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July 2018 [Monthly Playlist]

I’ve said it once before, and I’ll continue to say it; it has become so hard in this day and age to find and pick out good, quality music. Certainly, a good turn up or ratchet song is okay. I’ll be the first to admit that Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy gives me LIFE. However, I feel that a lot of today’s music is missing heart, substance, and the magic that made hits of yesteryear timeless.

Let’s be real; there are so many songs out now, over-saturating the radio that we will NOT hear ten years from now. Some of the lyrics hold no weight behind them, and all you’re left with is a beat that’s either completely similar to another, or sampled in hopes of gaining the same success off of a past hit.

It has become a bit of a task, lately, to find songs in recent years that I genuinely like or enjoy when I hear them. For July’s playlist, I decided to highlight just a few that have managed to catch my attention. Some with great vocals, some that are just okay. Some with outstanding lyrics, some that are just catchy and match perfectly with the beat they’re over. I hope that you enjoy them just as much as I do.

 

 

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June 2018 [Monthly Playlist]

I am a FIRM believer that not every artist should be allowed to cover songs, and not every song an artist loves needs to be covered.

With that being said, in my music loving lifetime, I’ve come across quite a few covers that I absolutely LOVE and even a few that put the originals to shame.

 

Example? Everyone who knows me knows that I adore and love Smokey Robinson, as well as his group The Miracles. And there aren’t many of their original songs that can be sung better than the way Ol’ Green Eyes sang them himself. But, I’d be crazy and a lying fool to say that young Michael Jackson and all of his pre-teen angst and soul didn’t come along in 1969 and BODY “Who’s Lovin’ You”. It’s honestly not even The Miracles’ song anymore and hasn’t been since that young child sang that very first note while his brothers harmonized perfectly behind him.

 

There’s also the soul stirring, sometime partnership of KeKe Wyatt and Avant, who have, in the past, been deemed as the modern Marvin and Tammi. A deserving title? Most definitely if you’ve heard their rendition of Your Precious Love. Or, any of their covers for that matter. They deliver that same surge of undeniable chemistry that knocks listeners off their feet each and every time. And um, I don’t believe I’m the only one STILL waiting on that duets album.

(That last statement goes towards Monica and Usher as well, because what sixteen and fourteen year olds could deliver a slightly altered version of a grown man’s blues song with ease? They could.)

I need these things.

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For eighteen-twenty year olds at the time, it took me by surprise how Dru Hill positioned themselves as a force to be reckoned with when it came to a few covers of 70s soul classics on their first two albums. The 90s was a special time for major talents, but even some of the biggest stars of the time couldn’t handle certified classics the way Sisqo and Jazz could. For years I thought they were already over thirty, married, and stressing over impending heartache. Them boys could SANG and ten year old me felt it like I had real world problems.

I could go on and on, but instead I’ve compiled a playlist. FORTY of my favorite covers by artists who had the range, took the risk, and delivered from the very first note. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

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May 2018 [Monthly Playlist]

To know me is to know that I am NOT the biggest fan of most current artists or this current wave that the music industry is riding. Sometimes, a veteran in the industry will come through with that old flavor in their new music to satiate my taste for quality, but even that is rare in 2018. Of course, everyone has to stay current, wants to remain ‘relevant’, or simply seek to reinvent themselves as they adapt to the ever-changing climate. I understand that.

I can say, however, that quite a few songs from old artists and a few new have slipped through and made a decent and/or great impact on my otherwise unimpressed musical taste pallet.

For May, I wanted to share a few of those songs that have made me feel like I’m finally apart of my generation and the one behind me. (I am old, y’all.) 😂😂.

 

 

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April 2018 [Monthly Playlist]

I am a Soul and R&B type of woman. And nothing touches me more, quite often, than a good ballad. And a good ballad that happens to be a duet among powerful or sweet and sensitive voices.

We’ve all come across those songs with artists you hadn’t even thought of pairing, but their voices and tones mesh so perfectly, it just sends you to another world. Whether it’s sweet and dainty like that of Minnie Riperton and Michael Jackson, or strong and soul gripping like Robert Brookins and Stephanie Mills… it sends you like a rainbow filled with colorful melodies and notes.

 

For April, I’ve compiled 22 of my favorite duets to give that old Hey Love and Timelife Music Collection vibe that I so enjoy. I hope that you enjoy as well.

 

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March 2018 [Monthly Playlist]

A bit of 70s soul. Love and good vibes.

 

I am an old soul, and there’s no denying that. I suppose that growing up in a home with my grandmother, no matter how much good music my generation produced (roughly from 1997 to 2007), it was inevitable that I would fall in love with music that predates my birth by a solid 20 years.

I absolutely adore the seventies, and I’d be terribly selfish not to share some of the songs that have put me in great moods, while inspiring some pretty good work of mine.

This month, I’ve compiled a 20 track playlist, with artists ranging from the legendary Earth, Wind, & Fire to the dearly missed and revered Phyllis Hyman.

 

I hope that you give it a listen, and I hope that you enjoy as much as I do.

 

P.S. : I truly encourage you to go and find the full version of Jermaine Jackson’s “You Need To Be Loved”. It’s track number 17 on the playlist, and unfortunately Spotify only has a heavily edited version. *Le Sigh* The track is truly magical in it’s entirety.

 

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February 2018 [Monthly Playlist]

A little bit of romance, a whole lot of freaky sh*t. ;).

For the month of romance, and to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ve put together an 18 track playlist featuring some of my favorite sexual and sensual songs ranging from Janet Jackson’s 2001 “Would You Mind” to Luke James’ 2017 “Drip”.

 

I hope that you give it a listen, and I hope that you enjoy as much as I do.

 

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January 2018 [Monthly Playlist]

It’s no big secret that my greatest inspiration comes from music. I adore it, I live it… and if I could sing without sounding like a dying hyena, my youtube channel would be filled with covers of all of my favorites.

I’ve decided to share monthly playlists of my favorite songs, most of which have inspired short stories (and in some instances, full novels) that I’ve shared and will share here on MyPenWritesNice.

I’m jump starting the year with my January 2018 playlist; 25 of my favorite love songs and slow jams, both about the happy sides of love and the sadder sides. With artists ranging from DeBarge to Taylor Dayne, covering most of the 80s and a bit of the 90s; this playlist inspires and gives me constant romantic vibes, painting very vivid pictures that make it easy for words to flow from my mind, to my pen, to paper.

I hope that you give it a listen, and I hope that you enjoy as much as I do.