Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hello from sunny West Hollywood...well, almost!

It is 6 a.m. and I am sitting at Mel's diner on Sunset blvd. made famous by the George Lucas' movie, American Graffiti. This is my third time here at Mel's this trip. The first and second time were both late night jaunts with my pink pal, Ms. Kitten Kay Sera. Kitten and I each had a bevy of hot chocolates which (to our surprise) ran us about $50... plus we each had Caesar salads, where Kitten cleverly added avocado...a delicious contribution that I will be adding to my Ceaser salads for now on.

Last visit to Mel's we both brought our lap tops (which I am doing now) and sat across from Gene Simmons' daughter, Sophie, who (I must confess) was much larger in stature than I would have expected. (I was totally glued to the Simmon's family reality TV show last year, so it was a pleasure to see her walk in.) Anyway, when it comes to people on TV or movies they are typically *much smaller* in person. Sophie and her friend sat and loudly giggled about boys they were dating & parties they were going to...only to suddenly break and fall completely silent for text breaks and Facebook updates.

Today is an over cast day. It is drizzling rain outside. But it looks like it might clear once the sun comes out a little more.

Oh, speaking of media people who appear much smaller in person, I just got back from my traditional drive down Doheney to 9045 Oriel where Madonna used to live. I am sure by now some of you have already heard the story of when I went running with M years ago when she was in town (Houston) opening her Blonde Ambition tour back in 1990. And if not, that is a story for another time. But the deal presently is...I have been in L.A. since May 1, and besides busy working on getting Kitten and I booked for the West Hollywood Pride Parade when I first got here, a few days later, I became overcome with one of the worst colds I have had in sometime! (Thanks to some sick man kindly coughing all over me on the plane!) After spending over a $100 on over the counter cold/cough took me over two weeks to recover from that I had to delay my ritual of driving by M's old casa I am quite fond of.

Back story: When I first arrived in L.A. back in 1992 to appear on the Rick Dees Show for my song EVERYBODY ELSE (an AIDS tribute song I wrote) which was playing on Top 40 radio at the time (YES! I really was played on Top 40 Radio...ONCE...A LONG TIME AGO!)

I had it in my head that I wanted to drop off a copy of EVERYBODY ELSE for Madonna. Being only 22 at the time it really did not occur to me (until I found myself standing at her front door) that it was prolly an invasion of her privacy for me to just be showing up like that! But I figured I was on the radio now... so we were 'sorta' on equal footing. I smile real big now at my sheer gumption to simply believe I belonged anywhere I wanted to back then while I sought to find a way to make myself fit! Anyway... there was a party going on at M's house that day and I pretty much blended in with everyone else. That is until I heard M laugh from behind the front door that was just about to open. A security guard who had started to eye ball me saw me gulp real hard and it was then that the jig was up...and I was invited to return to my car. Knowing that getting thru that front door was futile, I sighed, rolled my eyes and obliged, but not until I threw a copy of my song into her open Mercedes convertible! LOL! Anyway, every time I come back to L.A. I like to drive up into the hills and return to M's house for lots of nostalgic reasons, but mostly to remind me of the guts I used to have and try to mimic from time to time. I have been typing away, I am watching a really cute English couple who are obviously tourists taking pictures of each other with their fancy camera. Over in the corner I can hear some staff writers for some of the TV shows discussing their ideas for the upcoming shows and in back of me is an A&R for Capitol records talking about a new rock band the label has signed.

