Funky16Corners Radio v.63 – 2008 Year In Review
Dynamics – Ain’t No Sun (Since You’ve Been Gone) (Cotillion)
Denise Lasalle – Keep It Coming (Westbound)
Wee Willie Walker – Ticket To Ride (Goldwax)
Barbara Banks – River of Tears (Veep)
Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love (Prestige/MPS)
Little Royal – Razor Blade (Trius)
John Paul – I’m a Bad Son of a Gun (Philips)
Fatback Band –Goin’ To See My Baby (Perception)
Maurice & Mac – You Left the Water Running (Checker)
Peddlers – I’m Coming Home (Epic)
Precisions – You’ll Soon Be Gone (Drew)
Woody Carr – Peace Dance (Jerden)
Unifics – It’s a Groovy World (Kapp)
Syl Johnson – Come On Sock It To Me (Twilight)
Sons of Champlin – Fat City (Verve)
Roosevelt Grier – Slow Drag (MGM)
Senor Soul – Don’t Lay Your Funky Trip On Me (Whiz)
Sugar Pie Desanto – Go Go Power (Checker)
Scatman Crothers – Golly Zonk! (It’s Scatman) (HBR)
I promised I’d be back for New Years Eve, and here I am.
I won’t go into too much detail here, other than to reiterate that it has been an extremely interesting/challenging 2008 here at the Funky16Corners compound. Many a day – especially in the last month or so – has found me ready to pull up the drawbridge and flood the moat, but every time thoughts like that cross my mind, I remember the music.
Last week, just before Christmas when I was laying in a hospital bed, though my physical pain wasn’t too daunting, I was confronted with a great deal of psychological pain and uncertainty in regard to my health, my future and that of my family.
I was feeling pretty dire, until I popped on my headphones and started trawling through the iPod, and between Otis Redding, Mississippi John Hurt and Leon Russell, I was reminded of the healing power of great, soulful music.
That power is what has always kept me going, and is the driving force behind the blog(s).
I’m not saying that I expect everyone to get that much out of it, but one can always hope.
The mix above is a sampling of some of my favorite individual tracks from the past year, and I think you’ll agree that it’s been a good one. Lots of deep stuff here, and a lively enough selection that were you to whip it on your New Years Eve crowd they wouldn’t look at you like you have lobsters crawling out of your ears.
Despite the hassles, it’s been a good year, and hopefully 2009 will be even better.
Thanks to all of you that have taken the time to stop by and engage in the conversation.
I’ll be back on Monday.
Peace and Happy New Year