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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

For Whitney

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Once again, our Day of Love comes on the heels of heartbreak.  On Saturday, February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston left us to sing on the Night Shift.  She was 48.

As we inch toward the harrowing days until she is laid to rest; until the cause of her untimely death is made known; and, until the press is finished picking her life apart bit by bit, I would like us to remember the contribution she made to the soundtracks of our lives.  She was, truly, one of the great voices of our time.

Last August, as I was trying to add the finishing touches to a birthday mix for Whitney, the news of Nick Ashford’s passing blared on the tv behind me.  Whitney’s mix went to the ‘back burner’ while I worked on a tribute mix for Nick, and stayed there until Saturday.  (Some of my students might – and I mean might have gotten better grades on their homework this weekend, thanks to Miss Whitney’s mix.)  So, here I am with another tribute for Cupid’s Hunt: some of the Whitney love songs that have graced many a summer evening on my porch.  Included is my favorite of hers, one of her duets with Jermaine Jackson (of course).  I one sang it to a patient who told me I had “pretty brown eyes”.  Those who have heard me sing might get a chuckle from that.

{raising a glass}

To you, Miss Whitney.

Godspeed and God bless.

TNS – Cupid’s Hunt – Whitney

  1. TGrundy
  2. You Give Good Love
  3. Saving All My Love For You
  4. All At Once
  5. Didn’t We Almost Have It All
  6. One Moment In Time
  7. TGrundy
  8. I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  9. Queen Of The Night
  10. Heartbreak Hotel (featuring Faith Evans & Kelly Price)
  11. My Love Is Your Love
  12. Angel Turner
  13. Could I Have This Dance Forever (featuring Enrique Iglesias)
  14. I Learned From The Best
  15. A Song For You
  16. All The Man That I Need
  17. If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful (featuring Jermaine Jackson)
  18. DarrenKeith
  19. Exhale
  20. I Believe In You And Me
  21. Greatest Love Of All
  22. When You Believe (featuring Mariah Carey)
  23. I Will Always Love You

I’d also like to dedicate this piece to Ms. April Rogers.  This has been a rough few days for us; we lost a friend this time last year.  Ms. April told me Whitney was her idol; so, I hope hearing Whitney’s voice will be spirit-lifting.

Where There’s Smoke…

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Writer and singer of love songs; smooth, falsetto voice; record producer; Motown executive; easy on the eyes; easier on the ears; lullabies on sleepless nights– these all come to mind when I think of Smokey Robinson.  My earliest memory of Smokey Robinson is hearing “Shop Around” on a Motown tour album my parents stacked on the ‘hi-fi’ among albums by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam Cook and The Platters.  When I was nine, a family vacation in Atlantic City turned out into a concert fest that included Ray and his revue; Freda Payne (my brother could barely contain himself); and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  But, the most memorable afternoon of that trip was one spent seeing Smokey Robinson & the Miracles rocking the Steel Pier.

Later, when Smokey went solo, he and the Miracles played one last time on “Midnight Special”.  Ninety minutes of just THEM.  The show opened with Smokey in the spotlight and his preamble to Sweet Harmony.  By the end of the song, I thought I saw a tear.  I know I cried a few.

In the years that have passed since then, Smokey, with and without the Miracles, has continued to be a fixture on the soundtrack of my life.  His love songs along with those by The Whispers, The Manhattans, The Temptations, Barry White and other Mellow Men, grace my quiet nights when I want to enjoy the stars in the sky or the romance in the air.  And, they are my lullabies, still.

So, today, more than ever, where there’s Smoke, there’s love.

(This is for all my friends at Todd Grundy’s Question Of The Day;  especially Scottie, who, like me, thinks excluding Smokey from any ‘best of’ song list is simply criminal.  No cuffs will be needed today.)

TNS – Cupid’s Hunt – Where There’s Smoke…

  1. Quiet Storm – Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm
  2. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Motown Love
  3. TGrundy
  4. (You Can) Depend On Me – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
  5. Ooo Baby Baby – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Motown Love
  6. Fave
  7. The One Who Really Loves You – Mary Wells – Motown Love
  8. I’ll Try Something New – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
  9. Tracks of My Tears – Aretha Franklin – Respect and Other Hits
  10. DarrenKeith
  11. My Girl – The Temptations – The Temptations Sing Smokey
  12. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
  13. Since I Lost My Baby – Luther Vandross – The Essential Luther Vandross
  14. We’ve Come Too Far To End It Now – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
  15. Who’s Loving You – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
  16. Who’s Loving You – The Jackson 5 – Love Songs
  17. Angel Turner
  18. Sweet Harmony – Smokey Robinson – Sweet Harmony
  19. Baby Come Close – Smokey Robinson – Sweet Harmony
  20. Everything You Touch – Smokey Robinson – The Solo Anthology
  21. One Heartbeat – Smokey Robinson – Motown Love
  22. Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson – The Ultimate Collection
  23. Blame It On Love – Smokey Robinson, Deniece Williams – The Solo Anthology
  24. Ebony Eyes – Smokey Robinson, Rick James – Motown Love
  25. Wedding Song – Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm