This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
Quick comments, bullet point style and done as scheduled posting to
make it seem like I have something to say every day. I do, but my time
is limited so...
I was driving into work and I heard Donnie Simpson doing an interview of Ice Cube. In response to a comment Donnie said about Ice Cube going from NWA to "Are We There Yet," Cube said, NWA was then when he was younger, now that he's older, it's different. He does movies like "Are We There Yet" to get the next generation to being open to him and what he does in the future. He also said his new release will be more about what he sees vs. being about him. I may get the CD on G.P. because of the interview and what he had to say, plus the fact that the song I heard, I liked.
Overall I like the Estelle CD. I don't like the joint with Kanye, but I'm feeling much of the CD. "No Substitute Love" and "Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)" I liked from the first play. I can't see how she can make money on the CD with all of the big names on it. Her tour is going to have to get her over.
Al Green, "Lay It Down", get it.
[ Update ]
Ok, I heard samples of the CD and forget what I wrote about getting the CD on the G.P. The CD is garbage.
1. Funkin’ Like My Father (featuring Bootsy
Collins) Written by Brian Culbertson, Sheldon Reynolds,
Bootsy Collins, Pete Roberts, Zion Roberts, Donald Moore,
Candice Cheatham & Keith Cheatham
Brian Culbertson - piano, clavinet, Minimoog & trombone
Bootsy Collins - vocals & space bass
Zion Planet 10 - vocals
Ice Candi - background vocals
Djizzle - rap
Ron Jennings - guitar solo
Phelps “Catfish” Collins - guitar
Sheldon Reynolds - guitar
Bernie Worrell - keyboards
Eddie Miller - keyboards
Ricky Peterson - Hammond B3 organ
Chance Howard - synth bass
Bobby Watson - bass
Michael Bland - drums
Lenny Castro - percussion
Kush - trumpet
Rick Gardner - trumpet
Maceo Parker - alto sax
Fred Wesley - trombone
Party: Maurice White, Michael Bland, Thomas Dawson, Sheldon
Reynolds, Ricky Peterson, Bobby Watson & Brian Culbertson
Co-Produced by Bootsy Collins
Additional Production by Sheldon Reynolds
I am no longer in love and I know it's wrong, but there it is.
I don't love music anymore.
Yeah, this ain't original 'cuz Common said it best, but I'm still going to have my say.
Today the wife just said chill and today is, according to the doctor, the last day I'm contagious. I'm feeling a lot better so I'm puttering around the house doing a little bit here and there and doing a "bleach wash" behind where I go. Today would be THE perfect day to crank up the music system, turn on the best radio station for the moment and just let the music play, but I can't.
The stations that don't offend my sensibilities crank out good tunes every so often, but they are all old school. That's fine, because right now I'm cranking Loose Ends in the background, but I need to get the good NEW feeling again.
I used to be able to listen to the radio, hear what I like, go to the store, get the album and while in the store, ask around for new music "like this" that they might suggest and give it a listen. You know, when they had a turntable in the store and would spin some stuff for you.
My music fan friends are like me, and no longer in tune to some of the new stuff coming out. Buying a CD or downloading some group just isn't a high priority. Getting Miss D.S.'s Zune to listen to some of her stuff is impossible these days. I have to admit, my daughter's taste is not too bad when it comes to non-hip-hop.
I wanna fall back in love.
I wanna turn on a station and just jam.
Hell, somebody tell me, WHERE'S THE FUNK AT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In an Arizona case against a defendant who has no legal representation, Atlantic v. Howell, the RIAA is now arguing — contrary to its lawyers' statements to the United States Supreme Court in 2005 MGM v. Grokster — that the defendant's ripping of personal MP3 copies onto his computer is a copyright infringement. At page 15 of its brief (PDF) it states the following: 'It is undisputed that Defendant possessed unauthorized copies... Virtually all of the sound recordings... are in the ".mp3" format for his and his wife's use... Once Defendant converted Plaintiffs' recordings into the compressed .mp3 format and they are in his shared folder, they are no longer the authorized copies...'"
[ UPDATED ] Please note that the MP3's were placed on the SHARED drive which makes them available to anyone if file sharing is not turned off. In other words, RIAA is doing the same thing RIAA has been doing. It's going after someone who they believe are sharing files. They are NOT saying that ripping a file to MP3 format is illegal. If the files had been ripped to a non-sharable drive, here would have been no issue.
I heard about the latest Macy Gray release, but I didn't want to take a chance buying the CD, so I did something, as a rule, I don't do: I downloaded DRM protected singles. Yeah, I did the iTune thing.
