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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

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]

For the Children Of The Dream: The King Mix

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I must apologize that this post is so late.  I originally wanted to have it ready in time for Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday; and when I didn’t, I thought I’d abandon the project until the anniversary of his death.  However, April 4 is my mother’s birthday, and I have something a little more festive in mind for Mom.

I remember a hot August day in 1963.  I was too busy thinking about starting first grade in less than two weeks to realize that what I was watching history unfold on the television.  I saw thousands of people on the screen, and knew  that my father was among them.  I saw faces of celebrities that I recognized from the movies and from The Ed Sullivan Show.

And, I saw Dr. King. 

I didn’t understand much of what he was saying that day.  I remember that he said he had a dream; and that he mentioned his children.  I learned the significance of  “I Have A Dream” in the years since from my parents and through my experiences outside the home.  However, I was always keenly aware that Dr. King had children the same ages as my friends and myself, and that we all were  the beneficiaries of his dream. 

TNS – For the Children Of  The Dream 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 – For the Children of the Dream

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. Choice of Colors – The Impressions – Anthology 1961-1977 [3:17]
  9. We’re a Winner – The Impressions – Anthology 1961-1977 [2:24]
  10. Keep On Pushing – The Impressions – Anthology 1961-1977 [2:34]
  11. People Get Ready – The Impressions – Anthology 1961-1977 [2:38]
  12. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop – Martin Luther King, Jr. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Tapes [20:41]
  13. Wake Up Everybody – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes – The Essential Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes [7:32]
  14. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye – Anthology [3:58]
  15. Patience – Anika Noni Rose – Dreamgirls [Original Soundtrack] [3:34]
  16. America, the Beautiful – Ray Charles [3:36]
  17. My Life Is In Your Hands – Kirk Franklin, God’s Property – Get On The Bus [5:36]
  18. Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder – Hotter Than July [5:57]