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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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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]