Spring Fling – A Playlist For Frisky, Frolicsome Fun

Welcome to the heart of Spring and Taurus Season! It’s rare that these playlists have a simple objective these days. This one, however, sort of arrived out of my own aroused interest in Springtime. Ready to hit the garden, plow some fields and plant some seeds, I thought of some of the most fun, coy…

Strings And Things Pt.1: 36 Orchestral Soul Gems

I’ve been told by fellow DJs on the soul scene, quite derisively sometimes, that the soul music that I spin is too *sweet.* Not Funky, nitty or gritty, I tend towards pretty melodies, and… frankly, string sections. Violins? Cellos? Upright Bass? Why?!?! As I try to lean back into live DJing in a new town,…

Queen Bee of The Brill: Ellie Greenwich and 35 of her cha-cha-charms

In general, the creators of popular music rarely get the credit that they deserve. Although we all have dozens of tunes that we (un)controllably hum in our heads due to the genius of composers forever having something memorable tunewise to offer, we oft deride such content as fluff. When you’re one of the rare women…

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…

Becky Has The Blues, Darth Susan Succeeds: Your Post-Election Playlist

And here we are, at the end of a tumultuous election season. Admittedly, I have to absolutely scrap everything previously that I wrote in the anticipation that we’d be here, November 9th, 2016, heralding our first female president. We’re not this morning, in fact there’s a number of us mourning in this reckoning, and I’m…

Lesley Gore “Look The Other Way”(Mercury 72867-B, 1968)

Lesley Gore “Look The Other Way”(Mercury 72867-B, 1968) There’s a hole in our collective hearts where America’s Sweetheart meets Queer Icon Lesley Gore doesn’t exist anymore. Since she passed away last year, not much has been done to cover the scope of her art or activism. It’s to be remembered that within 9 months time,…

Bye Bye ’65: The Golden Girls Golden Anniversary set of 1965

A lot of what I’ve done as a DJ, writer, and even public speaker has been carrying the legacy of R&B, Pop, and Soul female singers. For years, I’ve wanted to highlight the efforts and the narratives around the women in Post-War Popular Music, because they are far too often neglected or overshadowed. When DJ…

Sugar Town Sno-Ball: The Northern Exposure Set

 Coming fresh off the high that is my oft-favorite DJing trip to the Pacific Northwest, I couldn’t wait to clip together some of the great songs that I played for such a swinging audience. Given I have a somewhat foggy memory of what I played that night, I’m going through the order of which I…