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Keep Calm I'm December Guy

Keep Calm I’m December Guy



As most of you know, I’m a December Guy. As in a December Sagittarius/Year of the Dragon 1976/Birthday born person. Kind of took the time off yesterday to celebrate another year being still here! And I screaming with gladness of these words: “THREE-SIX!!!!”

Oh, this is what I was jammin’ to on December 5th. It’s from Alicia Keys’ new album:

In addition: These as well:

From The Man with the Iron Fists Soundtrack:

I do like Timbaland’s beats:

So, it was well good in all. Plus if you’re like most folks, you can celebrate your birthday after the original date. For me, I’m still celebrating.


Today is August 25th, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the passing of one of my favorite singers, Aaliyah. Now for those know that she was one of the rising stars that the music game knew. Frankly, I’ve been listening to Aaliyah since 1994 with her hit “Back and Forth” which was from the first album “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number”. – For the record, for those who want to know where the quote came from, here’s your answer. And even Bo Diddley said the same thing. But anyway, Aaliyah was indeed talented with her caliber style of dance and singing. If she were to be compared to the likes of Beyonce or Nicki Minaj, I hate to say this, but Aaliyah would come out on top over those two. I like Beyonce and I’m still trying to understand Nicki Minaj, but Aaliyah would just win in a foot race in her craft.

When I was in New Orleans in 2001, I was on vacation around the French Quarter with the family, and happen to go into the Virgin Music Store and I happen to buy Aaliyah’s third solo album and took a listen. After hearing We Need A Resolution (which is mostly needed now with the country in all) I paid attention to Rock The Boat. This was the joint!!! I told myself that she needs to make a video out of this. I listened to this on the plane on the way back to Milwaukee and just fell in love with the song. There were other joints on the album that got my ears ringing but so far “Rock The Boat” was the joint to kick off the 2000’s decade with the music.

When the passing of Aaliyah happened, I like many others were disbelief. Here she was at age 22 coming into her own and this craft is gone. Another good artist who like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Otis Redding, Patsy Cline, Ritchie Valens, had their careers cut short because of a plane crash. Which was terrible. Another person came to mind of this columnist who once said: “Sure, Aaliyah was talented. But this is all too much”. And I think the blame for that was put on Rod Doher, who once commented that she was a nobody. REALLY? A NOBODY?!!!!! Where was this so-called journalist back in 1994, getting drunk on Grunge music? Obviously, he had his opinion, but here’s something that most in the dark don’t know: Matter of fact he doesn’t know squat. Maybe this dude didn’t do his research enough to actually get the information to understand who Aaliyah, and her goals and ambitions in life. Maybe if Rod Doher would have done that, then there wouldn’t be comments on Yahoo that she was “a waste of skin”. How hateful. This was someone’s daughter, sister, niece, classmate and others. When the haters die, I think no one would even care. Since then, her third album did win awards, and charities have named after her of course. Plus I know many of you probably have daughters name Aaliyah.

Overall, Aaliyah had a great music career. Even after 10 years of her passing she, in my opinion would have qualified as a potential hall of famer. OK I’m wishful thinking! Maybe in the next 20 years or more, I wouldn’t be surprised that she would be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And with the likes of R. Kelly, Timbaland, Ginuwine and Missy Elliott, there wouldn’t be no Aaliyah. Thank you, Blackground Records.

Note to the “future talent”: You don’t have to be a pretty face just to get noticed. You don’t have to stay stuck wearing baggy gear in all just to get noticed. All you need a real craft of your gifts just to get out and hustle. Aaliyah had her hustle. Maybe that’s why she taught us to “Back and Forth”. Or maybe she really told that sometimes that “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” – regardless of age. She was definitely”More than a Woman”,  “One in a Million” with a “4 Page Letter”. Hmmmm: “If Your Girl Only Knew” that was “Hot Like Fire”. Aaliyah had told us to “Try Again” just in case we mess up, “Come Back In One Piece” to our family and friends, and even after all of this, she’s still asking: “Are You Feeling Me?” “Are you that Somebody?” Lastly, she told us that in times of dilemma,”We Need A Resolution” to “Rock the Boat”. And now, after the death, she’s letting us know that “I’ll Miss You”.

Even though that she had her own caliber, she was indeed, like her name meaning, “the exalted one”.