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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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Mason: Uh, you know what I just found out?
Mason: James Brown died… I knew he died…
Mason: But on Christmas.
Marni: You didn’t know he died on Christmas?
Mason: Well, I’m Jewish.
Mason: So I don’t really pay attention to anything Christmas-related.
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…
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.
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: 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.
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?