The cold weather has me thinking about frost, which can be described as fragile white crystals near the ground. I like the sound of that – fragile white crystals.
To me, these delicate branched patterns are synonymous with creativity. In the form of inspiration, they most commonly appear overnight and then dissipate as the sun removes the insulation of the dark.
This winter, I’ve been looking for ideas in the frost each morning. Though near the ground, I lose them. They dissolve as my mind turns to menial tasks of the day.
Today was different, thankfully. The temperature is so low, I’ve been lazing around all day and it allowed for plenty of imagination to write the flowery prefix to this post, ha!
My fortunate free-time discovery is the Pops Staples album “Don’t Lose This”. The unfortunate (and perhaps embarrassing) music discovery is that I didn’t know about Roebuck Staples or the catalog of The Staples Singers.
The Guardian obituary praises Pops with the opening line: “There is no more recognizable sound in gospel music than the aching harmonies of the Staples Singers, underpinned by the husky murmur and throbbing electric guitar of Roebuck Staples”. Wow!
It turns out, the tracks on this album are the last recorded by Pops in 1999. His daughter, Mavis Staples, collaborated with Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) fifteen years later to release it posthumously in 2015. Immediately, when I heard “Somebody Was Watching” I could tell there was an authenticity about the vocals you don’t hear in today’s singers. What was intriguing was the mix of modern sounds similar to those in Buddy and Julie Miller’s work or perhaps, Whitehorse. After reading more on Pitchfork, it all made sense. And, I love it!
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Artist / Musician / Band: Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples
Album: Don’t Lose This
Genre: Gospel, R&B, Blues
From: Winona, Mississippi
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