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Soul-Patrol Newsletter Headlines (6/3/2004)
1. Reflections: Lonnie Liston Smith
2. CD Review: Teena Marie - La Dona
3. Get Funk Stamped For the 2004 Soul-Patrol Convention By Sly Stone
4. Black History: Hendrix/Isley Bros - Testify Part 1
5. Website Update: LouisePerryman.com
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1. Reflections: Lonnie Liston Smith
Ya know, sometimes life can take a funny turn....
Last Saturday night while I was at the show in Randallstown, MD I went backstage and entered Lonnie Liston Smith's dressing room. I introduced myself to Mr. Smith and instead of thinking of something witty, profound or intelegent to say, all I could think of at that moment was...
"I AM A HUGE FAN OF YOURS, IN FACT I HAVE A WEB PAGE ON MY SITE ABOUT YOU..."
I spoke to him for a few more moments and then walked away, feeling somewhat embarrassed because I hadn't thought of anything witty, profound or intelligent to say. I thought to myself...(what must he think of me???)
Later that evening Micheal Henderson more formally introduced us by saying..."This is Bob Davis, from Soul-Patrol, this is the brotha I was telling you about..."
Of course that made me feel better and then we got down to a conversation about his music. I said, maaaaannnnn...You don't know...
We talked about the buttFUNK-kicking groove of the song EXPANSIONS and the whole concept of "KOZMIC FUNK"...
Lonnie said..."The whole point was to first get people moving and grooving on the dance floor and then to get them to think...To think about the world around them and expand their minds to open up to the possibilities for the future..."
I said..."That was kinda what I thought, I was a college student at the time and to me and for my partners, we thought that the whole experience was kinda designed to "suck us in with the mean FUNK grooves" and then force us to first listen to the melodic jazz and then finally to THINK..."
Lonnie said..."You got that right..." :)
I said..."That's what the groove called KOZMIC FUNK was all about, it was "afrocentric" before the word "afrocentric" had even been invented, combining the funk, jazz & afro-egyptian sounds together in a way that was inspirational and forced you to pay attention to the mind expanding messages of love and positive energy expressed in the songs...."
And then I realized...How foolish I must have sounded...
Here I was trying to provide a "two dolla" definition about the term "KOZMIC FUNK", when I had standing right in front of me the man who INVENTED THE DAMN TERM COSMIC FUNK, back in 1974 on the LP called.... "COSMIC FUNK"
The concert was OFF THE HOOK. Mr Lonnie Liston Smith played his butt off.
Awesome keyboards. The whole show was a serious "flashback" in time for me.
The audience certainly dug it as well, people got up and started dancing on the fast songs.
And on the slow songs, people just sat as if they were in a trance, as they "nodded/bobbed" their heads along with the beats of the music. The music was sooo damn melodic it made one think of a clear night in Egypt, at the base of the pyramids.
I was caught up in a deep melodic and nostalgic tip. It felt just like 1976, here I was listening to live music that was by design introspective....
And then suddenly the clock fast forwarded to 2004 as Lonnie Liston Smith reminded uas all of the true reason why we had all gathered there on this evening... He introduced the young musicians from Randallstown, MD who had by now joined him on stage. They joined right in and kept that serious "KOZMIC FUNK" groove going. And THAT was a truly impressive thing for me to bear witness to.
There it was, laid out in front of me, clear as day...
"GREAT BLACK MUSIC FROM THE ANCIENT TO THE FUTURE..."
(right on stage)
One of the things that was also made clear to me are the "synergies" of some of the artists of the "underground soul" (ex Marlon Saunders, Ascendant and others) movement and the ideals and aspirations of 1970's "KOZMIC FUNK". That pretty much explains for me why I like some of that music so much
Anyhow...the following Monday morning as I was getting ready for work, my phone rang.
I picked it up and heard a voice say..."I'm trying to reach Bob Davis, this is Lonnie Liston Smith..."
(that blew my mind.....lol)
And then he said...
"Bob, I just wanted to let you know that I visited your site and read the things that you wrote about me, so I had to call you to thank you for putting up that web page about me..."
LONNIE LISTON SMITH ON SOUL-PATROL: The "VISION" of Lonnie Liston Smith
"As soon as I went to the main page of your site and I heard the voice of Malcolm X, I knew that I was in the right place..."
We then went on to discuss a myriad of topics such as: Smooth Jazz, Miles Davis; Stax Records, Afrocentric ideas, Sam Moore, The 1970's, Clear Channel, Why American Blacks don't support their own music, etc.
Needless to say I was late for work.....lol
(and of course I have been on a "high" all week long)
We will be hearing more from and about Lonnie Liston Smith here on Soul-Patrol
(I have a feeling that he wouldn't want it any other way)
2. CD Review: Teena Marie - La Dona
I'm on vacation in Oceanside Ca. and this song comes on the radio. My friend and I both stop talking and she says..Chris who is that? I say gurl that sounds like Teena Marie with a new song!! We turn the radio up and instantly fall in love with the song. THAT'S WHO TEENA MARIE IS!!
Her voice, style and music makes you stop you what you are doing and you listen. This CD is a much-needed CD. In a time where we accept everything mediocre and substandard as the norm including MUSIC, its so good to hear real music again. Lady To The TEE delivers with 10 stars.
