I have always been a sucker for great songwriting. There are few who can articulate abstract feelings and thoughts on a universal level while setting the tone in a commercial market as well as a creative one. She was the epitome of prolific…yet criminally unsung, serving as one of the great architects of the iconic PHILLY SOUND with her partner in crime, the great THOM BELL. In addtion to penning a plethora of hits that still stand to this day..Happy Birthday to the late great Ms. LINDA CREED!!
I’ve been finishing the final touches of my first release and I am really excited due to the ideas and concepts that i’ve been putting together. But there are times when I close myself off to the outside world and go back to what inspired me as an artist. I’m drawing a lot from by background and my roots on this release, the fiber of what made me who I am as a man you have grown to know on a surface and personal level. I’ve been taking my time on this album and going back to basics yet seeking the danger of something fresh. It has been said that you cant move forward to the future if you dont know where you come from.
As I go through the whirlwind of life changes and enlightenment, the music of my life always guides me through. The artists featured in this blog have had a huge influence on me and what I am as an Artist,Creator,Teacher and Student. It is only vital that I pay homage.
As a kid, I remember “The Philly Sound” taking me on a journey with so many different colors and textures. As Mr Fred Wesley would say: “Gamble and Huff put a bow tie on the funk”. The changes and chord progressions with the funk undertones set a new way of rhythm which eventually gave birth to a new sound called “Disco” (from the commercial realm at least). To me it was all R&B/Soul and Funk at the end of the day.
This first jam has to be one of those songs that puts me in a pensive and reflective mode, its like a ghetto symphony. The second jam says it all in the chorus..When I grow up I hope to make music like this…
70′s Kids Rule..Long Live The Mighty Philly Sound!
Yes, I do have THE coolest MOM in the world -)
(I remember The Great One Sid Mccoy used this song for “Special Edition” back in the day -)