Happy Birthday to my Richie!
You are the only man who’s laugh makes me smile no matter how bad my situation is.
I don’t know if I believe in a heaven or hell, but if it does exist I hope that you are exactly where you want to be. I hope that you know how much all of us love you. I hope you know we’re not just your “fans” or your “groupies”. Richie…I love you, and I care for you. I hope you know what you mean to me, I hope you know that i would have listened…I would have tried to understand you, I would have done the best in my power to keep you happy and to keep you safe. I just wish I would have had the chance to show that to you.
Happy 57th birthday baby, Rest In Peace sweet prince
On meeting Nicole as a child and talking to her parents about taking her in: “I went to a Prince concert and there on the stage in the middle of the concert was this four-year-old kid playing the tambourine. So I went backstage and I knew the mother and I knew the father [Karen Moss and Peter Michael Escovedo] and, of course, they were having difficulties with their relationship. I said, ‘While you are having the difficulty, the kid is sitting out here in limbo so I’ll tell you what I’ll do, just put the kid in my house until the tour is over with and then we will sort this out later’.”
On falling in love with Nicole and becoming “Dad”: “So it took about maybe a year for me to just fall in love and she was a little button, and of course by that time I was Dad and so I said, 'OK, here is what we are going to do: you’re going to make everyone wish that they had adopted you. You are going to make everyone in your family wish they actually had a chance to get you back,’ and that’s when I said, 'Let’s adopt her.’”
On Nicole’s 2003 arrest for heroin possession and persuading her to go to rehab: “I went to her and I said, 'When I was growing up I lost three friends, they were the hippest friends I ever knew in life … I said, 'It’s going to happen to your generation. I don’t want you to be in that list of three.’ Three months later her friend died of an overdose and I went back to her and very quietly, I said, 'I am sorry to hear that, that’s one.’ And sure enough, one year later the second one died and I said, 'That’s two’ and I got a phone call and she said, 'Dad I need help, I don’t want to be the third one.’”
On staying by Nicole’s side through her treatment: “I said, 'I am with you’ and I cancelled [my] tour. I said, 'Me and your mother [Brenda Richie]’ — who didn’t get along that well — 'Me and your mother are checking into rehab with you.’”
Here is Nicole with her bio-mom Karen Moss (update, Google told me this was Karen Moss but it actually could be Nicole’s mom Brenda (ex-wife of Lionel Ritchie)
Her bio-dad Peter Michael Escovedo
Love the story Nic tells about how her dad Lionel cries all the time at any milestone anything his kids do. So cute. Love their relationship.
Lionel Ritchie with his two beautiful daughters Nic and Sofia
On this day in music history: May 5, 1984 - “Hello” by Lionel Richie hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for 2 weeks on May 12, 1984, and the Adult Contemporary chart for 6 weeks on April 7, 1984. Written by Lionel Richie, it is the fourth solo pop and second R&B chart topper for the pop and R&B superstar. “Hello” is originally written during the sessions for Richie’s debut album in 1982, but is left uncompleted. Lionel’s co-producer James Anthony Carmichael rediscovers the song when they begin work on the follow up album “Can’t Slow Down”. Certain that it will be a hit, Carmichael insists that Lionel finish writing the song and include it on the new album. Recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles in the Spring of 1983, it is one of the first songs completed for “Can’t Slow Down”. The songs lyrical guitar solo is performed by studio veteran Louie Shelton. Released as the third single from “Can’t Slow Down” on February 13, 1984, it is another runaway hit. The song is further bolstered by a memorable music video directed by Bob Giraldi (Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, Richie’s “Running With The Night”), where Richie plays a college drama teacher who is secretly in love with a female student who is revealed to be blind by the end of the clip. The song becomes one of Lionel Richie’s most popular and often recorded songs, with cover versions by Luther Vandross, Shirley Bassey, and Paul Anka. The original version is featured in a number of films and television programs including “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, “Shrek Forever After” and “Family Guy”. Richie re-records the song with country vocalist Jennifer Nettles in 2012 for the duets album “Tuskegee”. “Hello” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
One of the things that I adore about Kichie is that while Richie clearly displays an immediate attraction to Kate, it is Kate who initiates their flirting. When Richie first asks if she’s okay, he’s seriously worried because of the vision he’s just had. He’s drawn to her and very aroused by her, as the camera shows when it gives us a lesson in the male gaze, and Richie stares openly at Kate’s bikini-clad body. But Richie toes the line, trying to keep his initial attempt at kidnapping Kate as appropriate as possible.
When Kate gets out of the pool at the Dewdrop Inn she also keeps looking at Richie, watching as he blatantly checks her out. It’s clear to Kate that the hot guy in the suit is practically drooling over her. Kate’s reaction? She’s drawn to him too. She seizes the moment to commence flirting. She doesn’t even smoke, but she uses asking for a cigarette as an excuse to start a conversation with him. She uses lingering gazes to keep his attention on her.
