Someone asked me a while back, "EJ, why do you put up mostly radio blogs?
I mean, is there some hidden message there? What do they mean?" Without blinking
I said, "No, there’s no hidden message there. Either you get the flow or
you don’t. Either you feel it in your bones or you don’t, in which case you click through them. I’m happy with
the way the flow is." When listening to other mixes, other flows, I’m rarely
ashamed to say, "I don’t get the flow." Reading and absorbing thoughts
and flows around me is essential. Listening to music is a learning experience,
24/7. In short, Vibing is fundamental.
I suppose I could sit and lament over life’s issues and bring myself down.
Lord knows there’s a lot of ’em. Or, I can do as I always do, sit there and
brood for a while, fuss around for a while, then put my headphones on, and then
get back up and keep going, because the flow is always there. The tunes will
always be here. And, as they always say, life will go on. It’s always good to
get a kick in my shins from a couple of people, ’cause that’s what they’re here
Now, where does the flow come from? Well, this time, I believe I’ve got enough
space and time to put some words around my thoughts as I sequence the flow for
this week’s In Rotation. This is my month that I get to shine, since this is
the month of my birthday, and marks the third year blogging and entering my
second year of being able to share my music.
Most of the flows come through just from listening, reading, reacting, and
movin around the internet and blogosphere. Check it:
This week’s In
01 – Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (DJ Smash Essential Funk
Mix). From Motown
the album and based on their recommendations, I picked it up.
02 – Vanessa Marquez f/ Justin Timberlake – Want You To Know.
Rocka dropped this
one to me exactly ten minutes after I had completed this mix, which made me
have to reshuffle everything just to fit it in. There was no way I could have
possibly ignored this cut.
03 – Five Point Plan – Tremble. From Rare,
04 – Mint Condition – That’s The Way (It’s Going Down). A lovely
lady by the name of Lis
has a new site devoted to Mint Condition which is called TMF:
The Mint Factory. This is one of the cuts she has there for your listening
pleasure, from the movie Good Burger. Check her
site out, let her know what you think.
05 – Vanessa Freeman – Dawning Of A New Day. From the CD London
Soul, which inspired me to check
her out even more and order her CD. Be sure to stay tuned for more from
Vanessa. This is only a taste.
06 – Will.I.Am – Swing By My Way. More Galactic
Soul for you. By default, because of the flow, I had to followup with:
07 – Yam Who – Star Of The Story. More Midnight
Soul for you. I never thought I’d say this, but this is a damn good remake
that injects just enough funk to make it different but not take away from the
original. Considering this is one of my all-time favorite songs that Yam Who
remade, that’s saying quite a bit.
08 – Anthony Hamilton – Icing On The Cake. From the new CD,
09 – Raheem DeVaughn – You. If you don’t have The
Love Experience, then you need to go get it. Now. Everytime I hear this
cut, I start thinking about Moments In Love by The Art Of Noise.
10 – Leela James – Don’t Speak. Leela takes a song by No Doubt
and injects gritty soul into it.
11 – Rebirth – Common Ends. Now, a while back I was mentioning
that I was looking for this CD. Hypothetically
Speaking immediately let me know where to find their
CD. Glad she did.
12 – Dwele – Real Love (U Don’t Love Me). Another single from
Verbs and Predicates.
13 – Salakida – Like Heaven. From her album of the same name.
14 – Ivana Santilli – Caramel Sky. More Ivana. Just ask Tyrone
from Palm Trees In The
15 – Lina – Story Goes (featuring Big Rube). Big Rube was one
of the members of Society of Soul way back in the day, and can be heard on quite
a few Outkast cuts. Nice flow from this track on The
Inner Beauty Movement.
16 – Esthero – My Torture. Just ask Lisa from Nonsensical
Musings, she’ll tell you just how good this track is.
And if anyone should ever ask you– yes, Cancers rule this month. Enjoy the
Soon to come, my 10 After 6. Jason has started a revolution.