A Funky Philly Pairing

In tribute to the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Superbowl, I thought it would be nice to highlight the artistic side of this famous city with a funky Philly pairing of jazz and murals, but unfortunately, this Youtube video has been taken down, probably due to YT’s extra policing policy of copyright, which I can fully relate to and understand. Although this was a really well done video and regretfully it has been removed, they don’t want anyone using someone’s music or maybe even the artwork without explicit permission. Makes sense.

Afterall, artists (all kinds) have to make a living you know. I’ve left the link in case the creator works out another arrangement but I’ve removed the embedded video in the meantime. It could also be that maybe the author has closed his YouTube account. Here’s a little background summary and you may be able to find another video through these links.

Jamison Maley, a high school Physics teacher at Haverford School in Philadelphia has created a wonderful compilation of his favorite murals set to his own funkadelic-jazz music with the help of his student Jake Mullin playing the drums.

I’ve enjoyed the murals in Philadelphia and seeing them paired with music gives a new found appreciation.

The murals are constantly expanding through the Mural Arts Philadelphia Program, which appropriately gives this city its characteristic name, “The City of Murals.”

Mother Earth mural by Jess X Snow for We the people mural project on Art Is Everywhere

Mother Earth mural by Jess X Snow for We the people mural project via Mural Arts.org

Some Philly muralists like Meg Saligman, who painted many of Philadelphia’s iconic murals, have brought their talents to other cities, like Chatanooga.

Chattanooga mural by Meg Saligman on Art Is Everywhere

Chattanooga mural by Meg Saligman via The Pulse

Meanwhile, some famous murals in Philadelphia are either being painted over or removed due to ongoing developement, like this Autumn mural by David Guinn. We first saw it at night.

Philly Autumn Mural on Art Is Everywhere

Autumn Mural via OCF Realty

And yet, other murals purposely celebrate and are incorporated into the architecture on which they are painted and some even create new visual streetscapes.

The Great Wave Mural on Art Is Everywhere

The Great Wave Mural via The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tree lined Philly street-scape mural on Art Is Everywhere

Tree lined streetscape mural via Liberty Voice

Whereas, other murals celebrate cultural events, as when Pope Francis visited. This Sacred Now: Faith & Family mural by Cesar Viveros was awaiting his arrival in an incomplete state. Philadelphia citizens participated in its painting during “paint days” on 153 panels that were later installed. This effort made the Guiness Book of World Records for the largest number of painting participants.

The Sacred Now Faith and Family Mural by Cesar Viveros on Art Is Everywhere

The Sacred Now Faith and Family Mural by Cesar Viveros via The Philadelphia Inquirer

Murals will always be important in Philadelphia. There may even be one depicting the Superbowl win but until then, when they need repair, it’s best to get the artist to do it so we can continue to enjoy the artwork.

A great way to end this post is with Vox’s explanation of Philly’s murals. It’s also set to a jazzy musical rendition.

Vox explains Phillys Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Earth Wind & Fire is Everlasting

Even after 40 years, Earth Wind & Fire is everlasting!

We saw their concert last week in DC with Nile Rodgers of Chic, who’s also been performing and producing just as long if not more! He was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Earth Wind & Fire are already members.

Both bands and performers sounded just as great as they originally did.

Even with Maurice White passing away, Philip Bailey, one of the early original performers (along with Verdine White / bass & Ralph Johnson / percussion & vocals ….) can still hit those high notes!

Earth Wind Fire performers_AIE

Original performers: Verdine White, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson

B. David Whitworth, who rocks the Jamaican/ punk hairstyle and has been with the group since 1996, can still do a high kick with enough energy of a 20 year old! Keeping it in the family, Philip Bailey, Jr., the son, has been with the band since 2008.

Philip Bailey Jr_B David Whitworth Earth Wind Fire_AIE

Enjoy some video highlights from the concert.

Click the links above each highlights movie images below to go to the video resource clips.

Earth Wind Fire Concert Movie Earth Wind Fire Concert Movie1 – Small

Philip Bailey plays the kimbala, which looks like a fun instrument to play, similar to a mini music box or xylophone in this next video.

Earth Wind Fire Concert with Chic_Highlights 1 on AIE

Here’s the Daft Punk video that Nile Rodgers mentions. He wrote, produced and performed this after he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer, which he’s outlasted.

Earth Wind Fire Concert Movie 2 – Small

Earth Wind Fire Concert Movie 2 Highlights on Art Is Everywhere

Although we were some of the younger set in the audience, it was fun to dance along with everyone else. The crowd reacted as if in spiritual sync to the musical vibe and I felt like I got a good workout.

My only regret is that they did not play Sun Goddess, Although it’s probably not their top 10, it’s my favorite song of theirs. I love the jazzy, rhythm and blues + funk they possess, and those horns…

Discover more on their website.

Nile Rodgers said it best, he has the best day job. They must love what they do to be doing it so long and so well.

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