Grandnephew of civil rights leader creates a politically-charged song you need to hear
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The single is a bass driven, mid-tempo selection that focuses on the fact that 51 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. and best friend Ralph David Abernathy worked diligently with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to pass the Civil Rights Act, there is still much more work to be done. The song delves into the mindset of a young black man describing the events his people and community are facing in modern times. If you close your eyes and listen, you might even forget what year you're currently in. From 1964 to 2016, some storylines still remain the same. Reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On,” Abernathy’s strong vocal lead and poignant lyricism demands us to take a look at the inequalities and prejudices that still exist.
As one begins to get lost in the melodic tone of Aaron Abernathy’s voice, one reminiscent of a southern preacher unexpectedly cuts through like running water and calms the fire in the song. Ralph David Abernathy’s voice balances the tune. He reminds us that poverty existed then and still exists today. He reminds us that it was difficult to survive then and for many it is difficult to survive now. His voice reminds us that there was a need for a Civil Rights Movement then and the need still remains.
Both Ab and Ralph David Abernathy explore the idea that our youth must be encouraged to understand that, regardless of circumstances, they are valued. The youth must be told that the world does not define them. They must love and define themselves. With racial tension at an all-time high for this generation, Ab had this to say about the creation of “Now A Days”:
“My uncle was an orator and leader who spoke for African Americans of his time. He was called to do so and I felt the same about being called to write this record for African Americans of my time. Nina Simone once said: ‘I choose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That to me is my duty. An artist’s duty is to reflect the times! How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?’ I am an artist and I’m called to reflect just that. This is my charge and I accept! "Now A Days" is that reflection.”
Ralph David Abernathy sought to end segregation, discrimination and unequal protection under the law during the Civil Rights era. Aaron Abernathy puts to pen and music the realities of black America during the Black Lives Matter movement. The inclusion of Ralph David Abernathy in the “Now A Days” single allows this generation to see that they are still connected to a past generation. The legacy continues.
You can check out the full-length songhere
"Now A Days" is available for free download at www.aaronabernathy.com.
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