Thursday, April 27, 2017

Song of the Day - Missing You - Diana Ross

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The year was 1984, and on April 1st Motown legend Marvin Gaye had been murdered by his own father during an altercation at his home in California.  Lionel Richie soon penned a song for Diana to sing in honor of her friend with whom she shared a long and storied friendship.  The song appeared on Ross' album Swept Away and was one of her many top ten hits, and a great one at that.  Check out the beautiful Missing You...




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Song of the Day - Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) - Diana Ross

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This piece from a 1979 Las Vegas show exemplifies just what I love, and what I've always loved, about Diana Ross.  I can't count how many times I've watched this show, and this scene is my absolute favorite.  When she closed the show with this, her signature song, the other night, this very portion of her Vegas show came into my head.  I know it's a little long, about 15 minutes, but I promise you it's worth it. I've been smiling for the past 15 minutes and you will too.  Check out Diana Ross performing Reach Out and Touch...




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Song of the Day - Forever Came Today - The Supremes

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Though she didn't perform this particular song last night, Diana Ross did do a whole set of classic Supremes' tunes at her show in NYC.  I wasn't really surprised by it because it wasn't one of their biggest songs.  Still, I love the tune, and my pal Larry, who accompanied me to the concert last night, loves it!  In fact, he turned me on to this particular performance from the Ed Sullivan show circa 1968.  

Back in the day, there was a lot of controversy surrounding Forever Came Today.  Followers of Diana might recall it as being one of her first solo songs.  Mary Wilson, in her memoir Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme, claims she never sang on the tune and it was recorded after Florence Ballard had been fired from the group.  Not a pretty moment in Diana's history, for sure!

Regardless, the tune is classic and the performance even more-so.  Check it out...



Monday, April 24, 2017

Song of the Day - Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross

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Before there was Beyoncé, there was Diana.  Diana Ross was and always will be my very first and very special diva.  I acquired my love of dance music from her, and she's been with me somehow all through my adult life, although she hasn't made anything new for quite some time.  Tonight, for the first time in I don't know how many years, I will be watching her perform in New York City.  I hadn't even known she was out there performing anymore, but when my friend Larry asked for someone to go with I was the first in line.  So I think what I'm gonna do here is celebrate Diana and her vast catalog of music throughout the rest of the week and we'll start with this, her very first solo single, the classic reworking of a classic.  Enjoy Ain't No Mountain High Enough...




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Song of the Day - Selfish - HNDRXX, feat. Rihanna

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Here's a recent discovery that I made on Spotify, which I'm surprised hasn't made its way over to radio.  The tune is a debut single for rapper HNDRX with a little help from superstar Rihanna. The song is vintage RiRi, melancholic and rhythmic all at the same time, and I'm loving it.  Check out Selfish...




Saturday, April 22, 2017

Song of the Day - Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

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Oh man, The Chainsmokers are simply on fire these days.  With a new album and a seemingly endless presence on the charts over the past few months, these guys are surely one of the top musical acts today!  Here's their latest, along with supergroup Coldplay, on a tender yet dancey new jam...


Friday, April 21, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - S.O.S. - ABBA


Some of my chaperone buddies and I are still in an ABBA state of mind after visiting their museum in Stockholm on Monday.  I know I've been singing them in my head all week and I just got a text that my pal Audrey's alarm went off this morning to Take a Chance On Me.  Here's one of my favorite ABBA songs, the sweet and uplifting S.O.S...




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Song of the Day - Waterloo - ABBA

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I am back!  Well, after a great 12 days in Europe, we all returned late last night and it is straight back to business.  One of the funnest things i got to do over there was a visit to the ABBA Museum in Stockholm just this past Monday. Never in a million years did I think I would ever go there, and so while I was there I was in 7th Heaven.  More about that on John's World soon enough, but for now I think I'll be posting some of their tunes over the next week or so because I just can't get them out of my head, lol.  Here's the one that started it all for them, the song for which they won the Eurovision Song contest back in 1974. Check out Waterloo... 



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Song of the Day - Indestructible - Robyn

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Well this is it!  I am headed out to Europe this evening, visiting London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Stockholm over the next twelve days, so you'll have to do without Songs of the Day for that time.  Can ya handle it?  Lol,  Anyway, Stockholm...I just knew I was going to save my favorite Swede for last and here's one of her best...




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Song of the Day - Scheibe - Lady Gaga

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I don't speak German, but I can if you like...

I never thought in a million years that I'd ever go to Germany, but in a week or so I will be in Hamburg.  There are a few 'German' songs I could have posted...99 Luftballoons, Der Komisar, etc., but I decided on this masterful piece of German gibberish from Lady Gaga's last great album.  Check out Scheibe...




