They smile in your face all the time they want to take your place
I want to thank all the is music, SOUL. I was living in the shed under a flat. Not all barns or sheds, were this big. Mine had 28 square meters. 2 parts. Green and orange walls and a disco. The windows were small. Look on the picture. The small windows under each apartment. No water, no toilet, barely heated. We, all 12, 13, 14, 15, lived like gang-members it was the time of the Mau Mau and other ‘famous’ gangs’ in the big cities in the states. In Leiden it was ‘South West’ a new housing estate.
I am not going to tell you what we all did. A large group of boys and girls. Just in the time of Bruce Lee and Kung Fu. So we had knives, wore nunchaku on our legs and fought with it. It was the time were the fight sports grew. We had all nationalities, so discrimination was bar nonsense.
More, this is about my gratitude, we had music. The birth of disco, that replaced school. That was the court to fight out all the differences, in groups with weapons and soul and a heart.
On the background there was ‘Hair’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, Deep Purple, Beatles, Stones, Van Morrison and all other time related music. Trust me, I knew it. But Soul was the thing.
We were not rich, many talented but very few did anything then live their life. Being good to your parents and friend. Mama and Papa were sacred. Very simple respectful. So what kind of music… SOUL touched my live ever since I was 11. A Little journey
Al Green, Let’s Stay Together
The temptations my papa was a rolling stone
I met the Temptations. We stayed in the same hotel in Antwerp I think it was 2007. Amazing.
Jean Knight – Mr Big Stuff
Timmy Thomas Why can’t we live together
Isaac hayes shaft 1973
Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer
James Brown…. It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World 1966
Gladys Knight – “Midnight Train to Georgia
non soul but with warm heart
The Graduate – Sound of Silence
we cannot forget
The Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There (1970)
Hundreds of other songs. SOUL was the essence. What is the essence of soul?
We stood up for each other. Moved, fighting, dancing, speedskating, football and the disco.
A long list more. There was such a thing as social support. Doors of houses were open.
Of course there were fights and trouble left and right. But we fought or talked it out. All my friends were more or less children of my parents, as I was for other parents.
Gratitude and being thankful were key words.
It was unthinkable that you would not greet your parents or friends.
That kind of shitty soulless ego stepped in in our time now. That is why we let our world and existence be ruined by imaginary talents and ego’s . Politicians and big Companies who have no SOUL.
So listen to soul. Do NOT damage your soul with ungrateful lies. Do NOT believe politicians or journalist who are not involved with warmth and listening to people. They are servants.
You feel and listen, read and repeat SOUL
Be Thankful For What You’ve Got – William DeVaughn