October 11, 2011

al_green Not many people might know this, but The Great White Shank is a H-U-G-E fan of Al Green. Dude had a string of hits in the early and mid-70s that were so silky smooth you’d just want to lap them up like sugar. Whenever I hear one of his hits on some oldies radio station they always make me smile. I think his biggest hit was probably “Let’s Stay Together”, but my personal favorite is “I’m So Tired Of Being Alone”. I love the soothing harmonies backing Al while he just coos and moans as only he could, and the saxaphones, jazzy guitar and bass backing all of his tunes always made my ears perk up and pay attention.

I’ve always been a big soul music fan – Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes (“The Love I Lost” – dig that Fender Rhodes piano!) and Three Degrees (“When Will See You Again”) are other faves of mine in the same genre. Was never much of a Motown guy except for Marvin Gaye (his “What’s Going On” LP is one of the top ten greatest in pop music history) and the later work of The Temptations; for some reason Detroit music never really grabbed me, although I can understand the attraction, for sure.

Problem is, I equate soul music with winter – when I was living in Massachusetts, whenever the holidays were done and over with I’d always shift my musical calendar to soul music. Since here in Arizona it’s never winter, and the vibe really doesn’t lend itself to an inner-city kind of sound I’ve kinda let it go. But the music is never far away from my heart.

Question: how on God’s green earth did we ever get from the silky-smooth sounds of the ’70s soul and funk artists to the crap they call inner-city music today. That rap and hip-hop sh*t isn’t even worth calling music. I hate to even put them together in the same sentence. I think it just goes with the general coarseness and lack of civility and collegiality you find in today’s culture.

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