Nov 19

Are We Witnessing The Crash Landing Of The Mothership?

I think saying “its all up to George” may be a cop out. It’s never only up to one person when a group or organization is involved. Hell, even Steve Jobs got fired from his own company and the President of the USA can’t just do what he wants to do. So if the shows are fucked up and raggedy and if the Mothership is cruising for a crash landing ain’t it up to all of us whether we are riding or watching to do or say something?20130816_224346

I mean c’mon, the shows are horrible! The music is goodish but the show is terrible if a “show” exists at all. This may work on the jamband circuit playing for white kids and hippies (and from the shows I have been to that’s who is buying most of the tickets). People who don’t dance on beat so if the groove is chaotic it don’t matter to them. People who just want to wear colored wigs, get wasted, party and say they were felt-up or smoked weed at a  George Clinton “P-Funk” show.

For some of us this is like church. It is sacred. P-Funk once had integrity. Within all the foolishness and silliness there was an integrity. What is left now? A bunch of people jumping around and screaming on stage? Some of us know what a tight groove feels like and when an instrument hits that certain funk spot. When singing is orchestrated and practiced and rehearsed and sound checked to get that special blend that moves you. (And at the least so you can understand and recognize the song and what the hell is being sung).

I don’t get it, or maybe I do. Or maybe I ain’t suppose to. And before you attack me cause I hurt your feelings being critical about the band you love so much let me say I know I am just a fan with a website and a Facebook page with a few followers. A fan who has followed this band for 35+ years and have been to hundreds of shows and have stood by it and will continue to stand by this band for the rest of my life. I love every member of this band even the ones and parts I don’t like.

I’m going to the shows and its getting worse and worse. And I’m not the only one who feels this way I just may be the one who is going to be vocal about it. Unlike the days of Myspace and “The One Nation” discussion board folks can’t anonymously post critical opinion and most people shy away from doing that with their name on it. But fuck it, I cant go out like that.

If the Mothership is crash landing and if it is to be believed Mr Clinton is in control and knows what he is doing and its up to him if the P-Funk legacy goes out like a junkie in a back alley thats a story I aint buying and even if its true I will not accept.

How can this organization expect respect with what they are doing? I believe this band has the talent to sell out stadiums still, but talent and resources are simply being squandered. I believe the industry wants desperately for P-funk to return to greatness but fuck, some kind of internal effort has to be demonstrated first. I believe if effort was put in to improve the show, or even have a show or be some kind of entertainment the demand from fans, venues, industry people, writers, reviews, etc would greatly improve.

But fuck, when the band comes out on stage like they just woke up with no fanfare, no introduction even no fuckin “are you ready,” I mean at least turn off the lights and let the crowd get excited in anticipation while the band comes on stage. Let alone wearing some kind of costumes or dress as if it is a band and not some people from the crowd who decided to walk on stage.

The Sir Nose Flashlight part means nothing anymore. Set that shit up with some dialogue. Mr Payne is one of the best voices I’ve ever heard why ain’t he setting up the scenario? Where is the Bop Gun? Even the homemade one made out of foil? I love Carlos doing his thing but in context it means nothing if the story line ain’t set up and exploited.

Is it me? Am i missing something? A leader is also a motivator and not the one who is suppose to do it all. At least inspire or delegate someone to do it. Simple ass things that don’t require money or a special producer, just simple effort! Is George Clinton anti-effort? Does he say don’t nobody do shit? No costumes, no fanfare. Is it his idea to have the perception of a band that doesn’t care?

And just because he is George Clinton does that mean he can scream shout singing and we suppose to say its ok? He is older (not old), his voice is shot and it is not pleasant hear. That doesn’t make him a bad person or mean that I dont like him, that’s a fact. He misses  the beat and rhythms at times and are we suppose to feel blessed to suffer through this because of his legacy? I don’t think so. I don’t worship the preacher i worship the philosophy, the establishment and the tradition. If the preacher is fucking up it don’t mean we got to kick him out the church it just means he gotta step to the side and lead from another position. Give the man some help for God sake!!!

