Topic: "Lights of Chicago"
The transition from "The Big Band Sound" to "Rock and Roll" arguably denotes a seismic progression in music which may never be fully defined. It was racial, it was sexual, it was a generation coming of age in a world defined by the Nuclear. Matriculation to adulthood in these times meant that music was a defining part of the id. Frodo, in tribute, offers a musical line to title each entry in this chronicle.
One of Frodo's favorite favorites goes something like this, "Ooooh Girl, I'll be in trouble if you leave me now, Ooooh Girl. . ." "Oh Girl" was sung by the Chi-Lites, and it rocketed to Number One on the "charts" in 1972. It was followed soon thereafter by the mellifluous "Have You Seen Her?, Tell Me Have You Seen Her. . .?" The vocals actually emote yearning with streamlined arrangements and an occasionally pensive narrative, seemingly wrapped in velvet. These "soul sounds" still bring unrestrained movements to hips and pelvis now less fluid than when there was meaning to the sway.
The Chi-Lites named themselves after the lights of their hometown. Their leader, Eugene Record, age 64, died this past week. Frodo has observed and admired many "Jazz Funerals" in the City of Orleans, and he wishes that he, too, could dance and twirl an umbrella in tribute to a man whose creations will always be a part of Frodo.
"Ooooh Girl. . ."