Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Soul of the Movement: Pardon Me, Brother

Curtis Mayfield - We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue

Today and tomorrow will wrap up this series; it's been a lot of fun and I hope you've enjoyed the range of material presented. Today's selection was one of Mayfield's earlier solo recordings, and in it Mayfield challenges the early '70s black audience to keep on pushing: "We people who are darker than blue / will we hang around this town and let what others say come true?"

1 comment:

MadPriest said...

I have never understood why, on the basis of one o.k. album which contained a couple of great songs, Marvin is regarded by so many as the mouthpiece of radical 70s America. For me, Curtis Mayfield, from the beginning of the 60s to his untimely death, showed a talent for songwriting and an understanding of the zeitgeist that has never been equalled; and he also wrote brilliantly happy songs that you could dance to. On top of that, nobody has ever come up with such great song titles. Totally a genius; may he rest in funky peace.