Friday, July 18, 2014

[NEW MUSIC] Syleena Johnson - Perfectly Worthless [VIDEO]

Here is the underrated R&B Diva Syleena Johnson with her new video for single "Perfectly Worthless". Syleena as always is singing the hell out of this slow burner. The new song is from the album "Couples Therapy"

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Contestant Calls Kim Burrell Out For Being Rude & Disrespectful!

BET Sunday’s Best contestant calls Gospel singer Kim Burrell out for being rude and disrespectful. I say it’s about time that someone called Kim Burrell out for being rude and disrespectful. This is not the first time that Kim has been rude to a contestant. The rudeness of Kim Burrell is why I don’t even watch the show.

Let me be very honest, I have always considered Kim Burrell to be an overrated singer. Every line she sings is a run or riff. While praised by a lot of R&B artists, her style of singing is nothing but a Beyonce on steroids singing Gospel.

The young man Dennis Brigham was not a horrible singer and I don’t think his performance warranted the laughter from Ms. Burrell that he received. However, as you can see from the clip, he got her together real quick and in a hurry.

I did like the compassion that was shown by Keirra Sheard.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: The Chi-Lites - Let Me Be The Man My Daddy Was

My Dad and I
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers. Here is a great song from Chicago's own The Chi-Lites. Anybody that has been blessed with a great father wouldn't mind being the man their father was/is. I was blessed with one!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Happy Black Music Month!!!

Did you know that June is Black Music Month? In 1979 President Jimmy Carter decreed that June would be Black Music Month. President Barack Obama later named it African-American Music Appreciation Month.

I thought about what artist or song I could post as my first post celebrating Black Music Month.  First I said: “Well it has to be Aretha, I mean she is the Queen!” Then I went to digging through music. I came across this beautiful version of “Precious Lord” with legendary singer Marion Williams and the Father of Gospel Music Thomas A. Dorsey telling the story of “Precious Lord”.

Most of the legends came from the church and all that soul came from Gospel music. Gospel music, like Blues and Jazz is a true American art form.  Marion Williams is a singer that inspired Aretha Franklin, Billy Preston, and Little Richard.  That famous “Woo” Little Richard does was him trying to imitate Marion Williams!

Thomas A. Dorsey wrote "Precious Lord" which has been covered by many artists from all backgrounds.  

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Maya Still Rises

I was introduced to Maya Angelou’s work when I was in 8th grade by a student teacher by the name of Mr. Willis.  The first poem I ever read was “Still I Rise”.  I was captivated by that poem and I still have the original print from 8th grade that the teacher passed to the class.  I was introduced to other works by African-American writers but Maya struck something within me.

I won’t say that she inspired me to write because I always had the passion even before my introduction to her.  However, she through her work served as inspiration to me; to dig a little deeper and reach that plateau of understanding from the reader.

I was saddened to learn of her passing but I know that Maya still rises.  For her body of work will still serve as inspiration to others.  It is my belief that Maya has reached another plateau.  The plateau of heaven and you can’t rise any higher than that.  Maya still rises.

Soprano, Jessye Norman - Deep River

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mariah Carey - Me. I Am Mariah - Full Album Review

I decided to do a song by song review of "Me. I Am Mariah". In short this album reminds me of mid 90's Mariah. Classic pop ballads, a bit of R&B, Gospel influenced vocals and Mariah meets hip-hop. Mariah is in excellent voice on this album.

Cry – Gospel influenced ballad. Mariah is in very good voice. I haven’t heard her sound this solid since “Fly Like A Bird”.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Joss Stone - I Had A Dream [LIVE]

This is Joss Stone performing live one of my favorite songs from her first album "The Soul Sessions".  When Joss Stone hit the music scene in 2003, I just knew that music was changing for the better and Joss was going to be a huge international star.

Unfortunately I was incorrect on both. Music got worse and Beyonce solo career happened. Joss Stone is still making good music though and that is a plus!

Here is Joss Stone singing the tender ballad "I Had A Dream"

Friday, May 16, 2014

Just Talking Music: Stairway to Heaven & The Boss

 As a teenager I worked at a Summer Camp. I remember talking to my fellow co-workers about music. We all agreed that “Stairway to Heaven” was a great song.  We also agreed who doesn’t have respect for “The Boss”. We loved our parent’s generation of music.

As we continued to talk and get deeper into how “Stairway to Heaven” was really a great song, we all slowly realize that we were talking about two different songs.  All of my fellow camp counselors who were white had no idea who The O’Jay’s were and I wasn’t talking about Led Zepplin.  I only heard Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” maybe once or twice and they had never even heard of The O’Jays.

After our shock that we were speaking about two different songs by two different artists, we also realize that “The Boss” wasn’t the same either.  In my house “The Boss” refers to Diana Ross. You probably guessed by now they were talking about Bruce Springsteen.

Led Zepplin – Stairway to Heaven was released in 1971
The O’Jays – Stairway to Heaven was released in 1975
Bruce Springsteen is known as “The Boss”
Diana Ross – The Boss was released in 1979

 After all the years I can appreciate Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” but when I say “Stairway to Heaven” I’m still talking about The O’Jays song.  I still rarely listen to Bruce Springsteen because he sounds a lot like Cher or Cher sounds like Bruce Springsteen. When I speak about “The Boss” I’m talking about Diana Ross.