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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Old School Friday: Happy Birthday To Ya...

Happy Born Day to me!  Well okay, not exactly.

This week's theme is the celebration of my birth year.  A year where there was an abundance of impeccable music - soul and otherwise, so what a choice I have to deal with.  I don't even know where to start!!!

So the thing is, how do I do my post without revealing my age?  Well, believe it or not, I really do not care about my age.  I always felt that age is nothing but a number, except for when it comes to dating.  New York City happens to have a plethora of hungry adolescents and young men who think that they know what an older woman needs and wants.  I am not saying that I am 60 (I am only 33, but I am GROWN), but these "youths" need to back it up something fierce!  I do thank the lord, my Mom, Dad and Grandparents for my wonderful genes and hope to keep it up for the years to come.  But seriously, a sister is sick of being approached by 21 - 25 year olds.

I digress!!  So by the subtraction made, I guess you realized that my fabulous self found her way into the world in 1975.  A year when The Wiz debuted on Broadway, Parliment was groovin' with the release of "Chocolate City," and Minnie Riperton left her undeniable mark with her five and a half octave blessing on "Loving You."  Not to mention my favorite ill-humored shark was on a rampage eating everyone who passed his way - yes, my boy Jaws.  This was my year.

So with that said, I have decided to choose two picks today since there are so many songs that I was raised on (I really miss my Daddy) and that have stuck with me over the years.

Here is one that I could not forget at all.  The look on my cousin's face when I told her he passed, was like she lost her best friend.  I felt it to the core.  May he rest in peace.

And secondly, this is for me.  I love Earth Wind & Fire and seeing them in concert this past summer was a check off of my "must see" concert listing.  I think this song reflects what my parents have instilled in me from day one.  Contrary to what anyone will tell me along the way, I am to always remember this:

I wonder if this was on Obama's play list? 

I dedicate this entry to my musical and life teacher - my Dad.  I miss you. :)

Have a great weekend y'all...

Tha Connoisseur 


Vivrant Thang said...

Happy OSF! Girlllll, so much to say here.

We'll have to talk about that youngin thing when you arrive ;)

Loving the background you gave as to the haps in '75. I forgot the shark first made it's debut in the 70s :) What do you think of what Wayna did with Loving You?

Nice picks. I have to say that now I will always associate that song with that Chris Tucker movie Money Talks. LOL! And EWF is my favorite. band. ever. It's been a while since I've seen them. They only come this way once a year and always at this inconvenient venue.

I miss my Daddy too :)

pjazzypar said...

The Maestro of Soul Mr. Barry White! I love him and of course you can't lose with Earth, Wind & Fire, who I saw at the Civic Center in Saginaw, Michigan around the time of this video. These are great choices. Happy OSF!

Revvy Rev said...

You are the connoisseur as I have told you before - you really know your stuff. I saw Earth, Wind, & Fire in concert with Richard Pryor and will never forget those icons.

I also relate with your experience, having lost my daddy suddenly as a teenager. Your dad loved the same music that I do and have saturated my daughters with the same tunes you have been. Obviously your dad left this world a better place by being a great influence on it.

Blessings. Happy OSF and have a great weekend!

Tha Connoisseur said...

Ms Thang: You made me laugh and cry!!! I can't even explain it in words... :)

Alright - yes, you are right. I always have a slight grin and remember Chris Tucker...lol And I blame my cousin for Earth Wind & Fire. Lawd, that woman has every album!

Next week it is girl!!! I am counting down the days!

pjazzy:Nice!! I had a ball with them in the summer. I will most definitely be catching them again sometime, if ever given the opportunity.

Tha Connoisseur said...

Ms Thang: Oh and about Wayna, I LOVED what she did. I have a little write up coming up on Wayna, with some video of her version. Bliss!

Tha Connoisseur said...

Rev: I didn't look over you! Your comment was not there a minute ago, I do apologize.

I LOVE music. Is there a stronger word than that? Like hate is one of the most powerful and ugly words in the world, I fell the exact OPPOSITE in regards to music. Music for me, has always been life.

My condolences to you and thank you so much for your kind words. It will be 2 years in January, but it still feels like yesterday. Like me, I know your daughters will be forever grateful for the music lessons! :)

Quick said...

Barry's voice is not replaceable, there will never be another!

Tha Connoisseur said...

Quick: I concur!

Regina said...

Great choices! I love the music back in the day, it was always full of such feeling and attitude and TALENT!! Today's "singers" don't even come close!

MrsGrapevine said...

OH! My mama had a crush on Barry White, and I could never see it or understand it. He did have a nice voice, but not enough for me to crush on him.

Shining Star will forever be an American classic.

Good Picks!

Tha Connoisseur said...

Regina: Giiiirl, that is no joke. However, I am proud to say that there are quite a few that are around now (not being heard on mainstream radio mind you) that are definitely making our musical forefathers proud.

Mrsgrapevine: I never understood the crush my cousin had either. I mean, I understand her OBSESSION with Teddy, but Barry? She still goes crazy with chills at the mere mention of his name.

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MsMarvalus said...

Oh, I understand the crush on Barry...wrapped up in all of that is a true romantic...a man that knows how to press the right buttons on a woman's soul...I understand!

The Elements will always and forever be welcome to ANY party!

Tha Connoisseur said...

Marv: You've got a point there lady. :)

Hey Shae! said...

Barry is a classic fav, but EWF takes the cake. Philip Bailey could hit them notes man.

Tha Connoisseur said...

Shae: And what killed me is that he can still hit em! I was in awe and had goosebumps run down my back when I saw them. Definitely an experience I will not forget.