I’m giving a secret out (to both of you). I love music. Like really love it. And now that I have my record collection up and running, I love it even more. The crate digging part is the most satisfying thing. Going into a store and having a list in your head, things that are golden to you. Mostly you find other things you weren’t even thinking about. After you go through that same bin at Everybody’s or Shake It(or now, Black Plastic), for the 39th time and you finally come up with Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz, it’s a great sense of triumph.
With records, it’s also the physical and visual input that’s just as satisfying for me. Not that you don’t go through the basic motions placing in a cd. It’s really the same motions. But to place an album on your turntable and que it up and sit back with a glass of scotch as you read the liner notes is as close to nirvana my mind will ever be able to achieve. iD. Most of my listening late into the night. When everyone else is asleep, but that’s the blessing and curse of insomnia. Or when I should be sleeping during the day, but waterworks is digging in front of the driveway, I find some album that I’ve never heard or haven’t heard since I was little. Today was such a day, and I have a few songs that I was digging on.
Two from Eddie Kendricks (yes, of the Temptations): Intimate Friends and the begging, masquerading as a protest song, Girl You Better Change Your Mind.
The Fabulous Counts’ Get Down People
Dennis Coffey’s Theme From Black Belt Jones
And Ike Turner and The Kings of Rhythm’s Getting Nasty. I know, Ike is well hated and I understand why, but I’m purely going with musical taste, and this song is Juke Joint hot.. That’s mostly due to the piano being banged out by Billy Preston, A.K.A., The Fifth Beatle. Well, one of several of them. The point is, the song takes you to church then down to the shack.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Ike Turner and The Rhythm Kings- Getting Nasty
Eddie Kendricks- Intimate Friends
Fabulous Counts- Get Down People
Dennis Coffey- Theme From Black Belt Jones
Eddie Kendricks- Girl You Need To Change Your Mind