I am doing the 70-day Perfect Power Within You program – starting today. I invite you to do it with me. :) My mentor OC Smith gave me this book 20 years ago.
Let's talk about OC for a moment. He was a famous singer. OC talked about God during a time when you simply didn't do that in the entertainment industry. He was radical. There's a clip of him on YouTube on the Sammy Davis Jr. Show speaking about Spirit.
At some point, OC decided to shift out of a singing career and become the head of the City of Angels Science of Mind Church in the property he and his wife owned in Marina Del Rey, California.
OC was the Father I didn't have in my life.
His door was always open to me. He gave me many books.
I tithed handsomely and I was very active in the community.
I sang in the choir. We performed a live concert and created a musical CD.
I spoke on Mother's Day. (Not a lot of people were invited to speak on stage.) I remember wearing a silver silk Calvin Klein pants suit. I was hot shit!
I spoke about how all of us are birthing consciousness – we all have the Divine Mother within us – and to honor that. I was in my early 20's when I gave the talk.
I ran the Sunday school (9 to 13 year olds) for a while.
I took the 2 year Professional Practitioner Training program – and graduated right about the same time I graduated my 2 year acting training.
As a gift to myself, I went on the Church trip to China and Tibet. During that trip, I visited a seamstress and had an outfit made for me. It was turquoise with gold trim Chinese brocade fabric. A long fitted skirt with a side slit and a crop top with a beautiful high collar - and a circular opening at the cleavage.
The last time I saw OC Smith – I was RADIANT. I was wearing the outfit I had made in China (lol) – and a long leather coat with fur trim.
I was coming in HOT!
We were at the local vegetarian lunch spot (next door to an organic farmers market – across the street from the church). I piled my box full of fruits and vegetables. OC insisted on paying for me and he pulled out a stack of $100 dollar bills. He had extreme prosperity consciousness that he had worked to achieve.
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TONIGHT on Travlin' the Tracks (my @kmhd_jazz_radio show) - We have a special #SoulMusic date with 1968 - Everything I'm spinning was either recorded or released in 1968! .
It's been 50 years since that explosive & pivotal year! '68 was the year in which Richard Nixon was elected after extreme backlash against civil rights progress. We saw many echos of '68 in the election of 2016, and we have been on a fast track to another Watergate ever since. So, join me tonight to hear recordings from 1968 that resonate in today's political climate.
In #Portland , tune in to 89.1 fm, or stream it at kmhd.org
9 - 11 PM
Still on the 1967 Columbia/CBS topic. This time about the soul side.
Atlantic Records had more stars - also because of their involvement with Stax. And of course Motown still ruled the scene, as well as countless smaller indie labels.
Columbia had The Platters with a great back-to-form album called "Back To Detroit", which was going back to Detroit roots even if the cover looked more flower power San Francisco.
Chamber Brothers and Blood Sweat & Tears combined soul, r&b and rock for a new mixed audience. Two amazing albums that still sound fresh today!
The crooner O.C. Smith was looking for a Las Vegas crowd while Inez & Charlie Fox was a less successful attempt to copy Ike & Tina. At least Charlie was more of a gentlemen than Ike and put the lady's name first. Respect!
J.B. Euson tried his luck with a Dutch band and delivered a sweaty r&b affair but the "Live At Club 67" album is even in The Netherlands an obscurity.
And then there was Len Chandler with two overlooked folk albums that could be compared to Richie Havens.
The time hasn't come for everyone but it's great tracks on each album!
Put a few songs in my 1967 Spotify playlist (link in bio). #vinyl#recordcollector#recordcollection#vinyljunkie#1967#columbiarecords#cbsrecords#inezandcharliefoxx#ocsmith#theplatters#lenchandler#bloodsweatandtears#jbeuson#thechamberbrothers#soul