Season Of The Bliss: An Almost Top Forty Of Swoonful Tunes

People really fucking love Fall. It’s interesting because I commented a few weeks ago to someone that all of the celebration of beauty of this particular season is also a celebration of death. As September folds into Oct to Nov to December vibrant trees and flowers react to the waning sunlight and shorter days in…

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…

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Your Scorpio 2016 Mix

We part the veils and slink towards closing out this year, my dears. It’s the bewitching season of Scorpio. Though I gave you a ghoul-ful Halloween playlist, I couldn’t let the sign of the emotional depths not have its own time in the waning Fall sunlight. Excavation, surgery and examination of what’s to be kept,…

Jeanette “Baby” Washington “Medicine Man” (Neptune 120, 1960)

Jeanette “Baby” Washington “Medicine Man” (Neptune 120, 1960) It doesn’t seem to be too spooky of a Friday the 13th, but in the depths of Scorpio Season, we do have a birthday wish to give to an unheralded soul legend. Born 75 years ago as Justine Washington, for 60 years, Baby Washington has been delighting…

LaVern Baker “Fly Me To The Moon” (Atlantic 2267, R&B#31 Pop#84, 1965)

LaVern Baker “Fly Me To The Moon” (Atlantic 2267, R&B#31 Pop#84, 1965) Among the women whose solid work built Atlantic Records, LaVern Baker gave Atlantic enough crossover appeal before Ray Charles stormed into the Pop Top 40 at the end of the 1950’s. Starting out as Little Miss Sharecropper (a parody of Little Mrs. Cornshucks/Mildred…