Old School Funkfest at The Greek: And then came “George Clinton and Friends.” LOL I have to admit I’m sort of glad the name  “Parliament Funkadelic” was not on the ticket. I love the band and the legacy and all the musicians and am and will be down with P-Funk for the rest of my life. But what the fuck.

Not only did George Clinton and friends not start with any fanfare or introduction, it was like they started on accident! I thought they were sound checking and the next thing I know Mr Clinton is on stage screaming Atomic Dog. Now I done seen this band over 100 times and I didn’t even know what was going on so I know the crowd was completely lost. Opening like this deflated me, and they lost me. I would bet most of the crowd didnt even know the man in the suit hollering was the rainbow haired guy they came to see. I bet they didn’t even know what song was being played until about 2 minutes into it.

The crowd sang the hell out of knee deep until they lost interest. You cant play a 20 minute knee deep that dont sound like the radio version with this crowd. It was about this time that the crowd started to hit the exits.

Let alone the release of new music. The proclaimed Masters of Funk ain’t released a funk record in about 2 decades and the recent release “The Naz” featuring Sly Stone delivering a rap he “borrowed” 40 years ago over a loop ain’t worthy of a “FU” let alone “Funk” an forget “Funkadelic.”

 

 

 

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Aug 23

Pharrell’s “New Black”

Pharrell Williams

“The New Black doesn’t blame other races for our issues,” said Pharrell, one of the world’s most successful musicians, to Oprah, billionaire queen of the world. “The New Black dreams and realises that it’s not pigmentation: it’s a mentality and it’s either going to work for you or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re going to be on.”

“This is the new black. Oprah Winfrey: That’s the new black. She’s a black billionaire. President Obama: He is a black American president. Regardless of what you think about him, this is his second term. That’s the new black. LeBron James: the first black man ever shot on a Vogue cover, a black man. Me: a guy that’s written a song at 40! Nominated for an Oscar, four GRAMMY awards — at 40! That’s the new black!”

 

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Aug 20

Those That Are Being Left Behind

People walking around with their hands in the air simulating surrender. What if it comes out Mr Brown was attacking and rushing the officer after sucker punching him and trying to take his gun? Unfortunately,  at this point these people and anyone else who has printed “surrender” t-shirts will not believe or accept anything other than Mr Brown surrendered. 
20140709_075731I think no matter how deep the sympathy for this community and its circumstances, people- black or white aint going for defending a thug. thats simply going too far. if it comes out mr brown provoked this attack i imagine the wound it will leave on this community. but it wont be as deep as when the time comes that black people, what i call the new black, begins to openly separate itself from those blacks who have seem to be left behind (for a lack of a better word). the new black is very very very slowly beginning to voice disagreement with some of the philosophies, behavior and actions of certain black folk, which includes gang members, criminal, corrupt church leaders, etc.

i thought of this just the other day. the change will come when black folks begin “snitching” on the undesirable element of the black community. we need the help of law enforcement to clean out certain elements of black neighborhoods where thugs and criminals are sustained because black people in good standing (lack of better word) stay quiet. once we begin “cleaning out” our own communities respect and perceived racism- racism which is screamed by the negative elements in the black community as cover will subside.the new black is beyond racism, beyond slavery and the past. its not forgotten its just handled in a different way and isnt a debilitating mindset or burden.

yeah i love black folks but long ago i stopped defending them when i thought they were “wrong” or contradicted some thing i believe in. yeah i would commit the sin of criticizing my brothers in front of whitey. taking whiteys side when whitey was right and not defending the black man. yeah ive looked at black folk who expected me to lie for them just cause they were black like they were crazy and that they just insulted me. and oh yeah i was called uncle tom and uncle ruckus and still am. friends and family have unfriended me because of this stance.

Black people that stay within like minded black people have created their own reality. (many groups do this not just blacks) and they play the race card and believe so deeply in racism that they may never be able to assimilate into a white society.

In America we are raised on racism. not that we are all racists, but we are all racially aware one way or another. its just a part of life here.

