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I listen to music every day and today I heard a song that made me think about Stax

I grew up in south Louisiana as most of you know. One of the great things about that is that I was introduced to many forms of music. Gospel, country, rock and roll, jazz and soul flow through my veins. There was always one constant Stax also known as Soulsville USA. It wasn't in south Louisiana but it had the heartbeat of the Mississippi river running through it and it flowed down stream. The music, the influences and the love that poured out of that studio are immeasurable.

House band turned out to be pretty good.

They weren't bad either

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  •  Hold On, I'm Comin (12+ / 0-)

    Sam & Dave with Booker T. & the M.G.s and members of the Mar-Keys from the Stax/Volt Revue European Tour of 1967. This footage is from the April 7th, Oslo, Norway concert.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue May 13, 2014 at 07:35:48 PM PDT

  •  My Stax favorite: (10+ / 0-)

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Tue May 13, 2014 at 07:42:39 PM PDT

  •  Perfect music to end my night (5+ / 0-)
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    Health insurance is not health care.

    by Jarrayy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:00:36 PM PDT

  •  Otis Redding Exploding Live at Monterey, '67 (6+ / 0-)
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    The Sam & Dave was a powerful, crowd-working performance. But this one is history in the making: Otis Redding (+MGs & Mar-Kays) surfing right onto the top of the zeitgeist.

    Shake/ Respect*/ I've been loving you too long/ (I can't get no)  Satisfaction*/ Try a little tenderness

    *Historical notes> Otis wrote Respect and, as he put it, Aretha stole the song from him. But he respected her for doing so.

    When Keith Richards wrote the music to Satisfaction, he wanted his guitar to sound like Stax horns. When Otis covered it, he put the horns back where they belonged.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:00:43 PM PDT

    •  Hard to imagine that he was only 26 here. (5+ / 0-)
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      I don't see any young artist giving this type of mature, electric performance today.
      Loving these selections. :)

      Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

      by JoanMar on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:15:12 PM PDT

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      •  I knew people were going to bring Otis (4+ / 0-)
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        It's why I intentionally left him out, he's the one I heard today.

        Here's one for you

        I'm a Saltine American

        by LaEscapee on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:36:33 PM PDT

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      •  He was an immense talent; I hadn't realized that (4+ / 0-)
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        he was only 26 when that plane crashed in the rain and fog. He was larger than life, and had already amassed an impressive catalog.

        I'd thought Sam Cooke getting shot in fishy circumstances was even more heartbreaking, with all the mystery and smell of foul play there. He had a more amazing catalog of songs - but he did get until 33 to write them. Probably more ground-breaking than Otis, simply because he got an earlier start. Sorry for the dark turn this comment has taken, comparing tragedies.

        But they were both hugely charismatic men, and phenomenal talents. I can't think of many soul gods to compare with them, for singing or songwriting. Here's some medicine for hurting hearts, and elegies for the greatest who died too young:

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:45:47 PM PDT

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        •  Quite a few greats left us before they reached 40: (4+ / 0-)
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          Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, to name two off the top of my head.
          A Change is Gonna Come is too sad...at least for tonight (I am in a very good mood.) :)

          Isaac Hayes played a huge role in Stax's success. My all time favorite from him is Shaft, of course, but I Stand Accused makes me feel the need to love.
          The beginning of the song is sad but it's a good sad; my type of sad.

          Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

          by JoanMar on Tue May 13, 2014 at 09:17:21 PM PDT

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          •  Jimi and Bob fit right in with Sam and Otis: (4+ / 0-)
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            Each had the huge personality, originality, songwriting, style and voice to inspire hundreds of musicians after them.

            Isaac was quite a trendsetter too. He did like those long, stretched out songs. And each of these men had such honesty and confidence (though Jimi had a lot of pressures, inside and out).

            They burned so bright.

            "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

            by Brecht on Tue May 13, 2014 at 09:29:12 PM PDT

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            •  "Honesty, confidence," and (4+ / 0-)
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              vulnerability.
              (I am trying to think whether Bob showed any vulnerability, or was he all manly man?)
              But certainly Otis, Jimi, and Isaac allowed their fears and needs to color their work.

