When word got out that P-Funk and George Clinton would be gracing Park City
with their presence – most of us knew we’d have to be there. Harry O’s hosted
the concert —- but the P-Funk clan ran the show. This was a high maintenance
crew, even before the show. Sheila Horne (former Bride of Funkenstein, long-time
P-Funk mob vocalist… now lead vocalist for P-Funk) wouldn’t allow anyone to
be in the club during her sound check. Some Harry O’s employees said she seemed
nervous. Hmmm. This would be a good show.
It’s safe to say that a fair portion of the crowd was tripping by the time
the funk started. P-Funk came on late – with the first set only lasting 35
minutes. No matter. The packed house didn’t seem to mind – they came to feel
the funk – and they would.
Watch Sheila Horne in action. She still has it. What? The groove. The funk.
Not everyone has it. Those who do may take it for granted. If the music moves
you – if you move to the music, if you feel it in your core (with or without
vitamin a), chances are you have the funk.
Side stage during the show, a Caucasian woman stood in the shadows, tapping
her foot while watching Ms. Horne and George Clinton rock the house. Sheila
& George were going off —-doing what they do best. While the performance moved
the crowd to groove hard, the woman side-stage could only muster a foot tap.
No, she does not have it, and perhaps never will.
George Clinton has spent the greater part of his life spreading the good
will of his groove, showing all shapes and sizes of people how to shake it
– how to let it go and get funky. God bless this man. We can only hope more
folks can learn how to relax, party with the Mothership, and give up the funk.
A word for the woman in the shadows - don’t worry what other people think
or who’s watching. Even you have soul. Let it be free, and thank George Clinton
for showing you how to really live.