Friday, December 26, 2008

Being Cool Acting A Fool: OSF Partee-ing

My most memorable (as well as forgettable) party experiences occurred during college as an undergraduate during the days of large lapels and wide collars, elephant bell bottom pants and platform shoes, afros, tikis, dashikis, and Black Power. This is some of the music that is embedded in my mind as I tried to negotiate this new space for me where knowledge, racial pride, love, hate, and cool all intersected at once and tried to overwhelm a young brutha. Here it is, sometimes chillin' and sometimes thrillin':

The Persuaders: A Thin Line


Marvin Gaye: Inner City Blues


Roy Ayers: Everybody Loves the Sunshine

14 comments:

Villager said...

Happy OSF! You are bringin' it today! I do remember those big Afro days ... the basement parties with the red lightbulbs. Slow jams with your best girl...

Thank you for visiting my blog earlier today. I invite your blog readers to check out my tribute to Eartha Kitt as she sings 'Santa Baby'. I'm not sure we appreciated her in America as much as she was appreciated in other countries around the world...

peace, Villager

Hagar's Daughter said...

Alright now, Rev!

Happy OSF.

jjbrock said...

Rev It's a Thin Line takes me back to some wild times. "It's 5:00 in morning I am just getting in and a knock at the door says who is it.

She opens the door and lets me in never once do she say were have you been...next thing I am lying in hospital bandage from feet to head.."now that's those were some wild times.

Revvy Rev said...

@Sis.B,

sometimes folk in the church come at us shuckin' and jivn', not realizing that you can see thru that stuff because you have been there. I think that's why God uses folk that have had life's varied experiences - with 'hood in them like Peter, or anger management and pride issues like Paul - but whose "evolving story integrates a reconstructed past, some key scenes, pivotal turning points, and an anticipated future." All of life helps to shape our identity.

Breathless said...

Ohhhh Rev--I remember my daddy singing "Theres a thin line between love and hate"

I think I will call him and sing it to him today.

Love the pics of your beautiful family.

SjP said...

Hey Rev! I think I was at least one of those parties back in the day. Was that you in those platforms? That was me with the afro! LOL

Much obliged for visiting SjP's on this OSF for Ms Kitt, I invite you and your readers to SjP's.

Hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas. Your family is simply beautiful!

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hi Pastor,

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas day with your family!

I had never heard of The Persuaders!!

I learn something new every OSF!!

The photos of your girls are just darling to look at! Somehow, it doesn't surprise me that you have raised girls. My dad raised two girls as well. We are very close in age just like your girls appear to be.

Thanks for your OSF picks!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

Regina said...

Great picks! Love them all, this is what I grew up on!
Merry Christmas!

Hey Shae! said...

Inner City Blues is some serious music Rev. You were feeling that one weren't you? :)

Thin Line is timeless. Happy OSF!

Revvy Rev said...

@Shae,
Yes!!! I feel it! Make me wanna holler, how they do my life. This ain't livin'!

@SjP, I saw you. You were the one with the Angela Davis afro, weren't you?

@Annie, Breathless, Lisa - thin line experiences were scary - kind of like Al Green grits!

@All,
It was a new experience to have Christmas with the kids but it was all good - didn't have to clean up when everyone left. Enjoyed it immensely, best ever! Y'all be blessed.

Marvalus said...

Whew! I can always count on you and SjP to give me the whatfor on OSF...always taking me back!

Nice pictures of your family...I hope your Christmas was fabulous!

SjP said...
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SjP said...

"Angela Davis afro"...yep! That was me! Still got it, too...only much, much, much shorter (and grayer) LOL! Power to the People! It's Nation Time!

Whew! Had a flashback...

pjazzypar said...

I don't know how I missed these selections last week, but I love it, love it, love it!