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SLOW JAMS IN 2013 (Featuring Soul Generation)

SLOW JAMS IN 2013 (Featuring Soul Generation)

Ok.....now I want you to ask yourself a question.....

DO YOU LIKE SLOW JAMS?"

I want to do two things in this issue of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter:

First - I want to re-introduce (or introduce for some of you) the once powerful concept of "slow jams," from a historical perspective.

Second - I want to turn you on to a brand new release from one of the classic masters of this genre. Longtime Soul-Patrol Members, the Soul Generation (featuring Cliff Perkins)

Soul Generation - Oooh Baby
Brand new 1970's Slow Jams


Track Listing:
1. Ooo Baby
2. Your Way
3. In Your Way 2013
4. Show Your Love
5. My Love Is Real
6. Nice & Slow
7. Heaven Only Knows
8. Music To My Ears
9. Yesterday's Memories

http://bit.ly/15Ym2rf

Scroll down, read about the concept, read my review of the album. Click on the links, listen to the music and be prepared to be transported back to a place that you never thought that you could return to or perhaps if you didn't experience it the first time around, be transported to a place that you thought you would never be able to experience.

Either way, hit me back via email and let me know your thoughts? --Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


Slow Jams #2 (yeah I'm feeling a little nostalgic today)

Slow Jams #2 (yeah I'm feeling a little nostalgic today)Here is the question...

"I think you can cut to the chase when talking about slow jams Why don't you just ask Do you like music that you can have sex to?"

And this is the response...Ok, let's do this again.

The term "slow jam" is shorthand for a cultural phenomena that existed inside of the Black community for about 30 years (lets just say for the sake of argument from 1950 - 1980.) It petered out in the 1980's and is pretty much non existent today, although some of the "neo soul" artists, a few "blues" artists and of course our friends Soul Generation will still throw out some mean slow jams.

The music is at the core of it, but in reality it has little to with actual sex. However it has much to do with the inability to have sex and from a teenaged perspective, the object of sexual desire that was extremely likely to be completely un-fulfilled.

For most of us who participated in this phenomenon, we first heard these songs either in dark basements or on the radio in the middle of the night. The songs themselves are (mostly) stories of unfulfilled "teenaged lust" that usually in 2:30 spun a tale that 14/15/16 year olds could instantly relate to and in my circles became "parables" that defined our social experience.

When we heard them on the radio - The songs were supplemented by the interpretation of individuals who were masters of communication, that we called "DJ's." These individuals used their own well honed communications skills to expand on the stories that were being spun inside of the songs and link the songs together (in our minds) to tell a much larger story of "teenaged lust/angst."

When we heard them in dark basements - The stories at the core of the songs became our inspiration to dance with females who were otherwise unapproachable. These stories at the core of the song, substituted as a "calling card" that enabled us to have "limited & fully clothed contact with someone who was otherwise completely unapproachable, in a large room filled with other well dressed teenagers as well as the ever watchful eyes of parents & other relatives." There was absolutely no "sex" going on under these circumstances.

And for good reason...The legendary "blue light basement parties" were usually (but not always) conducted in the basements of middle class Black families. Usually "civil servants" and in most cases the very first home owned (as opposed to rented) by that family.

The occasion for the party was usually an extension of a family event like a graduation, a birthday, etc. Being invited to such an event usually meant that you were either a friend of the family, a schoolmate of the young lady whom the party was being thrown for, etc. Even when you weren't officially "invited" and had "crashed" the party, not only was it a part of your responsibility to show up well dressed, but to also be on your best behavior, simply because you knew that you were a guest in someone's home and a "defacto member of their extended family," even if only for one night.

You knew that it was important that you respect the accomplishments (ex: owning a home) of another Black man, even if you had never met him before that night. And you knew that meeting him that night was a part of your responsibility for that evening, because just as you knew that you wouldn't want "strangers" in your own home, you knew that he didn't either. Usually once that bridge was crossed, a very interesting thing would happen. That "other Black man," would become your "friend for life," as you would see him in the future, in the neighborhood, on mass transit, or perhaps even years later in a work situation. He liked you because you had respected his home & family and thus had earned his respect as a young man who would be welcome in his home for literally the rest of his life.

