So, lately I have been lacking a lot of serious music in my collection. I seriously an missing a whole lot of music. The reasons I want to start a collection are manyfold. However the most pressing reason is the fact that my sister, who is part of an all girl jazz band called 'Heels Over Head', recently released their debut album titled 'Could It Be'. This occurence hit closer to home because I wish them nothing but the best. I was then forced to review my opinions and perceptions on the buying of music. The one thought that crossed my mind was that I wouldn't like it if I saw and knew of people who bootlegged their music. And with the internet age this has become unavoidable and pervasive.
I am a fan of the internet. Moreso the smorgasbord of music that is readily available, for free. The reason why I download music, for free, is the fact some music is just so rare. The only place to find and listen to it is on the internet. Searching online for a particular song can sometimes lead you straight to a free download. I am reminded of D'Angelo doing an acoustic version of his song 'Africa'. The first time I heard it, on Youtube, I was blown away. Besides the fact that it's my all time favourite song by D'Angelo, I never thought he could outdo the version on his 'Voodoo' album. My point is, where would I find this music? The rare stuff? Originals? Remixes? When in such a situation the only choice left is to download. Like Biggie said, though, things done changed. I am seriously committed to starting a collection by purchasing original music. Excuses of being short on cash, etc, just don't fly anymore. I wouldn't appreciate someone ripping the music of 'Heels Over Head' off, however I need to do my bit by not ripping off other artists.
It's strange, a few weeks ago, I was taking a walk in the complex I live in, on a Sunday afternoon. Nearby, from one of the apartments, I could hear 'I got caught' by Clarence Carter blaring in the background. After some introspective thought, I considered how dishonest I would appear if I happened to swap music with the indiviual who was playing Clarence Carter. "Oh, I have the live version but it's on mp3." It just doesn't sit right with me anymore. With music being the soundtrack to our lives, I'm sure you will agree that starting a music collection is definitely an investment anyman can invest in. Especially because you are doing it for posterity as well. Buying original music has its advantages, the most important of these being, you are directly supporting the artist and helping in the sustenance and preservation of their art.
Over the coming months I hope to expand on the few albums that I have because music is a great companion. I have also been meaning to search for and discover old new music. Music I have always heard but never really gave it a listen. Now's the time.
I have a long list of music and artists that I plan on 'discovering', and I was hoping to share the list with you: Tania Maria, Ivan Lins, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Diane Schuur, Mayer Hawthorne, Roy Ayers, Weldon Irvine, Geroge Duke, Bob James, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Aretha Franklin, George Duke, Abdullah Ibrahim, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Donald Byrd, McCoy Tyner, James Moody, Peven Everett, Brand New Heavies, Incognito, The Manhattans, Pete Rock, J-Dilla, J-Rawls, Maynard Ferguson, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Madlib, Marcus Miller, Katie Melua, Patrice Rushen, Dusty Springfield, Bobby Caldwell, Howard Hewett, Keith Washington, Chris Walker, Alexander O'Neal, D'Nell, Bill Withers, Pete Kuzma, Amel Lariuex, George Benson, Norman Brown, Wayman Tisdale, Abraham Laboriel, Jazz Liberatorz, Dennis Edwards, Womack and Womack, Manu Dibango, Fela Kuti, Daryl Coley, Andrae Crouch, Phil Driscoll, Michael Franks, the list is endless.
Remember, where ever you are, buy and support local music, you'll be doing your bit in the preservation of art.
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.