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I found this amazing remix of Luther’s old classic “Never Too Much (1981).” Believe it or not, I don’t recall ever hearing any house mixes of Luther’s music. Now that I think back, it’s kind of absurd, since I have been in the club scene in my late teens to mid 20s. Believe it or not, we had a lot of remixes even then. LOL. Then again, we were exposed to all kinds of music in the cubs. Then friends were always introducing us to new music in addition to that. Music was such a different experience 30 years ago, an experience that kids exposed to this new digital age will never know. Wow, looking at Luther’s side profile, I didn’t realize he was that big. I miss him a lot, the days of his music is over, pretty much.

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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.

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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!

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Well, it took me awhile to figure out what playlist I was going to start with. I guess it is because this is my first. I wanted to do something different; then I though, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of playlists of female love songs. Even when I was growing up, when people thought of  love songs (both male and female), usually people automatically gravitate to a male performer before a female. So this playlist is to honor classic female artists that have made great love songs, or just songs that admire the male form. This short Playlist includes mixture of genres from artists such as Stephanie Mills’s “The Comfort Of A Man,” Miquel Brown’s “So Many Men (although technically this isn’t a love song, it represented a time of the non-vulgar innocence of the 80s),”  Diana Ross’s “Muscles,” Labelle “Touch Me All Over,” Teena Marie’s “I need Your Lovin’,” and more….. Listen on Spotify. Enjoy.

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Tito Puente was one of many true musical legends. He was in command of every instrument he played, and could bang a congo drum like none I’ve scene before. He’s performed with many other artists, including La Lupe, and Celia Cruz . “Oye Como Va” was a very, very popular song, and has been reinterpreted by many. It’s just a wonderful tune that has been long forgotten. Listen to “Oye Como Va” on Spotify.

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I’ve heard many different opinions about Sparrow’s music. Personally, I just think a lot of his music sounds too identical, so identical I’m shocked he was able to sell so many albums. It was as if he was preparing for the same Carnival over and over again. But, love him, hate him, he’s been around forever, and has been called by many of his peers “the calypso king.” Sparrow has made tons and tons of albums over his long career. He’s in his 80s now and doubt he’s still performing. Listen to this classic on Spotify.

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Hi guys, hope my readers are doing well. Great news, I have finally finished importing all my music from Napster to Spotify. I couldn’t believe that sh*t took me more than two weeks to sort out. LOLOL.. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t difficult, it was just the sheer volume of music I have saved. I still need to find time to Shazam my cassettes, but at least I’ve organized my playlist to a manageable level. I have to be honest, among other things, I really miss Napster’s live radio, user music compatibility level, and being able to permanently disable my listening activity 😩😡. However, I’m not sorry I’ve changed to Spotify. I’m blown away by the significant improvements, bug fixes, and features added, within a year+ since I’ve tried it. They must have had a lot of huge investors to be able to triple their customers in such a short period of time. The one thing I really like about Spotify I forgot to mention from before, I can download and mix my non-spotify music via Wi-Fi. I was very happy about that, cause I didn’t need two extra software to make it work, everything was already integrated. I’ve complained about that to Napster during the whole 5 years I was a customer….. Nothing…. Again, I’m almost positive that the record labels wanted more money to do that, and Napster simply said… No… LOL….

So, I’ll start creating hand picked playlists. This will be fun because literally there is a song for every theme you can think of. It’s almost like creating your own compilation CD. The other beautify about playlists is that all the music I select I genuinely love, and have taken the time to share it with my readers. By the way, most other streaming services like iTunes also allow you to share playlists. However, just as a recommendation, if you decide to share playlists, keep it simple…. I’ve seen these mega lists that include upward of 600 songs. I’ve seen one with 1,000 songs. People, this is too much consumption at one time. Don’t be an idiot. When I see a playlist that big, that tells me two things, either that person was high on weed and took absolutely no care in making the playlist, or they were just too damn lazy. My opinion, a playlist should be in the range of 10-20 songs, but don’t exceed 30 (or 3 hours). Other wise, the average person would not bother, unless they are high like you; and if that is the case, they would be too high to actually listening to it anyway. Please make sure you’re telling your friends about my blog. Very few people are doing what I’m doing. So help those who are truly interested find me. Thank you.

