As of today we here at WMMCM are summarily dismissing summer – as over.
It’s 60 degrees outside right now and it was 40 degrees this morning when I headed down the mountain wending my wild way to work. The radio was filled with songs about Alabama - I can’t imagine why – as I drove down through a cloud bank descending into the wide open planes of Devore where the chickens are equally mixed with rather bored cattle awaiting their turn for whatever it is they’re waiting for.
The only sign of summer around here right now is the remaining echoes of a Tim McGraw concert last Saturday night at the Glen Helen/Blockbuster/Hyundai/San Manuel – whatever they are calling it this month – Amphitheatre. (The location of the West Coast Woodstock, The US Festival.) Hence the cows and chickens. They must be the descendants of the cows and chickens that were there thirty years ago, as I was, for the US Festival in 1983 and the, legendary – for us west coast folks at least – Heavy Metal Sunday.
It wouldn’t surprise me if some of the concerts fans from the US Festival were still there either. Never having left, just waiting for the next band or another score of weed, whichever comes first.
One thing about the US Festival, it was one of the most amazing concerts that I have ever been to. Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy, Judas Priest, Triumph, the Scorpions and Van Halen. All in all a perfect rock n’ roll show. Lots of beer, lots of pretty ladies and handsome guys, both wearing the minimum amount of clothes you could get away with as it was hotter than hell, and indescribably dusty even with the launch of the then brand new water misters to help us keep cool – which only served to help make those areas muddy…
And, to top it off, it was a monumental financial failure for Apple Computer co-founder and US Festival deep pocket, Steve Wozniac.
You couldn’t have asked for a more rock n’ roll weekend, concert or, situation. It’s a thousand degrees out, hot and sweaty, there’s mud everywhere where there is anything wet, there’s more beer than clothes and the party is being paid for by somebody else!
So now that summer has gone and left us behind, it’s time for a reliving of those wild days out in the former, and in some areas, current cow pastures of Devore in the early 80′s. It’s time for all of us to gather together and hold hands and quietly sing
I Feel Good!
James Brown, the Godfather of Soul singing “I Feel Good.” How can you not?
So now that the cat is out of papa’s brand new bag, it’s time for our next extra special edition of cheesery. We’ve gone all happy on you out there and we’ll be spending an inordinate amount of time until we get bored – or stopped – recounting all the songs that make us feel, well…
We’re Feeling Gouda!
Good for us and hopefully, good for you too as you join us in our next adventurous foray into feel good musicology and what better way to start than with “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business?”
James Brown was a wonder to behold. Not only was he a great singer and showman, he also always had a knack for doing what he did, and only he could really do, while still staying relevant and cool all through his fifty-plus year career.
Brown gained his nickname as “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” for good reason. Brown was a stickler for detail as he made his way up into the highest ranks of popular music performers. He was known to fine his band $100 right after a show if they missed a note while performing. His constant “I got you” shouted out while on-stage was not a bit of enthusiastic yelling. It was telling one of the guys that he was caught blowing a note or a beat somewhere. Brown could hear it all.
And that drive pushed him to the top- and “I Feel Good” is definitely one of Brown’s top songs.
It’s been covered by so many artists and used in so many movies and TV shows that from the first note of the horns or Brown’s “Owwoo” you know exactly what song it it. It’s almost a cliche when you hear “I Feel Good.” In most cases that might be a bad thing as folks get kind of worn out on hearing the same old thing being used over and over again. But for James Brown and “I Feel Good,” well, it still hits you with he same musical force – and force of personality – that it did when it was released in 1965.
A classic feel good song by the classic – Godfather of Soul! James Brown.
I Feel Good!
I Knew that I Would Now!
So Nice, So Nice, Got You!