Music for the Soul

Music for the Soul

Sunday, May 8, 2016

I Wanna Shoop Baby!!

Here they go, here they go, here they go again; and just what are they doing? Touring. Singing songs from the '80s and the '90s, Salt N Pepa and their DJ Spinderella will be performing in the I love the 90's tour this summer, "shooping" their way back into our hearts.

Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Ice of "Ice Ice Baby" fame, Coolio, and other artists will transport old fans and new to a time when hip hop was fun.

Salt N Pepa consisting of members Cheryl James, (Salt) Sandra Denton, (Pepa) and replacement Deidra Roper, (Spinderella) debuted their first single "Showstopper" in 1985. The song was an answer song to the song "The Show" by Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew.

Upon their debut, they were one of the first all female rap groups. They redefined the expectation of women in hip hop. The rapped hard like the men but also made it sexy. With songs like "Let's Talk About Sex," they opened the dialogue for young people on a very touchy subject.

During their time together, they released five albums but ended up breaking up in 2002. The break-up would last for five years, although they reunited for a show VHI Hip Hop Honors in 2005, they did not officially get back together until 2007.

Since then, through reality shows, ups and downs; they have become relevant again. They have been touring and the song "Shoop" was featured in the movie "Dead Pool." The song being featured in the movie and them being able to showcase it on the MTV Movie Awards, introduced them to a whole new audience.

When Salt N Pepa are in concert they show that 50 years old is the new 20.  Age is not slowing them down, only propelling them forward pushing full steam ahead. Those purchasing tickets to the tour this summer will not be disappointed.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Heavenly Party

With the untimely passing of Prince in April, many people have been brought back to how they felt when Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston died. People have begun to try to soothe their feelings with thoughts of the music that must be playing in heaven.

While there has been many death shockers in the music world over the years dating back to even Elvis, John Lennon and before, these, similar to Elvis and Lennon, shocked the world. This shock was a crossover type of shock, surpassing music genres and age groups.

 Houston who died in 2012, was once categorized as "The Voice." She was signed to a label in 1983, and had become a household name by 1985 when her debut album was released. She continued to wow crowds with her amazing voice and soon with her acting ability.

She later became known for a much publicized drug problem and that problem would eventually contribute to her death.

Jackson who was introduced to the world in 1969, as the lead singer of the Jackson 5, performed for the world all of his life. His later life was plagued with scandal and he never really recovered from that.

Jackson because of his history making record sales and video endeavors is often called the world's greatest entertainer. He along with Houston, Prince, and a few others, have played the soundtrack to many people's lives. 

A person who grew up in the '80s can remember where they were and with whom, as soon as any one of the many hits from the aforementioned artists plays.

Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, stunned the world. Even though many will agree that he looked unwell, no one expected him to die at what now, is considered  to be fairly young. The world mourned him for a very long time. The wound reopened on April 21st.

If there is a heaven and they are all in attendance, Prince is playing his majestic guitar as Michael dances across the clouds. Whitney is looking down singing "The Greatest Love of All," and the angels are waiting to party like it is 1999.

Monday, April 25, 2016

How To Get Ready For a Concert, Old School Style The most important step after securing your ticket for an event is getting your gear right and get in the zone.

Accessorize your fit and then pull it all together.

The only thing left to do is have fun and try to meet them!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

One Purple Morning

One purple morning, just three short days ago, the world lost a legend.  For a few brief moments the music stopped and the world stood still as many tried to understand the words: "Prince has died."

Prince, who has transcended time and invented and reinvented himself over and over again. Prince who, unashamedly stood up for himself, demanded the world's attention, and kept it for almost four decades has been pronounced dead.

Prince Rogers Nelson released his first album "For You" in 1978, two months before his 20th birthday. His music ranged from eclectic soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, to rock. That first release being the first of many. He began to put out albums almost every year.

With each album he released, the world learned something new about him. He could not be contained. He was going to play his music and speak his mind.

In 1984 he starred in the movie Purple Rain and released the sound track of the same name. That album and movie changed the way the world would look at him by garnering awards such as the Grammy, Oscar, and an Image award.

He followed that with two other movies and soundtracks that did not do as well as the first but each have a following, especially the movie, "Under the Cherry Moon."

Not only did Prince put out music, he also elevated those who worked with him. Two such artists are Sheila E and the now deceased Vanity.

He continued to be true to himself, his religion, his music, and those around him until he died. He performed his last concert less than a week before his death.

His music was the soundtrack to many people's lives and he will be missed. Much of the world has turned their purple lights on to honor him, a form of mourning, but in purple.