Soul Serenade

Bobby BrownOK, I admit it. I know fuck-all about Bobby Brown. Week after week I use this space to pontificate about the great soul music of the past. You put up with it because I provide you with some pretty cool songs to download. If you’ve been following along, you already have the makings of a pretty good soul music compilation. This week, as a result of my overwhelming need to watch every moment of the World Cup, and my even more overwhelming need to earn a living, I’ve run out of time. So, this one’s a softball, well out my usual strike zone.

As I said, I know almost nothing about Bobby Brown or his music. I seem to recall that he was once married to Whitney Houston, and that it didn’t go particularly well for either of them. There was this song called “My Prerogative” that I thought was kind of cool, and a reality show, right? There you have it. The sum total of my Bobby Brown knowledge.

What prompted this was not Bobby Brown himself however, it was a cover band playing a Bobby Brown song called “Every Little Step”. But not just any cover band. It was in fact Acoustic ’80s, which features my Popdose colleagues Michael Burke and Jason Hare on guitar and vocals. The occasion was a get together of some of the east coast Popdose staff at a bar with a pirate theme (arghhhhh!) called Wicked Willie’s in Greenwich Village, USA.

Anyway, Acoustic ’80s played the song, I caught some of it on video, and a Soul Serenade column was born.

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About the Author

Ken Shane

Ken Shane lives in Narragansett, R.I. He is a freelance writer and far and away the oldest Popdose writer. In fact, he may be the oldest writer, period. He wants you to know that he generally does not share his colleagues' love for the music of the '80s, and he does not forgive them for loving it. (Ken passed away in November 2022. R.I.P. —Ed.)

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