Look mom one I can actually post! Happy Friday!!!
Enjoy these two ballads from 1979 called “Deja Vu”.
Dionne Warwick: “Deja Vu”
Teena Marie: “Deja Vu” (I’ve Been Here Before)
Tis me again… you know how I go on and on about how the internet can be the greatest thing in the world while at the same time being the worst thing in the world when it comes to music. Please count this series from Pianist/Composer/Arranger/Educator Arlington Jones in that number of best things. Arlington’s guest in this episode is none other than Greg Phillinganes whose career resume is as varied as it is immense. There are a lot of gems in the playing here and the interview with Greg. One is immediately struck by Greg’s humility and grace coupled with his passion for the music.
My suggestion is that you make time to check this out in full and let folks that you know who are fans of great music that it is well worth their well to listen to the story behind this musician who was picked by Stevie Wonder to join his band at 19. Of course Greg also went on to play on a few records that you may have heard of after his work with Stevie which is discussed in the interview.
Sometimes you just need to put a glide in your stride, a dip in your hip and head on over to The Mothership!
Or at least I think we’re heading to the middle. What does that mean? Well we’re going back to school for a quick second. The negative numbers represent to me what a lot folks are doing in music now which is just a daily stream of new music, like everyday… the one and done. The positive numbers represent the other side of the coin which is basically a daily steady stream of nostalgia: old music that we feel comfortable with, proven popular etc., etc.
Why the middle? Well for one it doesn’t seem like anyone is there. Secondly, if all you have is new music all the time that you just see, hear and read about once that doesn’t stick to your ribs so to speak. Lastly, if all we ever deal with is the old and proven we will have zero new memories and I don’t think that’s good.
So how do we get to the middle? Maybe we can put some chocolate in the peanut butter or some peanut butter in the chocolate. In other words mix it up a bit old/new/no school rules. Frequency… maybe we should post some things more than once in a week perhaps a couple of times until the conversation really gets going. As per usual there’s no plan here just thinking aloud, but join us and bring your ideas and maybe we can get to the middle together.
Instrumental goodness from the maestro!
File under: Music.