Friday, July 31, 2009

Music With A Message

I've always had a lot of appreciate for this song. Enjoy, before YT yanks it down...

Here's the live version, just in case the regular video posted above becomes m.i.a. on the net again...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Nineteen Ninety Fly™ Video Of The Week: Part 2

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fly Quotes: Dave Chapelle

"What is happening in Hollywood? Nobody knows. The worse thing to call somebody is crazy. It's dismissive. 'I don't understand this person, so they're crazy.' That's bull...These people are not crazy, they're strong people. Maybe the environment is a little sick." Dave Chapelle on "Inside The Actor's Studio"

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Nineteen Ninety Fly™ Video Of The Week: Part 1

One of my favorite vocalist of all time (R.I.P)...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Consider This A Dropped Jewel: The Game Just Rewinds Edition

Here's some interesting observations and recollections that Quincy Jones made about the music industry in his autobiography:

"But by and large beboppers were artists, proud, sensitive, intelligent people who practiced for hours and didn't want to shuffle and entertain white folks anymore. They said, 'We're artists and want to be treated that way.' You can imagine how that kind of attitude came off in the 40s & 50s- Black men and women talking that way. Forget it. That's why so many turned to drugs.

These were the days when managers would sign an artist, record him, take a million dollar life insurance policy, record him, let the artist tour Vegas, record him again, then smoke him and collect the insurance.

At the first sign of Charlie Parker's jones coming down at a recording session, they'd have him sign away all his composing, publishing, and artist's royalties before they'd let in the dealer so that Bird could shoot up. Monk, Bird, Miles, Basie, nobody knew the business. Most of us sold our songs and publishing rights for peanuts to people who didn't give a s*** about anything but money."

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fly Quotes: Ray Charles

"If all artists would do what is really right for them and would feel with themselves what they are doing, they would stay up there longer. A new star is born every day, but it's always a question of how long he will shine. A true artist will be around for a long time."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fly Duets: Phyllis Hyman & Melba Moore

I became acquainted with these two women's stories after watching biographical documentaries about them on You Tube. They are tremendous talents & legends.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Happy Birthday To Phyllis Hyman

Today is extraordinary jazz vocalist Phyllis Hyman's birthday (R.I.P).

to view a video of Phyllis Hyman discussing why she made sure her company was a Black Business. This interview clip is a must see! You Tube diabled the clip's embedding ability, so please click the link to view it.

Here is the incomparable Phyllis Hyman performing the Duke Ellington classic, "It Don't Mean A Thing"...