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SOUL MUSIC IS OFF LIMITS



I was looking at a music list of Blues, Classical, Country, Electronic, Folk, Hip-hop, Jazz, New age, Reggae, Rock, Soul, R&B, Gospel, Rap, etc. As I went down the list of artist I noticed that white artist and groups had infiltrated every genre of Black music.

I was disappointed to see they had captured soul music called Blue eye soul. My reference points for soul music are the great black soul singers, such as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Roberta Flack and others. So how in the hell can you compare a white singer to those greats and call them soul singers. Now Michael McDonald with his distinctive, soulful voice and as a member of the bands The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan I will give him a pass but others like Robin Thicke and Justin Bieber I will have to pass on.


What makes a singer soulful? Being able to channel the rich emotionality and vocal agility of the R&B-based style; the howls, growls, shouts, coos, whispers and more that invest soulfulness into the singer’s delivery. What marks soul singing greatness? Mississippians, Chicagoans and Detroiters who know about those cotton fields, outhouses, Brogan shoes, Burlap sack dresses. That's what soul music is made out of. Yes, I must say as well Country Western music should be off limits to Black singers because of its cultural origins: 1920s, Southern U.S. Stylistic origins: Blues; American folk music (Appalachian & Western) you get the point.


Now I will give some of these white groups and singers funk music like Daft Punk because Funk is a music genre that originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960s when African-American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues or to simply put it as a funky bass sound. But soul music created by Ray Charles with a combination of blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel to contribute to the founding of soul music in the 1950s. Now tell me what white artist or group can contribute to that potpourri of Black music.