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My friend: The HOOK @ Check Out

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on June 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Are you HOOKED yet?

His vibe is a friendly one. The two of us met here on WORDPRESS. We’re blog neighbors. I thought you might enjoy a story of his that I recently read. Hook is a Doorman, so you can imagine he hears more stories than the bartender while yielding only a third of the time that a bartender would serve, due to his highly revolving and interactive schedule.

Check out who was ‘checking out of the hotel’ the other day and what they told The Hook – their story is a humanizing one. It’s a short read with a deep impact::

You’ve Been Hooked

“A Story Behind Every Door”

When you work in a hotel with a thousand rooms, you can expect an equal number of unique encounters with every type of human being imaginable.
And some you would never have expected.

He was a nondescript, timid, slightly frail white senior who could barely look me in the eye, courtesy of a back curved by the rigors of time. She was difficult to make out at first, as the air in the room was thick with smoke and and the glare of the morning sun. Upon closer examination it was obvious time had been far more cruel to her.

Her hair, what was left of it, was hidden beneath a scarf and her hand shook as she pressed yet another cigarette to her chapped lips. She could no longer move without a walker or a cane and her eyes remained directed at the floor the entire time I gathered their luggage.
I was waiting for the service elevator when a faint tap emanated from the other side of the swinging door.

GUEST: I forgot your tip in the room! I left $10 for the housekeeper and $4 for you!
THE HOOK: You’re not exactly motivating me sir….
GUEST: Can you get it yourself? I left my keys in there. We’ll meet you downstairs.

Of course, my master-key picked that exact moment to die. Classic Hook moment, right?
My only hope at a tip, even a meager one, seemingly shot down, I made my way to the valet deck where my couple was waiting. He lovingly helped her into their Caddy (why do old guys love Cadillacs?) and popped the trunk and watched intently as I loaded their bags. Despite the earlier mishap, he still tipped me $5 and left me with a few things to ponder….

GUEST: Thanks for everything. Sorry about forgetting your tip, she had an accident in the room last night…
THE HOOK: No harm done. I hope she’s all right….
GUEST: She has a few weeks left. Cancer.
THE HOOK: I…..don’t know what to say, sir.
GUEST: It started in her colon, then the lungs, brain, and finally it entered her bones.
THE HOOK: How long have you been married?
GUEST: Ten years now.

At that point, I was speechless and so we simply shook hands and he went on his way, off to a dark future that will no doubt seem bereft of hope for some time. I wish I could have summoned some words of wisdom, but my mind was reeling from shock.

Could The Hook possibly have composed words to sufficiently comfort a man facing such a significant and inescapable loss?

Could anyone?

The Hook

Life is fragile – life is frail;
Live it happy – live strong – be well.

For no man knows what the future holds.
Be it turmoil — would you be so bold?

Life is fragile – Life is frail
Your life is a story – like those the The HOOK tells.

Excited about the youth of my life,
I’m Qui

Down with thee – to share a good write.

So what’s new in your life?

Running the airwaves

In Music, News on June 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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Sounds like the music of the summer will be of much tender choices,
We’ve got Beyonce, Kanye & Andre’ resonating through BlackVoices:

BlackVoices.comBeyonce continues to ramp up interest in her forthcoming album, ‘4’, with the release of her latest leaked single, ‘Party.’ The Kanye West co-production features cameos from Andre 3000 and Yeezy himself, and sounds like a potential song of the summer.

Beyonce mailed in an uptempo dance anthem when she dropped ‘Run the World (Girls)‘ and proved that she could emote in true R&B diva fashion with the follow-up ballad, ‘Best I Never Heard.’ But here on ‘Party,’ she nails an easy-breezy, soul vibe on this track co-produced by Kanye West and Consequence.

The laid back jam begins with a subtle Slick Rick sample of ‘La-Di-Da-Di’ and Yeezy sounding like he’s lounging in a beach chair with this sly line: ‘You a bad girl and your friend’s bad too/ You got the swag sauce, you dripping swagu.’

Launching into lyrics about being “so in love” and “music knocking till the morning light,” Beyonce’s idea of a party may have a not-so-innocent double meaning. Yet the track’s bright horn toots and light ’80s-era synths keep it from sounding like anything but a good old time.

Andre 3000, as he does on virtually every cameo appearance, almost steals the show. This time, he unravels a few cocky couplets: “Set the scene, 3000 degrees/ Ain’t worried about those f**k niggas over there, but they worried about me/ I got a homeboy named Butter/ and another homeboy, that nigga named Cheese/ F**k with me baby, I’ll make it milk till it drip down your knees.”

But ‘Party’ is still Beyonce’s show, soaring vocals and all. And the song does an even better job than the two previous singles at stoking anticipation for her upcoming album, ‘4,’ with is set for a June 28 release.

Bret Johnson

I don’t know about you, but I miss the fore mentioned few.
It is a necessity that we jam — so let’s do what it do.