Thursday, July 25, 2024

Playing This Music

Playing the intro to "Good Times"

We are in the process of putting together next years live shows. We are going to some new markets so I'm doing a lot of interviews.

A journalist asked me yesterday what our new show was going to be like. I told her we were adding more songs to the set. She asked me if I minded playing many of the same songs after all these years. I said, "I see my songs as compositions and we reinterpret those compositions all the time." Then I said, "Just go to YouTube and pick any version of a live CHIC song."

She picked "Good Times" Live @ le Trianon Paris 2011. After we watched it I said, "It's the only time I ever jammed with the bass solo on that song." This is a great example of why I never get tired of Playing This Music.

Me singing

Folami singing

Kim singing

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Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Good Times, Live @ le Trianon, Paris, June 18th 2011. The only time I ever jammed with the bass solo during "Good Times". You can see I was surprised when he asked me to play along with him.


Le Freak:
An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny
Written by Nile Rodgers

Category: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians; Music - Popular
Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: October 2011
Price: $ 12.99
ISBN: 978-0-679-64403-3 (0-679-64403-2)

Available as a hardcover and eBook.

You will hear a Nile Rodgers song today. It will make you happy.

Today's pop music—genre-crossing, gender-bending, racially mixed, visually stylish, and dominated by dance music with global appeal—is the world that Nile Rodgers created. In the 1970s and 1980s, he wrote and produced the songs that defined that era and everything that came after: "Le Freak," "Good Times," "We Are Family," "Like a Virgin," "Modern Love," "I'm Coming Out," "The Reflex," "Rapper's Delight." Aside from his own band, Chic, he worked with everyone from Diana Ross and Madonna to David Bowie and Duran Duran (not to mention Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Prince, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Depeche Mode, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Grace Jones, Bryan Ferry, INXS, and the B-52's), transforming their music, selling millions of records, and redefining what a pop song could be.

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