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Friday, November 12, 2004

"we live in brooklyn": the fortress of solitude soundtrack

This occurred to me just now, while listening our recording of Roy Ayers on Gilles Peterson's Worldwide. They dropped the classic "We live in brooklyn", and with Roy talking about resonated heavily with my current reading of Fortress of Solitude. Had one of those why didn't i think of it before moments: this book demands a soundtrack.

I've been taking a few notes on Brooklyn geography, but not on the musical references, which are plentiful. Here are a few ideas for the soundtrack:

spins by Barrett Rude Jr:
Stevie Wonder
Shuggie Otis
Donnie Hathaway

to evoke Barrett's former life in the Distinctions:
classic Philly soul, along the lines of the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Dramatics
(esp the Spinners; see this post)

some coked-out soul/funk, to evoke Barrett's life on Dean St:
probably Sly

in honor of the double feature @ the Duffield:
some "Norman Whitfield-Rose Royce pizzazz" off the Car Wash soundtrack

MFSB - "Love is the Message"

the newly discovered breaks that Mingus drops in his basement lair

the punk that Dylan discovers @ Stuyvesant High:
Clash, Talking Heads, ...

"Rapper's Delight"

something by Marvin, that resonates on his relationship with his father

and of course:

"Play that funky music whiteboy"

more on this later.

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