Japan Duet Tour -- June 8, 2006 (Thursday)
7/27/2017 6:31:20 PM - June 8, 2006 -- Urgh! This is when jetlag kicks in -- not the first day, but the 2nd. Got up at 4:30 a.m. (!!!) and tried to psych myself back to sleep but gave up by 6:00.

The novelty of people watching has already worn off at the breakfast room, especially sitting next to pretentious fashion people, a model, his handler and probably the stylist or make-up artist. Overhearing their conversation has given me a "Lost In Translation" moment, and I say this in an unpleasant way. As much as the movie was over-acted and over the top in ways, I found that Sofia Coppola wasn't too far off in depicting the scene for non-Japanese involved in entertainment and fashion. At the mention of Grace Jones next to me while I tried to eat my muesli, I almost lost it.

Living out in the sticks as Sasha and I do, I get hungry to see and be around fashion, yearning for modern inspirations, but once I'm around it, I quickly remember the pretentious and dysfunctional energy associated with it, and realize I yearn more for the creative energy and have confused the 2. I guess there's a part of me that is even now insecure in how I present myself, fearing that I am becoming stagnant and "losing my edge" living in the countryside, but I realize yet again that while finding inspiration is important as it sometimes opens doors in the mind and imagination to a new tangent of thought, I also realize that what one chooses to get inspired from will essentially effect their creative energy. It all comes back to the idea for me of finding and recognizing truth and authenticity, and ultimately searching inside myself for a deeper inspiration.

But I still find fashion and the art of portraying one's style fascinating! It's definitely inbred -- both of my parents love to dress, especially my father which I think might be an Italian thing.

After breakfast, I went to see my herbalist then had lunch with Lisle and Raymon. I hadn't seen both in a long time and have known them for over 15 years. I'd met Raymon shortly after moving to Japan in 1987 when he headed a fashion magazine, "Nadir," which he'd interviewed me for. And Lisle, who is a radio DJ amongst other things (she was in "Lost In Translation" by coincidence!), and I used to hang out and cause trouble at clubs in our younger years. She and I only recently reconnected through myspace.com

Fortunately I was able to take a good 2 hour nap before the gig. Because we'd decided the sound was okay from the night before, and while I'd warmed up a little in my hotel room before, my voice was a bit rusty sounding. The 2nd set was definitely better but I lost it a little on "Play It By Ear," accidentally doing the beginning of "I'm Still Here" which has similar changes in a different key. Oops again. Lately I oops a lot on gigs -- gotta be more sharp.

Seamus Blake (saxophonist) had just arrived from NY that night and came to hang during the 2nd set. I also got to see Chris Peppler (radio & TV personality) who I've also known forever, Miki Hatakeyama (singer, formerly with Soul Bossa Trio), and a few other friends. The director for my upcoming live DVD also was there. BIG OOPS -- While announcing to the audience on its upcoming release, I'd inadvertently mentioned that I hadn't viewed it yet, not knowing he was in the audience. In my defense, I'd only gotten it days before leaving for Japan and hadn't had time to check it out, being that it fell on the weekend and I was doing Nikita-stuff. But the truth of the matter is that I have a hard time bringing myself to see your's truly on screen. I always had a problem with this from when I began acting and even when I used to shoot my music videos. There's nothing worse than seeing your physical flaws in full glory.
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