Monday, April 30, 2007

I Miss College

As much as I like being an adult and out here in Los Angeles pursing my dreams full time, I gotta admit, I miss college life. I was a piano performance major going into school. While there, the rigorous practice schedule and rehearsals and recitals and theory and sight reading and music history classes were strenuous, I miss it. In the midst of all that craziness, I had structure. I had to pratice. I had one of the best piano professors I've ever had. Studied under world recognized musicians, and performed in beautiful recital halls.

Funny story: there is a huge music dept at Indiana University. Some of the best students from across the world study there. I used to get sooo busy, that I didn't have time to practice during the day. But what I'd do, is wait until 11:55pm and go to the main recital hall. The building closed at Midnight, but if I could get in before the doors locked, I was good to go. By that time, they had already cleaned out the halls and were on to other rooms. I'd sneak in, put the spotlight on the 9 foot Steinway, and practice until 2-3am. Just me. No distractions. No audience. Just me on stage with the spotlight on.

I miss those days. I'm looking for a new teacher as we speak. I've been without a piano teacher for toooo long now. Can't let that happen. So I contacted a few teachers at USC to see if they'll take me on privately.
I'm also getting ready for my 1 man show which is supposed to be this summer. Piano & Performing = J Lee

Okay...done practicing, and now it's off to the gym! Holla

"Tonight I might, just boost my feature price
'cause to each his own and the lights is bright
and I'm feelin' like Mike at a Tyson fight"
-Lil Weezy

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Multi

I was sitting here on the computer, drinking a Newcastle and reflecting on my day and I smiled. You know what I did today? I woke up. I continued writing on a screenplay I was hired to write, finished that and decided to go to the gym. Hit the weights real hard (I'm getting ready for a role that shoots this summer so I gotta get my buff on). Finished that. Came home, took a shower. Went to my old gig Family Guy to have lunch with some friends. Came home. Practiced piano for a quick sec (Beethoven. Chopin. Scott Joplin.) Watched some basketball and then went BACK to the gym to hoop. Hooped boys OUT on the court. Pretty much un-guardable from the top of the key. If you back off, I'll hit the 3. If you get on me, I'll drive past you. If you double me, I'll drop a dime. Flawless basketball. Did a light 2nd workout and left. Went to the store, bought me some Newcastle and some pizza (a Man's dinner!) and checked e-mail and then was inspired to write this. I write all this to say, if anybody ever tells me I'm not talented enough, I'll laugh in their face. Hard. I mean that contagious laugh that makes everybody around you laugh even if they don't know what they're laughing about. And after I pick myself up off the floor I'll say "now THAT was a good one." Pat that person on the back and walk off.

That's all.
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I like me sometimes. Everybody should like themselves I think. If you don't have confidence in yourself, who will?

"I'm black, handsome, I sing, plus I'm rich...I'm a flirt"
-R Kelly

J Lee

Monday, April 23, 2007

FBDO

I'm sitting here watching one of the greatest film's of the 80's. Actually, it's a film that has stood the test of time and is classic cinema to be honest. And while I'm watching it, I can't help but wish that films were like this today. The film I am talking about is none other than...Ferris Buehler's Day Off.

Well written. Great shots. Wonderful 80's music soundtrack that keeps the film just movin' right along. Nowadays, you gotta have all this CGI, and complex story lines etc etc. This was a simple idea and well executed. Sometimes less is more.

Don't know why I just went off on that tangent...but things don't have to be so complicated. When they get that way, take a step back and simplify. And for all you faithful readers...did you ever make your list? If so, pull it out and see how far you've gotten on it thus far. It's only April of '07. Still got a lot of months to go, ya dig.

But watch Ferris Buehler's Day Off when you get a chance. Just brilliant. Next up on the 80's movie list is The Karate Kid and Glory.
Holla at your boy
J Lee

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