Friday, June 23, 2017

Flashback Friday Pride Weekend Song of the Day - Peacock - Katy Perry

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It is Pride Weekend in New York City and what better to get things started off with a wonderfully gay video of an oh so humorously metaphoric tune by Ms. Katy Perry.  I've posted this video before.  It's by a fellow named Ryan James Yezak and it's absolutely mesmerizing and fun to watch.  Check it out... 



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Song of the Day - Rose Colored Boy - Paramore

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Here's a new one from alternative popsters Paramore.  This one is totally feel-good with a little cheer, as in cheerleader, thrown in for added effect.  Check it out...




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Bellyache - Billie Elish

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Mike Wass of Idolator called it a "sinister synth-anthem that positively seethes fury and frustration". That may very well be true, but to me it's the sensuality of Elish's song that gets me, and thus it's a great choice for a Hump Day Song of the Day. Check out Bellyache...




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Song of the Day - Swish Swish - Katy Perry

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Katy Perry is back and she is on fire!  Already on her third stellar single off the new record Witness, this one is hot.  I was at a club in Philly the other night and everybody was jammin' to it.  Here's a recent performance of the tune on SNL, sans Nicki Minaj sadly.  Cool anyway!  Check it out...




Monday, June 19, 2017

Song of the Day - Strangers - Halsey, featuring Lauren Jauregui

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I am really starting to love Halsey.  This one is the second off of her sophomore album, hopeless fountain kingdom.  It's a first for the openly bisexual singer, an open song of love for another woman.  The tune features Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony, whose voice complements our heroine's own voice exceptionally. Spin Magazine calls the song her best yet.  Find out why...




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Song of the Day - Explore - Sundara Karma

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I'm not sure exactly what this reminds me of, but it's something older.  It kind of reminds me of Bob Dylan in a way, or at least early 70's feel good rock.  The tune is pretty high energy and pretty darned fun, too!  Check it out...



Saturday, June 17, 2017

Song of the Day - Your Song - Rita Ora

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Good morning from Philadelphia!  Here's a great new tune by British recording artist Rita Ora.  The original recording features uncredited backing vocals by one Ed Sheeran.  Anyway, here's a live performance of the nice tune...



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Song of the Day - Waterslides - Pixx

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She's been called the British version of Debbie Harry, but at least in this song, Pixx reminds me more of Bjork.  This futuristic, synth-pop tune is fast moving and quirky, and I like it.  Check out Waterslides...




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Waterbed - The Chainsmokers

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Okay, just one more Chainsmoker's song!  Really, when you continue to listen to the music of an artist after seeing them live, then you know it's a good thing.  Here's an oldie for them, but a very fun one, and perfect for Hump Day!  Enjoy...




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Song of the Day - There For You - Martin Garrix, feat. Troye Sivan

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A couple of weeks ago, this dance song from Dutch deejay/producer Martin Garrix and featuring Aussie was released and it is good!  The duo debuted the tune back in April at Coachella and was well received by the crowd.  Sivan's rich voice lends itself well to dance, no?  Check it out for yourself right here... 




Monday, June 12, 2017

Song of the Day - No Strings - Kid Ink, feat. Starrah

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Every once in awhile I need a good dose of R&B.  This recently released track by Kid Ink is pure R&B joy, with a great backbeat and some nice vocals.  Check out No Strings...




Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

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I posted the audio for this newest song by The Vamps a few weeks back, and now they've done a video.  Check out one of my current favorite songs, Middle of the Night...



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Song of the Day - Break Up Every Night - The Chainsmokers

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This new tune from The Chainsmokers' Memories...Do Not Open album was an early crowd pleaser at last night's show at Forest Hills.  Little did I realize before I journeyed to Queens and this nice little outdoor venue in the shadow of New York City that I would be attending my first EDM concert. EDM is a relatively new acronym that's become big with the kiddies these days.  It stands for Electronic Dance Music, and although the music itself is not so unique that it differentiates itself from what I've known as simply electronica, it does have a certain uniqueness, if that makes any sense.

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I'd never thought of The Chainsmokers as an EDM artist, but I was wrong.  I did catch their wave from the early days and had always thought of them as simply dance artists, and very good ones at that, although lately they've become a bit pop.  The set they played last night definintely fit into the EDM category, with crazy, sometimes dissonant electronic beats, and the entire audience, rather than dancing, was jumping up and down with their hands in the air...not exactly my kind of dancing, though I found myself doing the same thing at times simply because the music called for it.  


In all, The Chainsmokers were pretty entertaining.  Their 90 minute-plus set of wild electronica beats was peppered with their hits old and new, with Paris, Closer, and Something Just Like This causing mass singalongs, and tunes like Roses and Don't Bring Me Down getting everybody up and dancing (well, jumping, lol).  Anyway, here's a recent clip of our Song of the Day from a Saturday Night Live appearance...  