My chili cheeze fries have arrived at the table! Yum! I know, not exactly breakfast fare, but that is the way I roll. Besides I have been up all night. Again...the way I roll. Couldn't sleep. Had too much on my mind. I kept thinking about my book manuscript for REMEMBERING HEAVEN that I have been working on and making hand written notes on over the past year... that had gotten lost in the mail. It had been thrown into a box last minute 'cause I had to catch my plane to L.A. and ran out of room in my luggage! So I had Jamie ship it (and my ISAGENIX) to West Hollywood due to the fact that my suit cases were way over the airlines 50 lb limit! Which results into a $100 fine per bag. PS: Just so you know... anything over 70lbs is rejected! I swear, what do the airlines expect when you take an extended trip and you are only allowed 2 bags and one small carry on-that can't contain any liquids or other items deemed contraband by TSA!??
I so miss the old days when you could just stuff a bag or 3... and not worry about what you were bringing! Anyway... LUCKY, LUCKY ME!! After being missing for over 3 weeks...the box finally showed up! Thank you God! It was really stupid of me to have thrown the manuscript in the box like that. And poor Jamie (having one of his zanny moments) lost the confirmation slip so we had no way to track the box. He wrote me the cutest 'THANK GOD!!' text when I let him know the box showed. I am sure he had a few restless nights too.

Went to a late night funny movie that everyone is talking about 'Brides Maids' I will give a B. I went to the pals Kitten, Kelly Kidd and his new adorable BF, Justin Carter, whose audition on American Idol was recently featured on the show. Expect to hear new music coming from Mr. Justin soon--he is working on his EP now.

Speaking of working on an EP, thanks to the cold I had making me lose my voice, I had to delay my recording of my upcoming single. My producer, Joe of HITPLAY is doing a concert for Long Beach Pride next week. So the soonest we will be able to get together is next week. Will keep everyone posted on Facebook.

OK, I am feeling guilty about those Chili Cheese Fries I guess it is time for me to go hit Runyon Canyon! Thank God for that place! It is a great work out!! Kitten and I have been eating out every nite at Baby Blues BBQ (which is better than Texas BBQ) or Chin Chins (I have been addicted to their steamed chicken pot stickers since I first ever visited L.A.) or Koo Koo Roo (which has the best homemade Chicken Noodle Soup). And it is near impossible to watch one's weight, even with all the exercise I have been getting at Runyon. I try to go every day or every other day, but since all the eating out, my tum tum is starting to make an unauthorized reappearance...since ISAGENIX helped me get it down last summer. Luckily my lost box arrived with my packed ISAGENIX in it. I can start taking it again this afternoon. It usually takes about 3 /4 days and my body stops retaining water and starts to normalize. FYI: Rupaul has released a fabu new album called, GLAMAZON which has given me much inspiration as I have run up and down those steep hills at Runyon Canyon.

Note to Rupaul: Thank you Super Ru... You always release the most inspirational pop/dance music that is out there Bro!

Kitten has been good and going with me every now and then to Runyon. She occupies her self by making fast friends with all the cute puppy dogs who are in attendance with their fit masters. ...I swear I have never seen so many 'in shape' people in my life.

Speaking of in shape people, I totally need to brag on my friend Kelly, who has the best arms ever! I joke with him and tell him they should have their own zip code! I am so proud of him!!From working out 5 times a week and eating frequent/decent quality meals... he went from a smaller ectomorphic (thin frame) to a truly mezomophic, super strong, V-back build! Amazing! He is proof that anyone can change their build if they really want to! All you have to do is be willing to 'show up' for yourself every day and work hard enough!
It is really awesome to have friends around you who inspire you! : )

Monday, July 12, 2010

1000 Miles Down ... a Million More to Go!

So I am excited about my new digital CD, '1000 Miles!'

The downloads are finally picking up! YES!! I was beginning to worry... This is the first time I have not released an actual hard copy/CD with a new release. Everyone these days seems to do the download thing now. Personally, I still really like CDs... but they are tremendously expensive to manifest (art wise), manufacture and then ship out and account for. So I really like this better. Maybe I will actually get to make a profit for once. ; ) When the press release for this one first came out, the sales just 'trickled' in. So I talked to a PR friend of mine who reminded me how you really have to GET OUT THERE and be SEEN by the people in order to remind them you are still relevant. So slowly but surely, I have been attending a few events here and there and such... (which has been fun!). And sure nuff... the downloads are definitely going up! Thank you Lawd!!

