Random 2016 Musings Left On The Cutting Room Floor (Part Deux)

If I ax a question… I expect an answer… Not the back story…  -Darrell E. Housey Jr.

Nipples in public are offensive…

I have heard it all… Two days in a row.. “You wanna sit?… I don’t like anyone standing in front of me”…. “Does this train go to Elephant Plaza?”

WH is responsible for “show me the receipts”… And “hell to the nawl”

It takes a lot to offend me…. But not really…

For clarity… Baltimore is not a part of “The DMV”… I repeat… Baltimore is NOT a part of “The DMV”… Check your local listings… I wanna say they are hooked up with Delmarva

Being passive aggressive or throwing shade doesn’t always work… Particularly when the person targeted isn’t bright enough to catch it…

Everybody wearing earbuds ain’t listening to music… Umm hunh.. #nastyass

Dang it!!! I slipped on a packet of catsup in Wholefoods. But my pride wouldn’t let me hit the floor… Damn.. Damn.. Damn!!

I have been living for 43.. Almost 44 years.. I have never once forgotten to eat.. Not once!!.. Who are these people!!….

The next time you stop speaking to someone… You might want to tell them… Chances are they aint thankin bout chu… Thus they won’t notice…

The time I just spent in the frozen foods section… Making life decisions… About ice cream… #mylife

“Yes.. No egg…. Because I’ve said nothing about an egg… You ma’am have inserted egg into this conversation… Would you like egg?”… *blank stare*

Adding to the list of trigger words…”No egg?”…If I don’t mention egg… I prolly don’t want.. Egg…

One thang I know fa sure… You will not git on this train before me… And I will set down… #metro101 #standbig #onouwont

After years of telling people to “Go ta hell!!..”… With the racial climate as it is…I am prepared to send them or take them myself if I have to…. They goin!!

Everybody I’ve run into since the election is upset… But somebody had to have voted for him… #letmefindout #somebodylyin #ifnotUwho #not2dolist

Where do the fatback that seem to always be on the stove come from?.. Is it brought in?.. Is it sold and packaged separately to pull out at any time ?… Is there a fatback fairy?? I’ve lived 44 years and I have never seen fatback cooked… #random

You know you old when you put candy in your pocket you know you not gon eat…

I enjoy pulling out coats from last season… Up to a pack of chewing gum, business cards, $20 and a pair of uneventful sunglasses. *screaming*… Big $.. Big $ No Wammies!! *crosses fingers*… Dear White Baby Jeddah wrapped in swaddling clothes… Please let me dig in a pocket soon and come back with at least one pair of dem misplaced Gucci sunglasses.. In yo name Jeddah….. Amen

#churchfvckery… It’s a thing

I don’t play a character on TV..Don’t make me remind you who I am…. -Darrell E. Housey Jr.

 

 

Random 2016 Musings Left On The Cutting Room Floor (Part 1)

You have one time to look me dead in my face and not speak…. #youRDead2me

Did they every burry James Brown?

Some days you really should just stay in the house for your sanity and to protect others…

Sometimes my anointment scares me..

Open letter to FB: In 10 words or less.. Please explain to me why you thank I might know that person you suggested… Also.. Please provide the name of the connection associated with said person… Cuz they ghats ta go…

If you break your neck… Damn near push people down to board a train… I promise you I am goin to set right beside you… Irregardless of me passing several empty seats

I recently befriended someone who insists on greeting me via texts with.. WYD….. I voiced how annoying and problematic the action was yet it continued…. Eventually….All I could respond with was…. BYE…

If you know you have no intentions of going… Why you mad you ain’t get invited?

People don’t say excuse me anymore.. I’m sorry. Clarification… Most white people don’t say it…

Open letter to folk off train:  You not gon walk across the whole ghat damn platform…

I’m clearly not using the minutes on my text machine …. Can I trade them in for something?

If you ax me a question and I blatantly… Obviously ignore you… You will be better served to accept ignoration…

I must put this quote somewhere for later use…”Don’t let gentrification get you fucked up in here”

Don’t confuse friendship with people you’ve been acquainted with for a long time… – Darrell E. Housey Jr.

