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August Birthday Mix – For Michael

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

“Thriller-ites” just don’t understand.

Those who knew Michael Jackson only as the ‘King of Pop’ have no idea how important he was to those of us who were growing up during the Motown years; when “I Want You Back” could breathe life into the deadest party; when “Who’s Loving You” became his song long after Smokey penned and sang it; when we argued endlessly about whether Jermaine was a better singer or Marlon a better dancer; when we raced each other to the record store for the latest release; or when every garage band played at least one Jackson 5 song at local talent shows.  Those early years were the foundation of why we loved him so much and so faithfully later; through the craziness, the surgeries, the tabloid garbage and the trial.

It’s been more than a year since Michael Jackson passed away.  I’ve avoided including the Jackson boys from all but (I think) two of my mixes.  The truth is, I still have a hard time listening to the old stuff without shedding a tear or two; and converting my favorites from vinyl to mp3 is quite a task.  However, Michael’s birthday is approaching…it’s time.

When I heard about the memorial service at the Staples Center, I cringed at the thought of the media spectacle it might be.   Instead, it was a going home service reminiscent of those I’d grown up attending.  I sat among the Thriller-ites at work, and I was proud of those Jackson boys, the Jackson family and all who gave our boy that wonderful send-off.  But, I didn’t cry…not at work.

The service was rebroadcast later that night, when I was at home with my kids.  We sat and watched; and talked about the songs, the concerts, the records and the music.  We sang along with the performers. All the time, I kept my eyes on that gold coffin, trying to process that it held boy, laying inside, never to come back to us and sing “Who’ s Loving You” again.  We talked about the four concerts I attended: with my brother, Larry, in ‘72; with Todd, Curt and some friends from ‘the block’ in ‘73; with a group of girlfriends senior year; and with my husband and infant daughter (you could take a baby to a concert back then) in 1979.  We talked about how Curt and I used to race to be the first to buy the newest single.  Whoever was first would call and play it over the phone.  (I was first when “Sugar Daddy” hit the stores.)

After the rebroadcast was over, and the kids had gone back to their Xbox 360; and after I had let in the dog and put out the cat; I closed myself in the living room with a bottle of my favorite wine, my Crossley Stack-O-Matic, and a few stacks of Jackson vinyl.  It was mostly pre-Thriller stuff – the group hits and the solo albums from the Motown years that blasted in the basements of my house and Todd’s, and from the window of Curt’s living room to us on the porch.  I sang and I danced.  And, finally, I cried a while.

For a sweet-voiced little boy from the soundtrack of my life.

For Michael.

For Michael

Song – Artist – Album

  1. Intro – TGrundy
  2. This is For Michael –  JBethune
  3. With a Child’s Heart – Michael Jackson – Music And Me
  4. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5 – Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
  5. Who’s Loving You – The Jackson 5 – Love Songs
  6. Ain’t No Sunshine – Michael Jackson – Got To Be There
  7. Sugar Daddy – The Jackson 5 – Greatest Hits
  8. Honey Chile – The Jackson 5 – Maybe Tomorrow
  9. One More Chance – The Jackson 5 – ABC
  10. I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5 – Third Album
  11. Got To Be There – Michael Jackson – Got To Be There
  12. Promo – TGrundy
  13. Who’s Loving You (Live) – The Jackson 5 – Goin’ Back To Indiana
  14. Walk On (Live) – The Jackson 5 – Goin’ Back To Indiana
  15. Wings Of My Love – Michael Jackson – Got To Be There
  16. Ben – Michael Jackson – Ben
  17. We’ve Got A Good Thing Going – Ben
  18. To Know – The Jackson 5 – Lookin’ Through The Windows
  19. Get It Together – The Jackson 5 – Get It Together
  20. Dapper Dan – Michael Jackson – Forever, Michael
  21. Push Me Away – The Jacksons – Destiny
  22. One Day In Your Life – Michael Jackson – Forever, Michael
  23. We’ve Got Forever – Michael Jackson – Forever, Michael
  24. Music And Me – Michael Jackson – Music And Me

Ah…Summertime With War

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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I miss basements.

