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Here are two Album Track Gems from Taj Mahal’s “Natch’l Blues” and “Take A Giant Step” albums, both saturated in down-home good-time bluesy Hippie Goodness.
Upbeat Taj disagrees with the Blues interpretation as wallowing in negativity and despair; “You can listen to my music from front to back, and you don’t ever hear me moaning and crying about how bad you done treated me. I think that style of blues and that type of tone was something that happened as a result of many white people feeling very, very guilty about what went down.”
True, as while the Blues may have sounded like sorrowful laments, they were actually uplifting soulful upbeat “gospels” that gave strength to those who were owned – by creating an original style of music that they owned.
Back in the ’60s the attitude was that we were all Brothers and Sisters and once the truth was known about the white mans’ genocide of the first Tribes in the North American continent and then the enslavement of Africans, we felt empathy and outrage and had every righteous reason to revolt and rebel against the “system” that throughout American history was not satisfied with being in total power; but had the sick need to subjugate anyone who wasn’t “white”.
00individual is a white boy, but like “original sin”, does not buy into the whole “sins of the father” continuing in offspring. Fuck that!
One of the main reasons for our militant Counter Culture reaction was to kill those deadly traditions.
So it was easy for us to join hands and hearts with all races because if we, a generation of rebellious enlightened souls, did not attempt to tear down and destroy the white man’s ugly, ignorant, sexist, racist traditions, then who ever would?
During the ’60s and ’70s impressive historic goals were achieved, but unfortunately, racism still exists, and sexism, and ignorance.
Even if the human race doesn’t destroy itself and/or is destroyed by a devastating unknown force, once the homogenized result of centuries of interracial marriage renders everyone with milk-chocolate amber-tinted skin with similar facial and body features – there will still always be a level of class distinction that, however so slight, will keep racism alive.
There will never be a Heaven on Earth – it would defeat the purpose.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t have as much fun possible in the process.
00individual speaks Tribal Truth
Of all of Taj Mahal’s tracks 00individual connected to these two Album Track Gems as they really expressed the ambient uplifting vibe of the days of free-form living and independent life.
Lighting up a joint or bowl and kickin’ back to Taj on a sunny afternoon in the cool ambiance of the marine-layered beach and inland environs guaranteed an inevitable adventurous free-spirited magical day and night.
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