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Subjective Experience July 4, 2003

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07-04-03

boogie nights

tierra

stacie orrico

the candies

taste of america 

rose bowl – pasadena, ca

07-03-03

venice beach boardwalk / pch

venice beach, ca

06-28-03

weapon of choice

optic nerve

ayo & the yoruba house ensemble

the aggrolites with chris murray

downtown artist district music fest

los angeles, ca

06-27-03

engineers day picnic

whittier narrows – whittier, ca

06-26-03 tower of power

average white band

oxnard performing arts center

oxnard, ca

06-21-03 festival del sol

macarthur park – los

angeles, ca

06-13-03 sunset blvd

west hollywood, ca

06-11-03 four:19

team scrub

ron shead


the temple bar

– santa monica, ca

06-06-03 mystic

kim hill

be natural

the temple bar

– santa monica, ca

05-25-03 roy ayers

blay ambolley

the bad plus

russell gun/ethnomusicology/dj apollo

ucla jazz reggae festival: jazz day –

ucla drake stadium – westwood, ca

05-22-03 weapon of choice

4nineteen 

hypnofugue

cattywompus


fais do-do
– los

angeles, ca

05-03-03 p-funk allstars the norva – norfolk, va
05-02-03 p-funk allstars byrd stadium – university of maryland
04-12-03 p-funk allstars henry fonda theatre –

hollywood, ca

04-11-03 p-funk allstars house of blues – anaheim, ca
04-10-03 p-funk allstars avalon ballroom – san

francisco, ca

04-05-03 hosey wedding & reception pasadena, ca
04-01-03 fishbone amoeba music – hollywood, ca
03-28-03 venice beach boardwalk venice beach, ca
03-26-03 modern groove assembly

reel grace

klosed minded

the temple bar

– santa monica, ca

03-13-03 w.o.c

manzares

dj and the drummers

the temple bar

– santa monica, ca

03-12-03 audra

homestlye

just listen

the temple bar

– santa monica, ca

03-07-03 trulio disgracias

natural afrodisiac

jabudah

intergalactic space gypsies


fais do-do
– los

angeles, ca

03-02-03 macy gray the groove – anaheim, ca
02-28-03 optic nerve

natures dezign

the temple bar

– santa monica, ca

02-25-03 darrell diaz

the v band

bb kings – universal city, ca
02-18-03 jacob fred oddessy

global funk council


the

knitting factory – hollywood, ca

02-16-03 digital underground

man vs machine

bang bang bunny

cartier

the key club – hollywood, ca
02-15-03 anti war march / rally hollywood, ca
02-14-03 acapulcos downey, ca
02-12-03 fanny franklin

duane la rue

the temple bar

– santa monica, ca

02-08-03 morcheeba

rosey


the wiltern
– los

angeles, ca

02-05-03 marvette williams

afreaka nature

fatslice

the temple bar

– santa monica, ca


more

events


marvette

williams febuary 5, 2003 templebar

soon as i walked in the place, i met marvette william’s energy. she is a

black female with a skinny white girl type body and some ways as i could

see. she was meeting and greeting and fromn the moment i saw her i knew

she was the principal this evening. she filled the place with her

persoanality and that was very good. and as i thought about her

performance this morning, i couldnt remember any real "soul"

in it. dont get me wrong now, she is cute, sexy, outgoing and very close

to what i consider the ideal female. she has most of the rhythm of a

black female but she moved as a white girl. most of the voice power of a

black female, but sang kinda "traditionally white?"she did

sets with afreaka nature and fatslice. 

the afreaka nature set was rock-popish. a kinda flat in between music

that didnt seem to have any bite. like the songs were written in the

70’s or sumn. then fatslice came on and did a few songs before she

joined them and their music had more bite, energy and attitude. in the

group was a big black brotha on sax. the kind of big black dude with

free flowing afro that when you see him you know he can groove. and he

did. her set with them had more bite and substance. still cant call it

soulish, not sure what to call it.

then marvette did a set with fatslice that was her music and this was

good. she had two back up singers join her and the black male was into

it the way only a black (slightly femine) male can be. his movement and

look on his face said he was enjoying doing this and doing his thang.

marvette williams did the songs from her ep and they were vibey, with

good energy and good movement and good vocal. it was like night and day

from the first set. though once again i dont recall much of a soul

feeling, but got a definite vibe.   

the special this night was morcheeba. between sets the dj had in

rotation morcheeba’s "who can you trust?" cd. so like every

3rd song was a cut from one of my all time fave albums. i danced and

vibed to this. and the fact that im gonna see morcheeba perform live for

the first time this saturday made it just that much more.


morcheeba

febuary 8, 2003 wiltern

the wiltern is one of those huge beautiful plush theatres that has been

converted to have standing and dancing spaces. very well done as they

made several levels with tables and standing room with a pit area at the

stage (that they only let in the 1st 200 people with wristbands). i gets

there and rosey is playing. she is a cute not skinny white girl (she had

a nice big butt) who played white girl vibey music. i thought it really

cool that i recognized the musicians that accompanied her; josh lopez on

guitar and davey on percussion are temple bar regulars. anyhows her

white girl vibey music had a good groove to it at times.

the stage was big and the lighting was gorgeous. the colors and

background created by the lighting was much better than im use to. a

rapper pace1 got it started before morcheeba and he was cool. morcheeba

felt very polished and professional. they seemed to have a very refined

stage presence. that, the lighting and the quality of the sound system

gave it an almost upidity formal feeling. 