They were places to throw a parties for half the neighborhood without having to ‘get the house ready’; or fashion your own little ‘apartment’ when you wanted to pretend you had your ‘own place’ while still in high school.  Or, they were living rooms that could get a little messy.  Best of all, they were a cool refuge during the hot summers when most homes didn’t have central AC.

Nothing reminds me more of those hot summers in cool basements than the music of War.  “All Day Music” was the first War album that caught my attention; and the lazy, hazy harmony of the title song still makes me stop whatever I’m doing, relax a little, and smile at the memory of the basement where I first heard it.

Ah…Summertime With War by JBethune

The Class of ’75 – Earth, Wind & Fire

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

What would those basement parties have been without Earth, Wind & Fire?  Every garage band wanted to play like them (when they weren’t playing Kool & the Gang); everyone who thought they could sing wanted to hit Philip Bailey’s high notes.  Oh, and the slow jams!

“That’s The Way Of The World” was my first EWF album. I’m not even sure when I bought it. I had “Shining Star” as a single (remember vinyl 45s?); but getting the album didn’t seem a priority until I heard “Reasons”. I remember that I arrived at college intent on showing how hip I was by letting EWF blast through my dorm door (the way kids were doing when I visited my brother at his school); only to hear EWF blasting through every third door I passed on the way to my room. Oh well, I could still fall back on J5 and the Tempts. I was sure that nobody there would have collections that rivaled mine. 😉

“Gratitude” was a Christmas present from my godmother. She loved “Singasong”, and to this day, I think of her whenever I hear it. And, of course, who could forget that live version of “Reasons”? Studio “Reasons” was good for listening and lip-syncing in the dorm room; but, live “Reasons” was a true, blue-light-in-the-basement, up-against-the-wall, New Year’s Eve party slow jam.

Class of ’75 – Earth, Wind & Fire by JBethune

Class of ’75 – The Ohio Players…Fire, and Honey

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

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Hello, all!

Ah, the Ohio Players.

The funk; the album covers…!  Where did guys store their albums after they taped the album covers to their walls?

Shortly after Cupid’s Hunt, I promised some Class of ’75 mixes to celebrate those friends and classmates, lost and found.  I hadn’t forgotten; I guess I needed a trigger.

Earlier today, I heard “Fire” on the radio, and remembered those evenings in Woody’s car with Woody, Joel and Patty, riding to Buxton’s after picking me up from work; and the parties, dj’d by Todd, where people just weren’t sure when to stop dancing to “Running From the Devil”.  Then, I started thinking about all the other good music we danced, studied, slept and parked to that year.  I loved those artists; I loved that music.  It’s still background noise when I work; it’s still my lullabyes.

Hello, Linden; hello Roselle; hello, Rahway.  I know Gold Bell Bakery is long gone; but, is Buxton’s still around?

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April Birthday Tribute: Marvin Gaye (of course)

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I wasn’t going to let April 2 pass without paying tribute to Marvin Gaye.  Had he lived, he would be 71 today.  There’s not much to say beyond that.  In light of the circumstances of April 1, 1984, I found “Piece of Clay” to be particularly beautiful and haunting.

This is dedicated to my mom, Ethel Mae McKenzie White, who celebrates her own birthday in two days and always had plenty of Motown playing around the house; to Curt Jones (I can’t hear “Too Busy Thinking  About My Baby” without remembering him singing that song on our bus to summer camp); and to my cousin, Patricia (I can’t listen to “Got To Give It Up” without remembering her wedding reception).

Is that the Temptations singing background on “Try It Baby” and “Your Precious Love”?

