“I thought about how good this life is…back in the day, it wasn’t always like this…”
—Chuck Brown (“Beautiful Life”)
Chuck Brown, the famed godfather of go-go music, is and always will be in Washington, D.C., and the DMV as a whole. Being from around there, I grew up hearing him on the radio all the time On August 22, he would’ve celebrated his 81st birthday, so I would like to honor his legacy and memory with this track.
The song “Beautiful Life” was the title track of Chuck’s last album, released posthumously in August 2014. Featuring my favorite rapper Wale, it’s all about being grateful for and enjoying the life you have, even if you aren’t some big time star. I need to hear this one every now and then, because it serves as a reminder to focus on the important things in life—faith, family, friends, etc. It’s a reminder to, instead of focusing on what I don’t have, to enjoy the beautiful life I DO have and the wonderful people that surround me.
Take a listen below!