Check Out Charles Bradley

Date published: Thursday 11th of February 2016

I've been listening to a lot of soul music lately. You know the vibe. I'm talking about people like Otis Redding, James Brown and all that stuff. It's actually very good music to work to. Maybe it's to do with the rhythm or something. I have no clue.

Anyway, over the past week or so I've been listening to a few of the newer soul artists who are on the scene. It turns out old-school funk and soul music isn't so old after all. As a matter of fact, it's alive and well. There's some really great soul music coming out from the States right now and if you're a lover of cool music then it's well worth checking out.

Anyway, got a load of this.

Some of you know that I just turned 40, right? As a matter of fact, this is my first week as a 40 year old. You know what's funny? If you watch shows on TV like American Idol or The X Factor and all that stuff then you'd be forgiven for thinking that life was finished by the time you're over 25, right?

Well, I discovered this incredible singer just the other day. His name is Charles Bradley. He has just burst onto the scene. He has an amazing voice but life hasn't always been easy for him. Previously he had struggled for decades, trying to make it. Eventually, he had to make ends meet by being a James Brown impersonator. He lives in The Projects in New York, looking after his mother and his pet parrot. We're talking real poverty here.

Anyway, that's all changing now. Within the last couple of years his career has suddenly exploded. Last I heard, Charles is now travelling all over the world, enjoying millions of hits on YouTube and doing fabulously well. However, the big punchline is, he never released his first album until the age of 62. Did you hear what I just said? The dude did not release his first album until he was 62. Let me tell you something else. He's not hobbling on stage like some kind of old fogey. He's an incredible dancer, with great energy and he actually dances like James Brown! It's just incredible.

Anyway, I just love the story and I suppose it's a good reminder to those of us who are over 40 that if the whistle hasn't blown then the ball is still in play. Can you handle the vibe?

Peace, love and vegetables,

DC

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