morcheeba makes some of my fave music. i was excited to see them for

the first time live and they did not disappoint. little black bald

headed girl skyler has a very nice voice. her stage presence is playful

and open. she danced and vibed and sang with the music. she had on some

high heels that seemed bigger than she was. the last song was rome was

built in a day and it moved with the audience singing. 

once again, i was like the only on beat in this young white crowd.

there was a guy close to me who would clap on time with me most of the

grooves and that was cool. but for the most part, the crowd could not

find the beat. i found a good spot middle on the first tier and grooved

not letting the non-dancers and rhythmless around me slow my groove. i

mean, if everybody around me is standing still and im the only one on

beat, no matter how right i am, i am the one going against the grain

kinda. sometimes i feel like showing off that i gots the groove.

sometimes i want others to be on beat and groove with me so i can groove

deeper. sometimes the grooveless irritates me, standing still like they

do or by being off beat. but this night though i was very mellow, i was

less effected by the grooveless than usual and did my thang regardless.


acapulcos

feb 14, 2003 downey, ca

happened upon this place becuase of too much traffic on valentines day.

before i did i left hand caught a plastic shopping bag that flew by my

car on the freeway. two instances of people who had seen me snag it told

me it was a good catch, and it was. anywayz we at acapulcos and its

hispanic karokee. everything was in spanish, all the songs and the

between songs banter. then between songs they played brick’s dazz. then

they played "we want the funk" by parliament. needless to say

where my energy went. in a non english place i happened on accident, i

find the funk. 


anti-war

march & rally feb 15, 2003

hollywood, ca

i have never seen more diversity and creativity in one place before in

my life. hundreds of extremely creative witty signs, costumes, displays,

clothing. music was hip-hop funky. had very good beat. i vibed the

crowd. i danced all day. we marched from hollywood & vine to sunset

and labrea. rob reiner, cast of west wing. band i recently saw at the

temple bar burning star played. never have i seen so many different

kinds of people express so cleverly and creatively in my life. 

crowd kinda boo’ed the "jesus saves" people as we walked

by. they estimated 100,000. 600+ rallies around the world. global. did

this form of protest begin with the civil rights movement? was it

created by a black american. to see the whole world use this form of

protest which is definitely american, and a big part of democracy.


jacob

fred oddessy, global funk council

feb 18, 2003 knitting factory

jacob fred is a 3 piece; organ/keyboard, bass and drums. funky funky

jazz grooves. noticed that riffs were played once, hardly repeated. not

many repeating grooves. music went in any direction at any time, very

refreshing. kim manning and a white female with heavy soulful like voice

sang sat in for a song. very good deep funky jazz. bass player

occasionally used electronics to make his bass make higher pitched

sound, like a folk guitar or sumn, not low bass stuff and did like a

guitar solo.

was the only black male in the place, crowd was younger as this is 16

and over. dj grooved with funky groove movement beats. then he uses a

monologue of an african praising the african man and his ways of love,

universe and peace. once again i was struck, why is it that so many

white kids embrace black music and philosophy so much.

global fiunk council was a full band, but i dont seem to remember

anything about them..strange.


darrell

diaz, the v band feb 25, 2003

universal citywalk

not worth the $$. $8 to park, $10 to get in, and i spent $9 for; orange

juice/ginger ale, fries and tip. total of about $27 for mediocre musical

performances. though darrell diaz was ok, his music was too soft. mellow

and good at times yes, but very soft. maybe to soft, too calming as when

the next band came on things were really mellow. he had lots of

percussion and a very cute thick black female who i enjoyed just staring

at. enjoyed just looking ather pretty brown skin on a large nicely think

frame, flowing curly hair, very nice smile…

the v band was blonde skinny white girl with low ridin jeans and baby

doll shirt with belly and hips exposed to the point she got stares

before the show. she was very cute and all, but struck me as a too

sexy-cute. maybe im getting old and she was young. she had a good voice,

though her songs and vibe seemed hurried, nervous. like she didn’t relax

in a groove. she may not have had much rehearsal time with this band,

but still i thought she could have relaxed and settled into a groove and

let the strength and bit of soulfulness in her voice come out. i loved

her long thick blondish curly hair. one funny thing too is that more

than once she kepted time off the beat, but she wasnt off beat

vocally. 


optic

nerve, naturez dezign feb 28, 2003

templebar

optic nerve was better than the last time i saw them. i seem to think

the rhythm guitar made a difference, but maybe im wrong. they sounded a

bit "updated" this time, more of their music and lyrics

sounded more current (as oppossed to music that sounded like it was

written by teenagers in the 70’s like last time). but there were a

couple songs that sounded so sappy they had to be doing it on purpose.

the message, terminology and the repition of certain words and chorus

made the music sound so outdated that it made me laugh more than once. i

couldnt figure it out. but i am still deeply infatuated with audra so

whatever she does is right with me. fanny has a very good voice and she

cusses, and for some reason i like that.

naturez dezign was a little less than the last two times ive seen

them, but they still were good. i like the song "relax your

mind…." i absolutely love when she sings that.


macy

gray march 2, 2003 the groove

p-funk all over da’place and i had on my pfunk1 jersey. for most of the

evening, i was the only person dancing, the only person on beat.

