10 Sep 2013
- Written by Myron Mays
WHAT’S HAPPENING MYRON Guess who's back? No, not me. I didn't go anywhere. I'm talking about Eddie Murphy! No, not Eddie Murphy the actor. I'm talking about Eddie Murphy the singer! Yeah, I know...same person. But Eddie hasn't made a record in years! Remember "Party all the Time?"
Now he is back on the music scene with a new song called "Red Light" featuring Snoop Dogg...or Snoop Lion rather. The laid back, smooth reggae tune is described as an anthem to raise awareness of important social changes in light of recent world events.
After I stumbled across the story about Eddie's new venture, I rushed to YouTube just to see what kind of amusement I could get out of it for a day. I mean, come on, this is the same guy who also recorded "Put Your Mouth on Me." And the song was just a bad as the title.
Complicating it for me is that Eddie has been so silly in his movies that it's hard to take him seriously as a "real" singer. When I see him – and hear him – I can't help but think about "The Nutty Professor," "Norbit" and the donkey from "Shrek." (lol)
Of course, that's not really a bad thing. We enjoyed those movies. It's just a challenge to see him "real." He will always be funny Eddie to me, and I suspect to most of us.
Here's the news flash: the jokester in me was quite disappointed when I actually listened to the new song. I was rather enlightened. In other words...the song is good, very good! Finally, Eddie has found a song that matches his vocal style. He's even playing lead guitar.
Take note, Eddie's new album titled "9" is slated to be released in the first quarter of 2014. I encourage you to take a listen.
Been catching "The Arsenio Hall Show" this week? Looks like it might be sort of a slow growth for many of us. I mean, think about it – 19 years is a long time to be away from the game.
It's easy to get that old feeling when you're watching the show. Still, it's a whole new world and a whole new era. There so many things to focus your attention on these days and the show has to not only recapture some of that old magic, it has to capture some new magic as well.
As for the old magic, it's clear that from the theme music to the logo at the end of the show, he hasn't forgotten about those of us who were with him for the first go-round. He even told us, "Let's get Busy!"... and that was nostalgic enough for me.
I think the show will settle into its new position quite well and in no time we will back to planning our nightly activities around Arsenio and talking about what happened the next morning.
This weekend is the "Weekend of all Weekends"...at least in Memphis anyway. It is Southern Heritage Classic Weekend otherwise simply known as "Classic Weekend.".
And as we know and have come to expect, SHC Weekend features a full slate of things to do before we get around to the game. Thursday (Sept. 12), it's Charlie Wilson and Fantasia at the Landers Center in Southaven. Friday it's Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osbourne and Howard Hewitt at Harrah's Event Center Tunica. And then on Saturday, it's the clash of dueling Tigers at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium between Jackson State and Tennessee State.
Before all of that, there are parades, fashion shows, banquets, golf, band competitions and more. You don't even have to like football to be a part of this entire weekend.
Now, as for the game, here's my annual prediction: The Tigers are gonna win! Next week, I'll let you know if I'm correct. Until then that's what's happening!