Soul Excursion Vol 55 – EWF




Had many a things to tend to and held back the urge to check out the interview. Glad to still be here to share a view.


Shining StarBraving the Elements of Earth, Wind and Fire


Thanks Sway…you did it again…keep the smiles comin’ –





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to be continued

Soul Excursion Vol 54 – Total Recall

A Poem

about Qool DJ Marv + Rhythm Blankets

The following is from Qoolness I’m sure won’t mind that I share this find:

I’ve done nothing with this, mostly out of respect for Jill, which I still have of course, so I want to let it out into the producer world who might chop up this fine piece of poetry and build a song around some great poetics.

True, this is about Qool DJ Marv…(I happen to be holding the mic). Gene Roberson is the voice that you hear following hers on the track that follows that acapella, follow me?

I did do a stoned jazz beat and dropped her lyrics over top and had deemed this an album opener for an album I was going to do but never did and won’t be doing until I get it going on my computer software. MY MPC is out of service and this transition has been sloooooooooooow.

Rhythm Blankets is the name of the song. (The world is kinda cold and the Rhythm is my Blanket. – Q-Tip, Verses From The Abstract

Jill Scott, Dewey Thomas, & Gene Roberson in the photo.

More back story

Recorded Summer 1994. Just hanging out and having fun recording her spoken word over beats, she says to me, “I wrote something for you.” I had no idea that it was about me. It’s just over 1 minute + I added one of my 1st productions so you can hear how I used her words and sound…it’s called Rhythm Blankets done nearly 10 years ago.

I have more acapellas of Jill performing live at Buttamilk. I’ve been sitting on them until I start wearing my producer hat. I wanted to make some beats and unleash these never heard before (unless you know me) words by Jill, however, that’s taking a long time so here is the 1st of a few just-the-voice snippets that I’ll share.

Acknowledgement of the encouragement that I gave her. She’s done For you, producers, a slight buzz in this lo-fi recording, work your magic. A little more history here: event held at the North Star Bar in Philadelphia…amp;id=586515353

Be Happy

Thank you Sway for having Tichina Arnold on your show!! Viewed the clip then realized I totally missed the MJB piece!

I will break into humming or singing it – “everyday…everyday…everyday ‘ (Katt impression). 

You know how you break into song without intention? That’s my cut.

Loved Tichina’s work since “Little Shop of Horrors” as she never fails to be tru to her story…love it.

This by far is your best show Sway- for me – and Heather with the MJB bounce…hold it down.

Love You Much MJB!

Soul Excursion Vol 53 – George Michael

Best “One-Way Love” Lyricist in My Lifetime

GM Website

GM Website

Funny how most of his lyrics don’t apply to any of my experiences.

It’s the perfect marriage of tone, execution, and instruments…music heaven.

Can’t get with it? then, get out of the way, please. Thank you.

I own a few albums so there are many more lovely tracks to adore.

the last two lines of this track…aaaah the melody…the delivery…I play this over and over just for the delivery of those 2 lines.

Cowboys and Angels

When your heart’s in someone else’s hands
Monkey see and monkey do
Their wish is your command
You’re not to blame
Everyone’s the same

All you do is love and love is all you do
I should know by now, the way I fought for you
You’re not to blame
Everyone’s the same

I know you think that you’re safe
Harmless deception
That keeps love at bay
It’s the ones who resist that we most want to kiss
Wouldn’t you say?
Cowboys and angels
They all have the time for you
Why should I imagine
That I’d be a find for you
Why should I imagine
That I’d have something to say
But that scar on your face
That beautiful face of yours
In your heart there’s a trace
Of someone before

When your heart’s in someone else’s plans
Things you say and things you do
They don’t understand
It’s such a shame
Always ends the same

You can call it love but I don’t think it’s true
You should know by now
I’m not the boy for you
You’re not to blame
Always ends the same