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Like many old school fans, I still have quite a few old cassettes from back in the day, when I used to tape off the radio. Now that we have such amazing technology today, I’m glad I didn’t actually through away all my old cassettes YET. I’ve been shazaming a LOT of my tapes over the years, which allowed me to get rid of a significant amount of cassettes. Now, I’m not the type of person that would tell a stranger to throw anything away that has sentimental value to them (especially if it’s a vinyl album or something like that). However, I do recommend using Shazam to help you retire those old tapes to make more room for other things. Manly for three important reasons. First, finding a good cassette player has become hard to find. I’ve purchased a number of cassette players and they all sound like crap. In fact, a couple of them ruined a few of my tapes. And I’m not willing to spend upwards of $300 for a “good cassette deck,” when I know I’m only going to use it for the purpose of Shazam’n’.  Second good reason to Shazam your cassettes, you don’t have to hear the dj bable anymore.. LOL. I used to hate when they’d talk through the song I liked. But I knew they did it so that we can buy the album. Thirdly, Once you Shazam something, and or save it to your Spotify, it stays there forever! Even if the license on a song expires, it’s still listed! The nice thing about that is, if you can’t find it in any other album, you can just purchase it from Amazon or Google (DRM free). At this point I Spotify will ALWAYS have free accounts, so I really really doubt you have to worry about anything. Oh yeah! One more thing, you don’t have to run around asking friends if they know the name of a song!! 😳

Some of the songs I’ve Shazam’d lately are, “Touch Me (All Night Long) by Cathy Dennis,” “Sweet Love by Anita Baker,” “Midnight Blue by Melissa Manchester,” “Don’t Turn Around by Owen Gray,” “Let It Whip by The Dazz Band,” “Jungle Love by The Time,” “What Is Love by Haddaway,” “Broken Wings by Mr. Mister,” “Suavecito by Malo,” and “I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman.” Those were just a few of several thousand Shazams, and tons of tapes 😫 😐; but it was all worth it. If I were to throw them all away, that would have been music I wouldn’t ever hear again. Mainstream radio doesn’t play music from my generation anymore period. One thing you’ll learn, even when it comes to streaming services, hand picked music is not the same as a computer generated playlist based on habits and algorithms. But, it’s good for the young kids who don’t yet have a musical perspective.

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You know, I’m not sure if a lot of people are aware of this but, Netflix streaming has changed from a five star user rating system, to a thumbs up rating system. I was really upset about that at first. I actually called to complain about. True fans of anything, especially when it comes to music and movies know, a rating isn’t always as simple as just a thumbs up, or a thumbs down. Sometimes you need that 5 star rating system because it allows you to rate movies that are complicated to rate. There are movies where we feel neutral. In other words, there are movies not bad enough to say don’t watch, but they’re not good enough to recommend them either. The Netflix rep told me that the rating system was changed to simply help them to programmatically suggest similar movies we’ve thumbed up. She claimed that this is what users have been asking for. I said to myself, “really?” If that’s true, don’t the users realize that we’re then forced to like or don’t like movies we feel neutral about. I don’t think that’s good either. But of course, because the representative I was talking to was obviously speaking as an employee, and not as a movie fan, I didn’t feel like she identified with what I was trying to say. So, what else is new right?