You see all of this and more was a big part of how we grew up inside of what was then a pretty well defined culture that served us quite well. It taught us how to treat young ladies, regardless of how wild our hormones were raging.

For example...(for you hip hop fans)

The term "RAP" originated within the context of just how well you were able to communicate with this previously "unapproachable young lady" within the timeframe of the 2:30 dance (GRIND) that you had with her. If you could dance (even a little) and more importantly if you had finely tuned "communication skills" ("YOUR RAP") then that would entitle you to a "second slow dance" with her on the very next record (that's what the "3:2 rotation" was all about 3 fast records followed by 2 slow jams.) And of course you learned the "communication skills" ("YOUR RAP") from the radio DJ's.

The second dance in a row ("GRIND") along with a continuing successful 2:30 of "communication" ("YOUR RAP") on that next song would lead to words something along the lines of; "It's really hot in here, how about a glass of punch (sometimes "spiked" but most often not) or "lets go outside for a few moments & cool off." Going outside for a few minutes would lead more conversation (YOUR RAP NOW NEEDED TO BE TIGHT WITHOUT ANY MUSIC), and if your rap was still working it might lead to "bustin a slob" (French kiss") or more likely "cop a phone number."

And even this "outside the party" part was still conducted under the watchful eyes of the parents. After all no self respecting Black middle class parent of the 50's 60's or 70's would want to be responsible for anything "bad" happening to someone else's daughter at their home. So if you were lucky enough and YOUR RAP (communications skills) were strong enough to "get a girl outside," within 5-10 minutes of being "outside" you would soon see the man of the house, step outside on his front porch, light a cigarette and stand there watching you and the young lady that you had just successfully "pulled." And his mere appearance was YOUR "unspoken signal" that it was time to bring her back inside RIGHT NOW. And of course you complied, simply because YOU KNEW that earning THAT MAN'S RESPECT was far more important than anything else you could be doing at that moment in time.

Of course there is more to all of this.
(much more)

I guess (for the moment) I just don't feel like writing about it all right now. The story of how we lost this culture is actually quite tragic and is a big part of the story of how the so called "culture of today" came to be.

(Maybe I should write a book about it?)

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


Quickie Album Review: Soul Generation - Oooh Baby

Quickie Album Review: Soul Generation - Oooh BabySoul Generation - Oooh Baby
Brand new 1970's Slow Jams

Track Listing:
1. Ooo Baby
2. Your Way
3. In Your Way 2013
4. Show Your Love
5. My Love Is Real
6. Nice & Slow
7. Heaven Only Knows
8. Music To My Ears
9. Yesterday's Memories

Charting the course of the future of Black music has proven to be a difficult thing at best. For those who have tried to do so over the course of the past 40 years or so, in search of the "next big thing," oftentimes will find themselves mired in a pool of quicksand that is impossible to escape from.

Many artists have gone down that road over the past 40 years, trying to somehow capture the magic of what once was the most powerful force in American music/culture, by trying to somehow "update the un-updatable."

Others take it for what it is/was and are able to capture and package that magic for an ever shrinking audience of those who are interested in only one simple thing, THE REAL THING!

As I sit here listening to the new album Soul Generation - "Oooh Baby," I am thinking to myself...

This is not radical, ground breaking, genre bending, mind altering or anything else. It's very basic. It only does one thing. And it does it very well. IT'S THE REAL THING!

It transports me back to the blue light basement parties of my youth. Hot & sweaty places. Funky music and slow jams to the max!

Located on the side streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh. Places where I knew some of the people walking in the door. And didn't know many of the others. But walked out friends with most who were there.

And as the years have passed have formed a bond with many who I will never meet who all walked thru similar doors of basement blue light parties, in their hometowns and who had the very same experience as I did.

