Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Overheard at Table 4: The Godfather of Go Go
While I am not truly knowledgeable about Jazz, Funk, or its various variants (such as Go Go), I heard an interesting article this month on the subgenre, a musical style that is forever synonymous with Washington DC.
Chuck Brown created Go Go (or at least popularized it, and made it become known), and as one person on the article said, "Go Go is just pure DC ... everybody's on the 'go' - always movin' always hustlin' - gogo!"
Which I find interesting in that most of the country sees DC as where all the rich white folk go to steal the people's money, but what most do not know is that the majority of people who LIVE in Washington DC are African American, and the rest of us forget that, apart from the Federal government, that DC is a city, with people who live and shop and rent and work and make love and have babies and pay bills and drive cars and do all things that are completely independent of the Federal government, and they are there even as the politicians are recycled, in and out of the various halls.
It must be a fascinating vibe to live in a city that has just a transient energy, so close to power, yet just out of reach.... must be that energy that gave rise to such infectious music.