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I could be wrong but, in my circles (at least) when the seasoned folk talk about Rose Royce, the first thing that pops into their heads is a song called “Car Wash.” I think that’s largely because of the hit movie that’s associated with the song. However, on that same album, Rose Royce had a TON of hits. One of my top favorites from the soundtrack is called “I Wanna Get Next To You!” You can’t find a song more romantic than this one. I mean, this would be a nice song to be played at any wedding (I think). This was one of many Black baby making music that came out of my generation.
Well, I couldn’t believe I got myself in trouble on Reddit for announcing that iTunes is Gone! They’ve downvoted the shit out of me! LOLOLOL. For real, I realized that many who downloaded me live in the past. Just because your iTunes still works in your old Windows Vista, doesn’t mean iTunes is still supported. I am a Windows PC user, and I’ve discovered that Apple has dropped their MAC version of iTunes software more than 2 years ago. So, anyone who is using Windows 11 and above, iTunes no longer works!
I don’t believe in telling people what to do. However, this is an exception…. I know that for some people may not have the finances to get a new computer, but AT LEAST try to upgrade your operating system! I think people may not realize that people running very old or unsupported operating systems makes you vulnerable to hacks, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU USE WI-FI! So, while you’re making fun of someone dropping real knowledge, you’re the one who’s clueless!
I will miss iTunes, as I still believe it was the best music organizer ever! However, it also proves what I have been saying off and on (all over my blog), and that is, absolutely no one is buying music anymore!! Although Apple has a “preview” version of AM, it’s still buggy, and it’s been buggy for a long time (at least for me as a Windows 11 user). It’s possible it’s been that way for so long because (I’m guessing most people use the mobile version of Apple Music). I’ve discovered an AM player called CIDER. Cider is still in its developmental stage, but so far I really like it. The company states that it’s mission is to eventually work with all major streaming services, and will allow us to have everything under a single app. Check it out.
If someone where to ask me, “what is my favorite Anita Baker song, I’d have to say all of them! This is one of those rare situations where I wouldn’t even bother making a playlist, because I’d end up adding all of her entire albums on it. Rarely has there been any artist I’ve been exposed to, that caused me to love their music THAT much! However, the other part is (and I’m sure my older readers would agree), music from the 60s all the way up to the 80s where just better. Period! No arguments! And that includes RAP! Anywayz… If I had to pick an ultimate Anita song, it would be “No One In The World.” This was from her first or second album called “Rapture.” Each time I listen to this song, it literally pulls me into a time warp. There wasn’t a single person I came in contact with that didn’t like Anita Baker. She was indeed the bomb!
Wow! I just realized it’s been a minute since I’ve shared a playlist with you guys. I think you’ll like this one. This playlist includes Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me (which was my late grandfather’s favorite),” Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl (we don’t hear radio play that song anymore),” and Dusty Springfield’s “Son Of A Preacher Man.” Click to find out the other 27 classic songs are on this playlist! Enjoy!!
I think it’s pretty safe to say that my average visitors are not old enough to know half of what I post. But, let me tell you this was my jam growing up. I think Nolan Thomas was a “One Hit Wonder.” I don’t recall hearing any other hits after this one. The video is cute too. This tells the story of what music was like in the 80s. Probably my most favorite era, in terms of musical fun. Check it out!!
I’ve been reading a number of interesting articles lately, about a subject matter that I never thought I’d be reading. That is ad supported freemium services actually being more profitable than “for pay” music streaming subscription services. As crazy as it may sound, this makes a lot of sense. Yet, it shouldn’t be surprising at all. This not only proves, but illustrates that the new generation of music consumers (most anyway), does not feel beholden or obligated to any record label to buy music anymore. I was shocked to find out that even Tidal decided to offer its members a freemium tare.
This could explain why I’ve been seeing more commercial breaks while streaming music.
This is a very unusual situation where, the final nail in the coffin, the realization streaming companies had, the greed of the industry has caused music fans to see no value in buying music. I’m sure the economy bares some relevance as well. What’s so unusual about this situation is that if it were not for the internet being structured the way it is today, a significant amount of the music industry would have died. I’m sure music would have continued, but, we would not be able to access old music, and there is no doubt that many people would have once again be forced to piracy.
