The wild birds were warbling in the key of G so that's where I put it. On the banks of the river, where the willows hang down And the wild birds all warble with a low moaning sound Way down in the holler, where the water runs cold That's where I first listened to the lies that you told Now I lie on my bed, and I see your sweet face The past I remember, time cannot erase A letter you wrote me, it was written in shame And I know that your conscience still echoes my name Oh the nights are so long, Lord sorrow runs deep And nothing is worse than a night without sleep I walk out alone, and I look at the sky Too lonesome to sing, too empty to cry If the ladies were blackbirds, and the ladies were thrushes I'd lie there for hours in the chilly cold marshes If the ladies were squirrels with high bushy tails I'd fill up my shotgun with rock salt and nails.
Very slick Mr. SimonSlick, very nice. I've been playing that song almost every day for the last 6 months. I wonder what fair damsel may have been the "inspiration" for such a jaded love song, but it is a great jaded love song.
I must confess looking at your very fine presentation drives me to no end of frustration. I've been here with BHO since the beginning, could have posted innumerable tunes and songs but I have zero idea how to go about it.
I don't know how so many of you have figured it out? When I've expressed my frustration before, people have tried to help me out but they start using terms and computer talk that I have no idea of what they are talking about. I keep hoping for someone to show up to show me but by then it may be too late. We did not get enough music out of Bill Martin before his expiration and that was a sore loss to many of us. Oh well, whatever happens down the musical road. Keep'em rolling out!
Loved it. Thanks for the very kind comment. Well it is a lot easier to teach a student to play drums while watching your teacher. If the only tools you had to learn to play drums was a practice pad or snare drum, how could you possibly learn coordination? You drummers know what I mean. You need to play the kick drum with your right foot, the snare with your left hand, hi-hats with your right hand, left foot holds the hi-hat pedal down. All hands and feet on? There is a lot that goes into our lessons.
Besides learning how to play some great beats, there are certain things drummers must have. And that is perfect timing. When playing drums it is important you play with a metronome. The job of the metronomes is to provide you a constant beat in perfect time. This is how you will learn to play in perfect time. Without perfect timing, playing with other musicians can be very difficult. Remember, the drummer is the foundation of the band.
All of our drum instructors come with many years of studio, session and touring experience. That is not easy for you drummers. As a drummer you need to be in perfect synch to the music video. That means playing with a click track while the video is being filmed!
I can tell you that is a difficult task! And then there are recording sessions. It may even take hours to get that great drum sound. Our teachers have thousands of hours of recording experience that you get to take advantage of.
As you can see, we offer more than just a drum lesson. We offer you the experience of playing drums just like the pros! There are a few ways to teach someone how to play piano. Most schools will focus on reading for almost a year before you actually learn how to play a song…not a song that you like, but a song from your music book. Learning an instrument should be fun.
You should also learn to play the music that inspired you to want to play. When we teach you to play piano we will teach you to play the songs you want to learn.
While teaching you songs we also teach you the music theory behind it. While we are teaching you the song we are also teaching you the chords that are played. You can be an independent artist and win; As opposed to signing to a major label: Get the chain and the car to floss in but they put the albums out when they're ready.
That's like slavery now, in my mind. I've always said that if it didn't make sense and it wasn't for the right reasons, I didn't want to be a part of it. I never wanted to be a part of it or come back to it because of the money. Starting off anything in greed isn't going to end well. It was about timing. Now, we've all experienced different stuff individually and collectively.
We can bring back it to our music in terms of how we express ourselves. Diamond : "We're just getting cool with each other. I have done a couple of their records in the past.
But right now, my priority is my first solo album. My priority is me because I've had to fight so hard to prove that I can stand on my own.
There have been so many different cycles and transitions in this industry that I've had to show that I can stand in. If I do Crime Mob stuff right now, it'll confuse people. I have to finish this task of being Diamond and working on my solo album.
