The Harder We Fight (The Sweeter The Love) Junie Morrison Remix – Susanne Alt

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From Saxify by Susanne Alt
The Harder We Fight (The Sweeter The Love)
Junie Morrison Remix

In the late summer of 2015, P-Funk sister and extremely talented saxophonist, Susanne Alt approached my studio with a request to produce a remix on one of the tracks from her new studio project, Saxify.

Both Susanne and I were in agreement that the track, The Harder We Fight (The Sweeter The Love) featuring vocals by Mavis Acquah was a good candidate for a club style remix and here is the result, released today.  Check it out on Venus Tunes!

– JM

From Saxify by Susanne Alt
The Harder We Fight (The Sweeter The Love)
Junie Morrison Remix

More on Susanne Alt at: www.susannealt.com
Get the Music:  Venus Tunes
@susannealt

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What It Meant To Inspire A Song On Solange’s New Album

Funk Artist Junie Morrison Explains What It Meant To Inspire A Song On Solange’s New Album

by Lakin Starling – The FADER

The legendary musician dropped gems about the power of Solange’s creativity on A Seat at the Table and the song “Junie.”

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On Solange’s new album A Seat at the Table, the singer beautifully pares the layers of black identity while giving respect to legendary black musicians. The day before the album was released, Solange revealed via Twitter that the “great” funk musician Junie Morrison was the inspiration for the song “Junie.” Morrison’s own impact on the world of funk starts with his role in the 1970’s as a writer, arranger, and producer for the soul-funk band Ohio Players. Later in the decade, Morrison wrote and produced music for the pioneering cosmic collective Parliament Funkadelic.

Solange channels some of Morrison’s musical liberation in the song “Junie,” an ultra-groovy jam that confronts the appropriation of black culture. She sings: You want to be the teacher/ Don’t want to go to school/ Don’t want to do the dishes/ Just want to eat the food.

In a recent conversation, Morrison shared his reaction when he learned that Solange named the song after him. “I believe that Solange has a great talent for representing and promoting freedom,”Morrison told The FADER over email. “Freedom to be outwardly and inwardly creative.”

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When did you find out that Solange was going to name the song “Junie” after you?

To be honest with you, I found out about that particular song just a few days before it was released. She kept it very close and wanted to surprise me with the news. When she informed me about her song, I was a bit taken aback by the surprise but very appreciative that she wanted to put time and energy into creating it. She indicated that she had written a song around my vibe and inspiration, and also indicated that it was very long and called, “Junie”. Suffice it to say, I was like, WHAAAT???!!!

She communicated to me that she wanted to tell me the story of how much my track “Super Spirit” made an impression on her and inspired her to name her creation, “Junie”. She wanted me to hear her creation and speak to me about it. My initial reaction to hearing the song itself was the same as I had while listening to the rest of “A Seat At The Table” –– Wow! This young person has a whole funk load of talent. It’s all good.

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Solange Knowles
A Seat at The Table

Had you known Solange before the song was recorded?

I instinctively knew Solange, only through the connection we all have as beings on this planet. Strangely enough, it was almost akin to what one would call fate, especially since her brother-in-law started his career by sampling one of my early creations called, “Ecstasy.” Fate is funny that way because I have also been a fan of Solange’s music for years. I liked, among others, “T.O.N.Y.” and “I Decided” quite a lot. In fact, my good friend and great music aficionado, Melissa Weber a.k.a., DJ Soul Sister, formally brought us together, earlier this year.

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In what ways do you think Solange channels you and your spirit in “Junie”?

I believe that Solange has a great talent for representing and promoting freedom. Freedom to be outwardly and inwardly creative. In a lot of ways, she resembles me, without a doubt. Being female, however, her talents are very intuitive and have a certain depth of expression, not withstanding the fact that I do have a tendency push the envelope inside of my own diversity.

In your solo projects, you’ve addressed some controversial topics. “A Seat at the Table” is deeply aware of our current moment and directly confronts feelings surrounding black identity. How does that speak to your legacy and music career?

