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)


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Sunday Slowdown: Ep 8

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The Down Tempo

The set was put together months ago. Yet when I went to play it for a new Sunday Slowdown post, it didn’t move quite right. After a little-a lot!- of tweeking, I came up with a down-tempo/electronica hybrid. As I put it together, I thought again about how R&B purists define “soul music” and as a site designed primarily for R&B fans, I’m not sure how this will go over.

There are sure to be a few recognizable names for those who push themselves to the margins of R&B, and are willingly to embrace a more elastic definition of “soul”. To me, there is something soulful about each track, although I’m under no illusion these artists will ever get “Quiet Storm” play.  It’s another dinner conversation about “soul music”, racial authenticity and who gets to cross/over the velvet ropes into R&B and soul music. In the coming year, I hope to introduce more music that invites a discussion about musical gatekeepers, rhythm signifiers and soul music personas.

In the mid-Atlantic, the weather is warm and the sun is slow to set. Tonight, it’s strictly chilled champagne.


Secret Box (Four Goes)/Ain’t No Sunshine (Emily King)/The First Taste (Fiona Apple)/A Moment with You (George Michael)/Here I Come (Blue Six)/Lover (Sweetback)/My Own Private Sunday (Tuomo)/My Torture (Esthero)/When My Anger Starts to Cry (Beady Belle)/Ghosts (Lewis Taylor)/The Hurting Time (Annie Lennox)/Never Be Mine (Kate Bush)