Anywho... THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING ME AND ACTUALLY PUTTING YOUR $5/$10 out there to BUY MY MUSIC!! THANK YOU!!! It adds up and will help me to be able to record my next song(s)... which I hope to make happen soon!

This particular release I dedicated to my wonderful Nanoo, who (as some of you already know) had a massive stroke June 11th last year. After a long, hard 2+ month battle, she finally made her transition to her beloved God on August 26th. This happened right in the middle of when I was having a triple root canal done and the day before Jamie's birthday... The night before I had a feeling something was up.
My intuition was totally popping that the Angels were gathering to take Mrs. Audrey Nell to her Thomas Kinkade cottage in the sky. So, I could not sleep to save my damn life, so.... I surfed the Internet and of course landed on my Facebook page. While going thru some of my old wall pics, I saw one of my favorite pics I had posted of her. I spontaneously wrote her a small note, (knowing she would never see it of course) telling her how much I Loved her. 12 hours later... she went the million or so miles it takes... to get back Home.

I named the music program '1000 Miles' because of 3 reasons.

First, it is the title of track 1 ... one of my favorite songs on the album. Second, there is an over-dub line in the dance mix version of my song, "Running Back to You -- Million Mile Mix" (track 4 & not to be found in any of the other mixes) that says (with a spirit of devotion):

"One thousand miles... I'd run for you -- ten thousand miles, I'd run this whole wide world for you -- a hundred thousand miles, you know its true! - I'd run one million miles to get my Soul to you... back to you... I'm running HOME to you!"

When I sang it, I was looking directly at Jamie from behind the recording studio glass at Sound Arts. Singing directly to him. A year prior, he and I had hit a rough patch, where we had unfortunately landed in that same place that so many other people do, wondering... if "we" were gonna work out. (?) For me, I do it STRONG or not at all. Mediocre is just NOT in my vocabulary. I have too much I want to do with what is left in my all too short life. But, after having been together for 15 years; we were getting obviously older. (insert George Michael's song 'Older' here...LOL!) We both were realizing we were changing. The deal is with so many other couples is... you either grow together or grow apart. Well, to tell the truth... it is impossible to ALWAYS grow together, so sometimes you just have to be willing to wait for your partner to catch up. You have to remember to communicate your 'needs' & negotiate thru your 'wants' realizing wants and needs are NOT the same thing. Amazing how people either forget or just don't want to catch on to that!

So, as you do the work... you have THE TALKS... Then you have ANOTHER talk... and then another; you remind them (and yourself) what you talked about and what the goal is. Then you remind them (and yourself) once again. You wait. And wait some more.... (Yep! Sounds a whole lot like a relationship to me!)

But what if they don't want to go where you are going? Do you go BACK to where they are? Or do you keep going on ahead? This is where it gets really tough! And of course a lot of people don't make it past that hurdle. They are either too proud, or too bitter and angry that they feel they have made so much of their journey alone. Well, I made the decision to STRETCH and take a few steps back, WAIT on him to catch up, which for me is [and was] hell, but I realized I did not want to be without my Jamie and I believed he felt the same. Plus 15 years is a long time to collect a history together. He knows all my dirt & tickle spots and I know his. He knows my family living and passed (God Bless us ALL) and I know his. And when it comes to those we have loved who have passed, who better to keep them alive for each other like we can? The hardest thing about 'starting over' with someone else is how do you explain "aunt Kiki" giving you her bird seed salad at Thanksgiving and then calling it THE MEAL ... when you know that person has never even met your crazy aunt Kiki? (What a hoot of a lady she was...God I miss her!) Anyway... being in a relationship is about taking journeys TOGETHER. Fun ones and not so fun ones. **You just want to try to keep it more fun than anything!** So in naming the program '1000 Miles' in the back of my mind I just kinda told myself, "Well, we [Jamie and I] have made it this far... we can STILL go the miles we have ahead. That was what I was thinking as I looked at him from behind the recording studio glass and sang that line. I also thought about all the other friends and loved ones I have known through out the years, who have remained loyal to me. We too have many miles to go as well...