Well, for Macy Gray, the download model worked. I sampled some of the cuts and downloaded those. First I downloaded "Okay" because it had a slightly funky feel to it and I'm feenin for some funk. After listening to the full song, I wasn't disappointed. It was well worth the $0.99.
Then I downloaded "One For Me" and, again, I wasn't disappointed. When I heard the first few seconds, I was hot, and then it got into the melody and I calmed down. It is a nice song and dare I say that her voice is sounding better or is it the production?
Her CDs have always shown that she likes sex and is crazy. Some men will swear that combination means she is very good in the sack, but that's not about this post. To see what I'm writing about, listen to "Harry" on "The Id" CD or "I've Committed Murder" or "Gimmie All Your Lovin' or I Will Kill You" on "How Life Is".
Straight. Up. Wacky woo.
Back to my review.
I downloaded "Shoo Be Do" and, again, I liked what I heard. This was another $0.99 well worth it. However, that was it until the other night when I decided to crank up iTunes and let some of the music I labeled as 3 and above play. I realized then the "Big" CD met my minimum buy requirements: 3 songs that I really like.
D.S. 2.0 was in his crib as Mrs. D.S. and I were getting ready for church. We had put on a Veggie Tales CD. When I entered the room, "Belly Button" was playing.
People, that song is the JAM!!!
I was joking with Mrs. D.S. when I told her that if the Veggie Tales has another song like that, they may have to get a ghetto pass.
So, my list of Ghetto Pass artists are:
Teena Marie -- Do I even have to explain why?
Hall & Oates -- Again, do I even have to explain why?
Average White Band -- Look, NO ONE will even blink an eye at the brothas of anotha color from Scotland.
K.C. and The Sunshine Band -- Some called it airy pop, but I don't care. There is no way you can listen to a "best of" and NOT agree they had music to keep a house party going.
Wild Cherry -- "Play That Funky Music" gets them at the door. The music they had afterwards wasn't of that high quality, but they gave it a good effort. The album covers gets them in the door! ;-)
The Doobie Brothers -- Yes, this one is controversial given their early stuff and some people have suggested that MY PASS gets revoked for even mentioning them. But I still say they have it, if not, then I acknowledge the controversial nature of my choice by substituting Michael McDonald.
Eric Clapton -- Listen to his blues work and what he did with B.B. King.
I need to tell you something... I don't got no belly button...
I am offended by much of what goes as rap on commercial radio. I don't like it and it has driven me from listening to commercial radio after the morning drive time period. I am offended that some people are saying that rap IS Black culture when rap is a sub-culture of entertainment and a sub-culture of America.
Some have said the term "gangsta" comes from the Black community. As I wrote earlier, the term is nothing but slang for gangster, which came about from the gangs that arose during alcohol prohibition.
Some have said that "hip-hop" promotes anti-intellectualism, but I don't know the songs that support that assertion. Better yet, no songs have been provided that support that assertion. This weekend, Mother's Day weekend, many HBCUs hold graduation ceremonies. One can assume that most of the graduates listen to rap. So, why are they immune from the alleged anti-intellectualism in rap?
Rap does glamorize drug use, but when you look at the drug use statistics, except for marijuana use, Blacks use drugs in smaller proportions than whites use drugs. Meth use is rising fast, but unless I'm mistaken, rap isn't glamorizing the use of meth.
Much of commercial rap is offensive, but blaming the many ills in the Black on rap is a lame excuse. I just wish people will come out and say that they think Black people are sheep. That would get it out into the open and properly dealt with; or not.
I guess I should write that this is not a defense of rap. I don't care for the language, I don't care for the images and I don't care for the "bling bling." They are the present day minstrel show.
On a quick drive to Baltimore, I started thinking about Robert Rudolph and the Family Band. I was thinking about the songs that I like off of the Colorblind CD:
"Ain't Nothing Wrong With That"
"Thrill of It"
I started thinking about what I liked about the songs. All of the songs have strong guitar tracks and I like that. But they also have some bass and a groove. I was thinking that they had a funk feel to it without the funk.
It took me back to early Slave that had the bass line but still had that "rock guitar" to help fill out. To me, that defined Slave's early sound. I started thinking about "Slide" and I was on my way.
I'll say here that while I was thinking about this on the drive, I had the James Brown 50th Anniversary Collection CD in the car. I was listening to the 2nd CD at the time. This comes in handy later.
I started thinking about funky songs with a strong lead guitar.
I thought about Cameo, Slave, and Wild Cherry.
But then my mind went straight to Jesse Johnson.
