A little old fashioned R&B

It’s been a long time since I’ve submitted a post and to be honest topics lately haven’t been exactly jumping off my keyboard. Couple that with the fact that I have been super busy playing “the working prepster” and you just get lots of silence from me. This post doesn’t have much sustenance on the fashion side but if you are looking for some items to add to your wardrobe then look no further than the most recent release of the Peter Millar catalog. Everything in there is good looking.

This post is really just my version of an obituary for Allen Toussaint, a New Orleans singer songwriter who passed away today. Allen’s music was mostly well know because of other artists recording his songs. I thought it would be fitting to share some of those with you.

His most famous song was probably “Southern Nights” which Glen Campbell turned into a Number 1 Hit. Here is Allen’s original version and to me it is a much prettier song than when Glen added his Nashville country sound to it.

Growing up I loved his song “Working in the Coal Mine” and here is the most popular version which was recorded by Lee Dorsey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsZT-Gj7QNI

Allen Toussaint also touched the world of Beach Music when he wrote the following Beach Classics, and these are my favorite recordings of them:

Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBfKx4lU5UQ

Mother-In-Law: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EN5eJf5h_k

May Allen rest in peace, the music world will certainly miss him.

Hopefully I be able to post more in the near future. I think we may even transition this from a blog of haberdashery to a haberdashery of clothes and music blog.


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America is Undressing

Hey folks, it’s been a couple of years but I’m still here. A lot has happened since I last posted. The SouthernPrepster got married this year and our wonderful chocolate lab turned 2 years old today! I have been extremely busy with the day job but I hope to find some time to post on a more frequent level.

One thing I have been noticing over the past couple of years (and for probably more than that) is the casualness of American dress these days. It seems jeans and t-shirts are the norm. Gone are the days when people dressed for the occasion, any occasion. People used to dress up for air travel. Now most people wear sweat pants and hoodies in the friendly skies. The common argument is “it’s more comfortable” and maybe it is but I find it strange that people would rather look like they are going to the gym then meeting a long time friend who now live across the country or traveling for work. Save the bathing suit and t-shirt for the pool at your vacation destination not the sky bar.

As a child I was taught about first impressions and dressing for every occasion. Once when a female kindergarten class mate (ok she was my girlfriend at the time, and yes I had a girlfriend in kindergarten) came by for a play date I ran upstairs to put on a coat and tie. Yes that might be a little extreme but hey I was in kindergarten and hadn’t quite figured out the rules of fashion, dress, and style yet. However as we age we learn that our clothes say a lot about us and we should listen to what we are saying about ourselves.

My wife and I went recently went for a special dinner at a local restaurant that can be viewed as a place you go to for special occasions, sort of like a treat, not a place you go every night. As a child I remember wearing a tie or a jacket when dining there. For this dinner I wore a button down shirt and a sport coat. Of course other diners were dressed in the same manner but I was shocked by the number of people I saw in jeans, sweat shirts, torn jeans, etc. What happened to dressing for dinner?

Now I have to admit The SouthernPrepster owns 1 or maybe 2 pairs of blue jeans and I have even worn them for occasions that didn’t involve yard work. To me they are just too casual for most any social event. For me, there is nothing more versatile, and comfortable than a good pair of chinos. If it’s worth attending, it’s worth dressing up for. If not dressing up, at least dressing the part.

See you at the Party!

The SouthernPrepster

As always here are your musical chasers:

That’s How Strong My Love Is – Taj Mahal (I like his version)

Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On – Mel McDaniel (I know, ironic isn’t it)

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Johnnie Taylor

Just a quick post today to give y’all something to listen to this weekend. One of my favorite soul singers is the late great Johnnie Taylor. Not one of your all time chart toppers but he had a number of songs that turned out to be great shag songs. Here are some highlights for y’all to play this weekend when you get put your shag shoes on or if you are just hanging out. Shug and I will be laying down some steps at Memories in Atlantic Beach this weekend and look forward to seeing the Rick Strickland Band. I have included his biggest hit in this post as well.

Johnny Taylor:

Hole In the Wall – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22FWGQZmSbM

Wall to Wall (live)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU2R-TgnGqI

A Love to Call Mine (Shug and I love dancing to this one) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsD-HL_YqI4

Disco Lady (from Soultrain) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3JkEoQ0Cz8

Walk Away With Me (a good slow song) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzobmQfzAIE

Lady Soul (originally done by the Temptations and this song is a classic but most beach music DJs favor Johnnie’s version) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNRAbO-eDiM

Real Love ( I can still remember hearing Charlie Byrd play this on the Charlie Byrd Beach Blast while riding home from the beach as a kid) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsL9U1cmHxI

Rick Strickland Band

Something Smooth – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSJEoEiUfVU

Keep on shaggin’ and I’ll see you at the party,

The SouthernPrepster

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Musical Style

As many of you know, music is one of my passions. Not making music but listening to music. For the most part I will listen to pretty much everything but most of the stuff I listen to was recorded before I was born. That’s what I grew up with in my house. My favorite and most listened to genres have to be Classic Soul and R&B as well as Beach & Shag.

