Breathe and Stop, For Real…

Calvin n Muad'dib

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:

 

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Adventures In Paradise- Minnie Riperton

 

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Baby This Love I Have- Minnie Riperton

 

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Take a Little Trip- Minnie Riperton

 

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You Take My Breath Away- Minnie Riperton

 

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When it Comes Down To It- Minnie Riperton

 

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Here We Go- Minnie Riperton

 

 

 

 

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Excellence, is to do a common thing in an uncommon way

Booke T

Booker T. is arguably one of the greatest wrestlers of all times. He’s certainly the most decorated, having held 21 WCW(World Championship Wrestling) titles and 35 championships over all. He was first introduced to wrestling through his trainer, Ivan Putski, as G.I. Bro, and soon began to team up with his older brother, Stevie Ray. Together they made up Harlem Heat, and quickly became the world tag-team champions. They held the championship a record 10 times over the years and…

Ok, that’s obviously Booker T.,  the wrestler. Booker T., the musician, was part of the famous  Stax Records house band, Booker T. & The M.G.’s. Easy mistake.

Booker T. & The M.G.’s were perhaps the most best house band around at that time (at least the funkiest; I see you Funk Brothers). They played on some the great hits by  Otis Reading, Wilson Pickett, Albert King, and Sam & Dave. They came up with their first and best known hit, Green Onions, just messing around while waiting to play for Billy Lee Riley.

A better story would have been a blend of the two. He would defend his WCW championship belt in the afternoon, and then do a night session recording In the Midnight Hour with Wilson Pickett that same night. As it is, he has to settle for being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just not the wrestling one. He is still alive though…

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Hip Hug-Her- Booker T. & The M.G.’s

 

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Melting Pot- Booker T. & The M.G.’s

 

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The Horse- Booker T. & The M.G.’s

 

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Booker-Loo- Booker T. & The M.G.’s

 

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Light My Fire- Booker T. & The M.G.’s

 

 

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