Spring in the air, filled with love, there's magic everywhere. Okay, we're not all young and in love as Van McCoy wrote, but we all like to be amorous, and there's no season like the blossoms of Spring, and Venus in Taurus season to get us to want to make like the birds and bees … Continue reading Love-o-matic: Your Mid Century Auditory Personal Lubricant For Horizontal Dancing
Vinyl DJs swear by the portability of the 45 rpm single. In a platter pack or any sundry 45 carrier, you've got up to 100 tunes, since most of those boxes can accommodate 50 of those little plastic discs. Most of my fellow DJs decry LPs, especially Soul LPs of the 1960's as full of … Continue reading Languishing On An LP: 33 Revolutions Not Found In Your Platter Pack
It's felt weird not doing a new round of Astrological Playlists since the Aries one at the dawn of Spring. Of course *LEO* season would beckon me to dedicate some energy with a playlist dedicated to the season in the sky. Leo energy is know for, how can we say, a bit of flair for the....well, dramatic. … Continue reading The Dramuh: 32 Divinely Dramatic Sister Soul Show Tunes
The Post-War world of Rock and Roll and Popular Music didn't lend itself to the type of standards generated by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart and Irving Berlin. Or we're lead to believe. Of course, we would be remiss not to honor names like Leiber & Stoller, Goffin & King, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Gamble & Huff and … Continue reading Bacharach’s Brilliance: Burt’s Bevy of Beauties 1960-1975
You might be tired of the Holiday Music, and no, no I'm not being a Scrooge. Neither should you consider Capricorn, the 10th sign of the Zodiac to be the cold heart of winter either. As we sit in the even incrementally growing longer daylight hours as we head into 2017, we look with purpose … Continue reading Calling in Capricorn: Your Solstice Blessing Soul Structure For Winter’s Bluster.
I must admit first hand that I'm more known among my peers for Soul Music between 1958 or so til about 1972. My knowledge of that isn't strong when it comes to post-war Blues & Jazz informing what would become Soul Music. Nor is my knowledge the strongest in the Shaft - Good Times and glory days of Soul Train era … Continue reading That Seventies Show – Volume 1: A Superfly Sample of Lady Soul from the Decade of Me
You may or may not know, Motown records in its Golden Years from 1961 through 1968 was a constant hive of activity. The operations worked 24 hours a day each day of the year, some Motown gems were recorded and pressed on major holidays, some efforts saw release on others. Was December 31, 1965 a … Continue reading Hitsville Vaults ’66: The Top Twenty Motown potential hits you didn’t know existed.
I originally wrote this post 5 years ago when Gladys Horton passed away at the age of 65 in 2011. Horton's voice on Marvelettes singles had been a profound link into me digging deeper into my experience as an outsider observing the inside, taking no shit from no one, and living a life from steadfast … Continue reading A Girl Named Gladys: The Marvelous Marvelette Gladys Horton
Gladys Knight's voice is much like a "Linus blanket" I carry with myself. From childhood to now in my mid 30's, her voice still offers comfort, safety and understanding. Few other voices feel so essential, interwoven into the fabric of my existence. I'm pretty sure, minus her Fury, Vee-Jay and Maxx years, her discography with … Continue reading The Empress:The Gilded Hickory of Gladys Knight
You really can't contain Patti LaBelle. The once Patricia Holte still snatches the spotlight from those decades younger than her at 72 years of age. The thing is that, rarely has the awe inspiring power of her vocal styling and range ever been captured *properly* during studio recordings. She really has one of those gargantuan … Continue reading The Power of Patti: The Gemini Live Wire