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Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Don’t Touch My Hair by Solange

9 Oct

solange-knowlesHonoring Black women who speak their truth to power.  Here is Solange’s, no longer needing to be known as Beyonce’s little sister, Don’t Touch My Hair.

Also having checked out Cranes In The Sky, I look forward to listening to more of her album, A Seat At The Table.

Take a listen, and soak in the visuals, of this important piece of work.

 

 

I also wanted to share Just Latasha’s review of A Seat Of The Table, where she breaks down Solange’s work song by song of what this creative output means to her as a Black women.

 

 

 

SOURCES:  www.youtube.com, Solange, Don’t Touch My Hair, posted by Solangeknowlesmusic

www.youtube.com, JustLatasha

www.justlatasha.com

Latasha, is a NYC based artist with a background in Communications whose passion for Black art & activism led her to create JustLatasha, a site where you can find her comedic vlogs about social issues which reaches over 8,000 subscribers twice a week. She is also the creator and lead actress of the comedy web series, Sit Black & Relax, which debuted March 14th, 2016.

 

 

 

 

WJSS Weekend Sounds: Natalie Cole – I’m Catching Hell

3 Jan

natalie_coleR & B Singer, Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, passed away this week at the age of 65.

Remembering Natalie as a significant part of my musical landscape during my teens and twenties, I wanted to honor her passing with a song here.  I couldn’t decide between the joyous and danceable, This Will Be, or I’ve Got Love On My Mind, two of her more recognizable hits, so I decided to play a song that I don’t remember well, but that I’ve seen friends post on social media these past few days.

Like the posthumous duet she created in the early 1990’s with her Dad, Natalie, and her contributions to pop and R & B, will continue to be Unforgettable.

Here’s Natalie with I’m Catching Hell:

Sources:

www.youtube.com, Natalie Cole, I’m Catching Hell, posted by aimeedus

photo credit:  www.soultracks.com

 

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Missy Elliott – WTF

22 Nov

Missy Elliott – WTF
Missy Elliott, WTF video

Missy Elliott, WTF video

She’s back!  Missy Elliott is better than ever in this video, WTF (Where They From).

Missy, Pharrell, killer dance moves, and, wait for it…marionettes! It’s been too long for this woman of great talent and substance, and with over 15 million views on YouTube after two weeks, seems a lot of other people are happy to have Missy on the scene again, too.

 

 

SOURCE:

www.youtube.com, Missy Elliott, featuring Pharrell Williams, WTF (Where They From), posted by Vevo

Photo Credit:  www.dazeddigital.com

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Natural High by Bloodstone

8 Nov

Bloodstone
Bloodstone

Bloodstone

I heard this 70’s soul anthem, while out on my morning walk, plugged into my Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes Pandora station.  While I usually opt for my 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop, my MJ (of course!), Prince, or at times my Bhangra station, to get me moving faster along the path, on this crisp, sunshiny morning, I took it easy with some classic soul.

Bloodstone, originally named The Sinceres, formed in Kansas City, Missouri in 1962, gaining more attention and  fame after moving to London and signing with Decca Records.  Most popular in the 1970’s and 80’s, the hit, Natural High, definitely a part of the soundtrack of my youth, reached the Billboard 100’s Top Ten in 1973 when it was released under the album of the same name.

I get a natural high from my morning walks, from listening to Marvin Gaye loud in my car with the windows rolled down, and from that feeling of pining away for that person you just met, or locked eyes with, and in your mind and your heart, you begin to imagine what Charles Love, vocalist and guitarist for Bloodstone, sings of. Because, really, if you think about it, aren’t we all looking for our own natural high?

What’s yours?

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SOURCE:

www.youtube.com, Natural High, by Bloodstone, posted by J Ausaru

www.wikipedia.com

www.soultracks.com

Photo credit: www.allmusic.com

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds – R.I.P. B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone

17 May

B.B. King

B.B. King

I can’t claim to be a blues aficionado, but everyone knows B.B. King is one of the greatest blues guitarists and singers of all time.

With all the outpouring of love on social media on Friday at the news of his passing, it’s clear that a big hole is left in the hearts of those who loved B.B., his performances, his connection to his famous guitar, “Lucille,” and his catalog of hits.

