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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

Cupid’s Hunt 2011 – For Donna – Marvin Gaye

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I am mixing and writing through tears today.

During my first few months of podcasting, my playlists (and the creation of The Night Shift) were inspired by requests from friends at work.  Not a night went by without a “hey, do you have any ___?”  One such mix was last year’s “April Birthday Tribute: Marvin Gay (of course)”.  It was created under the expressed direction of Mrs. Donna Bates, LVN, a coworker who, like me, lived life with a soundtrack.

Beautiful, smart and funny; always impeccably made up, coifed and dressed to the nines (even when she changed into our drab hospital-provided scrubs); Donna made sure that not a night with her went by that we didn’t work hard to keep up with her, and laugh hard enough to make 12 hours feel like six.  On nights when she worked in triage, she showed up with her boom box and played the local R&B station.  She looked like Sunday morning, worked like Monday through Friday; and made time spent around her feel like Saturday night.

Last year, shortly before the anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s death and during a conversation about the songs that kept us employed (we’re labor & delivery nurses), I rattled off the date of the upcoming anniversary from the trash bin of trivia stuck in my head.  Donna’s favorite artist just happened to be Marvin Gaye.  When I told her about what I was doing on The Night Shift, she told me, “Girl, you ought to mix some Marvin!  And don’t forget “Come Get To This!”  I did so; and burned a disc for her.

Well, Donna left us last night.  When she was brought to the Emergency Room of our own hospital, she had already gotten her front row seat to the ‘sweet sounds comin’ down on the night shift’.  I hope she’s met Marvin by now; and that he’s singing “Come Get To This” just for her.

So, with your indulgence, I’d like to remix and re-release that Marvin tribute, and dedicate it to my friend.

Donna… Happy Valentine’s Day.  I miss you already.  Please sat “hi” to my dad; and give my baby granddaughter a kiss.  But, most of all, enjoy that concert.

TNS – Cupid’s Hunt – For Donna: Marvin Gaye

Song – Album

  1. TGrundy
  2. Come Get To This (Live From Oakland) – Let’s Get It On (Deluxe Edition)

Nightshift Intro (The Commodores) – Old School Suite

  1. Try It Baby – Antholoy [1995] Disc 1
  2. Pride and Joy – Very Best of Marvin Gaye
  3. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby – Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye
  4. I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye
  5. Stubborn Kind of Fellow – The Best of Marvin Gaye
  6. Your Precious Love – Very Best of Marvin Gaye

DarrenKeith Intro – Let’s Get It On Suite

  1. You Sure Love To Ball (Alternate Mix With Alternate Vocal) – Let’s Get It On (Deluxe Edition)
  2. Let’s Get It On – Let’s Get It On (Deluxe Edition)
  3. Please Stay (Once You Go Away) (Album Version) – Let’s Get It On (Deluxe Edition)
  4. If I Should Die Tonight – Let’s Get It On (Deluxe Edition)
  5. Keep Getting’ It On – Let’s Get It On (Deluxe Edition)
  6. Distant Lover (Live) – Let’s Get It On (Deluxe Edition)

Angel Turner Intro – Wrapping It Up

  1. I Want You – The Very Best of Marvin Gaye
  2. After The Dance – The Best of Marvin Gaye
  3. Sexual Healing – Slow Jams
  4. Piece of Clay – Phenomenon: Music From The Motion Picture

Cupid's Hunt – If You're Not Back In Love By Monday

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Well, I was almost done.  

But, we won’t celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Sunday again for another seven (?) years.  And Millie just wouldn’t let me rest.  Her song, “If You’re Not Back in Love By Monday” has been in my head all night.  Is there more fitting a song for a Monday morning after a Sunday V-Day?  

So, like a true night shift-er, I’ve been up for awhile keeping myself busy.  I’d made a huge pot of chili for dinner, and the family is out cold with ‘the itis’.  Law and Order is on TNT; Angel doesn’t air until 5am.  It’s just me, with Millie and few others who sing of trying to get back what they once had.  

This goes out to all those Cupid Hunters who are back in love this morning.  No promos or intros (I didn’t have much time); just the music, with Millie’s , “Good night, everybody” at the end. 

