Is There A Musical Revolution Going On?
Anyway, Happy Monday people!
Sorry I've been away for a few days, but you know how it is - bidnezz needed to be handled.
I ask the "musical revolution" question because Pink will be on Oprah today to talk about her new song "Stupid Girls," (What happened to the dreams of a girl president, she's dancing in the video next to 50 Cent, They travel in packs of two or three, with their itsy bitsy doggies and their teeny-weenie tees.) Then, I just innocently stop by my blogbud Juicy's site and she is playing this video by a Canadian singer (pictured) named Esthero (I'm so sick and tired of the sh*t on the radio and MTV they only play the same thing no matter where I go I see Ashanti in the video, I want something more)
I would say the first inkling I had of any of this was Leela James' "Music" (Somebody play on the guitar strings, Makes me think of my favorite songs, Reminds me of when I heard Aretha sing, Gladys, Tina and Chaka Khan, Can't go back to yesterday, but we can put the thongs away) I've been really impressed with Corinne Bailey Rae of course and Anthony Hamilton and John Legend are out there, so I don't know about a revolution per se, but I definitely think that genuine singing voices and musical instruments (not just machines) are definitely coming back with a vengeance - and not a moment too soon.
In other news, LL Cool J is 11 albums into his 21 year career with 27 top 20 singles and he's still looking damn good. It's hard to believe that he is the father of teenagers now (geez!)
Also, I have been captive to yet another VH1 Soul rotation, this time featuring Amel Larrieux, which is a good thing. Her new song"Weary" is typical of the good quality she always brings.
Speaking of Amel, I had no idea that her mother was the dance critic and Temple University professor Brenda Dixon Gottschild. Now I can see where she gets her ethereal qualities from. Dr. Dixon Gottschild is the author of several books including one you probably see all the time in bookstores, The Black Dancing Body: A Geography from Coon to Cool, a book where she discusses two of my favorite topics: dance and race.
FYI: The man in the picture with the professor is her husband Helmut, a noted choreographer. Don't know if he is Amel's dad though.