New music, old music, everything from electronica to hip hop to bluegrass. The Beat Box will simply be a blog-avenue for music exposure that bypasses commercial media and gets us all listening to something new. With a short review on the musicians, the aesthetic quality of their songs, and why they captivate us, this is your brain, your life, and your weekend on music.
Reggae is a musical genre with Jamaican roots dating back to
the 1960’s. Before that time, reggae was in its infancy, gaining
influence from calypso, American jazz, rhythm, blues, New Orleans R & B and
even artists like Fats Domino (pretty cool, huh?). Reggae blossomed into a
genre of its own and evolved further out of ska and rocksteady to become the
unique sound style it is today.
Reggae is a musical method that is heavily reliant on the
bass guitar as percussion. Peppered elements of African music, jazz, and blues
interweave, while performers characteristically sing of political woes,
religion, social criticism, and love’s confusion. An often off-beat rhythm and
upbeat tempo create a thick, yet buoyant musical texture that transports the
listener to an easy breezy beachy place.
Close your eyes, let the music take you to a wood-floored
tiki hut, tasty beverage in hand, friends chillin’, volleyball in the distance,
groovy feelings, shorts, no shoes, hammock swinging, as you look up at the
evening sky and relax in utter bliss to a live reggae lullaby.
For a large part of his life, Magic Slim’s music was vastly
underrated. Gradually, as his fans outweighed his detractors, people became
captivated by Slim’s off-the-cuff shredfests. “Blues Band of the Year” awards began
pouring in … year, after year, after year and now, he is a legend.
His intricate licks satiate the bellies of his blues-hungry
listeners, while his soulful vibrato takes us back to his roots – the front
porches, docks, and swamps of Grenada Mississippi.The son of sharecroppers, Magic Slim grew up
in Mississippi playing piano until he lost his little finger in a cotton gin
accident. Despite being down a pinky, he didn’t miss a beat and picked up the
bass and guitar. Slim matured into renowned Chicago Blues artist, with Scufflin (1998), Snakebite (2000), and BlueMagic (2002) as some of his most
Check out the “Blues Legends: Magic Slim” compilation album
on Spotify. Without a single skip-worthy track, it’ll satisfy any blues
appetite. And it pairs beautifully with a glass of single malt scotch.