Yeah, I have to burn a funk(y) CD with strong lead guitar. The pieces I have to put on there:
I know they have a couple but I can't think right now
Can You Help Me
Baby Let's Kiss
But it hit me. I LOVE bass! You know the bass I'm talking about, right?
That bass that is in your behind like a nurse giving you an enema!
Cameo, Candy. Again, Slave, Slide,...
AND THEN IT HITS ME!!!!
The FUNKIEST INTRO TO A SONG *EVAH*!!!!!
Track 17, Disc Two on the James Brown 50th Anniversary Collection CD: "My Thang"
I think the first 30 seconds provided at least 3 samples that provided the hooks for 3 of Herbie Lovebug's classics with Kid n Play and Salt n Peppa.
In fact, I think that first 30 seconds is the best part of the song. So much that the rest of the song, to me, is a let down.
FUNKY. "Brand new funk!"
Later, track 29, "Funky President (People It's Bad) comes on and there I am, I've gone to the full circle. That bass line that feels like an enema! It makes you get ugly all up in the face!
When I was a kid in West Baltimore, James Brown owned a radio station, WEBB, which was 5 blocks away from where I lived. The radio station was in a one story building on a corner. The D.J.s did their work in front of a "store front" window. James Brown also owned a hotel in Baltimore. At the time I didn't think much of it. Now I understand that he was trying to build upon the money he made in the music business.
About 3 years ago, Mrs. D.S. and I went to the 9:30 Club in D.C. to see The God Father of Soul, Mr. Jameeeeeeeesssssssssssssss Brown!
First, the Jay Bees came out. They KILLED three instrumental songs! I mean they KILLED it! My goodness, I was listening to pure funk!
Then, Mr. Dynamite! Jameeeeeeeesssssssssssssss Brown! came out and proceeded to rock funk up the 9:30 Club.
I was in heaven until he let his wife "get some" in the middle of the set. Afterwards, I was in heaven again.
I'm glad I got to see the man do his thing, live, even if he couldn't do splits.
James Brown's band was THE TIGHTEST BAND I HAVE EVER WITNESSED in concert!
Gerald Levert died at the age of 40 from a heart attack.
We were on I-95 North, on our way to Philly, stuck in traffic, when we heard the news. Patty Jackson was on the radio crying. Someone came on and said she was obviously distraught and said this had to be done. He announced Gerald Levert had died from a heart attack.
I changed stations waiting for a confirmation. About 20 minutes later, only about 50 feet past the point where it was first stated, we got the confirmation.
Later that night, Patty Jackson was still on the radio only she had been joined by Patty Labelle. They were talking about Gerald Levert.
He was 40 years old and has a 16 year old daughter.
These days, in the age of digital distribution, we don't need to buy
CDs anymore. What we have, instead, are a bunch of online music
services, offering songs for sale or rent via quick download to a bunch
of digital music players that might or might not actually play them.
music fan Chauncey Canfield: He has a whopping 180-gigabyte music
collection, an iPod and a smartphone he can fill with songs from his
subscription Yahoo Music account. But he can't put Yahoo Music songs on
his iPod, and he can't put songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store
on his phone.
Canfield knows that iTunes is the most popular
online music store, but he avoids it because of the playback
restrictions. Instead, he prefers to shop at eMusic, which sells its
tracks in the MP3 format, an open technology that works on every music
player on the market. Even the iPod.
"The fact that they don't
have [anti-piracy controls] on them is absolutely a major plus," he
said. "I don't have to segregate my music into various ghettos."
I've basically stopped buying music because I'm stuck at a digital music divide.
99-cent song I buy from the iTunes Music Store digs me deeper into an
ecosystem that depends on $250 (or more) replacement iPods and closes
me off from other cool-but-incompatible devices made by non-Apple Computer companies.
who among us doesn't find the ease of iTunes totally seductive? The
30-second sample clip? Love it. The option of buying one song off an
album? Brilliant. And no more peeling off that super-adhesive tape they
put on CD packages!
Once upon a time, music used to account for a
measurable chunk of my monthly spending. Now, I agonize, scrutinize,
and often forgo clicking "buy" on a song.
I got to this point the way I imagine many others might have.
birthdays ago, my generous, tech-loving boyfriend bought me an
iridescent green iPod Mini I named Jazzhands. She was cute, light, and
way outclassed the generations of Walkman cassette players that came
Please read both of these articles because they are good.
I may be buying a digital player soon, but I won't use the download services. I'll just buy the CD and then rip it to the device I buy. Besides, I still have lots of vinyl as well.