Gil Scott-Heron - I’m New Here

Of course, he’s not, as the deep earthy tones of his gravelling voice attests. He sounds so…experienced. Like he’s lived life, and can’t help oozing poetic sub-hip-hop wisdom. It’s only a short album, but leaves an impression. Standout track New York Is Killing Me is still fresh months after release. Even the CD liner notes flow like water:

There is a proper procedure for taking advantage of any investment.

Music, for example. Buying a CD is an investment.

To get the maximum you must

LISTEN TO IT FOR THE FIRST TIME UNDER OPTIMUM CONDITIONS.

Not in your car or on a portable player through a headset.

Take it home.

Get rid of all distractions, (even her or him).

Turn off your cell phone.

Turn off everything that rings or beeps or rattles or whistles.

Make yourself comfortable.

Play your CD.

LISTEN all the way through.

Think about what you got.

Think about who would appreciate this investment.

Decide if there is someone to share this with.

Turn it on again.

Enjoy Yourself.