Just a simple view from my bedroom window in San Antonio. It's peaceful bland suburbia. It's nice for a while.
I have 1 more week here in San Antonio before I go back to Los Angeles (Oct. 30th). I can't live in SA forever, it's too boring, but for me it's a refuge - an oasis away from the pressures of LA or NY.
I have a lot of meetings waiting for me in LA and it's time to get back to work. I'm ready.
Shawn Lochridge is going to make 2 more headdresses for me. I'm meeting with people in the music business and finishing up the last bits of interview work for the reality show (fingers crossed). I've watched some of these reality shows... maybe I'm not enough of a mess for these shows. All these reality show people are talentless nothings. You waste your time watching this shit.
Then you'll see someone on TV like Susan Boyle (double chin, middle aged, lacking in current standards of image...wheeew thank God, I don't have jump off the building just yet...lol) who can just stand there to sing mesmerizing audiences of all ages who are hungry to hear her God given talent. Hope is renewed. Talent is Divine and speaks to the soul. Reality shows with idiots are man-made and speak to nothing except other idiots. Time suckers.
I keep watching this video over and over. It was shot beautifully. Susan Boyle is a talented singer. The song "Wild Horses" was written by Keith Richards & Mick Jagger - talented musicians. Rolling Stone listed this as one of the top 500 songs of all time. I watch this and I don't give a shit what the Kardashians are doing.
While I'm in San Antonio, I still do my work but I'm more relaxed here and kind of sloth it a bit. It's healthy to take a break from showbiz. I get grounded here but I couldn't live this life forever. I have 2 lives in my Gemini life - 'Showbiz' & 'Regular.'
We celebrated Mom's 75th Birthday (Oct. 19). I'm grateful to still have her around. We showered her with a party and gifts. My Mom has always handled my bookkeeping. I'm very blessed and lucky to have her. I cherish the time I can spend with Mom and love her very much.
Here's me with Mom.
The Johnson family 4 kids: (L to R) Jodie, Johnny, Jimmy, Judy & Mom Josephine. My Dad James Johnson past away several years ago. The FAMILY "J."
Here's Grammy with the grand kids: (L to R) Jamie, Jonathan (above), Joey (below), Jennifer (back), Briana.
I bought a fake painting at TJMAXX. I don't like those fake prints but I really liked this one so I put it up in my room. I don't know...I like it. The BLACK TV gets on my nerves. It's so hard to find white TVs. Manufacturers pleeeez make more white TVs! I saw a white flat screen at Sam's Club but it was too big to fit on my 1980's shelves...lol!
I'm so excited!!! I have tickets for Kathy & I to see the Michael Jackson movie this Tuesday @ 11pm.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I relish my time off. I get lots of sleep and work on my own time. If only I could afford to take a whole year off, I would. I have so many projects that I can work on in San Antonio. For starters I need to clear out my storage unit. I also have so many more videos to add on YouTube.
I just recently uploaded my performance as Betty Page (1996) on to YouTube.
1996! Yikes! Time flies! I barely remember this performance but thank goodness I had a friend record it. It was the one and only time I've ever done a Betty Page. Do you remember 1996?! Hardly anyone had a computer and there was NO YouTube! I think I pulled off the 'look' and 'moves' pretty well considering I didn't really know what I was doing. Now that I can look up Betty Page on YouTube, I think some of my moves were pretty close to hers. This night took place at the famous Tuesday night 'Jackie 60' nightclub. Every week was a different theme. It was in New York City's Meat Packing District at the corner of 14th Street & Washington. Back then this area was stinky and seedy but now it's the glamorous home of exclusive shops & restaurants like: Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartny, Pastis, Jeffery and others...
I also uploaded my behind the scenes filming for the Erasure music video "Rock Me Gently (12/1996)." We made a looooong treck to Malaga, Spain from London. First we flew from London to Malaga then drove 3 hours out to nowhere. We could have shot this shit in Palm Springs, CA. LOL! Why did we have to go so far away to this bizarre and desolate location??? LOL! Everybody there was constantly smoking something... There's a whole chapter I could write about this ordeal with Erasure but I won't go into it right now.
One morning I tried to go jogging before shooting and as I went out about a quarter mile, wild dogs came running after me! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I was terrified and ran as fast as I could back to the shitty hotel and stayed in my room. No jogging for me in Malaga, Spain.
I also uploaded unedited performances (2007) of my show "DIVAS ARE FOREVER" at Helen's Hideaway room (a cabaret) in New York City in heart of Chelsea. I loved this room so much. Unfortunately it's now closed. The audience on this night was kinda dead but I was sold out. They wake up more towards the end of the show. I don't like my makeup. Especially the eyeshadow...it was too muddy that night.
What's been put up on YouTube is only a tiny tip of the iceberg. I have TONS more video from my career. I really could take a year off here in San Antonio and still not be done with all the projects I could do.
I fly back to Los Angeles October 30th.
JIMMY JAMES as BETTY PAGE 1996
JIMMY JAMES as MARILYN MONROE. Behind the Scenes making of Erasure music video.
