Saturday, March 01, 2008

Special People

Special - Gary Taylor (duet with Bridgette Bryant)

[Verse 1 - Gary]
I would like to take a minute of your time just to let you know

How your thoughtfulness, and tender ways
caused my love to grow

And in the evening when I settle down
I have more than just my peace of mind
Knowing you're around

You’re special – so very special

You're a special part of my life

[Verse 2 - Bridgette]
Can’t explain the feeling that I get when you touch my hand
Cause the love that flows from you to me
Is more than I can stand

And like it’s been said many times before
With everyday that passes by – I’m loving you
more and more and more

[Chorus 2]
You’re special – so very special
You’re a special part of my life
So very special - you're a special part of my life

Even if the time should come where we should be apart

It won’t bother me – cause you’re right here in my heart
Here’s hoping that the moments shared will always be enough
I know it will - as long as there's love

[Verse 3 - Bridgette and Gary]
I don’t need to know all the answers we’re yet to find

I only want to live for the love you placed on my mind

And like it’s been said so many times before
With everyday that passes by – I’m loving you more and more

[Repeat Chorus 2]

[Bridge 2]
Never had a love so right

gonna love you for the rest of my life - you are -so special

I just want to let you know
you caused my love to grow - you are - so special

I remember when I first heard this song being so excited to hear something new from Gary Taylor. I first heard of Gary in 1992 while listening to a late night radio show. I was in the middle of my Junior year in college still living at home with my parents. The DJ (who I've long forgotten about) played a lot of Gary Taylor's music even though his stuff wasn't considered mainstream. I remembered enjoying listening to Gary early singles and it took me almost a year before I found his album Square One in a local store.

I've blogged about Gary a few times on my blog, the first time doing so when I wasn't as popular of a read. Over the years he released eight albums, most of them via his own independent label Morning Crew records.

So Hemingway I was in the mood to listen to some of Gary's music on the way to work today. I popped in his One Day At A Time CD and listened repeatedly to Special (among other tunes).
Special is the song that I would want to be "our song" if I ever have a civil ceremony.

Of course the song got me thinking of the "special" folks that are in my life. Relationship wise, top on my list is Rock. He and I have had a few challenges over our almost 16-month courtship. We're still working through a few of those. Things were made even more challenging with Rock's close cousin passing away February 12th. Rock's been extra moody and distant, which I guess is understandable. It has taken its toll on the relationship but I'm doing my best to be patient.

I've actually focused on trying to befriend a few more guys on that site. Believe it or not, I've actually met a few cool guys who know that I'm not looking for anything beyond friendship with them, though I admit to being tempted by one...well his pics....*LOL*. I've hung out with one of them a few times already and a second one last weekend. The temptation one forwarded me his resume so I could pass to my job (even though folks have been laid off left and right).

Rock and I haven't seen each other in three weeks. We're planning on hanging out tomorrow and part of Sunday. Rock says he wants to do whatever I want to do. But we'll see. Historically depending on what that something is, he's put up quite the resistance.

I just don't know what his state of mind will be like. Like I said, we haven't seen each other in weeks. The death of his cousin has really rocked him to the core and he hasn't dealt very well with the death. Even prior to that, we also haven't had sex since early January. Even though Rock's assured me that it's just his appetite for sex hasn't been there, I do know he's mentioned liking to be topped and I haven't been able to meet that need. I can't help but wonder if eventually he may meet that need elsewhere. Lord knows the lack of sex has contributed to me feeling tempted at times.

I'm hoping for the best this weekend when we hang out. I rented Why Did I Get Married a few weeks back and hopefully we'll watch it at some point in the weekend. We did want to watch it together since he sees himself as Angela (obviously...*LOL*) and I see myself as a cross between "Patty Perfect" and Sheila. So I think that's one aspect of my plans that won't get vetoed....*LOL*.

In addition to Rock, the other special guy in my life is Eugene. And yeah he's definitely a special case at times. But he definitely has a good heart and has been quite the confidant over the three years we've known each other. He so wants to come back to Chicago so we can go back to Jackhammer's again. I told him he'll have to rent a car so that if he wants to partake in extracurricular activities, I won't stand in his way. I'm a cockblocker reformed...*LOL*.

Even though I'm not as close to my family as I like to be, they're also special to me as well. They've been a part of my life for almost 36 years now. My experiences growing up with them shaped me into the man I am today. I would do anything I could to make their lives easier. In fact, when I come to town next time, I plan of bringing my parents some Hemp seeds (which are supposedly quite beneficial and expensive). The Hemp seeds are said to even help delay Parkinson's Disease symptoms. I've ordered some seeds online and have enjoyed the taste so I'm hoping my parents enjoy them also.

I can't forget Sally and No_The_Game. Sally I've known for over 13 years and we've been there through our ups and downs of life. The greatest moment of course coming when I finally shared a big part of my life with her. No_The_Game, better known on YouTube as Grafinia, has been a great confidant as well. She's my international ambassador and has opened up my world to new possibilities I didn't think I'd ever be part of.

And I can't forget all my fellow bloggers. Actually I'm planning on attending the "Blogging Without Borders" family reunion this coming April sponsored by Mr. Jones and Mr Darius. That should definitely be fun.

Hope everyone has a good weekend and take the time to remember all the special people in your life.

P.S....Thank goodness for YouTube. Here's some videos featuring the talented Gary Taylor, the main inspiration behind getting my lazy ass to blog today.

Blind To It All

Love Dance

Hold Me Accountable

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Blogger That Dude Right There said...

First off, i'm glad that you and Rock are still hanging in there. That's good news to my ears and eyes. But no sex since early January would have me worried also.

Second, I have never heard of Gary Taylor. But i'll be checking him out.

And lastly, i'll see you in Baltimore!!!!!!!!!

10:36 PM, March 02, 2008  
Blogger Darius T. Williams said...

I'm w/Norris. I'm going to need u to be having more sex w/Rock - lol. And you're coming to Baltimore?!?! That's gonna be hot. But we should definitely hang out before Bmore? don't you think? I live on the West side and I think you live in the western suburbs - I think. Either way - hit me on e-mail -

10:32 AM, March 03, 2008  
Blogger That Dude Right There said...

Wait a minute!!! You two live in the same city and haven't met!!!!

Let me tell you 2 something! Well, let me shut up, there are bloggers in Atlanta, I haven't met.

10:27 AM, March 04, 2008  
Blogger E said...

You guys are too funny..:-) But my sex drought has been broken for now. I guess I have Why Did I Get Married to thank for that.

Hemingway Darius...I remember we were supposed to meet a few years ago when you were a New York native and was visiting Chi-town briefly.

We can definitely meet before the big blogger get together...maybe we can hang out downtown as a good midpoint. I'll email you.

12:45 PM, March 05, 2008  
Blogger yet another black guy said...

oh screw the both of you! i came to Chicago and didn't meet either of you, but met That Dude in Miame, which happens to be neither one of our home towns, so there lol

glad to hear that things are stil going strong for you and Rock. and what site are you referencing?

11:58 PM, March 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You were toO drunk to come down the street to me meet and I was only ten minutes away. That was your call.

Darius just went silent and unresponsive. I can say I at least met E before. I been acquainted with Darius for years, whenever he is available to speak to.

So, I figured we all meet who we want to and when we feel like it.

No honor among men, huh? LOL

8:37 PM, March 06, 2008  
Blogger Cash S. said...

I've met everyone (that lives in Chicago or the surrounding area)!

Anyway, glad to hear you two are making things work. When are the wedding invites going out?


10:14 AM, March 07, 2008  

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