Oct 1 2014

Changing Hearts and Blowing Minds: 50 Years of Conscious R&B

By David Byrne

Song Artist Purchase
Listen To Me Baby Huey
The Makings Of You Curtis Mayfield
The Message Cymande
Wings Of Love Shuggie Otis
Jagger The Dagger (LP Version) Eugene McDaniels
I'll Bet You Funkadelic
War (Part 1) Raury
Hard Times The Baby Sitters
How's That FKA Twigs
I've got fear in my heart. Coin Locker Kid
Forever Be Kelis
Inspiration Information Shuggie Otis
Superfly Raury
Brothers On The Slide Cymande
Running Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters
Life & Death Chairmen Of The Board
All too human. Coin Locker Kid
Cherrystones (LP Version) Eugene McDaniels
Ice Cold Daydream Shuggie Otis
Get It Together The Jackson 5
Dear God 2.0 The Roots
Strawberry Letter 23 Shuggie Otis
Total Destruction to Your Mind Swamp Dogg
(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go Curtis Mayfield
False brillante. Coin Locker Kid
Dove Cymande
Till You Get Enough (Remastered Version) The Watts 103rd. Street Rhythm Band
Papi Pacify FKA Twigs
Hum Along And Dance The Jackson 5
Pon de Dungle Cymande
God's Whisper Raury
Sparkle City Shuggie Otis
Dancing Machine The Jackson 5
Bra Cymande
Armor Raury
Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No) The Jackson 5
Bird (Bonus Track) Cymande
Two Weeks (Explicit) FKA Twigs
You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You) The Jackson 5
Cigarette Song Raury
Reflections The Jackson 5
XL-30 Shuggie Otis
Shakey Ground The Temptations
How I Got Over (Explicit) The Roots
It's Too Late To Change The Time The Jackson 5
11 Chariots of Fire Raury
Aht Uh Mi Hed Shuggie Otis
We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue (Live at Bitter End, NYC) Curtis Mayfield

Ever since I can remember, there has been music made by the African diaspora that addressed social, economic and conceptual issues in ways that are funky, radical, surprising and joyous. Some of these are deeply sober and serious while others reorient our minds while we dance.

This approach to effecting social and mental change targets the mind through the body. Once the body surrenders, the mind has little option but to go along. Maybe the UN and other bodies should take a look at this approach? Certainly it's preferable to brute force...and probably more convincing than most verbal arguments as well.

I'm amazed at the continuity I discovered in my playlist: this trend has never disappeared or waned—it's a tradition that keeps reinventing itself. It's international, too. I could have made this collection a lot longer and included music from many more parts of the world. But this gives a taste. Enjoy.

Oct 1 2014

Changing Hearts and Blowing Minds: 50 Years of Conscious R&B

By David Byrne

Song Artist Purchase
Listen To Me Baby Huey
The Makings Of You Curtis Mayfield
The Message Cymande
Wings Of Love Shuggie Otis
Jagger The Dagger (LP Version) Eugene McDaniels
I'll Bet You Funkadelic
War (Part 1) Raury
Hard Times The Baby Sitters
How's That FKA Twigs
I've got fear in my heart. Coin Locker Kid
Forever Be Kelis
Inspiration Information Shuggie Otis
Superfly Raury
Brothers On The Slide Cymande
Running Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters
Life & Death Chairmen Of The Board
All too human. Coin Locker Kid
Cherrystones (LP Version) Eugene McDaniels
Ice Cold Daydream Shuggie Otis
Get It Together The Jackson 5
Dear God 2.0 The Roots
Strawberry Letter 23 Shuggie Otis
Total Destruction to Your Mind Swamp Dogg
(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go Curtis Mayfield
False brillante. Coin Locker Kid
Dove Cymande
Till You Get Enough (Remastered Version) The Watts 103rd. Street Rhythm Band
Papi Pacify FKA Twigs
Hum Along And Dance The Jackson 5
Pon de Dungle Cymande
God's Whisper Raury
Sparkle City Shuggie Otis
Dancing Machine The Jackson 5
Bra Cymande
Armor Raury
Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No) The Jackson 5
Bird (Bonus Track) Cymande
Two Weeks (Explicit) FKA Twigs
You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You) The Jackson 5
Cigarette Song Raury
Reflections The Jackson 5
XL-30 Shuggie Otis
Shakey Ground The Temptations
How I Got Over (Explicit) The Roots
It's Too Late To Change The Time The Jackson 5
11 Chariots of Fire Raury
Aht Uh Mi Hed Shuggie Otis
We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue (Live at Bitter End, NYC) Curtis Mayfield

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