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Soul and the city SaveOurSoul the hottest soul show on radio with r&amp;b, urban and classic soul music - Listen to SaveOurSoul with the best in today's R&amp;B and classic soul, site with links and info about the artists featured in the radio broadcast! http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/feed/atom.html 2017-12-18T10:49:57Z Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management Soul and the City 1 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/soul-and-the-city-1.html Administrator info@saveoursoul.nl <img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" width="595" height="60" /><br /><br /> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody style="text-align: left;"> <tr style="text-align: left;"> <td style="text-align: left;"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Soul and the City #1 - “Stand clear of the closing doors!”</strong> <br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr style="text-align: left;"> <td style="text-align: left;"> <p>This has been the melody playing throughout my day in New York City as I take the subway up and down her busy streets to a series of meetings that are all steps along the journey of moving my new project forward.</p> <p>My posse has assembled armed and ready to take on the task at hand...press, reviews, deals, and meetings of future dreams. This has been the new and exciting adventure of my debut CD, Enter My Mind --a journey into a place where soul music reigns and we are able to explore and celebrate our souls - or so I hope.</p> <p>My name is Marlon Saunders, and I have been asked by SaveOurSoul, a wonderful group of folk who are dedicated to keeping soul music alive, to guide you through a day in the life of a musician working and trying to make things happen in the busy town of Manhattan. This may sound fun, daring, and exciting, and it is all all of those things, but when you have an independent recording--okay any recording these days that is new to the market--it takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, and protection of the soul.</p> <p>Webster defines soul as “an entity which is regarded as being the immortal or spiritual part of a person without the physical or material reality, yet it is credited with the function of thinking, willing, and determining behavior” ...this is its use as a noun.</p> <p>As an adjective it goes on to say...”the deep spiritual and emotional quality of Black American culture and heritage; strong expression of this quality in a musical performance - soul music - of, for, like, or characteristic of American Blacks.”</p> <p>Upon further discovery I found that its early origins connect the soul to the sea. It is in this body of water that many believe the soul was created.</p> <p>So protecting my soul from heavy rain and lots of humidity I once again take a subway ride downtown, and while watching busy New Yorkers crowd into the train, I ask myself, “If the soul is as ancient as the sea, can it really be neo?”</p> <p>For the answer to this, I knew I had to go straight to the source and also to some characters who happen to be my friends...</p> <p>My first stop was Aretha Franklin - “Ain't no way”, next on to Curtis Mayfield “We the people who are darker than blue”, moving on to Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack’s “ Be real black for me” and of course Chaka Khan belting out “At midnight (My love will lift you up) right next to Stevie Wonder’s “You haven’t done nothin’”. This seemed to set the stage for me to continue my journey. Of course there is so much more to throw in the pot so if you stick around you'll get to know my vybe and the love I have for Soul music.</p> <p>Chillin’ on the island of Staten with one of my favorite sistahs, Biti Strauchn, who has been in the game singing with the likes of Glenn Jones, Tears for Fears, and Me’shell Ndegeocello, we rapped about making a difference in our community through music. We came up with many ideas (hopefully coming to you in the future) but more than anything our souls got a chance to rest from the day-to-day struggle of trying to make that dollar. We lay down our burdens and just concentrated on being there and supporting one another.</p> <p>Leaving Biti’s my soul felt quite full from great conversation and an amazing pear she offered to me. I was ready to take the trip back to the city and hook up with brutha Michael Dumas, a creative, intellectual head who drops science about the soulful hue the way Coltrane plays over the most intense changes, so ya know I gotta pay full attention not to miss his intention.</p> <p>Michael and I speak about the classes he is teaching, one at City College of New York, and the other at Hunter College, which both address how different cultures understand and communicate about race and how it plays out in America. As Michael breaks it down, I realize that the music defined as Soul is as old as the first Africans brought to this land, and its rhythm and melody have never stopped. Its flow cannot be defined by a burning candle, headwrap, nappy ‘fro, or a funky beat. It is poetry, good eats, blues alleyways, migrations, segregation, the bourgeoisie and integration...soul is much much more, but let’s not get too deep for this is just the beginning of our soulful trip...</p> <p>My cell phone rings and I hear the beautiful voice of Vanessa, the sistah of mysticism, sensuality, and love of good music. She is calling just to let me know that I have been in her thoughts and she is sending me good vybes and lots of love. I smile and thank her for just being there. She and I met when I was mixing Enter My Mind. She told me her favorite song on the CD is “Coolin’”. We immediately connected and it has been a good thing getting to know her.</p> <p>As I finish up the call, I hop in the ride and hang out with my best friend Arif. He and I are like brothers, so we greet in brother-like fashion...”Wassup - chillin...wassup with you...nothin.....I’m hungry...me too...so where are we goin’?...I don’t know...what you want to eat?.. I don’t know...where you wanna go?...let’s just drive...aiight” ...and then we’re off heading up the highway groovin’ and harmonizin’ to some good old 70s soul music.</p> <p>Laughing and pointing out amazing things in the music we connect with those who make sure the root, the essence, the soul of a people is carried on. Still head noddin’ and getting lost in the music, we find our way to New York’s beautiful Seven Lakes, and while it may not be the sea it is still soothing to the soul.</p> <p>More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=599">www.jazzhole.com<br />SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody style="text-align: left;"> <tr style="text-align: left;"> <td style="text-align: left;"><br /></td> </tr> <tr style="text-align: left;"> <td style="text-align: left;"> <div style="text-align: right;"><em>Copyright © 2003, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> <div style="text-align: right;"><em><br /></em></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> <img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" width="595" height="60" /><br /><br /> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody style="text-align: left;"> <tr style="text-align: left;"> <td style="text-align: left;"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Soul and the City #1 - “Stand clear of the closing doors!”</strong> <br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr style="text-align: left;"> <td style="text-align: left;"> <p>This has been the melody playing throughout my day in New York City as I take the subway up and down her busy streets to a series of meetings that are all steps along the journey of moving my new project forward.</p> <p>My posse has assembled armed and ready to take on the task at hand...press, reviews, deals, and meetings of future dreams. This has been the new and exciting adventure of my debut CD, Enter My Mind --a journey into a place where soul music reigns and we are able to explore and celebrate our souls - or so I hope.</p> <p>My name is Marlon Saunders, and I have been asked by SaveOurSoul, a wonderful group of folk who are dedicated to keeping soul music alive, to guide you through a day in the life of a musician working and trying to make things happen in the busy town of Manhattan. This may sound fun, daring, and exciting, and it is all all of those things, but when you have an independent recording--okay any recording these days that is new to the market--it takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, and protection of the soul.</p> <p>Webster defines soul as “an entity which is regarded as being the immortal or spiritual part of a person without the physical or material reality, yet it is credited with the function of thinking, willing, and determining behavior” ...this is its use as a noun.</p> <p>As an adjective it goes on to say...”the deep spiritual and emotional quality of Black American culture and heritage; strong expression of this quality in a musical performance - soul music - of, for, like, or characteristic of American Blacks.”</p> <p>Upon further discovery I found that its early origins connect the soul to the sea. It is in this body of water that many believe the soul was created.</p> <p>So protecting my soul from heavy rain and lots of humidity I once again take a subway ride downtown, and while watching busy New Yorkers crowd into the train, I ask myself, “If the soul is as ancient as the sea, can it really be neo?”</p> <p>For the answer to this, I knew I had to go straight to the source and also to some characters who happen to be my friends...</p> <p>My first stop was Aretha Franklin - “Ain't no way”, next on to Curtis Mayfield “We the people who are darker than blue”, moving on to Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack’s “ Be real black for me” and of course Chaka Khan belting out “At midnight (My love will lift you up) right next to Stevie Wonder’s “You haven’t done nothin’”. This seemed to set the stage for me to continue my journey. Of course there is so much more to throw in the pot so if you stick around you'll get to know my vybe and the love I have for Soul music.</p> <p>Chillin’ on the island of Staten with one of my favorite sistahs, Biti Strauchn, who has been in the game singing with the likes of Glenn Jones, Tears for Fears, and Me’shell Ndegeocello, we rapped about making a difference in our community through music. We came up with many ideas (hopefully coming to you in the future) but more than anything our souls got a chance to rest from the day-to-day struggle of trying to make that dollar. We lay down our burdens and just concentrated on being there and supporting one another.</p> <p>Leaving Biti’s my soul felt quite full from great conversation and an amazing pear she offered to me. I was ready to take the trip back to the city and hook up with brutha Michael Dumas, a creative, intellectual head who drops science about the soulful hue the way Coltrane plays over the most intense changes, so ya know I gotta pay full attention not to miss his intention.</p> <p>Michael and I speak about the classes he is teaching, one at City College of New York, and the other at Hunter College, which both address how different cultures understand and communicate about race and how it plays out in America. As Michael breaks it down, I realize that the music defined as Soul is as old as the first Africans brought to this land, and its rhythm and melody have never stopped. Its flow cannot be defined by a burning candle, headwrap, nappy ‘fro, or a funky beat. It is poetry, good eats, blues alleyways, migrations, segregation, the bourgeoisie and integration...soul is much much more, but let’s not get too deep for this is just the beginning of our soulful trip...</p> <p>My cell phone rings and I hear the beautiful voice of Vanessa, the sistah of mysticism, sensuality, and love of good music. She is calling just to let me know that I have been in her thoughts and she is sending me good vybes and lots of love. I smile and thank her for just being there. She and I met when I was mixing Enter My Mind. She told me her favorite song on the CD is “Coolin’”. We immediately connected and it has been a good thing getting to know her.</p> <p>As I finish up the call, I hop in the ride and hang out with my best friend Arif. He and I are like brothers, so we greet in brother-like fashion...”Wassup - chillin...wassup with you...nothin.....I’m hungry...me too...so where are we goin’?...I don’t know...what you want to eat?.. I don’t know...where you wanna go?...let’s just drive...aiight” ...and then we’re off heading up the highway groovin’ and harmonizin’ to some good old 70s soul music.</p> <p>Laughing and pointing out amazing things in the music we connect with those who make sure the root, the essence, the soul of a people is carried on. Still head noddin’ and getting lost in the music, we find our way to New York’s beautiful Seven Lakes, and while it may not be the sea it is still soothing to the soul.