Posts Tagged funk
Part of being a liturgical musician in the city is being able to communicate in the vernacular music of the culture. Playing music is always first and foremost an exercise in listening. You can’t play if you can’t listen. So, I want to toss out a few artists that you should listen to in order to grow in your playing.
These guys are from New Orleans and they developed an instrumental funk that is so fawn-ky it will blow you mind. The Meters had an amazing groove. It’s complex without sounding busy. It’s syncopated and asymmetrical while still making you want to dance. So, listen to the Meters.
Here’s a track from my CD, Guardian Grace. This song was written as the theme song for the 2002 Urban Camp in Chattanooga, TN. The recording features some special guests: Michelle Higgins from The Distribution on back ground vocals and my dad, James Ward, on Rhodes. It was a lot of fun to create this cool hip-hop/funk groove to standout from the rest of the tunes on the CD.