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Cher Best is a guest columnist | cherbest@clearchannel.com.

Cher in the City: Aloe Blacc song might be a soundtrack for life

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It was yet another fun-filled, busy weekend in Augusta Saturday morning. I awoke to a beautiful day, one that I was excited to begin since it was time for Prom-A-Palooza. Prom-A-Palooza is a service project of my Sisters Only women’s club. We collect gently worn prom dresses and then donate them to girls who might not otherwise afford them. I was excited because the club had collected more than 200 dresses.

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Aloe Blacc performs at The Bud Light Hotel in January in New York. Blacc's latest CD "Lift Your Spirit" is out this week.  GREG ALLEN/INVISION
GREG ALLEN/INVISION
Aloe Blacc performs at The Bud Light Hotel in January in New York. Blacc's latest CD "Lift Your Spirit" is out this week.

As I headed out the door, I remembered the new Aloe Blacc CD – Blacc’s first major-label studio album, Lift Your Spirit, is out this week – that my radio co-host Minnesota Fattz had given me Friday. I grabbed it and headed out the door, making a pit stop for Starbucks. After all, who can start their day without a skinny sugar-free vanilla latte?

As I listened to the first cut, The Man, I felt an instant rush of energy, and it wasn’t from the latte. The song had an Anthony Hamilton feel to it. I listened again, paying more attention to the lyrics …

​“Well you can tell everybody

Yeah you can tell everybody

Go ahead and tell everybody

I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m the man

Yes I am, yes I am, yes I am

I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m the man

I believe every lie that I ever told

Paid for every heart that I ever stole

I played my cards and I didn’t fold

Well it ain’t that hard when you got soul (this is my world)

Somewhere I heard that life is a test

I been though the worst but I still give my best

God made my mold different from the rest

Then he broke that mold so I know I’m blessed (this is my world)

Stand up now and face the sun

Won’t hide my tail or turn and run

It’s time to do what must be done

Be a king when kingdom comes”

What a great song, I thought. I remembered that someone asked me once if I had a theme song what would it be? I chuckled – back then it was Superwoman by Karen White. The Man would make a great soundtrack for some of the men in Augusta that I think are real movers and shakers. I wondered if they would think so.

The CD makes relative statements without being overly political or preachy, especially the single Ticking Bomb. Lift Your Spirit has a number of great songs on it including a nice acoustic set called Wake Me Up. By far, The Man is my favorite but its closely followed by Chasing, a mid-tempo song with an old-school ’70s beat. Chasing also has a great hook – “Boys, boys, boys …chasing the girls, girls, girls” – You can always call a hit by the hook.

I’ll probably wear out Lift Your Spirit and I’ll more than likely buy a couple of CDs as gifts for those guys that I think should use the single The Man as a soundtrack for their lives. I hope they get the message.

​​If you like Aloe Blacc, too, he’s touring with Bruno Mars and will stop at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on June 13.

As for Prom-A-Palooza, it was fantastic! Being moved and inspired by good music, on a beautiful day, in the company of amazing people … what’s not to love?


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