I know you think that you’re safe
Harmless affection
That keeps things this way
It’s the ones who persist for the sake of a kiss
Who will pay
Cowboys and angels
They all take a shine to you
Why should I imagine that I was designed for you
Why should I believe
That you would stay

But that scar on your face
That beautiful face of yours
Don’t you think that I know
They’ve hurt you before

Take this man to your bed
Maybe his hands will help you to forget
Please be stronger than your past
The future may still give you a chance



Kissing a Fool

You are far, When I could have been your star, 
You listened to people, 
Who scared you to death, and from my heart, 
Strange that you were strong enough, 
To even make a start, 
But you’ll never find Peace of mind, 
Til you listen to your heart, 

People, You can never change the way they feel, 
Better let them do just what they will, 
For they will, If you let them, 
Steal your heart from you, 
People, Will always make a lover feel a fool, 
But you knew I loved you, 
We could have shown them all, 
We should have seen love through, 

Fooled me with the tears in your eyes, 
Covered me with kisses and lies, 
So goodbye, But please don’t take my heart, 

You are far, I’m never gonna be your star, 
I’ll pick up the pieces 
And mend my heart, 
Maybe I’ll be strong enough, 
I don’t know where to start, 
But I’ll never find 
Peace of mind, While I listen to my heart, 

People, You can never change the way they feel, 
Better let them do just what they will, 
For they will, If you let them, Steal your heart, 

And people, Will always make a lover feel a fool, 
But you knew I loved you, 
We could have shown them all, 

But remember this, Every other kiss, 
That you ever give Long as we both live 
When you need the hand of another man, 
One you really can surrender with, 
I will wait for you, 
Like I always do, 
There’s something there, 
That can’t compete with any other, 

You are far, 
When I could have been your star, 
You listened to people, 
Who scared you to death, and from my heart, 
Strange that I was wrong enough, 
To think you’d love me too. 
I guess you were kissing a fool, 
You must have been kissing a fool

 Thank You for being you George Michael!


Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley website

Charles Bradley website

I Hope You Find A Good Life

from Electric Victim

Charles Bradley


Published on Apr 16, 2014

For Record Store Day 2014, Charles Bradley will release a new, four-song 12-inch titled “I Hope You Find (The Good Life).”

The record was produced by Mr. Tom Brenneck and features the Menahan Street Band and the Sha La Das backing up The Screaming Eagle Of Soul. It’s limited to 2000 copies only!

1. “I Hope You Find (The Good Life)”
2. “I Hope You Find (The Good Life) (instrumental)”

1. “Electric Victim of Love”
2. “Electric Victim of Love (Instrumental)”

Gotta love Daptones Records


Soul Excursion Vol 50 – Pharoahe Monch

Copped it @ Amazon – PTSD

This right here?!!! is my Kiss these days just as I truly enjoyed my days with Def Leppard, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and while this is not a time to reminisce but to honor the vibe or just what it is….

 That track always works…just as Simon Says, Oh no and a few more…if you can get with this then support the new project.

PTSD_Cover304 full tracklist and streaming

“P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) features Monch narrating “as an independent artist weary from the war against the industry machine and through the struggle of the black male experience in America,” according to his website.”  excerpt from

I imagine it’s about doing something, like getting your back up off the wall…well anyhoot…got time to check a short story (video) out…by all means…do.

 Almost forgot…an oldie but goodie – interview



Soul Excursion Vol 49 – Raquel M Jackson


Excerpt from betterfly site:

Her name is Raquel Jackson from South Philly now living in Atlanta and “loving it” Raquel has shaped the music scene and divided her talents from many angles in many different city’s. Raquel has shared the stage with many artist upcoming, old and new as she continues to move forward with her music goals in life. Sharing the stage with such artist as Philly’s very own Jill Scott, Eryka Badu, Goapele, Philly’s own Hezekiah, Taylor McFerrin just to name a few.

Love House / Remix Project / 4hero (original title Sophia) /

by Raquel M Jackson



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