</p> <p>More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=599">www.jazzhole.com<br />SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody style="text-align: left;"> <tr style="text-align: left;"> <td style="text-align: left;"><br /></td> </tr> <tr style="text-align: left;"> <td style="text-align: left;"> <div style="text-align: right;"><em>Copyright © 2003, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> <div style="text-align: right;"><em><br /></em></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> Soul and the City 2 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/soul-and-the-city-2.html Administrator info@saveoursoul.nl <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong>Soul and the City #2 - "The Turkey adventure"</strong><br /><br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Have you ever had one of those moments when an unusual opportunity has come your way, and while uncertain of its outcome you decide that it is a chance worth taking? Well, I am writing this while returning from one of those unusual opportunities. <p>I received a call about a month ago requesting that I contract two singers as well as myself to travel to Istanbul. I know, I know I thought the same thing Turkey?</p> <p>So after some back-and-forth negotiations, and a few weeks of "This just ain't gonna happen," fate decided that three soulful singers from New York City should go and sing with Turkey's most famous pop singer, Zerrin Ozer. We knew nothing of her popularity in the country except what had been shared via email and phone calls. We tried to do a little research via the internet but didn't find a lot of information, but when are you ever going to get another chance to see that part of the world for free, and get to perform with a Turkish diva? We were quite happy setting off for our Turkish adventure, spending time in the beautiful city of Istanbul, making a great salary, and singing songs we heard as kids growing up: Ike and Tina Turner's "Proud Mary," James Brown's "Get On Up," and even a funky gospel Aretha Franklin version of the Beatles "Let it Be." On top of that, Zerrin would be able to get the soulful sound she wanted.</p> <p>Well, once the gig was secured, I made a few phone calls and I was able to contract Kemba Francis, and my good friend Biti Strauchn (for those who read last month's Soul and the City, you will remember she is the sistah who served up that amazing pear). Both are wonderful singers with very warm and soulful voices, and great musicians as well.</p> <p>Kemba worked with me on some of my tour dates, and was there when I was putting together my first show with my band, Mood Control. So I was happy to offer her a gig that would allow her to see Istanbul. I also knew the blend would be great with Kemba and I could depend on her to hold down her vocal parts. Kemba is a solid singer, the kind of singer who knows how to give you the sound you need. She is also an amazing songwriter.</p> <p>Biti is one of the main voices you hear on "Afro Blue My Mind," a funky cut from my CD Enter My Mind. She and I have been singing and enjoying each other for a while, but this is the first time we would be on the road together. Biti is an awesome talent, a ball of fire, and she is really nice to watch on stage, so I knew Biti would be able to give Zerrin just what she needed.</p> <p>So off to Instabul we go not quite sure of what lies ahead but ready for the adventure nonetheless.</p> <p>We are greeted at the airport by our wonderful stage manager Ahu and our road manager Onur ( Ahu's younger brother). They are very happy to see us and we quite exhausted and ready for bed ( it is noon there, 5:00 am in New York!) are happy to see them as well. Onur is very excited to show us beautiful Istanbul, but this of course must begin with a meal, and a great meal it was. After lunch he shows us some of the sites, and treats us to Turkish ice cream, which was the BOMB!!! Onur is ready for more sightseeing but we are barely able to keep our eyes open, so we beg him: "Please take us to the hotel!" He agrees and quickly reminds us that we have to be ready for the boat ride in three hours!!! This is where we will meet Zerrin and the press.</p> <p>After a wonderful boat ride up and down the beautiful city of Istanbul, we make it back to the hotel and get some sleep.</p> <p>While rehearsing the next day, I look around at the wonderful people involved in the concert. All but four are Turkish the three soulful singers from NYC, and the percussionist a brutha from Cuba bringing rhythm that's straight from Mutha Africa. That is the way the brutha desrcibed it and played it!</p> <p>As the band is groovin' on "Sex Machine," I got to thinking: "What is it about the musical souls of Black folk that allows us to stay on the scene?"</p> <p>Some argue that it is in the blood of Black people, just something we are inherently born with. And of course there is the thought that because Blacks have suffered so much we sing from our place of pain and struggle. Then there is the good old raw, natural talent theory Black people just open their mouths and sing!</p> <p>These points may hold some validity for some, but I hope to help you understand that there is certainly more going on in the soul of Black music.</p> <p>The notion that soulful singing is in the blood of all Black folk doesn't always hold true. In my family as well as among my friends, there are many who cannot carry a tune. Not to mention that we now live in a time when singing in tune is not even a requirement for many contemporary R&amp;B, gospel, and soul singers. Oftentimes it is the producers funky track that gets the song over, or a good video with lots of eye candy to distract us, and even emotional cries, moans, and shouting are mistaken for good soulful singing. Emotion is only a part of good singing the musicality of the singer is just as important, and it requires work!</p> <p>Yes, of course we know that the effects of the African slave trade still linger within the Black soul today, and we still carry and work through spiritual, emotional, psychological, and mental scars. But are we the only group of people who have suffered? Can that be the only reason that James Brown is the funkiest brutha to step on the planet? Can that be the only reason that Charlie Parker could drop reharmonizations over changes that still have us shaking our heads? Is that the only reason that Rachelle Farrell can be so deep in the groove yet make you over with her beautiful tones? I don't think so there has to be something more at work here.</p> <p>Which brings me to my next point: raw, natural talent is Creator-given, but one must master that talent through dedication, commitment, and hard work. I say all of this to say that the musical soul of Black folk stays on the scene because there are those who take on this challenge. Am I a bit heavy-handed here with the subject? Perhaps, but just don't take my word for it do a little research...</p> <p>Go listen to the sounds of James Brown, Prince, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Pevin Everett, Roy Ayers, Earth, Wind, &amp; Fire, Amel Larrieux, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Caron Wheeler, Patrice Rushen, Julie Dexter, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Ohio Players, Mint Condition, Gladys Knight, Betty Wright, and Sandra St. Victor !!!! This is a good starting point, a musical path that will lead you to many wonderful treasures.</p> <p>So after rehearsing, sightseeing, shopping, eating, and making new friends it is show time. The lights go up, the announcement is made, and with all the pain, raw talent, and genius that is a part of us, we, three Black soulful singers, take our places onstage to sing with the wonderful Zerrin Ozer in beautiful Istanbul, Turkey.</p> <p>We are about three hours from arriving at JFK Airport in New York. My voice is tired and worn from no sleep and being on the road promoting my CD prior to the Zerrin Ozer gig. A wonderful nine-year-old girl named Beria sits next to me and keeps me company. She doesn't want me to sleep because she wants to talk to me about her summer visit to see her grandparents in Corlu, Turkey. I listen and am so fascinated by her. I discover she is making the trip back to the States by herself. We play a few card games, watch a movie and discuss her favorite gift from her grandparents, a toy cat named Cotton. She is smart, friendly, and so grown up! Yeah, life is really good for this musical soul trying to stay on the scene...Peace!</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:</p> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2003, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> <p> </p> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong>Soul and the City #2 - "The Turkey adventure"</strong><br /><br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Have you ever had one of those moments when an unusual opportunity has come your way, and while uncertain of its outcome you decide that it is a chance worth taking? Well, I am writing this while returning from one of those unusual opportunities. <p>I received a call about a month ago requesting that I contract two singers as well as myself to travel to Istanbul. I know, I know I thought the same thing Turkey?</p> <p>So after some back-and-forth negotiations, and a few weeks of "This just ain't gonna happen," fate decided that three soulful singers from New York City should go and sing with Turkey's most famous pop singer, Zerrin Ozer. We knew nothing of her popularity in the country except what had been shared via email and phone calls. We tried to do a little research via the internet but didn't find a lot of information, but when are you ever going to get another chance to see that part of the world for free, and get to perform with a Turkish diva? We were quite happy setting off for our Turkish adventure, spending time in the beautiful city of Istanbul, making a great salary, and singing songs we heard as kids growing up: Ike and Tina Turner's "Proud Mary," James Brown's "Get On Up," and even a funky gospel Aretha Franklin version of the Beatles "Let it Be." On top of that, Zerrin would be able to get the soulful sound she wanted.</p> <p>Well, once the gig was secured, I made a few phone calls and I was able to contract Kemba Francis, and my good friend Biti Strauchn (for those who read last month's Soul and the City, you will remember she is the sistah who served up that amazing pear). Both are wonderful singers with very warm and soulful voices, and great musicians as well.</p> <p>Kemba worked with me on some of my tour dates, and was there when I was putting together my first show with my band, Mood Control. So I was happy to offer her a gig that would allow her to see Istanbul. I also knew the blend would be great with Kemba and I could depend on her to hold down her vocal parts. Kemba is a solid singer, the kind of singer who knows how to give you the sound you need. She is also an amazing songwriter.</p> <p>Biti is one of the main voices you hear on "Afro Blue My Mind," a funky cut from my CD Enter My Mind. She and I have been singing and enjoying each other for a while, but this is the first time we would be on the road together. Biti is an awesome talent, a ball of fire, and she is really nice to watch on stage, so I knew Biti would be able to give Zerrin just what she needed.</p> <p>So off to Instabul we go not quite sure of what lies ahead but ready for the adventure nonetheless.</p> <p>We are greeted at the airport by our wonderful stage manager Ahu and our road manager Onur ( Ahu's younger brother). They are very happy to see us and we quite exhausted and ready for bed ( it is noon there, 5:00 am in New York!) are happy to see them as well. Onur is very excited to show us beautiful Istanbul, but this of course must begin with a meal, and a great meal it was. After lunch he shows us some of the sites, and treats us to Turkish ice cream, which was the BOMB!!! Onur is ready for more sightseeing but we are barely able to keep our eyes open, so we beg him: "Please take us to the hotel!" He agrees and quickly reminds us that we have to be ready for the boat ride in three hours!!! This is where we will meet Zerrin and the press.</p> <p>After a wonderful boat ride up and down the beautiful city of Istanbul, we make it back to the hotel and get some sleep.</p> <p>While rehearsing the next day, I look around at the wonderful people involved in the concert. All but four are Turkish the three soulful singers from NYC, and the percussionist a brutha from Cuba bringing rhythm that's straight from Mutha Africa. That is the way the brutha desrcibed it and played it!</p> <p>As the band is groovin' on "Sex Machine," I got to thinking: "What is it about the musical souls of Black folk that allows us to stay on the scene?"</p> <p>Some argue that it is in the blood of Black people, just something we are inherently born with. And of course there is the thought that because Blacks have suffered so much we sing from our place of pain and struggle. Then there is the good old raw, natural talent theory Black people just open their mouths and sing!</p> <p>These points may hold some validity for some, but I hope to help you understand that there is certainly more going on in the soul of Black music.</p> <p>The notion that soulful singing is in the blood of all Black folk doesn't always hold true. In my family as well as among my friends, there are many who cannot carry a tune. Not to mention that we now live in a time when singing in tune is not even a requirement for many contemporary R&amp;B, gospel, and soul singers. Oftentimes it is the producers funky track that gets the song over, or a good video with lots of eye candy to distract us, and even emotional cries, moans, and shouting are mistaken for good soulful singing. Emotion is only a part of good singing the musicality of the singer is just as important, and it requires work!