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Song of the Day - One Thing - One Direction

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London, England.  That's where I will be come Friday.  I can't wait!  Anyway, as for a song representing the good ole U.K., here's another short-lived boy band that was really hot just a couple of years ago.  I was listening to that same Current Faves playlist I've been talking about lately, and me n my pal Kyle couldn't help but sing along to this sugary pop tune.  Eh, what can I say?  It's fun!




Monday, April 3, 2017

Song of the Day - Let's Get French - Coco McQueen


I'm off to Europe this Thursday for 12 days with my school, and so you can expect some Euro-themed music for the next four days.  First up is a recent release that I found on Spotify...it's pure Euro pop/dance music, catchy and very, well, French.  Although I won't be visiting France this time round, it's still Europe, so check out Let's Get French...



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Song of the Day - Next to Me - Emeli Sandé


This is my favorite picture I have of my father.  After he passed away back in 2009, we found this painting in the back of his clothes closet and I just thought it was such a beautiful painting of he and his mother, my grandmother.  His face never changed over the years and she, well she was such a beauty herself.  Today would have been my dad's 76th birthday, and so here's a song just for him...




Saturday, April 1, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Spark the Fire - Gwen Stefani

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Finishing up this week of Current Faves is probably one of Gwen Stefani's worst performing songs. Spark the Fire came out in 2014 and was billed as part of Stefani's comeback, along with the more dramatic and serious Baby Don't Lie, after a long hiatus from making music.  Well, the song didn't fare well at all, barely cracking any charts anywhere, but hey, I like it.  It's kind of silly, but very reminiscent of some of her older stuff, especially Hollaback Girl.  So check out the fun Spark the Fire...



Thursday, March 30, 2017

Song of the Day - Somebody Loves You - Betty Who

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Okay, so who remembers this one from 2012?  It's hard to believe that it's been five years since this was out.  Back in that day, there was an adorable viral video which I had posted of a flash mob dancing it up to this song at a same sex, surprise wedding proposal at a Home Depot.  In fact, that video was what got me to like this song in the first place.  With or without that vid, though, Betty Who's Somebody Loves You is a monumentally cute song.  So press play below, check it out and go on out and have a great Thursday...



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Dancing In the Dark - Dev & The Cataracs

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Here's a sexy late night club tune from 2011 and my Current Faves playlist.  This one reminds me of the late, great Splash club in NYC.  Oh the good ole days...





Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Song of the Day - Dumb For You - Hoodie Allen

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I've got this playlist on my iPod.  It's called Current Faves.  I know I organize my music in a way that probably no one else does, but anyway my main playlist I call Current.  It's where I put my most, you got it, current music discoveries.  Every once in awhile, though, I need to clean out that folder, and so for those one or two hit wonders that I don't want to get lost somewhere, I pop em into the Current Faves.  That way I get to hear them every once in awhile, because, well, they're always worth more listens.  So I'll be posting songs from this playlist all week long, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, off to today's jam... 

Hoodie Allen's Dumb For You is one of those such songs.  It came out three years ago and I loved it from the first time I heard it.  It's kind of a white boy, smooth kinda bop your head and sing along rap song.  It's really catchy and if you haven't heard it before, check it out...




Monday, March 27, 2017

Song of the Day - Lonely Boy - The Black Keys

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Happy Monday everybody!  Here's some good old fashioned rock n roll to start your week. Definitely one of my all time favorites of The Black Keys.  Great, jamming tune.  Enjoy!




Sunday, March 26, 2017

Song of the Day - TGFM - Zara Larsson

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Oh those Swedes!  From ABBA to Robyn, September and more, these folks know how to make great pop songs, and in English, no less!  Zara Larsson's TGFM is a sweet sounding, pop gem that's about as natural a pop ballad as it can get..  Check out TGFM...



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Song of the Day - Party In My Head - September

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I said the other day, when I posted September's Resuscitate Me, that I'd been listening a lot to her Love CPR CD and I would be posting another tune from the record.  Well, here it is. Party In My Head is the lead song to the album and it's a nice, happy, dancey, pop tune.  Check it out and enjoy...



Friday, March 24, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Let's Get Loud - Jennifer Lopez

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Friday is here, finally, and I think it's about time to get the party started.  Here's one of my all time favorite party tunes, of which J-Lo has quite a few.  Check out Let's Get Loud...



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Song of the Day - London - Maty Noyes

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In exactly two weeks from today, I will be flying to London for the first time in my life.  I was planning on saving this song for just before my trip, but in light of what happened yesterday, I thought it more appropriate to post it today.  Admittedly, what happened in London yesterday has me somewhat apprehensive about this trip that's been long in the making, but I need to approach this like I approach anything else in my life.  That is, I can't go around life being scared to live, and neither should anyone else,  Should this trip be cancelled because of the attack yesterday, I wouldn't be crushed, but if it is not (its a school trip), I will go!