              "They burned so bright."

              Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

              by JoanMar on Tue May 13, 2014 at 09:49:28 PM PDT

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              •  It's easy to gush about any of these stars, but (4+ / 0-)
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                I'd actually put Bob ahead of the others, because I believe he was great-souled. So immensely strong, to rise up to his eminence, to achieve so much, to build such a vast family of love around him. Of course, it takes every ounce of your humanity to grow that big.

                This is one of my favorite Bob songs, because it expresses that vulnerable side of his soul:

                "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

                by Brecht on Tue May 13, 2014 at 10:03:12 PM PDT

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                •  He really did (3+ / 0-)
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                  rock the world with his truth body and soul. An amazing  man and artist.

                  I'm a Saltine American

                  by LaEscapee on Tue May 13, 2014 at 10:07:21 PM PDT

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                •  Yes, I went looking and of course (4+ / 0-)
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                  he showed his vulnerable side.
                  Waiting in Vain, Redemption Song to name a few, and one of my favorites:

                  (Sorry LaEscapee)  :)

                  Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

                  by JoanMar on Tue May 13, 2014 at 10:10:56 PM PDT

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                  •  Waiting in Vain and Redemption Song (4+ / 0-)
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                    are perfect choices. I'd bet they bring tears to most eyes.
                    Redemption Song has always been my favorite. Let's not forget No Woman no Cry.

                    'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

                    by janis b on Tue May 13, 2014 at 10:28:01 PM PDT

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                    •  No Woman No Cry says more about (4+ / 0-)
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                      his tenderness than his vulnerability.
                      Is that a difference without a distinction?
                      It was written to reassure a loved one (Rita) and not so much about his own needs.
                      Ironically, after the song she (Rita) was assigned to the role of mother even as he went on to choose younger women to be his lovers.

                      Hey Janis.
                      And I am off to bed. :)

                      Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

                      by JoanMar on Tue May 13, 2014 at 10:47:15 PM PDT

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                      •  Maybe it was also (4+ / 0-)
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                        a song about seeking redemption.
                        He, and his experience and perception of life are more than I'll ever understand, except what my heart tells me through his music.
                        Sweet dreams Joan

                        'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

                        by janis b on Tue May 13, 2014 at 11:02:38 PM PDT

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                •  This describes to me the essence of Bob (4+ / 0-)
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                  I'd actually put Bob ahead of the others, because I believe he was great-souled. So immensely strong, to rise up to his eminence, to achieve so much, to build such a vast family of love around him. Of course, it takes every ounce of your humanity to grow that big.
                  He was like a magnet because of it.

                  'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

                  by janis b on Tue May 13, 2014 at 10:12:19 PM PDT

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                •  "Kill, cramp, and paralyze... (1+ / 0-)
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                  ... all weak at conception;
                  (aaa-aaah, doo-doo-doo-doo)
                  Wipe them out of creation (creation), yeah-eah! (creation)
                  Wa-Jah, Jah, Jah! Wa-Jah, Jah, Jah! (creation)
                  Wa-Jah, Jah, Jah! (creation)"

                  (from "Revolution")

                  Some really great Rastafarian talking points out of the early years!  Shut down any youthful enthusiasm I may have had for any Marley.  Also so sad and pitiful that Jamacian culture endorsed the "Kill the gays" thing for so long.

                  If he's hurting inside.... I'm sadly indifferent. Vulnerable side of his soul? OK... If you say so. Not much revelation goin' on I can see.

                  Bah.

  •  Otis in Baltimore (4+ / 0-)
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    I got to see Otis Redding in Baltimore, in a soul revue at the Royal Theatre (part of the "chitlin circuit" of the day). This was sometime in 1967. I don't remember what he sang (certainly not "Dock of the Bay" which he recorded days before the plane crash); it was probably stuff like "Security," "Mr. Pitiful," "Sad Song," maybe even his apocalyptic "Try a Little Tenderness." The way soul shows were done, we got to see the entire concert twice, with a crummy jungle movie in between.

