Song-Word Art House is honored to pay tribute to the lyrics and music of James Brown, one of the world's most dynamic performers and innovative songwriters, admired for his pioneering influence in funk, soul, and hip hop music.
The collection of original artworks by internationally acclaimed artists from around the world features a mixture of canvases, sculptures, and mixed media artworks, representing select lyrics from songs throughout James Brown's illustrious career.
The exhibition is in support of the new A&E docu-series "Say It Loud!" inspired by the life of James Brown and executive produced by Mick Jagger and Questlove.
February 10 - March 24
8912 W Sunset Blvd.
The Sunset Strip
Los Angeles, CA.
Wednesday - Saturday
11am - 4pm
Contact for private appointments
James Brown's lyrics are a masterclass in turning life's complexities into catchy, groove-infused anthems. With a penchant for simplicity, Brown had a knack for distilling profound messages into musical nuggets that are as infectious as they are thought-provoking.
In his song "Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud," Brown transforms a declaration of identity into a funk-filled rallying cry for empowerment. The genius lies in his ability to make you dance while addressing social issues head-on. His lyrics were the bullhorn of the civil rights movement in the 60's, translating the struggle for equality into the language of rhythm and blues.
Brown's lyrics aren't just words; they're a call to action. The repetitive affirmations such as "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine," become mantras, creating an unstoppable force of positivity and groove. It's like Brown knew that sometimes, to get a message across, you need to make people move their feet first and ask questions later. His influence on popular music is akin to turning the dance floor into a forum for social change, one funky step at a time.
Beyond the political and social commentary, Brown's storytelling in songs like "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "The Big Payback" is a lesson in narrative economy. He could paint vivid pictures with just a few words, making each lyric punch above its weight. This storytelling prowess not only made his songs relatable but also set a standard for future lyricists, from the soulful tales of Motown to the intricate narratives of hip-hop.
In essence, James Brown didn't just write lyrics; he crafted sonic manifestos that transcended generations. His impact on popular music isn't just about the notes and beats; it's about the transformative power of words and rhythm working in harmony. Brown didn't just make you dance; he made you think, and that's a groove that resonates through the very soul of popular music.
Airs on A&E 02/19 - 02/20