musicology #397


Sound&Fury #1

(The Poets Of Rhythm – Guiding Resolution)

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. – William Shakespere –

I am utilising this quote NOT because that is my belief regarding the journey but because this theme, (unlike some), signifies nothing so my advice, (if needed), is “don’t waste time looking under rocks for scorpions”. There’s nothing deep about this theme other than the music.

First up is a majestic piece of musicology from German born, (and raised), hipsters ‘The Poets Of Rhythm’ who in the 90’s began their journey to redifine the parameters of Authentic ‘Funk’ with their fantasic sound. This cut is from their 2001 set Discern/Define. Anyone who knows, (as well as those who don’t), will, I hope, agree that this groove is as good as ‘it’, (the genre), gets. Soul and Funk was my entry into the world of clubbing and DeeJaying in 1985 on London’s  ‘Rare Groove’ scene and I can assure you that had this been around then it would have been well and truly rinsed..

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3 thoughts on “musicology #397

  1. Yeah The Musics Back……an upliftin little number,
    I liked the way it went ‘all mellow’ in the middle!..

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  2. “don’t waste time looking under rocks for scorpions”….. I don’t know wheather to laugh or cry at that….

    In “times’ of reflection and uncertainty this is a tune I always fall back on… I’ts on my all-time 100 list. Play it, it’s sooths the soul.

    You’re the entertainer, the entertainer

    You’re the entertainer, the entertainer



    You made ’em laugh, and you left ’em feelin’ glad

    You made ’em cry, and you left ’em feelin’ sad
They’ve seen you perform in so many plays

    But they’re not to know you’re unhappy today

    So they’ll never know, go on with the show
Cause, You’re the entertainer, the entertainer
You’re the entertainer, the entertainer



    The curtain’s up, and your audience is waiting out there

    Now walk on stage, boy, like you don’t have a care

    And don’t let ’em know that you’re feelin’ so low
Since your girl put you down, you’re a sad-hearted clown
    


    But the show must go on, go on and on

    Cause, You’re the entertainer, the entertainer
You’re the entertainer, the entertainer, yeah


    (instrumental)



    Now hear that applause, now you know you made the grade

    You fooled them well, for the money they paid
Now walk off in style, and don’t forget to smile
Though your heart tells you, “frown” you can’t let the people down


    Sure your one girl has gone, but you’ve got to walk on

    When, You’re the entertainer, tell yourself
(the entertainer)

    You’re the entertainer, you know, you can do it
(the entertainer)

    You’re the entertainer, walk on, in style now
(the entertainer)

    You’re the entertainer, come on, in style now
(the entertainer)

    You’re the entertainer, come on, in style now
(the entertainer)

    (fade)

    And then spin Little Milton’s “We Gonna Make It”…. yeahhhhhhhhhh

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    1. know, (and love), it. one of themusicologist’s earliest 60’s Soul memories..Tony Clarke. The organ intro sets the tone perfectly.

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