    Just imagine if Atlantic Records' Jerry Wexler had gotten his way, and Aretha went to Memphis to record instead of Muscle Shoals...

  •  Odd but fascinating doc about Muscle Shoals on (4+ / 0-)
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    Netflix right now. I knew most of the tales already but it's still interesting to see and hear.  Also highly recommended (by me, anyway) is "20 feet from Stardom".

    http://www.magpictures.com/...

    http://twentyfeetfromstardom.com

    "Beachfront Resorts" #BadBusinessModelsForThe22ndCentury

    by here4tehbeer on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:34:27 PM PDT

  •  Funny you should mention. Netflix 'Muscle Shoals' (5+ / 0-)
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    film is about the studio that had a hand in some of the great music from that era; some of its artists appeared on Stax at one point or another.

    Really well made and a ton of great music.

    Maybe it's that 'the music of my youth' thing, but the sounds that came out of Stax, Atlantic, Chess... I think they'll be around for a long long time.


    A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned. -- Firefly

    by Jim P on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:42:42 PM PDT

    •  They don't (5+ / 0-)
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      make them like that no more. It was real you could feel it.

      I'm a Saltine American

      by LaEscapee on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:45:27 PM PDT

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      •  From heart to heart. Some popular modern stuff (4+ / 0-)
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        is cold and dead, I think of it as 'spastic corpse' music or just hypnotism; at the either end an over-hyped, instead of felt, emotion. Or a limited palette of emotions, ranging from lust through raging lust. Sometimes, just contempt.

        Consumerism triumphant.

        It's really hard to fake music from the heart. That still gets made though. But we don't see it on the scale or with the focus of the heyday of Vox and the rest.

        A thing I wish my kid could have experienced: When a transistor radio was all you had besides your record player to hear satisfying and stirring music, the signals you'd get would vary depending on weather conditions and time of day. So in Brooklyn, some nights you could pick up, for a short crackly time, Buffalo, Cleveland, DC where they had their own kind of style going on. It was pretty exciting.


        A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned. -- Firefly

        by Jim P on Tue May 13, 2014 at 09:47:25 PM PDT

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  •  I played this music.... (5+ / 0-)
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    I grew up in the north of England in the sixties, played in a high school band.  When we all grew out of Beatles and Stones covers, soul and R&B was our music.   Our drummer John got a hold of a copy of Otis Blue.  I worked out arrangements for all the tracks on it and we played most of them.  John on drums, his brother Tim on Alto, my brother Pete on tenor, Dave on bass, me on lead, me and Dave singing.  By the time we were seniors, we were pretty tight.  

    Otis' versions of Daytripper and Satisfaction were favorites. Wilson Pickett's Midnight Hour was the high spot of any gig.  Best sax riff ever.  Eddie Floyd's Knock on Wood.  We played Dock of the Bay on our last gig.  Sort of a memorial.

    Five skinny white kids in the north of England. That was our music.

  •  Just the perfect music (4+ / 0-)
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    to warm my soul while the fire burns to heat the rest of me.
    Nice to see friends here, and thanks for the entertainment.

    'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

    by janis b on Tue May 13, 2014 at 09:35:25 PM PDT

  •  Way off topic (1+ / 0-)
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    But I lived for many years in Denmark and its former colony Norway and I can attest that this is exactly what life is like in the North.

    NSFW.

    Cribbed from Wonkette.

    o caminho d'ouro, uma pinga de mel: Parati

    by tarkangi on Tue May 13, 2014 at 11:52:42 PM PDT

  •  don't forget eddie floyd! (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Some of the best music ever came from Memphis. (2+ / 0-)
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    In addition to Stax, the was, of course, Sun Records and Chips Moman's American Sound Studio.

    .

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Wed May 14, 2014 at 05:01:55 AM PDT

  •  Stax electrostatic headphones are outstanding - nt (0+ / 0-)

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Wed May 14, 2014 at 06:27:01 PM PDT

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