Having spent almost 20 years in the mobile DJ business in some form or fashion with my weekend job/hobby I have developed a lot of knowledge around music and been exposed to a lot of different music. I plan on adding some posts to the SouthernPrepster that reflect that. These are going to be random posts of songs or artists or stories that come to me from time to time and I hope you enjoy them and maybe pick up some new favorite songs.

To start off let’s start with a post that refers to an old classic and morphs into a post about one of my all time favorite groups: The Temptations.

As you may remember “Old Man River” is a famous song from the musical “Show Boat.” Here is the famous version from the 1936 motion picture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9WayN7R-s

The Temptations also recorded a version in 1967. Originally released on the album “The Temptations in a Mellow Mood.” (linked below). This is the “Classic Five” line up of Paul Williams, Otis Williams (no relation), Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin (one of my favorites), and Melvin Franklin (my fellow bass buddy). The talking intro in order is (I believe) Eddie, Otis, David, Paul, and Melvin.
Another song on that album was “For Once In My Life” which was a hit later for Stevie Wonder (of course Stevie sped the song up) but NO ONE can sing it like Paul Williams. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx5nvfZlbnY
So much emotion from Paul and this singing on a TV special in 1968 is considered the apex of his career. Paul would commit suicide 5 years later by self inflicted gun shot wound. Paul sang lead on a lot of the Temptations early records like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOXdAOPp3uY

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Wedding Weekend

Hey folks,

I know quite a few of you, like me, will be attending a wedding this weekend in that “genteel city by the sea” known as Savannah. I have already been fielding calls and emails about the attire for various functions down in Savannah this weekend so here is a snippet from an email earlier.

 I would say bring out the sun dress for Friday night because we have dinner reservations at a nice restaurant Friday night so a dress would be right on point however the reservations are for 7:30 (sun will still be shining) and most likely we will all meet somewhere for drinks beforehand so a sun dress or Spring colored dress would be perfect and would transition nicely to an after rehearsal party.

As for the wedding I think a LBD (little black dress) would be fine but don’t be afraid of color. Here are my thoughts on wedding attire wedding time correlations. 
Wedding Time between 3-4:59pm – Gentlemen-  Light colored cotton suit if the wedding is during spring or summer. Add color with the tie or in some cases could leave the tie at home. Ladies –  cocktail length dress use color to fit the season.
Wedding Time between 5-5:30pm – Gentlemen – Darker colored wool suit or cotton in the summer (brown, navy, gray, charcoal), wear a tie, can also dress things up with a french cuff shirt.. Ladies – cocktail length dresses are still fine for these but tone down the color a bit to make it a little more formal.
Wedding Time between 5:30 – 6:00pm – Gentlemen – Dark suit (dark gray, black), go easy on the color of the tie, keep it conservative. Ladies – Longer dresses, muted colors, no pastels. Cocktail dresses are too short.
See you at the party,
The SouthernPrepster

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Easter and the coming of Spring

Hey there fellow preptsters it’s me again. Yes I have been in hibernation throughout the cold weather but honestly nobody really likes wearing muted colors. Fortunately Spring is here, well at least it is here on the calendar but we are still waiting on the temperatures. It has been especially cold so far this Spring in North Carolina which is the basis for my argument that Easter is too early for seersucker. Now before all of you click on the comment button faster than NC State’s exit from this years NCAA tournament let me say, I know what you are going to say “I thought that’s when I could wear my seersucker suit.” Actually the rules say Memorial Day to Labor Day. I disagree there too. By May 27th this year temps should be at their norm and the sucker is going to be begging to come out. My solution? Go with my rule and wear seersucker from Derby Day (May 4th this year for all you casual preptsters) to Labor Day.

If you insist on starting your seersucker parade on Easter then please just wait and don’t wear it on Easter Sunday when half the people in church will be wearing it too. That is like wearing a band’s t-shirt to their concert. Yes we know you are a fan that is why you’re here at the concert.

One thing Easter does bring is colors, bright colors. It is pastel season folks. Let those colors shine! Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Long live prep.

See you at the party,

The SouthernPrepster

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Thanks BrooksBrothers

This post on Rogues and Gentlemen made my post really easy. 



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