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RIP Lou Wilson

Lou Wilson Memorial (From the Wilson Brothers) I'll never forget the first time that I met Lou Wilson. If you ever met him, you would know what I am talking about. For those of you who never met him, it is impossible to put into words.

He is yet another of those "unforgettable individuals" that when you meet them, you know that they are absolutely that from the first moment you are in their presence. Sometimes in life you meet people that you know that you are supposed to be bonded with.


Strength
Humor
Humanity
Courage
Wisdom
Earthy

All of the above and more apply.

It feels like I have known Lou Wilson forever, yet I have only known him since 1996. On the other hand maybe it has been just about forever; after all I have been a Mandrill fan since 1971.

But for the purposes of this conversation, that doesn't count. It's really that first time that counted. Simply because if not for Lou Wilson, there is a pretty good chance that you wouldn't even be reading this right now.

It was in a hotel room in Philadelphia in 1996. I was actually meeting the Wilson Brothers for the first time and I was talking to them about becoming sponsors of Soul-Patrol.com I was doing my best to try and explain it all, and I am not sure that even understood everything that I was saying myself.

Then Lou interrupted me and he said; "I'm not sure I understand everything that you said, but it sounds very progressive, it's about technology, it is about our people/music/culture, and it sounds like you believe in it yourself. But the most important thing that you said was that you & your brother were partners and that yall are originally from Brooklyn. Well that's really all I need to know. I can tell that the Davis Brothers and the Wilson Brothers are kindred spirits...."

And that's the story of the first day I met Lou Wilson...

Scroll down and check out the following:

--A tribute to Low Wilson from The Wilson Brothers
--Listen to an interview I did with the Wilson Brothers (Lou comes in after my long winded intro....LOL) in Philadelphia + Music from their album "Sunshine" (http://www.soul-patrol.net/man_sun.ram)
--Check out the new Mandrill Music Video called "Sunny the Snowman" (writen/arangedment/animation by Lou Wilson) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ1s1EpxEBM
--Read my profile of the Wilson Brothers, further down the page.

& above all, keep the Wilson Brothers and their families in your prayers. That is what me and my brother are going to do...

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

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com




LISTEN TO: NEW MANDRILL CD SUNSHINE + WILSON BROS INTERVIEW - Featuring an interview with the WILSON BROTHERS talking about 'Sunshine' & some of their upcoming plans. Plus the songs: Sunshine, Love Song, Starry Eyed, Moroccan Nights, Too Late, I Refuse To Smile, and Solid from the Sunshine CD.

Lou Wilson Memorial (From the Wilson Brothers)

Lou Wilson Memorial (From the Wilson Brothers)The centerpiece of our music and our lives, eldest brother LOUIS WILSON, affectionately known as "Sweet Lou," made his transition on Monday morning, January 7, 2013 in Southern California.

On behalf of the Wilson Family and Mandrill, we ask that you please light a candle, hum a song, play a drum or say a prayer in remembrance of him.

Lou would like that. . .

We will keep you posted on plans for a musical tribute in the near future and other information.












Best regards,
Ric, Carlos and Wolf
www.mandrillmusic.com




LISTEN TO: NEW MANDRILL CD SUNSHINE + WILSON BROS INTERVIEW - Featuring an interview with the WILSON BROTHERS talking about 'Sunshine' & some of their upcoming plans. Plus the songs: Sunshine, Love Song, Starry Eyed, Moroccan Nights, Too Late, I Refuse To Smile, and Solid from the Sunshine CD.

Up Close and Personal with Mandrill (8/26/2007)

Lou Wilson Memorial (From the Wilson Brothers)When it comes to Mandrill I am no longer in a position to be un biased.

Not in any way shape or form.
In fact I'm not sure that I am even capable any longer of writing an objective concert review or album review of any of their shows. It's been quite a while since I have even tried. The last few times that I have attended a Mandrill show, I have always made sure that someone else from Soul-Patrol.com has been available to actually write the review.

You see I have truly been adopted as a full fledged member of the "Mandrill Family" over the years and have quite literally become a part of the group. As someone who strives to be an objective journalist, it is in many ways the worst possible position to be placed in. However as a person, I couldn't be happier to be included as a part of the "core team" of such a collection of individuals. If you ever got to meet these folks, you would want that for yourself as well. It is a collective of musicians, family members, friends and more that is a "throwback" to something from the past, while at the same time represents and ideal for the future of Black music & culture.

It's a unique combination of things like:

- Afrocentric philosophy & spirituality
- Family values
- Extended family structure
- Good old fashioned Brooklyn neighborhood "on the corner" stuff
- A reverence for history in a "back to the future" kind of way

Being a part of all of this is something that anyone who went thru the 1970's and survived to tell the story would want very much to be a part of.

Does this mean that they are "perfect?" (Absolutely not)

Does this mean that I agree with everything that they do? (Absolutely not)

Does that mean that I always get to have a voice in major decisions? (Absolutely yes)

What it does mean is that for me it is truly an honor to be a contributor to something that is much larger than me, that at the same time will always change direction as needed to focus its efforts & energy, to focus on me and my needs as required.

I suppose that is a complicated way of saying that I am a full fledged member of the "Mandrill Family."

Therefore any pretense of "journalistic integrity" goes right out of the window.

There is precedence for this in the history of popular music.

John Landau was a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970's that was assigned to cover Bruce Springsteen. He eventually became so close with the artist that he eventually left Rolling Stone and became Bruce Springsteen's manager.

- I don't have an "official title" within the "Mandrill Family". However they don't make any major moves without consulting with me.

