Entry 27: February 27, 2019

My Soundtrack

As a part of working on this blog, I have been using different strategies to get myself thinking and reflecting. One of the tools I have been using is my IPod on the way to work and back.  Most people’s playlist says a lot about them. Mine does too; it just seems to belong to four different people. What it also reflects is the different kinds of crowds I have run with.

Normally, I pick my playlist according to my mood. I have folders that separate accordingly (Rock, R&B, Reggae, Jazz, and a couple of lists that could be titled Shake dat ass 1,2 &3). This month, I chose to play my complete list in alphabetical order – I have enough music that I can go at least a week without repeating a song. The only music I skipped routinely was my Christmas stuff.

The thing about music is that for me, with few exceptions, it flashes me back to the time when I first fell in love with the tune.  As I explained earlier, my life has been such that I have attended to different parts of my identity at different times. As such, a person could be forgiven for thinking my playlist was made up by different people.

No credible DJ would ever put together such a playlist. For this month however, it has been great. Each weird mix acted as a jolt, and brought my attention to what I was listening to, allowing me to focus into a time period in my life.

Rather than tell you anymore, here was today’s playlist.

On the way to work:

Melissa Etheredge – No Souvenirs

Oliver Jones and Skip Bey – Old Folks

Erykah Badu – On and On

Oscar Peterson –The Street Where You Live

Drake – One Dance

Audrey Hall – One Dance

Oliver Jones – Our Love is Here to Stay

Classified – Payday

Arrested Development – People Everyday

Etana – People Talk

Omarion – Post to Be

Nelly Furtado –Powerless (Say what you want)

Oscar Peterson –Prelude to a Kiss

India Arie – Private Party

Ashanti –Rain on Me

Empire Cast –Ready to Go

Eddie Murphy (with Snoop Lion)– Red Light

Bruce Cockburn – Ribbon of Darkness (I am a diehard Gordon Lightfoot fan)

The Doors – Riders on the Storm ( had to fast forward – too dark of morning)

Genesis – Ripples

Andra Day –Rise Up

Ibeyi – River

Lorde- Royals

Rihanna-Rude Boy

Macklemore&Ryan Lewis – Same Love

Cannonball Adderly &Nancy Wilson – Save Your Love for Me

Michelle Wiliams – Say Yes

On the way home:

Simon and Garfunkel – Scarborough Fair

Little mix – See Me Now

Kreesha Turner – Sexy Gal

Jill Scott – Shame

Ne-Yo with Jamie Foxx – She Got Her Own

Tarrus Riley – She’s Royal

Soweto Gospel Choir – Shosholoza (S.A. National anthem after apartheid)

Danity Kane – Showstopper

Sanchez – Sip my Chalice

Pink – So What

Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill

Fun.-Some Nights

Oliver Jones and Skip Bey – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Horace Silver – Song for my Father

KMC – Soul on Fire

Jennifer Hudson Spotlight

Cassandra Wilson – Strange Fruit

Stix – Suite Madame Blue

Eva Cassady – Summertime

Karl Wolf – Summertime

John Denver – Sunshine on my Shoulders

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