—Oct. 31, 2008: “Changing times close unfinished chapter” (Final Soundwave column) —Current Features Editor Carolyn Lamberson noted the column and Q&A Jordan did with hip-hop star Rakim (Feb. 22, 2013 “Follow the Leader: Rakim laid lyrical groundwork for today’s rappers”) with this remembrance: “I remember how excited he was to not only interview one of his idols, but because the (Flying) Spiders’ (Jordan’s band) got to open, he actually got to perform on the same stage.”
On Facebook before and after his interview with Rakim, Jordan posted: February 19 near Spokane: Am I really about to say this?: I just got off the phone with Rakim.
And after the show: February 28 near Spokane: Still reeling from the surreal experience of opening the Rakim show. Flying Spiders maxed out with 15 different artists on stage for a nonstop two hour set to a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd at the Red Room. Epic shout out to Poncho Paul Flores for sitting in on sax and keys. We had a surprise appearance by Colorado percussionist Tony Saccomanno, an ultra-rare and raw appearance by Jaeda Glasgow, the ever-ready Jason Corcoran, mic master C-Flow courtesy of Aimee Jones, Andrew Walters’ mustache, and a room full of sexy intelligence. So much Spokane love. Saw so many old-school friends I hadn’t seen in a minute. Then I got to watch Rakim rip the mic to smithereens, standing on the same stage I just stepped off… And for once in a very long time I wasn’t the oldest emcee in the house,” Jordan wrote, ending with: “What an honor and privilege to be a part of such magic.”
Som, it was an honor and a privilege to be part of your magic for the past 20 years. We’ll miss you.
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