I thought it would be a great idea to share interesting live streaming stations. Depending on your taste in music, it can be pretty difficult to find stations that have the type of music you like. There are literally several hundred thousand internet radio stations, not including services such as SiriusXM radio or Live365. Perhaps it’s just easier to learn new music from your friends, or just let your favorite app just pick songs for you in a playlist. But, as I’ve said before, it a good idea to use different sources and streaming services, as each one has different algorithms that help you to find/explore new music based on your listening habits. Checkout this station called “The Seagull.” They play mostly classic rock. Enjoy.
You know, I couldn’t think of anything that hasn’t been already said about the late Tina Turner already. So rather than regurgitating the same stuff that was already written by millions of other bloggers, I decided to through in another piece of art I did that wasn’t posted on social media yet. Enjoy.
Ok. to be honest, I really don’t listen to any of Miley Cyrus music. Come to think of it, I really don’t listen to her father’s (Billy Ray Cyrus) either. However, this new song she’s got called “Flowers,” has a pretty catchy tune. It’s right now ranked at #2, on the Billboard Top 100 charts. Not really a “dance song,” but the beat is enough to at least make your head bop up and down. Check it out, it’s a cute song.
Ok, I guess I’m slightly late with this one. But, better late than never. Luke Combs is positioned at #9 with his new cover of an old song, originally written and performed by the legendary Tracy Chapman in 1987. The song is called Fast Car. This is a beautifully written song, yet a simple enough melody that just about every person I heard cover this song has done well performing it. This song was considered R&B, and I was just amazed on how just a slight change of a few cords tuned this cover into a beautiful country song.
After watching Rick James documentary a couple of days ago, I was inspired to share one of my favorite forgotten songs by one of Jame’s proteges; The Mary Jane Girls! Their song was called “In My House.” This song was the jam back in the day. A lot of people didn’t think they were gonna last. They were thought of as a novelty rather than a group with true latent. They can really sing! And if you don’t think so, check out another old song called “You’re My Heaven.”
On Billboard Hot 100 Chart, “Calm Down,” by Rema & Selena Gomez is at the #5th position. Now, I’m not sure if this song ever hit number one, but I do know that I’ve heard it played in my neighborhood at least about two months prior. This song has has a mixture of both African and Brazilian sounds. It’s a very catchy tune, and the rhythm is slow enough that people of all ages can dance and move their bodies too. It’s rare that I like music from artists this young. However, I think this song will satisfy people accross many generations. Take a listen!
I just wanted to quickly share something with you I couldn’t foresee until now (in regards to both streaming and the music charts. As I’ve explained in a previous article I’ve written called “The Death Of Genres” (I think unless you’re a heavy user of various streaming services, it may be kind of difficult to understand where I’m coming from); I talked about the over reliance of algorithms could make it impossible to zero in on the genres we’re in the mood to listen to at a particular moment in time. But there appears to be a new benefit I wasn’t seeing. OK.. Allow me to go into deeper detail here.
Shazam (music discovery app) just may be the one piece of technology that can bring our classics back to the surface!
So, in the same article link above, I’ve also explained how different music sites will have different song rankings according to the service you use. Be it Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, etc, etc. However, there is one service that should be in its own category. That service is Shazam. Technically Shazam isn’t a music service, in the same way Spotify and iTunes are. However, Shazam does keep track of the music you discover while you’re out and about. Why this is a huge difference? Well, I didn’t realize that songs such as “The Logical Song,” by Supertramp was released in 1979, yet, it is in the number 6th top position on Shazam for my local area. This is truly amazing! Classic music can literally start to recirculate organically! Now, again, results change depending on how you have your settings setup on Shazam, but this is super awesome! Another song is “Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder, which ranked #7. But, I know this ranked high locally because it was Stevie’s birthday not too long ago. Therefor it triggered a lot of Stevie fans to Shazam his music 💚💚
Are you still asking this of your “friends,” and relatives? As a music collector and musicophile, the one thing I don’t miss from back in the day, is being incredibly annoyed by friends and family asking to “borrow your record to make a copy.” Now, you know that the word “borrow,” was actually code for saying “can I have it?” Whether that family member or friend had the money to buy that same album or not, you know that there was an eighty percent chance you’ll never see that record again. EVER! 🤣 If you did get your record back, it is almost guaranteed that 90% of the time you will not get it back in the same condition it was given. Sometimes you’ve waited so long to get your album back, that some people even try to tell you that you gave that “friend” in already faulty condition.
