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: 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

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

Funk It Friday Ep. 14

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Urban Mystic-Satisfy

John Legend-Heaven

Lina-Between Us

LSK-Hate or Love

Aloe Blacc-Bailar

Carol C/Nikodmus & Osiris-Mariposa

Erykah Badu-Me

Crossrhodes-Balance

Robert Glasper Experiment f Dwele-Worries

Paola Jean-What’s Going On

Funk It Friday Ep. 13

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Beverley Knight-Every Step

Hil St. Soul-Hanging On

Anthony Hamilton-Woo

Leela James-So Cold

Nathaniel Roberts- Dead on Arrival

Joyo Velarde-Certain Special Way

Sweetback-Love is the Word

Suff Daddy-Feelin Fly f. Mariama

Angie Stone-Get to Know You Better

JR/Mike Phillips-Wonderful & Special

Funk It Friday Ep. 11

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Back from an inexplicable lazy summer.  This blog began with all the enthusiasm only the absolutely naïve can possess: I would blog with courage, discipline and excitement. The music would just appear and followers would just ….follow. I just knew there were tons of folks that wanted to listen to great music supported by good writing.

I’ve failed on every imaginable level. Discipline collapsed after the first few posts and I never caught beyond my hopefulness that I would just be “found”. Despite the Twitter landing spot on my page- I don’t twitter or tweet. Nevertheless, there is some part of me that feels this work still deserves a place in the this space. At work, I listen to so many music podcasts and independent radio shows featuring great music by artists that still believe soul music and R&B are viable, vaunted and respectable music dialogues. So, I’m not quite ready to throw in th towel on my little adventure.

With those thoughts, we’re back for another Funk It Friday session:

Bring It On/Dira; Beautiful, Loved & Blessed/Tamar Davis; I Never Felt Like this Before/Mica Paris; Where Has the Love Gone/Steve Harvey ft. KK; Lost in the Moment/Marcell & the Truth; Bus Stop/Don-e; Mountains/Seek; Smooth My Heart/Cree Summer; Look at Me Now/Morrison Slick; How Sweet Life Is/Angela Johnson f/Julie Dexter

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