Men Chained Together Are Brothers

Chains

I feel like shit. Physically. I’m sick, again. When you take meds that suppress your immune system, and you have a house full of people who are/were sick, it’s best to start the countdown, because that shit will get you. It’s just a matter of “when”. The question is all about severity and time span. I can still function, but I’d really prefer to be asleep at this time. But, my work ethic is to your benefit, because you get a few tight-ass joints. For free.

Just because I feel like shit, doesn’t mean the music has to reflect that. Actually, mentally, I’m feeling pretty good. I’m prepared to be angry here in a bit because I’m watching Roots, but its at the very beginning. Kunta just saw his first white man, but it all goes downhill pretty quickly from there. Roots came about when I was living in Germany, and the German tv stations actually broadcasted it before the armed forces network did. Which was just 1 channel at the time. So we caught it in German, because it was either that or Hee-Haw ( which I did watch, don’t front). Plus, but I was in the middle of reading the book. Yes I was almost 9 at the time, but my Dad was heavy into black pride, so I was well versed in the black experience at this point.

Anyway, I’m chilling my mind to bring a good selection of some stuff to keep me good. And I have to start out with Groove is in the Heart, cuz if that doesn’t make you feel good when you hear it, shit you just need to lay it down and let Death take you, son. God put that shit on Earth for you and me to enjoy. There’s also a couple of disco song, that I make no apology for. If you couldn’t enjoy disco, then there’s something wrong with you, not the music.

Shit! I took too long, they caught Kunta on the beach.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Groove is in the Heart- Deee-Lite

 

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More, More, More- The Andrea True Connection

 

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Love is Alive- Gary Wright

 

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Hercules- Aaron Neville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Am the Lord of Edison, the Lord of Berliner…

Gods of-Music: Apollo, Hathor, Feitian, Saraswati

 

 

I’m trying my hand at restoring a turntable. A Dual 1019, it’s a tank of a turntable. I did a solid for some one and he hit me back wtih the Dual, for free. Granted, it needs work, but┬áthat’s going to be the fun of it. This is my virginal idea of fun, cuz I’ve never restored a turntable before. As long as I do it for fun, it should be cool.

Anyway, I was in the Salvation Army thrift store trying to find some idea of what I might put the Dual in/on  the cheap and I walked by bins of records. I straight forgot that they have albums. Most of them are BEAT: moldy, dusty and scratched to Hell, but if you soak them and scrub them, a lot of the times they turn out ok. At least for the money, which is usually a dollar or less. Well this day, they were half off: 50 cents. You know I have to look at that point. It takes time, you have to go through every album put out by Johnny Mathis, John Denver, Laurence Welk and Engelbert Humperdinck has ever put out. I was lucky though, someone who was into the same music as me must have given up their collection. I found stuff that I had been looking for and never seen out in the wild and stuff that was just too much to get when I saw them.

So I picked out 8 records. $4.00 for what I found was robbery, so I was straight. When I got up to the counter, she charged me $2.00, to which I think I mumbled “Are you sure?”. She said yes, I paid and jetted. Took them home to see how much Dawn I’d have to use and they were in good condition! VG++ to VG+ to those of you in the know. The covers were done on some of them, but that doesn’t bother me. I’m thinking they had to have belonged to the same person because of the condition and style of the music.

So the Record Gods have smiled upon me once again. They only ask of me to share what they have gifted. Prepare to receive the sacrament.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Woman to Woman- Joe Cocker

 

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Walk From Regios- Soul Mann The Brothers

 

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Shaft In Africa Addis- Shaft In Africa O.S.T.

 

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Hey Mrs Jones- Ramsey Lewis

 

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Every Kind of People- Robert Palmer

 

 

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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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