Tuesday, November 06, 2007

When I Was a Little Chris...

My mother's funeral was three years ago yesterday. I recall a Fall Dance a LONG time ago...her driving me to a party because I was nowhere close to being old enough to drive. And this song was playing when I got there. Lawd this was real music. I repeat...this was REAL MUSIC. The way Donald Goines and Ernest Tidyman blow away anything originating out of Triple Crown Publishing and other ghetto lit writers (or Karen Hunter) these days...

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Man you went WAAAAAY back. What's next, "Boogie Nights" by Heatwave?! I think I was like five years old when these songs came out?! I'll agree with you 100% about literature, non-fiction and even crime fiction, but I'll fight old farts like you to the death over music. Leave hip hop be. Leave it be, I say!

Pebbles Flintstone said...

Boy! Now that is old. Did you check out those tight ass pants on those dudes? It is amazing to me that they could breathe let alone DANCE in those pants. Wow, this is a good piece of nostalgia, and I was in elementary school when this came out. I have to say that I do enjoy the old soul songs best. My favorite is Al Green. My husband and I danced to "Let's Stay Together" at our wedding.

Thanks for the throwback!

black forest booty said...

Woo ha!

Anonymous said...

I had no idea you were that...mature.

lance williams, sr said...

Speaking for the "mature" folk, I'm curious as to why 13 and 14 year olds these days think the music they listen to is somehow "meant" for them? I mean, say what you will about Tavares, but it was stuff to get you moving--especially if you were barely out of that "I hate girls" phase. Nowadays, and likely back in the day when you, anonymous twins were growing into puberty or junior high, the music was outwardly about sex and shooting folk or getting over somehow. OK for grown folk. Not for tweens and teens.

I think Brother Chambers has every right to crow about these halcyon days. Life was truly simpler, more clear cut. Safer too, even though more teens were out driving drunk, less of them were out murdering people.
By the way, if you're feeling "younger and superior" to we in our forties, I only point you to the wise words of Kevin Spacey in "American Beauty." Rent the film on Netflix and see!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Wow those pants are tight!

My sister is only in her early 30's (there is a big age gap between us) and she loves this old school music.

I heard ABC by the Jackson 5 the other day, which is from 1970. Any boy band would be lucky to deliever such a perfect pop song today.

I don't care if people think I'm "mature" because I love Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Earth Wind & Fire, Aretha etc. I'm glad my parents exposed me that music. Sometimes I like to hear real instruments and lyrics about something other than how much bling a rapper has.

Christopher Chambers said...

I appreciate my bruh from Oaktown's comments (Lance Williams) on age. First off, yeah, I was a friggin teenager when this type of music was out. I couldn't even drive, so no, I may seem ancient but I'm not. Second, the music was something inclusive, fun. No crazy or mean or retarded edge...no gunplay, wretched excess/cash/diamonds/big asses glorified or Dirty South brain damage exaulted. You could be 13 or 14 or 15 and enjoy the same stuff as the adults. Now, well...this may be the firts time in history that we old folks DO have a legitimate gripe when we say younger people have their heads up their asses. Of course, we helped lay the groundwork for this (see my Halloween post).

Lisa said...

I think their biggest hits were "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" and "More than A Woman" (their version in Saturday Night Fever).

The Angry Independent said...

Yes sir!!!

That was the best era for music.

nostalgic indeed.

LaJane Galt said...

I can't see this at work, but you should check out Eclectic Soul's collection. I have the Deep City album.

I can't even think of a "current" song that has any soul at all.

You might as well put soul and R&B in the grave next to hip hop and punk.

Zombie Mom said...

That is some sweet, sweet music... I recently made a comp of similar stuff for my hubs and I to listen to on a long road trip... We had such a great time tripping down memory lane... but we be old...

Lola Gets said...

No, "More More More" by the Andrea True Connection! Ahahahaha!

@Pebbles
If you think those pants were tight, you should come by my blog this week, and read my analysis of Cameos original video for "Shake Your Pants." Its gonna be hilarious!

L