Rick James – Dance Wit’ Me

I believe I first heard this song one night in New Orleans at the classic Mimi’s in the Marigny. I remember this night well because I was with friends and family and we ventured upstairs to listen to the none other than DJ Soul Sista doing her thing on the 1s and 2s. She was killing it as usual using nothing but vinyl, which is rarely seen in these days and difficult to pull off. Amongst all the people in the venue groovin’, I was holding an adult beverage, and I heard this joint begin to play. Unfamiliar with it, I got the customary head nod going shortly followed by the realization that this was a soulful track. Still foreign to the fact of whom this joint belonged to I kept listening intently until I heard the first 7 words that will forever ring in my head as my introduction to this anthem of rhythm…

“Pretty little thing, girl you’re looking fine…”

From that moment forward I was hooked to this song and all it seemed to encompass–a reason to relax, an excuse to let go of all you’re worried about, an urge forget anyone’s watching, and an instinct to simply just Dance Wit’ Me. It was written by the unforgettable Rick James in 1982 and is the opening track on his Throwin’ Down album. It peaked at number three on the Billboard R&B Singles chart and number seven on the Dance chart, but to me, none of that matters as much as the feeling it gives me when I hear it and it awakens the craving to get down and boogie. Hey, maybe it’s just me but I know that on that night in Mimi’s everyone else felt the same way I did and there was no stopping that feeling of jubilation that came with heeding Rick’s call to action. So take a listen and let me know what you think. Even if it’s after you have broken a sweat or two.

Supreme Soul

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J. Cole – Can I Live

Needless to say, I’m a fan of J. Cole‘s music. I actually first heard about him from my older brother (what up G-4), and have been enjoying his lyricism ever since. I mention that because I’m a fan of music that tells a good story. I find very few songs in hip hop these days do just that unless it’s about them bragging on all they supposedly do and all they supposedly have. But I’ll save that post for another day.

Anyways, J. Cole has quite a few songs where he’s doing the aforementioned storytelling. Some of them are simple stories, while others are a bit more climatic. I find that to be the case with his song Can I Live from his mixtape entitled The Warm Up. Every time I get to the end of the song I find myself listening in-mesmerized at the picture he paints of a young man asking for more time in this world after seemingly fatal shots contact him in front of his friends. The song has no chorus throughout until the end of the verses he delivers, and I must say I don’t think any are needed until this point in the song. I say this because at that very point when you hear him utter the words “Can I live?” is when you realize why it received its title. I also believe that very same point is what makes me love this song, its symbolism, and overall delivery.

Hopefully I haven’t built it up too much to where the expectations are higher than they should be, but I’ll let you be the judge. Take a listen to the song and if you feel the same please share a comment. Thanks for reading and listening in here at 3GW.

Supreme Soul

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World War Z

Now I can’t take credit for finding this movie since it was brought to my attention by one of my attending physicians. Seeing as he is also a member of the National Guard Reserve and SWAT team (shot out to Dr. Shaw), you will often hear him giving out warnings to several of us about the eventual zombie apocalypse. Of course I didn’t really pay it much mind, but seeing as how this has become such a hot topic during recent years and that he is so passionate about it, I figured I should give you a warning and do it with the help of some video. You’re welcome.

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This brings me to what has come to be known by many as World War Z. Some may recognize the title from its book form, but the movie appears to take this one step further. It tells a story of how a U.N. employee (Brad Pitt) is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly zombie pandemic. It is set to be released in June 2013. Hopefully the video below will help you prepare for it well in advance.

Supreme Soul

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

While being stuck at work I was elated to see that this trailer was available. Kevin Hart‘s past stand up performances were entertaining so knowing that another is coming soon helps this shift to go by just a little bit faster for some reason. Whatever the case, it’s set to be released in July. Check out the trailer below and thanks for stopping by 3GW.

– Supreme Soul

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Tomb of the Unknowns – What It’s Like To Be An Arlington Tomb Guard

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Since it’s Memorial Day I figured I would post this prestigious tradition for those that may not know of its existence. More so, to shed light on some of the meaning behind Memorial Day and pay respect to all those that give their lives to ensure that many of us have a home that’s safe and full of many things others can only dream about. I think the CNN story did a great job of bringing into focus one reason a good number of people have the day off while those that are serving have to work and work hard at jobs that many of us could never do.  Having family members that served in the Army and currently serve in the Navy and Air Force, I want to say thank you to all that those that have served, are currently serving, and will serve in the military in some way. You do more of a service than you will ever know. Happy Memorial Day to you all and thanks for stopping by 3GW.

Supreme Soul

The following is courtesy of CNN

The Tomb of the Unknowns is a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified. It is located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, United States of America.

The tomb guards are soldiers of the United States Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment. It is considered one of the highest honors to serve as a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Fewer than 20 percent of all volunteers are accepted for training and of those only a fraction pass training to become full-fledged Tomb Guards. This attrition rate has made the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Guard Identification Badge the second least-awarded decoration of the United States military.

The soldier “walking the mat” does not wear rank insignia, so as not to outrank the Unknowns, whatever their ranks may have been. Non-commissioned officers (usually the Relief Commander and Assistant Relief Commanders), do wear insignia of their rank when changing the guard only. They have a separate uniform (without rank) that is worn when they actually guard the Unknowns or are “Posted”.

The duties of the sentinels are not purely ceremonial. The sentinels will confront people who cross the barriers at the tomb or who are disrespectful or loud.

During the day in summer months from April 1 to September 30, the guard is changed every half hour. During the winter months, from October 1 to March 31, the guard is changed every hour.

For more information about the Arlington National Cemetery and Tomb of the Unknowns click here

Worth 1000

Not sure if this will be a weekly post or not just yet, but seeing as it’s the 2nd Monday in a row then maybe it will.

The saying “a picture is worth 1000 words” often comes to mind when I stumble across some photos, and because of that I decided to make my own series where I use pictures I’ve found which cause me to think of that old saying. If it inspires you to comment with 1, 1000,  or just 3 goood words feel free to do so. If not, just enjoy them for what they feature. Either way thanks for stopping by 3GW.

Supreme Soul

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