This is me pumping up the jams… *looks up Phyllis Hyman playlist*

You may not understand 2+2… But it will always be 4…Just because you missed the intended point of this thread doesn’t mean one wasn’t made… Reading is fundamental… Comprehension is key…

Random 2015 Musings Left On The Cutting Room Floor

Pretty sure the train operator just came for the citizens of the Good Green Line as we approached Anacostia station.. “Anacostia… Where most of you will be gettin off…”… That red call button was blocked… Lest I would have been able to holla…”Ya muvah gittin off!!”…. Da hell he talkin bout?!?… Train full of people comin from work… Clearly the majority ain’t headed to Anacostia..

Is there a silent U in “similar” that I continually forget to pronounce?

If ever you ask your friend about the specifics of their life.. And their response is “I put it on Facebook “… You two aren’t as close as you think.

Say yes to Jeddah… And yaaaes to style!!

Sometimes you jes have to go.. Or don’t… But don’t chu dare look sideways when the invite stops coming…. Umm hunh..

I love it when a co-worker mistakenly calls me “Jeff”… A fellow…”co-worker”… Their reaction is priceless…

Would’ve is a contraction for “Would have”…. “Would of”…. Sounds like the pronunciation of “would’ve” and likely used by people we finally ghat to stop sayin “conversate”

*deep sigh*…Don’t get me wrong.. I think she can sing.. I even enjoy her.. But the misappropriation of superlative adjectives by this country on this voice that would be considered just above mediocre if not for her hue has left me more than annoyed…. You know they have people who have a similar sound… Many actually… I dare say better… The jes don’t look like her… Umm hunh…

The time is now!!!….Turn your plakes over…Grab your rosaries…Drop to yo knees.. Molly.. We in danjah gur!!

If your project don’t show no sign of a Hammond or tambourine.. Is it really “gospel?l”

You really have to use disinfecting wipes… Lest they’ll become paper towels…’

I need a gun..

I declare.. Bananas are THE most hateful fruit.. I like them.. But theyoon’t like me… And I thought satan had me bound.. He ain’t got nuffin on deez nanas..

You all in my lane today dawtah… Was having dinner the other day with friends… A young… Obese lady almost went out of her way the entire time to keep chiming in…”Ioon eat dat… Ioon eat dat… Uggh.. Ioon eat dat”… It took all I had to not go…”We’ll.. Clearly.. You’ve been enjoying something!!”

Don’t take everything so personal… Everyone’s negative exchange with you may not even be about you… Get over yourself…#preachin2myself…

My Favorite Thangs 2015

My Favorite Thangs!!


You gon need something to go in that cup…

I liked apple juice growing up… As a matter of fact…I recall we were pretty much an apple juice household.. I don’t recall orange juice ever being consistently available.. Apple is what it was..I don’t even recall the brand and it’s not like I was crazy about it…It was just juice you had with breffus…

Silly me…Just like I wasn’t always aware of the various types of apples available.. There is apple juice that is way more tasty than what I recall from my formative years.

Enter all natural Red Jacket Fuji Apple Juice… This ain’t cho momma’s apple juice… Unlike any fruit juice I have ever tasted..You can taste the freshness…The Fuji flavor is bold yet not overwhelming.. And it’s cold pressed and unfiltered.. I don’t know how my juices been pressed in the past.. But from hence forth and forevermore… All of my juices must be cold pressed.. Also, makes for a great mixer.. IKR.. Apple juice..

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Since we on apples.. May as well make you hip to some “adult apple juice”.. I tend to go darker with my sauce in the winter.. And this here is just right.. Smooth enough to just go over ice..Or take your apple cider up a notch or two… Great with Ginger Beer or Ale…

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My Favorite Thangs 2015

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Release the reindeer!!… Rang dem bells!!!!.. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!… Time for….

My Favorite Thangs!!


Sippin ain’t easy….But it shol is gittin bettah!!

At first glance… It’s a cup… But it’s so much more than that!!..Ok.. I’m overselling just a tad… But I’ve found this thing to be quite handy since it was gifted to me earlier this year… Insulated.. Double wall.. If I drank coffee it would keep it hot.. Most importantly.. It keeps my “cooling water”.. Cool… Yessuh!!…

Whensahnevah you find yourself at an all inclusive… You must travel with it..I found myself on the good Royal Caribbean a few months back… Me and my new BFF “Red” put a hurtin on that drankin pass…

It’s the perfect size for your cup holder for road trips.. Hell.. Even if you just making a few pit stops… 20oz on the go has never been easier…I also suggest picking up a few extra.. You know… For your road dawg…Or for that friends house you frequent often.. It only makes sense to optimize your sipping moments and this cup will certainly do that.

