At times here at FMF, I tend to focus on much of the obscure. In fact, I try to stay away from a lot of the popular stuff because every one in the blogosphere has done it. Not to say that people have done it wrong, or that the music is not good. On the contrary, the music is good, I just always wanted to establish my own style and own way of relating the FMF gospel to anyone who was reading this. What started out as a small group, has most definitely grown into a huge family, which I’m very thankful for. So I figured I’d go back to an artist I quite admire, and love to listen to any time. Here’s Curtis Mayfield with “(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Going Go”on Curtom Records from 1970.
Curtis Mayfield has been there for me many times in my life, in many circumstances. Whether it be my own struggles with life, or just driving down the street with my car windows down blasting one of the greatest producers and performers, Curtis was always around. As the leader of the Impressions, Mayfield not only performed, but wrote and produced the music, something that wasn’t exactly normal for that day. This move would go on to influence many artists in the years to come. As a solo artist, he was a pioneering face of Funk, while simultaneously illustrating the struggles in the Black Community, and promoting Black Pride. Some say that Super Fly was his best achievement (and I would agree), and that after that, Mayfield was always chasing that point in his career. A time he’d never get back to. Songs like “Kung Fu” speak to me in the same way as anything off of SF did, and when I hear “Move On Up”, I can’t help to smile when I hear those horns in the beginning. Mayfield’s music brings up a lot of emotions to me: sadness, struggle, confusion, but also happiness. I can’t help to reflect back to a time, when a talented drummer I knew, Justin Cox, had a photo of Curtis after he was paralyzed on his wall. I was just getting into Curtis more, and the look on his face in that photo was that of despair. As I listened to more and more of his music, and dug deeper and deeper into his catalog out in the field, I began to understand that struggle a little more, and appreciate Curtis Mayfield as not just an artist, but an incredible person. So, in light of me picking up this side recently, I figured I’d throw in some Curtis before the year ends here at FMF. Enjoy your Monday, shovel your car out in you’re in the Northeast of the US, and definitely Keep Diggin’!