The Soundtrack of My Life

the music that keeps me going…

I Will Always Love You…

So. on Saturday we lost Nippy. I still can’t really believe it. I happened to be out with friends and therefore a bit out of touch with my lifeline known as Twitter. I got a text, and so did another friend so we passed the info around the table. Then the waitress came over and asked us if we had heard. We pulled out our fancy smartphones; facebook and twitter had the internet going nuts. WHITNEY HOUSTON DIED?!

Wait a minute. Not my Whitney that I just had an 80s pop dance party in my office last week? She and Madonna (affectionately known as Madge for those that are familiar) ARE 80s and 90s popular music– ASK SOMEBODY! These women sang ANTHEMS. And Nippy? voice of an angel.

As an 80s baby, I have very fond memories of listening to Whitney growing up. One of the albums I remember being played in our house, when I mentally recollect my Mom’s LP collection I always think of is Whitney Houston. The salmon colored case, her tall slender body in a swimsuit on the back I believe. Its an image engrained into my mind, it is MY CHILDHOOD.

I can honestly say, her music continues to be a part of my life’s soundtrack. I have never stopped listening. A couple years ago I downloaded what I consider to be her best albums: the debut, Whitney, and I’m Your Baby Tonight. These three represent the greatness of ’85-’90. I was barely school age when these released, but they have proven to lyrically and sonically stand the test of time.

Now, some of my favorites by the Icon, Ms. Houston.

You Give Good Love” MY personal favorite. This is my singalong song right here!!!  Being the hopeful romantic I am, this song represents what I only hope to have one day. I’ve said several times I will sing this to my future husband, horrible vocals and all. I’ll have the track in the background to help me along… She looks absolutely beautiful in this video. *sigh*

Count on Me” this is a great song, one of my favorite duets. It makes me think of my sorority sisters when I hear it 🙂

Greatest Love of All” this song makes me think of assemblies in elementary school for some reason. I’m pretty sure we sang this or heard this in music class or something. Hearing this song is when I knew Whitney had a voice that is unparalleled and unmatched. “I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows…”  this is a motivation song. let me add this to my theme songs playlist right now!!!!!

^^ FIERCE.

Heartbreak Hotel” one of her late 90s R&B hits that will never get old. Nippy, Kelly and Faith! great vocals. Can’t go wrong with a woman scorned song…

Saving All My Love For You“:  The “I’m in love with a taken man”song. Excellent vocals. “no OTHER woman, is gonna love you more!!!!” This is the stuff great pop songs are made of…

All the Man that I Need“: I really just had church playing this song over and over.

Why Does it Hurt So Bad” ok, yall know Waiting to Exhale had to be represented on this here list!!! “when I think of all the pain you put me through, leaving you was the best thing for me!” this song, this song…

I Wanna Dance with Somebody“: this is little skinny Reecie dancing around the house full of energy watching videos on MTV. I ain’t know nothing about “feeling the heat” with somebody, I just wanted to dance…

and lastly, of course the song that catapulted Whitney into Icon status. You know you’re a bad chick when you make someone else’s song your own!! Dolly Parton can not deny!!!!! She’s eating well off of Whitney’s cover right here. I promise as soon as “iiiiiiiiiif I…” hits my ears, the tears swell in my eyes.

Rest in Paradise Whitney, we miss you already. Thank you for sharing your God-given gift with us. You were cherished your time on this earth and your music will live forever.

Love a lifetime loyal fan.

What are your favorite Whitney Houston songs?

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I’ll drink to that!

