I expect no one to know this one...the year was 1981...I worked at Disc records in the governors square mall in Tallahassee Florida ... we had shag carpet ... this record came in the shipment on a Tuesday... we could pic what albums to open and play ... it was Gino Vannelli Nightwalker... it changed my musical direction in the way accents could fulfill a song ... I got to see him again after 18 years. This man was a great influence other than the obvious of journey, cheap trick, and u2 ... very very cool style of sophisticated rock and jazz fusion... i love this man.
Long story short. 40 yrs ago me and my boy Scottie went to the Forum in LA to watch a funky Italian from Canada. It was my first real concert and changed my musical trajectory. It made me want to write songs that were musically interesting and complex with lyrics that were meaningful. Finally had a chance to see him again and in the ultimate fan-boy move, I gave him one of my CDs and told him thank you for making this happen. Shout out to one of my legit inspirations - Gino Vannelli. Fun fact about Gino. He was the first white artist to perform on Soul Train. #ginovanelli
Last night Rachel Maddow in conversation with JJ Abrams was news junkies fun time. Lots of ground covered; personal paths taken, history, purpose, and of course, politics. Thanks Writers Bloc @writersblockla @rachelmaddowshow and @jjabramsofficial their passion for life is #inspiring#greatnight
Kid Scoop Media brought along Vote16CC activists Piper + Rebecca to get the scoop from MSNBC star Rachel Maddow. We had an incredible interview with her before she jumped on stage to discuss her new book BLOWOUT. @maddowshow @michellemayans @msnbc @randomhouse
Cheers to Rachel Maddow’s new timely and brilliant book BLOWOUT ~ per my evening ritual, I watched Rachel last night,but got to watch in person, and with my amazing friends! Oh, Rachel’s my amazing friend too, she just doesn’t know me...YET 🥰 #rachelmaddow#blowout#rachelmaddowbook#booktour
When history looks back at this, we’ll point to the journalists that told the facts without the sensationalism, spin, and 8 panelists at a time jockeying for their 2 second soundbite. Rachel Maddow will be one of the cornerstones. An already great evening made better with host @jjabramsofficial and getting the chance to meet her parents. @maddowshow #maddow#journalism#blowout
We love Rachel Maddow and were lucky enough to attend her @writersblocla event, launching her new book #blowout. #jjabrams did an awesome job, asking all the questions we wish we could. Now I can’t wait to finish the work day so I can read it! #rachelmaddow#writersblocla#bookstagram#newrelease @maddowshow
@maddowshow I was asked by my friend and colleague, @ianmachunter to try and get this to you, when I attended the @writersblockla event tonight. I hope it found its way to you. Thank you again for a wonderful evening and all your work informing and empowering Americans about our democracy. You are a true American hero. Very much looking forward to this read. Thank you again.