Contemplating: The Creative from Junie Morrison
Contemplating: The Creative
A thought breaking the silence seems to come from nowhere. The music that brings the thought seems to be everywhere. Together they move, flowing ever on; thought and music, creating a meditation song… by Anna B. Sheriff
Contemplating: The Creative, is part of a triune of meditative audio-visual works, created by Junie Morrison.
Classic Tracks: James Brown ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ Producer: James Brown • Engineer: Ron Lenhoff Excerpt from Article by Richard Buskin
‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ was James Brown’s statement of intent as he abandoned soulful ballads in favour of a raw and frenetic new sound.
“Most of the time, working with James Brown, it would be down to the first complete cut,” recording engineer Ron Lenhoff told me when I interviewed him in 1988. “He’d say to me, ‘Ron, are you ready?’ and if I said, ‘Yes,’ he would cut it. After that, if he got all the way through it without stopping, I’d better have it on tape. I never ran into the situation where I didn’t have it on tape, but I sure as hell always worried about it.”
Lenhoff captured many of Brown’s most iconic performances during the halcyon years when he was signed to the independent King Records label in Cincinnati, Ohio. This was founded in 1943 by one Syd Nathan, who, after initially owning a record store there, launched King as a country‑oriented label and, in 1944, based it within an old chemical plant in Cincinnati’s Evanston neighbourhood…
James Brown & The Famous Flames.
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag Label: King Records. Released: 1964
Producer: James Brown
Engineer: Ron Lenhoff
Studio: King Records
Funky Worm by Ohio Players. Released on Pleasure (Westbound, 1972)
“Never forget where you came from.” – JM
Upon its release in 1972, as part of the Ohio Players’ sophomore album, Pleasure,this ground-breaking and ultra-funky song went massive and was the first hit from Pleasure to become a platinum seller.
Pleasure, Ohio Players
Funky Worm was written and produced by Junie Morrison, who also performs the voice of Granny and the “worm sound” on synthesizer. The “worm sound” created by Morrison, has since been much imitated, sampled and repurposed by both hip-hop artists and music FX plugin creators all over the musicverse. – P.Neal.
Jump by Kris Kross
Edit: Wow! A day or so after posting this article, Dre suddenly started talking about The Funky Worm infusion in hip-hop music on his radio show, The Pharmacy. Here’s a quick sound bite:
Dam-Funk – Invite The Light (Album due to drop, Fri., September 4, 2015 on Stones Throw.)
Excerpt from interview by LA Record: This album begins and ends with that transmission from Junie Morrison. On the first instance, it says, ‘If we invite the light, it will surely come to us. If we invite the funk, it will never let us down.’ But at the end, he adds the line: ‘Therefore, we must invite the light, in order to survive.’ That raises the stakes—is this album about life and death for you?
Dam-Funk: I appreciate you asking. In order to survive … it’s supposed to be almost like a blueprint, in the way it starts out optimistically and then goes deep into the darkness and then comes out. I’m telling you right there, in the record, that if you just free your mind of all negativity … like ‘Virtuous Progression,’ I’m saying if you get to that point that you can actually calm down the voices in your head and whatever distractions you have, to live this kind of life. Yeah, we can laugh, we can play—and also do some devious things as well, because it’s just human nature—but at the end of the day, you have to realize, ‘I still want to invite the light in my life and walk through that door.’ There’s a promo—a little 15-minute thing that I’ve done on my Instagram—and I’m walking towards a door and I open it and I walk through the door, and there’s a big light shining. That right there is summing up the record. It’s a choice. You don’t have to stay in the darkness all the time… Read the entire article on: LA Record
SEEDING AFRADON by Annyash B. Arrife
The seeds were a thought; the music of the universe encapsulated, and transformed into biological form. Melosos would release the seeds, bestowed upon him by his Mother, created by the Manifest peoples of his home world, Kua’reem, to breath life into this barren planet.
I think I might stay a while, he thought. This being the seventh planet that I have seeded on this distant corner of our galaxy. It was once called Afradon and so it shall be named once more.And, I shall build upon the highest mountain a city, which will ring with laughter, prosperity and music, and all forms of creativity will be explored. My city will be a shining example to all the worlds that will grow from it, spreading along this string of pearls known as the solar system of Celestion.
With that, he reached into the zero space cavity in his chest and brought forth the seeds from between his hearts. His clawed hand open and the light of the seeds was released. They sang and shone and mixed with the turbulent winds and spun toward the heavens…
Excerpt from BoyInSea Legends: Seeding Afradon by Annyash B. Arriffe