I’ve previously dedicated one of my favorite songs from Rihanna’s Loud in another post as well–a freaky friday one. Today’s is a little different. A very light hearted and fun song. I mentioned then that Loud was actually a pretty decent CD to me, and I enjoy it much. That one and Good Girl Gone Bad are in regular rotation on my iPod.  Recently released video…

I think the vid does a good job of capturing fun times with friends. I also happen to like videos with tour footage for some reason. I don’t go to a lot of concerts at large venues really, maybe thats why. but I will be WATCHING THE THRONE in November (just had to put that out there! lol)

Cheers to the freakin weekend! Those of us in the path of Hurricane Irene–be safe! stock up on your vices.. I’m making my wine run ASAPtually! 😉

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I close my eyes when I’m alone…

Wonder what it’d be like to make you moan…

So give it up, and don’t pretend
And spread your arms and legs across the bed
And when you shake, you won’t regret
The things I whisper in your ear
(What?) I said:

I wanna give you something better
(You wanna give me something better)
Than anything you’ve ever had
(Than anything I’ve ever had)
A stronger and a faster lover
(A stronger and a faster lover)
The world, it disappears so fast
(It disappears so fast)

Sweet kiwi
Your juices dripping down my chin
So please, let me
Don’t stop it before it begins…

Well alright, Adam. After I heard this song, I’ve never thought of Kiwi as the same.

Happy Friday 🙂

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What’s in my earbuds, summer ’11 edition

Hey!

It feels like its been forever since I blogged. I dont even apologize for it. I’ve been living life, enjoying the hell summer and while music is ALWAYS a part of that life–writing about it sometimes just isn’t. I hadn’t even logged into wordpress the entire time. I did miss it, glad to see folks still discovering the site and reading it. No post is too old to comment on, in my opinion. 🙂

But in the month and a half or so hiatus of living “off the wall”  there has been TONS of new music released. TONS. so much that I still haven’t wrapped my good “listening” ears around much of it. but I’m working my way through.

one thing I don’t like to do is rush my tastes because something is hot. I kinda rushed thru Marsha Ambrosius’ CD the last time I did a post like this. I like it a lot more now than I did then, which I figured I would.

so let me first get the obvious out of the way: Beyonce. so, yall know I’m no King B stan–actually I think calling herself King is stupid as hell, but I digs the hell outta “4” like seriously, I haven’t rocked with Bey hard since Dangerously in Love, and I mean that.  She’s had singles here and there on her other projects I liked, but I don’t have a full Beyonce CD on my ipod at all. On first listen “Rather Die Young” and “Countdown” stood out to me, the first for the melody and her vocals, the second just for that catchy ass Boyz II Men sample. Plus her quotables like “all up in my kitchen in my heels, dinner time” and “ooh I think I luh dat boy, do anything fuh dat boy” ahh, the romantic in me  thinks that’s so sweet *sigh* okay moving on. After repeat listens, I definitely feel “I Miss You” those lyrics speak to me, and despite her saying “algeba” I DO like “1+1” as well. Also while it’s 2011’s Irreplaceable, I enjoy “The Best I Never Had.”

“Party” goes hard, but ‘Ye and 3 Stacks dont’ go quite as hard as they couldve–I mean wtf is swagu? I guess. It is a pop song. Just listening again this weekend in the car (you HAVE to test CDs for whip approval) I noticed the throaty efforts on “Start Over” which work for me too. Overall I just think its a good pop album, and I have no problem admitting that it pleases my ears. A lot. I’m such a typical girl for this but I don’t care. lol

^^ face beat, tits sitting high, fierce hair, giving much face! I love Jilly from Philly.

I wanted to post this pic instead of her album cover just because its so damn fly!!!

ok The Light of the Sun is a CD I’m still working thru. I don’t love it yet. But honestly I only loved her first two CDs immediately. Vol. 3 had to grow on me, but baby when it did!?!?!?! LOVE. Jill does no wrong in my eyes so while I’m not in love yet, I love HER, and I’m pleased with her latest offering. Faves include: “So In Love” with Anthony Hamilton, “So Gone”, “Hear My Call”, and “Making You Wait”

I love me some Lloyd.  I consider Street Love to be a hood classic. Year of the Lover was no slump either. I wrote a post awhile back on how consider my boy to be seriously slept on. I didn’t check for Lloyd’s first CD but Street Love is what made me a fan. He is as I say “my favorite nasally yodeler”. “Lay Your Head” is a song I HATED on first listen but damn if that “ole ole oooooleeeee” aint grow on me! I mean, its Lloyd. He  does it for me like The Dream–I often ask myself why I love them so, but then I just resolve not to question it, just vibe to the music. SO I DO!  Now “Cupid” is a song I immediately thought was cutesy and the visuals in the video helped me to enjoy it more. Still need to give this one a few more spins before I identify faves.

