Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Godfather

I think it's on my profile, but let me state for the record that I'm a Washington, DC native.  No, I didn't briefly live there and claim the city.  I was born and raised in the District of Columbia.  Only true natives like moi can understand the importance of this distinction.  So many people will rep DC (sometimes referred to as Chocolate City), but they know they shouldn't 'cause more often than not, they lived in the suburbs of Maryland or Virginia and think it's a-okay to lump themselves in the DC pool.  I wish they'd stop it!  They should just say "I'm from the *DMV area" and no one would have a problem with it. 

Anyway, like most cities, we have things that are unique to us that I love.  Take for instance, good old **Go-Go music.  It's like a cover band with percussion dominating.  There's nothing like it.  NOTHING.  It's the one type of music that (black) Washingtonians will and can bond over.  Period.  We all have Chuck Brown stories. This man is an icon and old as hell. The day that he dies will shut the city down, much like last year's blizzard.  I'm not joking.  He's all of it.  

What I love most is that there are so many bands, there's music for all generations, and I'm not exaggerating.  My friends' parents have partied to Chuck.  I've partied to Chuck.  Last year, I took my son and nephews to party to Chuck.  He's clean, always has been, and the music is good.  Here's a YouTube vid of one of his more mainstream hits.


*DMV = DC, MD, and VA
**Go-Go is also a noun and can be used in the following way, "I went to the go-go last night."

1 comment:

  1. I like gogo and can appreciate it now much more than I could when I first moved to the DMV from NY. Unfortunately, being thrust into it in '93, I was completely unfamiliar and it just sounded like noise. Of course it took me liking a boy, to actually give it a fair listen and try to like it.


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