I was victimized into a meme this weekend. This time, it’s a music meme from no other than Todd. The rules from Todd:
– An artist is only allowed one song on the list.
– Post radio.blog (if you can).
– A sentence or two on why each song makes the list.
Seeing that I have a serious music vibe (purchasing at least 2 CDs a week),
I had to limit the playing field for this meme: no old-school cuts (anything
older than 10 years got dropped) and, for this meme, no fast cuts and no hip-hop.
Make no mistake – it’s still hard. Here’s 12 that came to mind just over a 12
I could talk about the lyrics and the meanings of these songs all day, but I’m
going to keep myself to a 2 to 3 sentence minimum….
01 – Rahsaan Patterson – Come Over. I remember when this cut came out and I
was living and working on the west coast for two seasons. Every evening, I’d
play this before I went out on a date and sing this.
02 – Esthero – Half A World Away. Esthero’s “Breath From Another” is one of my
favorite CDs. I still play it from end to end, but this song always had me playing
percussion on a desk.
03 – Sade – Somebody Already Broke My Heart. Keyboards, drums, and Sade. Envision
it: Sade in the studio with a drink in her hand. I felt her for this one.
04 – Jhelisa – Friendly Pressure. The best thing about a relationship is friendly
pressure to keep it new. Jhelisa always said it best.
05 – Lewis Taylor – Whoever. Don’t get it twisted, I was a bitter brother when
it came to a breakup- when I was the one being dumped. During one relationship
breakup I would play this song incessantly.
06 – Adriana Evans – Looking For Your Love. An admission: this song is one of
the songs that I played so much in my stereo, I bought 2 cassettes before even purchasing the CD. I
can’t express why I like this song, but I believe when it came out, there was
so much in my head from being working 3000 miles from home.
07 – Anthony Hamilton – Since I Seen’t You. My favorite Anthony Hamilton cut.
I think it’s ingrained in everyone’s head that’s asked me about this album.
08 – Maysa – More Than You Know. You know I could watch Maysa sing “Mary Had
A Little Lamb”, right? It’s all about love, pure and simple.
09 – Miguel Migs – One Wish For Me. It’s the drums, guitar and the chimes first
off, and then her vocals and harmonies. I love it.
10 – Beady Belle – When My Anger Starts To Cry. When I get mad, and upset, I
embrace the lyrics that Beady Belle drops. The bassline and the break in the
middle are priceless.
11 – Mint Condition – U Send Me Swingin’. I will sing this song in front of
you. Make sure you wear earplugs, though, because I will try to hit all of these
12 – Swing Out Sister – You Already Know. Very ethereal and very truthful.
Honorable mentions, since he didn’t allow me 25 (and watch as this list expands
this week) –
Everything But The Girl – Troubled Mind.
Sade – Kiss Of Life.
Maxwell – Drowndeep: Hula.
Incognito – Spellbound and Speechless.
Swing Out Sister – Forever Blue.
Mint Condition – If You Love Me.
Massive Attack with Tracy Thorn – Protection.
Esthero – Country Livin’.
I need a drink.