I fell in love with the first single "I'm Still in Love" I thought it couldn't get any better than that. Boy was I wrong! After finally taking the CD player off the Repeat Button I heard the rest of the CD.
"I'm Still in Love" grabs you from the first note, makes you get up and Cha Cha and it's instant Old School. Ms. Tee takes you deep into the song with her. "A Rose " is a duet with Gerald Levert need I say more? I have to say more. Simply put, pure Soul and Ms. Tee at her best. Beautiful. "Mackin Game" is slammin.. You just groove to this. "Mackaveli" is another keeper. This one you need to really listen to as you are tapping and bouncing to the beat. Now lets get down to the other side of Ms. TEE. The Jazzy side...OH MY GAAAWD!!! I have too much to say to cover this section so I will just use one or two words per song. "My Body's Hungry" Damn...... "Black Rain" Teena Teena Teena... "Baby I'm Your Fiend"...Jazzy... Hit Me Where I Live" love my rhythm mixed up with my blues...slammin.(ok more than one word) "High Yellow Girl" smooth...." I Love Him To" whew... "Off The Chain", I Got You" with Rick James and the rest of the CD is just, well, Off the Chain!!
Teena Marie SINGS her ^&^&^%&^ off and put her heart and soul into each song and makes the song come to life. A true talent. Good Luck trying to pick your favorite song on this CD! I'm gonna go "Out On A Limb" and say "I'm Still In Love is my favorite. Teena put her foot in this CD (that's old school slang.)
Thank- You Teena Marie and Cash Money !!!
Chrissy "D" aka mz rissy........
3. Get Funk Stamped For the
2006 Soul-Patrol Convention By Sly Stone
I have been authorized to extend the following offer by the Stewart Family (Sly and the Family Stone) to all attendees of the 2004 Soul-Patrol East Coast Convention, July 30-31 in Willingboro NJ:
1. Wear or bring your OFFICIAL Sly Stone (FUNK STAMPED) gear to the Soul-Patrol Convention and automatically become eligible to win one of the $425.00 collector's print displayed on the gallery page of the slyslilsis.com website.
2. Buy Sly OFFICIAL Sly Stone (FUNK STAMPED) gear at the convention and you'll be entered into a second raffle for a $250.00 collector's print displayed on the gallery page of the slyslilsis.com website.<
Each collectable print displays Sly's Signature and Autographed by Vet Stone (Little Sister) and the true Stone Collectable Logo (a numbered Funk Stamp) on the reverse side, accompanied by an embossed, matching numbered, Certificate of authenticity issued from the Vallejo, California headquarters and birthplace of the family's musical legacy
We not only talk about OURstory here on Soul-Patrol, we actually are willing to give you a chance to OWN just a little piece of it as well...
SLY'S LIL SIS
4. Black History: Jimi Hendrix/Isley Bros - Testify Part 1
Maaaaaaan, Bob. I don't know if I can find words to talk about this!!
(As you know from my shotgun series of private emails as I listened to the "Testify" loop until after 3 in the morning. Listening to it now, in fact.) But "virtuoso" is an understatement, I can say.
When it first started, I was just taken somewhere. Didn't know where.
Now, I'm from Detroit, I've been around too, and I do know some funk! Always been a Hendrix fan, Isleys too. I know they played together at Phelps Lounge in Detroit, altho' I somehow missed that. (Dang!) This may have been where and when Jimi lived w/them.
However, "Testify" made me feel like I was, um, Inside of Funk! I was suddenly trippin'!! With no acid around for miles and decades! It took me a minute to get my bearings. It was (if I may be this personal), something akin to great sex! I know I didn't want to stop!!! Lol. Folks, listen to--no, experience--this tune/song/jam--none of which accurately categorize this sound, in my humble opinion. It seems to have a category of it's own.
Don't mind me, I'm just an old hippie, and as the saying goes: "Old hippies never die, they just flash back!"
Plus, I'm wondering how I missed this treasure in 1966. That is the year I gave birth to my son, David jr, and I was going through extremely stressful times with his father and his leaving me pregnant for another woman (oh, never mind, that old boring stuff is in my book), but still!!! I must have had my head (uh), to have missed this. Thank you sooooooooooo much for bringing it to my attention.
Anyone? I wanna go!!!!!!! (Or should I just say "I Wanna Testify"!!
-- Genna Sapia-Ruffin
5. Website Update: LouisePerryman.com
PERRYMAN: WHISPER MY NAME - Listen to this charismatic
singer/songwriter with echoes of Laura Nyro, Minnie
Riperton and Anita Baker....
Hey, I just wanted to let you all know that my current favorite 'blue eyed soul' artist, Louise Perryman has just completed a long overdue overhaul to her website.
The first (splash page) remains the same, but underneath everything from the layout to the informational content has been updated and upgraded. The site is much cleaner and the new navigational scheme makes it much easier, to find what you are looking for.
Even if you have been to Louise's site before, I would encourage you to make a return visit at this time to check out the new layout and informational content. If you haven't been there yet, what in the hell are you waiting for?
(I thought yall told me that you wanted me to tell you about some GREAT new music?)
Go there, check out the site, listen to some of the music there and let us know what cha think?
One of the things that you will see is that quite a few entities around the Internet have discovered the magnificent music that this lady has created and written reviews of her CD, since she has been associated with Soul-Patrol.
(Somebody's paying attention...)
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