Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Yeah - Usher, feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris

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It's another Hump Day already, and on the other side of this one is the unofficial start of summer.  Oh yeah, Memorial Day is upon us and I just can't wait.  Here's a summer classic that I am sure I'll be hearing and dancing to soon enough.  Yeah!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Song of the Day - Problem - Ariana Grande, feat. Iggy Azalea

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Last night, the world was once again sent into yet another state of shock and disbelief as an apparent terrorist attack occurred at Manchester Arena in the U.K. towards the end of an Ariana Grande concert.  So far, it has been reported that explosions at the site killed 22 people and injured about 59 more.  How horrible!  Are we safe anywhere anymore?  Here's a tune those folks probably enjoyed hearing before the pandemonium broke loose...




Monday, May 22, 2017

Song of the Day - Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld

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Fresh off the heels of her success with the mesmerizingly tender Starving, Hailee Steinfeld is back with yet another pop gem.  Check out Most Girls...




Sunday, May 21, 2017

Song of the Day - I'm the One - DJ Khalid, featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

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Here's a perfect song to fit a perfect day, here in New York anyway.  It's a brand new jam by DJ Khalid and featuring a who's who in today's rap and R&B world.  Check out the smooth, easy breezy I'm the One... 



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Song of the Day - Bon Appétit - Katy Perry, feat. Migos

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Katy Perry is back with a brand new album, Witness, a brand new tour and a brand new video for her latest Bon Appétit.  Like some of Katy's other memorable videos from the past, this one's full of funny moments as our star is being prepared as the main course.  Check out the humorous video for Bon Appétit and look for Witness to make its debut on June 9th.



Friday, May 19, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Beachball - Nalin & Kane

People Get Ready

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Here's a classic chill/dance tune I had once really loved, but had forgotten about.  Such a nice vibe and another reason for loving is it hearkens to that wonderful summer season.  Enjoy!



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Song of the Day - No Vacancy - One Republic

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Here's a brand new tune by pop rockers One Republic.  This one's not off of any album as far as I can see, but it's really nice, a bit reggae inspired and very catchy.  Check it out...




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Swalla - Jason Derulo, feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign

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Jason Derulo has just such a way with words, huh?  Lol.  Well, one of his latest, Swalla, is a perfect song for a Hump Day, of of those highly suggestive and irresistibly hypnotic songs that you can't help but move your body to.  So check it out below, and have a Happy Hump Day! 



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Song of the Day - Waiting On the Summer - VHS Collection

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Okay, so I don't know anything about this song other than the fact that I found it on Spotify and that this is a somewhat newish remix of a song that had been released already some time ago.  I do know that I really really like it, though.  It's a nice, feel-good tune that hearkens, of course, to summer, which is just around the corner.  Enjoy...




Monday, May 15, 2017

Song of the Day - Malibu - Miley Cyrus

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Guess what?  Miley's back, and she's sounding so good on this sweet tune.  The song's been released complete with video, too!  Check out Malibu...



Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Mother's Day Song of the Day - Promise to Try - Madonna

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Happy Mother's Day everyone!  Earlier this week, quite a few of my students reminded me that it was Mother's Day in their countries,  Unlike in the United States, where we tend to move our holidays to weekend days whenever we can, El Dia de las Madres is always on May 10th throughout Central America.  Well, the majority of my students haven't seen their mothers in quite some time, and so this day is always extra special to them.  

I sometimes take for granted that I still have my mom here with me today.  I have several other friends, including my ex, Joe, for whom this day has become a sad one, a time of mourning their mom's who've long since passed.  My mom is 74 years old and as young as a 74 year-old can be.  She works a full time job, which I think helps keep her active and healthy.  

Well I don't get to see my mother that often these days,and just recently she let me know just how she felt about it.  It's a long story, really, but suffice it to say we don't see eye to eye on a lot of things. My relationship with my family, as well as my relationships with my friends, have suffered through this long, long winter of  very little spare time.  

Regardless, my mom is a special person, who did a pretty good job of raising six children practically on her own, and I love her.  So for what it's worth ma, I promise to try and be more visible.  And for all of you other mother's out there, Happy Mother's Day.  Enjoy every moment...



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Song of the Day - S.H.C. - Foster the People

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Just about two weeks ago, alternative rockers Foster the People released three new songs from their upcoming third studio album. This one is my personal favorite of the three.  Check out the rhythmic and pleasant S.H.C....



Friday, May 12, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Expression - Salt n Pepa

You know life, is all about expression
You only live once and you're not coming back
So express yourself

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Happy Friday!  Well, it's been another long week, but the weekend is finally upon us, and so here's an old school jam from three very talented ladies.  It's the classic Expression from Salt n Pepa (Spindarella, too!).  Enjoy!



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Song of the Day - Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson

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I always loved Jennifer Hudson's voice.  So strong, so beautiful!  Here's a brand new song, well to me anyway, from Jennifer that showcases those powerful pipes, with tenderness, catchiness, and a lil gospel thrown in for good measure.  Remember Me was actually released back in March, and it so deserves to be heard, so check it out...






Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Peking Duk (Destructo Mix) - Stranger, feat. Elliphant

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Here's a funky little collaboration between Aussie producers Stranger and Swedish singer Elliphant. The Destructo Mix of the tune has no video to it...sorry for that, but I like it way better than the original.  Anyway, Happy Hump Day and enjoy...



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Song of the Day - Say My Name - Tove Styrke

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I tell ya, those Swedes sure know how to make good music.  Here's a funky tune by yet another Swedish singer named Tove Styrke that reminds me of Jane Zheng's Dust My Shoulders Off.  Check out Say My Name... 




Monday, May 8, 2017

Song of the Day - Paper Love - Allie X

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Here's a new discovery from an LA-based recording artist named Allie X, and I've already dubbed it 'The Whistle Song.'  Just click play below and on top of the multi-faceted sounds coming outta this one, including Allie's sweet sweet voice, you'll know why...





Sunday, May 7, 2017

Song of the Day - First Time - Kygo, feat. Ellie Goulding

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Norwegian deejay/producer Kygo is on fire lately.  Quick on the heels of his current top ten hit, It Ain't Me, with Selena Gomez comes a brand new lovely tune with British songstress Ellie Goulding.  Love this one!  Check it out...  






Saturday, May 6, 2017

Song of the Day - Me Too - Meghan Trainor

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Love!  When this tune first came up in a Spotify playlist, I thought of it as a funky dance jam, not having any idea who was singing it.  Then, when I looked down at the screen and saw it was Meghan Trainor, well, um yeah!  There's a certain uniqueness to her to which this tune certainly falls into. You should definitely check this one out... 




Friday, May 5, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Try Me, I Know We Can Make It - Donna Summer

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During the past week I've reconnected with the late, great Donna Summer.  The so-called 'Queen of Disco' was surely that, but even after the disco died she was still a whole lot more.  I joined Spotify as a premium member last week and I got to revisit some of the great tunes she created after the disco was gone, songs from her eponymous 1982 album, 1980's The Wanderer, and 1989's Another Place and Time.  Great songs, great memories, but today I'm in the mood for some disco Donna, and here's a classic from her 1976 A Love Trilogy.  Check out the sultry, sexy yet somewhat tender Try Me, I Know We Can Make It...




Thursday, May 4, 2017

Song of the Day - Middle of the Night - The Vamps

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I only recently discovered The Vamps a few weeks ago when I came upon this awesome rendition/mash-up of Ed Sheeran's Shape of You with fellow Brit crooner Conor Maynard.   I absolutely love lead singer Brad Simpson's powerful voice on that one and so I decided to check out some more of the boys when I found this one, released just a couple of days ago.  Check out the very catchy and tender pop/rock ballad Middle of the Night...




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Hand Clap - Fitz and the Tantrums

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Today's song was introduced to me by my pal Kyle and I loved it the first time I heard it.  The song is absolutely pulsating, kind of 80's, and so it's perfect for a beautiful Hump Day.  Check out Fitz and the Tantrums and Hand Clap...




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Song of the Day - Despacito - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber singing in Spanish!  The other day some of my students were looking at a music video on one of their phones and laughing as they watched.  I immediately recognized the voice and that's exactly what they were laughing at, but you know what?  Like everything else the Biebs does these days, it works.  Check out this brand new hot track...




Monday, May 1, 2017

Song of the Day - Take a Trip With Me - Natalie Duffy

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Here's a sweet sounding, head-swaying, modern day, catchy folk song from a New Jerseyan who is very difficult to find online.  Great song!  




Sunday, April 30, 2017

Song of the Day - Touch - Little Mix

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Here's a little bit of pop sugar for your Sunday with British girl group Little Mix and their tune Touch...



Saturday, April 29, 2017

Song of the Day - Symphony - Clean Bandit, featuring Zara Larrson

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Though the musical landscape has been quite dismal for quite some time now, there are a few gems hidden amongst the rest.  Clean Bandit is an act that had a monster hit a couple of years back with the stellar Rather Be, but just recently they struck a whole new chord with their up tempo Rockabye. Now the British band has teamed up with up and coming Swedish singer Zara Larrson on this sweet sweet love song that is pleasing to the ears. Check out Symphony...



Friday, April 28, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Chain Reaction - Diana Ross

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We conclude our week long tribute to Diana Ross with a tune I was hoping she was going to sing the other night, but didn't.  Back in 1985, Diana released her last great album, Eaten Alive.  The majority of the tracks on the album were produced by legendary disco group, the Bee Gees, with the exception of the title track, which was penned by Michael Jackson.  Though this song was the only big hit to come off the record, many of the tracks here are amongst my favorite Diana songs ever.  So click play below to relive a fond memory and then go out and have an awesome Friday...




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...