Ever thought about submitting your 33 1/3 idea to our open call, but weren’t sure if you were the “right fit” for the series? This week we have a guest post from Faith Pennick – the author of D’Angelo’s Voodoo. She tells us how she overcame those pre-submission doubts and offers her advice to future writers who are looking to pitch their own 33 1/3 to us.
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Faith Pennick, author of D’Angelo’s Voodoo, on how astrology shaped D’Angelo’s music. [Click here to read part one] A deeper thread is unraveled when an Aquarius is a Black man. “The key definition, I believe, of being African American…is tied into anti-Blackness,” astrologer Samuel Reynolds explained. “So, an Aquarian Black man is going to be
Faith Pennick, author of D’Angelo’s Voodoo, on the role that astrology plays in making music Some people dismiss astrology—the analysis of personality and human behavior based on the “sun sign” under which a person is born. But in the late 1990s, a group of striving, nonconforming musicians came together to share ideas and push each other
Faith Pennick, author of D’Angelo’s Voodoo, on seeing D’Angelo perform for the first time. Live performances are like power outlets to me. I can plug in and share that surge of electricity the band or singer brings song after song. I had never seen D’Angelo on stage prior to the Voodoo tour. A good friend in
Faith Pennick, author of D’Angelo’s Voodoo, on how gospel music inspired D’Angelo’s critical acclaim. Like many African American singers who hail from the South, D’Angelo’s foundation is laid in gospel music. Much has been said and written about his R&B influences: artists like Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone, and his North Star: Prince. But
Today we celebrate the legacy of Aretha Franklin, one of the most remarkable musicians of our time, and one of the most powerful voices of all time. We lift our glasses to the Queen of Soul, and share with you this excerpt from Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, wherein Aaron Cohen discusses Frankin’s unique marriage musical influences.