jason woods aka flash gordon parks sat in my living room several months ago…”you should do ‘one hundred days to one hundred’…”… i enthusiastically said “yes,” but wasn’t too sure i could pull it off- well here it is: 10 video episodes and countless posts later (i missed a day early on when i didn’t have wifi- i skipped a few during the holidays- and while prepping for the release date performance etc, i ran a “revisiting” of some of the video episodes)…#1 of “one hundred days to one hundred”!!
one can’t go down a list of names because there is always someone who’s gonna get left out…having said that beyond saying that i thank everyone in h-town for their great support and overwhelming love there are a few mentionables here:
first off: mom!
gotta thank mom first and foremost!
i cruise along in my career and things are good…and fitting of this next person’s personality, i’d like to use an over-used sports analogy/cliche- (sorry! but today i’m entitled- its my birthday, after all…): when there is that debate about mvp’s, you always here the cliche- “but does he make his team-mates better, by just being on the field/court”…that’s phil marshall, my manager. his sense of integrity, hard work, vision, relentless principles make him that “team-player”: he makes everyone better…like i said i was “cruising” along…phil elevated that to a higher level by asking the tough questions, demanding a higher standard…nuff said!
in episode 5 we took some sound bytes from rapper jawwaad, who grew up in houston and recently moved back from nyc to re-establish himself in our community, and supa neil, a transplant from trinidad & tobago who has done radio shows on kpft 90.1 and ktsu 90.9, and is also a music producer, about houston as a “hidden treasure”… btw, in case you haven’t noticed: the intros to these videos are of street signs on the 100 blocks of these respective streets in the montrose/westheimer area with “marksonthekeys” from “one hundred” playing in the background…”one hundred” release party tomorrow: jan 19th at cha, 810 waugh drive- in-store performance at cactus records, 2110 portsmouth…
with the help of urban circus video production we checked out different cultural aspects of houston which have been influential…the b boys in houston have been at many a dj sun event, lending their skils and just contributed their vibe by setting up impromptu dance circles; video episode 6 represents a quick look into the houston b boy culture
as we get closer to the release date of “one hundred,” we revisit some of the video episode…in this one we do a field trip to the rothko chapel and the menil park…
this was one of my favorite video episodes. you can also check all of the episodes at urban circus…
immensely talented, super hard-working and ambitious (see the pic below of a text he sent to me today…a sunday!)…trevor came to me to help me accomplish the idea that flash gordon parks had presented to me: “do a countdown of one hundred days to one hundred”…when flash mentioned it, i thought it was cool…as we started planning it, i thought it was crazy- super over ambitious, perhaps!!..when i talked to trevor, i thought “this is possible, after all,” and after trevor delivered the first episode i said: “wow!…this is getting done!”
i have so many anecdotes- like how we prepared to clandestinely get to the 60th floor of the chase tower, because we imagined that they weren’t going to allow us up there with a camera (for the material shot in vid episode 10, below)…but will only dole those out in personal convos…this space i want to reserve to give thanks to one of the main forces behind “one hundred days to one hundred”…
he stays behind the camera where he feels most comfortable and produces great magic- a wonderful eye, great work ethic, intelligent, with editing skills to boot…after a few corrections for the first episode, he immediately grasped what we wanted and delivered each and every time!…trevor represents the young talent emerging out of houston and feels a complete and thorough identity with houston…and that’s a great thing!
here’s a sampling…the 33 1/3 series are particularly interesting…i’ve read the ones on “paul’s boutique,” “signs of the times,” “people’s instinctive…,” “endtroducing,” “live at the apollo,” among a number of others…
Blaze / Live a Happy Life
Peven Everett / Sexy Make Up
Moodymann / Telephone Blue
Shawn Lee / Galactica
Glenn Underground / Keep the Hidden Treasures
Theo Parrish / The Rink
Culoe De Song / Webaba
Fourth World / Snake Bite (The Herbaliser Remix)
Flying Lotus / Do The Astral Plane
Atjazz & Christo / Two
Fourth World / Fica Mal Com Deus (Ig Culture Remix)
Culoe De Song / Far Away
Akabu & Joey Negro / Searchin’ (Motor City Drum Ensemble Mix)
Nuyorican Soul / Nuyorican Soul – The Nervous Track
Theo Parrish / Sky Walking
Brownout / Flaximus
Theo Parrish / The Interplanetary Gangster Edit
Side Kick / I Got the Hots (Hot Mix)
Black Coffee / Crazy (Culoe De Song Winter Remix) [feat. Thiwe]
Shawn Lee / Tiger Style
Active Child / Hangin On
DJ SoulOne in the mix.
i packed my vinyl on monday and when i started my set i played a number of the songs below…they belong to an era, mostly around the early 80s…for me..and for the music industry in general, pivotal years: transition from the disco years…as in every decade of my life, many trips to nyc exposed me to these cuts that were in rotation on wbls…there is no specific genre associated with it- not that i’m advocating that, either…
for me it was that sound…
quincy miles banks…with that name (yes! they are homages to jones & davis) he was destined to do music and be involved in the music scene, so when the opportunity came up to intern with me, quincy jumped in and has put forth great energy in doing so…
in introducing him to others, i refer to him as “the future” only i say it like jazzie b said it in “jazzie’s groove” at the end of the song: “the future huh huh…the future for soul ii soul: a happy face, a thumpin’ bass, for a lovin’ race…peace!” (at about 2:40 in the video below)…
truth be told: he does not need a nickname, a nom de guerre…
-taken sunday afternoon at the rothko chapel…
i like finley quaye’s music…always have…finley has never really picked up much steam here and apparently has made some un-wise decisions in his life…neither her nor there for me…when you tackle bob’s “sun is shining” (one of my fave bob songs) and you put a completely new spin on it: props!
it goes beyond that though: “maverick a strike” released in 1997 was for me a solid-play-it-often-over-and-over kind of album…it had “even after all,” “love gets sweeter…,” and the sultry “falling” (see below)…”maverick” became a soundtrack in 1997 and i’ve gone back to it during certain times typified by the sunshine pic above…
don’t leave till tomorrow
what can be done today
’cause if you don’t do it now
make way molina cuz i’m coming now
because i am who i am
get aside, so I can take your place, get aside
these are the lyrics delivered by cheo feliciano in “quitate tu pa ponerme yo” (“get aside so i can take your place”)…he’s the second one to take the mic in the video below…