How To Tickle Your Ears and Soul

Greetings Great Folks!

Thanks for following ‘Easpoet’s Blog’.  Sometimes I give lashes.  Other times, I give solid advice for life. It comes from the same place…..my crazy, free-spirited self! LOL

So, I have a survey for everyone.

  1. What are your three (3) favorite genres of music? Please list in parenthesis the country of origin 
  2. For each respective genre, which artist has been most influential?  Why? (please limit explanation to one sentence)
  3. For each respective genre, what is one of your favorite songs?

There is a prize associated with survey.  Here are the rules:

  • List your responses in numerical order.
  • Share the blog post with your friends/family members/co-workers/enemies
  • At the end of answers, please write the following:  ‘Thanks (name of person who shared blog post with you) !’  Your response will be listed in the ‘Comments’ section of blog post. 
  • The person who has the most “Thanks __________!” will receive a gift from Cafe Provisions (Philadelphia based holistic health company) valued at $15 USD.
  • The survey ends on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM EST.
  • The winner will be announced on Friday, July 24, 2015 via Easpoet.wordpress.com and Twitter (@MrEPLWater).  Also, the winner will receive gift certificate to redeem at Cafeprovisions.com via email.
  • Have fun!!!

Let E be the first to answer the survey.

  1. Soca (Trinidad & Tobago), Coupe Decale (Cote d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast) and R&B (USA)
  2. Soca – Iwer George because he has an independent-minded, soulful approach to making music.  Coupe Decale – DJ Caloudji took elements of Hip Hop/DJ culture to next levels that sound very authentic.  R&B – Peabo Bryson consistently delivered smooth, rich tones and great vocal control.
  3. “Ready or Not” – After 7
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Moving Forward by Looking Back (The Sankofa Effect)

Art is life. Very necessary to existence of an artiste. Some of us enter this world through the maternal canal knowing the purpose for the Earthly visit. Others take a long while, maybe never realizing the meaning of their life. Fortunately, we possess a soul connected to willpower that provides the push to see things manifest.

There has been a strong correlation between social ills and great artistry. These external difficulties have made for internal genius output.  I wrote a song called “Journey Through the Present” that speaks on the aforementioned subject-matter.  Life is serious.  Life is fun.  Life is poignant.  Life is breezy.

There are two vintage video clips that have changed my life.  First is a live performance of Billie Holiday singing “Strange Fruit”. Her eyes, facial contortions, emotional pauses and soulful delivery equates to true artistic expression.  Second is a live performance of John Coltrane and his band performing “Naima”.  The pianist (McCoy Tyner) and the saxophonist (John Coltrane) performed in an otherworldly space in time.

In addition to this stellar performances, it is always great to hear/read a backstory to an artiste who is considered the master of their craft.  For example, I have always loved skillful and creative vocals.  This is how I KNOW that Jazz Vocalist will be studied in many schools posthumously.  The world is not ready for the gift she possesses.  Many considered the Late Luciano Pavarotti as the best Tenor that ever performed.  Operatic singing is quite difficult and highly technical.  The minimal training I’ve had in Classical Voice helped me to realize the importance of knowing what you are doing without hurting yourself (your vocal chords).  I thought Luciano was very good, until I heard Tenors from the 1920’s-1970’s.  Those guys sang from the bottom of their diaphragms WITHOUT fancy technology.  The Tenor that inspired Pavarotti was the Late Great Jussi Bjorling.  This guy’s phrasing, breath control, voice, range and focus was/is untouchable.  He is the first and only Tenor that I have heard perform “Nessun Dorma” without a slide into the highest belted note of the aria (“….vincero, vincero”).  Take a listen!

I strongly believe there is a fight to prove who you are, no matter the path or expression thereof.  The legendary artistes mentioned in this blog are great in their own rights.  They have persevered many obstacles to reach the point of greatness.  Let us do the same!!!