I have published so many posts about this, I am concerned about boring my regular readers, as well as discouraging new ones. However, I cannot let it lie, in all conscience.
My post about a British Jazz/Funk band, “Whatever happened to: Jamiroquai?” is like an unstoppable juggernaut. It continues to be my second-best read post every day, and to boost my weekly figures out of all proportion to its content.
I have written about this veritable phenomenon before, but I make no excuses for doing so once again.
It is a complete mystery to me why this post has captured the imagination and attention of so many readers. But it continues to soldier on, providing this blog with substantial daily and weekly views that show now sign of abating.
All I can say is “Thank You”. To those readers, the followers of that band, the random visits that the post has generated, and fellow bloggers everywhere. Long may it continue.
My only regret is that so few viewers comment on this, or subsequent posts. Please do.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott-Heron could be best described as being all things to all people. He was a writer, a poet, a political commentator, and an excellent musician too. His music is variously described as Jazz, Soul, Rap, Funk, or as just plain poetry to sounds. His importance in the music scene of the 1970s cannot be exaggerated, as he brought a mixture of genres that highlighted some of the most important causes of the period.
He continued to record into the 1990s, and despite some terms in prison, remained a significant influence in a certain genre, appreciated by many. These days, his work is rarely heard, and perhaps little-known, as he sadly died in 2011, aged just 62.
However, the fusion of poetry, rap, and music in this featured song has even more contemporary relevance than it did in 1971, when I first heard it, and was amazed by its prescience.
Listen, and weep.
We Got To Have Peace
Curtis Mayfield was around for a long time. Pretty much the whole time that I appreciated music, in fact. He began his career with a gospel choir, moving to the group The Impressions at the age of just fourteen. In that group, he collaborated with the marvellous Jerry Butler, and they produced some of the enduring soul sounds of my youth.
After he left that group in 1970, Curtis worked on film soundtracks, and also became increasingly political with his musical message. His film soundtrack for the ‘Blaxploitation’ film, ‘Superfly’ received critical acclaim, and achieved huge sales. Despite being diagnosed with Diabetes, and also suffering a serious injury, he continued to record. He also returned to The Impressions after a twenty year absence, as well as collaborating with other artists, including the British group, The Blow Monkeys.
Many of his later songs carried a political message, and that did not affect his popularity, or record sales. He sadly died from complications of Diabetes at the young age of 57, in 1999. He left behind a legacy of soulful sounds, stretching over the decades. Perhaps because of the current world situation, this track from as long ago as 1971 sums up his hopes and desires, as well as being all too relevant just now.
Despite the new year; despite my blogging slump and lack of posts, it continues.
The phenomenon that is my post “Whatever happened to?: Jamiroquai” continues to amaze and impress.
Daily views continue unabated, and stats for those posts pile up, regardless of my lack of other activity.
Some things obviously just go on and on. And this is one of them.
So once again, I thank you, unknown fans of that band. You keep my blog going, in spite of my moment of ‘downtime’, and continue to ask after the fate of this currently little-known British group.
If only I had known, I would have published those posts a couple of years earlier.
Keep it coming. You are all welcome.
I promise that this will be the last post about Jamiroquai in 2016.
After the various posts concerning this group, starting some time back with the now-famous (no, it really is…) “Whatever happened to…”, views of that post continue to tumble in, and there is rarely a week when it doesn’t feature in my ‘top posts’ list.
Following a little detective work, and with help from fellow bloggers, I eventually found a link to this post, from somewhere I had never heard of. This tracked back to something called The Amp Project, which had posted a version of my article that people were clicking on, to read the original.
I managed to contact The Amp Project via Twitter, and received a reply before Christmas. It appears that this is a multi-platform blog hosting project, and it has access to the WordPress server, allowing for re-blogging in a format suitable for mobile devices, and other hardware that doesn’t require a laptop or PC to access the Internet.
One of the posts they chose to add onto their project was my Jamiroquai one, and that has generated the many views from readers who would not otherwise usually look at WordPress blogs.
So, mystery solved. You all feel better now, don’t you?
I have written a few times before about the strange phenomenon of my post,
‘Whatever happened to?: Jamiroquai’.
This random music post has generated so many views (7 today alone) that it has become one of my most-viewed posts ever. Only one day has passed since I published it when nobody viewed it, and week after week it has consistently appeared in my top three posts. I have been unable to understand why it has been so popular, and although few people ever comment, it it constantly viewed. Winston Churchill once said, (talking about the Soviet Union) “It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.”
Today, I noticed something on my home dashboard. Under the heading ‘Referrers’, I found this unusual link. Perhaps this was such a key.
That’s a crazy-looking link. If you run the mouse over it and highlight it until it turns blue, then right click, you can activate the link. And like me, you may be surprised at what you see.
It is a representation of my post. The video clips I included are shown as stills, and do not activate. Otherwise, the text is all the same, and the comments box takes you back to my original post. This appears to be something put up by WordPress, although I was unaware that this post had been chosen to be showcased in this fashion. If this is indeed the case, it might well go some way to explaining the constant views, and frequent clicks from elsewhere onto that post.
I am sure that you are all very bored with this by now.
But from where I sit, it is like the Dead Sea Scrolls, or the Rosetta Stone.
Not long ago, I wrote a post about the fact that people are reading a particular one of my posts every day. Except for one day that it escaped their attention, ‘Whatever happened to?: Jamiroquai’ is keeping its lead as the daily front runner on my blog for the last two months. It has even managed to beat ‘The Driest County In England’, and ‘Dereham: A Norfolk Town’ into second and third place, respectively.
Since it was published on the 4th of September, this niche music post has been read an impressive (by my standards) 164 times, including three times today. Although many posts are read between 50 and 80 times within days of being put up on the blog, it is usual for them to drop off the viewing radar very quickly. Not so with this one, as the daily views keep trickling in, rarely less that two a day, sometimes three.
Given that I have already written about this veritable blogging phenomenon, you might expect that I have since been contacted by fans of the band, even band members themselves, to tell me why they keep reading it. That has not been the case, sadly. The silence on the subject has been deafening. But I am not in the least ungrateful, far from it. I welcome as many interested parties who want to read about that band as would like to come to this blog and read my post. I never expected such a post, on a humble blog like this one, to ever generate so much interest.
Perhaps if they (and I) had also been that interested in the later career of Jamiroquai, the group wouldn’t have fallen from grace? Just a thought.