American Dreaming Soundtrack
Track No.2 – Can You Get To That – Funkadelic (Maggot Brain, 1971)
I have created and now teach a course at the University of Washington titled “Counter Couture: Fashion and Style of the American Counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s.” This 10-week undergraduate exploration of the aesthetics of the hippie movement offers me a chance to bring in guests to speak to my students about the era and its many powerful facets.
Last spring we were fortunate enough to have Dr. Charles Hughes, a music historian and scholar speak to us about the music of the era, and this particular track by Funkadelic was one he highlighted. In the middle of an exceptional groove and feel-good pulse, we’re reminded that when you “get to that” you can start to really generate some good. I can not only hear but see and feel all cultures, all places, all times and all histories coming together when I listen to this track.