“That Golden Era” … Written and Performed by Big Virge

It’s kind of hard to believe that at 50, I’m already looking back at my life and thinking, that I come from a golden era !!!

Just CRAZY ?!?

In watching the, Lovers Rock Chapter, of Steve McQueen’s, Small Axe Project, the reminiscing of the good old days of lovers dances in peoples homes, the classic tracks like, Kung Fu Fighting and Silly Games, got an immediate nod of approval, as well as some head nodding from me, as I watched the era of holding woman close, to grind and wind up yourself, until you were literally intertwined on the dance floor, brought back a great many sweet memories !

As a cricketer, the great era of West Indies dominance, alongside of international names that will always be classified as, golden era players, the likes of Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, David Gower, Dennis Lillee, The Chappell Brothers, Thommo’ et al, were all huge inspirations in my life, and moulded my aspirations to play professionally.

The TV Shows, Starsky And Hutch, Roots, Dallas, Remington Steele, Soap, Benson and Spenser For Hire, in its original form, just classic TV.

Finally, the music we grew up on, beyond the likes of Lovers Rock, like the funk of James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, The Meters and more, rocking clubs we’d go to, where smoking was permitted, to the rare groove classics like The Bar Kay’s, Leroy Hutson and Bernard Wright, to Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Barry White and just too many others to mention, to the origins and emergence of Hip Hop, from the likes of Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Doug Lazy, Run DMC, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and Cypress Hill !

The list is endless, but a truly golden era of style, and music innovation, that then brought us into the, Neo-Soul Movement, that brought D’Angelo, Jill Scott and so many talented, soulful sounds and grooves to our youth !

I know the youth of today will make their claims about whose cool, and golden in their era, however, most people of a certain age, not so far beyond their children, can see the downward spiral of quality, in terms of sport, music, and sadly life in general, on so many levels, beyond Corona, lockdowns, masks and social distancing, which is why this little drop is one to remind, not only my generation, but a few of these youngsters, who do still listen to us older heads, why we will always believe, and know that we may just have come from the last of, what these three words define, in terms of our youthful times and movements….

That Golden Era….

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