11.14.2011

HOUSE IS A FEELING :: Mr Fingers - Can You Feel It

Mr. Fingers aka Larry Heard is a southside Chicago native. Can You Feel It is the b-side to Washing Machine and was released in 1986. It still gets me everytime, for this truly is the anthem to the Church of House.

In the beginning, there was Jack, and Jack had a groove. 
And from this groove came the groove of all grooves. 
And while one day viciously throwing down on his box, Jack boldy declared, 

"Let there be house!" and house music was born.

I am, you see, 
I am the creator, and this is my house! 
And, in my house there is only house music. But, I am not so 
selfish because once you enter my house it then becomes OUR house and 
OUR house music!" And, you see, no one can own house because 
house music is a universal language, spoken and understood by all. 

You see, house is a feeling that no one can understand really unless 
you're deep into the vibe of house. House is an uncontrollable 
desire to jack your body. And, as I told you before, this is 
our house and our house music. And in every house, you 
understand, there is a keeper. And, in this house, the keeper 
is Jack. Now some of you who might wonder. 

Who is Jack, and what is it that Jack does?

Jack is the one who gives you the power to jack your body! 
Jack is the one who gives you the power to do the snake. 
Jack is the one who gives you the key to the wiggly worm. 
Jack is the one who learns you how to walk your body. 
Jack is the one that can bring nations and nations of all 
Jackers together under one house. 

You may be black, you may be white; you may be Jew or Gentile. 
It don't make difference in our House. 

And this is fresh!


Although, Heard preferred the instrumental version, the version you hear below became the most popular. It samples The Jacksons' "Opening/Can You Feel It" off their 1981 The Jacksons Live! Check out Mr. Fingers on Myspace.



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