The evolution of a person’s musical taste says a lot about them.
I was raised on rhythm & blues, hip hop, funk, and soul. The 90’s brought an emergence of sampled music from previous decades (some I was familiar with, others I knew nothing about), which in turn forced me to read liner notes for sampled music and the roots of these sounds.
Armed with a knowledgeable base, I naturally progressed into Original sounds - afrobeat, latin funk, salsa, cumbia - all of which are mixtures and combinations of African rhythms interpreted by the people who adopted those sounds using varied percussion.
I tend to take the evolution of musical taste very seriously. You won’t know the value of new material if you can’t dissect the classics.
Enter producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
Directly responsible for the success of Janet Jackson, New Edition, Human League and Morris Day (among many others), Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis left their mark on the sound of contemporary R&B and New Jack Swing. You know Janet’s ‘Control’, ‘Nasty’? S.O.S. Band’s ‘The Finest’? Yeah. That’s J.J. & T.L.
So there’s a common perception that dogs oftentimes look like their owners and vice versa. Graceful yet stout huskies are accompanied by athletic men or women; Dachshund’s often have shy, stumpy owners; and a screechy bark from a teacup poodle can make you want to strangle the owners themselves. Maybe my stereotypes are all wrong, but I couldn’t help but analyze these connections while browsing through a collection of New York City dog photos.
Simply titled ‘Dogs of New York’, Nicholas Konert has recently curated an ongoing collection of snapshots, revealing an up-close look at these furry protectors while capturing each dog as a member of New York City’s community.