</p> <p>Yes, of course we know that the effects of the African slave trade still linger within the Black soul today, and we still carry and work through spiritual, emotional, psychological, and mental scars. But are we the only group of people who have suffered? Can that be the only reason that James Brown is the funkiest brutha to step on the planet? Can that be the only reason that Charlie Parker could drop reharmonizations over changes that still have us shaking our heads? Is that the only reason that Rachelle Farrell can be so deep in the groove yet make you over with her beautiful tones? I don't think so there has to be something more at work here.</p> <p>Which brings me to my next point: raw, natural talent is Creator-given, but one must master that talent through dedication, commitment, and hard work. I say all of this to say that the musical soul of Black folk stays on the scene because there are those who take on this challenge. Am I a bit heavy-handed here with the subject? Perhaps, but just don't take my word for it do a little research...</p> <p>Go listen to the sounds of James Brown, Prince, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Pevin Everett, Roy Ayers, Earth, Wind, &amp; Fire, Amel Larrieux, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Caron Wheeler, Patrice Rushen, Julie Dexter, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Ohio Players, Mint Condition, Gladys Knight, Betty Wright, and Sandra St. Victor !!!! This is a good starting point, a musical path that will lead you to many wonderful treasures.</p> <p>So after rehearsing, sightseeing, shopping, eating, and making new friends it is show time. The lights go up, the announcement is made, and with all the pain, raw talent, and genius that is a part of us, we, three Black soulful singers, take our places onstage to sing with the wonderful Zerrin Ozer in beautiful Istanbul, Turkey.</p> <p>We are about three hours from arriving at JFK Airport in New York. My voice is tired and worn from no sleep and being on the road promoting my CD prior to the Zerrin Ozer gig. A wonderful nine-year-old girl named Beria sits next to me and keeps me company. She doesn't want me to sleep because she wants to talk to me about her summer visit to see her grandparents in Corlu, Turkey. I listen and am so fascinated by her. I discover she is making the trip back to the States by herself. We play a few card games, watch a movie and discuss her favorite gift from her grandparents, a toy cat named Cotton. She is smart, friendly, and so grown up! Yeah, life is really good for this musical soul trying to stay on the scene...Peace!</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:</p> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> </p> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2003, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> <p> </p> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Soul and the City 3 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/soul-and-the-city-3.html Administrator info@saveoursoul.nl <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong>Soul and the City #3 - "Mr. In Between"</strong><br /><br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>There are times in our lives when we are faced with situations that don't make sense. We find ourselves on paths that appear to be heading in the wrong direction and we don't understand the struggle that may exist. The harder we try to fight or control the situation, the more uncomfortable we feel because nothing seems to be going as planned. This is where the great mystery lies, because what appears to be may not be the case at all. <p>This soulful brutha had an experience very similar to this over the past week, but let's go back a bit first.</p> <p>Some time in the spring of this year I was asked to audition for the Dance Theater of Harlem-no, no, no, as much as I would love to be able to cut a step with grace and beauty like the bruthas and sistahs in DTH, that is not where my talent lies. Singing is my thing and before I knew it I was heading up to Harlem to sing for Arthur Mitchell, artistic director and founder of Dance Theater of Harlem, and also the first Black man to dance a principal role for the American Ballet Theater.</p> <p>Mr. Mitchell had decided he would create a ballet based upon the 1940s musical, St. Louis Woman, written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. This ballet would be different because it would include singing along with dancing in order to create a unique interpretation of movement and song.</p> <p>Well I was fortunate enough to be cast as the male vocalist, and to participate in the New York City world premiere at Lincoln Center! It was all very exciting, fun, and different because it was a chance to be a part of the theater world-ya know, see how things are done in that arena as opposed to how things flow in R&amp;B/Soul and Pop, a space that I am a little more familiar with.</p> <p>Well, St. Louis Woman was well received and in September I was asked to perform again with the company in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Being that I could use the money to help finance my own project (as well as pay the rent), I said yes and was on my way to Arkansas-home of our former saxophone-playing president, Bill Clinton, and the famous Walmart family, the Waltons.</p> <p>This would be a lot of firsts for me, some I was aware of and a few that kind of snuck up on me. I knew that there would be a new female vocalist (there are two female vocalists in the cast), jazz singer Lenora Zenzalai Helm. I was very excited about Zenzalai being on the gig because she and I are great friends, actually more like brother and sister. Zenzalai is stunning, the kind of beauty that stops men and women in their tracks, and her singing ain't bad either. She was very excited about singing this role and of course wanted to do a good job. Zenzalai had never met the other vocalist Talise Travigne, a gorgeous sistah with a beautiful lyric soprano, so I was curious to see how the jazz diva and the opera diva would get along.</p> <p>There was also a musical change that centered around me-I had been given a solo piece which put me front and center! It was a wordy version of "Accentuate The Positive." This was definitely a first because I am a soul singer who ain't too 'shamed to say that I can swing a mean jazz standard as well, but selling a tune center-stage in a ballet was a whole new thing. But what else can you do but step up and take the challenge, right?</p> <p>Well, after a few days of rehearsing and making sure I knew all of the lyrics to my new song, I got to thinking: If one is faced with a series of firsts, how does one accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and never mess with Mr. In-Between?</p> <p>I figured it would be a first for Soul and the City to have an opera diva and a jazz diva share their thoughts, so my first stop was room #201-Diva Travigne. Talise has about 7 or 8 auditions coming up when she returns to NYC and she has recently moved to London, so I was curious to hear how she deals with auditioning, living in London with her husband, and just staying away from that mean Mr. In Between. She tells me: "I focus on what brought me to the first obstacle and work it out. I focus on what is true to me, never trying to be anything other than that. My goal is to try to break down the stereotypes, break down the walls. In order to do that I have to feel comfortable and open, bringing who I am to the artistry. After all life is an audition."</p> <p>I thanked Talise Travigne for taking the time to sit and vybe with me and made my way to room #139 where I could hear Jason Moran's new CD setting the stage. Zenzalai greets me in peaceful fashion, warm smile and a hug. When I ask Zenzalai about the negative, the positive, and the in-between, she takes center stage and begins to drop science... " I find the ego is Mr. In Between, it is expectation of the outcome, ya know we want it to be great...although the outcome we have little to do with. Staying in the now is the ultimate struggle, the enigma. We have the benefit of spiritual lessons every moment as an artist. I think letting go is accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative. Holding on is Mr. In Between. We get stuck because of this sense of appropriation, defining who we are...we forget about the precious moment of now. As artists we have the power to bring everyone to the ultimate wisdom in the present moment. The magic is like something good to eat".</p> <p>And finding something good to eat was what this brutha wanted to do, so the three of us along with DTH's djemba player/percussionist Don Eaton find some grub and throw down while Don shares about affirming that which is divinely and soulfully ours-not worrying about any results, just focusing on the affirmation. As the night closes, I am left with two words that Don says to affirm: "Create Success".</p> <p>While in Fayetteville I not only had to focus on the job at hand, but I also had to dedicate time to the Enter My Mind project. This was definitely a challenging week in terms of working out future tour dates with Chioma, Vanessa, and Michael (the posse at Black Honey Records), making sure we had the musicians ready to go on the road, setting up press and radio to correspond with the tour, and of course remembering to step-toe-ball-heel (I had a few moves to remember during my solo). However, the gift remained and showed up each night in the lyrics of the song. No matter what happened, it told me to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and never ever mess with Mr. In Between. With that affirmation I was able to do what was required of me, receive all that was meant for me, and always affirm that soulful part of me...Peace</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a></a></p> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2003, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><a target="_top" href="http://t.extreme-dm.com/?login=satcmarl"></a> <!-- EXd=document;EXw?"":EXw="na";EXb?"":EXb="na"; EXd.write("<img src="http://t0.extreme-dm.com" "/c.g?tag=""/c.g?tag" "l=""l" height="1" width="1" />"); // --><img src="http://t0.extreme-dm.com/c.g?tag=satcmarl&amp;j=y&amp;srw=1280&amp;srb=24&amp;l=http%3A//www.saveoursoul.nl/soulandthecity/satcsep2003.htm" height="1" width="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong>Soul and the City #3 - "Mr. In Between"</strong><br /><br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>There are times in our lives when we are faced with situations that don't make sense. We find ourselves on paths that appear to be heading in the wrong direction and we don't understand the struggle that may exist. The harder we try to fight or control the situation, the more uncomfortable we feel because nothing seems to be going as planned. This is where the great mystery lies, because what appears to be may not be the case at all. <p>This soulful brutha had an experience very similar to this over the past week, but let's go back a bit first.</p> <p>Some time in the spring of this year I was asked to audition for the Dance Theater of Harlem-no, no, no, as much as I would love to be able to cut a step with grace and beauty like the bruthas and sistahs in DTH, that is not where my talent lies. Singing is my thing and before I knew it I was heading up to Harlem to sing for Arthur Mitchell, artistic director and founder of Dance Theater of Harlem, and also the first Black man to dance a principal role for the American Ballet Theater.</p> <p>Mr. Mitchell had decided he would create a ballet based upon the 1940s musical, St. Louis Woman, written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. This ballet would be different because it would include singing along with dancing in order to create a unique interpretation of movement and song.</p> <p>Well I was fortunate enough to be cast as the male vocalist, and to participate in the New York City world premiere at Lincoln Center! It was all very exciting, fun, and different because it was a chance to be a part of the theater world-ya know, see how things are done in that arena as opposed to how things flow in R&amp;B/Soul and Pop, a space that I am a little more familiar with.</p> <p>Well, St. Louis Woman was well received and in September I was asked to perform again with the company in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Being that I could use the money to help finance my own project (as well as pay the rent), I said yes and was on my way to Arkansas-home of our former saxophone-playing president, Bill Clinton, and the famous Walmart family, the Waltons.</p> <p>This would be a lot of firsts for me, some I was aware of and a few that kind of snuck up on me. I knew that there would be a new female vocalist (there are two female vocalists in the cast), jazz singer Lenora Zenzalai Helm. I was very excited about Zenzalai being on the gig because she and I are great friends, actually more like brother and sister. Zenzalai is stunning, the kind of beauty that stops men and women in their tracks, and her singing ain't bad either. She was very excited about singing this role and of course wanted to do a good job. Zenzalai had never met the other vocalist Talise Travigne, a gorgeous sistah with a beautiful lyric soprano, so I was curious to see how the jazz diva and the opera diva would get along.</p> <p>There was also a musical change that centered around me-I had been given a solo piece which put me front and center! It was a wordy version of "Accentuate The Positive." This was definitely a first because I am a soul singer who ain't too 'shamed to say that I can swing a mean jazz standard as well, but selling a tune center-stage in a ballet was a whole new thing. But what else can you do but step up and take the challenge, right?