Sam Cooke IS Soul, Don't @ Me

Sam Cooke IS Soul, Don't @ Me

He is the founding father of the genre, don't change my mind.

R&B/Soul is a very expansive music genre nowadays, especially with artists like Frank Ocean changing the landscape of it. However, there is one particular legend that basically kickstarted and innovated the genre way back in the 1960s. Though he was gone too soon, his music is still powerful to this day.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am talking about Sam Cooke.

Originally wrapped up in gospel music, Cooke transcended music by introducing R&B/Soul to American mainstream of the 1960s. His songs "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Cupid", and even "Bring It On Home To Me" have been covered by many, heard in movies and TV shows, and staples of 'oldies' radio stations. Overall, Cooke is celebrated as the founding father of the genre we now listen to, R&B/Soul.

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His live performances are rare sights to find, but some have been reuploaded to the masses of our generation. I remember my dad playing an old CD of Cooke's greatest hits in the car up to Maine, and the lyrics from "Chain Gang" are forever integrated into my brain.

He is a fantastic artist for any mood we're in.

If you feel like dancing at a party, put on "Having A Party". If your SO broke up with you, "Sad Mood" is the perfect soundtrack piece for you. If you're on top of the world and feeling like a zillion bucks, have "Wonderful World" on behind you (the strings in that are perfect). Whatever vibe you're feeling, Cooke has one or two songs for you, I guarantee it.

Sam Cooke is one of those artists that people can find and easily get situated to. Cooke's vocals, backed by wonderful instruments, soothe you immediately and provide you with this one fact: he is what R&B/Soul will always be. He is the grandfather of all soul artists, no matter how many years have gone since his tragic death.

Sam Cooke died at age 33 from gunshot wounds in a very controversial manner that has many questioning if there was a conspiracy against him.

Cooke died in a hotel on December 11, 1964, when a motel manager claimed she killed him in self-defense because he threatened her. Close friends, family, and historians dispute that claim to this day even though the manager was cleared under a justifiable homicide acquittal. The world lost a tremendous artist that night, and I think it has been in mourning ever since.

R&B/Soul surely soared to greater heights every decade since, but artists have claimed Cooke as their biggest influences. Singer Leon Bridges has credited Cooke as his permanent source of inspiration, and others have actually called Bridges the second coming of Cooke.

However, no one will ever top the King of Soul. Ever.

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.

If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...

1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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