walked up to dj booth, commented on the music. soon as i did the

ethel merhman show tune music stopped. the next song to come on was

indie arie? singing about how much she loved that "brown

skin." once again, i was the only black person in this orange

county house of folx having a pre-show dinner. i laughed out lous and

asked the dj why its that im always the only black face in a white

croiwd listening to a person sing the praises of blackness. during this

song i danced throughout the place and while getting a bottled water one

of the white female bar tenders was clappin her hands off beat. i told

her "no, your not on beat." i then showed her where the beat

was by keeping proper time and it was a playful cool thing. 

the dj was groovin medium old funk like outstanding, etc and

by this time i made my way to the 2nd tier so more of the grooveless

could see me. i mean, i looked over the crowd and its ALL WHITE FOLX

JUST SITTING THERE. NO RHYTHM, NO HEAD BOBBIN, NO DANCING, NOTHING. i

was the only dancing and the only on beat. i stood in the back knowing

that when i went to the 2nd tier i would have this audience seeing me.

when i got there i wasnt fully in the groove. i was a bit

"nervous" or whatever and it took a few minutes for me to

settle into the groove where i couldnt get off beat. played michael

jackson’s heartbreak hotel, then he played steve arrinton’s weak

in knees.  old funky songs i have on tape and have recently

listened to. so this settled me into that groove and i danced knowing

rhythmless eyes were on me. then they played  (not just) knee

deep. i heard somebody say when the song cam on and i made my move

"uh oh, they’re playing hios music."  and by the time the

dj played knee deep, i was in the groove. i was feeling it. and i danced

very proudly for all to see.  i looked back at the crowd never

missin a beat with a big ole smile of enjoyment. doin my thang to my

music. feeling every drop of the moment. i grooved to every beat and

change of my fave studio recorded song. afetr the song was over i could

have sworn i heard a small cheer from part of the crowd. after that

the dj played get it up by the time, and i continued to groove deeper.

often turning so the crowd could see i knew the words to these songs i

know they prolly never heard before. 

very cute non blonde white girl complimented me on my vibe. she said

i had a very good vibe. this was pre-show groovin. i told her with a

kinda serious playful look "imagine being the only one." she

said she had no rhythm. i told she wasnt alone and motioned to the rest

of the crowd.

arik marshall playing the synth groove to flashlight and then

flashing the p-funk sign 

parody song of archie buinker that started with "boy the way

george clinton played."

macy doing the "ready or not, here we come" chant and then

a couple chorus’ of one nation

numerous compliments on my jersey. pats on the back for my vibe and

groove. 

macy was cussin a little, saying fuck and talkin bout fuckin to an

all ages crowd. also about smoking a joint. one of the cool parts of the

show she pulled some kids up on stage during a song and let them kinda

sway and move to the music. then they did a rockettes style line and did

the kick and it was very warm. it was good to see the young kids on

stage and it felt wholesome. i was into it.the kids were into it too.

very willing to participate.

macy did her hits and the band was tight. her band was arik marshall

on guitar, bass player (who looks like john black or the guy who sat in

with john black one time), a black female percussionsist, a black female

on keyboards and a brutha on drums. not toomuch to say about the songs,

but the music is good. very, very good movement and energy. 

i was in the pit and had plenty of room. very close to the stage.


trulio

disgracias mar 7, 2003 fais do-do

returned after a break to catch the tail end of one band when the house

music comes on and its: parliament’s up for the downstroke. i

hollered. then came chocolate city (once again there was only two

black people in the place as this racially pro-black song played), p-funk,

mothership connection and we want the funk. as we want the

funk played the guitar for band warming up started playing with the

riff. then the drums drifted in. next thing i know we groovin to an

improv live version. it was good. and when it was over the guitar player

stated with excitement that they were still playing in time with the

track. why is it that almost everywhere i go i hear p-funk? and i wasnt

wearing no pfunk propaganda clothing either.

trulio disgracias was good this night. the band was made up of young

cats i didnt recognize, but they grooved. good vibey jam session. funky,

very spirited. like jambandish, but noticeably slightly more funky.

trulio had a couple of youn brothas who rapped and one played drums.

hispanic rappers from the crowd got up on stage and did their thang.

vicky calhoun sounded really good too. saw lonnie earlier in the night,

but he was gone by the time trulio hit the stage.

norwood ever so slightly morphed into red hot momma by

funkadelic.  vicky calhoun was calling for it more than once before

we got into it. but the thing was how mr fisher was playing another

funky bassline when i noticed the slightest adjustments and the faint

groove of red hot momma. man that was good. several p-funk chats and

riffs in the music.  

it was lauren’s birthday and a very well spirited night.

jabudah was ok. natural afrodisiac was good as always. these boys

seem like they come to play and they have a lot of percussion so there

are a lot of good rhythms. 

jellybean was doing her dance good this evening. after i got warmed

up i was able to almost keep up with her. very, very good evening of

music and funky vibe. 


audra

march 12, 2003 templebar

audra was good, she was very good. i love her energy on and off stage.

very good neo-soulful groove vocals with a very good flow. fanny

franklin (who has a voice so good i enjoyed just overhearing her order a

drink) and another tall black cute female (with booty nice) did backing

vocals. it seemed at first audra’s lead vocals were hurried and too

loud, but she seemed to settle in cause when them 3 girls sang together

it flowed wonderfully. on the last song the girls were in groove and

audra on lead vocal was able to fly and she did. since she is my current

primary infatuation i was moved to feel her get deep like that. i knew

she had a good voice, but this song really showcased it and i digged it.

richie rich on drums.

