Soul Music, Smooth Jazz, Funk-lite, R&B,
and Authentic Native Tarheel Ubi-Jubi
The Original Musicosophy Band
What is the Original Musicosophy Band?
Our style is laid-back with sort of a jazzy groove. We’ve developed a lively and rhythmic style that sounds something like a funky gospelesque boogalooo.
“Musicosophy is a contraction for ‘Musical Philosophy’. The Original Musicosophy Band was born from our collective philosophies concerning the harmonic tonal centers of our music and the consonant way that they related to one another. We were employing a system of music from the Olden Days and were impressed with the strength of its character, so we continued developing our Original Music, patterned after it.”
Talk About Love is an old staple of the OM band and a perennial favorite with our fans. It has continued to evolve into the Funky Swamp sound that it is now. At its roots it has a back-beat known in the branch-heads as a ‘Stomp’. This tune was first written as a ‘song of inspiration’ in the 1980’s during the Lakewood Studios days and was a performance staple for the Blunt Brothers around Dilworth, the Cotswolds, Indian Trail near the Waxhaws and other areas (Stanleyville, for instance) of avant culture.
Authentic Native Tarheel Ubi-Jubi Music
…and so Authentic Native Tarheel Ubi-jubi has almost one foot still in the pew, as it draws heavily on the influence of traditional backwoods foot-stompin’ Gospel styles. Though gospel styles are many, I would conjecture that the roots go back to a South Carolina Gospel style…
Quoting from the Press…
“The Original Musicosophy Band has developed a type of Universal Harmonic Unity…”
“We grew out of local sessions that we had where all Musical Elements were related to all things through a Living Sonic Consciousness. As strange as that sounds, it was also very effective, sounded melodic with a pleasant sweetness, and held a fascinating intrigue. We continued to develop this idea to the point where we just had to share it with others. In so doing we formed our band, which has continued to grow and consolidate into one organic whole when we play now.”
“While busking and at local jams, a genuine interest in the emerging style guided by the Principles of Musicosophy began to develop. In fact, folks were noticeably fascinated with the potential of this approach and the astonishing results that the boys were getting out of it”.
Flabbergasted again and again, the band decided to try it out on the world at large as the vehicle of its expression. In so doing the fledgling Musicosophy Band was born.
Easy on the Ears
Native Tarheel Ubi-Jubi: What Is It?
What is Authentic Ubi-Jubi music? It is based on indigenous West African Syncopation (known as the 3:2 Clave) which arrived in the Southeastern US via of ‘the North American Passage’. Over time, it became naturalized in the old home places and backwater ‘hollers’ of Piedmont North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. It sounds natural enough, like a bouncy rhythm and blues, but it has that swing!
It renders entire communities of participants synchronous without resort to rigid and autocratic stipulation-isms. It makes an excellent improvisational device. Done well, it stimulates the body to eurhythmic spontaneity and promotes dancing. It sets the toe to tapping and makes the face to Smile.
“At its Living Roots, Authentic Native Tarheel Ubi-jubi grows out of the Rhythm. Therefore it is Rhythm first and foremost. Music without Rhythm is like a car with no engine: it doesn’t go anywhere.”
“Syncopation, like Okra; is the Ingredient that thickens the Stew and holds the Pot together. During Improv, it is easy for the combo to come unglued unless the Recipe is based on a syncopated root-structure. This Syncopated Root is what holds the Improvising personalities together during performance. It is really Magical.”
“Many beautiful people have crossed our path and for these and our exquisite journey we are eternally grateful: blessings and a Smile to all.”