Duets: The G.O.A.T

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Let’s not waste space describing why Mr. Gaye is the greatest duet-ist of all time. Let the music speak for itself.

Teach Me Tonight (Kim Weston)/Memory Chest (Tammi Terrell)/After the Lights Go Down Low (Mary Wells)/When Love Comes Knocking at My Heart (Tammi Terrell)/I’m Your Puppet (Tammi Terrell)/It’s Got to Be a Miracle (Kim Weston)/Stop, Look, Listen (Diana Ross)/If I Could Build My Whole World Around You( Tammi Terrell)/Just Squeeze (Don’t Tease)(Mary Wells)/Two Can Have a Party (Tammi Terrell)/My Mistake (Kim Weston)/You Are Everything (Diana Ross)/Once Upon a Time (Mary Wells)/When We’re Together (Kim Weston)/Your Precious Love (Tammi Terrell)


Duets: New School

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Entry #3 in our February Duets series. We travel forward to listen to the “new soul” singers tell us everything we already know about love. The themes are the same, however, these artists put a fresh spin on the all the ways love in the modern era is just like love in the old school era: hopeful, heartbreaking, refreshing, confusing, fun, sexy and necessary.

Stay for a While (Angie Stone f Anthony Hamilton)/Last Night (A. Hamilton f Sunshine Anderson & Dolo Pichino)/Words (A. David f India Arie)/Sometimes I Wonder (Darius Rucker f Jill Scott)/Take It (Eric Benet f Chrisette Michele)/To Love Again (Gordon Chambers f Ledisi)/One Time (E. Roberson & Jill Scott)/If We Were Alone (Keite Young f N’Dambi)/Loveable (K. Lattimore & Chante Moore)/ Mr. Incredible Ms. Unforgettable (Raheem Devaughn f Leela James)/Watching You (Avani & Rahsaan Patterson)/Something to Behold (Foreign Exchange f Munsinah)/So Love (Kindred the Family Soul)

Duets: New School to Old School

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I’ve Changed (K. Cole & Jaheim)/If She Breaks Your Heart (Foreign Exchange f/ Zo! & YahZarah)/Stay Together (Ledisi f/Jaheim)/Meant to Be (Kindred the Family Soul)/Close the Door (Kenny Latimore & Chante Moore)/Alone (Mary J. Blige f/ Dave Young)/Dealing (Eric Roberson f. Lalah Hathaway)/My First Love (Angela Winbush & Rene Moore)/Is It Still Good to Ya (Ashford & Simpson)/What Kind of Fool (Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb)/Without Us (Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams)/It’s All in the Game (George Clinton f/ Belita Woods)/Hope that We Can Be Together Soon(Harold Melvin f/ Sharon Paige)/ This Must be Heaven (Lamont Johnson)

Duets: The Series

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It might mean something that both the celebration of LOVE and Black History coincide in the shortest month of the year. A better writer and a deeper thinker can correlate the spiritual meaning behind why that happened. My response is to continue my theme set forth in my Cupid’s Hunt 2017 and close February with a series of DUET themed podcasts celebrating R&B’s heritage of soul togetherness as shared between two incredible singers. Often celebratory, sometimes mournful, at other times questioning, these are just poems set to rhythms drawing us back to each other.

There are 1000 cliches about love, a million if you try to look them up on Google. Probably 99% are true in some fashion. Still, the most important one is this: We all need LOVE. Black folk especially need LOVE to soothe, deliver, protect and redeem us from the bruising and brutal battles we fight everyday to live, survive and thrive with respect and dignity. So February is an incredible month for us- the convergence of the strongest, most powerful emotion known to humans, colliding with the opportunity to recognize and celebrate our accomplishments, accomplishments that are achieved in spite of just as much as because of. I hope these series puts (in the words of the great band Con-Funk-Shun) put LOVE on your mind. Love among family, friends, lovers and the entire beloved community. It hope hearing these singers try to work out what love is- or ain’t- reminds you how hard you gotta work to let love in- or let love go. I hope it makes you question and gives you answers. Togetherness is the goal.