homestyle was groovin also. rap funkish hiphop. the rhythm guitar in

this band was on it. shook hands with bands primary and told him he gave

me one of their cd’s at 1650 when they played there awhile back. their

music was not all hip-hoppish, it had rock, funk and jazz and all of it

was on groove. his rap had good movement. he also did a thing where he

said "anybody like bootsy collins." (everywhere i go p-funk)

and then they did a song where he imitated bootsy’s voice, playing

hendrix over a cream groove. 

just listen was a white dude with obvious black hip hop influence. it

was a full band with white female also on vocals. she was very jazzy hip

hop vibey. their grooves were very intricate, innovative. compliacted

rhythms under blue-eyed jazzy soulful vocal groove and hip hop rap. they

came on late and i was kinda tired but i still was diggin this bands

groove. the lead singer/rapper played sax and clarinette also and had a

very nice bounce on the beat. in his on stage dialogue he said his

mother was vacationing in africa. i spent a good part of yesterday

researching a trip to africa.

sometimes its hard to put into words, buit i had a really good time

last night. when it gets as good as it did last night sometimes it hard

to describe. there werent any major events that could be described, it

was just a good evening. i danced and vibed and enjoyed and drifted and

was in a really good place. immense pleasure from the simple &

little things in life, thats heaven. an euphoria from just being. i love

the templebar. i love my life. also a cutie who use to work where i

am now recognized me and introduced herself. 


w.o.c,

dj and the drummers, manzares

march 13, 2003 templebar

lonnie on bass. fish on drums, rappers, singers sat in. gabby on sitar

and ukeleyle keeping rhythm (real good at times). davey on percussion.

foley in the house. audra fanny in the house. elizabeth on trombone. met

and talked to people this night more than usual. met a p-funky white

girl who was on beat. laurens mom. lamar miles. danced all night again.

was good to dance with p-funky white girl on beat. 

OC:

FoLey, Brewster, Bricks in the house…

Posted by

Don’t Let your soda pop…

on

3/14/2003, 4:04 pm

MegaNutt, Fish on drums, Gabby on sitar and ukelele, ELizabeth

(trombone), davy on percussion. Audra was present but didn’t

sing, anthony brewster (untouchables), Bricks, and Kinetic

rocked the mic…

FOLEY in the house; No guitar or keys, butt of course you know

it was nutty…

they played 3 weapon songs: I Like your

body, Soda Pop, Spade, and made up some shit along the weigh…

NUTT LIFE!!!

p-funky girl on beat. free spirited seemingly

intoxicated white girl approaches and asks for a light. i give her one

and conversation ensues with her, me and my anti-bush I button wearing

buddy. i eventually drift away and return and they are still

conversating outside. somehow the topic shifted and she says "i was

listening to p-funk on the way over here." this intrigued me so i

ask questions; "why were you listening to p-funk?" "how

did you first hear p-funk" "why do you like p-funk."

early in the questioning she felt i was "sweating" her (as it

seems most humans do when i show any kinda deeper interest in what they

like) and i briefly summarized my p-funk situation and the fact i have

websites devoted to it. then somewhere during all this in her free

spirited way she shouted "KILL WHITEY!!" i turned to my buddy

who i was glad was a witness cause i had no p-funk propaganda clothing

on nor did i mention anything about race.

i went on to tell her i have a website dedicated to rhythm and ive

done essays on why white people are so into black music and blackness.

she in her seemingly intoxicated way said she prolly could help me out

and articulate the feelings she has for funk and rhythm. i said cool and

gave her my website name and when i did her buddy screams out

"PFUNK1.COM." im not into advertising but i do got ego and to

hear my creation broadcast like that by someone i just met was cool.

(that and the fact audra (i love her) and fanny were standing like right

there).

anyways the night goes on and the house music is groovin and so is

p-funky white girl. and she is groovin on beat!! i was into this. then

the dj played atomic dog and i went into groove. and p-funky white girl

was right there, on beat with me, trying to hang. i grooved deeper. it

felt so good to actually dance with someone who was on beat and could

keep the beat. i was all over the rhythms and even threw off-grooves

(but still on beat) at her and she maintained her rhythm. this not only

made me feel good, but it "pushed" or encouraged me to a

higher energy and a higher groove consciousness. i was able to get added

energy and dance deeper into groove as i used her beat with mine to feel

a more complicated groove. (or sumn like that, the experience is still

to new to me to find the proper words to describe). 

its like getting synergy from a group. i was able to vibe her groove

and literally feel energy or adrenaline running thru my body. all this

while staying within my groove and on my beat. she still had them white

girl moves but the moves were in a pattern that made beauty with the

music. she had a groove on beat and i had a groove on beat. for me to

experience our grooves together (and dont forget we dancing to p-funk

atomic dog) was euphoric. 

i imagine one day experiencing the whole house under a groove like

this. i wonder what power and energy a group doing this would have. how

we all would feel. to look around and see everybody in a visual harmony

with each other and the music. to feel that visual harmony. 

i believe also there must be physical energies (not just conscious)

associated with people moving in time. electricity is induced by moving

objects thru or past other objects. if you have a whole room of

individual people moving as one, their collective energies may

accumulate and act as one energy within its surroundings. our

atmosphere, the earth and everything has a potential energy which can be

induced by motion or movement.

you cant have sound without motion.

sound is a direct representation of some kind of motion. 

rhythm is sounds in sync. this should then also indirectly represent

motions in sync

relative motion (an object moving relative to another) creates energy

energy is matter.

