I’m nostalgic, I admit it.
For me, going back to a day I was too young to remember, when summer and sweet soul music went hand in hand — think hot pants, beer cozies keepin’ Colt 45s cool, Fat Albert, afros of all shapes, hula hoops, blaxploitation, stay-press polyester, pocket transistors, gangster leans, Sidney Poitier, and, of course, 45s — is something that always seems to surface around the 4th Of July.
This Wednesday June 29th, I’ll air my annual Independence Day special, Soul Freedom in The Roadhouse on KEXP 6:00 to 9:00 PM PT, and available all 4th Of July weekend via KEXP’s stream archive. It’s three hours of vintage soul with all selections falling somewhere between 1965-1975, including comedy bits, old-time radio advertisements, a set about soul food, and that special good feeling when everything seemed to be funky.
There’s a positivity and cooperative community in my romanticized vision of the late ’60s and early ’70s, fabricated in my consciousness by the ephemera of my youth — old magazines, album covers, liner notes, movies, TV shows, books, cartoons, commercials, and, of course, old records. It just seemed to be a good time (“dy-no-mite!”), when everyone was cool, and the music was outta-site. The output was simply incredible. Now, with the many re-issues of this classic period it only adds to my assembled memory of the day, when I was very young. But like a contact high, I can feel it.