</p> <p>Well, after a few days of rehearsing and making sure I knew all of the lyrics to my new song, I got to thinking: If one is faced with a series of firsts, how does one accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and never mess with Mr. In-Between?</p> <p>I figured it would be a first for Soul and the City to have an opera diva and a jazz diva share their thoughts, so my first stop was room #201-Diva Travigne. Talise has about 7 or 8 auditions coming up when she returns to NYC and she has recently moved to London, so I was curious to hear how she deals with auditioning, living in London with her husband, and just staying away from that mean Mr. In Between. She tells me: "I focus on what brought me to the first obstacle and work it out. I focus on what is true to me, never trying to be anything other than that. My goal is to try to break down the stereotypes, break down the walls. In order to do that I have to feel comfortable and open, bringing who I am to the artistry. After all life is an audition."</p> <p>I thanked Talise Travigne for taking the time to sit and vybe with me and made my way to room #139 where I could hear Jason Moran's new CD setting the stage. Zenzalai greets me in peaceful fashion, warm smile and a hug. When I ask Zenzalai about the negative, the positive, and the in-between, she takes center stage and begins to drop science... " I find the ego is Mr. In Between, it is expectation of the outcome, ya know we want it to be great...although the outcome we have little to do with. Staying in the now is the ultimate struggle, the enigma. We have the benefit of spiritual lessons every moment as an artist. I think letting go is accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative. Holding on is Mr. In Between. We get stuck because of this sense of appropriation, defining who we are...we forget about the precious moment of now. As artists we have the power to bring everyone to the ultimate wisdom in the present moment. The magic is like something good to eat".</p> <p>And finding something good to eat was what this brutha wanted to do, so the three of us along with DTH's djemba player/percussionist Don Eaton find some grub and throw down while Don shares about affirming that which is divinely and soulfully ours-not worrying about any results, just focusing on the affirmation. As the night closes, I am left with two words that Don says to affirm: "Create Success".</p> <p>While in Fayetteville I not only had to focus on the job at hand, but I also had to dedicate time to the Enter My Mind project. This was definitely a challenging week in terms of working out future tour dates with Chioma, Vanessa, and Michael (the posse at Black Honey Records), making sure we had the musicians ready to go on the road, setting up press and radio to correspond with the tour, and of course remembering to step-toe-ball-heel (I had a few moves to remember during my solo). However, the gift remained and showed up each night in the lyrics of the song. No matter what happened, it told me to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and never ever mess with Mr. In Between. With that affirmation I was able to do what was required of me, receive all that was meant for me, and always affirm that soulful part of me...Peace</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a></a></p> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2003, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><a target="_top" href="http://t.extreme-dm.com/?login=satcmarl"></a> <!-- EXd=document;EXw?"":EXw="na";EXb?"":EXb="na"; EXd.write("<img src="http://t0.extreme-dm.com" "/c.g?tag=""/c.g?tag" "l=""l" height="1" width="1" />"); // --><img src="http://t0.extreme-dm.com/c.g?tag=satcmarl&amp;j=y&amp;srw=1280&amp;srb=24&amp;l=http%3A//www.saveoursoul.nl/soulandthecity/satcsep2003.htm" height="1" width="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Soul and the City 4 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/soul-and-the-city-4.html Administrator info@saveoursoul.nl <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><br /> <strong>Soul and the City #4 - "Cold Industry"</strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons to be traveling the East Coast of the United States. The leaves start to change colors, the weather goes from warm to cold and back again, but more importantly it is the beginning of warm comfort food and hot chocolate!</p> <p>For the past ten days, I have been touring some of the southern states with my band Mood Control. Road tours can be quite expensive so I decided to take a smaller version of the band…Joe Scott on keyboards, Biti Strauchn on vocals, and a new percussionist, Kahlil Kwame Bell. Being on the road means spending a lot of time with the same group of people and this particular group made the time easy and a lot of fun.</p> <p>We left New York on Monday November 3rd heading for Durham, North Carolina, where we spent the night. Then we made our way to Atlanta where most of our performances took place, traveled farther south to Montgomery, Alabama, back to Durham and we will end the tour in Baltimore, Maryland before heading home.</p> <p>Music set the stage for great conversation as we traveled up and down the highway. At great length we spoke about the music business and being an artist trying to create in an industry where the dollar reigns supreme. As Donnie's "Beautiful Me" takes us deeper south along highway I-85, I posed this question to the head-bopping posse…"In an industry that's so cold, what do you do to keep your heart from freezing?"</p> <p>Joe Scott, a calm cool brutha nods and ponders the question. His answer flows warm, rich and complex just like the beautiful chords he plays on the keys…"I try to surround myself with people whose music evokes a vibe of openness, depth, and meaning. I want to be around like-minded people who challenge me and I them. I want to be able to express myself in the music and be able to hang with these same people after the gig."</p> <p>It was great hanging with Joe cuz the brutha has a great sense of humor, ya know the kind that sneaks up on ya when ya least expect it. He also was there to make sure things were smooth on the gig, and I 'm tellin ya the brutha can play!</p> <p>Biti and I (the early risers) always met each morning for ginger tea and great conversation, so what better time to hear her response…"Ya know, I try to remember why I started doing music in the first place. It wasn't to be famous or to make lots of money. I was a little girl discovering songs on the piano and singing. That is what brought me joy, made me happy. But ya know ya can get caught up, ya know ya start making money and people start telling you how wonderful you are, and ya start believing all of that. So the reason that you do music now is about the result-money and fame, and the peace music used to bring to you now becomes your piece - ya know just like a pimp-hoe relationship. You start pimping your music to make that dollar, not caring because the money becomes the most important thing, and you get caught out there wondering why you are not happy. I try to make sure that the peace I find in music is always there"</p> <p>I sip my ginger tea taking in what this beautiful sistah has just shared and I realize just how special Biti is.</p> <p>On this road trip I really got to see what a complete musician Kahlil Kwame Bell is, and he is a real intense brutha so when he shared his thoughts I wasn't surprised at all…"My children are a great source of comfort and inspiration for me. I realize just how important they are. I also pray and meditate cuz that helps a lot. It keeps me focused cuz there is a lot of other stuff going on outside of the music. I let the music take me to a place that calms me and then I can deal with all the rest. Yeah I would say my children and prayer is where I get my peace."</p> <p>And so it is peace that I have sought out this morning here in the hotel lobby as I write. The sun shines upon the falling leaves but I am not fooled, for I know there is a chill in the air waiting to bid me a new day. Yes the time of sweaters, hats, scarves, and overcoats quickly approaches and I will dress accordingly, but more importantly in this biz of music I must remember to always keep my heart warm…Peace</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self"></a></p> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2003, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><br /> <strong>Soul and the City #4 - "Cold Industry"</strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons to be traveling the East Coast of the United States. The leaves start to change colors, the weather goes from warm to cold and back again, but more importantly it is the beginning of warm comfort food and hot chocolate!</p> <p>For the past ten days, I have been touring some of the southern states with my band Mood Control. Road tours can be quite expensive so I decided to take a smaller version of the band…Joe Scott on keyboards, Biti Strauchn on vocals, and a new percussionist, Kahlil Kwame Bell. Being on the road means spending a lot of time with the same group of people and this particular group made the time easy and a lot of fun.</p> <p>We left New York on Monday November 3rd heading for Durham, North Carolina, where we spent the night. Then we made our way to Atlanta where most of our performances took place, traveled farther south to Montgomery, Alabama, back to Durham and we will end the tour in Baltimore, Maryland before heading home.</p> <p>Music set the stage for great conversation as we traveled up and down the highway. At great length we spoke about the music business and being an artist trying to create in an industry where the dollar reigns supreme. As Donnie's "Beautiful Me" takes us deeper south along highway I-85, I posed this question to the head-bopping posse…"In an industry that's so cold, what do you do to keep your heart from freezing?"</p> <p>Joe Scott, a calm cool brutha nods and ponders the question. His answer flows warm, rich and complex just like the beautiful chords he plays on the keys…"I try to surround myself with people whose music evokes a vibe of openness, depth, and meaning. I want to be around like-minded people who challenge me and I them. I want to be able to express myself in the music and be able to hang with these same people after the gig."</p> <p>It was great hanging with Joe cuz the brutha has a great sense of humor, ya know the kind that sneaks up on ya when ya least expect it. He also was there to make sure things were smooth on the gig, and I 'm tellin ya the brutha can play!</p> <p>Biti and I (the early risers) always met each morning for ginger tea and great conversation, so what better time to hear her response…"Ya know, I try to remember why I started doing music in the first place. It wasn't to be famous or to make lots of money. I was a little girl discovering songs on the piano and singing. That is what brought me joy, made me happy. But ya know ya can get caught up, ya know ya start making money and people start telling you how wonderful you are, and ya start believing all of that. So the reason that you do music now is about the result-money and fame, and the peace music used to bring to you now becomes your piece - ya know just like a pimp-hoe relationship. You start pimping your music to make that dollar, not caring because the money becomes the most important thing, and you get caught out there wondering why you are not happy. I try to make sure that the peace I find in music is always there"</p> <p>I sip my ginger tea taking in what this beautiful sistah has just shared and I realize just how special Biti is.</p> <p>On this road trip I really got to see what a complete musician Kahlil Kwame Bell is, and he is a real intense brutha so when he shared his thoughts I wasn't surprised at all…"My children are a great source of comfort and inspiration for me. I realize just how important they are. I also pray and meditate cuz that helps a lot. It keeps me focused cuz there is a lot of other stuff going on outside of the music. I let the music take me to a place that calms me and then I can deal with all the rest. Yeah I would say my children and prayer is where I get my peace."</p> <p>And so it is peace that I have sought out this morning here in the hotel lobby as I write. The sun shines upon the falling leaves but I am not fooled, for I know there is a chill in the air waiting to bid me a new day. Yes the time of sweaters, hats, scarves, and overcoats quickly approaches and I will dress accordingly, but more importantly in this biz of music I must remember to always keep my heart warm…Peace</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self"></a></p> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2003, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Soul and the City 5 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/soul-and-the-city-5.html Administrator info@saveoursoul.nl <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong>Soul and the City #5 - "Reminiscence"</strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center">It is during this time of holiday cheer<br /> That we tend to look back upon the last year<br /> Trying to recall all the plans that we made<br /> But they seem to rush by like Harlem's uptown A Train<br /> <br /> While moving, I'm grooving in and out of busy stores<br /> And through all the chitter chatter I try to avoid<br /> The hustle and bustle, A shopper's delight!