Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Today marks the birth anniversary of soul superstar Isaac Hayes, who was born on this day 78 years ago. Many people may remember him for today’s tune which won the Academy Award For Best Original Song in 1972. It also has the distinction of being the funkiest song to ever win an Oscar. Others may remember him for his interpretations of songs like “Walk On By”, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”. Or maybe some remember him for co-writing (along with David Porter) several of the biggest hits for Stax Records duo, Sam & Dave, including “Soul Man”, “Hold On I’m Coming” & “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby”.
I love him for all those reasons, too. But I also love him for voicing the character of Chef on “South Park” from 1997-2006. I loved his character’s eye for the ladies which inevitably led to him dropping his already low baritone voice another 10 octaves before delivering his hilarious pick-up lines. I also loved how he broke into song whenever he needed to explain things to the kids but not before he prefaced the conversation with “Oh, Children”. But mostly I loved how he brought some soul to the quiet little fictitious town in Colorado. Can you dig it?
“Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about? (Shaft)
You see this cat Shaft is a bad mother (Shut your mouth)
But I’m talkin’ about Shaft (Then we can dig it)
He’s a complicated man but no one understands him but his woman (John Shaft)“.
L-R: Isaac Hayes at the 1972 Oscars & his alter ego, Chef, with children (L-R) Stan, Eric & Kyle of “South Park”. (Images found online. Original sources unknown.)
Isaac Hayes: “Theme From Shaft” (1971, written by Isaac Hayes).
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