Posts Tagged ‘Michael Jackson’

For Mom and Dad – Cupid’s Hunt Old School Mix

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

                 

I have to thank my mother and father for my love for music; and for my love for the mellow men of rhythm and blues.  Brook Benton, Tony Williams (of The Platters), Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles and the ever-growing stable of Motown mellow men  filled our house, especially after the addition of  the ‘hi-fi’.

Maybe a little later, I’ll add more to this post about watching Mom and Dad ‘slow drag’  to Ray or Brook; or about the Ray Charles concert we attended at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City; or about the New Year’s night my brother and I woke to Tony Williams and my dad standing in our bedroom doorway.   But, for now, I’ll wipe away a tear and listen to Brook Benton sing “Think Twice’.

Mom and Dad, this is my Valentine to you.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

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  1. It’s Just A Matter Of Time – Brook Benton
  2. JBethune
  3. The Great Pretender – The Platters
  4. A Woman, A Lover, A Friend – Jackie Wilson
  5. Here We Go Again – Ray Charles
  6. DarrenKeith
  7. A Rainy Night In Georgia – Brook Benton
  8. Only You (And You Alone) – The Platters
  9. Doggin’Around – Jackie Wilson
  10. Doggin’Around – Michael Jackson
  11. Fave
  12. I Can’t Stop Loving You – Ray Charles
  13. Kiddio – Brook Benton
  14. Crying Time – Ray Charles
  15. One In A Million – The Platters
  16. Lonely Teardrops – Jackie Wilson
  17. Angel Turner
  18. Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes) – Brook Benton & Dinah Washington
  19. Heaven On Earth – The Platters
  20. To Be Loved – Jackie Wilson
  21. Enchanted – The Platters
  22. TGrundy
  23. Hotel Happines – Brook Benton
  24. Twilight Time – The Platters
  25. You Don’t Know Me – Jackie Wilson
  26. You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles
  27. Anji Bee
  28. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Platters
  29. For Your Precious Love – Jackie Wilson (with Count Basie)
  30. (You’ve Got) The Magic Touch – The Platters
  31. Angel Turner
  32. Think Twice – Brook Benton
  33. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher

I have to give a special shout-out to Scottie L. Smith, Sr.  (I promised I’d tag you for this mix); and, to Jonathan C. Morton, who sat in many a study hall with me singing some of these songs to my little portable tape player.

August Birthday Mix – For Michael

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

“Thriller-ites” just don’t understand.

Those who knew Michael Jackson only as the ‘King of Pop’ have no idea how important he was to those of us who were growing up during the Motown years; when “I Want You Back” could breathe life into the deadest party; when “Who’s Loving You” became his song long after Smokey penned and sang it; when we argued endlessly about whether Jermaine was a better singer or Marlon a better dancer; when we raced each other to the record store for the latest release; or when every garage band played at least one Jackson 5 song at local talent shows.  Those early years were the foundation of why we loved him so much and so faithfully later; through the craziness, the surgeries, the tabloid garbage and the trial.

It’s been more than a year since Michael Jackson passed away.  I’ve avoided including the Jackson boys from all but (I think) two of my mixes.  The truth is, I still have a hard time listening to the old stuff without shedding a tear or two; and converting my favorites from vinyl to mp3 is quite a task.  However, Michael’s birthday is approaching…it’s time.

When I heard about the memorial service at the Staples Center, I cringed at the thought of the media spectacle it might be.   Instead, it was a going home service reminiscent of those I’d grown up attending.  I sat among the Thriller-ites at work, and I was proud of those Jackson boys, the Jackson family and all who gave our boy that wonderful send-off.  But, I didn’t cry…not at work.

The service was rebroadcast later that night, when I was at home with my kids.  We sat and watched; and talked about the songs, the concerts, the records and the music.  We sang along with the performers. All the time, I kept my eyes on that gold coffin, trying to process that it held boy, laying inside, never to come back to us and sing “Who’ s Loving You” again.  We talked about the four concerts I attended: with my brother, Larry, in ‘72; with Todd, Curt and some friends from ‘the block’ in ‘73; with a group of girlfriends senior year; and with my husband and infant daughter (you could take a baby to a concert back then) in 1979.  We talked about how Curt and I used to race to be the first to buy the newest single.  Whoever was first would call and play it over the phone.  (I was first when “Sugar Daddy” hit the stores.)

After the rebroadcast was over, and the kids had gone back to their Xbox 360; and after I had let in the dog and put out the cat; I closed myself in the living room with a bottle of my favorite wine, my Crossley Stack-O-Matic, and a few stacks of Jackson vinyl.  It was mostly pre-Thriller stuff – the group hits and the solo albums from the Motown years that blasted in the basements of my house and Todd’s, and from the window of Curt’s living room to us on the porch.  I sang and I danced.  And, finally, I cried a while.

For a sweet-voiced little boy from the soundtrack of my life.

For Michael.

For Michael

Song – Artist – Album

  1. Intro – TGrundy
  2. This is For Michael –  JBethune
  3. With a Child’s Heart – Michael Jackson – Music And Me
  4. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5 – Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
  5. Who’s Loving You – The Jackson 5 – Love Songs
  6. Ain’t No Sunshine – Michael Jackson – Got To Be There
  7. Sugar Daddy – The Jackson 5 – Greatest Hits
  8. Honey Chile – The Jackson 5 – Maybe Tomorrow
  9. One More Chance – The Jackson 5 – ABC
  10. I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5 – Third Album
  11. Got To Be There – Michael Jackson – Got To Be There
  12. Promo – TGrundy
  13. Who’s Loving You (Live) – The Jackson 5 – Goin’ Back To Indiana
  14. Walk On (Live) – The Jackson 5 – Goin’ Back To Indiana
  15. Wings Of My Love – Michael Jackson – Got To Be There
  16. Ben – Michael Jackson – Ben
  17. We’ve Got A Good Thing Going – Ben
  18. To Know – The Jackson 5 – Lookin’ Through The Windows
  19. Get It Together – The Jackson 5 – Get It Together
  20. Dapper Dan – Michael Jackson – Forever, Michael
  21. Push Me Away – The Jacksons – Destiny
  22. One Day In Your Life – Michael Jackson – Forever, Michael
  23. We’ve Got Forever – Michael Jackson – Forever, Michael
  24. Music And Me – Michael Jackson – Music And Me

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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