<br /> So I pull out my pen and these words I do write…<br /> <br /> Amidst the bitter cold of winter's sky<br /> Jazzhole flows and drops it one more time<br /> Circle of the Sun<br /> this one<br /> bringing light and sounds from distant lands<br /> and now I do indeed understand<br /> the need to create<br /> in a vybe that's free<br /> kind of like when I heard Julie's<br /> Dexterity<br /> for the first time…<br /> Just before the cloud Nine brutha<br /> took center stage<br /> turned back the page<br /> and asked us to remember a time<br /> When we were Black and counscious.<br /> Down for the struggle, leading me to my<br /> Peace beyond passion<br /> Folks keep a askin'<br /> bout the state of the soul… slowly dying<br /> keeps on cryin'<br /> Why don't ya play<br /> N'dambi's<br /> Tunin' Up and Cosignin'<br /> Then come and ask me why<br /> I'm so tired<br /> of the networks<br /> and corporate gangstas<br /> trying to buy my brain<br /> with heavy rotation<br /> no explanation<br /> for this modern plantation…<br /> Look a here, look a there!<br /> For this is a premonition<br /> and the season's bout to change<br /> Cuz fertile ground produces sound<br /> That gets<br /> Horns ta swingin'<br /> Folks a singin'<br /> About the heart again.<br /> How beautiful you are my friend…<br /> All ya gotta do is say yes<br /> To this bare naked truth<br /> I've heard brutha Dwele croon.<br /> It's as ancient as the<br /> River Niger<br /> Standing tall she declares<br /> To be a Soulsinger<br /> Whose mind is free<br /> to wail, moan, scat<br /> Even long tone<br /> if she wants to…<br /> For it is in the surrender<br /> that we knowledge control<br /> and it is in the soul<br /> that we embrace<br /> passion<br /> happiness<br /> sorrow<br /> joy<br /> and pain<br /> Never again to be the same<br /> But that much closer<br /> to those who give their<br /> soulful offering.<br /> <br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a><a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self"></a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2003, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><a target="_top" href="http://t.extreme-dm.com/?login=satcmarl"><img src="http://t1.extreme-dm.com/i.gif" border="0" height="1" width="1" /></a> <!-- EXd=document;EXw?"":EXw="na";EXb?"":EXb="na"; EXd.write("<img src="http://t0.extreme-dm.com" "/c.g?tag=""/c.g?tag" "l=""l" height="1" width="1" />"); // --><img src="http://t0.extreme-dm.com/c.g?tag=satcmarl&amp;j=y&amp;srw=1280&amp;srb=24&amp;l=http%3A//www.saveoursoul.nl/soulandthecity/satcjul2005.htm" height="1" width="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong>Soul and the City #5 - "Reminiscence"</strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center">It is during this time of holiday cheer<br /> That we tend to look back upon the last year<br /> Trying to recall all the plans that we made<br /> But they seem to rush by like Harlem's uptown A Train<br /> <br /> While moving, I'm grooving in and out of busy stores<br /> And through all the chitter chatter I try to avoid<br /> The hustle and bustle, A shopper's delight!<br /> So I pull out my pen and these words I do write…<br /> <br /> Amidst the bitter cold of winter's sky<br /> Jazzhole flows and drops it one more time<br /> Circle of the Sun<br /> this one<br /> bringing light and sounds from distant lands<br /> and now I do indeed understand<br /> the need to create<br /> in a vybe that's free<br /> kind of like when I heard Julie's<br /> Dexterity<br /> for the first time…<br /> Just before the cloud Nine brutha<br /> took center stage<br /> turned back the page<br /> and asked us to remember a time<br /> When we were Black and counscious.<br /> Down for the struggle, leading me to my<br /> Peace beyond passion<br /> Folks keep a askin'<br /> bout the state of the soul… slowly dying<br /> keeps on cryin'<br /> Why don't ya play<br /> N'dambi's<br /> Tunin' Up and Cosignin'<br /> Then come and ask me why<br /> I'm so tired<br /> of the networks<br /> and corporate gangstas<br /> trying to buy my brain<br /> with heavy rotation<br /> no explanation<br /> for this modern plantation…<br /> Look a here, look a there!<br /> For this is a premonition<br /> and the season's bout to change<br /> Cuz fertile ground produces sound<br /> That gets<br /> Horns ta swingin'<br /> Folks a singin'<br /> About the heart again.<br /> How beautiful you are my friend…<br /> All ya gotta do is say yes<br /> To this bare naked truth<br /> I've heard brutha Dwele croon.<br /> It's as ancient as the<br /> River Niger<br /> Standing tall she declares<br /> To be a Soulsinger<br /> Whose mind is free<br /> to wail, moan, scat<br /> Even long tone<br /> if she wants to…<br /> For it is in the surrender<br /> that we knowledge control<br /> and it is in the soul<br /> that we embrace<br /> passion<br /> happiness<br /> sorrow<br /> joy<br /> and pain<br /> Never again to be the same<br /> But that much closer<br /> to those who give their<br /> soulful offering.<br /> <br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a><a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self"></a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2003, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><a target="_top" href="http://t.extreme-dm.com/?login=satcmarl"><img src="http://t1.extreme-dm.com/i.gif" border="0" height="1" width="1" /></a> <!-- EXd=document;EXw?"":EXw="na";EXb?"":EXb="na"; EXd.write("<img src="http://t0.extreme-dm.com" "/c.g?tag=""/c.g?tag" "l=""l" height="1" width="1" />"); // --><img src="http://t0.extreme-dm.com/c.g?tag=satcmarl&amp;j=y&amp;srw=1280&amp;srb=24&amp;l=http%3A//www.saveoursoul.nl/soulandthecity/satcjul2005.htm" height="1" width="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Soul and the City 6 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/soul-and-the-city-6.html Administrator info@saveoursoul.nl <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong>Soul and the City #6 - "Big Ole Nap"</strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>It has been over a month since I have sat down to write Soul and the City, this however was not due to lack of inspiration-- there have been many thoughts, notes, and several attempts at completion. It's just that my time has been moving at such a pace, that I can barely remember to eat! But we have made it to 2004, and I hope everyone who logs in to SaveOurSoul has been well, and is ready to start our soulful journey once again... <p>January was a very busy month for me, I took off for Los Angeles, performed with The Dance Theatre of Harlem once again, and even performed a solo gig at the famed Temple Bar, where soulful warriors like Ledisi, Donnie, and Goapale carry the message. It was my first time sharing the music of Enter My Mind with the LA folk and also my first gig with just me! No Mood Control (my band) to help me bring the music, just me and the Rhodes! I had a great time, and learned a lot about how the music is able to speak in different arrangements.</p> <p>I flew back to New York and took the stage that same night at Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar, a hip Upper West Side club where you can always find a great hang and great music. It was really nice to be with the band again and we played for almost two hours! I cannot wait to hear the recording of the show. I think it was one of the best performances we've had in a while.</p> <p>As if this whirlwind of motion is not enough, I was also preparing to move into a new place, and that means packing and making sure everything is set for the new home. Ya know the basics...phone, cable, DSL modem (what do ya mean it is gonna take 8 days before I will have internet ascess!)... and on top of this the weekend I moved there was a snowstorm! Oh,I almost forgot to tell ya the semester started at Berklee College of Music and guess who is back teaching in the Voice Department along with gigging and putting his home together...that's right, yours truly...some call it crazy; I am still trying to find the right word. But wait, it gets better… we have Love Serenade- The Remix Project coming out mid February, Inspiration (the second single) on the way to radio as I am writing this, a gig at Joe's Pub with my gyrl Monet (February 13th), a few interviews, and more gigs to think about. Just writing this I am exhausted!</p> <p>All of this is very exciting and I am happy to have this energy building up around the project-- ya know, hearing your music on the radio, having people tell you how much they enjoy your music, the press...it is all great! It is all very exciting running up and down New York City's busy streets, running from studio to studio, cabs to the airport, interviews on the cell phone while you go to sound check, one big rush! And so while taking the ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island (about 22 minutes of downtime) I got to thinking...In a city that never sleeps, is it okay for the soul to take a big ole nap?</p> <p>I decided to take a drive to Maryland (I grew up in this beautiful state) to visit my parents, search for clarity, and to get some of Mum's good eats. ..it was just what I needed. Once there I ate, slept a lot, and just chilled. My Dad and I spoke about the business, my career, and the need to take things down a bit. I was able to remember how important it is to rest the body and the mind in order to be clear. I was able to remember how important it is to be still, to be in a space where things aren't moving so fast. I was able to remember how special family and friends are and how important it is to spend time with them. I was able to remember to just lie around and do nothing. I was able to talk with my Grandmum Josie who called at least four times a day to talk for just one minute. I understand that these things are very important for me to do what I do, and that is make beautiful music for beautiful people who love beautiful things and because of this beauty my soul was able to pull up the covers, grab the pillows and take a big ole nap!...Peace</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2004, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong>Soul and the City #6 - "Big Ole Nap"</strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>It has been over a month since I have sat down to write Soul and the City, this however was not due to lack of inspiration-- there have been many thoughts, notes, and several attempts at completion. It's just that my time has been moving at such a pace, that I can barely remember to eat! But we have made it to 2004, and I hope everyone who logs in to SaveOurSoul has been well, and is ready to start our soulful journey once again... <p>January was a very busy month for me, I took off for Los Angeles, performed with The Dance Theatre of Harlem once again, and even performed a solo gig at the famed Temple Bar, where soulful warriors like Ledisi, Donnie, and Goapale carry the message. It was my first time sharing the music of Enter My Mind with the LA folk and also my first gig with just me! No Mood Control (my band) to help me bring the music, just me and the Rhodes! I had a great time, and learned a lot about how the music is able to speak in different arrangements.</p> <p>I flew back to New York and took the stage that same night at Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar, a hip Upper West Side club where you can always find a great hang and great music. It was really nice to be with the band again and we played for almost two hours! I cannot wait to hear the recording of the show. I think it was one of the best performances we've had in a while.</p> <p>As if this whirlwind of motion is not enough, I was also preparing to move into a new place, and that means packing and making sure everything is set for the new home. Ya know the basics...phone, cable, DSL modem (what do ya mean it is gonna take 8 days before I will have internet ascess!)... and on top of this the weekend I moved there was a snowstorm! Oh,I almost forgot to tell ya the semester started at Berklee College of Music and guess who is back teaching in the Voice Department along with gigging and putting his home together...that's right, yours truly...some call it crazy; I am still trying to find the right word. But wait, it gets better… we have Love Serenade- The Remix Project coming out mid February, Inspiration (the second single) on the way to radio as I am writing this, a gig at Joe's Pub with my gyrl Monet (February 13th), a few interviews, and more gigs to think about. Just writing this I am exhausted!</p> <p>All of this is very exciting and I am happy to have this energy building up around the project-- ya know, hearing your music on the radio, having people tell you how much they enjoy your music, the press...it is all great! It is all very exciting running up and down New York City's busy streets, running from studio to studio, cabs to the airport, interviews on the cell phone while you go to sound check, one big rush! And so while taking the ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island (about 22 minutes of downtime) I got to thinking...In a city that never sleeps, is it okay for the soul to take a big ole nap?