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Class of ’75 – Blue Lights In The Basement

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Shortly after Cupid’s Hunt 2010, I promised some Class of ’75 mixes to celebrate classmates and friends lost and found.  I haven’t forgotten.  Every once in a while, a playlist forms in my head, only to (poof!) vanish like a puff of smoke.  There were so many memorable songs that year (at least, I think so); I wasn’t sure where to start.

So, for Cupid’s Hunt 2012, I’ll focus on some of the love songs that rocked those blue-light-in-the-basement parties brought to mind whenever I hear one played on the radio.  Nothing by Smokey (I’m glad I was able to finish his mix); and nothing by the Tempts (I’m working on their mix, too).  I probably should have paid special attention to Barry White as well.  Working with “Let Me Live My Life Loving You” has given me a few ideas.  Also, there’s a little surprise by Solo from 1995.  Hearing it the first time reminded me of “Let’s Do It Again”.  Their sound it reminiscent of Sam Cooke; and will be featured in a tribute for him later this year.

But for now, pick your spot on the wall.

For Todd Grundy and the Furys, who threw the best basement parties I can remember.

TNS – Cupid’s Hunt – Class of ’75: Blue Lights in the Basement

  1. Lovin’  You – Minnie Ripperton – Perfect Angel
  2. TGrundy
  3. Let Me Live My Life Lovin’ You – Barry White – Just Another Way To Say I Love You
  4. I Belong To You – Love Unlimited – Best of Love Unlimited
  5. Let Me Make Love To You – The O’Jays – The Essential O’Jays
  6. Fave
  7. Love Won’t Let Me Wait – Major Harris – My Way
  8. Just A Thing That I Do – Major Harris – My Way
  9. TGrundy
  10. Reasons (Live) – Earth, Wind & Fire – Gratititude
  11. Your Smile – Rufus – Rufusized
  12. I Can’t Say No – Natalie Cole – Inseperable
  13. Inseperable – Natalie Cole – Inseperable
  14. Mr. Fresh
  15. Remember What I Told You To Forget – Tavares – Anthology
  16. Sweet Love – The Commodores – Motown Love
  17. For The Love Of You (Part 1 & 2) – The Isley Brothers – Love Songs
  18. DarrenKeith
  19. Let’s Do It Again – The Staple Singers
  20. Where Do U Want Me To Put It – Solo – Solo
  21. Hope That We Can Be Together Soon – Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes (feat. Sharon Paige) – To Be True

Cupid’s Hunt – The Secret Garden

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

When I first heard Quincy Jones’s “The Secret Garden”, my first reaction was, “Wow!  Who are all those guys singing with Barry?”

But, it really wasn’t all about Barry, was it?  It was about Quincy Jones, and all the people who play with him in his garden.

I may explore that garden a little more later.  But, for now, my final submission for this year’s Hunt…

TNS – Cupid’s Hunt – The Secret Garden

Song – Artist – Album

  1. Heaven’s Girl – R. Kelly, Ron Isley, Aaron Hall, Charlie Wilson & Naomi Campbell – Q’s Jook Joint
  2. TGrundy
  3. The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite) –  James Ingram, Barry White, El DeBarge, Al B. Sure! – Just For You
  4. Love Me By Name – Sounds…And Stuff Like That!
  5. You Put A Move On My Heart – Tamia – Q’s Jook Joint
  6. Moody’s Mood For Love – Brian McKnight, Take 6 – Q’s Jook Joint
  7. Weak – SWV – It’s About Time
  8. Slow Jams – SWV, Babyface, Portrait & Barry White- Q’s Jook Joint
  9. One Hundred Ways – James Ingram – The Dude
  10. Angel Turner
  11. Tomorrow – The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23: The Best of the Brothers Johnson
  12. Just Once – James Ingram – The Dude
  13. I’m Yours – El DeBarge – Ultimate Collection
  14. Everything – Tevin Campbell – Ultimate Collection
  15. At The End Of The Day (Grace) – Q’s Jook Joint
  16. Jook Joint Outro  – Barry White – Q’s Jook Joint

Let The Hunt Begin…!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

And so, it has begun.

Cupid’s Hunt 2011!

Podcasters have already begun posting their music mixes for what is the fourth annual Cupid’s Hunt Podcast Collaboration in celebration of Valentine’s Day.  Throughout this weekend, the mixes posted will provide hours of love music for the soundtrack of that most romantic day.

