MyLoveForMusic002

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What’s going on Good People. 🙂 The cool thing about being exposed to different genres of music for me is that I pay more attention the arrangement, the musicians. Vocals catch my ear from time to time but I love discovering how instruments are used and instruments I’ve never known. This is not my regular type of music but I love it.

This playlist is classic rock and a couple of tracks from 2010. From Boston to Fleetwood Mac, this array of music is best to listen to this with headphones or noise reduction or noise canceling earbuds. The richness of the instruments and arrangements are amazing.
I have three tracks from rock tunes from the 2010 soundtrack “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”. I have to get this soundtrack, the blu-ray movie, the Funko Pop figures. I love this movie for many reasons but of course what sticks out to me is the music. Two tracks from Sex Bob-Omb and the electronic tune from Brian LeBarton.

Toto, “Georgy Porgy” is a favorite of mine. You have some of Best of the BEST session musician on the planet. (You are missed Jeff Porcaro). The icing on the cake was the beautiful vocals of Cheryl Lynn. “Africa” is a tune where again the vocals (getting help from Eagles bassist and vocalist Timothy B. Schmidt) and the arrangement sticks out to me. David Paich and Bobby Kimbell has that perfect blend of subtle and directness and the bassline work by David Hungate.

Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” I remember watching this music video on SNL in the 70s . The vocal harmony is too cool. The tune “Urgent” was one of the 80s tune where it still kept that ol Foreigner spark from their earlier work. The saxophone work by the late Junior Walker kicked it into overdrive.

Another group that blew my mind growing up in the 70s was ELO. A group that combined rock and strings was so awesome. Jeff Lynn to me was a genius and playing this 45 on the stereo over and over drove my mother crazy.

Areosmith’s “Rocks” to me is the best album they ever recorded. This album introduced me to the six-string bass and on the track “Sick As a Dog” Steven Tyler played bass on part of the song. This entire album was raw from beginning to end.

The Police for me was one of those rare groups that when they split they went out on a high note. Their last album “Synchronicity” was top notch. Three great musicians: Sting, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers were the perfect storm. The key person that always stood out to me was Stewart Copeland…his drum style is amazing; especially when it comes to the high-hat. “Message in a Bottle” shows off his gift.

Fleetwood Mac for me is a group the best of all worlds: great vocalists (Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie), stellar bassist (John McVie) and drummer (Mick Fleetwood), and Lyndsey Buckingham…when it comes to the guitar and his harmony vocals leaves this brother speechless. His unique fingerpicking style gave that “pop” to their compositions. “Gypsy” is that track for me is all I can say is “damn, the dude is bad.” On “Dreams” you can hear the vocal talents of Stevie, Christine, and Lindsey.

Boston was a combination of great talent of one man (Tom Scholz) but also when Sib Hashian, Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan and of course Brad Delp was a force to be reckond with and their debut “Boston” album is one of the Greatest of all time. “More Than a Feeling” was all Tom, Brad, and Sib but “Foreplay/Long Time” has some great guitar work by Barry and organ, synthizer work by Tom.

MyLoveForMusic002 [Classic Rock]
[ To Stream Playlist>> mixcloud.com/darrenkeith3 ]
We Are Sex Bob-Omb – Sex Bob-Omb

Summertime – Sex Bob-Omb
More Than a Feeling – Boston
Sick As a Dog – Aerosmith
Georgy Porgy – Toto (feat. Cheryl Lynn)
Threshold (8bit) – Brian LeBarton
Cold As Ice – Foreigner
Turn to Stone – ELO (Electric Light Orchestra)
Get the Lead Out – Areosmith
King of Pain – The Police
Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac
Urgent – Foreigner
Africa – Toto
Message in the Bottle – The Police
Mr. Blue Sky – ELO
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Foreplay/Long Time – Boston

id drops: Mr. Fresh, tgrundy, 2Serenity, Brian Meeks,

underscore music under me voice: Todd Kelley & Nicolay

 

 

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This Is Sad…But Not Surprising

Remember when Twitter was about interaction? Remember when we used to see the “Whale” when it crashed? Remember when you used to communicate with followers?

