My music playlist for today (July 13, 2012 edition)

Promotional photo of Sly & the Family Stone fo...

Promotional photo of Sly & the Family Stone for Rolling Stone, 1970 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we get to the end of a “week of renegades,” I’ll put some soul and funk into the mix by turning to Sly Stone.

Sly and the Family Stone are classified as being among the pioneers of late 1960s and early ’70s funk, helping to blaze a trail for musicians who would come along later and continue to push the trail onward — like Prince and Rick James.

They helped to bridge racial barriers, not just by incorporating black and white musicians in the band but also by appealing to whites as much as they did blacks.

Sing it now, if you know the tune … “We got to live together … IIIIIII am everyday people …”

Sly Stone and his bandmates have seen big ups, and they’ve seen some low downs.  The classic Family songs will always be treasured.

About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that puts us back into the "middle class." I won't stop blogging, though. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at http://viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com/ and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at http://thecrossovermusicchannel.blogspot.com/ that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/daddysangbassdude2 for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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