It speaks volumes. Aside from it being a great compliment, it also alludes to the fact that we spend a great deal of time, as beings on this planet, asserting our individuality and uniqueness as if we wear those attributes as a badge of honor. I believe Solange intuits that this type of attitude is the only attribute needed to keep our world from changing. Our awareness is as wide and varied as there are stars in the sky. So I ask, which one of those stars will say that the other does not belong there? Imagine, if you will, the universe acting in as anti-social a way toward its stars, galaxies, and nebulae as we do with our diversity here on earth. There would be real problems in the cosmos.

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She showcases a variety of sounds on the album. What struck you about her choice to use a funk-inspired instrumental to address cultural appropriation?

By cultural appropriation, I believe you mean “What happens when stuff gits stole.” If so, I would consider it a perfect way to illustrate the point. One should only remember, however, that to sample a piece of fruit pie need not be the only experience. There will always be more pie to fruit.

Read the original interview at The FADER website.
Lakin Starling @lakinimani is a staff writer at The FADER
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More on Solange:
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Abstractia by BoyInSea

Abstractia A/B Flip
 (Abstractia and Shaker Song)
by BoyInSea

Buy Abstractia on Bandcamp

Released June 29, 2016
Written, Produced and Performed by W. Morrison
Produced by Junie Morrison
© 2016 Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Label: JunieFunk Recordings
Cover Design by Anna B. Sheriff – Ki Shomen Project

It’s the summer of 2016 and there are, as always, major events going on in the world. Negativity is at an all-time high in the news media and it appears that frustration is driving the populace to the brink of post-industrial insanity, causing one to think, surely nobody really wants to live an apocalyptic nightmare. It’s like, one hundred degrees of crazy out here.

With this in mind, a week after the release of his contemporary, ambient EP and audio-visual project, Contemplating: Sound For Mind And Body, Junie Morrison decides that it’s time to take the idea of soothing, perhaps healing music, to another level.

As Morrison puts it, “I wanted to conceptualize an escape from the tensions and atmospheric pollution, even if it’s only a temporary psycho-acoustical one.”

Donning his BoyInSea persona once more, in order to re-establish calm both in his own mind and in the air around him, Morrison sits down at his recently purchased Roli Seaboard to cut a new album. Aided by his trusty Korg Minilogue, his hardy Push 2 and a crap-load of modular synths, he spends the next few weeks composing an album reminiscent of African Spirit Music infused with a distinctively futuristic vibe entitled, Abstractia.

Morrison says, “My thought is that, it’s okay to have positive thoughts. A positive vibe is just that, it doesn’t have to be comedic or silly, it can be serious and profound. Musicians, if they choose to, can drive a tonal wedge though the noisome pestilence; the stench that often accompanies our contemporary societal lifestyles, before it’s able to feedback on itself. Because, part of the problem in our society is the feedback loop. Once we get caught in that loop, it’s almost impossible to find a way out. At times like these, we need a pause, a moment to stop and consider where we’re going, maybe check out the direction we’re pointed in, and make a decision that’s best for us, personally. Music with a positive tonal structure provides us with the opportunity to create a platform that we can use as a springboard into visualizations which, if used correctly, will bring us closer to clearer thoughts. Once there, we have access to a kind of clarity that helps us logic things out.”

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These ideas are definitely reflected in this project. Morrison has conceptualized an even deeper afrofuturistic vibe with his latest BoyInSea offering. He has drawn on tribal influences from around the world, both ancient and progressive and has recreated them on Abstractia, weaving them into intricate patterns throughout his melodies. Let’s face it, Morrison has created a new world here, a world in which you can sense the magical presence of nature; the elements of water, fire, air, earth, and where haunting voices call out to you from a distance, chanting their messages of peace and tranquility. The tracks are beautifully arranged, abstract at times, all the while communicating with you through zen-like meditative tones and atmospheric highs and lows, even animal sounds, some of which are reminiscent of whale song, echoing over squishy beats, funky bass-lines and slippery synths. Abstractia is harmonic bliss, it is music for the soul.

