Prime Time for ’69: 50 Girl Power Gems from 50 Years Ago

Pardon me, as I deviate and gather around a theme. I don’t think I would have embraced the power of music without the brilliance of contributions of Black Women in particular to American Popular Music. Black people, and women in particular, brought a certain gospel, nothing necessarily about Christianity, but something always aware of reality,…

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…

Magic Brews and Spells For You: Halloween Harmonies Volume 1

I heard the clarion call for frightening soul when fellow DJ Miss Yes complained that she was already maxed out on “The Monster Mash.” Although there’s really plenty of Halloween specific songs to go around, there’s plenty of dark, thrilling and noir songs to go around for this season that thins the veils and gets…

Maiden of the Melody: Your Virgo Harvest of Soul Music

We’re in the full swing of Back to school, Summer becomes amorphously Fall, sort of. Schedules firm up, plans come into play. It’s Virgo Season, and we start to process all of the things we accomplished in Spring and Summer and start to reserve for longer nights, colder days and for the cycle of life…

Irene Reid “My Heart Said (Bossa Nova) (Verve 10286, 1963)

Irene Reid “My Heart Said (Bossa Nova) (Verve 10286, 1963) Back to Back Birthday celebrations of genre blurring babes happens this week as we move from Solstice to Equinox. Next up we have the delightful Irene Reid. Equally hitless and loved on stage as Marlena Shaw, she would have celebrated her 85th Birthday this September…