Here is a great playlist that contains all of great original oldies, which were all in the movie, “Guardians Of The Galaxy.” The playlist was created by “Hollywood Records.” Includes, “Bring It On Home To Me,” by Sam Cooke, “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell, and “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass. Great songs for a great movie! Also has the entire music scores for both volumes 1 & 2. listen FREE using Spotify here.
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.
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.
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.
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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Hi guys! I got a new playlist for you. I decided that it would be an awesome idea to create a play list from TV shows! That’s a great source for music right? I watched the first episode from season 1 of “Beat Shazam” a while ago, and I absolutely hated it!! I was so disgusted by it I vowed never to give it a second chance. Well, after I got this idea from creating playlists inspired by TV shows, “Beat Shazam” would be the best show to start from (technically since they play a lot of classic music). So, I was trying to stomach another episode starting from episode 8, I have to tell you I barely made it. If it were not for me watching it to create this play list, I would have cut it of 20 minutes in. Although I think Jamie Foxx is doing an ok job as host; I think the problem is the contestants they find for the show. Well, let me just come out and say it, and not care what the hell people think, cause this is MY blog, and I can say what the hell I want on it. The show is exactly what I feared. So far, the little that I have watched, it put Black people to shame. When I watched the first episode, I was furious that two young Black college girls did not know Gladys Knight’s music. Now, I am not the kind of person that gives in to stereotypes, but f**k!! How could you be Black and not know who Gladys Knight is!!!!????
You know it’s funny, I remember growing up, my elders always used to complain about these TV shows, saying “They always have White people questions.” Now, we have a show that Both White and Black people can play together, and none of the Black people on the show knew any of the Black music! What’s your excuse now? Are you gonna drag out your “Black Lives Matter Card” now? I don’t think that’s going to work honey. Not this time. I don’t understand how Black parents aren’t embarrassed? Oh that’s right, it’s because the parents are still teenagers themselves!! What about the grandparents? They’re probably still in the clubs twerkin’. Oh well “let us pray,” cause you know that always works (by the way, I was being sarcastic).
It happened several more times in other episodes!! Even Jamie subtlety reacted to that a couple of times. I mean, the Black contestants are jumping up and down acting crazy, as if to say they are going to crush the game, and win some big money, and come to find out they’re dumb as hell. They don’t even get to the second stage half the time. BLACK FOLK I’M TELLING YOU, YOU MAY NOT LIKE WHAT I SAY, BUT WHAT I SAY IS THE TRUTH, WE HAVE LOST OUR BLACK MUSIC CULTURE! THAT SHIT IS GONE!! Most of your young kids don’t know anything, about any of our prolific musical artist of the past! Yet you preach knowing your history? Are you kidding me? Anyway, this is the last time I’m watching the show for real, I gave it enough chances, I just can’t. So, I managed to get some great music from episode 8, which included music from Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and Crystal Waters. Listen to the playlist here.
Hi guys, I’d like to draw your attention to an issue that no one appears to be talking about; the growing problem of what I call “Playlist Monopoly,” especially in regards to social media. What is “Playlist Monopoly” you ask? Well, as far as I see it, there are two entirely different issues that creates one problem. Let’s talk about the social media aspect of it, such as sites similar to Facebook (primarily I think). Groups that are dedicated to music streaming on social media, appear to be made up of mostly desperate artists looking to get followers. Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand the “hustle” to make money for your work, however, I think this is the wrong way to go about it. First issue, lets talk about the content many of these artists are pushing. A lot of the content I see are predominantly badly written hip hop music, while also promoting porn on their album covers. Ninety nine percent of new hip hop circulating on social media would never be in my playlist. So, because we now have an open platform, meaning you no longer need a record label to produce and distribute your content, the quality of music has really gone down hill. Many of these people have had no training, or strong background in making music. In turn, it makes it harder for music lovers like us to find music we like, because new music now are so poorly produced. Quite honestly, I’ve heard hip hop from the Creative Commons platform that sounds better. Now, having said this, there is no emoji for “it sounds ok.” You either give it a thumbs up, or none at all. If I’m nice enough to give you a thumbs up, that’s not a queue for you to bombard me with “follow me and then I’ll follow you” messages. No one is going to make me feel obligated to follow your music, especially if I’m not feeling it. I’m the type of person that ALWAYS skim through profiles before I follow it. You must have something of value before I follow you.
