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New Redman: Lookin' Fly. I failed at recognizing the Jackson 5 Sample tho.

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Waow.

Gotta keep it short and to the point, but Redman continues to drop songs from his upcoming album, Reggie Noble 9 1/2. “Lookin Fly” is pretty sweet, but I  just got yelled at for not being able to IMMEDIATELY identify the song sample…. J5’s Heartbreak Hotel. I’m sorry nerds. You know who you are. It wont happen again. LoL.

Anyways, download “Lookin” Fly Here.

and Enjoy.

New Redman: Lookin’ Fly. I failed at recognizing the Jackson 5 Sample tho.

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Waow.

Gotta keep it short and to the point, but Redman continues to drop songs from his upcoming album, Reggie Noble 9 1/2. “Lookin Fly” is pretty sweet, but I  just got yelled at for not being able to IMMEDIATELY identify the song sample…. J5’s Heartbreak Hotel. I’m sorry nerds. You know who you are. It wont happen again. LoL.

Anyways, download “Lookin” Fly Here.

and Enjoy.

When Religion And Music Mix Beautifully.

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A few months ago, I asked a great music nerd friend of mine… Mr. Ryen David… about his interest in Buddhism, and what he knew specifically about Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism.

This was his wonderful, well thought out reply.

This question was posed to me yesterday by a friend who was raised in Nichiren Buddhism.
I have the oddest answer for it though. I found out about Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and subsequently Nichiren Buddhism via album liner notes.
In the liner notes of a Herbie Hancock record to be exact. The song it referenced was “Actual Proof” on the Thrust album. To say I love the song is an understatement.

Let me paraphrase it a bit from the liner notes of Herbie Hancock, Actual Proof  (Thrust, 1974):

“A first take World Series grand slam. Herbie, drummer Mike Clark (what he does on this track is the stuff of legend) and bassist Paul Jackson, after an hour of “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo’s”, went into the studio with the intention of sticking it to the producer that insisted they use some middle-school Mickey Mouse groove. And stick it to him they did.”

I identified with this for multiple reasons. One, I am a bass player initially. Jazz was the first thing I learned. I loved the complexity of it. I am a sucker for grooves. I like the idea that a challenge can be overcome by the zoned-in focus of mental clarity of purpose. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo fit the bill here. It takes dedication to get things right. It takes dedication to do anything worth doing. I know that if I dedicate myself to understanding, to clarity, to removing suffering, to understanding the gravity of what I do/think/say, I make a difference. The chant just reaffirms for me the power of sound and rhythm to lift people up. It has worked for me ever since.

Thanks, @RyenDavid for reminding me that religion and music can go hand in hand in an amazing way.

Please. Please. Listen to me. If you like Quality Soul, Listen to Alice Russell. Now..

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She be Sangin.

Sound: Powerful Voice over Quality Soul, Jazz/Blues and Gospel Influenced Music.
Album: Pot Of Gold (2008); And her other albums, Under the Menka Moon (2004) and My Favorite Letters (2005).

Why?
If you’d just listen to this woman, or if you’ve heard of her in the past, you already know why. The real question is, “Why isn’t this chick more popular?” Seriously. If you liked Amy Winehouse or Corinne Bailey Rae, or if you enjoy the soulful sounds of Sharon Jones and her Dap Kings, you seriously need to take a listen to this. Her voice is on par with each of the women I just named. And you’ll need to pay attention. With beautifully written lyrics behind that amazingly soulful voice of hers, it makes her albums FUN to listen to. Her voice control, vibrato, expression… its wonderful and refreshing. And she really goes in on her cover of Gnarles Barkley’s “Crazy.” I’m hooked and I can’t let go. I’m just mad I didn’t get to her sooner.

Songs you need to check out: “Sweet is the Air,”Tired Little One (Acoustic Version),” “Taking Hold” and “Living The Life of a Dreamer.”

Here are a couple of videos Alice did with my Boys from “The Park,” Alice’s backing band when she’s in the US.
It was their awesome that made me aware of her awesome. :D

Please, remember me when she gets huge. One day.

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