It felt like if my 20s were — you know those Reebok Pumps? If my 20s were pumping it, then my 30s were like the release button. It was amazing. I’m 32 now, and everything they tell you is true: You just kind of chill out; you become more yourself. It has been a very welcome shift.

Nancy Dupree (with “a group of Rochester, N.Y. youngsters”), “James Brown”
Ghetto Reality, 1969

This original song comes from an album recorded by a Rochester grade school teacher and her class. Her introduction to and explanation for Ghetto Reality is below. This album has taken over my life.