Cupid’s Hunt 2017: The Tenth Anniversary Special

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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

Sunday Slowdown Ep. 6

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Summer snuck up on me….but Sunday’s feel the same.

It’s a Sunday Slowdown post of the new and old. Culled from the quiet corners of R&B- overlooked compilation albums and album-only cuts from R&B royalty. By any stretch, it’s a reminder that quiet storm R&B invites the best singers into the fold. Along side the warm familiarity of Al Green and Anita Baker, there is Peggi Blu and Ms. Monique, two relatively unknown artists that sound pinch perfect among their companions.  Calvin Brooks’ guitar gives background to Hari Paris vocals while Bobby Womack teams up with saxophonist Wilton Felder in an uncharacteristically beautiful mellow, mellow groove. In between, Angela Winbush, the Pointer Sisters and other artist weave sweet harmonies for a slow summer evening.

It feels good to be back…

Mr. Do Right-Ms. Monique/Good Thing Going On-Jean Carne & Billy Paul/I Need You-Pointer Sisters/Long After Midnight-Peggi Blu/You’re a Special Part of Me-Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams/Sensitive Heart-Angela Winbush/Do Not Disturb-Phil Perry/Forever-Wilton Felder f. Bobby Womack/Just for Me-Al Green/My Favourite Thing-Calvin Brooks f. Hari Paris/Close Your Eyes-Anita Baker