I first came across singer Maty Noyes on Kygo's  wonderful Stay.  I love that song and I love her voice.  So when I saw that she had come out with a song on her own, I checked it out...and I love this one, too!  So please check out the catchy, dramatic, London...




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Took the Night - Chelley

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Here's one of those classic, bassline-thumping, sexually charged late night dance floor fillers from back in 2009.  It's a perfect song for your Hump Day... 



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Song of the Day - Blood In the Cut - K. Flay

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Who is this K. Flay chick?  Modern-day Alannis?  Nah, she's K. Flay, a 19 year-old rapper/alternative rocker whose tune Blood In the Cut caught my ear the very first time I heard it.  Caution, explicit lyrics ahead.  Check it out...




Monday, March 20, 2017

Song of the Day - Resuscitate Me - September

I need love CPR

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Here's an oldie, but a really good goodie.  It was just a few years ago that I discovered a Swedish recording artist named September. The year was 2010 and the album, chock full of pop/dance gems, was called Love CPR.  In fact, I've been listening to the record the past couple of days and there's one more I may just post this week.  So good!  Anyhow, check out Resuscitate Me...




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Song of the Day - Good Day - Yellow Claw, feat. DJ Snake & Elliphant

It was a good day, oh what a good day
That day you broke my heart
I loved you way too hard
And now I'm free

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Dutch duo Yellow Claw have teamed up with DJ Snake and Elliphant to create this wonderfully nice, wonderfully soothing dance tune.  Billboard says it's dripping with sunshine with tinges of 80's new wave that lead into sweet dynamic drop, and yeah, I agree.  Check out Good Day...  




Saturday, March 18, 2017

Song of the Day - Sùbeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias, feat. Descemer, Bueno, Zion & Lennox

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Here's a fun new, Spanish language jam from Enrique Iglesias and company.  It's of the reggaeton persuasion, and like Don Omar's Danza Kuduro, it's got that huge crossover feel.  My students have been singing it all week in class, and every time they do, I follow suit.  Check out Sùbeme La Radio (Turn Up the Radio)...



Friday, March 17, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Fat Boy - Max-A-Million

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Here's a reggae flavored jam I haven't heard in a long, long time.  It comes from a time when seemingly all music was great...the 1990's.  Max-A-Million had several hits in the mid-90's, all reggae-ish and all good, including remakes of Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing and S.O.S.'s Take Your Time, and of course this one, my favorite.  Check out the fun Fat Boy...




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Song of the Day - 2 Lovin' U - DJ Premier & Miguel

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Here's another newly downloaded song I am loving!  It's kind of got an alternative rock feel, though it is definitely a dance tune.  I love the different "damn's" in the background at the chorus.  Fun tune! Check out 2 Lovin' U...




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Song of the Day - Breathing Underwater (Live) - Emeli Sandé

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I've been listening to this song a lot yesterday (it literally gives me goosebumps!), and since today's "blizzard" has turned out so far to be a lot of water in the form of rain, I thought it appropriate to post it today.  Enjoy!



Monday, March 13, 2017

Song of the Day - Like I Used To - The Romantic Era

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Such great songs go by the wayside without ever being given a chance way too often, and it's one of the reasons I keep this blog.  The Romantic Era's Like I Used To is one of those songs that so deserves airplay.  There is virtually nothing to be found online about this rock/dance ballad, so I can't tell you much, except that it's one song of many that I've downloaded within the last couple of weeks and it's quickly become a favorite.  The tune is done as a duet between a male and a female singer, the verses are tender and the dance-ish musical bridges between them are just so catchy.  Check out Like I Used To...   




Sunday, March 12, 2017

Song of the Day - Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man

Ooh, I'm a rebel just for kicks now
I've been feelin' it since 1986 now...

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I've been waiting to post this song for about a week now. It's a tune I loved the very first time I heard it, and if you're a fan of finger-snapping, fun-loving funk, then you're going to love it too!  Think Fatboy Slim meets Bruno Mars.  Check out Feel It Still...



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Song of the Day - Waterfall - Stargate, featuring Sia & P!nk

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Around 11 in the morning yesterday, my pal and fellow music lover Eddie texted me.  

P!nk and Sia on the same song!

He's seen the tune on Spotify, which means I had to wait till I got home to take a listen.  What a pleasant surprise!  I had had no idea these two, two of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time, had been working together.  Stargate, a production team out of Norway known for their work with such big time artists as Rihanna, Beyoncé and Coldplay, wrote and produced this head-bopping gem from the two superstars.  Check it out...



