jeudi, août 25, 2005

Sampling as a Pedagogical Tool*

Eddie Kendricks' "Intimate Friends" is my new favorite song. It's as old as our boy Kanye and just as relevant. Kindred performed it the other day in Jackie Robinson Park. When I heard that rhythm (!) I was transported back when 2Pac was still alive and SWV rocked my tape deck. Sweet Sable rode this loop on another of my all time favorite songs "Old Time's Sake" (I have a lot of all time favs) from the Above The Rim soundtrack. Yo, I had no idea it was a loop. I had no idea there was an original document to be discovered. I am so glad I found it, or rather, it found me.

Add this one to the list.

*Word to my astronomical thesis advisor, Dr. Kyra Gaunt, who has not seen my face in far too long and whose summer 2004 colloquium inspired this title and word to 'wheezy bad knee' aka Summer who's recentlybeen rhapsodizing about fav. samples.
I came back to let you know DeBarge are currently serenading me with a gem from their 1983 album In A Special Way, "Stay With Me." This is not aural nostalgia at least not in the conventional sense. I have
never heard this song before but I have. There is a break, well a distinctive piano loop really, that forms the basis for one of the greatest club songs ever: "One More Chance (Rmx)." This makes me want to pull out a blue and white SOHK track suit and bop into a Brooklyn brownstone bathed in sepia night light. Yeah.