CLASSICS: EASY LISTENING / SOFT MUSIC (SINGLES)

Take It To The Limit” by the Eagles, is such a beautiful song. Then again, the Eagles are legendary for making great music. So many bands tried to imitate their sound, such as “Chicago,” “Ambrossa,” and “Alabama,” just to name a few. In fact, a lot of their music sounded so much alike, I used to get confused as to which band sang what. Personally speaking, as a fan, it was very frustrating, because it made going to the record store that much harder! Now we have Shazam, so those issues are a thing of the past (well almost). The lyrics talk about a subject I seldom hear str8 men talk about. Which is running around being self absorbed with personal desires, while wondering if a/or any woman around him had actually loved him. Some deep sh*t. I think the blunt and raw honesty of the lyrics is what also makes this song so beautiful. Check this classic out on Spotify!

Here is a great song to add to your playlist! I know I’ve been doing a lot of easy-listening lately, but I couldn’t resist not sharing this awesome song from Michael McDonald. It’s called “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” released in 1982. That year it peaked at number 4 on the music charts, stayed hot on the charts for about 19 weeks. The song is basically about a guy who’s so in love with his ex, that each time he sees her or think about her, it was as though they never broke up. Although technically its a sad song, but it has a sick & smooth beat to it. In fact, the song was so popular back in the day it was sampled by Warren G, in his rap called “Regulate (1994),” featuring Nate Dogg (which became another big hit as well). Michael McDonald was also the lead singer of a popular group called “The Doobie Brothers,” which I recommend that you search and check them out using your favorite streaming service.

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There were two songs from singer Barbara Lewis, that happens to be my all-time favorites. They also were the two biggest songs of her career. The first song is called “Hello Stranger,” released in 1963. On July of ’63, “Hello Stranger hit number 3 on the music charts, and stayed there for 14 weeks. I wasn’t even born yet, but this song was still extremely popular, up to about when I was 6-8 years old maybe? So this classic had a good 12 year shelf life on the radio. Very nice song for easy dancing with your partner. Another very popular song I love from this same album is called “Baby I’m Yours.” This is another perfect example of a romantic female song. Great song for the moment you realize you’re ready to settle down with that one guy. It was released in 1965, and peaked number 11 on the charts. The song stayed on the charts for 14 weeks as well. Add these songs to your playlist. Or browse the album via Spotify’s Web Player here.

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I’m sure a lot of you romantics will be adding “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time Sakes)” to your playlists. R&B singer & Grammy Award Nominee, Freddie Jackson was the Sh** back in the day; he now seems to be another forgotten classic legend. Hard to fathom how an artist that was so massively popular, is now so far removed from most headphones today. Although he did not win the Grammy that year, “Rock Me Tonight,” a long with another massively famous hit song called “You Are My Lady,” help this album reach platinum in the mid 1980s. Go ahead and add this classic collection to your Spotify Albums. Mobile or Web Player.

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“Live To Tell” by Madonna was one of my favorite songs from the mid 80s. I felt the music composition was beautiful, yet very dramatic, and was perfectly suited for the lyrics being sung. You know, thinking back, Madonna has actually done an outstanding job throughout her career. I don’t think there has been anyone who has caused so much controversy, pissed as many people off than Madonna; yet the more people she offended with her musical art, the bigger she actually became. It was also interesting how she tried really hard to emulate Marylin Monroe. I used to think that Madonna used to flip to the “Marylin persona” when things got too raunchy (just to show the public she can be a lady when she wants too). It became clear just how much she admired Marylin, when she came out with the the music video to “Live To Tell.” There were many female artists who have tried to take on that “Marylin persona,” and that included even the late Anna Nicole Smith. My opinion is that Madonna has done it best, and I think it was just the era we were in when she done it. Also favorite on this same album is “Papa Don’t Preach.” Talking about pissing parents off. WOW!! Many parents in the 80s interpreted Madonna as encouraging young girls to have children. Given her track record for exploiting her sexuality, I can understand why… Every single 80s talk show must have talked about that song. LOL.. Listen to this old classic, or add it to your Spotify playlist.

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Do any of my readers like “The Steve Miller Band?” Here is an oldie you can add to your playlists. “The Joker,” released in 1973. It’s one of those songs I call “travel tunes.” You know, those specific songs you like to listen to while driving/riding long distances. Steve Miller actually has a lot of hits I like spread-out through various albums. Another song I love from Steve Miller, is a song called “Abracadabra,” Released in 1982. Their music is so unique that I personally don’t think there is an appropriate genre for them, simply because their music is a mixture of so many styles. However, this is what makes their music so great. Check them out if you haven’t already.

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I wanted to take a quick minute to talk about Millie Jackson. Not sure of when she started, but I’ve been listening to her music for a very very long time since the seventies. In my opinion, she had a very nice soulful voice! But later in her career something seemed to have happened to her voice when the 80s came along. She did not sound the same at all. Not sure if it was drugs, smoking, or illness that caused her voice to change. Personally, I think this was one of the reasons her performances/albums became so vulgar at the end of the 80s. In other words, because she couldn’t sing any longer, she used vulgar comedy to try and sell her records. On top of that, the music changed too. Unfortunately, her music was a dying art, like so many. You know, she kind of reminds me of Macy Gray. If Macy just stayed off those damn drugs, and stayed sober enough, who knows? She could have been a modern-day (old) Millie! Millie has made many hits during the 70s, and here is one of my many favorites I remembered growing up. It’s a song that talks about a subject I witnessed many of my elders go through. The song is called “Leftovers,” release in 1975. Listen to it here on Spotify Mobile, OR Spotify Web.

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It’s been so long since I’ve heard any music from Boys II Men. Sometimes I think when celebrities hit rock bottom, is when they start making cameo appearances in commercials, and or creating “reality TV” shows. *Sigh.* Not sure if they’re still doing well or not, all I know is I haven’t heard any big hits in a long time, which saddens me because they’re incredibly talented. Don’t know if it’s my imagination, but it appears as though ever since Michael Sean McCary had left the group (due to health), the group lost it’s popularity. Anyway, one of the many songs I still love from them is a song called “Water Run Dry (1994).” Can’t believe this song is already over 20 years old. Yes, I know it’s a sad song, but at the same time it’s a beautiful song. It’s a song about acknowledging that there exist serious problems in a relationship, but their still enough love that exist to try and work it out. We just don’t hear these kind of love songs anymore. Listen on Spotify app, or click here to use Spotify’s web player.

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How many of you remember “The Spinners?” They’ve made a ton of hits, but one of my favorites that I used to love to listen too, was a song called “I’ll Be Around (1973).” The song peaked at number 3, on November 18th, 1973. “I’ll Be Around” stayed on the charts for about 15 weeks. Another favorite is “One Of A Kind Love Affair,” which was also released in 1973. This particular album has most, if not all of their memorable hits. Click the link here to listen on Spotify for FREE. Simply sign in with your Facebook account 🙂 .

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