Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The "RIGHT" to be a Knicks Fan!


Before we could even finish cleaning up the confetti from our Superbowl victory we were blown away by the miracle at Madison Square Garden. I say "we" because I'm a very proud New Yorker (rain or shine) and New York is a very consistent theme in this blog. In fact up until this very moment "New York" and "chocolate" have pretty much been the only other subjects I have written about on my blog (other than DJing and music of course). In this moment however I am writing about sports for the first time. Truth be told I don't know how it would be possible to avoid this subject. Even with everything that is going on right now from the tragic death of a pop queen, to the Grammys, the primaries and the Giants the only words that are currently in the NYC vocabulary are "Lin" and "Knicks". It's ironic however because a lot of "real" NY Knicks fans are finding the whole 'Lin-mania' thing to be a bit irritating.

It's almost as if the NY Knicks have gone from being that quiet student in HS with only one friend that sits in the back of the class to being the most sought out and popular kid in school. Everybody in New York wants a piece of the Knicks and all the fans feel like that "one friend". It's as if their unwavering support and faith is no longer needed. The real fans were there for the Knicks through the 'blood sweat and tears' and now they are lucky if they can score tickets at what use to be a half empty 'Garden'. Hmmmm. Well, I suppose not all of us have the "right" to consider ourselves a "Knicks Fan" but most of us just can't help ourselves.

The story of Jeremy Lin is simply extraordinary and it may seem that it's all about him right now but it's not. Yes, he is an incredible athlete and yes it's cool that he went to Harvard and all but that's not what people are cheering about. People are cheering for the Knicks because they gave this kid a chance when nobody else would. He was getting cut from teams, warming up the bench and was sleeping on his brother's couch because he thought he would get cut again. The Knicks gave him a chance and I truly believe that no matter what: J-Lin will be eternally loyal to the Knicks for this opportunity.

The fate of the New York Knicks has changed and now there are a millions of people 'jumping on the wagon'. No matter what..... this is a happy story, this is an inspiring story, this is an AMAZING story, this is the kind of story that most of us LOVE to hear and watch. Some may believe that this story only belongs to the Knicks and their "real" fans but no matter what the NY Knicks has the entire city feeling really good (and there can't be any harm in that)!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

"I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadow"



About six months ago, I was writing about Amy Winehouse only a few weeks after writing about Gil Scott Heron. I found that I wrote more about their lives than their actual music. After learning about Whitney Houston today I started listening to some of her songs and I felt a strong surge of bitter sweet nostalgia. From akward slow dances at summer camp to the bright lipstick and bold colorful bracelets I would beg my mom to buy for me. I suppose it would be "cooler" of me to feel a stronger connection to the music performed by Gil Scott or Amy Winehouse, but it would be a lie. Whitney's songs was not only apart of my childhood soundtrack, but her infectious voice continues to strike me. The subtle cracks when she shifts a note and the clean high notes that she belts with such an extraordinary grace are so incredibly rich and addictive.

Most people initially reacted to Whitney Houston's death with thoughts about her turbulent lifestyle. However, unlike a lot of the fallen stars of our generation I do believe that Whitney's voice will reign supreme in our memories. Most 'rock stars' that die from a drug overdose are remembered for the way that they died but Whitney Houston will be remembered for the way she lived. Her voice had so much more life in one song than most singers will have in their career.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sore Muscles

For about 4-5 consecutive months last year I worked out 4xs a week for 2-4hrs a day. This would be the first time in my entire life that I worked out as much as I did. I guess I stopped once it started to pay off and this was in June. I recently started working out again for about 3xs a week for an hour a day but I keep 'upping the ante' every week. I feel sore at least once a week and sometimes it actually really hurts to laugh. Truth be told, I love the feeling. The feeling that I am working hard at something that is healthy and fulfilling.

Last night when I was spinning at Empire Hotel I was feeling pretty sore from working out the day before, but as I was spinning I had that same satisfaction from my DJ set. I really didn't DJ much in January and it took a while for me to warm up last night, but I kept pushing myself. I realized that I much prefer a challenge. I get bored when it's too easy. It is truly rewarding to know that I worked really hard to build up a crowd and create a good vibe.

I am sure in about a month or two, I will be able to do 1K crunches in one gym session. At this point, I won't have to work out as much.......but no matter how many times I spin out (and it is highly possible I have DJd over 1K parties) I hope that I never get to a point where I feel I've reached my 'top form'. I would never want to believe that my skills as a DJ is a finished product. I hope I always have the desire to keep pushing myself and be great. Every time I walk out of a gig, I want to exhale the same satisfaction I feel when I'm dripping in sweat and walking out of the gym.