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This one’s a keeper, but like the last Raphael Saadiq song I posted, it doesn’t last long enough. Just another minute or so would have been nice.

There’s a really fun live version, but I won’t share it here. You can find it on youtube.

Happy Monday and all that

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You could listen to the studio version of this song, the one that comes on the radio occasionally, but here I share the video I love. The cool shades, the Afros, the slow build, Bill Withers’ sweaty face.

It’s Black History Month and while I’ve always thought it great bullshit that African-Americans and Women get only one month (I mean, down with the patriarchy and all), maybe it’s a start, right?

Here in the Pioneer Valley, on our local PC, mostly rock-based radio station, 93.9, WRSI, The River, they’ve got a really cool music historian from one of the 5 Colleges who comments all month on the history of Black music (he does this during Women’s History Month, too). I was inspired my him somewhat for this post, but hey, I’ve had “Use Me” in the queue for a long time. It’s such a hot song, slow, consistent, unchanging beat..and those lyrics. Smokin’.

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I went out to Occupy Amherst yesterday afternoon with Hubby. Yes, you can laugh at our little town. But I was heartened at what is the beginning of a movement that I believe will grow in strength and voice week by week, as it already has. You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, we all want to change the world. So let’s up and do it.

Now that we got that out of the way, on to a song that should get the juices flowing. I first heard this when I saw “The Fighter” and soon forgot it. I take it as a song of power and since I’m thinking a lot about the people’s collective power, let’s have at it. The video is silly, but I like it.

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Greetings! We didn’t get much rain in my neighborhood, but our neighbors to the north (Brattleboro, VT and right up the river in Turner’s Falls, MA) were underwater in a lot of places.  There has been a lot of flooding and a lot of tree damage, roads busted up, buildings traveling downstream. My family got lucky this time.

I am sticking to Music Monday in spite of the tragedy that befell many over the weekend and late last week. Trying to keep it light but deep at the same time.

How can you be unhappy when you hear Mahalia singing?

Now will you look at this

High heels and a dress, style, poise, bravado, braggadocio, electric guitar, and great gospel singing to boot! Still in the aquatic vein, Ladies and Gentlemen, Sister Rosetta Tharpe:

Before you get the idea that I think we are being punished by God or some higher being for some evil or other, I have a question: how does anyone know what God knows? Tell me your story and I’ll tell you mine.

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Continuing along the lines of last week’s Music Monday….

The Queen of Soul, tellin’ it.

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