ESTHER PHILLIPS / “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”

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4 Responses to “ESTHER PHILLIPS / “Home Is Where The Hatred Is””

ekere Says:
May 9th, 2006 at 3:34 am

Fabulous. Her voice tells the story as much as the lyrics do. Thanks for this.

one love,

ekere Says:
May 9th, 2006 at 4:35 am

Oh, and like Mtume, when “Spirits” came out I thought that I wouldn’t want no parts of it. Then I heard it. I heard “The Other Side.” How mistaken I was. I bought it immediately.

one love,

tayari kwa salaam Says:
May 9th, 2006 at 10:35 am

My pain is with/for Esther n every Black woman who be bout life in music, in art, in family, in community. I’m still tryin to get ovuh/understand the pain that brought Phyllis Hyman to take herself out. On the other hand, I find my solace in may sistuhs, wild women, who birth/conceive and create in a place and space that denies their very essence. How proud I am to be an African American woman doing mah best to walk that walk, talk that talk to enable n empower myself and others to live/be/become.

Anonymous Says:
May 9th, 2006 at 1:40 pm

Wow…this week was filled with so much social commentary and Gil worshiping that the element of music almost takes a back drop.

Music is a melodic tapestry of ideas based on human experiences. It analytical, vague, analog, and digital. Much is the case for sister Esther Phillips version of Home is Where the Hatred Is. That version is more of a 70’s Funk version…especially with the bass, horns, and orchestration. The Parallel Lines track is pretty good too. I always liked the original version of this song though. It was hip, defiant, raw, and upbeat. However when you disassemble the lyrics, the upbeat tempo is no match for the heavy pathos of drug addiction.

Many a classic song was written about drug use/ abuse, ‘Let’s Go Get Stoned’ {Ray Charles}, ‘Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds’ {Beatles}, ‘Legalize It’ {Bob Marley}, ‘Mary Jane’ {Rick James}, ‘Brown Sugar’ {D’Angelo}, ‘O.D.’ {The Last Poets}, ‘Gin and Juice’ {Snoop Dog}, etc. …and that isn’t including the countless Hip-Hop songs that talk about smoking weed, etc. Drug use as a societal ill is unescapable. Music is a reflection of people. So as long as people keep using, there will be music about it.

P.S., don’t forget that not only does Gil have the gift of words but he is also a pretty decent musician.

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