January 2007


Woke up this morning thinking about some good friends of mine who have died. Young musicians who never became famous, who never made a big splash, yet their lives will be missed.

The track ‘What Love’ on the CD Authentic is a reflective piece of music that sometimes gets me looking back.  Listen….

I remember a friend named Darryl Flood who played bass in one of my early bands. A great guy who got caught up in drugs and died at a very early age. I can sometimes still hear the sound of his bass though. He’d developed his own touch, and like so many other things about him, it will be missed.

Then there was Raphael Talley, another bass player. He played in a band we had called ‘The Connection Band”. Great sense of humor and a steady bass man. He passed at an early age also.

There was Guy Patterson, a gifted guitarist who played in a few local bands and whom Pat and I worked with in the studio. He was the type of musician you love to have on a session, always trying to give what the producer wanted. He is missed.

All of these memories remind me that today is all that we know we have. Each day we have to do the best we can. Tomorrow it might be us being thought of in memories.

This was a driving force for me in the recording of Authentic.  Like it or not – it is my statement that I’m still alive and kicking!

See ya!

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One of the things I love about this city is the Detroit River:
(these photos are by: Deborah Patricia Spencer)

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There’s something about that flowing water that soothes me. I was inspired to write the song ‘River Waltz’ while watching this great river flow:

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When it’s time to get quiet, or when you feel the need for peace, there’s no place like a quiet spot by this mighty river.
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Check it out for yourself!
(and don’t forget to take Authentic along with you….)

Here’s a picture of one of my prized possessions:

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It’s called an Ondioline, and though it’s rather worn and torn now, it was a great instrument in it’s day.

This very keyboard was used on several Motown songs including ‘Dream Come True’ by The Temptations, and ‘Seventeen’ by The Supremes.

It came into my possession after the old Motown ‘Studio B’ closed. I’m told that Stevie Wonder also used this little keyboard. It is mentioned in the book – “Berry, Me, and Motown: The Untold Story” which was written by Raynoma Gordy Singleton and published in 1990.

Wiki estimates there to be only about 24 of these left in the world. It’s not in working order, but I’ll always treasure it as my little piece of authentic Motown.

Now, speaking of Authentic….
Here’s another song from my CD. This one is called ‘Jnap’. I wrote this song while thinking about the rhythm of the assembly line in an auto plant where I used to work. It’s the type of song I used to love to hear around 3am as I worked the night shift and chased all those cars!
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If you enjoy this music, don’t forget that you can buy it at CD Baby or from Kunaki. Remember that at CD Baby you can pay by Money Order, Personal Check and even Cash….

If you want to check out samples from the whole CD you can go to Spencer-Fields Records and check out the Music Page.

And don’t forget to feed your spirit each day with a word at A Wendell Spencer Review.

See ya

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Welcome to Elegant Thoughts. This is my first post here, and I’m excited about what the future holds for us in this blog.

I’ll start with some music for you. For those of you who don’t already know, I have a new CD that is set for release soon. It’s named Authentic and it has twelve instrumental songs in the Smooth Jazz style.

A number from the CD Authentic:

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Listen to ‘Cool’ here:

This CD is still in a pre-release state, but it is selling well. You can still find it at CD Baby and of course at Spencer-Fields Records.

A couple of people have written me and told me that they don’t want to buy on-line with a credit card, and I understand. So, you can purchase this CD from CD Baby with a Money Order, Personal Check, or even Cash!

I’m hoping to have news for you soon about this CD being featured in a podcast from a gentleman named Dr. Groove. He’s based in London and has asked to play a song or two on his broadcast – more news to come.

Be sure to keep up with my other Blog – A Wendell Spencer Review where you’ll find ‘A Word A Day’.