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http://redcupliving.com/20-oz-insulated-tumbler/

Amazing Grace….

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Brooklyn NY… AFROPUNK.. Was the place to be this past weekend… The lineup included a legend who set the standard and is to this day still very much imitated… Grace Jones…I wanna say her set was amazing… But the word seems to have lost value as people throw it out so cavalierly..But it actually was just that.. Amazing.. I haven’t been that entertained in a while.. Grace Jones​ is no “singer” so she has to give you show.. And ghat dammit she did just that… From the time she appeared on that mounted platform baring full tiddy and tail.. In body paint.. Till the time she ended introducing her band… She gave show!!

I was/am a surface Grace Jones fan.. I enjoyed her music when she was out in the 80’s.. And I loved her “Imma do me” personality which was quite bold for the time period.. But I was a kid.. I didn’t really grasp the full conecept of what/who Grace Jones was… Up until Saturday I was only familiar with her radio hits but was delightfully introduced to a catalog of her music that is quite timeless and still pumps… The audience was captivated as Grace performed selections that included “Love is the Drug”, “My Jamaican Guy”, “Private Life”, “I’m not Perfect, But I’m Perfect For You”…“Pull up to my Bumper “ (I’m sure I’m not the only one who had no idea what they was sangin bout back in the 80’s) …And I rather enjoyed “Williams Blood”…I’m not sure who William is.. But it shol made Grace dance.. And dance bad.. Darning a big floppy Easter Sunday hat looking head covering and tulle skirt… Mother shouted like she was in the congregation of her brother Noel’s church… Who she mentioned more than a couple times during her set.. Umm hunh…

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I was simply astonished how a 67 year old woman could perform music that is over 30 years old…In 5 inch pumps and keep the audience in the palm of her hand the entire time… Grace Jones is a true entertainer.. The multiple outfit changes.. The witty banter between songs…. The crowd walking… All made for an evening of music I shall never forget.. And then to end the show performing the very recognizable hit “Slave to the Rhythm”. Whilst hula hooping?!?!… Are you kidding me?! I totally forgot how much that song cranks.. Talk about “more cowbell?!?!”… I wanna say that this was a collaboration with EU and one of their firsts as they forayed into popular music… That joint goes awf!!… Simply amazing.. After 10 years… AFROPUNK did the damn thing with this year’s line up!

Jilly.. From Philly..In the DMV

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If you like/or are into Jill… It was a good show… Even if you aren’t… It was still a great night of really good music..I mean.. I like Jill enough.. I have since the first time I heard her on WHUR in 2000 and I literally axed… “Who is Jill Scott?…”…. She’s an amazing writer… Has a great catalog of music.. But for me she’s a mediocre singer… Her show was almost void of any excitement or entertainment other than the nostalgia it induced and the continued killing of the timbales by the percussionist.. She hit most if not all of the expected titles…Opened up with one of my favorites as a matter of fact.. “Gimme”.. That joint goes awwf!!.. She did a few from the new project which I had never heard before..Yet oddly sounded very familiar.. “You don’t know” and “Back together” were both stand outs.. They both have slow grooves.. That puts Jill in the pocket… And a vamp that is straight church.. Makes you want to riff on that thang bad.. And her background.. The Pipes did just that.. I typically don’t care for all male BGV.. But they did their thing…Another highlight for me was “It’s love”.. Jill knows she bet not come up and through the DMV without hitting it.. However, I noticed a lot of people not even effected by it…Clearly they must not have been from the urrea.. I can’t imagine anybody from the DMV being a witness to that song live and not moving.. Even my anti-gogo tail got on 2’s when that came up…A rather interesting twist was her encore.. Instead of some recognizable upbeat number she opted for a Gregorian chant like outtro…. It was heavy organ with her repeatedly singing a high note and modulating… She even encouraged the audience to sing along.. Which of course I did..I love the high note!!… I liked it…Still a very weird exit though…

All and all it was a good show… Jill Scott has THE most pleasant spirt…Even on the lawn miles away I could still feel her smile….. And she looked amazing..I enjoyed how Jill gave new life to old music without bastardizing it and making it unrecognizable… Familiar melodies were coupled with new arrangements and I was very well pleased.. I just found myself bored (I hate that word) at certain points…. I think I’m over her narrative.. I won’t go so far to say that it has become trite.. I just don’t need to hear that much of it anymore… Well written poems.. Set to music.. I’m good.. Thanks!!

