Tokyo, Japan Kenny G on a Plane

Kenny G is a really nice guy. I mean like ridiculously nice. He makes wilted flowers bloom with his aura.

Melissa and I sat behind him yesterday on our flight from LA to Tokyo. Nick, our traveling companion, chatted him up without having any idea who he was. Nick somehow managed to slip in that I am "famous."

"You’re famous?" asked Kenny G.
"Wait a minute. Aren’t you Kenny G?" I asked Kenny G.
"Yeah. Who are you?"
I told him who I am.
"You’re kidding. You’re that guy!?"

I’ve had the good fortune to fly first class once or twice. I’ve never been able to do it with someone. Kenny G helped Melissa and me get seats next to each other.

He also helped the flight attendant pass out drinks, and later bathed the cabin in smooth adult contemporary jazz.

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Hancock and Baby Mama were both way better than I thought they’d be.

They gave us free earplugs in our little kit things, so guess what happened there.

I went to Minneapolis last month for a speaking engagement. It was a gathering of animal feed salespeople from around the world. I talked for a few minutes then invited everyone up to dance on stage. That seems to go over well. Speaking has become an unanticipated side occupation that I very much enjoy. I’m not very good at it, but I’m learning a lot.

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Flew out to New York for a Google event. They gave me a Garmin GPS device, which I cherish and hold close to my bosom. Also met with my publisher. Still shooting for May with the book.

From New York I flew straight to LA. Had dinner with my friend Courtney, who’s working on that Christian Slater show that premieres in a couple days. After that I picked Melissa up at the airport. It was getting close to midnight, but she’s seen very little of LA, so I got us a convertible and took her on a wee-hours driving tour.

We drove from LAX to Santa Monica, up the PCH to Malibu, then inland through the valley and down to Mulholland. We came out on Sunset, drove through Bel Air and Beverly Hills, then along Hollywood Boulevard, down to Melrose, West Hollywood, Rodeo Drive to Wilshire, through Westwood, onto the 405 and back to the hotel.

The drive would’ve taken 8 hours during the day. It took us about 2.

Morning flight to Tokyo and here we are. They gave us robes in our hotel room. Guess what happened there.

I’m looking forward to a break from this damn election. I’ll be home for the last few days of it, then I can vote and be done with it.

Some fun facts about Kenny G, courtesy of Wikipedia:

– Kenny G has sold over 48 million albums.
– Kenny G is a founding investor in Starbucks.
– Kenny G holds the Guinness record for longest note ever recorded on a saxophone. He played an E-flat for 45 minutes and 12 seconds.

Someone created an annotated version of the 2008 video highlighting details that often go unnoticed. Some of them I’ve never even noticed. It’s pretty funny.

31 Responses to Tokyo, Japan Kenny G on a Plane

  1. Ina

    Hey that adnottation video is lovely I was giggling so hard that all the office is curious now and I’ll have to share :)

  2. Kelly

    Doesn’t Kenny G live in Seattle? Kind of amusing to then run into him in LA…

    Thanks for updating us. And I disagree; you’re quite good at speaking. :-)

  3. Glad to hear from you and glad things are going well. I though for sure (with all those pictures of Melissa) that you finally popped the question!

  4. Bella

    I cannot believe you get to travel first class just because you do some silly dance??? And this is all paid for by gum??? And why are you living in sin instead o getting married? Shame on you.

  5. Bella, stop trolling.

    Even though there was no annotation for it, I noticed for the first time the guy spinning in his motorized wheelchair on the beach. Awesome.

  6. Sshar

    Made me happy–made me cry. Perfectly wonderful! Gotta pass along the link…

    (And, you know, you are REALLY a terrible dancer!)

  7. whoa … love the new video comments and BOOK!! Matt you know we are all going to buy the book!
    Can I come get it signed!!
    Whoo hoo!! and Congrats

    Jenni & Hamster Family from Everett!

  8. Rosemarie

    Thank goodness, it was about damn time we got an update! Er uh, you know, we miss you. Good, still shooting for May for the book! First class to Japan……..wassup in Japan Matt?

    Glad you made a new friend on the plane.

    Sounds like a nice little road trip around LA, yes, all of that can be done in the middle of the night in 2 hrs.!

    Are you ever going to dance again? Don’t stay away so long!

    Rosemarie (LA Dancer)

  9. Rosemarie

    Thank goodness, it was about damn time we got an update! Er uh, you know, we miss you. Good, still shooting for May for the book! First class to Japan……..wassup in Japan Matt?

    Glad you made a new friend on the plane.

    Sounds like a nice little road trip around LA, yes, all of that can be done in the middle of the night in 2 hrs.!

    Are you ever going to dance again? Don’t stay away so long!

    Rosemarie (LA Dancer)

  10. Hilary W.

    Hey Matt,

    Glad you’re travelling again, and still using those apostrophes like a pro.

    Guess what?

    I’m in Rome. And next week, I’m going to have press credentials with the Vatican. And I can start every day with a swim in the Tyrhennian Sea. If you and Melissa come to Italy, send me a note and we’ll get together and eat some gelato.

    So, thanks for the wee bit of encouragement. I was really scared to do this, and it has turned out great so far.

    HJW

  11. Tom

    Matt – there’s too much time between posts ! Don’t wait so long, even if there’s nothing really interesting going on. We like your reflections and your writing is a pleasure to read. Look forward to the book, but don’t forget your blogs – they’re excellent.

  12. Hey!

    I was the guy who created the annotated video and i’m pretty chuffed to say the least that I got mentioned in this blog! I hadn’t realised it until someone messaged me on youtube today letting me know.

    I’m glad people seem to like it (including, of course Matt himself). It was always meant to be a light hearted take on Matt’s masterpiece, I must have watched it over 100 times before starting to notice different things in the video.

    Matt if you read this, keep up the great work! Looking forward to seeing anything else you’re doing next.

    Matt S

  13. The Had Matter

    You’re writing a book? I did not know that!
    You’re not wearing glasses anymore? I did not know that!
    You’re giving lectures? I did not know that!
    You’ve got a girlfriend? I did not know that!
    You’ve travelled around the world? I did not know that!
    You’ve made a video? I did not know that!
    You’re called Matt? I-

  14. Green

    1st: I’m not Chinese, but I’m living in BeiJing, China. I first saw the video from a link in Facebook a while back. I liked the video and told many friends here about it.

    Today, a friend was showing me what is apparently the #1 Chinese website for sharing videos. (think youtube but with full length movies)

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Matt’s video in the #1 spot! (#2 was something about some guy who very recently claimed the title of former president, didn’t watch that one)

    Now China has you Matt…

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