After Richie teases her about whether her daddy ever warned her about talking to strangers, she bristles at the idea of Richie treating her like a young girl who needs advice. She doesn’t want to be reminded of her daddy. She wants to play at being a rebellious bad girl, and she wants Richie to treat her as a young woman. There’s an edge of challenge in her voice as she asserts herself and suggests that she doesn’t always listen to her daddy’s advice. She even does her best to try to channel a vixen as she leans in and let’s him light the cigarette for her. She’s trying to look and act older around the hot older guy.
One of the cutest touches is when Richie asks if she is on vacation or something, and Kate replies with an incredibly coquettish, “Sorta." She lowers her gaze, softens her voice, and cocks her head towards her shrugging shoulder to briefly expose her neck. It is not normal body language from Kate. It is incredibly affected, and it’s adorable.
While Richie’s next attempt at abduction is interrupted by the arrival of a mother and her children at the pool, Kate’s defenses have already been breached. She has been holding too much inside for too long, and she needs to share her feelings with a sympathetic soul who can offer support.
She drops all pretenses after he asks again if she’s really okay, and she reaches out to him emotionally as she feels alone in the uncertainty of her present life.
Richie simply stays beside her listening, encouraging, and occasionally flirting with Kate while she unburdens herself. She admits that something bad has happened to her family and her father is lying to her about it. Richie encourages her to talk to Jacob so that she’ll feel better, and as they bond Kate introduces herself. Upon shaking Kate’s hand Richie psychically learns information that she’s been hiding and reveals it, and a shaken Kate runs away with Richie trailing after her.
Kate’s sexual and emotional attraction to Richie surfaces again in the private room of the Titty Twister. She has just walked in on Richie getting a lapdance. It is a highly sexually charged situation. Most folks would have just walked out in embarrassment, but instead it gives Kate inspiration as described in the following quote:
“To me, this is really connected to that first scene in 1x04 at the pool at the hotel. And the fact that Kate comes into the room when Richie is sort of being seduced in whatever way by Karina [the dancer] that it may have planted this idea in her head that this might be a strategy for her, but she’s also confused and feeling it and all of these things. And that she’s saying some of the things that Richie’s heard Santanico say to him like ‘set me free’ and things like that.” -Alvaro Rodriguez (Writer)
So the first obvious connection to the pool scene is that Kate has known that Richie finds her sexually attractive ever since she caught him ogling her as she climbed out of the water. She flirted with him initially because she was drawn to him, and she can slip easily back into that. The current situation might even make him more susceptible to her charms.
The emotions swirling inside her while this idea was forming must have been confusing. Richie and his brother kidnapped Kate and her family, but she trusts Richie to set them free more than she trusts her own father to get the family through. Richie has done terrible things, but Kate can see the good in him. Richie has scared her, but she still feels safe around him. Kate wants to be free, but she is still drawn to Richie.
After Richie tells Kate that he doesn’t want her to leave and begins to open up to her, an interesting thing happens. The sounds of the loud club around them disappear and the camera shots are limited to close ups of their faces. For Richie and Kate, as well as the viewers, the rest of the world has simply faded away. Richie and Kate’s world has narrowed down to only themselves as they gaze deeply into each other’s eyes throughout this intimate scene.
This entire scene is a reversal of the pool scene. We have gone from Richie on a mission to kidnap Kate to Kate on a mission to free herself and her family. While Kate was the one confessing at the pool, now Richie is the one confessing why his world is upside-down. And while they were toeing a careful line at the pool, here that toe is crossing the line. Again Kate is the one to initiate the big leap.
At first Richie holds back, but then the final reversal comes into play. When they shook hands at the pool Richie suddenly knew things that Kate had been hiding and blurted them out, and Kate’s reaction was to run away in fear. After their first kiss Kate suddenly says the same words that Santanico has been saying to Richie in the visions Santanico was using to seduce him. Instead of frightening Richie away, it prompts him to return Kate’s kiss.
After Kate pulls away from Richie’s kiss the world begins to come rushing back, as shown through the sounds of the club returning around them. With the rest of the world comes the return of Kate’s confusing feelings, and she rushes away with Richie trailing behind her once again.
The crux of the two scenes is humorously summed up by Seth when he says to Richie, "So this is what you’ve been doing? Playing you show me yours, I’ll show you mine, huh?" In a sense that is exactly what they’ve been doing. They have been emotionally exposing themselves to one another. They have been revealing their private emotions–fears, pains, longings… They have been developing both intimacy and an erotic desire for each other, and at every step Kate has been a driving force in moving their relationship forward.