I miss those days. Twitter was fun when it was geeks, nerds, photographers, and every day folks.

Then mainstream media and entertainers came along and it went to hell-in-a-handbasket. I can’t say that about Facebook or Instagram but Twitter was fun even when it crashed so much.

Now news organizations, politicians, celebrities, “reality people” are there and it’s all about them. Let’s be real, we’re grown and people will post what they wanna post but it has made Twitter kinda filthy. I don’t know if this will happen but on this sabbatical and reading the Gizmodo article about how Twitter has said how trump’s latest tweet is not racist which clearly it’s racist rhetoric.

I was going to write about that matter but what’s the point? Been there/Done that. Before stepping away for a couple of months I began muting and deleting people I followed in regards to politics. I have to be real because I contributed to the noise when it came to discussing racism, police brutality, politics and once I realized no change is coming about and in the end it’s “their house/their rules”. When you’re not paying for a service you don’t have a say in the matter and in the end I’m the product.

At this point I’ve grown tired of complaining about social media because in the end it’s up to ME where and who I interact with on Twitter.

I know Twitter will not go back to that time of pure interaction and I need to make up my mind rather I wish to continue there or find another social site to post. I know writing this blogpost is fun and when taking sabbaticals it makes me evaluate why do I use social media and do I really need the tools.

I love times like this because itakes me look inward and I can and will be the change for the better.

If you’re interested in the Gizmodo article the link is below.

Trump’s Racist Tweets Aren’t Racist, Twitter Decides

Two Great Interviews In Regards to DL Hughley

I watched two VladTV Interview with DL Hughley and I will watch it again. I have been hooked on DL for a minute now. I wrote a little about him some posts back. He’s a hard Brother to watch…not because he’s controversial but what he says is on point and it’s sad to say I think it’s falling on deaf ears.

From his thoughts on police brutality, the current president, how no crime against PoC from past to present hasn’t outraged White America so profoundly where major change has come to our country.

As I have said before it seems it’s comedians that are now the truth tellers in regards to political climate. The humour is there and truth is so on point it hits you straight on and it’s does my heart good.

DL hits on subjects that had me shaking my head in agreement: from Bill Cosby, Nipsey Hustle, Terry Crews, trump, national holidays, how Black-on-Black Crime is mostly caused by proximity and not race. He doesn’t make excuses about the murder of our people but only puts the issue in perspective. It’s refreshing to hear DL how Obama was the “idea” of America where trump and this current administration and Congress is the REALITY of America.

Below are the interviews I viewed and although they are long in length but the information is priceless.

**NSFW**

Quiet Time

I have always enjoyed silence. Maybe it’s the introvert in me, maybe it’s because I’ve been a loner or only child, maybe it’s me getting older but more and more I enjoy the time of quiet time.

Even when driving home for work many times I have the radio shut off and just enjoy the sound of the pavement when I have the windows open.

I told my Queen at lunch time I will begin eating less so I can go in the hallway to sit with no voices blaring. I enjoy to be able to think in peace. I guess this is why I’m a morning person. Mind is clear, no local news. Now I can deal with Instrumental jazz getting my day started. Actually many times when writing I find myself creative with Instrumental Jazz or silence. I can deal with this music again because…no lyrics/no words clouding my mind.

I even notice when dining out I try and find a quiet place where I can eat and just relax. From time to time I “People Watch”. Funny, I’m a loner but at times I enjoy the viewing of watching people interact with one another.

In the end I enjoy the solitude of silence. I enjoy having time to daydream and reflect. It doesn’t take much to make me happy.

New Year New Social Media Sabbatical

Thursday I began my sabbatical from social media. Last year I did this for the month of August but the night before I had decided I was going to begin this a month early and come back in September. For me this time it’s different and more personal.

As always me and my Geek and Podcasting Brother was talking and he said something that was so profound and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I have always seen the acronym “FOMO” (don’t ask me why I never took the time to Google what it stood for but everything happens in due time); I ask my Brother what it and told me it means “Fear Of Missumg Out“.

Wow.

Talk about a light bulb going off for me. This was the last piece of the puzzle in regards to why my phone would stay in my hands.

The “Fear Of Missing Out”, of course!

