Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Peace Begin Withins

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This is a 45 I turn to again and again, Bobby Powell's "Peace Begins Within" on Whit. It has brilliant socially conscious lyrics over a solid mid-tempo groove. Very topical in some respects, as he mentions Vietnam, but his message still has merit. And it's delivered with so much soul, especially great lines like "I want to go to Heaven, but I don't want to die". Overall, it's a funky soul tune with plenty of flourishes thanks to the guitar player and a (electronic?) piano. The guitar playing is very nice, sharp and well-placed. About 3/4 of the way through a female chimes in over a breakdown and supports Bobby's message. And then he takes it on home.....

I highly recommend you have a listen here. What an amazing tune.


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