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The SECRET to Bill Withers’ “Lightning in a Bottle” Groove

Digging The Greats | April 3, 2024
The SECRET to Bill Withers’ “Lightning in a Bottle” Groove


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  1. @diggingthegreats

    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 am

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  2. @DrefusX

    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 am

    Yes indeed. This is a childhood classic for me. I had the "Kissing My Love" 45 in my house as a kid, and it definitely was a soulful funky favorite for me. What makes this groove even more special is that most covers of this record keep the same arrangement including the drum intro. James Gadson made his contribution THE definitive part of the song. Such a stone soul CLASSIC. 🔥🔥🔥😎😎👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

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    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 am

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    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 am

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  5. @guynamedRU

    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 am

    Hope you have a video about "an evening with silk sonic", such a dope album bringing back the 70s sound with Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak's individual creativities.

  6. @lRlMlGl

    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 am

    Huh, thought was this going to be on the album itself, or at least Use Me which I thought had a more famous drum break because it was used by Kendrick Lamar and Logic, even though there is a theory that the Kissing My Love drum break was also used by Travis Scott once

  7. @thekendemetrishow

    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 am

    I thought you play hambone on your thigh AND chest, the back of your thigh in fact, hence the term “ham bone”, with just one hand
    And today is the first time I ever heard a gerund of the term, “hamboning”; it’s “playing [the] hambone”

    …my dad is almost 80 (I’m 43), he’s a musician too, who was taught by his great-grandfather, a person who was an actual slave (until he was 6) before he learned piano and started preaching, so I got a lot of that turn of the century Southern blues and gospel influence in my own music education…I could play spoons and hambone before I could play piano or saxophone…before I started rapping or composing classical choral pieces… I hate to be “that guy”, but I am that guy lol (That guy does not know everything)

  8. @dougkiphut1362

    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 am

    Alright. Sorry to be the “but actually…” guy- BUT ACTUALLY. From what I understand the phrase is actually “capturing lightning in a bottle”, meaning it’s something amazing that happened once, but if you try to replicate it you never will because no two lightning bolts will ever be the same. So in the instance of Bill Withers’ drum recording being lightning in a bottle, that’s because it was the harmonious confluence of the right musicians, equipment, and their combined sense of the groove that makes the recording truly one of a kind.


  9. @artisans8521

    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 am

    Leidsche Flesch, Van Mussenbroeck, 1746, electric shock, auwch, was the first capacitator. "Lightning in a bottle," Ben Franklin, 1752, survived, so he must have tied his kite to a pole, used a Leidsche Flesh to prove that lightning was electricity (a fact that was debated, during that time) , or he captured the charge of a thunderstorm forming by hand (in which case he was incredibly lucky) . William Gilbert (British) coined the term "electric" in 1600. So they lied to you in school, so bending the truth to conform to nationalist lore, is nothing new (they teach you crap in high school, in every country including mine). If you wanna see a actual Van Mussenbroeck, bottle, go to Tijlers in Haarlem. Wich is the namesake for Harlem, which brings us to, the birthplace of hip-hop (according to the "experts" of National Geographic). And without several capacitators that would not have happened either 😂. But all in all a great lecture as ever. Enlightening so to speak.

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    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 am

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