musicology #519


Randoms #2

(Bill Withers – Take It All In And Check It All Out)

Next cut on the random selection…and it’s time for this one from the great Bill Withers one of the three major teachers for themusicologist from my formative years one listen should help you understand why when the man speaks themusicologist listened. Highlighted from his 1972 TOP RANKING ‘Still Bill’ set. Recorded in LA at the Record Plant and released on Sussex. Also featuring the combined talents of Obbye Hall, Benorce Blackmon, Melvin Dunlap, James Gadson and Raymond Jackson.

LISTEN TUNE…

“You can fill up a room with idle conversation,
You can stir up a whole darn nation with your mouth,
But before you start to show your indignation,
About a situation,
You oughta take it all in and check it all out,

You can create a boom with uh catchy information,
You can shake up a lot of people if you shout,
But before you begin to grin about the success of your creation
You oughta take it all in and check it all out

You can make out a plan with aimless dedication,
You can hang up a million slogans in your house,
But before you put it into operation,
Before you man your station now,
You oughta take it all in and check it all out,
You oughta take it all in and check it all out,
Find out what it’s all about uh huh,
You oughta take it all in and check it all out,
You oughta take it all in and check it all out Find out what it’s all about uh huh,
You oughta take it all in and check it all out,
You oughta take it all in and check it all out”

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2 thoughts on “musicology #519

  1. Bill Withers. What a treat. As you say “a major teacher”.

    Are you aware that three years ago today themusicologist kissed the ether for the first time… ah, the innocence of those times (or, generally speaking, was it ignorance/naivety?).

    So, in appreciation/acknowledgement of this third anniversary of a wonderful read (and of course, excellent music) here’s my little contribution to hopefully inspire “the butterfly mind” to keep on doing it…

    Epistemologically speaking, information is made up of a collection of data and knowledge is made up of different strands of information. Of late, information and data have become increasingly difficult to tell apart. Consequently, the debate on information and/or knowledge has been debased in my opinion…. Information is widely available; what seems to be scarce in this wired-up world of ours is the ability to extract wisdom from all that information… happy third anniversary!

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