I Am Not Your Negro

by Bryan Thomas

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A self-imposed songwriting challenge, in two parts. Part One: Build a song with just vox, bass guitar and samples (beats/horns/strings). No 6-string guitar allowed. Part Two: Get inside your head. Go deep. The result? 7/4 funky soul for your funky soul 24/7 aka "I Am Not Your Negro." If it bugs you, then it's about you. Regardless: enjoy.

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When was the last time that you were the only one in the room who looked like you?

Did you not see color?
Were you looking for another?
Were you feeling kinda desperate?
Were you looking for the exit?
A victim of your circumstance?
Were you angry?
Were you anxious?
Were you scared?

Or: did you dance?

Let me see you dance.

Did you question their intensions?
Were you on some kind of mission
to make them understand your condition
and the fact of your existence?
Did you take the time to listen?

Or: was it beautiful?

Did you stay until the end?
Did you want to tell your friends?
Did you feel a sense of pride
just for being in the room and alive?

Well: I am not your negro.

credits

released February 24, 2017
Vox and bass by BT. Beat samples of Joey Waronker courtesy Loop Loft. Horn and string samples via Logic Pro X.

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Bryan Thomas Albany

Nippertown’s Greg Haymes says Albany soul rocker BRYAN THOMAS's "writes smart, and he writes from the heart, balancing intellect, passion and politics.”

The Times Union named him“Best Male Singer-Songwriter” shortly after he released his acoustic hip-hop debut Radio Plastic Jennifer in 1999. The follow-up soul rock epic Ones and Zeros was Metroland Magazine’s “Album of the Year” in 2002.
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