ExiledOne Cultural Perspectives #10Part 1 of Drops
Drops in music can be something other than what we might think.
Stay In My Corner
The Title Of The Dells' World Famous Hit of the 1950s & 60s
The late great Marvin Junior of The Dells was a baritone lead
vocalist barrelling out in front of siren like John Carter and the
stellar harmonizing crew of Verne Allison, Michael McGill and ChuckBarksdale. His lowering of the already raspy depths contrasted with
crisply delivered color textures and the searing falsetto,
creating an atmospheric storyline. You could call The Dells, dipped
in a gospel/streetcorner paint bucket and mentored by two years
on the road with scorching hot star Dinah Washington and who backed
Ray Charles orchestra later on, with a career spanning close to 60 years,
Ideas can be eliminated too, cast away. Grooving pianist Richard Tee,
who passed on two decades ago, once dropped the proposal a recording
label had: play piano for Aretha 'Queen of Soul' Franklin instead of
having her doing it on her album.Sadly, a hybrid race called ' African American' today marches thoughtlessly to the beat of an alien drum.
Black children are being simplistically hypnotized. The Almighty dollar is the slave chain to which they
now have been attached. But our battle is not for the dollar, nor to amass materials the European manufactures
or admires. Rather, our struggle must be for control of ourselves and our energies, individually and collectively.
We can no longer be bought, unless we sell out. We will cease to sell ourselves out, once we realize our value.
We are in control of time, and can make it swing. We are in harmony with the universe, and maintain the
superior equilibrium on earth. These are not idle boasts, but evident facts. It is a fact that we have created
every musical style and dance form that has become popular in the United States of America since the end
of chattel slavery, which tells us exactly where the nation's cultural leadership is coming from.Oscar Brown Jr (1926-2005) When Ann Peebles sang I Can't Stand The Rain in the era of 40 years ago
she could have been relating the weather patterns but those raindrops
glistening on her window spoke to the heart's memory, a lover's longing,
bittersweet and personal.
The Dramatics (In The Rain) wanted to go outside of a reality prescribed
in both rural fields of the dispossessed US South and that which had come
to fruition on Detroit's glowing 60s neon lit parking lot.
Liquid can soak an object that is motionless. How culture is slowed down
is a science and can be done only if pressure, severe forces, are employed.
Heat causes moisture to turn to steam, in other words, energy. Fuel to burn.End of Part 1 14 November 2013
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