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Six Degrees of Sampling #14


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I have a couple of “good day” songs. These are songs I listen to when: a) I have a good day, b) I wake up and it’s sunny (because it’s going to be a good day), or c) I wake up and it’s cloudy (to remind myself that despite the gloom today could still be a good one). One of these songs is “On My Block,” by Scarface. For me, listening to this song evokes a sense of nostalgia. Indeed, I didn’t grow up in the hard streets of South Park, Houston, but everyone has a block they call home. You know, a place where people call you by some endearing nickname – hopefully it’s not Creepy – and people band together to do the seemingly impossible. The lyrics in “On My Block” capture these sentiments.

Bearing these lyrics is a memorable piano sample from Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s 1971 “Be Real Black for Me.” Flack and Hathaway’s voices are smooth and always have a way to put a smile for me. This original version is lovely. Be sure to check both tracks below.

With these, I wish you all a good day.

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2 Responses to “Six Degrees of Sampling #14”

  1. Gabriella GDK says:

    I love hearing these tracks back to back :)

  2. jan9 jan9 says:

    I know!
    There is a major blizzard in MPLS right now so I listened to it back to back whilst waiting for my bus (which never arrived)!
    Both songs are so lovely.
    Did I just call a Scarface song lovely?

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