the #wontyoubemyneighbor documentary couldn’t have had more perfect timing than middle 2018. if anything in this photo means something to you please make an effort to see this. warning: the onion cutting...will uh...well, yknow might be sorta kinda....yknoooow.....uh that. (even if you don’t know of this show it’s still a must see)
remembering michael on june 25th 2018. a special 5hour @brooklynbowl dj set playing all jackson jams @jackiejackson5 @poppa3t @officialjermainejackson @marlondavidjackson5 @randyjackson8 #rebbiejackson @officiallatoyajackson @janetjackson @michaeljackson @thejacksons @1981triumphtour
just saw the news this morning about anthony bourdain’s passing. i have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. i feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world i never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. it was through anthony that i learned about the sushi master jiro ono was and that recommendation (seeing the jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life.
anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. that feeling stuck with me. watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away.
lastly i’ll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of yacht rock. anthony came on fallon often, and every time he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have “some umph to it.” he wanted power and attitude. i’d agree with him, and then i’d play another billy joel song, which infuriated him. a few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, i started the ultimate troll project, though i never got to give it to him. we had an “argument” over herb alpert’s “route 101”: i made the case that the song’s good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn’t be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. i told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. i’m finishing that playlist, and when i do, i’ll name it after him, just so i can imagine that laugh of his.
lol this was taken dec 28th 1999 back when performing for the president was a cool achievement. when i finished #creativequest @willsmith had just got on ig & literally his every entry was a chapter subject so i’m not alone out here trying to tell people that creativity matters!!! thank you will!
“when distraction shifts into boredom, that’s the seed of something creative. on the face of it, it doesn’t make any sense. boredom seems like the least creative feeling. but it’s actually a way of clearing space for a new idea to spring back up.” brilliant words from my philly brother @questlove. lovin the new book, thanx for sending!! #tbt