</p> <p>I decided to take a drive to Maryland (I grew up in this beautiful state) to visit my parents, search for clarity, and to get some of Mum's good eats. ..it was just what I needed. Once there I ate, slept a lot, and just chilled. My Dad and I spoke about the business, my career, and the need to take things down a bit. I was able to remember how important it is to rest the body and the mind in order to be clear. I was able to remember how important it is to be still, to be in a space where things aren't moving so fast. I was able to remember how special family and friends are and how important it is to spend time with them. I was able to remember to just lie around and do nothing. I was able to talk with my Grandmum Josie who called at least four times a day to talk for just one minute. I understand that these things are very important for me to do what I do, and that is make beautiful music for beautiful people who love beautiful things and because of this beauty my soul was able to pull up the covers, grab the pillows and take a big ole nap!...Peace</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2004, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Soul and the City 7 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/soul-and-the-city-7.html Administrator info@saveoursoul.nl <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong>Soul and the City #7 - "The Good Life"</strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>New York days of sunny weather, after weeks of April showers and dreary clouds, are a great reason to celebrate. The streets of Manhattan call out to all sorts of shopping, romantic strolls, lunches in the parks, and of course the tourist weaving their way through the busy streets.</p> <p>If one happens to be passing by quickly as in a cab, a bus, or fancy limo if your lifestyle permits-this can be quite charming, even pleasant to watch. But if you are in the midst of this crowd eager to play in the season's loveliness, you have a different story to tell.</p> <p>Yesterday was a very busy day for me. I had a session from 1-5 pm and a rehearsal scheduled for 7pm with Biti and Arif-ya know those singing folk who help keep a brutha's harmonies tight. So my plan was to hit the gym early before my session and get my workout on. Well, things started out real cool, did my cardio, bust the abs, and then hit the chest. I was feeling full of energy and ready to make my way uptown for the session. Not only was I invigorated and ready to work, I also felt that my rhythm was definitely in time with the city. My subway connections were good-so good that I had 20 minutes before the session to eat a little something and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.</p> <p>The session was off to a great start and I was just in a good zone. I felt as though I was really focused and making great connections with everyone involved in the project-ya know the music was happening, the ideas were flowing.</p> <p>After the session, I decided to pick up something for dinner at the oh so popular Whole Foods Market -a gathering of healthy folk shopping for healthy food. It is always crowded but very exciting because there is always a good vibe in the place and there always interesting things to try out. So after making final decisions I pay for my organic kale, bananas, jalepeno peppers, garbanzo beans, avocado, and dark meat ground turkey and head for the subway home.</p> <p>Now I must tell you the weekend subway ride in New York can be quite tricky because there is always track work taking place, which means the subway trains can be running on very peculiar schedules. This was the case with my subway of choice as I am trying to catch the 6:30 pm ferry to Staten Island-it is now 5:45pm and no train in sight!</p> <p>At this moment I feel the New York City tension growing as impatient New Yorkers and tourist (who have been waiting much longer than me I discover) wait for this subway train that doesn't seem to be coming. As we all look at our watches I quickly think, "What is the next best subway move?" Ah Yes! Another train and then transfer-that way I may still catch the 6:30 pm ferry and are on time for rehearsal. So with all the cool an irritated subway passenger waiting on a late train can muster I beeline for an alternate train route determined to make the transfer and be on that ferry. NOT! The trains are not running at the transfer station, so with 15 minutes to go I set out to do the impossible-catch a cab on the busy street of West Houston and Broadway-haven of shoppers and more tourist!</p> <p>So I move like a running back in the NFL through what looks like thousands of people (taking their good ole time) in hopes of catching yet another subway to make the 6:30pm ferry. Well this didn't happen I had to wait around for the train once again which meant I would be on the 7:00pm ferry. After being exhausted and stressed from all of this subway maneuvering, I decided to cancel rehearsal with Biti and Arif. In the midst of all of this frustration I received the most amazing gift, 22 minutes of peace. I sat on the ferry and played the Isley Brothers "For the Love of You" over and over while gazing at the water and a beautiful sunset. Yes folks I stretched out and chilled with one of the most soulful vocalist I have ever heard-Ron Isley (a.k.a. Mr. Biggs). And that frustrating 2hours of subway hell disappeared into nothingness as Brutha Isley crooned "I wanna be living for the love of you" I thought to myself, "It just doesn't get any better than this"</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a><a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self"></a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2004, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong>Soul and the City #7 - "The Good Life"</strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>New York days of sunny weather, after weeks of April showers and dreary clouds, are a great reason to celebrate. The streets of Manhattan call out to all sorts of shopping, romantic strolls, lunches in the parks, and of course the tourist weaving their way through the busy streets.</p> <p>If one happens to be passing by quickly as in a cab, a bus, or fancy limo if your lifestyle permits-this can be quite charming, even pleasant to watch. But if you are in the midst of this crowd eager to play in the season's loveliness, you have a different story to tell.</p> <p>Yesterday was a very busy day for me. I had a session from 1-5 pm and a rehearsal scheduled for 7pm with Biti and Arif-ya know those singing folk who help keep a brutha's harmonies tight. So my plan was to hit the gym early before my session and get my workout on. Well, things started out real cool, did my cardio, bust the abs, and then hit the chest. I was feeling full of energy and ready to make my way uptown for the session. Not only was I invigorated and ready to work, I also felt that my rhythm was definitely in time with the city. My subway connections were good-so good that I had 20 minutes before the session to eat a little something and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.</p> <p>The session was off to a great start and I was just in a good zone. I felt as though I was really focused and making great connections with everyone involved in the project-ya know the music was happening, the ideas were flowing.</p> <p>After the session, I decided to pick up something for dinner at the oh so popular Whole Foods Market -a gathering of healthy folk shopping for healthy food. It is always crowded but very exciting because there is always a good vibe in the place and there always interesting things to try out. So after making final decisions I pay for my organic kale, bananas, jalepeno peppers, garbanzo beans, avocado, and dark meat ground turkey and head for the subway home.</p> <p>Now I must tell you the weekend subway ride in New York can be quite tricky because there is always track work taking place, which means the subway trains can be running on very peculiar schedules. This was the case with my subway of choice as I am trying to catch the 6:30 pm ferry to Staten Island-it is now 5:45pm and no train in sight!</p> <p>At this moment I feel the New York City tension growing as impatient New Yorkers and tourist (who have been waiting much longer than me I discover) wait for this subway train that doesn't seem to be coming. As we all look at our watches I quickly think, "What is the next best subway move?" Ah Yes! Another train and then transfer-that way I may still catch the 6:30 pm ferry and are on time for rehearsal. So with all the cool an irritated subway passenger waiting on a late train can muster I beeline for an alternate train route determined to make the transfer and be on that ferry. NOT! The trains are not running at the transfer station, so with 15 minutes to go I set out to do the impossible-catch a cab on the busy street of West Houston and Broadway-haven of shoppers and more tourist!</p> <p>So I move like a running back in the NFL through what looks like thousands of people (taking their good ole time) in hopes of catching yet another subway to make the 6:30pm ferry. Well this didn't happen I had to wait around for the train once again which meant I would be on the 7:00pm ferry. After being exhausted and stressed from all of this subway maneuvering, I decided to cancel rehearsal with Biti and Arif. In the midst of all of this frustration I received the most amazing gift, 22 minutes of peace. I sat on the ferry and played the Isley Brothers "For the Love of You" over and over while gazing at the water and a beautiful sunset. Yes folks I stretched out and chilled with one of the most soulful vocalist I have ever heard-Ron Isley (a.k.a. Mr. Biggs). And that frustrating 2hours of subway hell disappeared into nothingness as Brutha Isley crooned "I wanna be living for the love of you" I thought to myself, "It just doesn't get any better than this"</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a><a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self"></a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2004, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Soul and the City 8 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/soul-and-the-city-8.html Administrator info@saveoursoul.nl <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><br /> <strong>Soul and the City #8 - "</strong><strong>Tortured Soul</strong><strong>"</strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>It’s a humid September day here in New York City as I sit wondering where the summer has gone. No beach time, no vacation-I have been on the road working or teaching. I thought I would spend August resting and reconnecting with friends I haven’t seen in the past year, but the month has come and gone and September is here! The fall semester at Berklee College of Music has started and it is time to go back on the road.</p> <p>Two really nice events ended my summer, well actually three when you include the Mood Control picnic at my parent’s house (Lots of food, volleyball, and big fun to be had by everyone). <img style="float: right;" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/saveoursoulcrew.jpg" alt="saveoursoulcrew" height="170" width="350" /> I was invited back to the Jazz Café in London. I really do love that place, and ya know I had a great time. I finally got to meet Richard and Theo, ya know the two who keep SaveOurSoul up and running for soul artists and soul aficionados. They came to London to check out my show, and we got to hang a bit. I also met the owner of a hip new online magazine called F Magazine. I was August’s featured artist and now I have a feature in the magazine called Soul Sessions. My girl Monet is the September artist. If you get a chance go to <a href="http://www.fmagazine.com/" target="_blank">www.fmagazine.com</a> and check it out-- it is really happening.</p> <p>While in London I got to hang with some really nice folk: DJ Sugar Ray, true lover of soul music and definitely the one to know when you are starving after a gig and ya need to find some place to eat! Also hanging with us was Adjoa, the sistah with the sultry voice. She is a great person and a wonderful singer-so be on the lookout for her project…ya know I will let ya know when it is gonna drop. <br /> Karen Williams, a dear friend and an amazing talent joined us onstage at the Jazz Café and she ripped it! The energy and vybe in the room was really high. I took the stage and just felt connected. The band was off the chain so we played for about 2hours!! I really do love London, the people, the love and respect they show me in terms of my music<br /> I performed at the Soul Patrol East Coast Convention and this was really kewl because I got meet soul legends like Billy Paul, B.T. Express, The Persuaders, and The Escorts. I also got to hang with new soul artists Rio Soul, Ascendant, and SounDoctrine.<br /> While hanging with all of these artists I got to thinking about the making of a recording, the touring, the promoting, making money, and just living your life. I thought, “ How does one keep it all together in this biz’ness of music?”</p> <p>Well as y’all know here at Soul and the City whenever I have a question I go to some of my favorite artist for the answers. My good friend Rosa Russ has recorded an amazing CD entitled “Sincerely Yours” - it is definitely one that you want to add to your collection. So I thought I would see what insight she could share. “I take every free moment I can get,” Rosa told me. “While recording my CD my time was limited so time was important. I had to let it flow-just know when it was there. I had to allow time to focus. I work best under pressure-things come a lot easier that way for me. No elaborate schedule, my best results are when I’m under the gun”</p> <p>I then reached out to my boi Jere B of SounDoctrine and this is what he had to share… “I literally quit my day job to have the time to do this - Thank God for a Praying Wife who stands with her husband and believes in this vision or whew! Not having an office staff, you must wear every hat extremely well, know when to switch or even wear two or more simultaneously! The key is probably that I don't wear a watch! - I've got the PDA, the planner and so on to keep track of what to do but I try not be constrained to the clock to just get the stuff done, but to see it through so it's done right. Fortunately I have the flexibility to reschedule the non-essentials so that helps - I also don't get much sleep. In terms of future projects, I work on stuff as often as possible so I won't have to absolutely start from scratch - even if my mind is the only notepad I have - I keep a file cabinet in my head and constantly rehearse the material when I'm driving, cutting the grass or at the grocery store. When I finally get to lay it down, there's less of a struggle involved.”