The Modern Artist


I submit Bernie Worrell as the perfect model artist for this new age.

True, he came from the classic music world, at least the black side of it.

But before that he came from music conservatory and a strict granny. …

Junie Morrison Genius Appreciation Post

Rest In Peace Young Man, only 62, and gone already.

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7 months after losing Bernie Worrell. Then there’s Bowie. Prince. Wow what a run of bad news for music lovers worldwide.

I have been one of Junie’s …

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Bernie

Pure Music.
Pure Passion.

The man was a vessel. The sounds he made were direct from his soul to yours.
His fingers were only complete when connected to the black and white keys – ivory, wood, plastic – no matter.

All To Plan

Prince’s passing has left me a bit shaken. I’m avoiding the mysterious theories and thinking this generally healthy and sober man had pill demons that caught him and he walked into his personal elevator and never came out. The lyrics

Good Morning Eddie


Who’s the finest electric guitarist of all time?

It’s a very short list at the very very top.

There’s likely millions of good ones, thousands of amazing ones, and probably 100’s of legends that I have heard of.


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But then …

The Mortal Coil

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The Bump Assembly: The late Ken “Big Bamn” Smith, Chris “Freekbass” Sherman, Jason Burgard


 

We wake every day, or we don’t. I’d like to keep it that simple but man is it hard to contain the sadness as more …

Damn, Bowie Is Gone

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Is it a hoax? While releasing his latest album, and already receiving amazing reviews, David Bowie, 69, passed last night from unreported cancer.

So many unanswered questions here, like who knew, how they were planning the promotion of the new …

Goodbye To The Alien From The Planet Lovetron

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There’s only 1 Darryl Dawkins. The man that brought funk to the NBA, naming dunks, funky dunks that broke backboards and got rules changed. RIP the greatest showman power forward to ever live.

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Dr. says “oh my”

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somebody in heaven

The Late Great Jesus

My best buddy Jesus passed away this week. He was the strongest fighter I knew and his loss has left those in his world confused and bobbling.

My friend Jesus was a great man, a flawed man, an amazing musician, …

Who Will Play With Lucille Now?

BB King


Rest In Peace, for you are one of the greatest of all time, BB King.

This man owned the blues, owned that tone, owned that vibe for decades. He was truly one of a kind and his catalog offers plenty …

What Dreams May Come

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R.I.P. Knuckles

One of the finest DJ’s ever, a guy who opened his own club to DJ his mix of music, called the Warehouse, which in turn helped birth the genre “House”. Genre games are stupid – this is top end dance …

Comedy Genius RIP

Sad, another movie star favorite passes on. Harold Ramis, too funny, so funny, you will be missed.

Through Being Cool

Bob Casale, guitarist and programmer for DEVO passed away yesterday. Here’s a tribute from his brother.

DEVO is one of the most important bands in history. They are not the easiest to listen to. They don’t have the largest …

Another Great Goes Young

Heroin is making a killing these days. Stay clear of the death, please, and if you know someone that needs help reach out. Be safe, be smart, and don’t be a fool. Things that can kill you are not to …

Play It Forward

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The great composer and keyboardist George Duke passed this year. He was a big influence on many and played with nearly everyone in his 30+ year career. Here’s a clip from his star-studded memorial service featuring Chaka Khan:

R.I.P. The Father Of The PC

Missed this one over the holiday, but on July 3rd, Douglas Engelbart died at the digital sounding age of 88. He was not a household name, but amongst PC history geeks he’s about as important as they come. By 1968 …

Bobby Blue Bland Passes On, R.I.P

One of my favorites – always high quality soul. What an amazing voice this man had, and plenty of hits. Here’s just one.

Bobby Blue Bland – Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City (1974) – HQ from …

The Whole World Is Turning – Live Minnie Ripperton

A Legend Passes – Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, Guitarist & Sanger for Ohio Players, 69

 

360px-Leroy_Sugarfoot_Bonner_publicity_photoWe have lost an underrated musical genius, the voice of a generation, the creator of a new singing style, and an influence to countless other musicians (perhaps most notably Prince)…. Mr. Leroy Bonner, better known as Sugarfoot or just …

The Girl Was Bad

R.I.P. The amazing vocalist Belita Woods. I had a couple of opportunities to meet Ms. Woods over the years and she had such a kind heart and just a beautiful personality. You will be missed Belita. Here she is doing …

RIP MCA

We’ve lost another pioneer to cancer. Adam “MCA” Yauch, the voice that helped transition the Beasties from goof rap to good rap, succumbed to cancer on May 5th, just a few days after his band was inducted into the Rock …

Thank You For All Of It

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Steve Jobs: 1955-2011.

Where would the tech world, perhaps the world as a whole, be without Steven P. Jobs? The concepts he developed in his teens and twenties regarding if/how/when/why we interact with computers built entire industries. Appleholics like myself …