Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

7 Dec

James-Brown 1968 concert

I feel it. Our collective and individual souls feel broken over the non-indictment of Michael Brown, and now, Eric Garner.  I hear all of your outpouring of anger, sadness, hopelessness.

Yet, I also feel something else going on.  I see black people expressing their anger and outrage and call for change in organized marches and sit-ins.  I see black, brown and white people marching together saying, “Enough!”

Still, we feel down, we are not certain.  We are in a funk.  We need some funk to get us out of this funk.

On April 5, 1968, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, James Brown was scheduled to play the Boston Garden.  Mayor Kevin White almost cancelled the concert due to the unrest in the city the night before–Boston had a volatile racial climate due to forced busing and school integration, and White worried the concert would potentially bring more violence into the downtown area. It was black city councilman Tom Atkins that urged the mayor to not cancel the concert and to televise it free, locally in an effort to keep people home, and the streets calm.

James Brown through his musical talent and grand presence had the exact impact the mayor and city officials had hoped for.  Brown even, during a charged moment when some young men, mostly black, kept jumping up on the stage, and white police officers were forcefully pushing them back off the stage, was able to see the potential for racial discord, and asked the police officers to step back,. Brown  talked directly to the young men and the crowd, and asked them to have some respect for themselves, and for him.  The men listened, and the show went on.  It was a quiet night on the streets of Boston.  James Brown, and his music had brought people together, and brought peace to a city overwhelmed with grief and upset over the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now, I’m not saying that UK deejay, music producer Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars come close to wearing the cape of the Godfather of Soul. And it is clear  Uptown Funk is definitely influenced by James Brown’s sound.  But, it’s not such a bad thing when you’re feeling broken, to get up off of that thing and dance on a Sunday.

 

 

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SOURCE:  www.youtube.com, Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, posted by VeVo

 

Photo credit:  www.juliettejagger.com

2 Responses to “Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk”

  1. Sherry Gordon December 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    Dear Wendy Jane,

    Hi, there, my sweet white soul sisterfriend, Wendy Jane! Wow, my sister, wow! And wow, my friend, wow! I thank-you so, so much my sisterfriend for providing this soul-inspiring, beautiful music, singing, and dancing to make my Sunday great from our Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars and Uptown Funk! What great and cool, energizing and sweetly melodic music for me, Wendy Jane, and your other very grateful and appreciative readers, sisterfriend! I loved this! For some reason, Bruno Mars and the others, but in particular Bruno Mars, reminds me of our Michael Jackson. I think he kind of looks like him sort of, and he and the other dancers kind of move and dance the way our wonderful Michael Jackson did, sisterfriend! Wendy Jane, I am so, so very uplifted by you, friend, this spectacular blog post article of yours as well as your other soulful and Spirit-filled ones, and by this magnificent music, singing, and dancing! Just so added to my Sunday to make it that much brighter, Wendy Jane!!!!!! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you, sisterfriend!!!!!! I loved the story about the great talent, James Brown, too, sister!!!!!! I had never heard of that story before, my friend!!!!!

    You are so right in what you said, sister! There is indeed hope, Wendy Jane! I, too, can see and feel the hope as well with all of the people on a multiracial, multicultural, and multiethnic level not only black persons but everybody united together in the spirit to fight and advocate for justice with all of their beautiful and collective voices. I like you, sister, feel the power of all of us together voicing our anger, hurt, and outrage, and feeling and enacting the very energizing power we all have as we all together as one common, beloved and precious community and shared human family get together to work toward reform and social justice!!!!!! I, like you, Wendy Jane, feel the hope and the power, sisterfriend!!!!!! I am getting out of my funk, my precious, dearest, and sweet white and Jewish sisterfriend, Wendy Jane, and I am feeling an increasing faith, hope, and positive optimism. I truly believe, Wendy Jane, that will all of our collective power together as our Good God’s people and our Good God’s children that things can and will get better in terms of vile, vicious, pernicious, and pervasive racism, oppressions, discrimination, and inequities. I so, so very much love and cherish you, my white sisterfriend, Wendy Jane, and other beautiful inside and out children of God white persons!!!!!! I will never ever give up on you, my dearest and precious white sisterfriend, Wendy Jane, and I will never ever give up on other wonderful sisters and brothers who are wonderful white people!!!!! I will for always also continue to have faith in the system, and to love and cherish our very special, precious, and beloved country of our United States Of American, Wendy Jane!!!!!! I am so, so incredibly blessed to be a member, part of, and citizen of our great and special United States of America!!!!!! Wendy Jane, I will for always keep my ever increasing faith, hope, and positive optimism, and I will never ever give up on you, sister, and other white persons, and I will for always love so you, friend, and other white persons, especially white women, as the liberal and progressive Christian lesbian black wooman who I am!!!!!! I am for sure for always going to keep the faith, Wendy Jane, and for always keep my hope alive!!!!!! I am out of my funk for sure, sisterfriend!!!!!! (SMILE!)!

    Wendy Jane, now I am even more inspired and energized from your fantastic and fantabulous blog post article!!!!!! My Sunday is even much better thanks to you and this so, so very soulful, spiritual, and Spirit-filled blog post article!!!!!!! My special white sisterfriend, Wendy Jane, please have such an incredibly nice and amazing, nice, special, and a very blessed Sunday!!!!!! Thank-you for this great and cool, so, so very fine and excellent blog post article, Wendy Jane!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my sisterfriend,

    Your lesbian black sistefriend in solidarity, Sherry Gordon

    • Wendy Jane December 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

      Hello Sherry,

      Thanks for listening, and for your words here. I agree that Bruno Mars has a little bit of that MJ quality in him–other friends of mine have mentioned that too. I’m glad that you are feeling hope too in regards to all of us coming together to fight the inequities in our country’s justice system, and the systems of racism that have created the inequity in the first place.

      Wishing you all the best for the start of your week.

      Your white sisterfriend in solidarity,
      Wendy Jane

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