James Brown: A Strict Disciple, A Shining Songwriter, and The Night He Saved Boston

James Brown led a select group of his group, alternate singers and staff. He thought that the public deserved to receive the best show possible and always gave.

Disciplinary: One of the things that was known to his staff was that their salary would be cut off if they broke their rules, for example, being late or not looking good. For example, in terms of appearance, one of his stories concerns his alternate singers. stage clothing. If a singer's dress is not properly seated for the show, he points to the singer and sends him a finger or two of his hand. The number of fingers represents the amount that would be deducted from the girl's salary. Obviously, a singer quickly realized that her salary could have been significantly reduced after a week of performances if she had made too many mistakes. So, in that sense, it was a strict discipline, but it was always done with the belief that the public deserved the best performance and the best appearance on their part and that of their group.

Writing: When it came to writing, it was better than good. He was exceptional. Even if he was playing, if he had an idea for a song, it would not be uncommon for him to tell the group that after the show or the next day they would go to a studio and Recording to expose some passages of his idea.

James had a philosophy on music writing. A musician once said that James sometimes put a measure that would challenge the logic of musical writing because it was something that was just not done. But James had always said that I did not care if the music was to be written or not. If it sounds good, we'll save it as is.

The night James Brown saved Boston: It goes back to April 5, 1968. It was to perform in concert on that date at the Boston Garden. It turns out that it's only the day after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

Boston Mayor Kevin White and City Council were about to cancel the concert, with several murders taking place in several US cities following the assassination of Martin Luther King. Politicians have estimated that a concert could have caused a riot and that in the same area the results could be devastating. Others felt that the concert would be a kind of healing and that it should continue because canceling it could also entice filming. In interviews with James Brown and his people, officials decided to allow the concert.

On the night of the concert, James Brown not only sang but also spoke to the public. The majority of the concert went well until the end, some of the crowd near the front tried to storm the scene. Officials feared a riot following a serious incident. Some of the spectators on stage simply wanted to be close to him. James took charge of the situation and talked with people. He shook their hand and encouraged them to come back to sit because it was not fair to the rest of the audience if they could not see or hear the rest of the series. He told everyone by the microphone that he understood them and understood their difficulties throughout their lives. He said that he had grown up in difficulties and poverty when he was young. More importantly, he emphasized the importance of respect and the desire to respect each other and to be proud to be black.

The crowd came back to sit down and the rest of the concert went on without incident. Once the concert was over, people left peacefully and there were no events outside the hall as most of the audience went to peace. What James Brown did for interracial relations that night describes the greatest thank you we can receive.

The next day, reports reported that, with the thousands of people present at the rally and no shooting incidents, Boston residents could be very proud of the way they behaved.

As if we had not learned enough about James Brown, listen to this. It was one man man . Although he does not approve of the Vietnam War, he does several shows for veterans abroad because he feels we must support the troops. And it was at a time when the American public was fed up with the war and was firmly against it.

In conclusion, I can only say that I am proud to write this article about a man who has so much more than his music for society. There are many lessons to be learned here for music students about this brilliant songwriter and an activist who has allowed an audience to enjoy peacefully a great show.

Copyright © Paul Romaine 2011