Released on his indie imprint, JunieFunk Recordings, Junie Morrison presents you with the first two tracks from his latest BoyInSea release Abstractia, as an A/B Flip; the title track, Abstractia and Shaker Song.

– Anna B. Sheriff

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(Not Just) Knee Deep

In recent days,  many of my social network friends have asked me to clarify my position on Funkadelic’s (Not Just) Knee Deep. I can let you know that you may rest assured that the track is of my conception.

It originally began with the idea, groove and keyboard parts that I had created a few years prior to producing the track for Funkadelic, which later became (Not Just) Knee Deep, as you now know it today.

However, it’s clear that most people tend to feel better about something when it comes straight from the mouth of the horse that bit them… So check out these sound files and hear what happened for yourself.

Ever funkin’ on. – JM

George Clinton talking about Junie Morrison’s involvement in Parliament-Funkadelic especially on (Not Just) Knee Deep.

Contemplating: The Well

Contemplating: The Well
from Junie Morrison

 Contemplating: The Well

The water that grants life, flows into, around, over and below all things. Like the soul, it is a structure-less structure, containing the uncontainable… by Anna B. Sheriff

Contemplating: The Well, is part of a triune of meditative audio-visual works, created by Junie Morrison.

Video: Contemplating: The Well
Produced and Directed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
Co-Produced by Annyash Arriffe
Music: Spectral Noise
Composed and Performed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
© Copyright Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Poetry: The Well
Written by Walt Morrison

Soundtrack to this project available on The JuniePopUp Store: juniepopupstore.bandcamp.com/album/contemplating-sound-for-mind-and-body-ep

Contemplating: Inner Truth

Contemplating: Inner Truth
from Junie Morrison

Contemplating: Inner Truth

Blink not, for the quickening of the eye beholds a truth beyond that of the hand. It sees into the depths, seeking out the light within and touches the borders of Eternity… by Anna B. Sheriff

Contemplating: Inner Truth, is part of a triune of meditative audio-visual works, created by Junie Morrison.

Video: Contemplating: Inner Truth,
Produced and Directed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
Co-Produced by Annyash Arriffe
Music: The Spoken Works
Composed and Performed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
© Copyright Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Poetry: Inner Truth
Written by Walt Morrison

Soundtrack to this project available on The JuniePopUp Store: juniepopupstore.bandcamp.com/album/contemplating-sound-for-mind-and-body-ep

Contemplating: The Creative

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.

Video: Contemplating: The Creative
Produced and Directed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
Co-Produced by Annyash Arriffe
Music: The Creative
Composed and Performed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
© Copyright Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Poetry: The Creative
Written by Walt Morrison

Soundtrack to this project available on The JuniePopUp Store: juniepopupstore.bandcamp.com/album/contemplating-sound-for-mind-and-body-ep

It’s True! Black Girls Rock. They Also Jazz…

It’s definitely true that black girls rock.  Hopefully you are aware that black girls also jazz.

Today, the spotlight is on three of the hottest, most incredibly talented lady artists in the world of professional African American Music:

Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington.

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Four-time Grammy Award winning recording artist,
jazz bassist, cellist, vocalist and composer.

Geri AllenGERI ALLEN

Award-winning jazz pianist, composer, music producer and an Associate Professor of Music with a master’s degree in ethnomusicology.

Terri Lyne CarringtonTERRI LYNE CARRINGTON

Grammy award winning drummer,
composer, producer and bandleader.

Y’know, rather than talk, just gonna let their performance speak for itself.

Geri Allen, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington
Jazz in Marciac – Unconditional Love


For more information about these awesome artists visit:
http://geriallen.com/
http://www.esperanzaspalding.com/#emily
http://www.terrilynecarrington.com/