There’s about an hour left in this flight and after OD-ing on the Da Blues so in an effort to snap out of this post blues funk and ensure that I don’t off myself upon landing, I’m listening to something a little more upbeat and, well, cheerful, like the ‘Rock + Soul = Genius‘ album by Ray Charles.
Nope…he’s not Texan. I understand that. But the grey and white bungalow at 2642 Eugene Str. in Dallas, Texas where Charles lived, practices and composed for five years in the mid-50’s still isl and that qualifies this album as “Texan” to me. After all, how many classic Ray Charles tunes were given birth to inside those walls (state).
The album itself was actually recorded in Paris On October 21st and 22nd in 1961 which makes it about as well removed from being Texan as possible but, still, who knows where the crafting of the music actually took place. It could just have well been over his backyard smoker in Dallas as some Parisian recording studio. I’m choosing to go with the former.
The album is ripe with lots of Charles’ classics to prevent me from slitting my wrists including ‘Let the Good Times Roll‘, ‘Georgia On My Mind‘, ‘The Right Time‘, and ‘What’d I Say?‘ which ultimately brought gospel and R&B to a crossover audience and forever changed the course of popular music.