I could never put my finger on it and the issue was there staring me in the face. Rather it was me believing I was missing out a comment or a subject matter or an the latest “breaking news”. This has been my problem all along. And to honest I’m not missing out on ANYTHING.

The know I have a problem and here’s why…last year when taking the social sabbatical it was nice and peaceful and productive. I was focus more, my attention span increased, I read more. Even at this moment being away from SM (Social Media) when listening to music I’m more in tune with each composition and not breaking my attention from the music I should be enjoying to either check a SM site or share what I’m listening to at that moment. So the question remains why use platforms that has more of a negative impact on one’s being than positive?

This is a question I’m posing for myself this go round. Do I really need to continue to use Instagram and Facebook? What purpose are these platforms to me?

I’m not hatin’ because I will always love social networking because in the end it’s all in what you make it.

I’ve finally come to the conclusion that social media is no longer a place for interaction. I’ve said it countless times, I’ve known this for quite some time and yet I still tried to seek something that has long been gone.

I’ve come to the realization for MYSELF that I wanted to have close relationships with people online and in the end won’t happen because…

1. People have lives.

2. The algorithm many times may cause my posts not to be seen by people that follow me.

3. People may not be interested in what I post.

I also have to be honest to myself that I’ve been seeking instant gratification when it comes to my posts on social media. I know it’s childish but there it is out in open for me to face.

Last year I posted on my blog for 30 days in regards to my sabbatical. This time I’m just going to post in regards to what subject hit me. Sometimes the post may be lengthy but most times they will be short. This go around it’s about having fun and sharing just “because”. 🙂

My goal is by September to come to the decision to drop Facebook or Instagram or both. Either way for me it’s time for a major that in the end will be best for me mentally when dealing with social media.

Why The 4th of July Means Nothing To Me At This Time

One thing about the willing to learn is that you can share knowledge no matter how late in life you become aware of true history. I’m just coming across this speech by Frederick Douglass. Some of my Brothers and Sisters may critize me for not knowing about this and others may feel that I’m constantly pushing this “Blackness” but as far as I’m concerned and can give a flying f*ck what you think of me at this time of my life.

I have had a couple of health scares and with the climate of our country with this of blatant racism and the lack of many of Black Americans who don’t exercise their write to vote we are at a cross roads.

With this individual in the White House the covers have been pulled clean back to show the world how many White Americans…Conservatives and Liberals feel about PoC. When Obama was president I seen the hatred towards us… African-Americans and since 2016 I have changed in regards to this current administration and current GOP members in Congress.

Someone a while back criticized me for my posts and said, “You’ve changed since trump has become president”. I’m not going to lie it shook me and my feelings were hurt and it made me doubt myself just a little. But now realizing what is at stake if I lose some people I’ve known for years as friends or followers so be it.

Last night I had stress to two of our grandsons that’s visiting how important it is not to make ANY certain moves if they’re pulled over or approached by police. I know their parents have had “The Talk” with them and now my Queen and I had “The Talk” with them. We camp out Angels around all of our children and grandchildren but we also have taught them to use common sense as well.

The 4th of July means NOTHING to me. If I were wealthy I would take our children and grandchildren on cruises every year around this time as well as Columbus Day, Thanksgiving because this country has never come to the acknowledgement of how this country…even though we’re born and raised here in America that we are natural born citizens and human beings.

DL Hughley says it’s best, “…there isn’t a crime hideous and heinous enough to make White America cry out when it comes to the murder of Black and Brown people in this country.”

This article by Arielle Gray and Speech by Frederick Douglass makes me proud to be an African-American and let’s me know our people has been and will continue to be “Young, Gifted, and Black“.

We are a people of Innovators, high achievers of Academics, creator of style, fashion, music, Spoken Words. We are the HEAD and not the TAIL. I hope and pray with what is going on in this Nation has awaken my people Mind, Body, and Soul of their true Worth because we should never wait on White America to let us know how Beautiful of a race we are and how we have contributed to the United States of America.

What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” – https://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july/

As A Black American, I Don’t Celebrate The Fourth Of Julyhttps://www.wbur.org/artery/2019/07/03/black-american-fourth-of-july