Top 5 Tuesday – Debut R&B Project

Kelly Price – Soul of a Woman

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I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard the lead single “Friend of Mine”… I was on 295 headed home and by time she got to hollerin “How could you do it” I just about lost control of the car goin round the bend… Kelly Price was my kind of singer… Just hollerin… For no good reason… Debut project didn’t let me down… A perfect introduction to the woman that would become one my favorite female singers..

Brian McKnight – Brian McKnight

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There is nothing quite like a sangin man.. Who sounds like a woman… Brian McKnight screams bad.. I knew out the gate when I heard “Is this the way love goes” that he was something special.. That notion was cemented when I saw him perform at a homecoming concert at the University of Maryland to a crowd who barely knew his name..He did the entire CD.. From top to bottom.. Standing in front of a keyboard…I was sold!!

Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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 Instant classic… She should have just retired after its release because there was just gonna be no topping it.. Well.. Didn’t she kinda do that?… *scratches head*… But I digress… Her beautiful tone was captured on equally beautiful and well written songs (by who is debatable) that are just timeless… If you’re gonna have just one project… This would be the one to have!

Donnie – The Colored Section

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 Arguably THE best Most underrated debut male R&B project.. EVER!!… His voice is like bacon.. It makes everything better…  How this project flew under the radar is beyond me… Solid project from top to bottom that is still in rotation in my music library…. Amazing voice… Incredible mix of timeless songs… You can’t ask for more…

John Legend – Get Lifted

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 John Legend is just the truth… This may have been a debut project but he certainly wasn’t new to the game… I had been introduced to him years before via two independent releases so I knew exactly what to expect… The project is just R&B perfection… He’s stays true to the genre while still managing to be mainstream (Pop).. To this day “Live it up” is still my mantra…

Beam Me Up, Scotty

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So Leonard Nimoy passes on Friday… And is in the ground on Sunday.. And people are mad at William Shatner?… Come on now.. He was probably thankin… It’s gon take at least a day for everybody to get to the house.. A couple days to round up and go through the pictures…Set Shiva…Make sure that policy right… Decide on colors… Who AIN’T gon sang… Get everybody to the left coast.. Do we really need 5 limos ?(That’s another $300 per).. Can’t nobody find Uncle Ron…And look for the imaginary $ he no doubt left behind in the house… He was thankin mid- late March @ earliest… 2 days?.. Are we sure he was even gone?.. I’ve had naps that have gone about that long..

RIP Mr. Nimoy

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Ledisi-Gate

We’re all very much aware of what went down a few weeks ago when Beyoncé was perceived to have stolen a moment from R&B’s latest it girl Ledisi… The outrage it caused is actually now laughable  to me… I mean… Can you really steal an opportunity if said opportunity was never offered to you?  But I digress..

Of course like everyone else I had an opinion.. I like Ledisi enough.. She has a more than pleasant voice and I think her talent definitely should be shared on a larger scale…I didn’t particularly care for Beyoncé’s offering of Precious Lord.. I knew that would be the case as soon as I heard that announcement she was set to perform…. Beyoncé can sing..But the song requires more than just a singer and I knew she wouldn’t be able to deliver. And I was right…On the other hand..If you want some Precious Lord..I’d definitely put my $ on Ledisi.. She has the chops.. The soul.. And given this opportunity which no doubt would have changed the trajectory of her career… She would surely knock it out of the park..

Now we will never know what might have happened on Grammy night 2015..But a recent clip of Ledisi singing Precious Lord has me ready to put in my vote…I’m not impressed.. The vocal is technically fine..But I tired quickly of her self indulgent over singing… I love a run and a riff as much as the next guy..But damn!!… Can you just sing the song?.. And the audience who was too easily impressed annoyed the hell out of me with all of the uncalled for adulation…*Yawn*

Take a look for yourself…Wha chu thank?