Some people say music sees no color. Technically, this may be true. But when I notice the awkward signs at any record store that read: Soul, Funk, R&B, Country, Rock, Jazz, Rap, Metal, Punk, Classical, World… and I think about artists that dominate one genre or another I get a different story. As the world continues to evolve and discover itself the music reflects this. But there remains something about the people around the origins of these different signposts of music that I believe will and should forever be preserved. It’s a funny thing how music can cross all boundaries but at the same time so beautifully encompass the plight of the people from which it originally sprung from. As musical genres continue to snake through history they pick up a wider variety of passengers along the way. Like an ever-expanding school bus, they are morphed by and educate whoever is along for the ride.
Louis Armstrong said, “All music is folk music; I ain’t never seen no horse sing a song.” As funny as it sounds, the idea that it’s all just music and all music is for everyone is a true and beautiful sentiment. But what I also love about music is that it can be very personal. Music is a marker for history. In ourselves and others, it can help us appreciate things we might not otherwise have the capacity to do so.
I hope this serves you in your quest for music in your life. – Thanks for listening, MMM
This month’s playlist includes songs by Run the Jewels, Prince, Thundercat, Moses Sumney, The Brothers Johnson, Neil Young, The 1975, Joanna Sternberg, Prong, A Certain Ratio, Baxter Dury, New Order, Midwife, David S. Ware, Dali Lama, Phoebe Bridgers
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