The other reason for the '1000 Miles' title is because I feel for what I have to give within my music career, I have only just begun, really. Yes, I have been at this game for 20 years now. Recorded and released so many songs, sung for so many people in so many interesting places... Meanwhile, I have also lived on chicken soup or tuna out of a can just to be able to record my next song. But in the end, it has all been worth it. Doing my music bridges me over to 'the other side of my Soul!' I have realized regardless of how well my music is received by others, I SIMPLY HAVE TO DO IT FOR MYSELF! For awhile there, I was honesty thinking of retiring. The industry has been doing so awful for a long time now. But I just don't see that happening anytime soon cause the truth is I have never been in this for the fame or the money. My Nanoo passing helped me to see that. 'Cause when she passed on, even me, with all my faith... I had a really difficult time because I was missing her so bad! Thank you God ... for my music!!!!! Recording my new songs and working on the remixes and masters of the older ones gave me something to do with myself in my spare time... and it set me to right again! So, I guess you could say that I have a new view about my music. So far, I have gone 1000 Miles in this 'ole career of mine and by the time I am done I will have hopefully burned rubber many miles ahead!!! How many will I actually traverse? Who the hell cares! Charts, gold records and awards are fun and all... but in the end, all that really matters is that awesome view you saw [and created for others] along the way! : )

Feel The LOVE, Be The LOVE, (whether you know it or not) it is EVERYWHERE YOU ARE....


Sunday, July 11, 2010

So here we go...

So here I was thinking to myself, as I was filling up my gallon water jugs at Whole Foods today... "So Christian, now that you are FINALLY entering the BLOG age, what do you want to blog about?"

Well, EVERYTHING of course!

I have decided... this blog is gonna be all about KEEPIN' IT REAL...while I dish, portion and seek to sort out my crazy life!

Near-death experience stuff, real estate stories, messy/funny people, experiencing 15+ years of Life with my Jamie, one-on-one stuff, my book(s), new music, the radio show, my newest fav place to hide my Soul and seek God only knows what...

Anyone who really knows me, totally knows... I am a kitchen sink guy! In other words: I tend to get bored easily so to keep things interesting, I throw in the kitchen sink just for the heck of it. (OK, There... I said it!)

I have this little habit of of going in multiple directions at once. I dunno, call it A.D.H. D. I think it is just an artist thing! Suddenly all kinds of topics and ideas enter my head and it can resemble something like speeding traffic going all over the freeway! Even driving along that little part of the road you aren't supposed to drive on...
Yet, somehow... it totally all works out. At least I like to think so. Now I have a venue to drive my little 'ole CRAZY car anywhere I want... WATCH OUT!! ; )

As some of you who follow me, my music, the progress on my NDE book, etc...
you might have noticed that Jamie has been working on the new nip and tuck for my site for a good few weeks now. We have been trying to get me back up to speed so we can really start to promote my new digi CD "1000 Miles" --which I will talk more about in later posts. But for now go here:

All I have to say is... God bless Jamie!! He has been going back and forth and back and forth (working on the site) asking "Christian, do you like this? Do you want this?" to the point that I have almost gone nuts! (Which I find funny actually!) 'Cause *used to be* I was all about micromanaging EVERYTHING that had to do with my career. I loved doing it too! To me, it was part of the fun in inventing the image I wanted the public to see. Heh, heh... heh!! Now, (20 years later) I just want to point and say... "THAT! YEAH...I LIKE THAT!" and then be DONE with it! But working that way is not easy or realistic. I know. I need to be more patient. Jamie often bites his lip when he calls me over to the kitchen table to see if I like what he has done. Sometimes it is not fun to hear, "Ahhhh I'm just not sure huuneyyy..." when you have been working for hours. Anyway... THANK YOU JAMIE!! I LOVE YOU FOR NEVER GIVING UP ON ME!

OK... wish me luck on my BLOG peoples!


Never Forget to Bring THE LOVE Everywhere YOU Go!