TERRY CALLIER / “Terry Callier Mixtape”
"People everywhere are searching, searching for a spiritual base to stand on, reach out from and react to. The way I understand it, I’m supposed to put the message out there as clearly as I can. The rest has to take care of itself."
People hear in this music the things they are most familiar with. Folk music fans hear the folk part of it, jazz fans are drawn to the improvised quality and soul fans can feel what’s happening. I’m not sure what label to put on the music — it’s what I do and it’s been influenced by every type of music I’ve ever listened to.
I think all artists (writers, directors, painters, musicians, film-makers, whatever) have a responsibility to try and move society to a higher vibe. I think that we haven’t lived up to the task, not necessarily because we don’t or didn’t want to but because the entertainment industry isn’t interested in messages as such — they are only concerned with what is selling. In addition, the industry has control over what is presented as commercial and if they want a certain type of music to be popular they increase its exposure and if there’s a certain type of music they want to suppress, they have no problem doing that.
Terry Callier is my number one contemporary songwriter/vocalist. His ability to write about the experiences, desires, dreams and hardships of ordinary people is unparalleled. This is music to listen to and reflect on life, to weigh the what went rights, the where we went wrongs, to honestly consider what’s next after examining what happen on the way to where we are now. This is music for adult considerations of the values manifested by how we have chosen and how, in the future, we will choose to live.
Listen. Reflect. Meditate. Learn about yourself.
Consider this music spiritual fertilizer to help us grow; to help us be better. Music to help us be us, be(come) the best of ourselves.
Listen to this music. Quietly. Alone.
We at BoL have written extensively about Terry Callier: here, here, here, here and here. But we have never done a Terry Callier Mixtape.
Here it is.
—Kalamu ya Salaam
Terry Callier Mixtape Playlist
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01 “City Side And Country Side” - Essential Terry Callier: The Very Best
02 “Love Theme from ‘Spartacus’ ” - Timepeace
03 “Caravan Of Love” - Speak Your Peace
04 “People Get Ready/Brotherly Love” - Timepeace
05 “Trance On Sedgewick Street” - Collected
06 “Dancing Girl (Live)” - Alive
07 “Blues for Billie Holiday” - Lookin' Out
08 “Bowlin' Green” - I Just Can't Help Myself
09 “Running Around” - Speak Your Peace
10 “Darker Than a Shadow [Mitchell & Dewbury Mix]" - Total Recall
11 “Keep Your Head High” - Timepeace
12 “Faithful (O.B.'s song)” - Lookin' Out
13 “Ordinary Joe (Live)” - Alive
14 “Satin Doll” - Collected
15 “When My Lady Danced” - Welcome Home
16 “I Don't Wanna See Myself (Live)” - Alive
17 “Advice (Black Grass Remix)” – Advice - Hardkandy featuring Terry Callier
18 “Paris Blues” - Lookin' Out
19 “Chelsea Blue” - Speak Your Peace
20 “Occasional Rain” - Essential Terry Callier: The Very Best
21 “Lookin' Out” - Lookin' Out
22 “What Color Is Love” - TC In DC
23 “Butterﬂy” - TC In DC
24 “Look In 2 U” - Lookin' Out
25 “African Violet (Live)” - Alive
26 “I Don't Wan't To See Myself (Without You)” - Life Lessons
27 “Time Peace/No One Has to Tell You” - Timepeace
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