When me and These Brundidge Babies hit the road in our Thor Motor Coach we won from Camping World, we hit the road to start exploring all that nature had to offer. We went to Northern Minnesota to explore some of the camp sites that we’d heard so much about from co-workers and friends. They said it would be a great way to escape from the world, unplug and take a break from the hustle and bustle of life. I told the folks at WCCO Radio that I’d be gone and not to disturb me. My TPT Almanac family knew as well I’d be out of pocket. I told everyone except Steve and Elizabeth at KSTP TV’s Twin Cities Live. While I was in the great outdoors burning up s’mores and swatting mosquitoes away from These Brundidge Babies, I got a call to be a guest on the show for their Watch, Listen and Read segment. If it were just an opportunity to talk about pop culture and what kind of First Lady I think Kim Kardashian would make if Kanye West got elected for President. But this segment is different.
This segment on Twin Cities Live is an opportunity to talk about what shows I’m watching, what music I’m listening to and what books I’m reading. I said “Well, of course I can do the segment.” But I didn’t tell my friends Steve and Elizabeth that I was in the middle of the woods with bad reception and no camera to do a live talk back. But how could I turn it down? This was an opportunity to showcase some Twin Cities musicians, film makers and authors. Without me, they might not get an opportunity to get the word out to the masses about their projects. I thought about how I had been listening to the Sounds of Blackness’ new song Sick & Tired, which has become the anthem of the Black Live Matters protests around the country and new author Crown Shepherd’s new book Black Boy, Black Boy, she could really use the publicity that my appearance on Twin Cities Live would afford her.
I decided I needed to make this happen. So I put a call in to my friend Travis Johanson from Provid Films, he’s been our family’s photographer since last winter, documenting the highs and the lows of our lives to pass down to future generations. I asked him to do something absolutely outrageous: meet me in Northern Minnesota, bring his camera equipment and his gear so that he could shoot the live talk back between me and Steve and Elizabeth at Twin Cities Live. As crazy as it sounds, he agreed. So he packed up all his gear and a few folks from his staff and headed north. When he got to the RV it was difficult to set everything up because These Brundidge Babies were poking the cameras and running around like wild animals. Since they were acting like wild animals, I sent them out in the woods to play them. That’s right, during my live talk back with Steve and Elizabeth on Twin Cities Live, I told the kids to go out into the woods to find a bear to play with. I don’t know what happened to the poor bear, but I got a brand new rug and the kids didn’t have a scratch on ’em.
The segment went off without a hitch. Travis and his team at Provid Films did their best to make sure I looked good and the signal was clear. I was able to give some media attention to Crown and her book, Gary Hines and his new song and Sergio Rapu, a local film maker who has a new documentary about his heritage on Easter Island. I mean, I could have talked about Beyonce’s new Disney Plus film or Hamilton The Musical, but my community of local artists needed me, and I am glad I was able to deliver, even though I was in an RV in the middle of nowhere. This reminds me that life can’t stop and it won’t stop, no matter what happens you have to be ready to take advantage of every single opportunity God sends your way.
So glad I have folks like Travis in my corner!