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Always and Forever . . . Smiling



Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For the lead singer of Heatwave, Johnnie Wilder Jr., whose unforgettable falsetto helped made "Always and Forever" one of the greatest love ballads of all time.

The soul crooner died in his sleep on May 13 in his home in Clayton, Ohio, according to his daughter, Carla Hawkins. He was 56. Johnnie founded Heatwave with his brother, Keith Wilder, while the two were in the Army stationed in Germany. The group's debut 1976 album, Too Hot to Handle, featured such classic hits as "Boogie Nights" and the quiet storm mainstay "Always and Forever," which was composed by the band's primary songwriter, Rod Temperton. (thank you Jimi Izrael)

In 1979, Johnnie was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. He still continued to record music and used his falsetto voice to forged a gospel solo career. Johnnie also mentored local gospel acts in Dayton, Ohio. "[Johnnie] did a lot with his life," said Keith. "He touched a lot of people's hearts." 

Johnnie was buried on May 19 after his funeral services in Dayton, Ohio. Over 600 people attended the wake to bid farewell to the late singer. At the service, Johnnie was mostly remembered for his work in gospel music than his days riding the groove line with Heatwave. "He found Jesus, and he didn't need to dance anymore," said Johnnie's younger brother, Gerald Wilder Sr. "He was locked into a body that wouldn't move, but he knew Christ. That's why people who knew Johnnie know that he was always smiling."


R.I.P. Johnnie, we will miss you. Much love . . . always and forever.



Heatwave -- "Mind Blowing Decisions"


Heatwave -- "Boogie Nights"


Monday Meme: Four Things

Here's a little meme I stole from the iniquitous Nikki:

Four nicknames I've been given:

01. The Bodyguard
02. Pookie
03. Twin
(** When I was young, family members called me "twin" because they couldn't remember me or my twin brother's name.)
04. Asshole

Four movies I would watch over and over:

01. The Godfather, Part I and II
02. Goodfellas
03. Do the Right Thing
04. Any good blaxploitation flick (Shaft, Cooley High, etc.)

Four jobs that I have had in my life:

01. McDonald's Cook
02. Italian cook/chef
03. Music Editor
04. Web Content Editor

Four TV shows I like to watch:

01. The Shield (On Spike TV)
02. Law & Order Programs
03. BET's UnCut
04. Flavor of Love (I miss that show)

Four places I have been on vacation:

01. New York
02. North Carolina
03. Florida

Four things I could NOT live without:

01. Money
02. Family
03. My iBook G4
04. Music

Four of my favorite foods:

01. A handmade turkey sandwich from Wawa
02. McDonald's Ranch Salad -- no dressing
03. Thai cooking
04. Chocolate cheesecake

Four places I would rather be right now:

01. In bed . . . sleeping
02. On a tropical island . . sleeping
03. Chatting with my brother at his crib
04. In Minneapolis . . . sleeping

**** Bonus:

Four of my favorite rap artists:

01. OutKast
02. Ice Cube (circa A.M.W., Death Certificate, Predator)
03. Notorious B.I.G.
04. Public Enemy


Happy Mama's Day

Hey Mama
I wanna scream so loud for you, 'cause I'm so proud of you
Hey Mama
I know I act a fool but, I promise you I'm goin back to school
I appreciate what you allowed for me
I just want you to be proud of me
Hey Mama

-- Kanye West, "Hey Mama"

Happy Mother's Day to all of the hard-working moms who are holding down the family fort and taking care of their children.

Props to every mother out there for their constant support and devotion.

There's no love like mother love.

Thank you, mom . . . and you are appreciated.


Baby, I'm Back!

What's up?

Sorry for the lack of posts these past few weeks but life has been calling me, man. It seems like everybody is making moves to better themselves except for yours truly -- and that's got to change. But during my hiatus, I haven't forgot about y'all!

So this is for the fellas and my fellow booty aficionados out there!

Aw, Yeeaah!

I'm back, babeee!