Few television series were as innovative and influential as Soul Train.
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It would unfair to say that Nile Rodgers is having a renaissance, as his music has never gone away nor has it aged, be it Sister Sledge or Chic, timeless classics that still enthral and pulsate any dance floor, regardless of age. I remember back in my days of clubbing, late eighties to early nighties, that Sister Sledge’s Thinking of You became a club anthem, the smiles on the dancers faces were truly beautiful,
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Is it just me, or is optimism back in the air again? Maybe it’s the spring sunshine, perhaps it’s the promise of a short-sleeved summer, it could simply be the music choice lately – Richie Havens, Curtis, Nina – but there’s a feeling that something’s gotta give. And soon.
I remember the first time I heard Teena Marie, it was the summer of 86 and I had a nice summer job. Without going into details of the job, it was in a small kitchen, and I used to bring tapes in to play. Anyway one Monday, I brought in a Motown compilation cassette that I had purchased at Woolworths.
There are many reasons why people wish to become musicians, creativity, money, respect, travel, and perhaps the most common is escape. Be it poverty, a mundane job or education, a sleepy suburban town, a loveless relationship, to name a few. Whilst creating their music and absconding, they meet like-minded people, who enhance their voyage into music. In addition,
It’s the early 80s, and it’s a hot idyllic sunny Sunday afternoon in southeast London. A group of teenagers are togged up in Italian and French polo tops, sporting faded jeans and bright coloured cords, with an array of smart trainers and desert boots on their feet. They are in a relaxed frame of mind, as they swap anecdotes and jokes in a friend’s back garden.