Friday, January 14, 2005

Hello all, If you haven't read the children's book I wrote I wanted to give you a chance to check it out before the movie Racing Stripes comes out on book happens to have a very similar plot so I think you'll enjoy this one...:-)

The Painted Zebra

By Willie Chambers

(For sample color pages at click on the star that says "writing")

Zoey the Zebra and Alley the girl
Were the two bestest friends in the whole widest world.
They rode on the beach, and they played in the sun
From morning to evening through dusk until dawn.

They swam in blue lakes and ran through green hills
Found faces in clouds and picked daffodils.
All was quite well in their nice peaceful place
Until that one day when along came THE RACE.

Excited at first when they both saw the sign,
But sad when they read the last small frightful line...


Alley and Zoey were shocked in despair.
This couldn't be true it was just plain unfair.
They both were quite stunned as they stopped and they stared.
'Cause "Who can say who is allowed to go where?"

They sort of felt bad, even felt down right mad
Just seconds ago they were happy and glad.
They wanted to race and they wanted to win.
They needed a plan but where to begin?

They thought and they thought,
”How can we win first prize?”
Said Alley, "I've got it! We need a disguise."
So they thought, and they thought, and they thought up some more.
They thought until both of their heads got quite sore.

They walked and they thought up so hard they felt faint

Alley thought to herself, “What we need is brown paint.

This is the answer! We know what we need!

But we need to be secret, just between you and me.”

So they found paint and loaded it into the cart

And they knew in their hearts they could win with their smarts.

They went to their top-secret place in the trees

Where no one could see them through all the thick leaves
They painted and painted all through the clear night

And slowly but surely covered up all the stripes

You look like a horse now We can't see your stripes

And no one would know now, what's on the inside

There's nothing to hide here We've changed your whole type

And tomorrow, we'll show them the ride of our lives!

Now we are ready,but we need to rest

We need a good sleep so that we'll do our best

They slept feeling happy & very aware,

‘Cause no one could tell them where who can go where.

The next morning they went and they entered the race,
As everyone came from all over the place.
(They sneakily entered the race as a horse,
'Cause no one could tell a brown zebra of course).
The horses and jockeys lined up at the gate,
All hoping a win would determine their fate.

The crowd's eager eyes stared with anticipation,
As feelings swept through them with nervous emotions.
The track was all set. Everyone placed their bets,
But the zebra's disguise wasn't noticed quite yet.

Then the crowd got real quiet, as wind then did blow.
And the sun became covered, shading all down below.
The horses were ready all ten in a row,
And then it all started, with "READY, SET, GO!"

They were all off like lightning, a chase to the end.
Alley whispered to Zoey, "Let's win this best friend!"
They rushed down the track, zebra painted in brown,
Hoping to prove that they should wear the crown.

The sky became dark and it started to sprinkle.
Wet paint on the zebra then started to trickle.
The wind and the rain washed the paint off her nose,
Until finally leaving the zebra exposed.

"That's not a horse!" said a face in the crowd.
"Don't they know zebras were never allowed?"
"But look at it run! It's setting the pace!
It shows that they know, zebras CAN run the race."

They ran neck and neck speeding straight down the stretch.
These horses were fast, just as fast as they get.
They came to the finish, the crowd held their breath,
But Zoey was fastest, and too hard to catch.

They crossed the line first and won the whole race.
They felt the great feeling of feeling so great.
The crowd stood up smiling with thundering cheers.

And the crowd was all smiles when down came the sign.
That race was the day, that they all changed their minds.
We don't care about stripes. We're all one of a kind.
And now zebras can race any place, any time.

The End.

Original story written by Willie Chambers in 1985.

Rewritten and illustrated in 2002.

Copyright 2002.

If you would like to see some sample pages with color illustrations go to and click the star that says:


There’s a movie that is coming out this weekend similar to the story I wrote called Racing Stripes starring Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg,David Spade, Snoop Dog, and more so I thought you might like it.