</p> <p>I wanted to reach out to Tortured Soul because I respect what they do and wanted some insight as to how they make it happen when they are so busy. This is what Christian Urich of Tortured Soul shared with me…</p> <p>“Lately I've been getting up earlier. I don't know what to say about <br /> that. It's very difficult. I never have enough time these days. There's always a lot more things to do. I think a more appropriate question would be ‘How do you manage to fall asleep at night when there are so many unfinished things to do everyday?’ Maybe that's crazy, but that's the way it feels all the time.”</p> <p>After hearing what these wonderful artist had to share I felt as if there is never going to be a simple solution to keeping it all together in this crazy biz’ness that is forever changing and evolving. I think that is part of the reason we do what we do, and in the meantime we understand that sleep is often a luxury, time will always be demanding, and music an unpredictable friend…Peace</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a><a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self"></a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2004, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><noscript></noscript></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><br /> <strong>Soul and the City #8 - "</strong><strong>Tortured Soul</strong><strong>"</strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>It’s a humid September day here in New York City as I sit wondering where the summer has gone. No beach time, no vacation-I have been on the road working or teaching. I thought I would spend August resting and reconnecting with friends I haven’t seen in the past year, but the month has come and gone and September is here! The fall semester at Berklee College of Music has started and it is time to go back on the road.</p> <p>Two really nice events ended my summer, well actually three when you include the Mood Control picnic at my parent’s house (Lots of food, volleyball, and big fun to be had by everyone). <img style="float: right;" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/saveoursoulcrew.jpg" alt="saveoursoulcrew" height="170" width="350" /> I was invited back to the Jazz Café in London. I really do love that place, and ya know I had a great time. I finally got to meet Richard and Theo, ya know the two who keep SaveOurSoul up and running for soul artists and soul aficionados. They came to London to check out my show, and we got to hang a bit. I also met the owner of a hip new online magazine called F Magazine. I was August’s featured artist and now I have a feature in the magazine called Soul Sessions. My girl Monet is the September artist. If you get a chance go to <a href="http://www.fmagazine.com/" target="_blank">www.fmagazine.com</a> and check it out-- it is really happening.</p> <p>While in London I got to hang with some really nice folk: DJ Sugar Ray, true lover of soul music and definitely the one to know when you are starving after a gig and ya need to find some place to eat! Also hanging with us was Adjoa, the sistah with the sultry voice. She is a great person and a wonderful singer-so be on the lookout for her project…ya know I will let ya know when it is gonna drop. <br /> Karen Williams, a dear friend and an amazing talent joined us onstage at the Jazz Café and she ripped it! The energy and vybe in the room was really high. I took the stage and just felt connected. The band was off the chain so we played for about 2hours!! I really do love London, the people, the love and respect they show me in terms of my music<br /> I performed at the Soul Patrol East Coast Convention and this was really kewl because I got meet soul legends like Billy Paul, B.T. Express, The Persuaders, and The Escorts. I also got to hang with new soul artists Rio Soul, Ascendant, and SounDoctrine.<br /> While hanging with all of these artists I got to thinking about the making of a recording, the touring, the promoting, making money, and just living your life. I thought, “ How does one keep it all together in this biz’ness of music?”</p> <p>Well as y’all know here at Soul and the City whenever I have a question I go to some of my favorite artist for the answers. My good friend Rosa Russ has recorded an amazing CD entitled “Sincerely Yours” - it is definitely one that you want to add to your collection. So I thought I would see what insight she could share. “I take every free moment I can get,” Rosa told me. “While recording my CD my time was limited so time was important. I had to let it flow-just know when it was there. I had to allow time to focus. I work best under pressure-things come a lot easier that way for me. No elaborate schedule, my best results are when I’m under the gun”</p> <p>I then reached out to my boi Jere B of SounDoctrine and this is what he had to share… “I literally quit my day job to have the time to do this - Thank God for a Praying Wife who stands with her husband and believes in this vision or whew! Not having an office staff, you must wear every hat extremely well, know when to switch or even wear two or more simultaneously! The key is probably that I don't wear a watch! - I've got the PDA, the planner and so on to keep track of what to do but I try not be constrained to the clock to just get the stuff done, but to see it through so it's done right. Fortunately I have the flexibility to reschedule the non-essentials so that helps - I also don't get much sleep. In terms of future projects, I work on stuff as often as possible so I won't have to absolutely start from scratch - even if my mind is the only notepad I have - I keep a file cabinet in my head and constantly rehearse the material when I'm driving, cutting the grass or at the grocery store. When I finally get to lay it down, there's less of a struggle involved.”</p> <p>I wanted to reach out to Tortured Soul because I respect what they do and wanted some insight as to how they make it happen when they are so busy. This is what Christian Urich of Tortured Soul shared with me…</p> <p>“Lately I've been getting up earlier. I don't know what to say about <br /> that. It's very difficult. I never have enough time these days. There's always a lot more things to do. I think a more appropriate question would be ‘How do you manage to fall asleep at night when there are so many unfinished things to do everyday?’ Maybe that's crazy, but that's the way it feels all the time.”</p> <p>After hearing what these wonderful artist had to share I felt as if there is never going to be a simple solution to keeping it all together in this crazy biz’ness that is forever changing and evolving. I think that is part of the reason we do what we do, and in the meantime we understand that sleep is often a luxury, time will always be demanding, and music an unpredictable friend…Peace</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a><a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self"></a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2004, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><noscript></noscript></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Soul and the City 9 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/soul-and-the-city-9.html Administrator info@saveoursoul.nl <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong> Soul and the City #9 - "A Change Is Gonna Come" </strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">In the waiting area of Boston’s train station,<br /> I sit with burned-out students heading home for the <br /> American holiday <br /> we call <br /> Thanksgiving…<br /> homeless prophets spin tales that no one understands <br /> while the familiar phrase<br /> “Spare any change” rings loud and clear,<br /> looming in the shadows <br /> hungry eyes<br /> search for lost souls <br /> to feed upon<br /> out of necessity <br /> or just to pass the time.<br /> family gatherings and huge feasts<br /> occupy the mind <br /> for a couple of days…<br /> allows time to forget about<br /> slain bodies<br /> high gas prices<br /> overcrowded schools<br /> pink slips<br /> and <br /> four more years of President Bush <br /> on a mission<br /> for them weapons <br /> of <br /> mass destruction.<br /> ah yes… we Americans<br /> adorned with <br /> “everything old is new again”<br /> values<br /> close our eyes and give thanks<br /> for the day <br /> we wiped out them Injuns<br /> a.k.a. Native Americans.<br /> no, no, no this is not an <br /> everybody’s protest novel-it’s my opus<br /> for artists like myself<br /> who claim their rightful place<br /> in the <br /> New Soul Movement…<br /> do we burn incense <br /> lay poetic tones over soulful grooves<br /> that soothe the hearts and minds<br /> of folk <br /> lookin’ to be neo soulified<br /> or do we <br /> sport our <br /> ‘fros and locs<br /> with a purpose?<br /> bruthas and sistahs of old<br /> told<br /> tryin’ times helped <br /> redefine and motivate<br /> the mind<br /> as well as the <br /> soul.<br /> so after much contemplation<br /> I wonder<br /> if we new soul artists will<br /> Stimulate<br /> Educate<br /> better yet<br /> Create<br /> politickin’ music?<br /> will we get heads noddin’<br /> thinkin’ ‘bout<br /> the Right…<br /> to choose-<br /> who we love<br /> the Right…<br /> to ensure brown babies<br /> are taught<br /> about the Right…<br /> to have <br /> our own <br /> conversation with God<br /> about the Right…<br /> to ask<br /> what’s goin’ on?<br /> Marvin, Donny, Roberta, Curtis, <br /> Nina, Gil-Scott, Stevie<br /> and many more<br /> we claim as <br /> inspiration<br /> and as Sistah Franklin sang<br /> they…”rocked this nation”<br /> so eloquently<br /> folk gave up soulful poetry<br /> and now <br /> my bruthas and sistahs<br /> of the <br /> New Soul Movement<br /> will we<br /> tell our stories over a funkdafied groove<br /> massage a heart<br /> raise some hands<br /> help somebody move <br /> to a higher space?<br /> I wonder <br /> as I sit listening to a <br /> symphony of cell phone melodies<br /> and<br /> one-sided conversations<br /> while <br /> laptops <br /> and <br /> iPods<br /> make the train ride home<br /> just a bit more <br /> enjoyable.<br /> so many different faces<br /> make this journey<br /> in search of <br /> amber waves of grain…<br /> quietly I hum<br /> a change is gonna come.<br /><br /></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a><a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self"></a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2004, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong> Soul and the City #9 - "A Change Is Gonna Come" </strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">In the waiting area of Boston’s train station,<br /> I sit with burned-out students heading home for the <br /> American holiday <br /> we call <br /> Thanksgiving…<br /> homeless prophets spin tales that no one understands <br /> while the familiar phrase<br /> “Spare any change” rings loud and clear,<br /> looming in the shadows <br /> hungry eyes<br /> search for lost souls <br /> to feed upon<br /> out of necessity <br /> or just to pass the time.<br /> family gatherings and huge feasts<br /> occupy the mind <br /> for a couple of days…<br /> allows time to forget about<br /> slain bodies<br /> high gas prices<br /> overcrowded schools<br /> pink slips<br /> and <br /> four more years of President Bush <br /> on a mission<br /> for them weapons <br /> of <br /> mass destruction.<br /> ah yes… we Americans<br /> adorned with <br /> “everything old is new again”<br /> values<br /> close our eyes and give thanks<br /> for the day <br /> we wiped out them Injuns<br /> a.k.a. Native Americans.<br /> no, no, no this is not an <br /> everybody’s protest novel-it’s my opus<br /> for artists like myself<br /> who claim their rightful place<br /> in the <br /> New Soul Movement…<br /> do we burn incense <br /> lay poetic tones over soulful grooves<br /> that soothe the hearts and minds<br /> of folk <br /> lookin’ to be neo soulified<br /> or do we <br /> sport our <br /> ‘fros and locs<br /> with a purpose?<br /> bruthas and sistahs of old<br /> told<br /> tryin’ times helped <br /> redefine and motivate<br /> the mind<br /> as well as the <br /> soul.<br /> so after much contemplation<br /> I wonder<br /> if we new soul artists will<br /> Stimulate<br /> Educate<br /> better yet<br /> Create<br /> politickin’ music?<br /> will we get heads noddin’<br /> thinkin’ ‘bout<br /> the Right…<br /> to choose-<br /> who we love<br /> the Right…<br /> to ensure brown babies<br /> are taught<br /> about the Right…<br /> to have <br /> our own <br /> conversation with God<br /> about the Right…<br /> to ask<br /> what’s goin’ on?