matter is energy

can motion create matter?

can ya feel me? 

do you understand the nature of my curiosity? 

i believe there is a science in rhythm, consciousness and energy that is

fairly unexplored.

and to explore it, you may need to have rhythm and vibe to fully

appreciate it

cause from the euphoria i get is a hit of adrenaline (or whatever) to my

brain that in my experience has heighten my awareness and creativity.

its like i can control and pump energy to my mind/brain and use this

energy to think deeper, pushing and expanding my creativity. pushing and

expanding my creativity enables me to see more creative solutions to

questions and or problems. maybe enabling me to use more brain capacity

then the stereotypical normal human being.


modern

groove assembly,reel grace,klosed minded

march 26, 2003 templebar

semi-niggas in mi fave place last night with hat ghetto brashness. an

aggressiveness im not use to seeing in the templebar. not saying good or

bad, just saying different. the word nigger/nigga was used a lot this

night also.

 klosed minded was bass, guitar, drums and lead spoken

word/rapper. his message was solid, but his voice was not soothing to

listen to. came off a bit un-rehearsed and "just put together"

feeling at times. he probably just needed some echo or reverb. the music

and groove was solid. 

mga girl 1 got on mic and asked if anybody wanted to "spit"

after the first set. never saw that before at mi fave place. a brotha

did spit and he was about life in the ghetto and racism. basically to

sum it all up he finished with "but im still seen as a n-i-g-g-a"  

klosed minded sang "dont call me whitey, nigga. dont call me

nigga, whitey. there was a lot of racism talk  

i so love black female. the lighter skinned mga girl 1 who i was

infatuated with  not too long ago has an aggressive energy i find

attractive. the darker skinned mga girl 2 had very pleasant vocals and

rap and shook that thang one time so dead on beat and in a way ive only

seen black female do it. it was a quick glimpse, but a very impressive

display of body control and movement. she was cute too now. i enjoyed

just watching them both.

reel grace was a white girl who also had good energy on and off

stage. first noticed her dancing by the bar, her energy stood out and

this made her stand out like she was a performer. like the energy of a

performer is higher than than of the usual attendee. anyways, they were

a full band with keyboards and percussion that opened with chaka’s

"you got the love." she was blue-eyed soulful and the band had

good groove. her voice at times was not heavy or maybe deep enough. she

sang vocally challenging songs, songs where strong voice was needed and

she didnt back away from that. 

i was so in a groove, couldnt get off beat. feeling it all over my

body. there was a point when i was vibrating on beat with my arm and my

leg started shaking/vibrating involuntarily. kinda like a dogs does when

you scratch him right. i was able to work myself up so onto the groove

that i was able to kinda step back and feel this event while it was

still going on. able to watch my leg vibrate involuntarily as i vibrated

my hand/wrist/arm to the beat at a higher harmonic (or sumn that was a

multiple rate higher frequency of the beat). my leg involuntarily

vibrtaed at a rate that seemed to also be a harmonic of the beat.


venice

beach march 28, 2003

groovin with flatop as did his act on the boardwalk. good funky music.

it feels so good to be around someone with that much rhythm. he played do

it roger do it, grapevine, superman. the music felt so good. after

the crowd dispersed he played some old slapbak that was bangin!. last

time i saw him we talked and he asked me about slapbak. what was cool

was that the crowd was gone and it was just me and him groovin. i was

dancing and he was doing his thang (the for real dancin) facing me so i

could feel his groove and he could feel mine. also ran into a black and

gold steeler buddy on the boardwalk.


fishbone

april 1, 2003

concert in a store kinda cool. people stood in the aisles of music and

watched. show/music was good. danced and grooved a little bit and it was

cool cause the lights were on and i was able to vibe wide in the

groove. 

the thing this night was synchronicity.

drifting around the store dancing and vibing i ended up in what seemed

like the international section. music from all over the world when i see

a cd named "nigeria." i checked it out and it is

labeled as a history of the 70’s music from lagos (or sumn). this is

literally the focus

of my next project. since i was drifting i wasn’t in mode to study

and retain any info that could help my project so i didn’t even try. i

picked up the cd, looked at its $19.95 price and noted the number of

songs. i also noted this impressive music section and vowed to return.

as i put the cd back i noticed it was right next to shelia

chandra’s cd. chandra is one of my favorite spiritual singers and

her music is very deep to me. the first song on the disc is lament of

mccrimmon, which may be my favorite of hers. i recently copied music

files to main computer to listen to and chandra was the first of the 3

artists i transferred. i didnt even copy p-funk, but i copied her.

maybe its me and im reading more into it than it is. but this event

moved me. events like this make me believe that what im doing is

"right" and im on the right path. real or imagined it makes me

feel connected to something bigger that is more than what we can detect

with our senses. and from this i get a pleasurable energy. it gives me

confidence, added strength and motivation to pursue my goal.

my buddy said they were playing funkadelic’s one nation under a

groove lp before the show. he also was in attendance with a very cool

friend female with beautiful energy that i really enjoyed exchanging

with.


p-funk

allstars

may 2003

umd & norva

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5/5/2003, 3:56 pm

norva

best pre show music ive ever heard

very very well done

mixed, mc’ed, dj’ed, etc

dj was very good

not only played a paul hill jam

that i never heard before with a very good groove

but said who it was and where to get it!!!

