Now, I love both parts 1 & 2 but at 3:51 of this song, the kids come in talking about what they are going to Be and Lonnie "Pops" Lynn, Common's father, gets on and goes off. I think about and quote this all the time.
Just be, people. Just be.
*note: My Mantra Song is not the same as my Theme Song or my Favorite Song. Those are for another time.
Veneer is an exercise in simplicity, with a somber and
contemplative tone deepened by an affinity for bossa nova and flamenco.
At 27, Gonzalez has aligned himself with folk artists who operate under
the belief that quiet truly is the new loud.
The CD will stand in a high place in music history because of its pure
musical perfection. The harmonies all fall into place to create a
beautiful sound that intrigues not only the ear, but the mind. By
mastering these essentials of music, Danity Kane sets itself apart from
What are your top 5 CDs/albums of 2006? Submitted by eliz. s.
When have I ever been able to limit a music list to 5? I'll break these down album by album later but for now:
J Dilla aka Jay Dee - Donuts
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Jose Gonzalez - Veneer
Justin Timberlake - Futuresex/Lovesounds
Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
Madlib - The Beat Konducta Vol 1 & 2: Movie Scenes
Murs & 9th Wonder - Murray's Revenge
Robin Thicke - The Evolution of Robin Thicke
The Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control
Danity Kane - Danity Kane
I'll probably do a 12 after 12 list at the end of the year that takes more critical consideration of music but these ten albums are, by far, my most listened to full productions released in 2006 according to last.fm and the numbers in iTunes and Urge. I broke them down into 2 lists of 5 as, in general, I find most of these albums as complimentary to each other (Veneer and Danity Kane standing pretty solidly as loners on the two ends of the spectrum - one is the high end of folk mastery; the other is pure pop confection without pretense) but we'll get into that later.
In a very religious nation, blacks are the most religious of all.
Nationally, 83 percent describe themselves as Christian. Accordingly,
67 percent believe in an afterlife in either heaven or hell. Surveys
show that only 3 percent of blacks report having no religion but
instead are the Americans most likely to participate in religious
activities like prayer, Bible reading and worship attendance. They are
most likely to strongly agree that the Bible is totally accurate and to
strongly disagree that Jesus sinned while on earth.
Their church services are even 70 percent longer than whites', and
blacks are among the most generous givers to religious organizations;
while nationally three out of every four dollars donated go to
religious institutions, the figure is nine out of 10 for
African-Americans. The black tradition of tithing (a biblical
requirement to give a set percentage -- usually 10 -- to the church) is
strong enough to have propelled affluent, majority black Prince
George's County in Maryland into the top five counties in the nation
for charitable donations.
Without a doubt then, blacks are America's most religious group. On
any given Sunday, blacks all over America fill church pews to have
their hearts and minds filled with ... what? If you guessed turning the
other cheek and offering paeans to tolerance, you'd be in for a shock.
The Pure Essence was a previously unknown Cincinnati, Ohio ensemble
until collectors Dante Carfagna and DJ Shadow turned up two copies of
the band’s supremely rare 45 ''Wake Up'' on the microscopic Mantra
label. ''Wake Up'' unfolds over six minutes into an epic jam of
plaintive guitar licks and urgent soul vocals. On ''Third Rock'', the
lead singer’s vocal stylings suggest a Sly Stone influence, until the
huge chorus, when it becomes evident that Pure Essence definitely have
their own bag.