So much classic music is sweet and raw, while so much music from today sounds boring, overproduced and drained of life-force, why is this? Possibly because most music in the popular arena is made on computers, written by songwriting firms for a ‘personality’ to mime on stage and in studio, and created with the intention of making a profit. Young musicians influenced by the glitz and glamour of the mass market literally ‘play’ right into the corporations’ hands – gleefully mimicking the poses, the sentiments, and reinforcing the antisocial values of the plutocracy. Lucky Brown believes that beauty is not contained in the sound of the music but lives in the hearts of the musicians. Therefore, music made by people who love music and want to build a better world sounds different from music produced by corporations.
Until the advent of the industrial revolution, popular music was produced by regular people – the populace, get it? Songs were written, played and recorded by people in a neighborhood. Music had meaning and purpose. The music was handed down from the elders in the same way as cooking, seeds, stories, building techniques, and values were; with each generation subtly manipulating the form to fit the needs of their communities and place in time. Lucky Brown is concerned about the wholesale destruction and loss of this rich cultural heritage. To put a price tag on everything and then force feed it into the waste machine degrades both the consumer and the producer. Beautiful songs do exist. You can write one yourself or find one tucked away in a dusty bin of 45s, but until we unlock the secrets of this classic music, our sonic landscape will likely be blighted by the mass homogeneity heard everywhere.
When you hear american funk, soul, r&b, jazz, blues, and rock n’ roll from the late 60s and early 70s you may be hit with emotions of pleasure, joy and awe. How can the people of today produce music with such energy, urgency and soul? Certainly not by copying, and certainly not by sequestering this music away in a museum. Record diggers know in their heart that true beauty is a rarity, and therefore worth preserving and protecting, why else would rare seven-inch pieces of vinyl fetch so much money at auction? Lucky Brown takes it one step further and through his music, points to artists who’s soul and fire is a gift dedicated to all people. Lucky Brown’s work with deep funk is the result of his group’s quest, a specific example of exploration in this field – not intended as a copy, but hopefully as encouragement to other musicians of like mind to continue the search.
Lucky Brown and his friends play music together on a carpet in the living room. They record to a portable tape machine situated in or near a kitchen because most of this music was recorded after a shared meal. Much of this album is the record of the musicians playing or creating the song for the first time together – listening to and communicating with each other. Searching for a beautiful feeling that has not yet been invented. As his thirst for authenticity remains unquenched, Lucky Brown’s journey transcends limitations of time, space, subject or object.
This music is just dust brushed from a buried treasure box we discovered in our hearts.