TNS – If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday 

  1. If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday – Millie Jackson – 21 Of The Best 1971-83 (4:52)
  2. How Could I Let You Get Away – The Spinners – Very Best Of The Spinners (3:51)
  3. I Kinda Miss You – The Manhattans – Greatest Hits(5:15)
  4. Since I Lost My Baby [Alternate Version]Love Songs (2:59)
  5. Blame It On Love – Smokey Robinson/Deniece Williams – The Solo Anthology (3:37)
  6. Sorry Doesn’t Always Make It Right – Gladys Knight & The Pips – Love Songs (4:12)
  7. Oh Girl – The Chi-Lites – Quiet Storm (3:49)
  8. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers – Lean On Me: The Best Of Bill Withers (2:03)
  9. Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke(with Lou Rawls) – The Man and His Music (2:41)
  10. After The Love Is Gone – Earth, Wind & Fire – All ‘N All  (4:25)
  11. Distant Lover [Live] – Marvin Gaye – The Very Best Of Marvin Gaye (6:18)
  12. At This Moment – Billy Very & The Beaters – The Best of Billy Very & The Beaters (4:21)
  13. Starting All Over Again – Mel & Tim – The Soulful Sound of Stax (3:38)
  14. Here We Go Again – Ray Charles/Norah Jones – Genius Loves Company (3:59)
  15. Again – Janet Jackson – Number Ones, Disc 2 (3:47)
  16. Daddy’s Home – Jermaine Jackson – 20th Century Masters – The Jacksons (3:08)
  17. Crazy – K-Ci and Jojo – X (4:20)
  18. Loving Arms – Millie Jackson – 21 Of The Best 1971-83  (3:43)  

Good night, everybody.  I’ve enjoyed hunting with you. 

J

Cupid's Hunt: If Loving You Is Wrong

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

 I just couldn’t leave well enough alone.  I’ve already posted two Cupid’s Hunt mixes and managed to stay out of mischief.  Why not just leave it at that?  Well, because while I’m a hopeless romantic, there is still a bit of a devil in me.

When I was a kid, I loved Millie Jackson.  Second only to those Jackson boys in the amount of vinyl I spun, Millie was played by me more often than any other female artist.  The only hitch was that Millie’s frankness, and cheatin’  and “poor me” songs, really annoyed my mother; especially once I learned the lyrics.  But, even she couldn’t stifle a chuckle during the last line of Millie’s The Rap. 

So, with tongue-in-cheek,  TNS – If Loving You Is Wrong is a collection of songs that got an, “Alright, that’s enough!  Play something else!” from my mother.  I’ve also included some newer songs:  George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” and Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” (because their videos were just so cold); Shirley Murdock’s “As We Lay”; Luther V’s “She Saw You” and TLC’s “Creep”.

I want to give a shout out to C. Brown, whose Love Lockdown Mix (for the love hater in you) on Flowlink.com has all but given me permission to speak up for the Cupid hunters who bought Valentine’s Day presents for themselves, and said the presents were from someone else.

TNS – If Loving You Is Wrong

  1. Night Shift Cupid’s Hunt Welcome – JBethune – Promos [0:13]
  2. If Loving You Is Wrong – Luther Ingram – The Soulful Sounds of Stax [3:33]
  3. We’re Getting Careless With Our Love – Johnnie Taylor – Chronicle:  The 20 Greatest Hits [4:04]
  4. I’ll Be The Other Woman – The Soul Children – The Soulful Sounds of Stax, Volume 2 [3:37]
  5. As We Lay – Shirley Murdock – Slow Jams, Volume 2 [5:53]
  6. The Agony And The Ecstasy – Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm [4:50]
  7. She Saw You – Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father [5:44]
  8. Creep – TLC – TLC [4:28]
  9. Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake –  Justified [4:47]
  10. Doggin’ Around – Jackie Wilson – The Ultimate Jackie Wilson, Disc 1 [2:53]
  11. Doggin’ Around – Michael Jackson – Music And Me [2:54]
  12. Careless Whisper – George Michael – Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael [5:00]
  13. Use Me – Bill Withers – Lean On Me: The Best of Bill Withers [3:41]
  14. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh – Bill Withers – Lean On Me: The Best of Bill Withers [3:21]
  15. It Hurts So Good – Millie Jackson – 21 Of The Best 1971-83 [3:29]
  16. When He Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters) – Peaches & Herb – Love Is Strange: The Best of Peaches & Herb – [3:08]
  17. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right – Millie Jackson – 21 Of The Best 1971-83 [3:30]
  18. The Rap – Millie Jackson – Caught Up [5:52]

