Friday, April 22, 2016

What's In A Name, Prince and Music

 
 
Hello Blog, 
 
 
It's been a while since I have been this way and my reason for being here today is to preface the next post that I am going to make.  When I last left off with you I posted two articles relating to the Black Lives Matter Issue and I am now going to remove them as I said I would.  That whole issue and that regarding the church is a subject worthy of longer in depth consideration and discussion.  It is worthy of it's own blog, dissertation, seminar you name it.  And given that I am as I stated obsessive about my theme I will remove it for perhaps consideration for another time. 
 
My next post will contain some graphics and a look into how the nomenclature of sub-Saharan in the description of West Africans assist in obscuring the identity of them as they relate to the sons of Noah. 
 
In popular news Prince the musician died on yesterday April 21, 2016 and of course like most of everyday people who listened to his songs or were huge fans of his musical abilities I too was shocked by the news.  I like so many can remember Prince in his early years and recall fondly when he came to my hometown for his Purple Rain concert attending twice with my mom, sisters and cousin.  That was definitely when ticket prices were more affordable.  I must say that I too admired Prince's musicianship and ability to play so many instruments.  My sister's and I would laugh at how he flitted around on that stage in those platform shoes like a little bee and never trip and not look any taller. 
 
I recall a boy at my school trying to copy the Prince purple rain look.  He wasn't pulling it off but you can't blame him for giving it a heave ho.  I was listening to some music from back in the day for a couple of days and I was trying to figure out the difference as the music transitioned from the 70's to the 80's and then the 90's with the prevalence of hip-hop.  I realized so many songs had a variety of instruments that made up the songs in the 70's but when some soul songs were combined with violins it really added to the beauty of the songs.  As music became more technology driven that variety was lost unfortunately as recall many songs of the R and B genre/hip-hop having a kind pedantic beat in every song.
 
To some extent the beauty of composition was also lost.  Well, I want to send a shout-out to the  Baby-Boomers who are blamed for some of the downward slide of society meaning the beginning of the abandonment of traditional values as opposed to the WWII generation who are and were crowned "The Greatest Generation."  They at least produced some really good music and dared for a moment to embrace their Blackness with their afros and racial pride that seemed to represent an apex really for Black America and I am appreciative to God for making sure I had some awesome people to listen to growing up.  The Baby-Boomers were also classy.  They  took  pride in their appearance and most of the time were beautifully dressed as men and women. I am grateful for them and as more of them head into the sunset I want the cosmos to make note of it.  I don't think I would have been too happy to be sent down here and all I had was ghetto rappers and people like Rihanna running around half-naked and shooting people in her videos to listen to as popular music at least from Black folk.  We are so much better than that. 

Note to young Black Americans. Please quit tattooing your body up.  To make your body look like a highway with graffiti all over it is not visually appealing.  It especially does not look good on people with brown skin tones and it looks particularly heinous on women.  There is a reason God admonished the children of Israel to not mark their bodies up.  In the name  of keeping it real like they say in the hood, " It looks a hot mess."
 
Lastly, it is my  sincere hope that Prince on that great day finds his name written in the Lamb's book of Life.


2 comments:

  1. Thank you for your tribute to Prince and the great music he gave us. He was unique and he can not be duplicated. I know he's singing praise to God.

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  2. Thank you for your tribute to Prince and the great music he gave us. He was unique and he can not be duplicated. I know he's singing praise to God.

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