Did you know that I am the younger, less successful of two Reskin siblings? …For now!* MUAHAHAH
My sister Lolo knew she wanted to work in music the way little gay toddlers naturally put on dresses. Unlike our musician Dad, her ear was too far ahead for her fingers to catch up. As I made insane faces in the mirror, I heard her strained strumming of Blur and Oasis through the walls. With a freakily advanced self-assessment, she knew her true power was in spreading great music to people in need. Through high school she worked at Virgin Megastore and DJed at clubs she wasn’t legally allowed inside. While I wandered through college looking for purpose, Lolo realized in one semester that college couldn’t teach her what she needed to learn. So she created, promoted, and performed at multiple successful club nights before hunkering down to found Sweat Records – Miami’s only legitimate indie record store.
If I had been as focused with stand-up as she was with music, I’d be so Eddie Murphy that I’m already prematurely retired to a life of mysterious scandalous rumors. I admire (could use more of) her diligence, dedication, and OCDish fascination with organization. But I have listened to the one rule sacred in all her dealings, and believe it should stand the test of time along side “this too shall pass”:
“Don’t be shady.” – Lauren Reskin
It’s so simple and keeps you feeling fresh. You would do well to remember it in your daily dealings.** That and the crucial importance of memorable hair. Not to be understated is her role in my monthly showcase Casa de Haha. She thought of the name and gave a fledgling me the encouragement/kick-in-the-taint to get it started. Watch this cool spot on Sweat by the Fusion network. You may recognize it as Casa de Haha during daytime. I am proud that many people in the Miami music scene know me as “Brolo” and recently “Frolo”. #GoLoloGo