And i must clarify that the new black will separate from not only the criminal element, but blacks who have a stuck in time mentality. the divide will be philosophical and based on a major difference in belief systems. and i dare to say the new black will be much less religious and more spiritual. almost atheistic science, knowledge and experience based. the new black will be beyond Jesus (white or black). it will have a modern sharp practical understanding. and i imagine a tad economically conservative.

there are a number of cities like Ferguson in America. and they are fighting for their lives and to be a part of the future. but it is going to be tough because they dont fit in to the future. they dont speak the language or know the protocol. and after so many generations a high percentage may lack the capacity to aggressively be a contributing part of the future of mankind. there are white and black and people in every country all around the world in this condition. black people here have the race card and can use it to instill white guilt for now, but thats gonna change soon. what do we do for the poor and disenfranchised people of the world?

evolution says everybody ain’t gonna make it. we can’t save everybody.

but we do not have to decide who will make it and who wont. nature will do that for us no matter what we do

the disenfranchised don’t participate in the system so they are not represented

 

 

 

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Aug 12

Because I was Raised On The Funk

20140720_002208because for some of us who were raised on the funk when someone says the commodores or ewf is funk it degrades and dilutes what we believe (and know) funk is. its like saying “catholics and baptists are the same, what difference does it make?” might as well throw disco music in as funk too.

yeah we can all get along, but that dont mean we all got to be the same. diversity does not mean dilution or blurring distinctions. i believe there is a funk integrity that must be maintained and without people speaking up you gonna find katy perry being spun as funk music…

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Aug 11

Body Shop By The Sweat Band: The Funkiest Song Ever!

In my opinion the “funkiest” song ever. (And I’m not 100% sure this is “funk,” but it is definitely the funkiest (the beats per minute straddles the upper limit of “funk”)). (Though it’s not my favorite song ((not just) Knee Deep). (quotatiously) “parenthetically” speaking…

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Aug 11

Suicide = No Heaven

20140626_174346Robin Williams cannot enter Heaven. But I think he was Jewish and they don’t believe in heaven anyways (I thought it slightly amazing I instantly knew that about that religion).

I believe one can be an atheist and still believe in a metaphysical realm. There can be “supernatural” things without God. One can be an atheist and not be a skeptic.

No, my man I’m an atheist but I’m not a skeptic! I believe faith “works” not because of Jesus or whatever it is the faith is placed in. Human beings with faith in something function better and are happier and maybe even healthier!

So faith in Jesus works, because it’s the faith not the Christ. He didn’t have to exist because it’s all about faith! (That fuss is us!!)

There is just as much evidence for “your Creator” or “Higher Power” as there is for “Jesus” or “Allah” or unicorns or tooth fairies. Faith by definition means there is no evidence, it’s the faith and not “in what” that works… but yeah religion is the opiate of the masses!!

If its “your” evidence then its testimony and not evidence. Evidence is not personal, that’s belief. Evidence can be clearly demonstrated without explanation. Meaning that if you show me something then have to explain what it is, its not direct evidence. Its your interpretation of evidence.

Why atheists are concerned with the religious:
Because it skews and slows the progress of humanity as a whole.
This includes the massive self esteem issue that religion indoctrinates children with.

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Aug 01

Blackbyrd McKnight



 


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Jul 31

Christianity Is Based Completely On (D)Evil

20140709_075731Christianity is completely based on sin. The New Covenant and therefore Jesus wouldn’t be needed if it wasn’t for evil or the Devil (which God created). God sent his son to us, we kill him and that’s the way to God?

The goal of God and Jesus should be to save the Devil! The Devil can’t be saved cause if he was that would end Christianity and there would be no threat of Hell. It just doesn’t make sense that an all knowing all powerful creator would set it up this way if you ask me. There had to be a better way that a God could have done this…

 

That’s one of my biggest issues with faith in unseen beings, people giving away all the credit for not only things they accomplished themselves, but the belittling of mankind as a whole. Let alone thinking there is a better place than than the planet we have now once again for an imagined, unseen hoped for place. 

It wasn’t God though it may be unexplained,  it’s cause you worked your ass off and fought through it! 

THAT FUSS IS US!

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Jun 12

A Modest And Humble Funk Cat?

2014-06-01 11-36-05.0002014-06-01 11-36-21.156A modest and humble funk cat is basically a jazz musician playing pop.

Attitude, if you ask me, is a requirement to hit that spot right…

Cause not only is funk music ballsy, the subject matter and therefore the tone is hard, tough, strong and solid. Steady even and when those things become loose the music becomes more funky but less funk!

