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James Brown

James Brown

Date: Apr 09 2007

Themes: Holidays, Music

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If you like to dance, you should thank James Brown.

The music of James Brown influenced various music genres, from rock and reggae to jazz and disco. He had various hits over the decades of his amazing music career. Some of his best known songs are I Feel Good, Say it Loud, I’m Black and Proud and Sex Machine.

James Brown was also known for his dancing during his performances. He was quite a dancer, jumping on stage and even doing the splits!

Listen to Marni and Mason talk about music legend James Brown.

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Marni

Marni

Mason

Mason

Mason:  Uh, you know what I just found out?

Marni:  What?

Mason:  James Brown died… I knew he died…

Marni:  Right.

Mason:  But on Christmas.

Marni:  You didn’t know he died on Christmas?

Mason:  No.

Marni:  Oh.

Mason:  Well, I’m Jewish.

Marni:  Oh.

Mason:  So I don’t really pay attention to anything Christmas-related.

Marni:  Yeah.

Mason:  Uh…

Marni:  I was actually visiting my parents’ and they have cable, which I don’t, and so I was inundated with a lot of cable news stories and…

Mason:  Yeah.

Marni:  ... James Brown, very sad to find out he died.

Mason:  Definitely… but what… the thing that weirded me out when I, when I even found out about it was, uh, the Apollo Theater.

Marni:  Mm hm.

Mason:  Um, and they, they had his body on stage.

Marni:  Yes.

Mason:  Like, that’s where they did…

Marni:  That’s where they did the memorial service.

Mason:  Right. And…

Marni:  I thought that was very fitting, actually.

Mason:  It, it was. But at the same time it was really bizarre too. I have a weird thing about, like, the idea of an open-casket funeral.

Marni:  Really? Oh, yeah …

Mason:  I don’t know, it’s… Again, it’s not anything I was raised with.

Marni:  Right.

Mason:  Uh…

Marni:  So are you a fan of James Brown?

Mason:  Oh, of course, you know. Like… he’s, he’s kinda like Michael Jackson to me. Like, you love him through the good times, you love him through the bad times. So he went nuts...

Marni:  Living in America...

Mason:  You still gotta love him, right? It’s like…

Marni:  Yeah. He’s James Brown.

Mason:  He’s James Brown.

Marni:  Godfather of Soul.

Mason:  Godfather of Soul.

Marni:  Really. What more is there to say? Rest in peace.

 

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Discussion

Mason didn’t realize that James Brown died on Christmas. Since he’s Jewish, Christmas isn’t really on his personal calendar.

Marni was visiting her parents for Christmas when she heard that James Brown died.

The memorial service was held at the Apollo Theater where James Brown performed.

Both Marni and Mason agree that James Brown indeed deserves his title as the Godfather of Soul.

R.I.P. James Brown.

Are you a James Brown fan?

 

Comments

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vicmay_lo-flo@live.com.mx

Mexico

james brown is cOOL.


Wink

10:16 AM Jun 07 2012 |

BBoy Roty

BBoy Roty

Brazil

Yes I’m a James Brown Fan 

12:18 PM Dec 11 2011 |

rongrong515

China

that’s a great man`~!

07:43 AM Apr 28 2007 |

公保扎西

China

I’mtiredofbeingwhatyouwantmetobe
Feelingsofaithlesslostunderthesurface
Don’tknowwhatyou’reexpectingofme
Putunderthepressureofwalkinginyourshoes
(Caughtintheundertowjustcaughtintheundertow)
EverystepItakeisanothermistaketoyou
(Caughtintheundertowjustcaughtintheundertow)
I’vebecomesonumbIcan’tfeelyouthere
I’vebecomesotiredsomuchmoreaware
I’vebecomingthisallIwanttodo
IsbemorelikemeAndbelesslikeyo

03:43 AM Apr 23 2007 |

lucaspriz

lucaspriz

Italy

I’ve seen his concert last year in Italy and I can say that he was fantastic!!

07:41 AM Apr 16 2007 |

humourliu

China

great artist!likeing his voice is enough for him

06:16 AM Apr 16 2007 |

crazykota

crazykota

Sri Lanka

I don’t why he has commented about him self as “sex machine”. It gives some bad impression on his immage.

12:31 AM Apr 16 2007 |

Mewzaa

Mewzaa

Thailand

HE’s THE BEST OF ALL.

12:25 AM Apr 14 2007 |

Newcastle

Newcastle

Spain

I feel good!!!:)

01:56 PM Apr 09 2007 |

monicalo

monicalo

Taiwan

admin is stupid

10:51 AM Apr 09 2007 |

friday6000

China

what do you think of it but i like it very much,,,,it’s to great…t have heard so much about you,,i would lke to keep the good memory for you

03:20 AM Apr 09 2007 |

somaliland

somaliland

Somalia

yes James Brown was great singer,dancer,everything!.he inspired by many artist we love today, he was the only reason to love world music.every aspect of life has Father,and he was the Father of world music.

01:08 AM Apr 09 2007 |

rohini23

rohini23

India

i think about music is not an entertainment also it should touch our heart.

11:59 PM Apr 08 2007 |

abdeeq

abdeeq

Somalia

James Brown was a best songer

11:26 PM Apr 08 2007 |

ayenk

ayenk

Indonesia

James Brown was a great artist. Hope he can rest in peace..amen.

07:29 PM Apr 08 2007 |

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