Bless up and big up Gregory Isaacs. Long live your memory...
Out 25 2010, 17h25A voice I grew up with is gone today, but not forgotten. The Cool Ruler aka Gregory Isaacs has passed away. May his smooth, mellow voice be like a bird for Jah.
Bless up and big up Gregory Isaacs. Long live your memory...
Ago 17 2010, 18h54I'm enjoying my daily walks from the train to the office. One particular album caught my ears this morning. Just listen to Grandmasters and you'll see - or hear rather what an incredibly well done album this is. Whoever mastered it is a genius in my eyes. The album is strong overall. Great tracks laid over some incredible beats. The whole album tells an incredible tale. Highly recommend it if you haven't put this on your hip-hop playlists as of yet!
Jan 6 2010, 21h41I've been in a major classical music fix for the last several weeks. I guess Christmas can do that to you. Anyway, today it was very cold outside so I decided to warm up by listening to some reggae. The public tag for reggae on Last.FM is full of music that really shouldn't be tagged as such (but then again so many of Last.FM tags aren't really "pure"), so I decided I needed to be more specific. What exactly do I want? Some old school bass, riddims, roots, and so I went with specifically music similar to Dr. Alimentado. I feel like I've been listening to smash hit after smash hit! Big Youth, Johnny Osbourne, Cornell Campbell, Leroy Smart, The Gladiators, Tappa Zukie, U-Roy, and of course the Doctor himself!
Dem a nice it up on my Last.FM radio today...big that up.
Jan 1 2010, 21h48
I am really stoked about this news! Soundgarden reunion in 2010! This is the best news I've heard and a great way to start the New Year!
[Billboard.com] Soundgarden Reunion Planned for 2010
Jun 26 2009, 15h46R.I.P. Michael Jackson
Well, I don't normally write about pop artists or pop music in general, but you can't ignore the news on television nor how a musician of such caliber impacted your life.
Michael Jackson passed away yesterday and it was a tragic passing in my opinion. His life was often times an open book. He did great things musically and altruistically. We saw him in good times and bad times and sadly, many are recalling his bad times more so than what he is known for...that is being probably one of the greatest musicians of our time.
My wife and I spoke quite a bit last night about this because of all the news coverage. I hope that coverage doesn't go so out of control that it glosses over what he should be remembered for most - that being his musical accomplishments. We spoke about how his music impacted our lives. His music is nostalgic. His music crossed over into so many different genres. His music transcended race, creed, and other social barriers.
I remember when I was six years old, I received a copy of Thriller. Back then, every Saturday night my parents would get together with our family's friends and other loved ones. Our fathers would play card games like 56, 28, or Spades, while our mothers watched Indian movies on tape. We kids would play around or dance to our music collections on vinyl or cassette tape and more times than less it would be an album of MJ. When people came over my sisters and I played Thriller for our friends. A lot of times our parents would stop the card games or movies to listen to the music and revel in our ability to enjoy ourselves dance, try to moonwalk, and mimic MJ in whatever way we could. I recall one of my friends tried to make his own sequin glove! Songs like P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Thriller, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, would go on for hours. In addition to this, my father once bought me a Datsun racing jacket and would always think it was funny when I would wear it so he sang Beat It, because it reminded him of the video. My wife recalled a girl from her church who had this uncanny ability to impersonate MJ in dance. Folks from my time grew up on MJ. Though his later albums didn't reap the same success as Thriller, they were still no less amazing. Tracks like Remember the Time, You Rock My World, and others precisely described my feelings high school crushes I had and the more recent Butterflies is inspiration for the love of my life.
As I mentioned before, MJ's music transcended so many other barriers. I still remember how my grandfather would ask me if I liked Michael Jackson on a trip to India. So many of my cousins there loved and still love his music. I remember how people in South Africa would talk about his music non-stop. You can't help notice on TV how his fans come from every walk of life. Old, young, poor, rich, black, white...that's what MJ was all about...that song, Black or White summed it all up. Perhaps, people were so focused on his problems that we ourselves aren't immune to, we weren't focused on the big picture...I am always amazed at the talent he's worked with as well, like Sheryl Crow, Slash, Van Halen, Diana Ross, Rockwell, and so many more!
There won't be another one like him anytime soon. I can't imagine it...despite his hard times, his weirdness, and overall flawed human nature like each one of us I still couldn't help but feel sorry for him. One could sense his loneliness and sadness but he should know he touched so many. MJ, you will be missed...as my friend PMT best put it --
I hope that he finally finds the peace he could never seem to find on earth, despite all his talents and accomplishments. As artists, its up to us to properly carry on his professional legacy.
Jan 1 2009, 16h24I wish you all a wonderful and prosperous 2009 ahead!
I WILL listen to MORE music this year! Hellz yeeeeeeah! And it will be all kinds...more, more, more...I didn't listen to enough in 2008 because it was so busy...time to uuuh...hmmm..musify myself! I WILL go to more concerts. I will buy/download more CD/MP3's, I WILL make the new home my wife and I buy a musical one...
Nov 11 2008, 15h20South African Musical Legend Miriam Makeba Dies | Associated Press
As a tribute to the great african musician who fought against the injustices of apartheid through her music, I will play Miriam Makeba and music similar to her's throughout the day. This talented woman has performed with the likes of Hugh Masakela, Harry Belafonte, and Paul Simon. Nelson Mandela had quoted to say:
When she went into exile she continued to make us proud as she used her worldwide fame to focus attention on the abomination of apartheid. Her music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all of us. She was a mother to our struggle and to the young nation of ours. It was fitting that her last moments were spent on a stage, enriching the hearts and lives of others - and again in support of a good cause.
Enjoy the videos!
Out 26 2008, 20h22Sun 14 Sep – Third Day, Switchfoot, Jars of Clay, Robert Randolph & The Family Band
I'm not big on christian music, but I attended this event because my fiancée
is a huge fan of Switchfoot. A couple we met at a BBQ invited us to this event and so we decided to check it out. I have to admit, it ended up being quite a good show. I was however more impressed with Robert Randolph and the Family Band than anyone else, but even Jars of Clay was pretty good.
I guess I can try to open my mind to other Christian acts outside of P.O.D.
Jul 11 2008, 3h35After four years, I've reached 100,000 tracks scrobbled. Last.FM has been a great outlet for me over the last few years. Music and Last.FM has gotten me through hard times - especially at work, helped me find better things to do than waste time on the negative, and it has opened my eyes to some great new artists and genres. I've been to concerts I would never have dreamed of attending, I've purchased/downloaded albums and mp3's that blow my mind sometimes and above all through Last.FM, I've met some awesome people who had great influence on me here, and you know who you are...I can't thank you all enough for your recommendations, shouts, friend requests, and overall awesomeness.
For this milestone of sorts, I chose to play a song that has summed up how I feel lately and where I'm hoping to go...
Nasio Fontaine's track called Show Me
To usher in a new beginning...I've chosen to play Peter Tosh's version of Get Up Stand Up (acoustic version). What will be will be...
Stay positive all...One love. Life is hard sometimes but what matters is we get up when we fall down.
Jun 24 2008, 13h33You like Hawaiian and Pacific Islands riddims? A friend recommended a great streaming radio station. Listening to this makes me wonder why we're here in Babylon roughing it out...