Friday, March 10, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - I Know There's Something Going On - Frida

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Ooh, this song!  ABBA! Anni-Frid...Frida!  1982.  All of the ingredients to this rare, solo song by one fourth of the superstar quartet mixed in together make for one stellar tune that I can never seem to change when it comes on the radio or my iPod or whatever.  Love, love, love...




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Song of the Day - Stay - Zedd, featuring Alessia Cara

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Here's a HOT new song by EDM producer Zedd with the powerful-voiced young Canadian Alessia Cara.  From what I know, this is Cara's first foray into dance music and it works...it definitely works! Check out Stay...




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Song of the Day - Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix) - Starley

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I first posted this song by Aussie singer Starley back in November and in the weeks since it's become pretty darned popular, having gone platinum and reaching #82 (so far!) on Billboard's Hot 100. When I posted it the first time, it had just been re-released (it originally came out in July of last year), and I was loving it for its positive message and nice, inspirational, dancey feel.  I'm so glad it caught on. Check out Call On Me...




Monday, March 6, 2017

Song of the Day - Wave Your Flag - Afrojack, feat. uis Fonsi

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Downloaded lots of great new music yesterday, including this summery jam from Afrojack and Luis Fonsi.  This one definitely gets my summer juices flowing...it is coming!  Check out Wave Your Flag...




Sunday, March 5, 2017

Song of the Day - Till I Found You - Josef Salvat

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Josef Salvat is an Australian singer/songwriter who my friend Sonny turned me onto a few months ago.  The very reason he came up in conversation in the first place was the mention of fellow Aussie crooner Troye Sivan.  It was one of those, well if you like Troye Sivan, then you'll certainly like...  And it's true!  Though it took me awhile to remember to download Salvat's debut album, Night Swim, it didn't take me as long to warm up to the majority of tunes on the album.  Salvat's voice is similar to Sivan's, though not as rich, and the tunes are mostly ballads, so if you enjoy the softer side of music then you'll love this..



Saturday, March 4, 2017

Song of the Day - Trouble - The Knocks

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Here's a recent discovery for your Saturday.  The Knocks' Trouble is an easy breezy type of chill/dance tune that is very easy on the ears.  Check it out...



Friday, March 3, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Just Give Me a Reason - P!nk, Nate Ruess

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Oh, it's been way too long since The Truth About Love!  Perhaps now that Ms. P!nk has her new baby boy, Jameson, she will move forward with a new one.  I know that many of us are wanting it sooooo bad!  Any-who, here's one of the best from Truth...



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Song of the Day - Alive Again - September, feat. Steinar

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Every once in awhile, while looking for new music, I accidentally download a song I didn't intend to, and every once in awhile, that song becomes a favorite.  The tune Alive Again, by September, is one of those songs.  This one's got the feel of a rock ballad set to a dance track, and it works, not to mention the sweet lyrics.  Check it out...




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Song of the Day - It AIn't Me - Kygo, with Selena Gomez

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Here's a hot new tune for your Hump Day, this first day of March.  It's Norwegian deejay/producer Kygo in a much anticipated collaboration with one Selena Gomez, who is sounding very mature in this sweet, melodic track.  Check out It Ain't Me... 




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Song of the Day - Chris Brownin' - Hide

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Today's song is probably one of the most obscure tunes I've ever posted.  There's really not much to find on the Internet about it, except for several YouTube videos posted by various users.  Heck, I couldn't even find a picture for the cover!  Despite the strange name for the song, it has such a cool, mellow vibe that definitely makes you feel like summer, and now that it's on the horizon, why not take a listen to the sweet summer sounds of Chris Brownin'...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Song of the Day - Rockabye - Clean Bandit, with Anne Marie & Sean Paul

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I think I have a new favorite song!  Heard this one over the weekend and found out that Brit group Clean Bandit is not a one hit wonder.  You should know them from their 2014 mega-smash Rather Be, and after learning this one I am definitely going to check out some of their other stuff.  Rockabye is a fast-mover with a strong lead vocal and a hint of island sounds featuring reggae superstar Sean Paul.  This one is definitely a winner! 




Sunday, February 26, 2017

Song of the Day - Push It - Salt n Pepa

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We have a late entry song today, and with good reason.  You see, I've been away for a few days...Philadelphia, and I heard this hot throwback at the popular Woody's.  Even the kiddies were jamming!   



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Song of the Day - Games Continued - Bakermat & Goldfish, feat. Marie Plassard

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I totally love chill tunes with sweet dance vibes, and that's exactly what this song is.  Bakermat & Goldfish's Games Continued, to me, has got all of the necessary ingredients to a great chill/dance tune.  Check it out...