"thefunkstore.com"

also played some steve boyd that was groovin

stuff i aint heard before so i got into it

wefunkonline.com, "wpgr" or sumn

i was very impressed

no music for sale at all on merch tables for UMD or norva

well just THC and another, just 2 cds

the big thing about the norva

non gay black american males having fun and groovin together

maybe the best and most p-funk attire ive seen

some "fake" and some real funkadelic shit

some of the real t-shirts and shit was very deep

but the night was the spirit, energy and comraderie of

black male. there seemed to be 2 or 3 pockets or

just bunches who happened to party together.

it was cool to see black male being comfortable

with physical contact like that. it was a non issue.

and they sang together and it was beautiful to hear

cause they knew the words and how to fit them with the music

they were happy and harmonious, without coming off feminie.

smiling, happy and singing together. codomhat guy was in a

group.

most times you can tell the leaders.

in los angeles i dont see that kinda spirit between black

males-

not to that degree. they was like whiteboys!!! LOL almost moshin

we aint that physical and no where near enough of us

know the words that well, sans myself…

 

i realized too that george "gravitates" on stage

towards

the part of the crowd that is in the deepest groove.

he is usually leftish and wanders to

where the most party is. i may have noticed this

because the norva was the first time (in a long time)

george wandered elsewhere. i wasnt mad and it was

kinda cool to see and experience it. it was almost

like ive never seen him at that angle!! LOL i didnt have

his attention and i could tell. he wasnt facing me.

i was no match for the groups of harmonious black males.

 

not a lot lot of females there

not alot of the white female like im use to

rememebr seeing one in a groove though, she was getting it

dont rememebr any signifigant black females now that i think of

it

well, there was this one motor booty sista

had a booty so nice this hispanic looking girl hi fived me for

it

she busted me gawking during the song booty

when i turned to look back, most of the not quite

college young crowd was kinda just standing there. some were

groovin, but as a whole it almost stood still. pan right

towards the stage to pockets of brothas gettin it on.

this one brotha got caught up in a groove and he

went off like he was having church. i seen him

getting ready to go so i leaned my head over

and hollered a chant dead on beat to encourage him.

i was feeding him and i know it. i watched the energy

take his body just like in church. it was gooooood!!

and when the holy ghost hit he "shouted" towards the

stage, pushing his way in a semi uncontrolled frenzy-

DEAD ON BEAT.

cool thing is the people he bumped into recognized this

and moved so he could get his groove on closer to the stage.

like they was letting someone with the holyghost get

to the pulpit. no beef, smiles and encouragement.

i just remembered another brother in a groove

dead on beat. brushed by a moment past.

 

i started singing pussy (chant) against george and kendra

doing

fat cat record exec. it sounded good cause it was

only handclaps at a med slow tempo. nice kinda drag to it.

it went on for a bit as gc and kendra kept the fat cat groove.

thought they was gonna change the song, almost

and i dont even like the song pussy or wanted to sing it,

it just fit in that groove

on cosmic slop mikes guitar was way too low, way way too low

blackbyrds too. could barely hear them. seemed gary and them

was saying something to the soundgirl. later in show mike had

a solo and it was loud enough, but not during cosmic slop.

longest post show drums an crowd chant i ever been

seemed like 20 minutes

 

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

UMD

when i got to byrd stadiuim UMD

knew i had to walk to the student union to get ticket

but aint feel like it

right in step condomhat guy

(i cant call him dickhead, he was too cool)

offers me up a ticket and i proceed to the gate

without breaking stride

with his condom hat he was wearing a towel diaper too

met howard, grooved and chatted with him a bit

never gonna tell it was good

gary and george played with it and got into a very good vocal

groove

mostly cool white college students

some black folk, young and old

but mostly white kids and they was into it

i like their vibe. seemed to have a little bit

more rhythm than the white kids out here. a little

bit more somethin i cant quite put into words.

and the girls are definitely healthier physically,

evn the white girls are more better thicker than here

not as pretty though. hey have a more plain attractiveness

 

weather was very comfortable. back east weather

is much more comfortable than west coast. the humidity

seems to make 70 degrees feel very nice where 70 can

feel cold out here

mr hampton seems to be angry again

maybe some people play better mad

funkadelic is emotion

what is funkadelic without drama?

how do you play maggot brain when you are very happy?

 

sound was good at times. but it wasnt overwhelmingly loud.

i could stand right by the speakers. bass thumped every now

and then. brotha with a 3 or 4 year old girl on his shoulders

right there by the speaker too.

 

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

overall nothing really spectacular about the shows

norva, thc played without billy and blackbyrd

dont know bass player names but he also is a drummer

 

nice to see them in a big stadium

i was able to run 20-30 yards as the energy

to cosmic slop wound up

dance big on that energy

lots of room to spread my groove out

norva was kinda crowded or maybe i stayed too close

i wanted to be up front where the action was

 

whenever i expect something from

a p-funk show im disappointed, always

the best and most magical shows are the ones when i dont expect

shit

the worse show i ever saw them do was when my expectation was

the highest

and this show i expected to see some steelers

or maybe one steeler, or a celebrity or two

did this disappointment hurt or bring me down? no

i still had a good time. i still got lost in the groove

and to tell the truth, the bands been tighter

and the mix has been better. but there are always

moments when they get it going. always at least once

in every show. some have many

 

i had a really good time and i feel very very good

 

sunset

blvd cruise june 13, 2003 

left work early cause my attitude was really bad. went home and went

straight to bed like around 4pm. woke up around 11pm and needed to go

out and get some water. so i decide to cruise a bit. i ended up cruising

sunset blvd with more energy and confidence than i may have ever had

before. true or not, i felt i could have anything or anyone i wanted.

