I was lucky enough to see Gil play at the 9:30 Club in DC a few years back. He spent about 50% of the time telling stories and the other 50% playing his tunes. People were on the edge of their seats or dancing 100% of the time (sit down shows are rare at (:30 Club). You can tell many people in the crowd were longtime followers of Gil. I was definitely in the minority.
It’s strange that he’s most known by his generation for “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, which shows his strengths as a poet but not as a musician. For my generation, he is probably most known (or most unknown) for Kayne’s sample of “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”. I’ll remember him for his smooth yet energetic singing style (see the posted song above, “I Think I’ll Call It Morning”) as well as his moody jazz keys (see “Rivers of My Fathers”). His albums will continue to be in our rotation whenever we need a piece of sunshine.
BONUS //// Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s cover of Gil Scott-Heron’s “We Almost Lost Detroit” of their new album It’s a Corporate World