Marvin Gaye

Song – Artist (other than Marvin Gaye) – Album {time}

  1. Nightshift Intro – The Commodores – The Commodores Anthology
  2. Come Get To This – The Best of Marvin Gaye (Disc 2) {2:41}
  3. Try It Baby – Anthology (Disc 1) {2:59}
  4. Pride and Joy – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {2:07}
  5. I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye {3:16}
  6. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {2:57}
  7. Stubborn Kind of Fellow – The Best of Marvin Gaye (Disc 1) {2:44}
  8. Your Precious Love (feat. Tammi Terrell)– Very Best of Marvin Gaye {3:04}
  9. I’ll Be Doggone – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {2:48}
  10. Trouble Man – The Best of Marvin Gaye (Disc 2) {3:58}
  11. I Want You – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {3:57}
  12. Got to Give It Up, Part 1 – Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye {4;15}
  13. After The Dance – The Best of Marvin Gaye {3:31}
  14. Let’s Get It On – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {4:53}
  15. Distant Lover [Live] –  Very Best of Marvin Gaye {6:18}
  16. Sexual Healing – Slow Jams – {4:10}
  17. What’s Going On – Anthology {3:58}
  18. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye {3:16}
  19. Inner City Blues  – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {5:28}
  20. The World Is Rated X – The Best of Marvin Gaye (Disc 2) {3:50}
  21. God Is Love – The Best of Marvin Gaye (Disc 2) {2:52}
  22. Piece of Clay – Phenomenon: Music From The Motion Picture {5:11}

March Birthday Party: The Birthday Girls

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Hello, All!

It has been awhile.

Cupid’s Hunt was like giving birth…and I was tired!  I’m still listening to all the wonderful music posted for the event; and surfing from site to site listening to podcasts posted since then.  I’ve also moved The Night Shift to a web host to allow more growth and flexibility.  The move was not without bumps in the road; I had to create a new domain and continue to use the original domain to host the large mp3 files.  There’s no need  to dismantle the old domain for now.

The needle has landed!  Gone are the days when I haunted the Radio Shacks for parts.  Now, there is actually a TurntabeNeedles.com, and other sites that offer parts I can use to repair old changers I’ve refused to discard.  I can’t wait to bust some vinyl, though.

But, in the meantime, shout-outs and prayers for some March birthdays; for those who have left us and for those who grace us still; and especially for the birthday girls featured in what is my first ‘Girl Power’ mix.

  • March 1     Harry Belafonte
  • March 4     Miriam Makeba
  • March 9     Bow Wow; Chingy
  • March 10   Timbaland
  • March 11   Marlon Jackson; LeToya Luckett; Bobby McFerrin
  • March 14   Quincy Jones; Les Brown
  • March 15   Will.i.am; Sly Stone
  • March 16   Flavor Flav
  • March 17   Nat “King” Cole
  • March 18   Queen Latifah; Irene Cara; Wilson Pickett
  • March 22   Stephanie Mills; George Benson
  • March 23   Chaka Khan
  • March 24   Mase
  • March 25   Aretha Franklin
  • March 26   Teddy Pendergrass
  • March 30   Norah Jones; M.C. Hammer
  • March 31   Herb Alpert

March Birthday Girls

Song – Artist – Album [Time]

  1. Do You Love What You Feel – Rufus – The Very Best of Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan [4:30]
  2. Ain’t Nobody (Album Version) – Chaka Khan – Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan [4:40]
  3. Papillon (AKA Hot Butterfly) (Album Version) – Chaka Khan – Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan [4:10]
  4. I Feel For You – Chaka Khan – Epiphany: The Vest of Chaka Khan [5:46]
  5. Swing Down Chariot – Rufus – Rags to Rufus [4:24]
  6. Pata Pata –Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata [2:57]
  7. Think – Aretha Franklin – The Very Best of Aretha Franklin [2:19]
  8. Son of a Preacher Man – Aretha Franklin – A Natural Woman and Other Hits [3:17]
  9. Spanish Harlem – Aretha Franklin – Spanish Harlem [3:35]
  10. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin – A Natural Woman and Other Hits [5:33]
  11. Border Song (Holy Moses) – Aretha Franklin – Spanish Harlem [3:22]
  12. Fly Girl (LP Version) – Queen Latifah – Nature of a Sista’ [4:02]
  13. U.N.I.T.Y. – Queen Latifah – Black Reign [4:11]
  14. Big, Blond and Beautiful – Queen Latifah – Hairspray – Soundtrack [2:35]
  15. Hit It Again – Luther Vandross/Queen Latifah – Dance With My Father [4:37]
  16. Here We Go Again (feat. Norah Jones) – Ray Charles – Genius Love Company [3:59]
  17. I Feel Good All Over – Stephanie Mills – Ultimate Collection [5:02]
  18. Home  – Stephanie Mills – Ultimate Collection [3:35]
  19. I Know Where I’ve Been – Queen Latifah – Hairspray – Soundtrack [4:13]

