Sunday, August 19, 2007
Freedom Of Speechless...
Tune into a popular or contemporary music station for any length of time and you'll have to agree that listening audiences today tend to prefer songs with vocals, no matter how irritating or bereft of intelligence the lyrics might be. Yes, I'm fully aware that a subset of the population enjoys classical music and instrumental jazz compositions, but how often do you see such recordings making even the slightest dent on the Billboard charts? Rarely.
While it's obvious that there's an endless stream of vocalists and MCs who I unquestionably admire, I also have an infinite number of instrumental joints that I consider to be invaluable staples in my record collection. Sadly, I often second-guess myself when I think about sharing something from this treasury of tunes. I inherently realize that most people would rather hear a song about "My Humps" than listen to a comparably outstanding selection that doesn't feature any mind-numbingly stupid vocal hooks. Furthermore, I've come to the sad realization that when the masses do gravitate towards instrumental material, it tends to be something as God-awfully unforgivable as Kenny G. Maybe people are just mystified by his ultra-chic afro mullet. Who knows?
Today, I made a conscious decision to go against the grain and post a random selection of instrumental gems from the crates de la Scholar. Before I drop these on you, a bit of historical wisdom to support my enthusiam for songs without words:
"It is better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."--Anonymous
"Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth."--E.M. Cioran
"Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent."--Dionysius the Elder
"Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?"--Marcel Marceau
"Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage."--Publilius Syrus
I uploaded the tracks to divShare today as a trial run. For those who aren't familiar, you can listen to any of the songs by clicking the play button. To download the song, hit the divShare icon to the right. If you still don't get it, try asking your 5-year-old nephew...
"Planet Rock Pt. 1"---Breakout
"Keep On Dancing (Instrumental Version)"---Alvin Cash Scott Bros. Orchestra
"Big Game (Instrumental Version)"---Diverse (prod. by RJD2)
"Doin' The Thing"---Leftie's Soul Connection
"Juicy (Pete Rock's Instrumental Mix)"---Notorious B.I.G.
"Ghetto Funk"---Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm
"Hold Tight (Remix Instrumental)"---Slum Village (prod. by J Dilla)
"II B.S. (RZA's Mingus Bounce Mix)"---Charles Mingus & RZA
Gratitude is extended to DJ Blueprint for hippin' me to that Breakout joint---it still flips me out every time I hear it. If you still haven't stopped by This Is Tomorrow to scoop up Scholar's Got Soul? Mix, what the hell is you waitin' for, children?
Word From Your Moms:
“Silence is as deep as eternity; speech, shallow as time.”---Thomas Carlyle