I love mellow men.  The rich baritones and the sweet falsettos of Marvin GayeThe TemptationsSmokey RobinsonThe O’JaysEl DeBarge, and (of  course) Barry White help me study, chill, finish chores inside and out;  and are my lullabies.  They stop me cold.  Twenty seven years after Marvin’s passing, when I hear “Let’s Get It On”, I’m 15 again, wondering if anyone will ever make me feel that wanted.  Thirty six years after first hearing “Memories”, I still get misty hearing, as a friend once said “some of the best lyrics to begin a soul ballad… ever” and smile at the memory of Warinaco Park.

When I heard Gerald Levert’s version of “Let’s Get It On”, this playlist of Gerald, The O’Jays, Marvin Gaye and Barry White practically wrote itself.  Four more mellow men lend their voices to this mix:  Todd Grundy from Rhythms In Black Satin; Fave from Friday Favecast; DarrenKeith Wyatt from My Love For Music; and Mr. Fresh from Vibes and Scribes; and I’d like to thank them.

I’m dedicating this mix to my husband, Gregory T. Bethune, Sr., who, on this day (Feb. 10), 32 years ago, said, “I will.”  He had his hands full…I’d spent a lifetime (until then) listening to mellow men.

TNS – Cupid’s Hunt – Mellow Men

Song – Artist – Album

1.  Nightshift Intro – TGrundy

2.  Let Me Make Love To You – The O’Jays – The Essential O’Jays

3.  Made To Love Ya – Gerald Levert – Gerald’s World

4.  Cupid’s Hunt – DarrenKeith

5.  I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More – Barry White – Ultimate Collection

6.  Forever Mine – The O’Jays – The Essential O’Jays

7.  Baby Hold On To Me – Gerald Levert – Private Line

8.  Cupid’s Hunt – “Looking for love in all the right places” – Fave

9.  Playing Your Game, Baby – Barry White – Ultimate Collection

10.  You Got Your Hooks In Me – The O’Jays – The Essential O’Jays

11.  Cupid’s Hunt – “On this special day” – DarrenKeith.

12.  You Got Your Hooks In Me – Gerald Levert & Eddie Levert – Father And Son

13.  Mr. Too Damn Good – Gerald Levert – G.

14.  Cupid’s Hunt – “Just for you” – Fave

15.  Just The Way You Are – Barry White – Ultimate Collection

16.  In My Songs – Gerald Levert – In My Songs

17.  Cupid’s Hunt – “This is Cupid’s Hunt” – Mr. Fresh

18.  Stairway to Heaven – The O’Jays – The Essential O’Jays

19.  Cupid’s Hunt – “All the right places” – TGrundy

20.  Let’s Get It On – Gerald Levert – Crank (Soundtrack)

21.  Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (Deluxe Edition)

22.  Keep Gettin’ It On – Marvin Gay – Let’s Get It On (Deluxe Edition)

23.  Practice What You Preach – Barry White – The Icon Is Love

The First Mix! Cupid's Hunt: TNS – I Want You

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

When I ‘dipped my toes’ in this year’s Cupid’s Hunt Podcast Collaboration Event, I had in mind one list of tracks to post on Facebook or MySpace.  Each song on the list had a theme; be it first love, great love, love gone wrong, “I want you” or wedding jams (Greg and I married four days before Valentines Day).  The list grew, split and became several lists…all while I was learning the basics of blogging; podcasting; soft-and hardware and whatever else had come down the pike since I bought (and never used) dj software back in the days of Windows 98.

My first mix is some of my favorite songs that say “I want you”, smooth and cool.  Screaming and shouting might wake us up; but it’s smooth and cool that keeps us awake on the night shift.  

Cupid’s Hunt: TNS – I Want You

Playlist – Song – Artist – Album [time]

  1. That the Way It’s Got To Be (Body and Soul) – The Soul Generation – Beyond Body and Soul [3:08]
  2. I Want You – Marvin  Gaye – The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [3:57]
  3. Make Me Want You – Curt Jones – 360 Degrees [5:29]
  4. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye – The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [4:53]
  5. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye – Slow Jams [4:10]
  6. Give It To Me – The Whispers – Greatest Slow Jams [5:24]
  7. Lady – The Whispers – Greatest Slow Jams [5:07]
  8. Hey Girl (I Like Your Style) – The Temptations – Love Songs [3:29]
  9. Reasons – Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World [4:58]
  10. Love Won’t Let Me Wait – Major Harris – My Way [5:34]
  11. Turn Your Lights Down Low – Lauren Hill and Bob Marley – The Ultimate Mp3 Zone [4:02]
  12. A Little Bit More – Freddie Jackson/Melba Moore – Body and Soul:  Duets [4:55]
  13. Practice What You Preach – Barry White – The Icon Is Love [5:58]