Thursday, July 02, 2009

Theme Thursday - Funky!

From TheFreeDictionary.com entry for "funky":

3. Slang Earthy and uncomplicated; natural: "At the opposite end of Dallas's culinary spectrum is funky regional fare" (Jacqueline Friedrich).
4. Slang
a. Characterized by originality and modishness; unconventional: "a bizarre, funky [hotel ] dressed up as a ship, with mock portholes and mirrored ceilings over the beds" (Ann Louise Bardach).

Well, that seems to describe my personal altar; it's certainly earthy and natural (I don't know about uncomplicated), and most definitely original and unconventional. Lots of feathers, being the bird freak that I am, and the Raccoon skull I found this past Winter, and my homemade prayer stick... Not to mention my unconventional candlestick and incense set-up, and the Tibetan singing bowl, and... Well, you get the idea. Here it is:


As for musical definitions of "funky" (from the same source):

2. Music
a. Of or relating to music that has an earthy quality reminiscent of the blues.
b. Combining elements of jazz, blues, and soul and characterized by syncopated rhythm and a heavy, repetitive bass line.

So I have two videos for you with two different takes on "funk". The first is George Clinton and P-Funk, Parliament Funkadelic, or as we used to call it, "Philly Funk"! Yup, this is definitely the definitive sound coming out of Philadelphia PA in the '70s, just as Doo-Wop came out of Philly in the '50s. In this video we have P-Funk live in Houston in 1976, with George Clinton and Glenn Goins leading the audience in a funk chant to bring down the Mother Ship:


The other version of "funk" comes from New Orleans, and down there you call it "fonk". And one of the fonkiest musicians to come out of the town is Mac Rebennack, Dr. John the Night Tripper. Yeah you right! Here's Dr. John in Montreux in 1995 performing his signature song, "Right Place, Wrong Time":


Photo © 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger
PS - Don't forget to check yesterday's post on getting caught in a thunderstorm!

19 comments:

  1. Funky shrine and a couple of funky videos. Like coolsville, daddi-o!

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  2. loved the inside peek into your personal corner. and of course the songs...take me back!

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  3. hey Roy! I grabbed my funky song from the current top 40 - hope you enjoy it over at Piano Posts...loved the shrine

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  4. I love the idea of having a personal altar- and what you've selected to put on it!

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  5. Now that's a funky table scape for sure. Love it!

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  6. Yea Very Warm & Natural.Just As Life Should Be.Stay Funky Brother!

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  7. I'm still trying to get my head around the experience of listening to Philly Funk and Dr. John while reading "Sumer is icumen in" (which I have sung) on your sidebar. The cognitive dissonance is staggering - but I did enjoy it.

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  8. Love the shrine. So you are an old hippy after all!

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  9. I couldn't wait to see what your musical selection was going to be! george is the funkiest dude around - that's for sure!

    wonderful altar....funny (or should I say funKY) that we both included an altar in our tt post today - although the one featured wasn't my personal one (I did post that once and I don't know if it could be considered funky)

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  10. p.s. just read the other comments and re baino's remark, I've always thought once a hippie always a hippie? kind of like being a marine - they say once a marine always a marine? whatcha say on this????

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  11. Very funky :-) The songs were a good trip down memory lane.

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  12. I dunno, Kim. An awful lot of people who manned the barricades in the '60s ended up voting for Newt Gingrich and the conservative landslide in Congress in the '90s. Heck, a lot of the conservative politicians elected then were former hippies. So were a lot of the people in the religious right these days - a lot of them got swept up in the "Jesus Freak" movement of the early '70s and went from voting for Gene McCarthy to being people who get their opinions from Focus on the Family and the 700 Club. So it really doesn't go to figure.

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  13. I see there are more 'Funky' songs out there than i thought...glad you weren't fried by lightening the other day.

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  14. The skull might smell funky.

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  15. Was great hearing Dr. John whilst reading your post! Thanks!

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  16. As expected, tasty musical choices. Love the altar; what's the embossing say on that bottle?

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  17. We have got to hang out someday.

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  18. we had a similar brain child!

    that is indeed a funky altar!

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