My Head.

GOTO: LEGACY REWIND »


While taking this picture, "Lost In Music" by Sister Sledge was added to My Playlist


"Dream on Black Boy" - Imagining singing the lyrics of "Original Sin" by INXS. I produced this international hit and want to do this in Australia


More CHIC, Bowie and even a Duran medley might get added to the show


I'm even going to do "My Feet Keep Dancing" as a backup encore


Thank you very much. We're going to expand the show because I've got A Massive Playlist In My Head

GOTO: LEGACY REWIND »


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This Is What I Feel Like


This is What I Feel Like one year after starting the blog

Yesterday, I got up and spent the one year anniversary of my cancer, music, and life blog hanging around the pool. Even though I'm overeating and sleeping, I Feel great.

I am happy to be alive because I've been dealing with cancer and it's aftermath for more than a year. (I've added the LEGACY Rewind » feature to remind myself where I've been and to never get lax.)

I arrived in Turks & Caicos about a week ago and this was the warmest day since. Pictures can say a lot so I'll share a few. This is what I look like - but more important - This is What I Feel Like.

GOTO: LEGACY REWIND »


This is What I Feel Like one year after starting the blog 1


This is What I Feel Like one year after starting the blog 2


This is What I Feel Like one year after starting the blog 3


This is What I Feel Like one year after starting the blog 4


This is What I Feel Like one year after starting the blog 5


This is What I Feel Like one year after starting the blog 6

GOTO: LEGACY REWIND »


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Going To Make It


Today marks one year since I've started this daily blog

Today marks one year since I've started this daily blog. Over this past year, I've made many new friends and I've lost some, too - but the blog has kept me grounded. On certain days it gave me strength to get through the day when I wasn't sure I wanted to go on. It gave me purpose and a way to focus on my feelings instead of my condition.

Eventually, my condition started to improve. The reason I call the blog Walking on Planet C is because once cancer invaded my life, things have not been quite the same. I must remain ever vigilant because just as the Big C attacked me once, it can counterattack. I feel good today, and to remember the road that I've walked I'm going to attach a legacy article to this post called "A New Beginning." It was the day I started to believe I was Going to Make It.

GOTO: LEGACY REWIND »


Eventually, my condition started to improve


The blog gave me strength to get through many days

GOTO: LEGACY REWIND »


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Far Worse Places to Suffer


Today, I had a full day of interviews and photo shoots

Today, I had a full day of interviews and photo shoots. Though I'm on vacation in an island paradise, I'm still working. Since I was attacked by cancer, I've been documenting my days.

The hardest part of my life in the music business has always been taking pictures - but it's a necessary part of of my profession, so I've always just suffered through it. My photographer was cool and she made it as painless as possible.

As difficult as I find this, I guess there could be Far Worse Places to Suffer.


Here we go 1


Here we go 2


Here we go 3


Here we go 4


Here we go 5


Me, sitting at the bar area in Turks & Caicos 1


Me, sitting at the bar area in Turks & Caicos 2


Me, on the beach at sunset in Turks & Caicos


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Again, On Today's Blog


Last night I went next door to my friend Patrick's villa

Last night, I went next door to my friend Patrick's villa. He's in the villa next to me here in Turks and Caicos and he lives near me in Connecticut too.

Patrick had a nice little dinner party. During the poolside party, he asked me about the documentary that the Japanese guys were filming the last time he saw me in Connecticut. I told him that it was finished and I'd post it for him Again, On Today's Blog.


 


Patrick's dinner party guests


The poolside dinner table


The Japanese film crew at my house in Connecticut


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Folks Who Like It Here Too!


Sunset at Amanyara in Turks & Caicos

I started coming to Turks & Caicos about fourteen years ago. I love It Here. I've met a lot of people who add to the flavor of this special little group of islands. I'm not going to give you a long history lesson, just some Folks (I know) Who Like It Here Too!


Dick Clark Likes It Here


Prince Likes It Here


David Copperfield Likes It Here


Kelly Ripa Likes It Here


Ziggy Marley Likes It Here


Bruce Willis Likes It Here


Paul Simon Likes It Here


Arnold Schwarzenegger and.. oh, right! I already said Bruce Willis Likes It Here


Zac Efron Likes It Here


I Like It Here... and


Bryan Ferry Likes It so much he gigged on New Year's Eve and got married here. Welcome my friend


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