I also would like to thank the members of the Music Podcast Consortium and all the Cupid’s Hunt contributors for inspiring me.  I was a child in your playground, and you pushed my swing.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Hot Fun In The Springtime Birthday Party – Sly Stone, March 15

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Hot Fun in the Springtime Birthday Party – Sly Stone, March 15 by JBethune

Happy Birthday to Sly Stone .  We miss him; and, he’s still around.  This is also dedicated to my brother.  It’s the hot summer of ’69…he and his friends are in the cool basement listening to Sly records…I’m sitting at the top of the stairs (they can’t see me)…

Happy Birthday, Mr. Q!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mr. Q! by JBethune

For Quincy Jones , The Dude, who celebrated his birthday on March 14.

A Change Is Gonna Come

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

 

I don’t remember who sent me this slideshow.  I received it a few days before Election Day; pressed ‘play’; and was hooked once I heard the first few chords of  “A Change Is Gonna Come”.  

Of course, Sam was right.

The King Remix

Friday, February 19th, 2010

TNS – The King Remix is a shortened version of  TNS – For the Children of the Dream, released in celebration of the birthday of   Dr. Martin Luther King.

As it turned out, the mix was too long to download, one of my rookie mistakes.  Also, once I showed my sister what I was doing, she urged me to expand my King idea into mixes that included speeches of Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and whoever else’s recordings that were available.  I liked her idea.  However, Black History Month just happens to be the shortest month of the year, and time is getting tight.  So, should I run out of time getting other posts up, I want this one to stand. 

I dedicate this entire section, all the mixes that I intend to include for Black History Month, to my mother, Ethel Mae McKenzie White.  Long before black history was taught in the schools (you remember, textbooks that included only Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver), my mother taught us at home from volumes of The Negro Heritage Library, and with the speeches of Dr. King and Malcolm X on vinyl.  Long before James Brown recorded “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)”, she had us saying it to ourselves so we could repeat it in public (back when being called “black” was considered and insult).  She had a take-no-prisoners ‘pride, don’t hide’ attitude that she passed on to her children, and that I hope I’ve passed on to mine.

TNS – The King Remix includes “I Have A Dream” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” in their entirety.  I also included Kirk Franklin’s “My Life Is In Your Hands”  from the soundtrack of  “Get On The Bus”, a movie about another march on Washington, D.C., the Million Man March.

TNS – The King Remix

Playlist

  1. We Shall Overcome – The Montgomery Gospel Trio, The Nashville Quartet, and Guy Carawan – We Shall Overcome, Songs of the Freedom Ride [5:35]
  2. We Shall Overcome – Martin Luther King, Jr.  – We Shall Overcome [2:27]
  3. How I Got Over – Mahalia Jackson – Mahalia Jackson’s Greatest Hits [5:23]
  4. Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Mahalia Jackson – Gospels, Spiritual, & Hymns [4:15]
  5. Living in the Promiseland – Willie Nelson – Essential Willie Nelson [3:22]
  6. I Have a Dream (Washington, D.C. 8/28/63) – Martin Luther King, Jr.  – Greatest Speeches of All Time, Vol. 1 [6:11]
  7. A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam  Cooke – The Man and His Music [3:14]
  8. We’re a Winner – The Impressions – Anthology 1961-1977 [2:24]
  9. People Get Ready – The Impressions – Anthology 1961-1977 [2:38]
  10. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop – Martin Luther King, Jr. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Tapes [20:41]
  11. Wake Up Everybody – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes – The Essential Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes [7:32]
  12. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye – Anthology [3:58]
  13. Patience – Anika Noni Rose – Dreamgirls [Original Soundtrack] [3:34]
  14. My Life Is In Your Hands – Kirk Franklin, God’s Property – Get On The Bus [5:36]
  15. America, the Beautiful – Ray Charles [3:36]