June 18, 2011

V4YS Special Selection - Peace Go With You, Brother Gil Scott-Heron

Alongside Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye or John Coltrane, Gil Scott-Heron is part of this small circle of unforgettable artists whose music and spirit are with me all the time, wherever I go, whatever I do.
And always will be.

If I cannot recommend you more to listen to each and every of his album to fully grasp the extent of his genius, I nevertheless wanted to propose a selection of some of my favorite Gil songs to those of you who are not familiar enough with his work.
So here comes "Peace Go With You, Brother Gil Scott-Heron", our modest tribute to this immense artist who sadly just passed away.

From tracks ferociously denouncing societal, economical and political issues to reflections about the struggle of the human kind in its fight against addictions to beautiful poetic songs full of love and hope, you'll find in this podcast some of the various faces of this fundamental artist.
Peace Go With You, Brother Gil!

Please find below the streaming of our selection (in two parts) as well as podcast and track-by-track format download links here (part1 / part2).

Part1 :
V4YS - Peace Go With You, Brother Gil Scott Heron (Part1) from Vibes4YourSoul at Letsmix.com

Part2 :
V4ys Special Selection Gil Scott Heron  Part2 from Vibes4YourSoul at Letsmix.com

Tracklisting (with links to each song lyrics which are such an important part of his legacy) :

We Almost Lost Detroit (probably my favorite Gil's song, written in 1977 in reference of a nuclear power plant incident that happened in 1966 in Detroit, the lyrics were (sadly) particularly visionaries...)
A Lovely Day (5' 10'')
Song For Bobby Smith (8' 33'')
I'll Call It Morning (13' 06'')
The Other Side, Pt.I (16' 41'')
Angel Dust (21' 58'')
Angola, Louisiana (26' 09'')
Work For Peace (31' 38'')
Whitey On The Moon (39' 04'')
Winter In America (solo version) (40' 31'')
Your Daddy Loves You (46' 47'')
Lady Day And John Coltrane
Home Is Where The Hatred Is (3'33'')
Johannesburg (6' 49'')
The Bottle (live) (11' 24'')
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (24' 47'')
"B" Movie (long version) (27'42'')
You Could Be My Brother (39' 48'')

And just for the pleasure, some of my favorite Gil's quotes (actually still very much topical) :

From "Work For Peace" :
"The Military and the Monetary, get together whenever they think its necessary,
they turn our brothers and sisters into mercenaries, they are turning the planet into a cemetery.
The Military and the Monetary, use the media as intermediaries,
they are determined to keep the citizens secondary, they make so many decisions that are arbitrary."

From "B Movie" (written following R Reagan election in 1980, sadly still very much topical isn'it?) :
"As Wall Street goes, so goes the nation. And here's a look at the closing numbers: racism's up, human rights are down, peace is shaky, war items are hot. The House claims all ties. Jobs are down, money is scarce, and common sense is at an all-time low on heavy trading. Movies were looking better than ever, and now no one is looking, because we're starring in a "B" movie."

From "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" :
"The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.
The revolution will not be televised"

From "I'll Call It Morning" :
"Why should I survive on sadness?
And tell myself I got to be alone
Why should I subscribe to this world's madness?
Knowing that I've got to live on
Yeah I think I'll call it morning 
From now on"

From "Lady Day and John Coltrane" (in reference to Billie Holliday and Coltrane, a tribute on the healing power of Music and Art in general) :
"Ever feel kinda down and out, you don't know just what to do--
Livin' all of your days in darkness let the sun shine through--
Ever feel that somehow, somewhere, you've lost your way--
And if you don't get help quick you won't make it through the day--
Could you call on Lady Day, Could you call on John Coltrane
Now ‘cause they'll, they'll wash your troubles, your troubles, your troubles
Your troubles away!"

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