Keb Darges Lost and Found series sets out to expose lesser known or forgotten lights of soul music from the 50s and 60s.This music of forty and fifty years ago is still relevant today.
Keb Darge’s Lost and Found series sets out to expose lesser known or forgotten lights of soul music from the 50’s and 60’s. People ask me why the music of forty and fifty years ago is relevant today. What the hell does that mean? Should we only wear clothes that are of the latest fashion? Should we only eat food prepared in the most up to date restaurants? Should we only listen to music that is “breaking new boundaries"? Shite!! Well not for me at least if the new versions of all three do not satisfy me as much as the old ones. Clothes should be worn to feel comfortable in, and comfortable with your own appearance. Food should be eaten to satisfy your hunger with a deal of pleasure in the consumption. Music should be listened to to satisfy something secret in your soul. Sadly today too many people think all three should be done to show how trendy, and up to date they are. Now if the new versions do all this then fine, but in music at least I have found people are being short changed by the idea that new is better. They suffer because they listen to music that matches the image they want to create about themselves rather than music that actually satisfies their soul. The majority of today’s “soulful” music has had all the soul sucked out of it by squeaky clean over production, and the ridiculous pushing of blackness rather than human emotion. The soul of the fifties and sixties was much purer, and more honest. Therefore it reaches parts that the modern day pish cannot reach. However at last thanks to a new generation of youngsters influenced by the likes of Amy Winehouse, thousands of clubbers worldwide are now turning to the past for real pleasure during their nights out. I look into the sea of smiling faces on the dance floor every Saturday night at Madame Jo Jo’s, and get a feeling that somehow this music has saved these people from a false and dreary nightlife.
(added: 2010-01-08 14:28:11 )