November 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm (Uncategorized)

“SOUL. That word that in 4 humble letters names the one thing that is as common as the human heart and as rare as the spirit. Where have we gone wrong where something so simple and inherent in all of us has become so elusive and difficult to communicate? Somewhere between banging on logs and the invention of M.I.D.I technology we have made a terrible wrong turn. We must have ridden right past our stop. We should have stepped down off the train that moment when rhythm and harmony and technology all culminated to a single Otis Redding whine. That moment of the truest, most genuine expression of what it means to be human. We must have been talking too loud to hear that sound.  A sound that was as weightless as the clouded sky and as real as the grass between our toes. Luckily for us, that sound occurred outside of time & space. REAL SOUL is, was, and always will be everywhere around us.” 

(A true classic)

This is part of a quote from the inside jacket of my Sharon Jones Naturally album.  I think it may be one of the most heartfelt, accurate descriptions of soul music I have ever read.  That’s what soul music is, and why this genre of music was given such a grand title.  Soul.  A song has to have something special to fit into this category… that’s a lot of pressure!  Somewhere along the way, on the road of musical retardation (somewhere between Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus), we have lost our joy and our passion for music.  What do you hear in your car on the radio?  What songs are blasting through the speakers when you are running on the treadmill at the gym?  What are you listening to in your local watering hole at happy hour? 

More importantly, how does it make you feel?  Do you feel anything at all? 

(Sassy funky!)

I went to Fortune nightclub on Saturday night to see Aloe Blacc perform live.  The tickets were $20 – a fraction of what it costs to see a Canucks game.  And it was so incredible, so beautiful, that in a room full of drunks, lovers, friends, old and young, I was nearly reduced to tears.  Tears of happiness – tears of relief – that someone could create such a beautiful SOUND to describe the deepest feeling of love – love for myself, love for my man (who I held on to all night long!), love for the strangers surrounding me, and love for the miracle of life.  This may all sound ridiculous for the sake of a couple good songs, but it’s about more than that.  That’s true soul.  It’s not just the catchy tune that get’s stuck in your head.  The generosity of soul music can truly influence your words and actions for the better. 

(Sweet and simple)

I have always loved soul and funk.  And as the years go by, I appreciate this music more and more.  I think it was written and created in a subtle attempt at bringing the world together, in peace and harmony… if only we would slow down and listen.  Listen to these songs with someone you love, sing them in the shower, and share them with everyone you know – and please, share your favorites with me, too!

Take a look inside and see how soul music speaks to you.  Enjoy some of my favorites!

(For hope for the future and brotherly/sisterly love)

(Super, SUPERbad…just nasty!)

(Bam! Oh yeah! Upbeat, sure to make you dance)


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