Sunday, July 3, 2011

Vinyl Sunday: "Keep On Moving"



Peace Good People. I've been massively slacking and half-ass blogging for a good minute now. My sincerest apologies, but if I may, please allow me to explain. After all, we are kinda like family...

With Father's Day passing, the 4th of July upon us, and my birthday coming up soon, I've just really been missing my dad. I've made no secret of the fact that his death has been hard for me to deal with and for some reason, the holidays always make it worse. The truth is that I've been doing a really good job of feeling sorry for myself lately. All of that is about to stop though. I'm going to make some changes, get back on my "A" game, and get my shit together. I promise!  I wanna thank my compadres Digs, EOP, Gambitt, Nappy Style, KidNice, and HeavySoulBrutha for constantly supporting me and holding me down.


Keep On Moving was one of my dad's favorite albums. It was passed on to me and I hadn't listened to it for awhile. Last week, I hit up one of my favorite shops and saw this baby in the window. I came back home and feverishly searched through my pile, found the album, put it on and let it play. The listened to the title track over and over again felt a range of emotions while doing so. I realized that it was ok for me to occasionally allow myself to go to that dark place, but I also realized that it's not ok for me to stay there. I gotta keep moving. I gotta keep going. There just are no other options for me. I went back to the record store and picked an extra copy just because I wanted to share it with one of you. Email me at valerie@chiefofaffections.com and it's yours!

In this journey we call life, there are going to be a ton of upsets and road blocks that come our way. Some people never grow up. Some people never get over shit. Some people are angry, bitter, jealous, and just plain rotten deep down in their soul. However, I refuse to be one of them. No one is worth me selling my soul to the devil.  I'm going to do my best to keep this blog fresh, original, and up to par.  I'm going to strive to keep improving.  It's a war out there.  I'm a one-woman army, but I'm always ready to battle!  Let's Go!


7 comments:

Digs said...

Always! Far as this good music right here, Jazzy B was the producer for this group (pictured on the cover). This London group took the US by storm in the late 80's, and their style meshed perfectly with what Teddy was doing with New Jack Swing, the predominant style of hip hop and R&B in the late 80's/early90's. Great record!

Eyesofphases said...

Blessings to you LMK, I wish you peace and serenity. I know the feeling all too well. The holidays are rough on me too, I try to put the pain behind me and embrace everything else around me. Stay strong, much love to you and your family.

HSB DaveB. said...

Around 1990/91 I really got into the Acid Jazz scene based in the UK and Soul II Soul, along with the Brand New Heavies, were my introduction. Soul II Soul is usually not mentioned in that scene, but I was lucky enough to see them live up at Constitution Hall up in DC just as their second album hit and they were touring with a full band. It was a Soul/Jazz/Funk/Dance party. Sort of a once in a lifetime thing as I'm not sure they ever toured again as their third album didn't do much here in the USA.

You know, Jazzy B certainly gets props as the father of that group, but I don't think it would have been as special without the magical vocals of Caron Wheeler, at least on that first album. I was a big fan of Vol:II, but that second LP missed Caron as she left to do a solo album called, UK Blak. It had a some good tunes on it including this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNwOgUirIhQ

and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z3giwOOH-o

Keep ya head up and keep doin' your thing, girl.

Peace and SOUL,
HSB DaveB...

Little Miss Knobody said...

Hey Digs, EOP, and HSB! Thanks again for the support and always coming through. I really appreciate how much you guys know about music..

Soul II Soul were a heavy staple in my childhood. The first album was awesome. Caron Wheeler brought life to Jazzy B.'s productions. Needless to say, Vol. 2 wasn't the same without her. I have that album as well. "Get a Life" was honestly the one of the only cuts I really enjoyed because it had that same feel. Soul II Soul is just not the same without Caron's vocals. I kind of lost touch with Soul II Soul after that. Jazzy B doesn't get enough credit as a producer for other artists too. I followed Caron Wheeler though and LOVED the UK Blak album. "I Adore You" in particular. I saw a vid of her perfoming "Keep On Moving" last year at Fat Beats and I lost my mind! She still sounds so good!

And Digs, your comment only reminds me of how much I loved the late 80's early 90's because we had such a huge variety of music that we don't have now.

C.H. said...

so true! love it.

Luvlee said...

hi honey! hope all is well...long time no talk :) Miss u!

KidNice said...

Where is LMK???