Posts Tagged ‘soul’

For Mom and Dad…This Is Not Our Radio Sam Cooke

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Sam Cooke Recording at RCA Studios

Our radio Sam Cooke sent pop tunes, designed to ‘cross over’ and appeal to a wider audience, dancing from our hi-fi speakers.  But, Sam Cooke also recorded some bluesy, smoky room, chit’lin circuit, slow-drag-across-the-floor tunes that reminds us why he was known as the King of Soul and The Man Who Invented Soul.

Born January 22, 1931, Sam Cooke was one of the first (if not THE first) Black artists to own his own record label, publishing imprint and management firm.  He wrote most of the songs he recorded; oversaw some of the song arrangements; and groomed other up-and-coming artists.  His talent was undeniable. His death, at the age of 33,  was mysterious, senseless and tragic.

I’ve included some of his pop tunes that were so popular when I was growing up.  But, I’ve also included some of his more soulful ballads. My favorite is  “For Sentimental Reasons” – definitely not the version I heard growing up.  I can just picture my Mom and Dad, slow-dragging across the floor.

Today marks the first anniversary of the day my Mom joined Dad at his stage-side table on the Night Shift.  I miss them terribly.  This is my Valentine to them.

dad and mom

I hope they’re dancing.

 

 

 

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1. Cupid – Solo

2. JBethune

3. Cupid – Sam Cooke

4. You Send Me – Sam Cooke

5. You Send Me – The Ovations (featuring Louis Williams)

6. There I’ve Said It Again – Sam Cooke

7. Darling, I Need You Now – Sam Cooke

8. Bring It on Home to Me – The Drifters/Sam Cooke

9. TGrundy

10. For Sentimental Reasons – Sam Cooke

11. Get Yourself Another Fool – Sam Cooke

12. Falling In Love – Sam Cooke

13. Angel Turner

14. Only Sixteen – Sam Cooke

15. Try A Little Tenderness – Sam Cooke

16. Tenderness – Sam Cooke

17. Chains Of Love – Sam Cooke

18. DarrenKeith

19. Touching Me – The Ovations (featuring Louis Williams)

20. Cry Me A River – Sam Cooke

21. Fool’s Paradise – Sam Cooke

22. Smoke Rings – Sam Cooke

23. Mr. Fresh

24. Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke

25. Send Me Some Lovin’ – Sam Cooke

26. These Foolish Things – Sam Cooke

27. You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You – Sam Cooke

28. TGrundy

29. Lovable – Sam Cooke

30. You Send Me – The Manhattans

 

 

“These Three Words…”

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

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…are the heart and soul of Cupid’s Hunt.

And, what touches the heart and soul deeper than a Stevie Wonder love song?  There were so many of those slow jams; dating back to the days of Little Stevie Wonder.  A Stevie album made you learn (“How Long, How Come”), protest (‘You Haven’t Done Nothin”) and fall in love (your favorite goes here); all between the beginning of the first cut and the end of the last.  But, it’s those love songs that leave imprints deep inside so strong that hearing them now takes you back to the days when your lights were dim, the incense was glowing and you were with that special someone who made you feel like Stevie wrote that song just for you two.

Who comes to mind when you dim your lights, light your incense and listen to your favorite Stevie Wonder love songs?  If they are near, have a dance or two, courtesy of The Night Shift.  If they aren’t near, smile at the memory and wish them well.

And, remember These Three Words…

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JBethune

Angel Turner

These Three Words – Stevie Wonder

Weakness – Stevie Wonder

Too Shy To Say – Stevie Wonder

If It’s Magic – Stevie Wonder

TGrundy

Creepin’ Stevie Wonder/Luther Vandross

For Your Love – Stevie Wonder

You And I – Stevie Wonder

How Will I Know – Stevie Wonder and Aisha Morris

Can’t Imagine Love Without You – Stevie Wonder

Overjoyed – Stevie Wonder

Ribbon In The Sky – Stevie Wonder

Joy Inside My Tears – Stevie Wonder

Angel Turner

How Come, How Long – Babyface and Stevie Wonder

Easy Goin’ Evening (My Mama’s Call) – Stevie Wonder

Do I Love Her – Stevie Wonder

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder

Fave

All In Love Is Fair – Stevie Wonder

Cause We Ended As Lovers – Syreeta Wright/Jeff Beck

 

I wouldn’t have been able to bring you a righteous Stevie podcast without the help of TGrundy – otherwise known as Mr. Brilliant, the Chief Chef of the RIBS Kitchen.  There were songs in this mix that I either never knew, or didn’t remember; and secrets about beat-matching and harmonic mixing that will make every project from now on that much more fun.  Aside from all things technical and many things musical, there are few things more fun than sharing the music, the memories and the task at hand with someone who was there when the lights were dim, and the incense glowed.

