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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Episode I: The White Menace

The White Menace

The White Menace has come and gone; the Posse is alive but cold.  When the temperature drops below 30 degrees, my hibernating instincts start to kick in. As a kid in Omaha, Nebraska, when a snow day came, I would be out the door by 09:00, get some hot chocolate by noon (cuz my Mom was great, and made some for everyone), back out by 12:30 and wouldn’t come back in till it was good and dark. And this was a Nebraska winter with a classic Ice Sandwich (ice storm, snow storm, ice storm). Today, if you were to tell me that my son was stuck in a bear trap outside, I might give pause (Sorry, Dare). And yes, there is a bear problem here in Cincinnati. Ohio.

So to combat the inevitable hypersomnia and my suspected Winter Blues, I was productive and laid out some music. I’m starting things off with The Chambers Brothers, because All Strung Out Over You is the main sample in this:

And who didn’t love this video?

If you have followed me on here, you know I love me some cover songs. And two of my favorite songs that are frequently covered are Light My Fire and Spinning Wheel. it’s really hard to put out a version I wouldn’t like. You’d have to seriously be trying. I really don’t know much about Upchurch, but his record is cool and the cover of Spinning Wheel, is a tad bit different from others I have heard. And Shirley Bassey singing Light My Fire? Shirley Bassey?

I finished up with Lenny Kravits, who I love, but he always looks like he stinks a little, and the 2 best songs from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, which really should have been a bigger movie.

 

Oh, the picture is apparently the White Menace, according to Google. I thought he’d be bigger. And not look so much like Zach Braff and Kory from Boy Meets World.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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The Chambers Brothers- All Strung Out Over You

 

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Spinning Wheel- Upchurch

 

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Light My Fire- Shirley Bassey

 

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Is There Any Love In Your Heart- Lenny Kravits

 

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I’m So Sad, So Very, Very Sad/ We Hate You Please Die- Crash and the Boys

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Shake ’em up, shake ’em up, shake ’em up, shake ’em…

The Isley Brothers

Lincoln Heights represent, represent zent. Lincoln Heights, Cincinnati has one of the longest tenured soul band of all times. The Isley Brothers formed in the early 50s, so were looking at almost 60 years of active duty in one form or another. Like most of the better groups and singers, they have strong ties to the church and Gospel music.

They were a staple in the Reynolds household while I was growing up. They were played at parties, picnics, or just while sitting around and letting the stink of the day fall off of you. I probably started liking them for the wrong reason: they were the first group I ever heard to cuss in a song. I could get away with singing “…by all this BULLSHIT going down.”, in front of my parents without getting smacked in the mouth. And of course I would play Fight the Power every day. Also, as a kid, I wasn’t really trying to hear no ballads and beggin’ music, but I never minded that while I was playing one of their albums.

You can’t have 60 years of banging without connecting with someone, and they have been influences from people like The Beatles and The Yardbirds to Ice Cube and Biggie. Hell, they were the ones to first give the world a little taste of Jimi Hendrix back in 1964. Plus, they have 60 years of mostly quality time. Sure, not every album was hit, but they sound like they always put their best into them. Except for Ronald Isley‘s songs with R. Kelly. I know I’ve posted songs by people who have questionable past, and will post more, but I just can’t get with R. Kelly. I don’t know why he gets a pass from everyone; shit, he was just on Saturday Night Live with Lady Gaga. And I’m pretty open musically and can usually separate the songs from the actual singers, but R. gets the Gas Face. Him and Chris Brown.

Anyway, given the vast library that is 60 years in the making, how do I pick out songs out for just 1 post? I can’t. Check out Part II of the Isleys next Sunday.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Between the Sheets- The Isley Brothers

 

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Fight the Power (Part I & II)- The Isley Brothers

 

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It’s Too Late- The Isley Brothers

 

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Hello, It’s Me- The Isley Brothers

 

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Keep On Doin’- The Isley Brothers

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