Nothing From Nothing

Billy Preston

Just look at that afro. And that soul.

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Soulman

Ben L’Oncle Soul

Now, it was only recently that we posted this wonderful man’s cover of Seven Nation Army but I wanted to show you all that he really is quite diverse.

Ben L’Oncle Soul DOES have a full album of hilarious and wonderful covers (featuring the likes of Barbie Girl and I Kissed A Girl … if that doesn’t entice you to listen to it, I don’t know what will). But he also does fabulous original work.

As you may have gathered from his interpretation style he is a soulman through and through, and that’s just what this song is channeling.

With a little hint of Otis Redding, this makes for a perfect tribute to Motown music… if not a signal for its revival? Here’s hoping…

-Laughtrack

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Ordinary People

John Legend

Get Lifted (2004)

John Legend is a god. I am completely in love with his song Stay With You but I thought I’d post this one because the lyrics really mean a lot to me and I feel like it has a lot of soul.

That’s a little less than accurate: I think John Legend is motown re-incarnate.

I hope you all enjoy his soothing piano and soft vioce. Definitely something for the summer sunshine.

- Laughtrack

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Warwick Avenue

Duffy

Rockferry (2008)

In High School I was a part of a band called Otis Lives in which we did covers of old motown songs. Last night I went to see this band perform and I noticed they’d been channeling some newer soulful artists.

One woman who had been on the scene in 2008 and I really didn’t pay too much attention to was Duffy. I regret that now because after hearing my high school band play this song last night it’s been stuck in my head ever since.

It was such a heartwarming performance to watch, and in the cover as well as the original I could hear a serious amount of soul. That is the most important thing.

-Laughtrack

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