Tunes Du Jour Presents Sly & The Family Stone

In the annals of music history, few bands have left as indelible a mark as Sly & The Family Stone. Led by the enigmatic genius Sly Stone, this multiracial and multicultural collective reshaped the landscape of popular music in the late 1960s and early 1970s with their infectious blend of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic sounds. Their influence can still be felt today, echoed in the rhythms and messages of countless artists across genres.

At the heart of Sly & The Family Stone’s music lies a celebration of diversity and inclusivity. Tracks like “Everyday People” and “Stand!” resonate with themes of unity and acceptance, serving as anthems for a generation seeking harmony amidst societal upheaval. Sly Stone, with his visionary approach to composition and performance, became a symbol of multiculturalism in an era fraught with racial tension. His bold experimentation with sound, highlighted in songs like “Dance To The Music” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” challenged conventions and paved the way for future generations of artists to explore new sonic territories.

Beyond their musical contributions, Sly & The Family Stone were also champions of social justice and philanthropy. In an era marked by civil rights struggles, they used their platform to advocate for equality and empowerment. Sly Stone, in particular, was known for his involvement in various charitable endeavors aimed at uplifting marginalized communities. From organizing benefit concerts to supporting grassroots initiatives, he demonstrated a commitment to making a positive impact beyond the realm of music.

As we revisit classics like “Family Affair” and “If You Want Me To Stay,” it’s important to recognize the enduring relevance of Sly & The Family Stone’s message. In an age where diversity and inclusion remain pressing concerns, their music serves as a reminder of the power of unity and the potential for change. Through their timeless grooves and unwavering commitment to social justice, they continue to inspire listeners to strive for a more equitable and harmonious world.

Accompanying this reflection is a curated playlist featuring not only Sly & The Family Stone’s iconic hits but also tracks produced by Sly and performed by The Beau Brummels, Bobby Freeman, Little Sister, and 6ix, plus Sly’s 1986 guest feature on a track by Jesse Johnson of The Time. As we immerse ourselves in their music, let us also honor their dedication to diversity, inclusion, and philanthropy, ensuring that their message continues to resonate for years to come.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist (5-2-20)

Here in California, our governor has ordered all beaches to remain closed to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner disagrees, arguing that going to a beach is good for one’s health. Said Wagner “Medical professionals tell us the importance of fresh air and sunlight in fighting infectious diseases.” Mr. Wagner believes that air and sunlight cannot be found anywhere in Orange County except on crowded beaches. He seems smart.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters said Joe Biden “has no appeal to anybody.” Interesting. Biden has no appeal to anybody, and yet he received more votes than all of the other candidates vying to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States. Someone needs some education. Perhaps Waters should run for office. I suggest Orange County Supervisor.

Today’s playlist is inspired by the May 2 birthdays of Lily Allen, Foreigner’s Lou Gramm, Lesley Gore, Hot Hot Heat’s Steve Bays, The Vaccines’ Justin Hayward-Young, Shannon, Kevin Morby, Little Sister’s Vet Stewart, Engelbert Humperdinck, Link Wray, David McAlmont, Blow Monkeys’ Dr. Robert, and Broadway lyricist Lorenz Hart.