The Sounds That Count...

Music, it's all around us. We listen to it everyday, directly or indirectly. Some of it's art, and some of it's pure entertainment (horrible entertainment depending on what you're listening to).  But I guess what I want to talk about now is the music which is special to me. Everyone has the song or songs that aren't about entertainment but they enjoy on a wholly different level. It moves you within, moves you spiritually and emotionally.  Whether those emotions are righteous and rebellious or simply a feeling of transcending space and time, I have a few of those songs I want to share with you all. One of those songs is "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy. This song made an intro in my favorite movie ever, "Do the Right Thing" by Director Spike Lee.

 Legendary Rap Group Public Enemy

Legendary Rap Group Public Enemy

And every time I hear the chorus it incites a feeling of righteous indignation in me. Empowers me to rebel and call out any and every form of injustice that I see (as if I need anymore rebellion added to me attitude). The song is a flat out classic, it's the theme song for all of those who felt down trodden, mistreated, overlooked, and misrepresented. After 4 minutes and 42 seconds, your feeling of helplessness and dispair changes. Your mind gets tactical, your voice finds you once more, and you won't stand for being second class ever again. That is power! And it's found in a song of all places.  The next song is "The Magnificent 7" by Jazz musician Kamasi Washington.  Now this particular track is from his debut album entitled Epic which happens to also be a triple album.  If you want to talk about an album that you press play and never have to skip a track, then this one is it.  But "The Magnificent 7" happens to be the crown jewel in my opinion. Pure vibrancy and emotion is how I would describe this track.  As corny as it sounds, listening to this song makes me feel invincible, like I transcend space and time.  That's some powerful stuff. 

  The Album cover for Kamasi Washington's "The Epic"

 The Album cover for Kamasi Washington's "The Epic"

Washington's saxophone chimes in blaring super hero like notes to me, giving me visions of grandeur and ambitions to push what is reality and what isn't.  If you can find music like that, you have indeed found something truly unique.  I discovered this artist while I was browsing through iTunes and Oh what a find it was.  I only wish I could see him live or at a jazz festival, as that would truly be a treat.  From feelings of mystical grandeur to a feeling of being the coolest thing walking, "All Blues" by Miles Davis is another favorite.  From his release "Kind of Blue", this track was one which should be on a sound track for men getting ready to head out on the town with the fellas.  A smooth entrance which was worth enough to be put into the movie "Mo' Betta Blues", you can't help but to tap your feet, narrow your eyes and move your head while looking for your best neck tie and loafers to wear for the day or night.  Jazz, what have you done to my life?! LOL. 

 The first time I heard the song "All Blues" before even knowing what it was.

The first time I heard the song "All Blues" before even knowing what it was.

Truth be told, I actually have listened to this song a few times while getting dressed before going out, and I must say, my groove lasted for the entire night.  The last song I want to highlight is "Guide me From My Friends" by legendary reggae artist Peter Tosh, props to my dad for keying me in and getting me addicted to reggae when I was a mere pollywog (tad pole for those of you who don't know)!!  Tosh was an outlaw in a manner of speaking.  He always went against the grain and proved to be a force on his own even when he left the Wailers, the legendary group that he was a member of with Bob Marley.  To be completely real with you, I'm not even sure why I love the song so much.  My friends are amazing people so the songs message of having to be wary of some of your friends doesn't even apply to my life, but I still feel him.  You can tell when he wrote the song he either felt truly burnt by someone close or that something was up and that passion came through in his vocals and lyrics.  All in know is it goes down as one of my top ten songs of all time regardless of any genre.  Simply put, Peter Tosh brought it on that song!! 

 A Legend and Rebel in his own right, Peter Tosh

A Legend and Rebel in his own right, Peter Tosh

These four songs are some of my favorite and three of them are already considered to be classics with the fourth a classic in my book at the least.  If you want real music that speaks to you, real artists who are putting their hearts and passion in their work and not making tracks just to sell and market themselves.  Life you want real music where artists aren't talking about things that they don't actually believe in or do in their life, then these four songs are songs you need to have in your music library.  You don't have to take my word for it, but you should.  It'll be good for your mind, heart, and soul!