- Mandrill doesn't have an "official title" within the structure of Soul-Patrol.com. However I don't make any major moves without consulting them either.

For me this is all deeply personal, because clearly without Mandrill's support and confidence, Soul-Patrol.com wouldn't even exist...

This past Saturday evening, Mandrill played a concert in Philadelphia at the magnificent Mann Music Center to a crowd of about 10,000 people this past Saturday night. The legendary funk band WAR was the opening act. It was a great evening of funk music, nostalgia & more.

And as always hanging in the air was the whole question of what did all of that great music, culture & philosophy of the 1970's really all mean in the end. As we all try to figure out just how to proceed in a post 9-11 world filled with financial, ecological, political, technological and sociological uncertainties. Whether you are trying to figure out how to solve the problems of the world or you are just trying to figure out how to insure that you are able to get thru next week, we live in a day & age where we don't have all of the answers. Even worse, sometimes we aren't even sure that we are asking the right questions. For the people of my generation we spend quite a bit of time lamenting all of this, because we know that it all could have been very different, had we not dropped the ball. Absolute clarity is a luxury and we find ourselves having to make decisions and moving forward without sometimes even understanding the context of the situation.

I had the pleasure of attending the show with my wife "Mrs. Earthjuice", ace reporter David Brooks ("Dr. Brookenstien") and longtime Soul-Patroller Ashley Scott.

The Wilson Family:

We all got backstage without any problem whatsoever and when we did I sought out Dr. Ricardo Wilson of Mandrill. He greeted me as always with a hug and whispered into my ear a thank you for coming. He then hugged "Mrs Earhjuice" and thanked her for coming.

Then Dr. Ricardo Wilson turned to me and said "Where is Mike?" I said: "he couldn't make it down from NY". This is important to me, because it drives directly to the heart of our relationship with Mandrill. My wife and my brother are at the core of the existence of Soul-Patrol, and although they are largely unseen by the readers of Soul-Patrol, Ric Wilson knows how important they are to everything that I do. The Wilson Brothers and their extended family are at the core of Mandrill. One of the key elements in the relationship between Mandrill & Soul-Patrol is the fact that family relationships are at the core and always supercede business decisions. That's because in the end, family unity is ultimately more important than business. It's an African philosophy that is sometimes hard to live by. However choosing to live by it ultimately makes your family stronger, helps your children learn how to treat other people an ultimately makes you a better person. The relationship is really between the Davis Brothers and the Wilson Brothers and their extended families holds true to this form. And it may or may not have anything to do with music, but it has everything to do with insuring that both survive & prosper.

Next Dr. Ricardo Wilson says to me: "Lou is in the room" & points to the door. I know what that means. Ric is telling me that his brother Lou (Mandrill's co-lead singer) is inside and expecting me.

Each one of the Wilson's brings something different to the table...

Dr. Ric Wilson - Is the quiet, philosophical one with an almost "guru" type of presence. Onstage he is off to the side playing saxophone, percussion, occasionally chiming in with some background vocals and to the entire world appearing to be no more than "just a sideman." Backstage this Harvard educated man from the streets of Brooklyn by way of Panama, is the face of the group, dealing with the media, local dignitaries, etc.

Lou Wilson - Is the polar opposite of Ric. He's loud, boisterous and flamboyant in a way that would make you think of someone like Cab Calloway. Every third sentence out of his mouth is s joke. Onstage he is the emcee, sings lead, and plays the trombone & flute like he's a member of a big band. Lou also plays the timbales & congas and if you aren't looking at the stage you might just think that Tito Puente is onstage. Offstage, Lou holds court in the dressing room with Mandrill's extended family. He is the oldest of the Wilson Brothers and is the "patriarch."

Wilfredo "Wolf" Wilson - Is a master percussionist on stage. Offstage he takes it all in, absorbs what is going on and offers quiet wisdom.

Carlos Wilson - Onstage he is the "musical genius" of the group. He plays every instrument sitting on the stage during the course of the show. He is also the co-lead singer along with Lou and has the vocal chops of a lead singer of a classic group like the Temptations, Dells, O'jays, etc. In other words seeing Carlos Wilson onstage would bring to mind an artist like Prince. Offstage he is quiet, humble and mischievous. He also didn't make this trip to Philadelphia and his absence was missed by me.

Rais Wilson (One Sun Lion Ra) - He is the son of Lou Wilson and over the years I have watched his role in the group become more clarified over the course of the past 10 years. He is a vocally gifted rapper/spoken word artist who writes lyrics of family, virtue and respect. At first his presence on stage with Mandrill seemed like an "add on". Today his music is fully integrated within the context of a Mandrill show.

After greeting Lou Wilson in the dressing room, I went out to the adjacent green room. There were about 50 people in the greenroom including friends, family and others. There was an "after party" at Club Damali at the Harambe Institute in Philly (a local afrocentric educational facility), which I was unable to attend. Prior to leaving I tell Ric Wilson, "I'll see you tomorrow; I want to bring you and Lou up to speed on the latest and greatest with Soul-Patrol.com." Ric says, ok, we hug and I leave. On the way out "Mrs. Earthjuice" says to me: "That was nice, the concert and everything with them." I say: "It always feels like home with them, doesn't it..."

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

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com





LISTEN TO: NEW MANDRILL CD SUNSHINE + WILSON BROS INTERVIEW - Featuring an interview with the WILSON BROTHERS talking about 'Sunshine' & some of their upcoming plans. Plus the songs: Sunshine, Love Song, Starry Eyed, Moroccan Nights, Too Late, I Refuse To Smile, and Solid from the Sunshine CD.

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


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Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

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