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WHAT THE FUNK! My Current State of Mind

WHAT THE FUNK! My Current State of Mind

Above all, I’m grateful for my blessings, I can truly say that.  This coward that took the lives of so many innocent people in Orlando should not be called a terrorist.  It was a horrific occurrence, and while I do consider acts of violence terrorist acts, this weakling for lack of better description isn’t worthy.

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THE GRAMMYS ARE COMING!!!

THE GRAMMYS ARE COMING!!!

The 58th Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  A couple months ago, I wrote about a few artists I believed were worthy of recognition, and they’re all among the artists nominated…

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MY DEFINITION OF FUNK: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

MY DEFINITION OF FUNK: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

FUNK IS GOOD!  FUNK is everything you think is Funky, and it doesn’t matter, if nobody else is Groovin’ to it – can ya dig it.  FUNK is UNIVERSAL, and it’s the FUNKY string of the universe, that ties us all together.  FUNK can be the stench from a dumpster, but my favorite FUNK, is the musical genre.  Louis Jordan is the Troglodyte of FUNK music!  “The Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, is the quintessential Pioneer of FUNK!  Sly Stone, is the Godfather of FUNK and Rick James is the King of Funk-n-Roll.  The collective artists of PARLIAMENT – FUNKADELIC featuring George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, took FUNK into the stratosphere, while Kool and the Gang kept it Dirty and Down to Earth…

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DRE’S NEW “COMPTON” FUNK!

DRE’S NEW “COMPTON” FUNK!

Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre, has dropped his new album “Compton”.  The release came like a thief in the night, with minimal promotion and fanfare, just before the movie “Straight Outta Compton” hits theaters.

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“It Comes in Threes” – In Memory of Percy, K2 & Johnny

“It Comes in Threes” – In Memory of Percy, K2 & Johnny

“It Comes in Threes” is a phrase you’ll hear, usually by way, of unfortunate circumstances.  Nothing could have prepared me for the recent tragic events that I’ve experienced.  Two people that I had the fortune to work with, and one that I have been inspired by, passed on within three days of each other.

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20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

In the midst of societal ills and personal challenges I look to family and music for solace. Holy Moly! There are a few things that I am remiss about discovering at this juncture and some new releases and tunes forthcoming that I’m very excited to hear. Music serves as therapy for me, and is and will always be, the universal language that conjoins the hearts and minds of humanity.

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15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

As music fans, lovers and aficionados are perched and waiting for “Get On Up” and “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” one can’t help but think of musical biopics that have been previously released.  This blog was prompted and inspired by a chat with, and query from my wife, as to how many films of this nature have been done — there are numerous.  While many are excited for the lives of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to grace the silver screen, the lives of other music icons have been brilliantly depicted.  (click on photo above for full view)

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SEX, BLOOD & VIOLENCE: The Funky Films of BRIAN DePALMA

SEX, BLOOD & VIOLENCE: The Funky Films of BRIAN DePALMA

 

Alfred Hitchcock believed that “In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.”  If Stephen King is the “Master of Horror” and Alfred Hitchcock is the “Master of Suspense”, Brian DePalma would be the “Master of Thriller” right…  At least that’s how I see it.  While all three can be “Scary”, there’s something about the way the words are spoken, the drama is built up or how it’s shot that gives a cinematic presentation various distinctions.  “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it,” THAT’S SUSPENSE — Hitchcock said that too — I just found that quote after my preceding two sentences.

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DIESEL FUEL CHOKES WILL’S SPACESHIP – Action Movies and African Kings

DIESEL FUEL CHOKES WILL’S SPACESHIP – Action Movies and African Kings

Holy Summer Blockbusters!  Universal’s “The Purge” will lead the box office this weekend for raking in the dough.  The film studio is riding high right now, as “Fast & Furious 6” topped the box office last week, making it number-one two weeks in a row!  I just knew “After Earth” would take the top spot, since ‘Furious’ was released for Memorial Day Weekend… WRONG!

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