Derail Your Own Train

Sunday

Last Sunday I woke up early and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I did a little laundry and went to the Music/TV Room while I waited for the load to be done. I didn’t really have anything in mind that I wanted to listen to. The sun was just getting ready to show its face and it was really quiet outside. It was just Ra and myself, so I thought to have something peaceful was in order. I didn’t get past the C’s, cuz nothing is more appropriate to listen to on a tranquil Sunday than John Coltrane. Yeah, he was known for blazing, long improvised solos and being “insane”*, but he was one of the greatest jazz balladier, period. And after recording A Love Supreme, his music took on a more spiritual… sound, philosophy, feeling? Whatever you want to call it, these songs had the feeling of serenity that I felt, along with the free jazz insanity I love.

 

* Chuck D/Public Enemy- Don’t Believe the Hype 1988

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Ascent-John Coltrane

 

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ln a Sentimental Mood-   John Coltrane

 

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Chim Chim Cheree- John Coltrane

 

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Alabama- John Coltrane

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Bonus

Dual 1019

I got off from work early the other night, and if course I couldn’t sleep. That was because I’ve finally gotten the other turntable up and running. A gift from the Karma Police, it sounds great and has much more bass and punch than the other 2 turntables I have. Why do I need a third turntable? Hey, what do you care? It’s more music for you. And a bonus post this week.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Grace Jones lately, enough to where I’ll give her own post soon. But I never noticed how many cover tunes she has on her albums. At least 3-4 on the ones I have. That inspired me to throw some covers your way.

The Edwin Starr‘s  Cloud Nine is from an album full of covers itself. It sounds familiar, but still has his own twang to it.

The muse for this post, Grace’s song was a toss-up, all of her covers are unique from the original , and I couldn’t go wrong with any choice.

Compared to What was one of my favorite songs when I was little. The Les McCann / Eddie Harris jam was an excuse for my little ass to cuss without catching a whoopin’, and I couldn’t pass that up. Roberta Flack doesn’t sound as angry as Les and Eddie , but it’s  a slow simmer that’s just about the equal.

I read somewhere that Syreeta‘s first few albums were Stevie Wonder albums, and I get that. He married her and produced her albums, even after they were divorced. but some of the music they made together is just the shit. They made some funky and beautiful songs together. I’m surprised that the beginning of this song hasn’t been sampled yet.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

 

 

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Cloud Nine- Edwin Starr 

 

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Use Me- Grace Jones

 

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Compared To What- Roberta Flack

 

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I Love Every Little Thing About You- Syreeta

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Merde, Un An?


A year of this? A full year. It’s been fun, despite whatever bitching I’ve done on here. The blog first started of as a way to introduce my son to older music. To show where a lot of the samples come from. But now it’s morphed into music I like, that I buy. It still has a lot of sampled heavy tunes, but that’s mostly by coincidence. Now I’m just laying down a really big and public playlist for iTunes.

I’m going to make a few changes to the game, mainly in music medium. I might use music directly from CDs on days when I feel like shit. It just makes things easier, but it will still be primarily from albums. Hell, I might throw some stuff in from tapes if the needs be. One thing I won’t use is a song that I’ve downloaded. That’s just lazy. Who doesn’t have an awesome set of mp3s?

Anyway, I’ve been watching this series on you tube, Radio Vinyle, where they let artist inside this huge vault of music, and let them pick out albums that they want to hear or are important to them. (Check out the episode with Madlib. I swear that the chick interviewing him is high as hell.) After watching a few episodes, I realized that I had some of the albums they were playing. So, I’ve picked a few songs inspired by the series. Mostly a free jazz vibe, but they are pretty mild. You can have a 1 song on a side for free jazz, so these are a palatable length.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Countdown- John Coltrane

 

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What Reason Could l Give- Ornette Coleman

 

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Come On Feet- Melvin Van Peebles

 

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Chinese Rock- The Revolutionary Ensemble

 

 

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