deep in a groove and puttin it on folx happy smiling and looking people

right back in the eye. i was gettin it one time sittin at a stop light

and this group made up of mostly sistas crosses and im in groove. one of

them does a quick hard bounce as she feels me. it was good. may have

never felt this much confidence before. so much confidence that its

noticeable and its something i am learning to live with and utilize.

this seems to be the beginning of a phase in which my confidence is at a

new higher level. 

tower

of power, average white band

june 26, 2003 oxnard performing

arts center

(sometimes i feel like turning it out, oh!!!) 90% complete uninhibited

freedom. average white band, tower of power. oxnard performing arts

center. totally relaxed but aware of the "power." knew i could

vibe anyone at anytime. i can make someone across the room feel an

emotion. or i can stimulate and relay emotional information  via

eye contact and body movement. and i know it. maybe now i can do it on a

bigger scale. confidence has a lot to do with it. has to be right, i

cant force it. dont want to force it. 

had been a longtime since i grooved publicly. little black girl

dancin behind me. then saw her up at the front of the stage later by

herself, had to be like 7 or 8. she was in groove. very close to the

beat but just not quite. when she she would clap it would be on beat.

thinking back it was body control or agility. she hasnt attained full

control of her limbs. still a bit awkward, that would account for the

slightly off beat. i was standing in the far right rows against the

wall. 3 seats and an aisle and also a corner that had very good

acoustics. wondered what people not use to seeing someone groove like

this and with a little girl (i never looked at he though, never even

made eye contact. but we was in a groove.) might think or felt. i

believe it maybe be gestures or body movements that are unmistakably

happy. an animal cannot cannot fake them. you can clearly see it is a

true emotion.  

sittin up top i could see who could see what. i saw everybody sittin

down and two people dancin (the native american girl) and how visible

and obvious it was. i guess from experience how much a person seeing

that would absorb. how that would make them feel. just sitting there.

there was a time when i said "i need to go to a place where more

people can see me." it was after i got into deep groove in the back

of the balcony. i went to my assigned seat, which was j25, lower right

one seat off right aisle. 

me and native american girl grooved in the aisiles too. they let us

dance there. 

got autograph but they was bust talkin to other people. it got passed

down all fast an actually someone else used it and i took theirs. i

wasnt fightin the crowd at all. 

brother behind me on date. when they played a love of your own i went

into groove. and i know he and she felt it. if they liked it i dont

know. how it made them feel i didnt look to notice. but i was in it

deep.

90% complete uninhibited freedom. able to go into rhythmic trance.

spinal cord movements. building tension? felt i could have pushed to a

climax. able to go deep even though most of crowd were stillstanders

dancin at very top of last row balcony. black female security guard

standing maybe 15 feet from me. she had to feel it and i was getting it.

i was letting it go and i knew it. i knew i was hittin it.

start slow from inside. feel the small pulse. it can go faster. what

is it? is it spinal muscles? is something really moving or am i sensing

something. or is it just a false sensory stimulation. but i feel it and

at first it feels offbeat but it dont matter cause i know i will groove

it in rhythm no matter what beat it is. maybe all grooves have to come

back around. 

every move, even moves that make me hit a wrong beat. i will stay on

that wrong beat, or try to keep it. sometimes when i do it eventually

becomes on beat. like when i do a head-shoulder shake and it hits the

wrong beat. imagine the rhythmic ability to stay dead off beat. having

had the experience of being dead on beat, and "in the pocket."

experiencing what its like to be dead off beat and maintain a dead off

beat groove. but that time off beat has to be a beat. it has to be a

factor of the beat so from some angle it is on beat. no matter what two

grooves. if you step back far enough and can listen to any two grooves

long enough, there will be a pattern that is a groove itself . a groove

consisting of the beats the moments when the two grooves come together.

eventually any two grooves will have a simultaneous beat. and that

simultaneous beat will repeat. (i bet we could use numbers to prove

this. pi is the only non repeating number. there is only one pi. if

there were two, we possibly could have two grooves that would not

rhythm.

that off beat time, off groove.  

native american female next to me. on beat, she felt it. we danced

never with each other, but many times together. "i danced alone and

never gazed in her direction, this does not mean that we did not trade

affection." last dance gclinton. she danced with her other

girlfriend 

engineers

day picnic june 27, 2003 whittier

narrows

carry over to company picnic today. was finger poppin up by stage

between speakers. some kinda upbeat american made latin music or sum’n

and i anticipated a pause. while i knew folx was watching. it wasnt like

an auditorium so not many were actually facing the stage. i just kinda

wandered over there and was aware a few people could see me. and when i

nailed that break i heard reaction. female laugh kinda. i was so relaxed

and in groove. they was playin old school lakeside, gap band, etc for a

minute. i came in to the picnic area groovin. ate and it was good. had a

very good night and was still feelin that. wore my greatful dead shirt

proudly.  this is another experience of my confidence being

higher than its ever been and me getting use to that.

