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One of the most reclusive figures in music came out of hiding last night on May 21, 2014 as the Red Bull Music Academy hosted “A Conversation with D’Angelo” at the Brooklyn Museum. The auditorium was packed with fans, like me all who thought we’d finally get some of our questions answered – namely “WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS?!”
Nelson George and D’Angelo
Music critic Nelson George moderated the conversation and it was super fascinating, even though extremely light on subjects such as the two solo albums D’Angelo has released over the last 20 years, 1995’s “Brown Sugar” (which was mentioned very briefly) and 2000’s “Voodoo” (which was discussed for much less time than D’Angelo’s first band – I.D.U. which stands for Intelligent, Deadly, Unique). Name-checked during the conversation were Jesse Johnson, Alan Leeds, Prince and Questlove (who came up to the stage twice to help fill in D’Angelo’s stories). It was also amusing that D’Angelo smoked cigarettes on stage inside the auditorium of a museum! This is the second time I’ve seen someone smoke cigarettes near art (the first being Courtney Love).
D’Angelo and Questlove
The most fascinating fact of the night had nothing to do with D’Angelo’s music and instead it was about Sly Stone (of Sly and The Family Stone). D’Angelo mentioned that he’s met with Sly and Sly’s played him some of the “vast amounts” of unreleased music that he’s consistently recorded over the years including Sly’s experimentation with Auto-Tune, but D’Angelo said that he takes the vocal enhancer to a whole new level of weirdness – and could we expect any less from Sly? Will those Sly songs ever see the light of day? We have no idea. Will any new studio material from D’Angelo ever see the light of day? We have no idea. Though I thoroughly enjoyed watching the talk, I learned less about D’Angelo than is on his Wikipedia page, which was not just disappointing, but it left me scratching my head wondering why “the elephant in the room” (aka “why has there been no new music in 14 years aside from a surprise concert here and there over the years”) was not the focal point of this discussion.
Until there is new music, at least the world has the classic “Voodoo” and “Brown Sugar” albums to help us groove and make babies to. Any time you want to release music, the world is ready, willing and waiting!
Apparently the conversation was streamed live over the internet and I am not sure if it will be archived for later viewing, so check Google.
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Judgment Day: May 21, 2011
If you ever doubted the expression “Spirituality does not need religion. Religion needs spirituality,” May 21, 2011 made that comment an undeniable fact.
Religious freaks, the same ones who have told the masses that God wants you to do this or that, the same people that have said homosexuality is a sin and the same people who have told you that if you cut a check, your soul can be saved, have unsucessfully tried to pull off a prank that even Banksy himself couldn’t have gotten away with.
The spiritual equivalent of yelling “Fire” in a crowded public space was passing out fliers for a global event called Judgment Day. This event was supposed to happen on May 21, 2011. According to the literature that was handed out, God was supposed to destroy the earth in an event called “The Rapture.”
This was the inevitable sequel to Y2K. Freak the people out and scare them into submission. The end of the world did not happen, but here’s what did happen: undisputed proof that we should not just read the bible, listen to religious nut jobs and follow their instructions instead of listening to the beat of our own hearts. I am not suggesting that the Bible doesn’t have some good information, because it does. But Miles Davis’ autobiography also has some good information too. It doesn’t mean that should be the only book you base all your facts from.
Since the inception of religion, it’s been a business designed to keep most people whipped into submission while the honchos in the upper echelon control the masses. Think of it this way: 1% controls the other 99%. Does that statistic sound familiar? It’s sort of like the corporate world.
There is enough abundance on this planet for everyone. While the world didn’t end yesterday, what did end is the thought that us in the 99% are helpless and we should stay in submission to the 1% that control us. It’s time to turn the tables because WE outnumber THEM.
The world did end yesterday. The world where people had their heads up their asses and listened to any old thing and didn’t question authority.
What are you going to do about it?
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The Flood Is Coming
In case the world really does come to an end, I just want to say, you heard it here first.
I am planning on going to some looting parties tomorrow night. Daddy needs a new flat screen TV (even though I don’t ever watch TV). I just like the way it looks aesthetically.
What are your plans for the end of the world?
What will you be wearing?