Then maybe down the line I can bring them out on my tour and keep it going. We still have Crime Mob fans but I think it wouldn't mean as much until I finish with this task of dropping my first solo album.
Beef Among Female Rappers Princess : "I think females can do anything that males can do, except the physical stuff. We're a force to be reckoned with once we get those insecurities out of our head. Thinking that there can only be one female rapper at a time or there's only room for two or three, won't let us get past that — because we're the only ones holding ourselves back. We can do more female records. There can really be all females, or just more females reaching out and doing stuff.
But we're so scared of being outshined by the next person, or we worry about what everybody says on the blogs and them putting us against each other. We'll never grow that way and it will always just be one or two. Princess : "The group is working on something. Everyone is involved, but it's just hard for all of us to be in the studio at the same time because our schedules are so different. We've only been together a few times. We're a good nine records in with everybody on there.
It's some topics, it's not just all the Crime Mob that people are used to hearing. We have grown so our music sounds a little bit more mature. There's still those club songs but we have other songs.
The songs where you want to be on an island, sipping some tea or something. It's different and I like the direction we're going in now. The records that'll be coming out in spring and summer are from the group. One will come out late April and then another one in June. I'm not putting too many titles or restrictions on it.
I'm just in the flow of making music, of creating and taking in new sounds and inspirations. I'm writing in different ways and not just singing about Princess, the artist. I'm a writer first.
People were like, 'Oh, you sing. I didn't know you sing. I didn't know either, [but] thanks to Auto-Tune and a couple of other tricks. As far as where I was going musically, the world wasn't really ready for that yet.
They're still used to seeing me at 16 years old, jumping up and down in some Air Force Ones or stilettos. But now, I'm more at peace.
I can talk about more and I respect myself in different ways. Diamond : "I'm working on a jewelry line. There's really no celebrity who's dining somethings with accessories.
I'm trying to bring it to life while I'm on television. I'm thinking no later than the end of summer. I'm doing a reality show. It's with a couple of other girls. It's supposed to hit this summer. We're working on it right now. I'm really representing for the ladies.
I'm talking about things that happened in my personal relationships and other things that a woman goes through.
It's really well rounded. It's for any woman who's been through some things, highs and lows, and dealt with some things in her life. Whether it's getting a new car or breaking up with your boyfriend, I know they'll be able to relate to it. I'm excited about that. I wanted a change because I covered Atlanta. I want to expand my networks out here into fashion as well. My mother and my father are both from New York.
New York is the place to be. After years of trials and tribulations, the trio has sustained their friendship and continued to cement their legacy. Beginnings Pepa : "Our original name was Super Nature. Herbie [Azor] named us that; We hated it.
You know those Salt-N-Pepa girls? Let's keep that! Each character in the group had their own popularity and personality. Herbie wanted to magnify my personality. He saw something in me and wanted to utilize me more. I was doing everything—DJ'ing, dancing, choreographing—and when he saw that, he started adding me to songs.
So when Salt-N-Pepa started to tour, that's when they brought me in. Me rhyming was because Herbie wanted to capitalize on my different talents and bring another dynamic. And thank God he did that because it was another side to me that I got to utilize. Pepa : "We weren't one of those artists who had to grind. We don't have a war story.
It was chemistry and being at the right place at the right time. Herbie [Azor] had a vision; He was Salt's boyfriend and we all were friends cause we went to school together. He said, 'Let's put this group together! We're going up against Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick? Are you crazy? A label contacted us; We weren't trying to contact a label.
We were 'In Your Face' types of females. They're like, 'Oh no, these girls are speaking their minds. Nothing to mess with. The labels were coming to us 'cause we were selling and making those numbers.
The Industry Pepa : "When our music started to get popular, believe it or not but we got slack when our songs were crossing over. Back then they'd call you a sell-out. That's what we went through. It's like we were outcasts. It was cool to be hardcore and underground, starving. We're like, 'We're not doing any of that. Sorry guys! Being popular was being a sell out. When all these rappers, including KRS-One, would get together to make a song, I remember saying, 'Oh they didn't call us?