Peace & Blessings

Cupid’s Hunt 2017: The Tenth Anniversary Special


cupid hunt vintage artwork.jpgAs always, I am honored by an invite to the musical love fest known as Cupid’s Hunt. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Mr. Grundy’s open source rhythmic orgy, I’m serving up two episodes. Duets is 2017’s theme. We need each other and each others’ love right now, TODAY, more than ever. Solo play is necessary, fun and easier to clean up. However, these are tryin’ times and we need to be with our tribe- be they family, friends, lovers or others. Grab a partner and in the words of Jim Gilstrap, “Swing Your Daddy”.

Cupid’s Hunt 2017 Duets: The A Side

I Knew You Were Waiting (Aretha Franklin & George Michael)/Saturday Love (Cherrelle & Alex. O’Neal)/I Can’t Complain (Freddie Jackson & Melba Moore)/Take Me, I’m Yours (Michael Henderson & Phyllis Hyman)/I Don’t Do Duets (Patti LaBelle & Gladys Knight)/All I Want is Forever (JT Taylor & Regina Belle)/Two Hearts (Stephanie Mills & Teddy Pendergrass)/Street Corner (Ashford & Simpson)/Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams)We Both Need Each (Norman Connors & Phyllis Hyman), Then Came You (The Spinners)/Islands in the Stream (Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers)/The Girl is Mine (Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney)

Cupid’s Hunt 2017 Duets: The B Side

Weakness (Stevie Wonder & Dionne Warwick)/Guilty (Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb)/Love All the Hurt Away (Aretha Franklin & George Benson)/Friends and Lovers (Carl Anderson)/What About Me (Kenny Rogers, James Ingram & Kim Carnes)/One More for the Lonely Hearts Club (David Ruffin & Eddie Kendrick)/Be Real Black for Me (Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway)/I Who Have Nothing (Luther Vandross and Martha Wash)/How Do You Keep the Music Playing (James Ingram and Patti Austin)/Mathematics of Love (George Clinton & Kim Burrell)/Hold Me (Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston)/The Last Time I Made Love (Jeffery Osborne and Joyce Kennedy)/Tonight (Kem and Marissa Rose)/Send It (Ashford & Simpson)


Please check out the supremely talented music bloggers participating in Cupid’s Hunt over at http://www.cupidshunt.com

Cupids Hunt 2016

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When Loves=Goodbye

You Don’t Love Me (Angie Stone)/Meantime (Conya Doss)/When I Wake Up (Jill Scott)/On My Own (Jimetta Rose)/Broke My Heart (N’Dambi)/Storm Warning (Hilary James)/It Doesn’t Matter (Eva Cassidy)/Never Be Mine (Kate Bush)/One Less Bell to Answer (Gladys Knight & the Pips)/Good Morning Heartache (Natalie Cole)/Now I’m a Woman (Nancy Wilson)/ It Hurts Like Hell (Aretha Franklin)/Vanishing (Mariah Carey)/Vocalise-End of the Line (Lizz Wright)/So Hard to Let Go (Najee)/Love is a Losing Game (Kirk Whalum)/ You’re Not the Man (Sade)/Goodbye (Hil St. Soul)

Cupid’s Hunt 2015

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CupidsHunt8_LogoA tribute to the torch songs of the incomparable Phyllis Hyman & Teena Marie

Phylls Hyman-Baby(I’m Gonna Love You), First Time Together

Teena Marie-Irons in the Fire

Phyllis Hyman-Living All Alone, When I Give My Love (This Time

Teena Marie-I’m Gonna Have My Cake and Eat It Too

Phyllis Hyman-You Just Don’t Know

Teena Marie-Love Me Down Easy

Phyllis Hyman-No One Can Love You More

Teena Marie-Deja Vu, Shangri-La, Young Love

Phyllis Hyman-Love is Here f. Pharoah Saunders

Teena Marie-Cassanova Brown

Phyllis Hyman-Meet Me on the Moon

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