It’s like the attitude, subject matter, tone and emotion must match. The personality even

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Apr 27

So What, Be A Racist…

So what, be a racist. Do you pay and treat me fairly? Is the business you run successful? Have you ever disrespected me personally? Have you ever publicly disrespected the team?

Why give this man or any man the power to upset you so deeply? So what he may not like or be comfortable around black people. It ain’t like you ain’t heard the very same talk in reverse in your family. And white people please don’t think that a lot of black people don’t feel that same way towards you. Ain’t all cultures guilty of “stay with your own” and or “don’t marry one of them?”

But oh, it’s not racism if it comes from the minority? One group can have the exact same feelings but one is racist and the other is not cause one is the dominant culture?20140318_162913

Me personally am beyond the who’s a racist thing cause it really doesn’t bother me. I don’t see wasting my energy and time playing that game. So what you don’t like me cause I’m black, I know plenty of people who do and I don’t think “ignoring” cases of racism leads to racism spreading. And to tell the truth trying to stamp it out with such vigor may help to spread it. Acknowledge and move on.

If a known racist offers a better deal on a product I need I have no problem buying from him. And I’m not saying that just for effect it really doesn’t bother me (I buy from Christians all the time lol). There are however some things I won’t support with my dollars (gangsta rap for one) but the racism and prejudice and the “they don’t like black people thing” personally does not bother or move me. That fight seems so outdated there are more pressing matters that trigger my emotion.

How do I fight racism? Number one I don’t cause to fight it just gives it more attention. It shouldn’t be a fight.

What I’m going to do is get more computer training and make myself more marketable in the IT industry. Get a better job, pay my taxes an
d bills, improve my credit, watch out for my family, not litter, present myself in public and carry myself at a level that I respect. Not have a criminal record or even tickets. Keep myself healthy and fit. Keep abreast of current events and what’s going on in the world. Keep up to date with science. Speak articulately and clearly. Eat healthy foods. Be happy and assured so that everyone that comes within this little light of mine will feel these very things. 

That’s how I boycott and picket and for me that’s the ultimate stand I can make. 

Be who I am and feel that I am successful.

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Apr 07

$26 For A Hamburger, Fries And A Drink

wpid-20140406_170330.jpgFirst off let me premise what I am about to say with the $26 included the tip. And that it was maybe the best hamburger and french fries I may have ever had. The shoestring fries were thin, hot, crispy and  perfectly salted. I ordered a custom burger with  base price of $13 with each topping adding to the cost. I got a pretzelbun ($1), crispy onion string ($1), bleu cheese (premium $.50) while the roasted red peppers and thousand island dressing carried no charge. 

Walking into this eatery spur of the moment with no coupon downtown Los Angeles I expected something this costly. But what I didn’t expect was how good everything was. The temperature in the place was absurdly perfect (not too cold as the usually), the music was 80′s rock and set the perfect atmosphere at a very comfortable audio level that allowed other conversations to provide a very pleasant backdrop. Muted big screen TVs with sports playing as the booth was comfortable and the service very very accomadating.wpid-20140406_165904.jpg

It had been a loooooooong time since I’ve taken time and treated myself to something like this. And if it wasn’t for the fact I arrived for an event 5 hours early and didn’t want to go back home making this trip for nothing I probably would not have given this treat to myself. And it was a very special experiecne. And one factor was that I was alone and able to consume this experience without distraction. Just me and my thoughts and my sensations. And sweet Jesus Mother Mary the food was good!

 Now would I want to become accustom to this lifestyle and $26 lunches? No. For me it is best left to being a once or twice a year thing that I can have to look forward to (that may be an over simplification). There is a cost involved in maintaining this level of lifestyle, a cost I am simply not willing to pay. Be it cause I’m not turned on by having these things or that I find deeper pleasure in different less “costly” experiences or that I’m just lazy and absolutley do not want to assume the pressure or responsibilty involved in generating that kind of income.

There is no doubt that this was a very very plesant experience. An experience that I will have again and again I’m sure. But does getting to a point of requiring experience at that “level” come with advantages?

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