Oh, okay. They're acting funny. I don't care! Salt remembers one time bumping into Russell Simmons and him giving her a thumb down, like 'You're not here to stay. We work with him 'til this day so now he looks at us like, 'These girls were no joke.
Spinderella : "We were owning it and inspiring a lot of women. A lot of our music had a message. And the thing that really motivated us during that time was how many women would come to us and say we inspired them. We were more encouraged by the fact that we were actually impacting a generation of women.
We were really feeding off of that. Today, the door is still open but the ceiling doesn't seem to be as high. But what we were doing was attacking issues as well as being cute and sexy. We were hitting issues and still seemed like the girls next door, so people responded to that. And it was global.
We were that voice for the urban woman. At shows, people started demanding that song. It happened so fast. The song was climbing the charts and before I knew it, we had a mega hit on our hands. As soon as I joined the group, it started to skyrocket.
Pepa : "When I first heard it I thought: 'Oh boy, we're going to get it now. But, it took a life of its own. But then 'Push It' took off. We were bold. It opened some doors.
We were outspoken. We dressed the way we wanted to dress and said what we wanted to say. We supported women to speak up and speak their minds, despite it being a male dominated field. We really paid attention to the music, the production, and really put ourselves into it. It wasn't just all about Herbie. The prior albums were mainly Herbie and his masterminding.
But this album had more of Salt-N-Pepa's touch. We were more concerned about important topics and relating more from a woman's standpoint. At that point, we were all grown up. And then image was really important. We took care of our bodies, got in shape, and got a good squad around us and made some good videos. Everything that we needed to make it come together was there. We had lost weight and were feeling good.
I thought of 'Shoop' around that time and brought it to Salt. She thought it was dope. Salt and I wrote it and I co-produced it.
Herbie wanted one of his songs to be the first single off the 'Very Necessary' album. He wanted a song of his, but we wanted for 'Shoop' to be the first single. We came together and finally convinced him. We were selling millions of records after that. Now when we had to sort out the guys for the video? That was fun. We were feeling good cause we had just lost weight. Everyone was like, 'We can't get En Vogue.
They're so huge. All they can do is say no. Salt and Spin were single; I remember them having fun choosing their leading man. I'm like, 'I got to keep my boyfriend I guess. Salt was like, 'Tupac! I want Tupac! I remember the label Def Jam Records being like, 'We don't want to show him as much. From that moment we decided that we will never let anyone control our music or videos, in that sense.
It was a lesson learned as to how much control the label had on the album. The label was serious at the time cause of what was going on with Tupac. It didn't bother us though. The Making of "Brand New" "When you're under the umbrella of a record label, you're literally under their control, their spell, their timeline, and their schedule. And we just wanted to be able to be Salt-N-Pepa. There were a lot of political changes going on at the label. Someone else inherited this package, this brand and didn't see the vision that we originally had.
It was a little rough. It was almost like 'Brand New' was a sacrificial lamb. It felt really good and it was a great album. But in this industry, you have to be able to sacrifice some stuff in order to keep going. Break Up to Make Up Spinderella : "Salt and Pepa were in a place where they wanted to be more creative and there were some differences there.
And just like with any relationship, if you don't allow someone to grow tension will arise. Just growing up, they wanted more of their voices to be heard so it was all about expressing who they were. Pepa : "We were going through some stuff with Herbie. Herbie thought he was Prince and we were Lisa and Wendy. He was dictating us how to be and talk. That part used to get to me. It's the typical story of a guy running one of the best female groups.
He was feeling power; He was killing it. It was cool, but when business started coming and money started coming, it became a little different. We need to have a voice. We've been in the game for a long time. We need to do us. She went through it, emotionally and from a business side.
It was deep with Herbie. She had to deal with the music [and] the boyfriend. I'm like, 'What [do] you want? I'm here. Let's just keep going. She needed that time off and go through that. We were able to communicate on another level when she returned.
