366) Buddy Miles Express — “My Chant”
JP in the Selvedge Yard writes that Buddy Miles was a “blues/rock funkmaster legend if there ever was one.” (see #112, 221) (https://www.google.com/amp/s/selvedgeyard.com/2010/03/25/buddy-miles-the-band-of-gypsys-funky-badass-mother-drummer/amp/) Yes indeed he was. And “My Chant” is such a sweet song that just gracefully lopes along as Miles lays out a young man’s hopes and dreams:
Now I’m just a big old boy about the age of 22. For seven long years I’ve been out here paying a whole lot of dues. It would be nice if someone would comfort me. Oh, it would be sweet if someone could relieve me. And I know someday soon I’m gonna walk outside and I know I’m gonna find somebody to stand by my side.
Richie Unterberger notes that:
[The Buddy Miles Express’s Electric Church album] . . . gets most of its attention in retrospect for the role of Jimi Hendrix, who produced part of it and played on some tracks as well. . . . . The songs are mostly vehicles for Miles’ high, soulful vocals and the energetic funky arrangements . . . . Miles . . . show[s] he’s capable of handling more tender soul melodies and sentiments in . . . “My Chant.”https://www.allmusic.com/album/electric-church-mw0000862281
JP goes on to say that:
Miles was given the nickname “Buddy” as a child by his aunt– after the original drumming legend, Buddy Rich. . . . He and Jimi [Hendrix] worked their way up in the music scene together around the same time– Buddy playing in various jazz, soul, R&B, and rock acts before finally co-founding the short-lived Electric Flag. . . . Electric Church . . . was . . . produced by Hendrix [and] Miles returned the favor and recorded with Hendrix on Electric Ladyland. Later, with his signature afro and psychedelic get-ups that rivaled even Jimi– he, along with bass player Billy Cox, backed Hendrix in Band of Gypsys after the disbanding of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.https://www.google.com/amp/s/selvedgeyard.com/2010/03/25/buddy-miles-the-band-of-gypsys-funky-badass-mother-drummer/amp/
“Every time I walk outside there’s such a grim look on my face. I can’t understand why people can’t stand up and do the face. Now I’m just an ordinary fella out here just trying to do my thing ’cause it don’t seem right for me to [play?] that way. Someday soon I will walk outside. Hope to find somebody that will stand by my side. Now I’m just a big old boy about the age of 22. For seven long years I’ve been out here paying a whole lot of dues. It would be nice if someone would comfort me. Oh, it would be sweet if someone could relieve me. And I know someday soon I’m gonna walk outside and I know I’m gonna find somebody to stand by my side. Every other day is just another [?] for me. It’s been so long since it’s been a good day, but I guess you can’t have everything go your way. And I know some day I’m going to be glad all the time and I know somebody’s going to stay in time. Now I’ve been out here everyday and I’ve seen a lot of situations and things that were that way. . . .”
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