Wednesday, June 20, 2007
HEDONISM AND MICHAEL BAISDEN
So Shawn and I are on a plane headed home from Jamaica. Wow what a trip. I performed at Michael Baisden’s Island Jam at Hedonism. If you know anything about Hedo, you know that it’s a wild and buck naked trip. I honestly can’t lie. I was worried going there. No telling what could happen. Ive never performed in front of naked people before. Hahahahaha.. Well it sure did get wild, and some people at times were naked, but everyone had a great energy and spirit about them. Most only knew of me thru Michael’s generosity on the radio, but they showed me crazy love and bought a ton of cds that I snuck thru customs. (insert grin…) As well I had the opportunity to share the stage with Rahsaan Patterson, Hill St Soul and Elizabeth Withers. They all did great. My highlight was Rahsaan rendition of Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride.” It was great to spend some time with Rahsaan and actually pick his brain some. He seems to be a real private person, but his spirit and what he offers is genuine. Oh I have to add this as well. When we were finished performing and Michael Baisden was thanking the crowd, K-Ci Haley from Jodeci (who performed earlier that day at the pool party) came onstage and wanted to sing. Do you know Michael turned to him and said, “Nah can’t do that. This stage was for my B-side artists.” He then turned and walked away. That impressed me.
The night before our performance was the comedy night hosted by Bill Bellamy. Not only was he funny, but Shawn and I shared a great conversation with him about the balance of marriage, careers, etc.. That’s a brother I’ve always respected, and our convoe only added to it. The funniest guy of the night to me was Rudy Rush. He’s a radio DJ in Dallas. Yo he had my stomach hurting. Rodney Perry and Ron G were funny as hell also. Plus they were real cool brothers. Last but not least I have to big up my man George Wilborn. Not only is his spirit genuine, but he has to be one of the naturally funniest people on the planet. He’s a testament to have dedicated you have to be to this game and how true talent can’t be denied.
Okay now lets touch on the wild stuff. Shawn and I actually discussed the trip before hand. We figured there would be too much nakedness for us to be all tunnel vision. I’m sorry if a fat butt comes walking by it was gonna be hard not to look. And there were some things Shawn may have had a problem looking away from as well. Well let me tell you some of them people aint have no business out there showing the stuff they were showing. There was a banana eating contest. Put your minds in the gutter to get the picture. There was the human sundae, which was probably the wildest thing Shawn and I saw out there. But naked twister and some other wild stuff was on the program. Hahahahaha.. I enjoyed myself, and as soon as this plane lands im going to church to get baptized again. I think I did well enough to be invited back. Will I go you ask? (insert grin)