Here is the poem I put together on Facebook from my friends’ Status Updates that day, and following, King’s hit, The Thrill Is Gone, because clearly, with his passing, it is. And, as an added bonus, I’m including  a song of B.B.’s that was my friend, and real estate broker/owner extraordinaire, Nelson Taylor’s favorite.

Nelson shared after B.B.’s passing: “I grew up listening to the blues. My father was a rhythm and base player and early in his life played with Steve Miller, Bozz Scaggs and Mike Nesmith. He loved the blues and together we listened to 45s on our jukebox and 8 tracks in the van on weekend hunting trips.  My father and I have rarely seen eye to eye–and in fact I no longer speak with him. But music is one place where we’ve always been kindred. We loved, still love, BB King and saw him live more than a few times. I could never learn playing music from my father and he gave it up long ago. The passing of BB King is a loss for sure. The end of something greater than the life and the music. But I feel so lucky that he lived.”

 

HOW BLUE CAN YOU GET

crazy about
that lucille
consummate musician
the b was a bad…
I attended about
10 of his concerts.
a true legend.
legends don’t die.
they transform…
“my only ambition
is to be one of the
great blues singers
and be recognized.
if frank sinatra can
be tops in his field,
nat king cole in his,
bach and beethoven
and those guys in theirs,
why can’t I be
known for it in blues?”
-bb king told the
new york times magazine
in 1968
thank you, bb, for
giving lucille
her voice
and sharing
your music
for so many years
r.i.p. you were
the true king
the thrill is gone

Contributors:  David Hayes, Hakim Mutlaq, Scott MacKay, Chris Tera, The New York Times (B.B. King quote), Gathering Of The Vibes, Patrick Camp, Ellen Koenig

 

B.B. King, The Thrill Is Gone

 

 

Nelson’s pick:  B.B. King, Sweet Little Angel

SOURCE:

www.youtube.com, The Thrill Is Gone, B.B. King, Live at Montreux, 1993, posted by Eagle Rock,  and Sweet Little Angel, B.B. King, posted by design flaw

Photo Credit:  Zac Taylor TV

 

 

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Parliament – Flash Light

3 May

me and friend Tony Rinaldi at Wilby High Prom, Waterbury, CT, 1979

me and friend Tony Rinaldi at Wilby High Prom, Waterbury, CT, 1979

Maybe it’s because I pulled out my old high school yearbook the other day and found my junior year prom picture, and remembered what I was dancing to back then, and maybe, because like another time when we were all reeling from the Michael Brown, and then the Eric Garner non-indictments, I pulled up Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk, for my weekend pick. I felt like sometimes, in the darkest of times, we all need to just take a breath, and, in the words of the B-52’s, “dance this mess around,” before we can keep moving forward in the quest for true justice and equality for all.

 

 

I’m going back again to the funk well and pulling up a classic Parliament single: Flash Light.  So, take a breather and dance, and then get back to fighting the good fight.  Happy Sunday, Funkateers!

 

 

 

 

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SOURCE: www.youtube.com, Flashlight by Parliament, Uploaded by TheOldSchoolMusic, 12/18/09

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds On A Monday Because (There’s No Such Thing As) Writer’s Block

20 Apr

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge

Two major artists passed away recently: soul singer, Percy Sledge and 80’s r & b singer, Johnny Kemp.

Percy Sledge, who was born in 1940 in Leighton, Alabama, was a hospital orderly when he started singing at local clubs and frat parties at universities.  His epic love ballad, When A Man Loves A Woman, was a tune Sledge said he hummed to himself for years–he said even when he was younger and working the cotton fields–before penning the lyrics during his early singing days.  The song is said to be about his girlfriend at the time leaving him for a modeling career after Sledge was laid off from a construction job.

It was at a frat party performance that he was casually offered the opportunity to record his love ballad at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama in 1966.  The song was of course a huge hit, and Sledge continued to have a career with follow-up hits like Warm and Tender Love and Tear Me Up, and to tour extensively in Europe and South Africa up until his death last week.

Listen to When A Man Loves A Woman and try not to feel anything.  You can’t, right?