Cupid's Hunt: First Dance

Monday, February 8th, 2010

When I first read about Cupid’s Hunt, I jumped in with the blind enthusiasm of a novice and wrote eight playlists of songs about longing love, lost love, abusive love, and even cheating love.  My favorite playlists were I Want You – my very first mix – and First Dance.

We get many ‘first’ dances in our lives.  Whether we’re teens, on the crowded floor of a basement blue-light party; or newlyweds, after the floor has been cleared;  or parents, when only the music and a dance quiets a fussy newborn; a first dance can be a sweet memory. 

When I asked a few friends about their first dances, I heard stories about first dates; parents’ anniversaries; proms, weddings and receptions; and late-night baby dances.  I included the favorite songs from those dances in this mix, along with some of my favorites:   Soul Generation’s “That’s The Way It’s Got To Be (Body and Soul)”, my first dance with a young man in blue at a basement blue-light party; Earth, Wind & Fire’s “I’ll Write A Song” and Sade’s “By Your Side”, first dances with my newborn daughters; and Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable”, a song my son, Robert, and I had to use to learn the box step for a debutante ball. 

The two most important of all my favorite first dance songs are also included, and they are the reason I’ve been working to get this mix out before Wednesday.  On February 10, 1979, as Greg and I were married as my sister-in-law sang Smokey Robinson’s  “Wedding Song”; and we danced our first dance to LTD’s “We Both Deserve Each Other’s Love”.

So, with our 31st anniversary just days away, I dedicate this mix to Gregory T. Bethune, Sr., who has made every dance since feel like our  first one.

Cupid’s Hunt: TNS – First Dance

Playlist – Title – Artist – Album [Time]

  1. With You – Tony Terry – Tony Terry [5:06]
  2. Night Shift Cupid’s Hunt Welcome – JBethune – Promos [0:13]
  3. At Last – Etta James – Her Best [3:00]
  4. Even If My Heard Would Break – Aaron Neville, Kenny G – The Bodyguard [4:58]
  5. Walkin’ in the Sun – Rufus – Rags To Rufus [3:01]
  6. Cupid’s Hunt All The Right Places – TGrundy – Promos Cupid’s Hunt 2010 [0:07]
  7. The Lady In My Life – Michael Jackson – Thriller [5:00]
  8. You Put A Move On My Heart – Tamia/Quincy Jones – Ultimate Collection [6:13]
  9. A Smile Like Yours – Natalie Cole – A Smile Like Yours [4:23]
  10. Unforgettable (Duet with Nat King Cole) – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable: With Love [3:31]
  11. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole – The Natalie Cole Collection [2:51]
  12. Cupid’s Hunt Best Music – TGrundy – Promos Cupid’s Hunt 2010 [0:08]
  13. I’m Yours – El Debarge/Quincy Jones – Ultimate Collection [4:16]
  14. I’ll Write A Song For You – Earth, Wind & Fire – All ‘N All [5:24]
  15. My Reason To Be Is You – Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. – Wedding Songs [4:41]
  16. That’s The Way It’s Got To Be (Body and Soul) – Soul Generation – Beyond Body and Soul [3:08]
  17. I’d Still Say Yes – Klymaxx – Wedding Songs [4:41]
  18. By Your Side – Sade – Lover’s Rock [4:35]
  19. Cupid’s Hunt Romantic Moments – TGrundy – Promo – Cupid’s Hunt 2010 [0:19]
  20. Here And Now – Luther Vandross – [5:22]
  21. We Both Deserve Each Other’s Love – Jeffrey Osborne – Ultimate Collection [3:07]
  22. Wedding Song – Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm [3:35]

I’d like to send a shout out to an old and dear friend, Todd Grundy, of  RIBS: Rhythms in Black Satin for the promo drops.  Be sure to check RIBS out, along with other members of the Music Podcast Consortium.  Visit their site on Facebook and become a fan!

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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]