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"Who needs that, man? Life's too short." Dreams in Motion doesn't dwell in the past, either. Rather than re-create a pastiche of the Rascals' sound, Cavaliere immersed himself in the latest MIDI technology. "It was like being in Disneyland. We've got new instruments to play with, sampling to play with. I just went wild."
Cavaliere has no problems with being sampled himself. Unlike his contemporaries in the Turtles, who sued De La Soul for sampling their past work, Felix is flattered that the same group went back to Once Upon a Dream to sample "My World" for "This Is the Daisy Age," and that Brotherhood Creed sampled "Groovin'" on the recent hit "Helluva."
"They should give credit for it, or give you whatever it is by the book. What it means is that there was something done that long ago that still has relevance today. . . . I love it."
Having a hit record in the Nineties wouldn't hurt in the relevance department, either. In the meantime, while the new Cavaliere songs try finding a home on radio, turn to any oldies station and chances are it'll be playing "People Got to Be Free" for the zillionth time:
"See that train over there? Now, that's the train of freedom. It's about to arrive any minute now. You know, it's been long, long overdue . . ."
It still sounds damned good.