Saturday, February 2, 2008

Its been awhile.

There has been a temporary halt in my blogging actions because I am currently working on getting my own domain up!!! I'm starting a lifestyle/cultural ezine!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Black is the Colour...

This has got to be the PIMPEST song of all time...well at least in 1978. The jam by Wilbert Longmire enhances your mood exponentially! So it starts off with a thumpin' bass line making intercourse with smooth strings of chill.
And just like any sexy encounter, there will inevitably be the orgasmic howls of lady 'aaahhhhs' backboned by the thrills of Longmire's horn section.

So if you havn't started head nodding, yet, wait till the break down. As one of Cincinnati's great jazz guitarists, Longmire once again reminisces on a longtime memory of a "street corner symphony" (his first gig...) with yearning fingers hitting his fretboard with style. Packed with jazz/funk riffs, my man Longmire creates the perfect strut song...

Don't believe me? Try it out for yourself...

Next time you walk down the street corner let this street symphony fill you up with that supreme strut you've been meaning to do. Maybe finally someone will notice you, ya? 

Ok, it would be inconceivable for me not to mention the historic roots of this song...
So, given that Longmire was George Benson's best friend, and both guys were black, it can be assumed that Black is the COLOR of their choice.
Here it is: "Black is the Colour" in Longmire's debut album 'Sunny Side Up (1979)'

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I Wouldn't Change a Thing

Let me introduce to you a philosophy shot into stardom by the banging beats of Coke...drumroll please...Escovedo!  
Asides from that brown, tounge-biting refreshment we call Cola, Coke may seem familiar to folks in tune with the rock band Santana.  Don't get me wrong, I think Santana is great! Yet, I get this unfamiliar feeling inside when you mention other members from the rock group (Coke was the percussionist). Mr. Escovedo, a.k.a Thomas, deserves more credit than a bongo lovin, hit-hat drummin kind'a guy behind the greatness of Senor C. Santana, you know?
It was in the year of my soulful infancy when I first synced to Coke's passionately made music. Actually, in all honesty, the moment when "I Wouldn't Change a Thing" graced my eardrums, I felt an immediate attachment and liking to the tune. Not only did it gave me the groove chills, but it also accomplished something way more...

"I Wouldn't Change a Thing" by Coke "Thomas" Escovedo from his album 'Comin at Ya'.
If you truly listen to the song, you'll understand the message of pure style and grace that is the soul. By highlighting the sacredness of our experiences and the importance of losing regret, Coke delivers to you a quick hit of confidence with lines of  a classic tambourine-bongo mix, and numbing gospel-soul vocals. This is an all out climax of a song with a pristine bass line, simple guitar exchanges, and that perfect touch of sexy sax...This funk classic has permeated through the bboy scene, becoming one of the most ultimate recognizable break beats out there.
However, I digress!

It is the lyrical beauty of this song that reverberates my soul becoming a personal confidence potion whenever life hits me hard. And often it does, so I tend to listen to this song more and more as worries begin to pile up. Flush out your burdens with the 'detoxifiyng' effect of this chorus:

Oh, I wouln't change a thing...
If I had to live my life all over.. oh baby.
I'd do it all again,
If I had to live my life all over.

Just listen...and learn that once again, the dance of romance will triumph. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Water Brother

Slung by the legend Miles Davis in the mid 1960's as a prime time guitar accompaniment, Mr. George Benson slowly evolved into something more...

Initially influenced by the strings of jazz movements, Benson incorporated his soulful riffs into lively funk ticks, making him somewhat of a transcending artist, someone who was able to mix jazz guitar in the exuberance of the funk genre. He was quite the player, for he was content in breaching a variety of styles including soul, R&B, Pop, but most importantly funky jazz!!!

This song is titled "Water Brother" by George Benson, from his 1969 album...Tell It Like It Is.

Monday, January 14, 2008


So the new year has been really a rush for all of us, yah? Well, for me it has. The great thing about my lagging updates is the enormous amount of anticipation for all the great music I have in store for you!!!!

Just to give you a hint, heres a classic before I post a series of funk sensations...

It's time to GET ON THE GOOD FOOT by James Brown...

This youtube live version is a bit more uptempo, and personally i think it's a lot more hype. 

Now that school's begun, I think its important for everyone to listen to this song for the uplifting reminder it shares.

According to the, this song has been translated to a southern colloquial expression for getting things done, a.k.a:

To begin a task, pronto. To get moving, get crackin', get your ASS in gear.

So as a tribute to the great Mr. Brown, I feel it is appropriate for everyone to get on that good foot of discovery in life, music and love.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Good vs. Evil

"Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

I know, I's kinda cheesy, but oh well! I actually like this song. :) It is such a sweeeeet sensation.


"Evil Vibrations" by the Mighty Ryders

Its such a disco delicacy! But if you are in for some more tasty treats, listen to the re-cooked version by:

Personally, I like the newer version. It brings a spicier tempo, to an already delicious track!!! My soul's taste buds say this version kicks it up one notch higher!!!

"Evil Vibrations (remake)"  by Los Angeles one and only - The Rebirth

Music is truly the Message...

It's is a gamble. But there is always one bet you can always wager on: and that's the sounds of joy to your ear known as FUNK. 

And you can always count on the 'Kool & the Gang' to prevail in times of musical deprivation.

Captivated by the sounds of Miles Davis and James Brown, this dynamic group began as a teenage love affair with music. Housed by the Jersey City Projects, the seven-member funkites learned the sound well in a urban setting that allowed expression through soul. In 1969 they began their soul search with a forceful display of horns, well placed bass lines, and unforgettable guitar riffs. 

"Music is the message that sings universal love for all!!!!"

True dat. and Dont forget to DANCE!!!!