Posts Tagged ‘Marvin Gaye’

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

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

April Birthday Tribute: Marvin Gaye (of course)

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I wasn’t going to let April 2 pass without paying tribute to Marvin Gaye.  Had he lived, he would be 71 today.  There’s not much to say beyond that.  In light of the circumstances of April 1, 1984, I found “Piece of Clay” to be particularly beautiful and haunting.

This is dedicated to my mom, Ethel Mae McKenzie White, who celebrates her own birthday in two days and always had plenty of Motown playing around the house; to Curt Jones (I can’t hear “Too Busy Thinking  About My Baby” without remembering him singing that song on our bus to summer camp); and to my cousin, Patricia (I can’t listen to “Got To Give It Up” without remembering her wedding reception).

Is that the Temptations singing background on “Try It Baby” and “Your Precious Love”?

Marvin Gaye

Song – Artist (other than Marvin Gaye) – Album {time}

  1. Nightshift Intro – The Commodores – The Commodores Anthology
  2. Come Get To This – The Best of Marvin Gaye (Disc 2) {2:41}
  3. Try It Baby – Anthology (Disc 1) {2:59}
  4. Pride and Joy – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {2:07}
  5. I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye {3:16}
  6. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {2:57}
  7. Stubborn Kind of Fellow – The Best of Marvin Gaye (Disc 1) {2:44}
  8. Your Precious Love (feat. Tammi Terrell)– Very Best of Marvin Gaye {3:04}
  9. I’ll Be Doggone – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {2:48}
  10. Trouble Man – The Best of Marvin Gaye (Disc 2) {3:58}
  11. I Want You – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {3:57}
  12. Got to Give It Up, Part 1 – Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye {4;15}
  13. After The Dance – The Best of Marvin Gaye {3:31}
  14. Let’s Get It On – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {4:53}
  15. Distant Lover [Live] –  Very Best of Marvin Gaye {6:18}
  16. Sexual Healing – Slow Jams – {4:10}
  17. What’s Going On – Anthology {3:58}
  18. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye {3:16}
  19. Inner City Blues  – Very Best of Marvin Gaye {5:28}
  20. The World Is Rated X – The Best of Marvin Gaye (Disc 2) {3:50}
  21. God Is Love – The Best of Marvin Gaye (Disc 2) {2:52}
  22. Piece of Clay – Phenomenon: Music From The Motion Picture {5:11}

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]

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]