(OSF, Weekend Edition)
Freshman year of high school was funky. 1978-1979. The end of a decade. As I have said before, I was in a new school. One With Black People! I could spread my wings and be a New Me! I had become friends with girls with older sibs with cars. I went to Clubhouse Parties every week—so long as I could cough up 3 or 4 dollars for gas (…nobody rides for free).
Some songs from the soundtrack of that first year of the rest of my life I have already posted in other OSFs. Songs from Heatwave, from EWF, from Taste of Honey. And of course, from Prince. Other contributors to my freshman year include the Bar-Kays, the Bee Gees (yes, they could be funky), Chic, Donna Summer, and Rick James.
But I think there may be one song I have yet to throw OSF’s way. This song is from what is probably one of the top 5 albums of all time by any artist of any genre. The song is not something I necessarily danced to, and perhaps I should not even classify it as “funky” in the move your booty kind of sense funky. But it was funky in a deeper sense of moving my mind, my spirit, my imagination. I would listen to this song over and over on my earphones. I memorized every line, and sang them as liturgy instead of lyrics.
The song is “As” by Stevie Wonder, from Songs in the Key of Life. One of the greatest songs of alllll tiiime. You can bet your life times that—and twice its double.
Enjoy and have a great weekend!
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