Thanks for reading the story! Hope you liked it!

posted by Willie @ 9:29 AM
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Hello all,
Just wanted to drop in and say hi. I saw "Meet the Fockers" last night.
It was pretty funny. "Alright, DANCE YOU FOCKERS!!!"
Oh yeah, I am also looking for a part time job in San Diego so if anyone has any ideas, let me know, (something invloving the San Diego music scene would be awesome!)
Cool news, The Reader is interviewing Windsor this Saturday. We should have an article in the Reader, a radio show spot on 94.9FM, and a San Diego show for you all very soon!
Thanks for checking in,
:-) Willie
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Friday, January 07, 2005

Hello all, 2005 continues to rock...

Even though I've been out of town, it feels great to look at the playlist of your favorite radio stations and find out that they are still playing Windsor almost every week on 94.9FM in San Diego! Thanks for your requests and we hope to see everyone soon!

Willie and Windsor

Heard this week on The Local 94/9...

Sunday, December 12

UNWRITTEN LAW - She Says (here's to the mourning)
UNWRITTEN LAW - Because of You (here's to the mourning)
UNWRITTEN LAW - I Like The Way (here's to the mourning)
THE NORTH ATLANTIC - Drunk Under Electrics (wires in the walls)
THE NORTH ATLANTIC - Bottom of This Town (wires in the walls)
THE NORTH ATLANTIC - Swallow Fire (wires in the walls)
THE NORTH ATLANTIC - The Lotus Eater (wires in the walls)

IRRADIO - BEATBOX (make-up for the inaugurated)
JOANIE MENDENHALL - GIVE YOU (secretary waltz)
DEMO OF THE WEEK: TRANSFER - WALTZ (the guts of my arm)
WINDSOR - SELL YOURSELF (melting highway)
LOUIS XIV - Paper Doll (blue)
AJ CROCE - Baby Tonight (adrian james croce)
THE AFTER PARTY - Something To Hold On To (Yes, Sir)
YOVEE - Dreamer on the Run (city strollin)
TRISTAN PRETTYMAN & JASON MRAZ - All I Want For Christmas...
THE BLACKHEART PROCESSION - From The Shores of a Washed-Up Heart
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Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy Crazy New Year!!!


I think I quite possibly had the best night of my life on New Years Eve.

At least a top 5, nahh at least a top 3...

We went and got a hotel room at The Bristol Hotel in downtown San Diego and it was the most fun I have had in years! Our good friends Brett and Amy got us wristbands for a 9 story hotel & club party that was amazing! We had tons of champagne, margaritas, rum, soda, vodka, margaritas and strawberries and whipped cream in our rooms! great DJs on several floors of the hotel allowed us to go to different styles of music, and the best floor was the roof! We danced on the roof with hundreds of people all dressed up and partying while we could look up at the stars! all of the girls looked totally hot! especially the ones in our group, I swear we could have taken over the OC! I have never felt so much like a rockstar that night! I think that I had more fun than everyone there! It was just one of those perfect nights...we met some really great people who we hope to keep in touch with and it was just awesome. We had two extra wrist bands (the wrist bands allowed us to go everywhere) so we were in the clubs with no lines where ever we went. we spotted this cute couple that was standing in the huge line outside and gave them the wrist bands,...they were like "How did we get so lucky?" we just said you looked nice and you must have some great karma...they turned out to be a really nice couple from Maryland (Steve & Emily) and they ended up partying with us and our group of friends the whole night! They had just got engaged too! The girls looked so hot and I got to dance with the hottest one all night! One of the people in our group happened to be a lawyer for Dr. Suess! It was perfect because I got to talk to him about The Painted Zebra, the children's book I just finished. Oh yeah I almost forgot, the morning of New Years Eve, I was having breakfast at The Naked Cafe with my fiance Kristen and Tom DeLonge from Blink-182 and his wife sat down at the table next to us! It was really cool because I got to talk to him and give him our Windsor cd. He was really funny and nice and I told him I was a big fan. He was listening to Windsor in his car as he left! It was really cool. I know I'm kinda sounding stupid and there's a ton more to tell, so hopefully I'll touch base with you all soon! This is starting off to be an awesome year!
Rock on!
posted by Willie @ 11:50 PM
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