leejohnson's current selection is:
Move On Up
by Curtis Mayfield
Here's a personal recollection about today's selection from Jeremy Richey, who writes the "Moon In The Gutter" blog, based in Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA:


I'll never forget the first time I heard Curtis Mayfield's healing epic "Move On Up". It was just before Christmas of 2000 and I was coming out of what had been easily the hardest and worst period of my life. It was the period when I really needed an artist like Curtis Mayfield to come into my life and it almost didn't happen. I was doing some last minute Christmas shopping and came across a copy of Mayfield's first solo album in a sale bin. I still remember nearly passing it up, as I know it's bad to buy yourself something before Christmas, but thankfully the price allowed my indulgence and I have been thankful ever since. Mayfield's first album, "Curtis", is a wondrous affair and for those who haven't heard it or don't have it on CD, Rhino's 2000 reissue of it is a must buy. I am always amazed to see any "best of" lists without it on there, but considering those lists often ignore soul and funk's finest albums I suppose it shouldn't be a surprise.

I was immediately captured by the album, and recall listening to it that first time as I was driving over to my mom's for the holidays. It had snowed maybe an inch but the sun had come out and it was disappearing as my commute from Lexington to Louisville went by as the album progressed. I still remember feeling profoundly sad and defeated as I was driving over due to the events that had struck me in the couple of years leading up to that day, events I won't go into here, but it was a sober kind of depression that had been threatening to lift. I needed something to help it pass though.

The moment "Move On Up" first began for me was an incredible experience. I literally got goose bumps as Mayfield's near ten-minute ode to a brighter day began to take effect. I believe that the old adage that some music can have a deep healing power is true, and that was (and is) the case with much of Mayfield's music, with "Move On Up" being near the most curative. I really needed something that morning to make me believe that everything was going to be okay, and Curtis Mayfield's marvellous track gave me that, and it still does to this day no matter how many thousands of times I have heard it. If I am feeling down, or if everything is just feeling hopeless, I play "Move On Up" to remind myself that not all is lost ... the song is the sun suddenly breaking through a string of cloudy days.

I'm really grateful to Curtis for a lot of his music, especially "Move On Up".


Richey wrote that account in 2008, and since then has published a successful hard-copy magazine called "Art Decades" ( http://artdecadesstore.blogspot.co.uk/ ), though he has still posted sporadically to his original blog in more recent years. As for the chart action by my choice today, it was eminently more successful in the UK than in its home country, thanks largely to a single release edit which cut the long album version to about 3 minutes or so. Failing to chart in the US at all, it got to No. 12 in the UK Singles listings as it made its 8-week journey in and out of the Top 40 in 1971.
1971 - Buddah Records - United Kingdom - Not a chart success in the USA.
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