Let's Talk Turntable: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Hello world. I would like to introduce myself to the dozens of loyal Keystone Statement blog followers. I am Zack Pontious, if you listen to The Keystone Cast I am the one who isn’t a bald DeAngelo brother. I’m here to share my musical sensibilities with all you lucky SOB’s. You may be thinking to yourself “Why do I give a shit what that dumb-bearded-polka dot sock wearing asshole listens to?” And if you are thinking that then fair enough, maybe you don’t like music or joy for that matter. Maybe you are perfectly content listening to Nickelback or Justin Bieber, or whatever shitty pop music is circulating this second. If that is the case then maybe this isn’t for you, but, maybe it is. I am going to be highlighting new, old, well known, unknown and obscure bands. They just have to have one thing in common - I need to think they are good!
I know, I know, who gives me the right to determine what’s good or no?. Well I give myself the right to, also those bald headed brothers gave me this platform to do whatever I want with it.
I have a pretty broad musical taste and am sure some of it will appeal to you. I want to give attention to people that love their craft and do an amazing job making it. So enough about me. Let’s get into it.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones passed away late last year after she battled cancer for quite some time. She was only 60 years old but she left a huge her mark on the music world. She along with the Dap-Kings recorded 7 albums all of which are stellar. My personal favorite is Give The People What They Want from 2014. This was the first album released after her cancer diagnosis. In fact she wasn’t sure if she was going to live to see it get released. This album will give you chills. It is so soulful, beautiful and powerful - the strength of Sharon comes through and you know she is about to kick cancer right in its stupid ass!
Did I mention that she was a correction officer before joining the Dap-Kings? Seriously this woman is so badass.
Cancer didn’t seem to slow her down as she continued to tour and release great soul music for years. She is a role model for love, strength and dignity for everyone. We can all learn something from Sharon through her music. But don’t take my word for it - give her a listen for yourself: