an exercise in funky

Posted on May 13, 2009

NOTE: Sorry to say that unfortunately the utube embedding is disabled on this version of Yellow Moon – so you are gonna have to use the URL to open a link in a new window to be able to listen to the music at the same time as you read this – highly suggested – your choice.

http://www.contactmusic.com/videos.nsf/stream/neville-brothers-yellow-moon

Now . . .listen and read.

Don’t worry about any words – just listen to the sound – listen to the funky beat – the hammond B3 organ in there – the slippery saxaphone – the rhythms racing around frantically, buzzin’ like bees on the swarm in the afternoon sun – grabbing hold of you and squeezing the lifelessness outta you – it’s all funquer, eh? no sleazy, amatuerish humps and bumps here – this rhythm/counter-rhythm arises to new heights – winding and grinding not only your hips but your soul – yin and yang come to sound . this is life in vibrato – music you can ride upon in any waking dream as surely as if it were a magic carpet …and it is so much better when the sound waves twine and whine around you all hot and sweaty and barefooted in Tipitinas on a humid August night, too full of gin and tonic, the smell of ginja in the air- breathe that second hand smoke deeply – all funquer, eh? Those sound waves slither around you like tentacles – grabbing hold of you and pulling you away from the mundane, the everyday – right through the roof that just evaporated and into the starry night of time and space. It suspends you there under a yellow moon as the beat just goes on and on, stronger and stronger – more complex with guitar screaming in ecstasy and breaking, breaking, breaking away now. And just like that saxaphone ride – it is never enough and can only end as does the song in a quivering explosion of rhythm and horn, a cacaphony of sound that penetrates the last inhibition you have and you whisper “yes ” and let go and ride ….again and again and again…. That, my friend is what funk is – “all sweet and funky like. ”

Last edited by katie on May 14, 2009, 4:27 pm


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