The random thoughts and memories of Montrose Cunningham; musician, writer, student, lover of film, fashion and art...and a full-time Daddy.Ask me something
A while back, I purchased the latest from Vanessa Daou, Light Sweet Crude (Act 1: Hybrid), and shame on me for just now writing about it! Now anyone who knows me well, knows about my musical love affair with Vanessa. If not, you can check out my blog (written on her birthday last year) to get the history. I’ve got everything she’s released so yeah, I may be a bit biased, but I must not be the only one diggin’ it because it’s been featured on three Bestsellers lists on iTunes. This album has all the elements that made me a lifelong fan, jazzy, soulful sounds with pop and house infused electronica and trip hop, intriguing lyrics and that beautifully, sensual, haunting voice I fell in love with back in 1994. Pick up Light Sweet Crude on Amazon, iTunes or DAOU Records and keep up with Vanessa at VanessaDaou.com.
I have to really think hard to remember what I wore to work a couple of days ago and it might take me a minute to recall what I had for lunch yesterday, but musical experiences from decades ago, that’s a different story. For example, I can remember listening to every Andre Cymone album for the first time. I bought the Livin’ In The New Wave album and took it home and listened to it while playing games on my Atari video game system. Survivin’ In The 80s, I bought that cassette and listened to it while driving around town in my mothers car (it was really cold that night). AC, bought that album and played it over and over in my dorm room in Carbondale, Illinois, that was almost three decades ago…yeah, it’s been a minute. But here I am at midnight, sitting in my home office/studio/family room…whatever my family is calling it these days…listening to The Stone, Andre’s new album and I gotta’ say, it was well worth the wait.
Andre Cymone is one of my musical heroes, so it was really an honor to chat with him on the phone for a while when I interviewed him last year for SoulTrain.com. (check it out here). He’s a very cool brother and man it feels good to hear new music from him, and be able to make yet another musical memory, and as I listen to it for a second time through, I can say with total objectivity, it’s an amazing body of work. I can’t even pick a favorite, really, it’s that good…not that I expected anything less.