i may be late to jump on the kendrick lamar bandwagon, but i finally found the time to listen to his critically acclaimed album “good kid, m.a.a.d city” and i’m pretty impressed. one track stood out for me, “sing about me, i’m dying of thirst”, which has a really smooth, jazz-guitar-style beat, in a style that i really miss in today’s music. after the third repeat, i was finally able to put my finger on this familiar sounding sample: grant green’s lush “maybe tomorrow”. (one of my most-viewed youtube videos, by the way)
really nice beat with an even nicer sample!
some of you might also recognize another sample in here, or at least more of a inspiration for a beat: dr.dre’s “still d.r.e.” (produced by scott storch)
Artist: Sly and the Family Stone Track: If You Want Me To Stay Album: 45 RPM single Year: 1973
The Theme Is: Indelible Marks
I hold this song fully accountable for my delving deeper into the soul music genre. Aside from the crossover soul hits of the top 100 stations, I didn’t venture any further. When this song crossed over to the pop charts, I crossed over to the soul side. This song got under my skin in a really good way. I had to hear more, I went out and bought the Fresh album this is from and was totally blown away. Sly’s vocal performance here is above board, just take a walk with that bass line.
Cosign, this is a great track to start getting into soul music. And surely a classic, if you are already in!
The Genius of J.S. Bach’s “Crab Canon” Visualized on a Möbius Strip
We know J.S. Bach was a genius composer. Certainly among the top two or three that have ever lived by most measures. Even knowing that, I was not prepared for the awesomeness you are about to see.
This is the first canon from Bach’s Musical Offering, known as the “crab canon”. The first level of awesome is when you find out that it was designed to be played backwards and forwards. But lots of people have done that … big deal, right?
Then you find out that it was written to be played backwards and forwards at the same time. That’s pretty amazing, but again, since it’s not that long I wouldn’t classify it as an Earth-shattering epiphany.
BUT THEN … graphic artist Jos Leys (who made the video), show how this Bach piece is basically the musical version of a Möbius strip.
I played this loud for my Grandmother when she passed in 2010, and I am playing it again for the artist behind the song, Mr. Donald Byrd. My heart is heavy, but my soul is strong. Thank You Sir for the legacy you left behind.