She left abruptly and never spoke about it. That's the problem I had because she never shared or spoke about it. I'm like, 'Why am I getting punished? It's okay to do you, but when you got people involved… I always tell her it's like a marriage. We have to communicate. We're back touring, and are closer. Spinderella: "Salt and Pepa were having some differences personally and they had to become their own people.
We had basically grown up together so it was tough. But we went our separate ways. I got into radio, and I started producing my show called 'The BackSpin. My love for the art of DJ'ing kept me going. The role of the DJ started to grow and blossom in its own right, apart from the emcee. I took advantage of that time and started branding me as Spinderella. But artists that have been together for so long eventually start branching out. Salt was doing more with the spiritual side of her career and Pep was doing more acting.
People started really missing Salt-N-Pepa. It took us figuring things out and respecting each other's personal differences to come back together. I consider Salt and Pepa my sisters. And with any relationship, there will be ups and downs. But the real test is being able to address those things and move on. We let bygones be bygones so that we could come together as women and preserve the Salt-N-Pepa legacy. Pepa : "We attempted to create new music a while ago but it just didn't happen. We are always open to do new music.
I think it can come together, especially with someone like Missy [Elliott]. Maybe we can do something together.
Spinderella: "I do a lot of community work. Though I'm not diabetic, it affects me via my family. I lost my mom to diabetes. It is a horrendous disease. I've dedicated my celebrity to the organization so we can raise awareness and money to lower the numbers and eventually stop it altogether.
As a DJ, I'll continue to be vocal about the quality and culture of the role and hip-hop itself. I plan to keep the legacy alive. Salt-N-Pepa is reunited and we're working on some projects that will be major for our fans. That's all I can say right now. We were a force to be reckoned with for a reason and we're doing it again. I'm really excited about the future.
Day Missy Elliott Missy Elliott is one of the greatest to ever do it, among women and men. Her outlandish creativity has gifted the culture with music and visuals that are far beyond our time. Left-Field Creativity "It goes back to being the only chid. I didn't have brothers and sisters to play with so I created a world of my own. Everyone had imaginary friends, I had a whole imaginary world. I would be in no place that was on map.
I think that imagination spilled over to me being artist. I had always thought in a unique, different way.
As far as videos, I was always influenced by Michael Jackson's videos. I wondered what was going through his mind when he would make his videos. I told myself that if I was ever blessed to make a video, I'd want to impact people they way he did. When his videos would come out, I'd run home to see what he was doing next. By not knowing what was hot, we had to create our own. All we knew is what we were doing. We weren't influenced by anything else. We kept that mind frame and stayed own box. We created what we felt; Instead of what was trendy, we went with how we felt.
Creative Process "When I get to making an album I never listen to what's out. I go back and listen to older music. There's something about older music that has feeling. That's my main thing: Never follow.
I just want people to feel what I do. I close myself off from music and videos so I can maintain some kind of originality. Self Image "I was always different. I wasn't a follower. When I got into the music industry, I did what I would normally do. I didn't pay attention to any trends. Thankfully, I had Sylvia Rhone who never made me feel like I needed to change.
Our cruelty hurts us and creates walls between us and others. L O God, we know too that our cruelty hurts you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.
Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Were you there when the sun refused shine?
Meditation and Prayer beginning with silence L O God - help us consider how we show hate to others, how we fail to care for others and make distinctions among them. Our hatred hurts us and creates walls between us and others. L O God, we know too that our hatred hurts you. P He was wounded for our transgressions and he was bruised for our iniquities. Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole. L All we like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all.
As the music to "Were You There" is played the congregation is asked to come forward with their nail and drive it part way into the cross placed in front of the pulpit. P By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people.
P Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.No studio, no worries – we can give you the tools you need to host your own virtual party for kids or adults. Don’t want to miss out on the fantastic instruction by our Nailed It Art-tenders? Book a virtual party with an instructor and we will handle all the details. Click on the picture for more information on Virtual Parties.