A-DEG-BA-LO-LASay it!

"Is It Still Good To Ya?"

Tracks
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1. Is It Still Good To Ya?
2. Giving You My Mojo
3. Eye Candy
4. Fireballin'
5. Boy in the Boat (Doo-Wop)
6. Coffee Flavored Kisses
7. The Dog Was Here First
8. Sick Leave Blues
9. I Know You Wanna Change (But Yo' Momma Won't Let You)
10. Only One Truth
11. The Skittles Blues
12. Let Go, Let God
13. You Don't Have To Take It
14. These Blues Are Mine

See lyrics for all songs.



ABOUT THE SONGS:
All songs written by Gaye Todd Adegbalola, except "These Blues Are Mine" (#14), written by Gaye and her son, Juno Lumumba Pitchford, Hot Toddy Music, ASCAP.

Here are Gaye's comments about the creation of her songs.

1. Is It Still Good To Ya? - 3:09
Aging can be difficult and it's important to get reaffirmation of our goodness. Sometimes we even have to ask for it.

2. Giving You My Mojo - 3:06
We are all endowed with so much mojo/magic to give each other, but we have to be free enough to give it and. . . free enough to receive it.

3. Eye Candy - 5:07
It's fun to mix the senses. To see sweetness is a delicious and JOYous thing!

4. Fireballin' - 3:32
I've been wanting to write a drinking song for a long time. Fireball was the hot drink last year. Heard the "when I get drunk" part in a bar in Washington state years ago, but discovered the source, Wilmer Davis' "Gut Struggle Blues."

5. Boy in the Boat (Doo-Wop) - 4:25
An a cappella group MUST have a doo-wop to honor the pure JOY in singing. And, of course, I must have at least one sexy song on each CD. If you don't know the meaning of the term, ask an old black woman.

6. Coffee Flavored Kisses - 3:17
Life doesn't get much better than this. Testimony to a simple and beautiful JOY in every day life.

7. The Dog Was Here First - 3:38
Sometimes competition doesn't come from another person. This song is basically true and, yes, the dog won.

8. Sick Leave Blues - 4:47
While this feels like a fun song, heartbreak can indeed be a form of mental illness. Unfortunately, in this country, the need for healing mental problems is cloaked in negativity or, rather, basically ignored.

9. I Know You Wanna Change (But Yo' Momma Won't Let You) - 3:44
Sometimes we oppress ourselves. We allow others to control our lives and it's difficult to break these chains -- especially the "Momma" chain.

10. Only One Truth - 3:29
When you get right down to it, the only thing in life that matters is to love and be loved in return. We are often bombarded by "isms" and "media" and don't focus on what's really important. To me, every life decision should be based on the one truth.

11. The Skittles Blues - 4:38
Unfortunately, the roll call at the end of this song could go on and on and on. Does the life of a young black man not warrant the protection of those who are supposed to protect? Then those who are supposed to be protectors are protected by the so-called justice system.

12. Let Go, Let God - 2:48
I have truly felt this song -- every word of it. There comes a time when we must get out of our heads and yield to the heart of God/Buddah/Allah/Nyame/Elohim -- a higher power. As the ol' folks say, we just have to "lay it at the feet of the Lord."

13. You Don't Have To Take It - 2:47
On the heels of the Ray Rice/NFL scandals, those presently abused need to really hear this song. In our group, 3 of the 4 of us have endured domestic violence. Back then, we had to take it . . . we had nowhere to go. Times have changed.

14. These Blues Are Mine - 4:53
At one point, I was very upset with black people denying their blues roots and white people trying to claim them -- that their knowledge and playing were superior. I started writing in that direction when I realized that these blues are mine. . . no one else's. . . just mine. My son changed the music I'd created and we first recorded it on "Blue Mama Black Son." I am extraordinarily proud of this vocal arrangement created by my life partner Gloria.

CREDITS:

Gaye: guitar, scrub board, tambourine, calves, and cabasa.

Marta: djembe, congas, bongos, doumbek, tambourines and beat boxing.

Gloria: cowbell, soft shake, jug, maracas, spoons, plastic tubes and harmony arrangements.

Tanyah: congas, flat drum, kick drum, pre-production and technical work.