Come join us December 31st, for the Funky Sole New Year’s Eve Freak Off! Djs Music Man Miles @milestackettmusic & A-SKI @unique74creativegroup bringing sixties to seventies Funk sounds from all around inside all night!
Funkyard patio Djs @mixmaster_wolf & @chicothediscjockey move and groove ya till 1 AM!
This two part doc details the making of my latest release “Introspection” which takes place in LA and NY during the mixing phase of the release. The concept is the brainchild of Director Da’shon Is, Fuse Green and DariusNathaniel. A special shout out to the #FunkySole Family!!
Post damndemic.. stood strong and tall through it all by the grace. Stayin’ 10 toes flat.
I haven’t set foot in a gym in over 2 years. I’ve been utilizing my home gym set up and daily cardio. In addition to intermittent fasting, I tried OMAD which took a bit of shock to my digestive system for such a drastic change. I had to adjust in having two light meals a day before 7pm. This was me on my daily regimen during my lunch breaks at the company I use to work with. That was one of many perks having a gym downstairs.
As a diehard Mizell Brothers fan, I’ve always made it a point to embrace their obscure gems. However, I stumbled on this rarity by accident. Ms Brenda Lee Eager has always been a top tier vocalist with great range as many heard on Jerry Butler’s 1972 hits “Ain’t Understanding Mellow” and “They Long To Be Close To You” amongst many other gems.
Upon random discovery 8 years ago, I found a 45 promo copy of “When I’m With You” . Took a listen and was completely blown away by the lush vocals, warm mix and elite production. Soon as I heard the great Harvey Mason on drums I already knew it was The Mizell Brothers on production (the other two guesses would’ve been my friend and mentor Keg Johnson Jr 🙏🏾 or Jerry Peters). I looked at the credits and sure enough Larry Mizell is on the writing and production duties. What’s fascinating about this recording is that it bears a strong variation of Bobbi Humphrey’s 1973 classic “Harlem River Drive”.
“When I’m With You” is a whimsical variant of “Harlem River Drive” bearing similar texture. It also appears that Ms Humphrey is on this session as well to give it the blessing. It was released in 1974 but possibly recorded in 1973 during the “Harlem River Drive” sessions. I only wish there was an entire album to follow up with production by Sky High only. Who knows what’s in the vaults to be unearthed one day. Luckily, I have two copies. The 45 extremely is extremely scarce but beyond worth the hunt.
When you speak of top vocalists and great writers; Mr William Hart is definitely on that list of the great front men of Soul. As leader of The Mighty Delfonics, his voice represented a time of innocence and love in Black Music before cheap gimmicks and marketing became a focal point. Their sound was a staple in time that resonated heavily in the midst of racial tension, self discovery and cultural awareness. Despite those challenges, Soul Music was one of the vehicles as a coping mechanism to take on the ills of daily life in such turbulent times that would shape the face of history. Their sound also soothed the oppressed and often misunderstood people of the inner cities of America aka “The Hood” at which the term affectionately known as “Oldies” was born. For over 5 decades, Mr Hart’s voice was the cradle that kept us sane while tackling the complex facets of love and life.
“Loving Him” is cold work. The funniest yet extremely genius part is the intro where Mr Hart breaks into (what now would be considered) a rap style cadence: “so you think you love him toooo”. It’s as if he was determined to effectively fill the space in that groove. Rest Peacefully William “Poogie” Hart Muhammad.