Friday, August 24, 2007
06.06.06: Tribute to CURTIS MAYFIELD & THE IMPRESSIONS
One of the sweetest falsetto voices in music... Curtis Mayfield got his start in the late 50's forming The Impressions along with Jerry Butler. Bulter split to go solo shortly after, leaving Curtis to lead the band. With 14 top hits and a stack of unbelievable records under his belt, Curtis Mayfield decided to go solo in the 70's while still writing for the Impressions.
Curtis Mayfield left behind some of the most powerfully conscious music of our time. In a time of great adversity, were some would rather write only love songs or turn a blind eye, Curtis sang about what he saw happening in the streets. I guess this would be the ultimate love song. Songs about human rights, social change, self-love, unity, and self -awarness. A humanitarian through the power of music and a beautiful songwriter whose influenced, with his unique guitar playing, the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to name a few.
After a freak accident with a lighting rafter falling on him in 1990 at a concert in Brooklyn, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, his health slowly deteriorated. On December 26, 1999, the world lost one of the most beautiful human beings and souls, but left behind a huge cataloge of awareness that still applies to today.
So people get ready because for 2 hours we are going to take you on a journey through the music of CURTIS MAYFIELD.