<br /> Marvin, Donny, Roberta, Curtis, <br /> Nina, Gil-Scott, Stevie<br /> and many more<br /> we claim as <br /> inspiration<br /> and as Sistah Franklin sang<br /> they…”rocked this nation”<br /> so eloquently<br /> folk gave up soulful poetry<br /> and now <br /> my bruthas and sistahs<br /> of the <br /> New Soul Movement<br /> will we<br /> tell our stories over a funkdafied groove<br /> massage a heart<br /> raise some hands<br /> help somebody move <br /> to a higher space?<br /> I wonder <br /> as I sit listening to a <br /> symphony of cell phone melodies<br /> and<br /> one-sided conversations<br /> while <br /> laptops <br /> and <br /> iPods<br /> make the train ride home<br /> just a bit more <br /> enjoyable.<br /> so many different faces<br /> make this journey<br /> in search of <br /> amber waves of grain…<br /> quietly I hum<br /> a change is gonna come.<br /><br /></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city:<br /> <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a><a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self"></a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2004, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Soul and the City 10 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z 2003-02-01T00:00:00Z http://www.saveoursoul.nl/blog/soul-and-the-city/soul-and-the-city-10.html Administrator info@saveoursoul.nl <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong> Soul and the City #10 - "Spring In NYC" </strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="left">Spring is definitely in the air here in NYC. No more snow, just some sunshine and heavy rain, but I would rather have that than the cold and the snow…brutha ain’t feelin’ the snow. Spring is definitely a great time of year to be in NYC, because it always feels as though the city has more energy…folk are shopping and just taking in the sites of the city. Spring is definitely a season of change and revitalization. A time of beautiful things and sounds and speaking of beautiful sounds have ya heard the new Tweet? I love that sistah and I am feeling the new CD!!! I am very excited because there will be a lot of new music heading our way for the spring and summer, and my new project, A Groove So Deep will be right there with ‘em…and li’l later in the year Jazzhole will be dropping our fifth CD!!!!!</p> <p align="left">Yeah, it has definitely been a creative winter and working on these two recordings has been a great learning experience. Every creative experience brings about great opportunities for growth. I love being a part of live music--there is nothing like the feeling of being in the moment and connecting with folk, all of us there because we love music…it is really a special thing. I close my eyes, lay back and hear Donny Hathaway’s live recordings, Marvin’s performance at Monterey, Aretha at the Filmore West, Jill Scott’s live CD, or seeing D’Angelo or the Roots live for the first time…precious moments!!! As I sit here enjoying this beautiful spring day I got to thinking… in a world where music can be cut, sliced, tweeked, sampled, pitch-corrected, transported through time--you name it--why is it important to keep the music live?</p> <p align="left">I thought I would ask brutha Carl Carter. Now for y’all that don’t know, Carl (bassist, songwriter, producer and band leader) is one of the baddest musicians I know. Carl has a love for the music thing that everyone in the band respects. So when I dropped this question on the brutha this is what he had to say…"Because that's where I'm from! I grew up in a time when those things that you've just mentioned didn't exist. You had to actually apply yourself to what you wanted. It's great to be able to cut, slice, sample, etc., but that's not making the music breathe! In a live setting, you can do anything you want really, you're not limited to any one way of doing something. Be it a type of groove, a timbre or whatever! Plus, with a live band, there is so much give and take, that's something you could NEVER slice together in my opinion. It's funny because when Enter My Mind came out, folks were trippin' 'cause a lot of it is live… just a bunch of cats in a room throwin' down. Folks looked at it as NEW but come on, ain't nothin' new about that concept! Even at the live shows, folks can't believe the band because we are applying ourselves to the music and are REALLY feelin' the result of that application! I guess that aesthetic doesn't happen too much any more but hey, I gotta do it that way, it's all I know! Hope that helps, Brotha Brotha!"</p> <p align="left">My man Carl always gonna come from that place that is true…well Jazzhole’s recording is just that way as well, a bunch of cats in a room throwin’ down…and the vibe is really nice. We recorded in Woodstock, NY and I remember at one point looking out at the mountains (it was snowing) as I was singing and thinking how deep it was to be recording our music in such a beautiful place. I thought I would see what Warren, the brainchild of Jazzhole had to say when I posed this Soul and the City question to him…</p> <p align="left">The importance of live music is that you get the creativity of a number of individuals, interacting with each other, all at once… good live music has musicians challenging each other, stimulating each other, encouraging each other, leading to all sorts of unpredictable and often inspired results…none of this is to say that music done in the studio, using technology cannot have its own magic - technology and human talent can blend together, to create a great effect....</p> <p align="left">Yeah, I guess it is that feeling of folk playing together that creates something that just takes the music to a whole ‘nother level. I am glad that I get to--as brutha Carl says--hang with a bunch of cats in a room and throw down …there ain’t too much that can top that feelgood…Peace</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city: <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2005, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><img alt="soulandthecity" src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/soulandthecity.gif" height="60" width="595" /><br /><br /></p> <table style="width: 595px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><strong> Soul and the City #10 - "Spring In NYC" </strong><br /> <br /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="left">Spring is definitely in the air here in NYC. No more snow, just some sunshine and heavy rain, but I would rather have that than the cold and the snow…brutha ain’t feelin’ the snow. Spring is definitely a great time of year to be in NYC, because it always feels as though the city has more energy…folk are shopping and just taking in the sites of the city. Spring is definitely a season of change and revitalization. A time of beautiful things and sounds and speaking of beautiful sounds have ya heard the new Tweet? I love that sistah and I am feeling the new CD!!! I am very excited because there will be a lot of new music heading our way for the spring and summer, and my new project, A Groove So Deep will be right there with ‘em…and li’l later in the year Jazzhole will be dropping our fifth CD!!!!!</p> <p align="left">Yeah, it has definitely been a creative winter and working on these two recordings has been a great learning experience. Every creative experience brings about great opportunities for growth. I love being a part of live music--there is nothing like the feeling of being in the moment and connecting with folk, all of us there because we love music…it is really a special thing. I close my eyes, lay back and hear Donny Hathaway’s live recordings, Marvin’s performance at Monterey, Aretha at the Filmore West, Jill Scott’s live CD, or seeing D’Angelo or the Roots live for the first time…precious moments!!! As I sit here enjoying this beautiful spring day I got to thinking… in a world where music can be cut, sliced, tweeked, sampled, pitch-corrected, transported through time--you name it--why is it important to keep the music live?</p> <p align="left">I thought I would ask brutha Carl Carter. Now for y’all that don’t know, Carl (bassist, songwriter, producer and band leader) is one of the baddest musicians I know. Carl has a love for the music thing that everyone in the band respects. So when I dropped this question on the brutha this is what he had to say…"Because that's where I'm from! I grew up in a time when those things that you've just mentioned didn't exist. You had to actually apply yourself to what you wanted. It's great to be able to cut, slice, sample, etc., but that's not making the music breathe! In a live setting, you can do anything you want really, you're not limited to any one way of doing something. Be it a type of groove, a timbre or whatever! Plus, with a live band, there is so much give and take, that's something you could NEVER slice together in my opinion. It's funny because when Enter My Mind came out, folks were trippin' 'cause a lot of it is live… just a bunch of cats in a room throwin' down. Folks looked at it as NEW but come on, ain't nothin' new about that concept! Even at the live shows, folks can't believe the band because we are applying ourselves to the music and are REALLY feelin' the result of that application! I guess that aesthetic doesn't happen too much any more but hey, I gotta do it that way, it's all I know! Hope that helps, Brotha Brotha!"</p> <p align="left">My man Carl always gonna come from that place that is true…well Jazzhole’s recording is just that way as well, a bunch of cats in a room throwin’ down…and the vibe is really nice. We recorded in Woodstock, NY and I remember at one point looking out at the mountains (it was snowing) as I was singing and thinking how deep it was to be recording our music in such a beautiful place. I thought I would see what Warren, the brainchild of Jazzhole had to say when I posed this Soul and the City question to him…</p> <p align="left">The importance of live music is that you get the creativity of a number of individuals, interacting with each other, all at once… good live music has musicians challenging each other, stimulating each other, encouraging each other, leading to all sorts of unpredictable and often inspired results…none of this is to say that music done in the studio, using technology cannot have its own magic - technology and human talent can blend together, to create a great effect....</p> <p align="left">Yeah, I guess it is that feeling of folk playing together that creates something that just takes the music to a whole ‘nother level. I am glad that I get to--as brutha Carl says--hang with a bunch of cats in a room and throw down …there ain’t too much that can top that feelgood…Peace</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>More Soul and the city: <a title="Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors!" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=355:soul-and-the-city-1&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #1 - Stand clear of the closing doors</a><br /><a target="_self" title="Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=356:soul-and-the-city-2&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the city #2 - The Turkey adventure</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=357:soul-and-the-city-3&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #3 - Mr. In Between</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=358:soul-and-the-city-4&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #4 - Cold Industry</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=359:soul-and-the-city-5&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #5 - Reminiscence</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=360:soul-and-the-city-6&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #6 - Big Ole Nap</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=361:soul-and-the-city-7&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #7 - The Good Life</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=362:soul-and-the-city-8&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #8 - Tortured Soul</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=363:soul-and-the-city-9&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #9 - A Change Is Gonna Come</a><br /> <a title="Soul and the city #10 - Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=364:soul-and-the-city-10&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107" target="_self">Soul and the city #10 - Spring In NYC<br /></a><a title="Soul and the City 11 Luther" href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=365:soul-and-the-city-11&amp;catid=60&amp;Itemid=107">Soul and the City #11 - "Luther" </a> <br /> <br /> More info about special crew member Marlon Saunders:<br /> <a href="http://www.marlonsaunders.com/" target="_blank">www.marlonsaunders.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.jazzhole.com/" target="_blank">www.jazzhole.com<br /></a><a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=599">SaveOurSoul interview with Marlon Saunders</a><br /> <a href="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=463">Jazzhole SaveOurSoul artist of the Month</a></p> <br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="right"><em>Copyright © 2005, SaveOurSoul, Marlon Saunders</em></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marlon" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.saveoursoul.nl/images/stories/sos/bannermarlonsaunders.jpg" alt="bannermarlonsaunders" height="60" width="468" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>