 

Jonny-KempI was shocked to hear of Johnny Kemp’s untimely death several days ago in Jamaica.  Kemp, who is originally from the Bahamas, moved to the States in 1979 with his band, Kinky Fox.  His breakout hit, and definitely his most memorable, was Just Got Paid, which hit #1 on the Billboard Top 100 Chart in 1988.

Just Got Paid came out during my New York City clubbing days, and it was the feel-good dance anthem of the day.  When I revisited the song’s video this past weekend, I realized I loved it then and still do because it totally captures the essence of late-eighties NYC energy, and no matter where you lived, you saw yourself as part of that energy–that feeling of “yeah, I just got paid, it’s Friday, it’s the weekend, and I’m putting on my coolest, sexiest, clubwear–my biggest, dangliest earrings, highest heels that I can still dance in, my black spandex skirt–and grabbing my wallet, and heading out the door to dance, dance, dance.

It is sad that Kemp, 55 this year, mysteriously passed away en route to perform on a cruise ship in Jamaica with Teddy Riley who produced the famous hit.  But, Kemp’s classic hit, and his energetic performance won’t be forgotten.

 

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Sources:

www.youtube.com

www.wikipedia.com

www.rockhall.com

 

Photo credit, Percy Sledge: www.artspecialday.com

Photo credit, Johnny Kemp:  www.timorworld.com

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: D’Angelo Performs The Charade on SNL

1 Feb

D'Angelo peforms The Charade on SNLI’ve been loving listening to the new D’Angelo album ever since it came out last month.  Fourteen years since his last effort, it was well worth the wait.  Lush, thoughtful funk and jazz instrumentals, D’Angelo’s velvety falsetto still there, and lyrics that speak to today’s time–especially to what it means to be black today.

Along with what I’m slowly coming to feel are my Twitter “roomies,” even if they don’t know I’m there:), I positioned myself on my couch with blanket and cat in tow to plod through a bad night of Saturday Night Live skits to get to D’Angelo’s performance on the show.  Some tweeps were ready to hang it up and not wait, but they did, and like me were so, so glad.  D’Angelo, even though a lot of shade was thrown for his first cowboy-looking outfit complete with scarf-pancho and western hat, beckoning some to call him “D’Angelo Unchained,” performed Really Love.  Tweets quickly moved from fashion critiques to “Yes! It’s Really Love with live strings!”…”That’s my jam!”

Sitting through more skits was again worth the wait when it became clear the next song D’Angelo would perform was The Charade.  A potent nod to all that’s been happening with the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ferguson and more, the song’s lyrics call out..”all we wanted was a chance to talk, instead we’ve only got outlined in chalk..”  The band wore Black Lives Matter and I Can’t Breathe t-shirts and hoodies, and some tweeted D’Angelo’s hooded jacket represented for Trayvon Martin.  It was a beautiful, bold powerful statement that validated time spent watching SNL, as a forum for important music moments.  Thank you, D’Angelo for last night’s big moment.

Here’s a link via Sons and Brothers    a site focused on helping America’s young people of color reach their full potential in school, work and life to BuzzFeed writer Jim Dalrymple’s take on the evening’s performance, and the best video of the SNL peformance posted to date:

http://bzfd.it/1BNGZDh

 

 

SOURCES:

www.sonsandbrothers.us/

www.buzzfeed.com

Jim Dalrymple – @jdalrymple

 

 

 

 

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Aloe Blacc – One Inna, produced by Madlib

7 Sep

ALOE BLACC
Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc

 

I’ve posted a few by Aloe Blacc before, but when I heard this come up on Pandora on my walk this past Thursday, my birthday:), I knew I wanted to post it here on WJSS Weekend Sounds.

 Here Aloe is with One Inna, produced by Madlib:

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE:  www.youtube.com, Aloe Blacc, One Inna, produced by Madlib, posted by Stones Throw

 

photo credit:  www.laweekly.com

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Sam Smith – Stay With Me featuring Mary J. Blige

15 Jun

sam smith mary j.

I think I heard Bono once say that Mariah Carey had the voice of an angel.  That must mean Sam Smith is a man angel.  Here he is with another favorite of mine, Mary J. Blige, singing Stay With Me.

 

 

SOURCE:  www.youtube.com, Stay With Me, (Live) Sam Smith with Mary J. Blige, posted by VeVo

Photo Credit:  www.baeblemusic.com, page by Matt Howard