Domestic Bliss Report

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

I think we have a "learning gap."

And it's like something out of Blazing Saddles.

Madeleine just asked me, "Mama, do black people sing too?"

I'm mortified to admit that I have one song by John Lee Hooker on the City of Angels soundtrack, one by Louis Armstrong on the French Kiss soundtrack, and Michael Jackson's Bad. I mean, I live in MOTOWN. How have we missed this?

Thanks to our newly-installed high-speed, they've now seen Armstrong's What a Wonderful World, When the Sain's Go Marchin' In, and the duet he did with Johnny Cash. Any other suggestions?

I'm still stunned, but at least it's because she's only six.



At 4:45 PM, Blogger Barb, sfo said...

Girl Groups! You definitely need some of those.

At 7:59 PM, Blogger Diane said...

Bob Marley, mon!!

And half the groups from the 50s/60s - Temptations, Supremes, Aretha, a bit of Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. When they get a bit older they'll be ready for Jimi, but let's not rush things :)

At 5:11 AM, Blogger Dale Price said...


Way ahead of you on the Queen of Soul. Rachel was enthralled by "Respect."

In fact, yesterday they saw Aretha and Stevie Wonder ("Superstition") on YouTube. The Boy was bouncing around the room to the latter. In the rotation: the Four Tops, Nat King Cole, Al Green, the Winans, Marvin Gaye. Thanks for the reminders about the Temptations, the Supremes and Sam Cooke (forehead slaps for forgetting them).

I agree about Jimi--that's for a more advanced class. Ditto Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Sly and the Family Stone. But the advanced class won't be an elective, so they'll get exposed.

At 5:49 AM, Blogger Zach said...

See if you can find the documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown", which profiles the Funk Brothers.

Never heard of them? They were the (mostly) anonymous studio musicians for Motown Records -- really, the ones who made that Motown sound.

Good musical history, good music, and some amazing sound from getting the old crew back together and letting them do their thing one more time ...



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