Every day in First Pitch, I add a Song of the Day.
When I started that tradition, it was tempting to play songs that I knew would be crowd pleasers. However, I felt I was missing an opportunity to offer new music suggestions.
This month, for Black History Month, I’m using that same approach and having all black artists for the Song of the Day. I’ll also be dedicating my Saturday music First Pitch articles to some of my favorite black artists, both active and historical. That will include Jimi Hendrix, since the first CD I ever purchased was Experience Hendrix, and no artist has influenced my musical tastes more.
I know that for Black History Month, it can be common for brands to take a simple approach to say they’re doing something to spread awareness, and some of those brands are doing the bare minimum. I’m not a brand, but a guy with a few web sites. That said, I realize that just sharing songs isn’t a huge thing on the surface.
My belief is that music is one of the best ways to understand someone’s life, and the history of how a section of civilization is treated can be told through music. My goal is to share songs of my favorite black artists with strong messages about life, and stories exclusively about black lives.
I think you’ll find what I find in my endless quest to diversify my music: We’re all the same, even if some human beings are unfortunately marginalized by some in society. And when you realize that we’re all the same, it leaves no excuse to marginalize any human being for the color of their skin or the expression of their heritage.
We are all one race. We are all the human race. Within that race, we have different skin tones and different cultures. These differences should never divide our human race.
THIS WEEK ON PIRATES PROSPECTS
Song of the Day
Today’s video features one of the best guitar players and blues artists in the music industry today… and it also has John Mayer.
Gary Clark Jr. is one of my favorite artists today. The first time I heard him, off his 2014 Live album, my thought was that he’s the modern-day Jimi Hendrix. If you’re looking for a sample of his studio work, some of my favorites are “The Healing” and “The Guitar Man.” His 2019 album This Land won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and the title track won Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance that year.
This Week on First Pitch
TUESDAY: This Month on Pirates Prospects
WEDNESDAY: Black History Month
FRIDAY: Baseball Memories
SATURDAY: Killer Mike