One Hundred Sixty-Seven.
Saturday, 2013.06.08, 7:28 AM CST.
long-overdue post about DJ Robbo and my foolish pride.
Current Mood: Nostalgic (gasp!)
but very open to the future.
Current Scent: The faintest remnants of Lolita Lempicka au Masculin
by Lolita Lempicka.
It's been a while. I've actually been working on this post, off
and on, for a long time. I know it's overdue, in more ways than
one. Hopefully, you'll understand what I mean momentarily.
off, I want to give a great big THANK YOU to everyone who showed up
at my performances at Throwback Thursdays and 80s Prom back in April.
I'll elabourate on those performances and post my setlists at a later
time, but it meant a lot to see so many people there and I'm sorry it
took so long to post my gratitude here.
need to clarify something before we go on. Some of you might wonder
why I would be working with DJ Robbo, since you may have heard through
Tulsa's social circles that I "don't like" him.
it was ridiculous of me not to like the guy, and my opinion has changed
over the last couple of years. If you don't read any of the rest
of this fairly lengthy post, understand this: I
WAS WRONG, AND I'M SORRY. I'VE MADE MY PEACE WITH ROBBO.
He's a decent guy as far as I'm concerned, and while I have already
apologized to him in private a while back, I feel that I should post
an an explanation to clarify things.
know it might be hard to believe... but despite what you might have
heard, I am not completely flawless. This might shock you.
Perhaps I should have advised you to sit down before you read that.
like to think that I'm usually a really good person. In all sincerity,
though, just like everyone else, I make mistakes, and like a lot of
people in the entertainment industry, I can sometimes be a bit prideful
and occasionally even petty. I really try not to be, but I goof
up from time to time.
for those of you who may not know, is a massively popular DJ
and promoter in Tulsa. He's been in the business for an awfully
long time, and he's been very successful.
try to keep things fairly simple here: Many years ago, a friend
of mine told me that he had a bad experience after working with Robbo.
Of course, in my mind, since this was coming from a friend
and I didn't "know" Robbo, I figured that meant Robbo was
probably a bad person. As I went through the years, I unfairly
tended to believe any bad things I heard about him and more or less
dismissed most of the good things.
in a decent amount of simple jealousy - after all, I'd been in the business
for a long time too, and I was nowhere near as famous or successful
as "this Robbo guy" - and, well, I started disliking him without
him ever doing anything bad to me. It was stupid - very stupid
- and for years, it got worse and worse. While in the company
of friends, I voiced a few opinions about Robbo that weren't too flattering.
I made it clear that I didn't like him. I was kind of a dick about
most cases, if I dislike someone, I've got a legitimately good
reason for it. (I can name two or three other Tulsa-area DJs that
qualify, right off the bat.) However, in this case, I had no personal
reason to dislike Robbo, besides petty, personal envy.
this was without him doing anything bad to me personally. In fact
- get this - when we'd had the fleeting opportunities in passing to
interact, he'd actually been pretty nice to me.
not usually this much of a jerk. Really. I promise.
the last year or two, a couple of mutual friends explained to me, quite
clearly, that Robbo really was a nice guy, and I genuinely started feeling
ashamed about how I had felt. I realized that I'd probably been
wrong about the guy. Then, more recently, brought together by
a different mutual friend's Facebook post about the Depeche Mode single
"Heaven," Robbo and I recently had the opportunity to chat.
He was supernice to me.
only was he supernice to me, but he invited me to perform at 80s
Prom. I apologized for the things I'd said in the past and I told
him that I didn't think it would be right for me to DJ at 80s Prom because,
frankly, I didn't deserve to. Robbo persuaded me to hop on board.
glad that I accepted the invitiation. I performed at 80s Prom,
and I am happy to report that Robbo was great. He and his wife,
Lynn K, were extremely kind, and I was proud to be a part of the event.
started writing this post pretty much immediately afterward, but I kept
going back over it and revising it. Then, a month or so back,
Robbo invited me to be a part of "That
90s Party." This time, I accepted without hesitation.
post more about that very soon.)
a pretty opinionated guy sometimes, and I can be pretty stubborn...
but, occasionally, I'm just plain wrong. This time around, I'm
pretty happy that that was the case.
you've read this entire thing, I appreciate it. :) Thanks
for your time; more soon!