...I'm tryin' be like YOU when I grow up (I'm writing now)!!!...I"ve got a name for ya' Poncho C St. Fingers (we're, musically, inseparable), ha, ha, ha, ha (I told you I'm tryin' to be like you)!...All Love!...
WE're ALL KINnected.....Let's ALL keep it LIVE. .....Man....jus finished checking YO!! tracks....."Days IT".That "Tuttie Frutti iz ALL U,but (WE) won't tell What's His Name that!AND sSupaA!! RAW.It's good 2 get 2 KNOW U.I'm Nspired ALLready.....Let's FUNK!!
In regard to your question: "Is funk dead?". Ragtime is still alive. Bluegrass is still kicking. Garage rock is louder than ever. In terms of maybe mainstream, corporate controled media, it certainly is not on the foreburner, but then again, mainstream corporate controled media is dying right before our eyes. Playlists, streaming and ipod dominate the landscape and the people are in control. The most exciting thing about the whole digital revolution (which has been going on now for a decade and a half) is that every genre is represented. The role of the record label has been replaced by twitter, bandcamp, tunecore, fb and niche soc nets like MyFunk. The only role that the industry serves today is to try and sue everything out of existence, but the power of the independent artist has never been stronger. User Generated Content (UGC) comprises 25% of all media downloaded today. That is HUGE and the trend is only growing. Rather than a mainstream music being in control, everything is becoming niche pockets. Funk is alive and well having mutated in Chicago House, Detroit techno, etc. - it may not be the orthodox funk of Sly & GC, but it's footprint is most certainly felt. As far as we are concerned it never left. D'Angelo, The Roots, Badu and others have the string running thru. There will always be Justin Biebers, Britney Spears, Tiffany or whatever they are selling to the tweens, but they were never the market for America Eats it's Young, or It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, those were chords being struck at the right time and place with the people. Something which will most certainly come again, it just takes the right set of circumstances. Now can be that time. It is up to people like you, ourselves and others on this board, not to relagate the funk to an antiquated timepiece, but as an ever evolving, relevent and living thing. Now may be that time.
peace & love my brotha. would it be too forward for me to say, lets do something together....although I'm a fan, i'm very much interested in collaborating with greatness! for the record, "othership" is knockin, pure genius Jef!!