Thanks, T.

 

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 Class of ’75 – Earth, Wind & Fire

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

What would those basement parties have been without Earth, Wind & Fire?  Every garage band wanted to play like them (when they weren’t playing Kool & the Gang); everyone who thought they could sing wanted to hit Philip Bailey’s high notes.  Oh, and the slow jams!

“That’s The Way Of The World” was my first EWF album. I’m not even sure when I bought it. I had “Shining Star” as a single (remember vinyl 45s?); but getting the album didn’t seem a priority until I heard “Reasons”. I remember that I arrived at college intent on showing how hip I was by letting EWF blast through my dorm door (the way kids were doing when I visited my brother at his school); only to hear EWF blasting through every third door I passed on the way to my room. Oh well, I could still fall back on J5 and the Tempts. I was sure that nobody there would have collections that rivaled mine. 😉

“Gratitude” was a Christmas present from my godmother. She loved “Singasong”, and to this day, I think of her whenever I hear it. And, of course, who could forget that live version of “Reasons”? Studio “Reasons” was good for listening and lip-syncing in the dorm room; but, live “Reasons” was a true, blue-light-in-the-basement, up-against-the-wall, New Year’s Eve party slow jam.

Class of ’75 – Earth, Wind & Fire by JBethune

Class of ’75 – The Ohio Players…Fire, and Honey

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

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Hello, all!

Ah, the Ohio Players.

The funk; the album covers…!  Where did guys store their albums after they taped the album covers to their walls?

Shortly after Cupid’s Hunt, I promised some Class of ’75 mixes to celebrate those friends and classmates, lost and found.  I hadn’t forgotten; I guess I needed a trigger.

Earlier today, I heard “Fire” on the radio, and remembered those evenings in Woody’s car with Woody, Joel and Patty, riding to Buxton’s after picking me up from work; and the parties, dj’d by Todd, where people just weren’t sure when to stop dancing to “Running From the Devil”.  Then, I started thinking about all the other good music we danced, studied, slept and parked to that year.  I loved those artists; I loved that music.  It’s still background noise when I work; it’s still my lullabyes.

Hello, Linden; hello Roselle; hello, Rahway.  I know Gold Bell Bakery is long gone; but, is Buxton’s still around?

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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}

Hot Fun In The Springtime Birthday Party – Sly Stone, March 15

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Hot Fun in the Springtime Birthday Party – Sly Stone, March 15 by JBethune

Happy Birthday to Sly Stone .  We miss him; and, he’s still around.  This is also dedicated to my brother.  It’s the hot summer of ’69…he and his friends are in the cool basement listening to Sly records…I’m sitting at the top of the stairs (they can’t see me)…

Toast To The Fool – The Dramatics

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Our prayers to the friends and family of Ron Banks , founder of the Detroit soul group, The Dramatics , who passed away at the age of 59.  They really rocked the 70s for us with “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get”, a tongue-in-cheek favorite for Flip Wilson  fans; “In The Rain “, that kept the walls buffed clean at blue-light basement parties; and their cover of Billy Paul’s  “Me and Mrs. Jones “, that knocked me to my knees.

R.I.P: Ron Banks (The Dramatics) 1951-2010

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Our prayers to the friends and family of Ron Banks , founder of the Detroit soul group, The Dramatics , who passed away at the age of 59.  They really rocked the 70s for us with “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get”, a tongue-in-cheek favorite for Flip Wilson  fans; “In The Rain “, that kept the walls buffed clean at blue-light basement parties; and their cover of Billy Paul’s  “Me and Mrs. Jones “, that knocked me to my knees.

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]