... the tradition. Nate Chinen, a role model, puts it flat on the table, "If that was indeed the case, it’s not hard to understand why. Mr. Ellis holds a vaunted place in the history of funk, chiefly as bandleader-arranger of the James Brown Revue during the late 1960s, the stretch that yielded 'Cold Sweat,' 'Licking Stick-Licking Stick' and 'Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud.' He had a hand in writing those songs, among others, and they remain his signature contribution, even though he has done much else since, including consequential work with Van Morrison and a handful of the brighter stars of West African music. His main outlet these days is Still Black Still Proud, a touring James Brown tribute with an African slant, featuring guests like the Malian guitarist-singer Vieux Farka Touré." Go here for the whole story and to find our from where we stole the pitcher. Before you leave, remind yourself that this is the way of being we think on.