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Wendy Rene – After Laughter

Bringing this lovely old tune back because the entirety of June was a build up, an accumulation of emotions, to this particular moment and this day. And you know what? June wasn’t terrible. It was actually a good month, complete with discomfort, happiness, tears, love, and at the end of the day, realness. And what better way to live in that emotion than to listen to a song that is truly, in all respects, the realest? Wendy Rene begs in this vocal masterpiece for our attention. I can practically imagine the live setting in which this song may have taken place. A dimly lit small club scattered with faces and listeners who are tuned into her message. She sings because she has to, because this holds meaning and truth for her.

I’m in love with the duality of happy and sad, both in emotion and in music. When a song can channel both happiness and sadness, I’m in awe. It’s probably not that hard. After all, that which we find the saddest is usually coated in a thick layer of deception. Comedians, with their comedy to make others laugh, unbeknownst that something deeply sad is what drives them to bring smiles to others. Maybe not all comedians, but some. This song is definitely sad and happy at the same time, because lyrically, it speaks volumes about the sorrow of the story teller. But the tune itself, although slower, somehow seems happy. The harmonies and organ, the distilled drum, all somehow make it sad and happy. Maybe you won’t agree with me here, but it’s a beautiful tune nonetheless.

This song is all about today. And the weather’s indecision only further contributes to this song’s duality. Laugh and cry if you have to.

Wendy Rene – After Laughter

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Wendy Rene et Wu-Tang

Musically there have been a few defining moments in my life, one of them being the first time I was put onto Wu-Tang’s Enter The 36 Chambers. I didn’t understand exactly what it was that I was listening to, but I did know for sure that this was something I wanted to hear more of.  The gritty beats, lyrics, and overall content of the records were like watching a movie, and I couldn’t look away. I studied every scene, visualizing the whole album in a slightly different way each time through.  My 36 Chambers cassette had found a permanent home in my walkman, where it stayed until excessive use led to the tape literally unravelling. I did some serious surgery on it, but to no avail … so I bought another. I still have that cassette, along with the vinyl and CD to match.

RZA’s performance as producer on 36 Chambers is one for the ages.  ”Tearz” is actually one of the only records on there for which he used just one sample – Wendy Rene’s “After Laughter.”  The first 20 seconds of the song provided RZA with a perfect hook, and also a jumpy loop for the verses.  I like the way RZA chose drums sounds that accompany the sample without overpowering it, which creates the perfect backdrop for the stories him and Ghostface tell in their verses.  Just another great record on a historic album.

Wendy Rene – After Laughter (Comes Tears)

Wu-Tang – Tearz

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