I just found it so hard to believe that users have chose to become so simple minded that they would ask to get rid of the five star rating for a thumbs up! Then I’ve realized, this may be because of the popularity of sites such as Facebook, and YouTube. It just maybe because sites like those are so heavily used that, it may be more a matter of desiring consistency. But those sites aren’t movie sites, they’re social media. If this is truly what the majority of users are asking for, I think this is a huge mistake, and this is not helping each other (from the standpoint of a real fan). The best way I can explain it, it’s like remembering that song you heard when you met your first boyfriend, and trying to explain how you emotionally felt to a computer in machine code (zeros and ones/no and yes, without the ability to offer context). It’s just not possible. Well, I know I can’t do anything about it, but it’s still so disappointing tho. Just my humble Opinion. If you ask me, I really do think it was a decision to force people to watch movies marked bad, ’cause those studios are not making any money. If you offer their true five star rating, why would anybody watch a 1 star rating? Well, as we all know, it’s not the first time they’ve made bad decisions.

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I love Rita Coolidge. I love her singing voice, it’s so smooth and so relaxing. She has one of those voices you can listen to while relaxing on a beach somewhere. I know I really shouldn’t have her under the “One Hit Wonders” category. However, there isn’t an album that she’s produced where I’ve like nearly the entire album either. But, when she got a hit, I usually loved it! The one song that has always stuck in my head, was a song called “We’re All Alone (1976),” and it remains one of my favorite songs from her throughout her career. Now, there are a few other songs I love from her. “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher,” which I believe was first song by the legendary Jackie Wilson. The next song is another interpretation she did of a song called “Fever,” which was first song by Little Willie John in 1956. I also love the song she did called “All Time High,” which was the theme song to one of the James Bond movies, called “Octopussy.”

Rita was born 1945 in America, and she’s is both singer and songwriter. Although she’s a decent songwriter, unfortunately she hasn’t had a hit since the 1980s. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, her last truly big hit was in 1977 when “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher” hit number 2 on the American pop charts. She was married to Kris Kristofferson, and has actually written a lot of songs with him to my understanding. You may remember Kris Kristofferson, from the movie “A Star Is Born (1976),” co starring along side Barbra Streisand.

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From left to right: Keith Wilder, Mario Mantesse, Ernest Berger, Johnny Wilder, Rod Temperton and Eric Johns outside a place called the “Sands,” which if I remember correctly, it is a casino joint in Las Vegas. The band Heatwave was arguably one of the most popular bands of the 70s. These forgotten musicians have earned the right to be called legends! I feel what made Heatwave so successful, is each band member’s unique cultural and ethnic backgrounds, coming together to produce their unique sound. People don’t realize how important this group was, not just musically speaking. In a world where people still prefer to focus negatively on our differences, this ethnically diverse group came together because of their differences to create awesome music. Their signature song that put them on the map was a song called “Always And Forever,” and today is arguably the most played song at weddings and 70s parties.

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It’s been about 4-5 years since the announcement of Shazam and Spotify partnership. This is a partnership that can only be best described in my opinion as “A marriage made in heaven.” Very rare do you find two products that come together, and work nearly flawlessly! As far as I’m concerned, Shazam is truly Spotify’s “companion application.” Also, not only did it make business sense, both companies made the integrated features fully functional to free users. One of the many things that make Spotify unique to Shazam than all the other partnered companies, is that you can actually save Shazam’d songs directly to any of your Spotify playlist. Shazam also allows you to play the full song using Spotify’s player, from within the Shazam application.

Visiting family can’t get any easier. You’re relaxing and all of a sudden, your relative decides to pop on some vinyl on the old spinner. Oh, oh! All of a sudden you hear that favorite song you haven’t heard in 15 years! You’re dancing and grooving…. You feel yourself about to ask that relative the dreaded “let me borrow that album.” Da 🎵 ta 🎵 ta 🎵 da 🎹 !!! LOLOL. Then you catch yourself! “Wait a minute! I got Shazam and Spotify!” Oh great! It found the song! Now I can easily add it on my Spotify playlist! And even better, you’ve just saved yourself from getting that “hell no!!” look from that relative that knows you’re not going to return their album the way they gave it to you (if at all). The world is back to normal. 😀

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