Miss Moses, Miss Moses! Yall know this is my grown woman crush and I STANS for Teedra! She’s gorgeous, she’s fly,and she has just a splash of hood that makes her relatable to me. lol Her latest offering is short, but definitely sweet.  I am anxiously awaiting a feature album. “Another Lovr” “Invitation”  ok how about all of it is hot to me. With only 10 songs. not too much extra or fluff, just the chill vibe that Ms. Moses is known for. Check it out for download here.

I’ve also been listening to Ledisi’s Pieces of Me, Jean Grae’s Cookies or Comas, Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80–prior to hearing this I had not listened to any of his music, so I was pleasantly surprised. And older music is always in rotation.

so tell me, what has your summer soundtrack been looking like? If you’ve heard the joints featured in this post–what are your faves? let me know!!! 

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Let the madness in the music get to you…

Life ain’t so bad at all
If you live it off the wall…

I woke up this morning with this song in my head. I knew it was going to be a good day.

This has become a personal theme song in recent years. Well maybe the last year. I spent a lot of time being focused on my career and my path forward–which led to my relocation and while getting up on the learning curve, I found myself a tad bit stressed. I realized that for my well being when I leave work, I need to LEAVE work. I absolutely “leave that 9 to 5 up on the shelf”

And its the weekend approaching, so I figured this would be a good day to post some good ol MJ–to me he is the king of “enjoying yourself.” His music puts me in a mood and a place that makes me want to dance. The title of this post definitely is how I view my life. I let the madness in the music transform me. I allow it to make me laugh, make me think, and even cry.

I know I hadn’t blogged in over a month, and the last post was a Freaky Friday one. Those come to me easily, I have tons of songs stored up, but I wanted to come back with something different. The fact that this song popped in my head gave me the inspiration I needed.

Late last year I declared 2011 to be the year of friendships for me. I had spent a lot of time nurturing romantic relationships–so I thought and the after effects of such. I decided that instead of focusing on what no longer was, I would begin and continue to take more considerate care of what I have. So that was the underlying theme in my mind, but I kinda forgot all about that.  Well, I recently went on a retreat of sorts that rejuvenated the kinships with my sisters and I feel that almost 6 months into this year, its been a very good one. I subconsciously have maintained my purpose of the year, and am looking forward to the months remaining. We only have one life; be thoughtful in your actions and savor moments. This has been an amazing and transforming time in my life. I am so blessed. Just felt like sharing. MJ says…

You can shout out all you want to
‘Cause there ain’t no sin in folks all getting loud
If you take the chance and do it
Then there ain’t no one who’s gonna put you down
‘Cause we’re the party people night and day
Livin’ crazy that’s the only way…

So tonight gotta leave that nine to five up on the shelf
And just enjoy yourself
C’mon and groove, and let the madness in the music get to you
Life ain’t so bad at all
If you live it off the wall

And so does Reecie. have a good weekend. 🙂

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You send chills up my spine…

…every time I take one look at you and ooooooh, and I like it!

peep the old school Soul Train coverage…

“I like the way you comb your hair
And I like those stylish clothes you wear
It’s just the little things you do
That show how much you really care

Like when I’m all alone with you
You know exactly what to do
You put that fire inside of me
And make it more than just a dream”

y’all I love this song! Just felt like sharing because it came on my iPod and I got excited.  “I Like It”  was released in 1983 on their second studio album All This Love.  Collectively and individually the DeBarge family made music and had hits for most of the 80s and beyond. Ask ya mama if she had a crush on El, shoot ask me if I had a crush on Chico and I’ll give you “hell  yesssss!” El gives me life with his falsetto on this one! yes indeed!

peep another one of my favorite songs when I was a little girl below–and its a Solid Gold performance!!! I used to love that show!

I had no clue what he was singing about, but when I was about 4 years old that didn’t matter much.  🙂

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