Heaven Must Have Sent You: Your Holland-Dozier-Holland History Lesson

I’ve been prone to these songwriter series playlists moreso. This time we make a visit to our first team. While Burt Bacharach’s mix featured him not exclusively tethered to Hal David, and Sylvia Moy found herself working with a round robin of partners, this one solely focuses on Holland-Dozier-Holland. Brothers Eddie and Brian Holland and…

Mo’West: The Evolution Of Bay Area Soul

The San Francisco Bay Area is known as a cultural center for the West Coast. Legions of artists found docks of the bay to unleash their creativity for over 150 years. However, with the increased importance of Los Angeles as a multimedia capitol, with Film, Music and Television growing and rivaling the might of New…

Mary – Very – Proud: Late Sixties into Seventies Sister Soul

 When we look back at late 60’s Soul Music in terms of a transitional period that saw the rise of women’s liberation, we know one name in particular: Aretha. True to life, from 1967 through 1974, she sat on multiple thrones. She had major hit singles on both the R&B and Pop charts, critically acclaimed…

Better Luck Next Time: 40 Hits that happened for someone else

Sometimes, it’s like, with a song, dust yourself off and try again. The perfect moment for a tune to become a success entrenched in the Pop Culture lexicon sometimes isn’t its first time up to bat. Sometimes it takes competition and revision to get things right. With this, I’ve gone a bit overboard, giving you…

Jazz For A Summer’s Day: 28 Tunes To Close Out The Season

Yet another season is nearly behind us. As summer winds down and we find ourselves firmly planted in the 2nd half of the year, I find myself wanting to gather up and go out to every type of event to live up these blanket warm days before Fall is upon us. One thing sorely lacking…

The Dramuh: 32 Divinely Dramatic Sister Soul Show Tunes

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….

Who Needs A Time Machine? – 22 Modern Soul Tunes 1996-2016

Some will say you can’t really re-invent the wheel. In Soul Music, there’s been a wall between the end of the 1960’s and modern R&B decidedly. As Funk gave way to Disco during the 1970, it laid out the carpet for Hip Hop and New Jack Swing to come along in the 1980’s and 1990’s….

Pulse: A Year Later

Let me tell you that I can’t stand text messages that ask how I’m doing among the horrors of our everyday existence. There’s nothing more surreal to wake up in the weird space between sleep and wake to a disaster. It makes one question if one is actually awake and alive. Since I have no…

Windy City Soul: Breezy Gems From America’s Second City

Although my recent vacation took me through Baltimore and New York City, the sounds of Chicago’s soul music has been on my mind for a few weeks now. I’m a big fan of how once our R&B music was so regional, influenced by the cultures established in cities plus the migrant populations that made each…