"DIVAS ARE FOREVER!" Part 1 JIMMY JAMES LIVE in New York City 2007
More of me on YouTube. My channel is: 'ONEANDMANYJIMMYJAMES'
Monday, October 5, 2009
I come to San Antonio, TX to visit Mom from time to time just to decompress. I still work from here (computer, emails, gigs etc...). It is so nice to have a place to get away from it all. I have my own room and lots of things I work on while I'm here.
I still have so many projects that I can work on here. I like to land on solid ground here and clear my head. Most everything is white in my room. It's very soothing to me.
I watched an episode of "Rachel Zoe" on TV (fashion stylist reality show) this weekend and she said she likes her house to be all white, because it clears her mind. I usually don't like to waste my time watching reality shows. I'd rather live my own life. But since I have someone working on a reality show for me, I thought I should check some of them out to see what they're about. The only reality show that I've followed is Kathy Griffin 'My Life On the D List' because she's in showbiz and I feel like I can learn from her experiences.
on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28, I took the Bus! The Bus! TO NEW YORK CITY:
When I left Ptown, I took the BUS! (6:30am) I can't believe I took the bus because I never do that and I can't read a bus schedule. It's TOTALLY CONFUSING to me. I have to keep asking, "so when does it leave?" "What do I do again...?" I'm so annoying, because I kinda panic when It comes to taking a bus, it's so foreign to me. I've only ever taken planes and or been driven or I've driven myself to places.
I went to NYC for 2 days to shop in the garment district for fabric. I bought some great stuff and shipped it to San Antonio where some costumes will be made for me.
I shot some final pictures from the bus window just before it left from Ptown.
I have to say that the experience on the bus was not bad at all. I slept for most of it and the driver was speeding (zooming) on the highway passing up cars especially as we got closer to NY. I was in New York City by 2:15pm Monday afternoon. About 7 hours total. Only 2 stops along the way. Not bad. I think I've slightly overcome my anxiety about taking a bus...but it's still a weird thing. The schedules are unreadable. LOL!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I FINALLY LEFT PTOWN! SUMMER 2009 is officially over. I lingered on in September and it was good business for me. It seems that there is a kinda sophisticated crowd that comes in for September. On Saturday 9/26/09 the final night, I got 4! Standing Ovations! I guess that's why they're sophisticated...they give me standing o's...lol! My show went on for an hour and a half (not the usual 50-60 minutes). I had a full enthusiastic house, there were 2 Batchlerette parties and I was in good voice.
I recorded the final show as I have often done for many years. Towards the end of the show I did Streisand's "Somewhere." That was one of the standing ovations. I amazed myself on that one because I have not sung that in over a decade. My voice has a new resonance that it has never had before. But I'm always afraid of losing it as time goes on. So I don't really drink. Even the martini I drink on stage is fake and just for show - a prop. I don't smoke except when I do a quick 'Bette Davis' but I never inhale. In the past I was always in smoke filled clubs but now that hardly exists so maybe that too has helped to preserve my voice. In any case I'm grateful for this new found resonance in my voice.
I don't think I have ever written my Show List on my blog so here it is:
1. Fashionista (Klubjumpers special remix)
2. God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, Diana Ross
3. Crazy - Patsy Cline
4. Disco Medley: Do You Wanna Dance - Bette Midler
I Love The Nightlife - Alicia Bridges
Do You Wanna Funk - Sylvester
Push Push In The Bush - just a quick finish in my voice.
5. Don't Leave Me This Way - Cher (in Las Vegas. she sang this when I saw her do her disco medly).
6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland
7. Maybe This Time - Liza Minnelli (not always in the show)
8. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
9. Gypsy - Stevie Nicks
10. Stay Gold - Jimmy James "The Marilyn Years" Marilyn Monroe video montage.
11. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane - Bette Davis
12. Feliz Navidad - Bette Davis comedy video.
13. Get Happy / Happy Days Are Here Again - self duet Judy Garland / Barbra Streisand. (Jimmy James as Judy Garland on the video screeen while he sings next to the screen doing Barbra's vocal).
ENCORES: (optional choices)
Summer Sun - Jimmy James
The Way Of Love - Cher
Endless Love - Diana Ross / Lionel Richie
Somewhere - Barbra Streisand (performed only at the end of Season. Extremely difficult to do).
WHEEWWWWWWWW!!!!! THAT'S A LOT OF SHOW FOR ONE PERSON.
THANK YOU MICK DELEON FOR PROMOTING & SELLING THE SHOW AND AT THE END RUNNING THE SOUND!!!! YOU DID GREAT JOB ALL SUMMER LONG!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU RICHARD DRUTHER FOR YOUR EXPERTISE IN SOUND AND LIGHTS AND FOR INSTALLING THE NEW GLAMOROUS MARQUEE!!!
THANK YOU TO ALL MY FANS FOR COMING TO SEE ME!!!!
THANK YOU TO MY NEW FANS!!!
THANK YOU PHYLLIS SCHLOSBERG & DIANE Z for letting me perform in your venue and for always supporting me in Ptown! THE BEST MARQUEE IN TOWN!
MAYBE WE'LL DO IT ALL AGAIN NEXT YEAR!