No this isn’t about the Prez! It’s Barry White Week! WooT!!!
It’s so hard to choose one song of Mr. White that is better than the other.
My First, My Last, My Everything
I always liked this cover of Never Never Gonna Give You Up. Yeah the video was risque.
Oh I really like this week’s meme! It’s TRIBUTE WEEK!!! WooT!
I want to include so many music artists but this would be the LONGEST post ever.
The premiere song restylist of our (ok my mom’s) generation. Nobody can touch Aretha Franklin.
My favorite gypsy rock-r-lady who writes songs that tear your insides out – Stevie Nicks.
In honor of her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame eligibility enjoy a little Laura Nyro.
Okay these memes are definitely food for thought. This week is “Criminal Records”
Boogie Down Productions was the first song that came to mind. I’m surprised as well but I’m going with it.
- Claiming it’s free speech
- That it’s a quirky artistic expression
- Comparing modern crap to classic works of art/music
- That it’s a joke, satire, not meant to be taken seriously
Via AfroAm History: Waters’ success was related to her style of singing. She could sing like other classic blues singers with plenty of passion and fire, but she had a unique approach. She was not a shouter, but was able to hold the attention of the audience with her low and sweet voice. Because of her varied repertoire, she has also been categorized as a jazz singer. Her rhythm was closer to jazz than blues, and in her later career she sang popular songs with a jazz approach. Waters’ talent extended beyond musical style; she also had the gift of interpretation. As blues women began to fade in popularity, Waters was able use her interpretive ability to take advantage of acting opportunities on stage and screen.
Isn’t it nice to know that others who have a certain amount of influence feel the way you do about certain things? If 2009 gets known for one thing (aside from our first year with a Black President and the state of the worldwide economy) then let it be known as the year people decided to be creative! Women in particular need to be in control of our images and even moreso for Black women.
Now I’ll just state it for the record in case reading between the lines of previous posts didn’t make it clear: I do NOT like the bulk of what passes for Hip-Hop/R&B “music” today. I think a lot of it’s derivative, derogatory and assumes its audience is dumb enough to not notice. Actually a lot of popular music today is far too reliant on image and quick camera shots in music videos to sell. Which is why by and large it doesn’t. Fans will be loyal and supportive – consumers of trends will not.