I’ve been unconsciously following Daoist philosophies this winter. I’ve just been tired. Really, really tired. Beyond fatigued. It doesn’t help that the sun doesn’t want to help me out and it kicked in the Blues really well, but the combination of different arthritis and the meds for it just inspire me to hibernate. I thought I was coming out of it, I didn’t see my shadow for a while but The White Menance III arrives today. But, by doing nothing, I have achieved everything, including musical inspiration.
Everybody’s Records is one of the Trinity of record stores here in Cincinnati, and they have been having give away contest on Facebook that my household has won 4 times this year (got to be in it to win it). Last time around, I won an I store coupon, which, of course, I used right away. I picked up several good albums, including Adventures in Paradise by Minnie Riperton , which was always the “lion record” when I was little. This is an album that I would always listen to with my Mom when we would be doing stuff in the house. She didn’t really listen to many female singers except for Aretha. But she would let me pick out the playlist sometimes, and this was one of my favorites. Somewhere down the line of moving from place to place, the album was lost, and it’s just one of those things where you forget about it as you get older. I probably have seen it in all my digs in various places, but it didn’t click until I saw it a few weeks ago.
I’ve resisted just posting the whole album, so there are a few more songs from her small catalog. Unfortunately, she died from breast cancer at the age of 31, with only 5 solo albums to her name ( a 6th came out posthumously a year afterwards). I’ve put up mostly her uptempo recordings, the stuff that was sampled, and she was sampled on the regular. A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock, Atmosphere, The Roots, Kendrick Lamar, and many others are all down.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Adventures In Paradise- Minnie Riperton
Baby This Love I Have- Minnie Riperton
Take a Little Trip- Minnie Riperton
You Take My Breath Away- Minnie Riperton
When it Comes Down To It- Minnie Riperton
Here We Go- Minnie Riperton