When I was growing up, very few respected your personal belongings enough give back your stuff in mint condition. But in the age of music streaming, these issues practically don’t exist anymore! Unless of course, you still have people in your surroundings who refuse to learn computers, and they’re still awkwardly asking you to make them a “mixed tape.” Man………. I’ve been using streaming for so long, I don’t even remember how to burn a CD. In fact, I don’t even see my local stores sell blank DVDs or BluRays anymore. 🤣 OMG!!
Yet, at the same time how strange and interesting that when we hear those pops and crackles from our favorite mishandled records, they somehow appear to enhance that emotional and sometimes psychological nostalgia. In fact, there were times that I actually preferred it. It’s also though the pops triggers something in my brain to instantly go back in time as I listen to those albums.
You know, I’m very happy that Ed Sheeran won his court battle. It seems that the Marvin Gaye estate has a habit of waiting until a song becomes really popular to accuse someone of alleged “copyright infringement.” Too bad Robin Thicke wasn’t so lucky. That goes to show you, despite the fact that technically no one is really buying music anymore as a result of streaming, yet, there is now enough money within music streaming to now make money buy accusing others of copyright infringement. It’s impossible in the age of streaming, not to hear a song that sounds like someone else. You really need concrete proof, other than “his song sounds like mine.” Don’t get me wrong, I understand the music business is a dirty business. But, someone who has no relation to each other, or who have never even cross paths with each other, should not be made a target for accusations. Hopefully Sheeran’s court case would make someone think twice about trying to make money from an artist by lying.
I just heard this song on internet radio today. “Bless You,” by, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas! I love this group, and for the life of me I can’t remember hearing this song growing up. Well, it only speaks to the vastness of talent, that we can’t possibly and humanly hear them all!! Great stuff.
Not to pat myself in the back, but…. I’m really happy that my grandfather exposed me to so many different types of music. There is no doubt that this is why I have a blog today! I have a playlist filled with classic country music! This list contains classic country by the likes of Willie Nelson, John Denver, Randy Travis, and The Judds! Checkout this playlist, Country Classics!!
I have put together a smooth playlist for you. This playlist contains what I call “easy listening, from the soul perspective.” Artists include, my favorite Curtis Harding, a new song from Devon Gilfillian, Al Green, and Mayer Horthorne. I think it’s a nice playlist. I do hope my followers enjoy it. Click on the playlist here –>> Easy Soul.
You’ve got to be pretty up there in age for my followers to remember this song from the legendary Paul Anka, Puppy Love.
Here is a great song by ABBA that we don’t hear too often anymore. The song is called “The Winner Takes It All (1980).” This was one of ABBA’s many hits of the 80s. They’re from Sweden, and became a HUGE sensation in America. In Sweden, their popularity was on the same level as The Beatles!
This song was first performed by a guy named Little Willie John. Now according to one source, Little Willie John’s version of “Fever” was the best selling record of it’s time. However, I feel that the second version, that was song by Peggy Lee was a better version than Willie’s version (in my opinion). Peggy’s version was hip, smooth, and is one of those rare songs that is incredibly mellow, and yet had enough groove that you could easily dance to it.
I think this was the only song I ever liked from Bonnie Tyler! In fact, I think she was a one hit wonder. However, if you never listened to this song before, I recommend looking for the original song on YouTube. The reason being, as she gotten older, in my opinion her voice became harder to listen to. Now she sounds like she’s been smoking 10 packs of cigarettes per day. Yeeeeshhhhhh. It’s A Heartache.