It is a culture that is filled with the simultaneous smells of fried chicken, sulfur 8, stale cigarettes, basement mold, charcoal briquettes, cheap wine, cheap perfume, afro sheen and hi karate, for which the music of the delfonics, blue magic, moments, dells, brenda & the tabulations, stylistics and a hundred other long forgotten artists provide the musical soundtrack to a sub culture of Black Americans that while no longer popular in mainstream music, is never far from the overall mindshare of most Black Americans and many other Americans regardless of their ethnic origin.

It was/is a culture that tends to define many people and is an ongoing thread that goes thru their lives, even as time passes, the natural order of things dictates that there is an ever shrinking number of people who know, understand or can relate to that culture.

However it is a culture that is still there.
And at it's essence, it if foundational to how we all tend to live our lives.

It's all about how the "boy meets the girl and whet they do after they meet..."

A few weeks ago our friend Cliff Perkins the leader of the group Soul Generation contacted me to tell me about this new album.

Yesterday I put it into the CD player in my car as I went about doing my suburban chores here in South Jersey. As I listened, a smile came to my face.

You see Soul Generation is an anomaly. They had two monster hit songs back in the stone ages, when I was a teenager:

--Million Dollars
--Body and Soul

These were two MONSTER slow jams by the Soul Generation. I loved them both. And they were both regular features of most of the "basement blue light parties" that I attended.

However they were the only two.

Now that's pretty good, to have had two, since the vast majority of artists that you could speak of in this "genre' only had one.

However the big difference is that over the years, Cliff has managed to keep the Soul Generation as a viable entity in the world of "slow jams." Doing concerts, radio appearances and more, Soul Generation has been able to sustain itself in the rough & tumble world of the music industry.

Soul Generation has survived all of the trends, missteps and nonsense that seems to characterize much of Black music today. They simply "do what they do." And this album is evidence of that. One listen will explain all that needs to be explained.

And now there is a new album that is off the hook if you are a lover of "slow jams" (like I am.)

The songs are all new. No "oldies here."

However the music, the vocal harmonies and the lyrics are all "right on time," if you are a lover of those classic "slow jams."

So what's "old is new again..."

This is the best album of it's kind since the 2002 release of Ray, Goodman & Brown's "A Moment With Friends."

These aren't "ballads."
These are "slow jams."
Put the album on, grab your girl and push her up against the wall or pole in your own basement & start GRINDING. Yeah, I know it sounds like something politically incorrect, like something a "caveman" might do, but trust me, your "girl" will dig it, no matter if she is 16 or sixty. :)

And if you both feel the need to go further, nobody's parents are around to stop you :)

Now if you are under the age of 50 you might not have understood any of what I have said in this review, so let me lay it out for you...

If you dig the music of artists like Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, and others, this is the music that inspired them to create what they created that you love...

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


SLOW JAMS IN 2013 (Featuring Soul Generation)

SLOW JAMS IN 2013 (Featuring Soul Generation)

Soul Generation - Oooh Baby
Brand new 1970's Slow Jams


Track Listing:
1. Ooo Baby
2. Your Way
3. In Your Way 2013
4. Show Your Love
5. My Love Is Real
6. Nice & Slow
7. Heaven Only Knows
8. Music To My Ears
9. Yesterday's Memories

http://bit.ly/15Ym2rf

Scroll down, read about the concept, read my review of the album. Click on the links, listen to the music and be prepared to be transported back to a place that you never thought that you could return to or perhaps if you didn't experience it the first time around, be transported to a place that you thought you would never be able to experience.

Either way, hit me back via email and let me know your thoughts? --Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


If you have a news item, update, review, commentary, etc that you would like to submit to the Soul-Patrol Newsletter, please send them via email for consideration to:

earthjuice@prodigy.net


Hopefully you enjoyed this edition of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter.
We will be back soon with the next edition, with email alerts for local events, Soul-Patrol website updates/chat sessions or breaking news in between, as required.

If you have any comments, questions, etc feel free to drop me an email and let me know what's on your mind.
Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

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