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Now Playing: Half Mile Home: “Thinking Of Me”

Posted on May 29th, 2016 by

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Growns, check out “Thinking Of Me” from Akron, Ohio gospel trio Half Mile Home. “Thinking Of You” is from Half Mile Home’s forthcoming album, Don’t Judge Me, due to be released on July 8, 2016 on Church Boy Muzik.

About “Thinking Of Me” (From the press release): Half Mile Home’s new single, “Thinking Of Me” is a heart-warming single and delivers Holy Power through the anointed lead and harmony voices of Terence “Buttons” Burton, Darryl “Deaken” Brownlee and Todd Burton. Composed by brothers Terence and Todd with frequent co-writer David “Ready Writa” Felder, “Thinking Of Me” is a spine-tingling reminder of God’s grace in our daily lives sung from hearts of eternal gratitude and spirits of sanctified soul. The song opens intimately with piano accompaniment, then blossoms into celestial glory with production elements of synthesizers and rhythm.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

#GetGrown: The Junkyard Band – “The Word”

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by

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I’m still posting from 1986 for some reason… I’d definitely mark it as a landmark year in my life: first job, first car, no first love though… that would have to wait until the year change. But this music, this group, hell all the Go-Go groups from D.C. I and many of my co-horts were straight up go-go heads. Everything from the fashion to the dialect and of course the music emanating from the Nation’s Capitol became our identifiers, our way of navigating our small little world some 100 miles from the source. That just illustrates the power of music and how she can hold sway.

As a teen I didn’t necessarily contextualize this gem from The Junkyard Band as protest music but that’s exactly what it is… I mean for us what the group is talking about was really the word on the street. I don’t have to imagine what the world was like during the Reagan Administration – I lived through both terms. Interesting times indeed. Mostly though, the appeal of “The Word” was the beat and what a stark difference it was to the multi-instrument sophistication of say a Chuck Brown. The Good Junk was of and by the youngins’ and they were definitely ushering in a new sound and era of Go-Go. Out of the two song set (produced by Rick Rubin and released on Def Jam) “Sardines” is probably the more famous of the two, but the songs offer an interesting study in contrasts old an new. “The Word” is more steeped in older first generation of go-go as far as tempo and rhythm are concerned – a much faster pulse, whereas “Sardines” helped to usher in the slower “pocket” that became the standard for the late 1980’s into the 1990’s.

I’ve known for many a decade that Go-Go for some can be an acquired taste. It has been a part of my musical DNA for a very long time, I make no apologizes for when the beat is crankin’ and that’s truly the word these days and everyday.

#NewMusic: Will Downing – “Everything I Miss At Home”

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by

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Growns! GFM perennial fave Will Downing is back with his first full length release in six years. Due out July 8th Black Pearls pays homage to some of the greatest women voices in R&B which include Chaka Khan, Phyllis Hyman and Deniece Williams to name a few. Today we’re proud to present Will’s take on Cherelle’s 1988 hit “Everything I Miss At Home”.

Press play and share and make sure to check back here to stay in the know about the latest from Will Downing.

#GetGrown: Etta James – “Misty”

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by

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Really been enjoying getting back into to posting these “Get Grown” offerings. I’ve really been on some grown in my head this week and the interesting occurrence with a lot of these posts as that the year 1986 keeps coming up. Even though the music from this Etta James performance of the Errol Garner classic “Misty” (which is taken from a fantastic live album that also features Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Red Holloway, Jack McDuff, Shuggie Otis, Richard Reid and Paul Humphrey) harkens back to another era it was recorded in May of 1986 and is as alive today as it was then.

This is one of those performances where the mandate I was giving years ago rings very true: “If you’re going to play the Blues, Play The Blues!” The power, the spirit that resides in what this ensemble is holding forth behind Etta’s sway is as real as it gets and the energy from audience reaction/participation is on full display. This is music. This is grown. After listening to this you may have to take a little bit longer at lunch to sip on an adult beverage or something like that…

#NewVisuals: David Banner – “Black Fist”

Posted on May 25th, 2016 by

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I know often that we shy away from the controversial here in these pages mainly because we are from the school of not wanting to offend nor unnerve. However, the senseless loss of life should be offensive to everyone. Here is a song and a film which David Banner has put together to address the lack of humanity that permeates certain quarters of our society.

On a personal level I feel that it is important in art to not only deal in the escapist but temper that with a healthy dose of the realist. While you may be offended by what’s presented here, I believe that in the final analysis that’s exactly the point: a visceral reaction to what’s presented aurally and visually that will facilitate dialogue.

Feel free to speak your mind… it ain’t illegal yet.

#GetGrown: El DeBarge – “Love Always”

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by

Often we hear so much about the downside of 80’s R&B being adult-focused music. Adjectives like sleepy, tired and lame abound and yes there were definitely those types of productions in the marketplace but there were also some real gems. Our offering today I consider a real gem. Culled from El’s first solo outing and written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, “Love Always” was a staple of quiet storm programming and late night video offerings on BET upon its release some thirty years ago. Even though some may have thought that this music was a little too old for us teenagers at the time, I believe that it was just the type of soundtrack that we needed as we embarked on learning the finer points of relationships and romance.

There’s definitely something to be said for the love letter as opposed to the DM, but that’s another blog for another day. Enjoy!

#NowPlaying: Tito Jackson: “Get It Baby”

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 by

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Growns, veteran Tito Jackson is here with a toe-tapping tune called “Get It Baby”– just in time for your cookouts. Let us know whatcha think.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

#Now Playing/Visuals: BJ The Chicago Kid: “Woman’s World”

Posted on May 21st, 2016 by

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Growns, don’t fret. Soul singing has not completely disappeared. BJ The Chicago Kid is holding it down for his generation. Watch and enjoy the video for “Woman’s World” from his debut album, In My Mind.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.