Category Archives: Music

Remembering Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson transitioned on this day in 2009. I celebrate him often. No need to change my routine just because he no longer walks among us. Jackson still saturates party boats, weddings, get-togethers, nightclubs and solo-chill moments with grooves, smiles … Continue reading

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One more Prince post: former band members from The Revolution, New Power Generation and 3RDEYEGIRL released a version of ‘The Cross’ from Sign o’ the Times album

A message of hope, amidst a pandemic and the struggle to make Black Lives Matter across the world Within the past hour, Prince’s official Twitter account posted a cover of Prince’s “The Cross” song, performed by musicians from his former … Continue reading

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Happy Born Day, Prince!

Prince w̶a̶s̶ is a Rocker. And Prince w̶a̶s̶ is Black music. No contradiction at all. Prince: Question — You like Rock & Roll? [Audience cheers] Prince: Me too. One difference though, I like Rock and Roll — Fun-kay. —Prince, live … Continue reading

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Soul, Jazz and Dance Music: Roger Williams comes through again with a podcast for the earhole

I’m going to add more music posts to this blog. All kinds of music. Old and new. We need to break up the heavily-political posts with a different set of vibes. But don’t worry — I don’t plan to dilute … Continue reading

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Roger Williams scores again with his Wednesday Wind Down Zone Soul Music podcast — May 27

Another example of my weirdness: I Shazam songs I already know. My guess is that I have trust issues with the app and want to catch it in a lie. Not sure. An Aha-you-busted moment came last night when Soul … Continue reading

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Aural Dive: “Maxine” by Saoul

Funk as a music genre is far from dead. For the moment, it’s spending time in the worthy hands of multi-instrumentalist Saoul in the form of “Maxine”, the funkiest track I’ve heard so far this year. What makes Saoul’s Funk … Continue reading

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Aural Dive: Jamal Dixon — Brick City EP 2020

Coronavirus pandemic be damned, this is Jamal Dixon’s time to fly. Somewhere and somehow between sets during his busy NYC-based Standard Hotel residency, DJ and producer Jamal Dixon released his Brick City EP earlier this year to the world — … Continue reading

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Aural Dive: “Da New Sound” by Division X

” … Spoken hieroglyphics to the rhythm of the drum.” I can see why Division X says “Nuthin’ new” about many of the rappers who want to put their stamp in the Rap game. Hard to stand out when you’re … Continue reading

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Album in the Crosshairs: Saoul — Seldom Oddity EP | Special Edition | self-released | 2019

Saoul wants you to taste the bread. And be sexy while doing it. Plus, he has a new release, Seldom Oddity, to help you along … The unsuppressed, sensual funkiness of the multi-instrumentalist’s EP mirrors writer James Baldwin’s admonition to … Continue reading

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Album in the Crosshairs — Annabel (lee): I Came Across a Dreamer; Youngbloods, 2018

Three dreams, guided by a polaris of better times, but for the most part pursued by somber realities while awash with indulgent compositions, vocals and lyrics. Count Richard Ellis and Sheila Brown Ellis of the group Annabel (lee) among the … Continue reading

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