What are the first words that come to mind when you hear the words Black Sabbath? Legendary Rock Band? Solid start. The Iron Man trilogy? A little less admirable, but still accurate. Mellow? Soft? On the surface, these words have absolutely no similarity to Black Sabbath. But when you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover that even Black Sabbath has a softer side to them. The gift I humbly offer to your ears is “Fluff”, from the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album. “Fluff” is an instrumental that features a soft acoustic guitar, a melody played on the piano, and the electric guitar coming in softly every so often. This is the kind of song that plays towards the end of a movie where the main character realizes that he’s made a terrible decision and needs to make things right. “Fluff” a song that provokes deep thought, perfect for studying, being productive, not being productive, road tripping, or whatever it is that you do. Black Sabbath does not discriminate. So please, sit back, relax, and enjoy this wonderful filler track.
Fun Fact: This song was played at Tommy Iommi’s 1st wedding
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The year is 1970. The location is Detroit, Michigan. I will be taking you and your ears on a journey to the heart of Detroit. What we will find there is one of the most influential music groups of the 20th Century. Of course, we are talking about The Temptations. This week’s 70s magic is “Hum Along and Dance”, a song with few words but it speaks for itself. It doesn’t sound like a song that was written and recorded. It sounds like they were just jamming out and someone happened to walk in and record them performing. This song is untraditional in the sense that the chorus is sung 3 times with no real structured verses. Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, and Dennis Edwards each had a turn in giving their best rendition of the chorus:
“Ain't no words to this song
You just dance and hum along
Said, ain't no words to this song
You just dance and hum along.”
Everything outside the chorus was fair game to do whatever they wanted. Eddie Kendricks delivers a silky smooth (yes, that is a Zohan reference) intro, Melvin Franklin brings the bass (literally sounds like a bass guitar at one point while he’s scatting), and Dennis Edwards comes in like a lighting bolt and brings us to the glorious jam session that ends the song. Your welcome in advance.
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This week’s 70s weekly magic is brought to you by Fleetwood Mac: home of brilliant beards, hypnotic hair, and tons of talent. The song that I will be blessing your ears with this week is “Over My Head”, composed and sung by Christine McVie. This is the type of song that has the ability to snap funks (funk snapper if you will). What does funk snapper mean, you may ask? A funk snapper is a song that has the incredible ability to grab you by the neck and launch you out of a bad mood and into a pretty gr8 place. This isn’t a song where Fleetwood Mac takes you on some incredible journey with their lyrics. From the opening, the Bass and Bongos (sorry for all the alliteration) suck you into this place where it's hard not to be infected with the positive vibes they’re dishing out. This song is definitely out of the realm of what I would listen to, but I am glad that I found it and want you all to add this funk snapper to your playlists immediately.
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