Billboard’s current top hit singles in the Dance/Club category are setting new trends in the direction of Music in America.
X Factor champion, Melanie Amaro, is delighting fans and music lovers around the world with her new single release honoring the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Melanie Amaro’s current release, Respect, is a modern rendition of Aretha’s original classic hit mixed with dance club beats and Amaro’s power vocals on top of Aretha’s popular lyrics. It is impressively charting at number 3, with Dev and Enrique Iglesias’ Naked at number 2 and Beyonce’s Love On Top at number one this week.
Looking at the music playing field in 2012, the success of Amaro’s current release is indicative of the power of retro in today’s music world and a sign of America’s thirst for essential rhythm and blues.
Rhythm and blues was born and raised in America. From Sam Cooke’s Having A Party to the Ojay’s Love Train, we can listen to songs created from the inception of rhythm and blues on our laptops or ipads while riding the train enjoying the chief conductors who drove this original music throughout the radio airwaves of America and the world on a smooth ride. From its birth as a musical genre, it represented the pure essence of soul. When you hear the first bar of Love Train by the Ojays, you automatically find yourself tapping your feet and suddenly dancing. The kings of rhythm and blues created their magic without sampling, beats, and computerized gagdets. Classic hits were created with sheet music, a pencil, a microphone, drummer, bass player, guitarist, key board player, a singer or two, and a sharp engineer in a music studio.
Fast forward to 2012, we see a void in music today. With the advances in today’s technology for communications , we see that in the last few years we have replaced the solid sounds of Aretha, Miles Davis and other legends with simulated trumpets, vocals, keyboards, guitars, violins,etc. almost completely eliminating the human element to music. The driving beat and emotion of a Keith Moon or Art Blakey drum solo is now replaced by a simulated pre recorded track available on our laptops or online to speed up or slow down at the touch of our fingertips on the mouse pad.
From Lady Gaga’s recent duet with Tony Bennett to Amaro’s tribute to Aretha, it is apparent that there is a wakeup call going on in the music world today. In the back of our minds, we miss people making music. Real music meaning music infused and created by real musicians.
We miss music with lyrics we can relate to. Lyrics that are reflective of our humanity, our emotion, our experiences, from falling in love, to starting over, to going for our dreams. Yes, we admit it.So, where do we go from here? Like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, we are clicking our heels to go back home to Kansas to the city of Rhythm and Blues.
Now that we know where we are going, who is going to take us there?
Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, Melanie Amaro, is taking us there with her top charting rendition of Respect for one.
Beyonce is presenting herself as a driving force with a new number one single, Love On Top, a song infused with a strong rhythm and blues music track created by live musicians. The musical track carrying her power vocals is Ojay-esque with a steady moderate R&B tempo. This single is brilliantly produced with a music video filled with classic Hollywood and retro influences in dance choreography, costumes, and the classic microphones artistically placed in the video for display for fans to enjoy.
Beyonce is indeed a train conductor who is taking us there.
Notably, I was listening to a new single release over the weekend that a friend of mine had referred to me. The song was recorded by a rhythm and blues artist out of Winnfield, Louisiana. A song that drove me to get up from my desk and dance like a fool in my office forgetting the fact that there were other people around me who were wondering what in the world was I listening to in my headset.
When I took off my headset and put the song over the speakers in the office, some of the office workers joined in and we were suddenly line dancing like we were in the club. We lost track of time for five minutes dancing to this catchy new song.In having all this fun, I found myself discovering another sure to be hit single entitled, Zydeco Bounce. The song has an incredibly infectious,uptempo beat competitive with Beyonce’s Love On Top in terms of commercial appeal. It is a rhythm and blues classic in its pure state that is reminiscent of the Ojay’s Love Train yet with a modern hook and funky foundation that will drive you to dance along with anyone else who is in the room with you to hear it. The artist is T. K. Soul. The song is Zydeco Bounce.
It is interesting to note that both Beyonce’s Love On Top and TK Soul’s Zydeco Bounce both are dance driven singles that will excite a crowd to dance along with them to their masterful choreography.
From the resurgence of pure rhythm and blues comes the resurgence of dance in America.
Zydeco Bounce is a brilliant new line dance creation that is artistically contagious and sure to sweep America in terms of a fun new line dance we all can join and participate in thanks to its creator, TK Soul. I found myself doing the Zydeco Bounce to Beyonce’s Love On Top and Amaro’s Respect. It is universal in its ease of execution and commercial appeal. From the Baltimore, to the funky chicken, to the electric slide, a new exciting dance is born in America , the Zydeco Bounce.
Melanie Amaro, Beyonce, and T.K. Soul are feeding us the food that we are hungry for, the drink that we are thirsty for. Pure rhythm and blues and a hot, new Louisiana line dance to go along with it. For that, we thank you.
TK Soul http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arQgIQX9GKY