venice

beach / pch july 3, 2003

after walking venice beach more comfortable and with more relazed

confidence than ive ever had i was ridin up pch in a semi groove but

very relaxed state. then is see these 4 white girls in their early 20s

ridin in a huge black luxury suv. they looked like hollywood

entertainment industry administrative assistant types, very cute with

that southern california white girl glossy prettiness. so i pull up

beside them and lower my music to hear what they playin. they was

listening to outkasts "sorry miss jackson." i very relaxedly

look back at them, made eye contact and crinkled my nose and face like

it was just soooo cute to see 4 white girls listening to that music. at

least one of them instantly got it and more then one of them laughed and

said "that was so cool." i digged that they felt me the way i

meant it but more importantly without any verbal communication they knew

exactly what i was implying.   

driving farther later down pch they are 3 lanes over as i pull up. i

make eye contact with the one in the back passenger side, i turn down my

music and i listen for their music. its still outkast but i can barley

hear it. i couldnt hear it clearly enough to find the beat ands this

felt weird. it has been so long since i havent instantly found the beat

that the fraction of a second i took to find the beat with her watching

seemed like a "long" time. maybe the beat is hard to find when

any pressure to do so is applied. anyways when i did find it i raised my

hand to snap my fingers to it. writing this now i realize i intended to

show her something about rhythm. but when i was doing it i was in the

moment and just wanted to find the groove and enjoy that with her.

so i raised my hand as i listened and she did too. she was slightly head

noddin to the beat (not sure is she was on it or not) and now we both

had our hands in position to snap our fingers where we both could see

each other  and it was as if she was waiting for my cue. i did put

my head down like i was trying to listen to something and block out

distractions. then when i found the beat i snapped my fingers on it and

slowly raised my head to regain eye contact with her and to experience

us being sync’ed in a groove. she was definitely following me and after

a few beats we were snapping our fingers in time to the music in their

suv. 

it may have been showing off for an attractive female cause more than

likely i felt like puttin it on somebody. and i wanted to showoff to her

that i could easily find the beat to to her groove (music) that i could

barely hear  and was remote from and make her feel it. 

after the few snaps we were in groove together and she followed my

head nod. she was just ever so slightly hurried, but i could tell she

could feel it. she wasnt relaxed on the beat. like she was hurrying to

it and starting early as opposed to waiting to late for it and having to

quickly catch up or sumn. 

by this time i have her in groove so its our groove now. we are

together and i can feel it and i know she can too. i can clearly see

that she can feel that same space and time as me. and ive never seen her

before but now we have this instance in space and time in common

forever. 

by this time other people in the car notice and there are a few

giggles. writing this now i realize that during all this with her i had

a more serious look. i think a look like i didnt want this to get silly

and giggly. like i want to show you sumthin so pay attention. but not in

a mean demanding way. i wasnt trying to scare or frighten her. i wasnt

to aggressive in movement or instruction. i know i did want to put her

on beat. most of the time i want to show people how to find the beat so

they can know.

i know that sometimes when im out doing it at a concert some of the

people there have never seen happy like this. maybe they dont realize

how to respond to music. they see me in my car and im groovin and being

happy. my movements and gestures are that of a happy healthy animal. non

aggressive strong playful animal. agilie, coordinated (also big and

black) rhythmic. the way i move tells alot about me. it shows

intelligence. that my movements are well thought out. this goes for life

all day. in everything i do. i move like a strong, healthy, agile,

confident animal does. let alone human animal, ALL animals move in these

ways.  

sometimes i just smile cause i know. i stick my chest out and just

bounce on the beat showing them this is what this animal can do. i

believe it sometimes to be a show of happy power. happy strength. almost

aggressively happy. sometimes i imagine groovin to "their"

music, music that they have listened to all their lives and maybe for

the first time they see an animal respond to that music in this way.

finding and swinging on the beat. (example is til tuesday’s voice’s

carry). i experience the music in a joyful way using the beat to drive

this  happy experience. 

i know this energy is not just contagious. and it may be

undeniable.  

where was i? girl, car, others in car notice and giggles. giggles are

enough to throw a person off beat. the moment after we got into groove i

could no longer keep a straight face and i exploded a laugh scream

growl. it felt good. couldnt have lasted more than 20 seconds this whole

thing. 

everybody cant do this. some may have the rhythm ability, but not the

appeal. the desire. the communication ability. the demeanor. its a

combination of having the skill and the ability to make it so people can

understand and be receptive to it. not like im selling it, but a lot of

human nature lies in response to presentation/appearance. maybe

marketing/media has a lot to do with it in that the black male is

portrayed as having this quality. white people know old black men are

cool like this and have this ability.  they see it in movies from

beverly cop to martin’s black male comes in and cools everybody out

movies. 

anyhows more and more i cant ignore the fact that what i got may be

special. ithought to myself if i keep going like this i will be able to

walk in a room and heal people. its about faith and believing.

convincing a person that they will be better. actually the adrenaline

will make them feel better at least briefly. maybe thats it, i know how

to excite people. touch them. or maybe i show them a pure happy. a

geniune happy. they can see in my eyes and openness  im hiding

nothing and i can be trusted. that theres nothing threatening or

misleading there. its a way to light. they can see it. no hidden

agendas, and no reason for any. they can i see i dont want

nothing. 

 

 

taste

of america july 4, 2003 rose bowl

im sitting out there before the gates open and i think i hear flashlight

being played live. i was like whooooooooooa!!!. so im thinking its a

band thats gonna perform later inside the rose bowl so i investigate and

i find that is the jazznotes.com and they are setup outside the bowl on

the concourse. needless to say, i was excited…

boogie nights turned it out. we partied. complete confidence and

relaxedness. open vibe. spirit high. very early in the show before most

got there i was on the big screen groovin.  

 

   



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