It is a strange old world and and no mistake but MUSIC unifies the
Heart, Soul, Body and mind and NEVER fails to deliver.
Looking back over almost a CENTURY of (predominantly), urbane musicology has taught me that.
From the earliest days of New Orleans barrel house right up to the street sounds of London, (where i was born and raised), I have listened, reflected, absorbed and learned more from the universal language than from any other source of human narrative.
I feel like rolling out a theme, starting today.
Where and for how long the ‘wind‘ blows, nobody knows.
Nubag #29 (a year in the life)
Hold My Baby’s Hand – James Brown & the Famous Flames
“The eruption of feelings and emotions that follows a near-death experience, or any event that causes us to stop and look deeply at the reality of our lives, is ripe with the potential for insight & clarity.” – Allan Lokus
Until we meet again ConZu…x
Nubag #19 (a year in the life)
Little Richard – ‘Im Just a Lonely Guy
back in the ‘nubag’ saddle. RASCAL of a year so far but ‘che sera‘. As we roll, HOLD this BOSS, BURIAL, Crescent City, piece of urbane musicology from the pioneering, majestic Little Richard. Recorded, of course, at (Father) Cosimo Mattassa’s studio. The ONE and only spot to record for Cats who knew what it was..is..and will always be about.
The image is one of an (in)famous street in the heart of MY ‘town’ .. London. Where me and the ancestors have been roaming and rolling since, (at least) the 1700’s.
Nubag #11 (a year in the life)
Unseeing Eye – ‘Sonny Boy Williamson’
MAJOR selection from Sonny Boy Williamson II aka ‘Rice’ Miller/Little Boy Blue/Little Willie. Recorded and released in ‘Chi at/for Chess in 1959.
BIG DATA is on us like flies round shit..
“Boys you better be careful about what you say or do,
better be careful boys about…what you say and do,
that unseeing eye…just keep on watching you..”
Nubag #7 (a year in the life)
Daddy Rollin’ Stone – Otis Blackwell
Moving out of the Sam Cooke and into the (real) Rhythm and Blues with the pioneering Otis Blackwell. This, his first cut, recorded/released in 1952 was the start of a long, illustrious career. Best known as a songwriter, (publicly), Otis was a DON of Rhythm and Blues and had a MAJOR influence on ‘Rock and Roll’ penning two of Elvis’ biggest cuts as well as tunes by, (among others), Jerry Lee Lewis and Dee Clark.
BIG piece of tune….Connoisseurs selection.