Second issue is, the number of followers on a playlist. If a playlist has thousands and thousands of followers, some artists will even try to contact the playlist creator, and attempt to pay that person to have their music place in said playlists. Yes…. They do that. In fact, I’ve heard people offering to purchase the actual playlist. This is why I am always skeptical of playlist with 20,000+ followers, and over 2,000+ songs. That is a huge red flag people need to watch out for. This is not a playlist created out of love for music, it’s often times a playlist filled with garbage for the expressed purpose to promote. I really don’t understand this approach; what would make you logically think that an indivdual would listen to a singular playlist with several thousand songs? Who has time for that? Are you f**king nuts? It’s entirely possible that maybe some of you feel you just want to “help struggling artists out/give them support.” The problem with that is, the way many algorithms work on streaming services. If you thumbs up, like, save as an album/playlist/follow, or play enough of garbage, it’s going to effect the kinds of music your streaming service will try and help you find in the future (ie, playing radio, featured music, & suggestions, etc). Music discovery is one of the most important features of a true music service; it’s not just about how large their library is (one of the many things YouTube is not good at/designed for). Something that I strongly suggest that you consider. Don’t follow anybody’s playlist you don’t want to follow. It is better to cherry pic the songs you do like, and throw away the rest. Also, don’t listen to a significant amount of music from one particular genre if you don’t like it! If you do, it’s going to take a long time before your service’s algorithms recalculate/realign/readjust (whatever you want to call it) to the kinds of music you really do like. Remember (if you do save/follow) the smaller the playlist, the better. Not only that, you’re not spending hours sifting through a bunch of dead/expired songs, because the playlist is nothing but a dumping place, without any kind of maintenance.
In my opinion, rather than finding music on social media (playlists), I think it would be best to go someplace like Topsify or something like that. Or even personal blogs such as mine. Shit, even former president Obama has a playlist! LOL. There are actually plenty of playlists sites you can go to. Playlists sites consist of music fans (apposed to music promoters) who spend a lot of time and love putting together playlist they feel people would love. Therefor; you’re listening to the best of their taste in music, as well as adding culture to your musical heart. You’ll quickly notice a huge difference between the playlists on social media, and the playlists on private blogs and playlist sites made by fans, for fans. Doesn’t mean it’s not impossible to occasionally find garbage on playlist sites, but, your chances are far greater of finding quality music there.
If you see a playlist name that says “Best songs on the planet,” or “1,000 of the Internet’s biggest hits,” or something to that effect, don’t even bother. Trying to find even 80s playlists can be difficult, because if you’re cultural like I am, you’ll realize most if not all songs I already have. Don’t forget Shazam is a great resource to discovering music too.
A hand picked curated collection (by yours truly) of some of Al Green’s most forgotten music, as well as some of his biggest hits I remembered growing up. Al Green’s unique style of organ sounds and funk beats has given him a distinct sound back in the day, making him one of the most memorable old school artists in Black music. Sit back and enjoy 27 of my most favorite Al Green songs such as “Full Of Fire (1976),” ” I Can’t Get Next To You (1971),” “Oh Petty Woman (1972),” and “I’m Glad You’re Mine (1972).” Listen On Spotify.
Hey guys! This is my Spotify collection of old school hip hop, hip house, and hip dance music. This is the only time were I will probably break my own over 30+ rule. Only because I don’t think I’ll be doing another rap playlist for quite a while. These are some of my most favorite hip hop songs from back in the day, when hip hop was about dance, rocking crowed, and friendly lyrical battles. It was a time when female rappers (that had real talent) were emerging and fighting for equal spotlight; a time before young women were only used purely for their bodies in rap videos. This collection includes Eric B. & Rakim’s “Don’t Sweat The Technique,” Chub Rock’s “Treat ‘Em Right,” and D-Nice’s “Too Tha Rescue.” There are a lot more artists on this playlist that I think any TRUE old school rap fan will enjoy. Check it out on Spotify!