And here's how me and my pal Kristen felt afterwards...


Friday, June 9, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Roses - The Chainsmokers, ft. Rozes

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Tonight's the night!  I've been looking forward to this show for a long, long time, and it's finally
here.  Here's the song that started it all for me with these fantastic musicians known as The Chainsmokers.  Check out Roses... 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Song of the Day - My Love - Wale, Major Lazer, Wiz Kid & Dua Lipa

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Now that we're inching ever closer to summer, here's a soothing new summer jam brought to you by the likes of Wale, with Major Lazer, Wiz Kid and Dua Lipa.  This one hearkens a sunny summer day in the islands.  Nice!




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Honor - DJ Cassidy , feat. Grace, Lil Yachty

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Here's a smooth, R&Bish and sexy tune for your Hump Day.  I've never come across DJ Cassidy or Aussie songstress Grace before, but I'm lovin' them.  Check out Honor... 





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Song of the Day - Shed a Light - David Guetta & Robin Schulz, with Cheat Codes

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Here's a repeat post of a tune from way back in January featuring not one, but tow legendary deejay/producers, David Guetta and Robin Schulz.  It's a shame that it's been out this long without much fanfare because it's really a great tune that incorporates the respective sounds of these talented individuals.  Check out Shed a Light..




Monday, June 5, 2017

Song of the Day - Gold - Kiiara

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I mentioned yesterday that I will be checking out The Chainsmokers when they come to town on Friday, and they're not the only act I'm excited about seeing.  Young Illinoisan singer/songwriter Kiiara will be one of the opening acts to the show, and although she's got some good stuff out there, this is the song of hers you might just know.  I've listened to it a million times and I still can't tell you what the heck she's saying, but it's pretty damned hypnotic nonetheless.  Check out Gold... 




Sunday, June 4, 2017

Song of the Day - Paris - The Chainsmokers

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I am very excited today, because in just five days I will be venturing to Forest Hills Stadium to checkout The Chansmokers on their Memories...Do Not Open Tour.  I've been following these guys for awhile now and I waited with great anticipation for their debut full length studio album, which is quality music through and through.  Check out one of their recent big hits and stay tuned for more Chainsmokers...



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Song of the Day - 212 - Azealia Banks

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I was listening to a lot of dance/rap songs last night and when I got to this one I knew I'd be posting it.  Been such a long time, but this one is the **it!  So much fun to dance to!  Check out 212...



Friday, June 2, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Just Be Good to Me - The S.O.S. Band

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Though the S.O.S. Band is commonly considered a disco/funk band, this, their bestest, was a post-disco era jam.  It's a classic tune that's been rerecorded many times over, but as always, there's nothing like the original.  Enjoy...



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Song of the Day - Strip That Down - Liam Payne

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First it was Harry Styles, now Liam Payne.  Yet another former One Directioner has come out with some solo stuff, and Liam Payne seems closer to his roots on this effort.  Kinda hot!  Check out Strip That Down...




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - You Don't Know Me - Jax Jones, feat. Raye

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Hump Day is a day for a big, fun, sexy dance tune, and though between the cover art and the video itself, this song might be anything but.  Then just listen to the song.  I don't know if it's me or not, but this singer Raye sounds a lot like old, hit-the-dance-floor Rihanna.  Don't believe me?  Click play...




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Song of the Day - Sweet Creature - Harry Styles

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The boys of One Direction have been busy with solo projects lately, with Harry Styles joining in the fray with his Sign of the Times.  I gave the album a shot a couple of weeks ago and I loved it...the entire thing (who'd of thought).  Anyway, here's the tender and catchy Sweet Creature.  Enjoy...




Monday, May 29, 2017

Song of the Day - Pink Houses - John Mellencamp

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Though this holiday weekend has become more and more a celebration of the impending summer and less and less about what the holiday really means, still, today is a day of remembrance that must always be acknowledged.  For whatever reason, it seems that country singers have cornered the market on patriotic songs, but I have never been a fan of the genre.  I do, however, love John Mellencamp and he's got a pretty good catalog that include a little pride in the U.S.A., so take a look and listen at one of my favorites.  Happy Memorial Day!




Sunday, May 28, 2017

Song of the Day - Holiday - Madonna

If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be so nice...

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It's Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, the best day of the three days for celebrating.  After missing out for the first time in years last year, I will once again be joining my friends over a Fire Island for what I hope will be another memorable day of friends, dancing and all sorts of other fun.  Here is one Madonna song that fits the day so well, and though the video below is a bit fuzzy, it's for a reason.  I don't know where this came from, and I don't think I've ever seen it before, but it is a very B-grade/homemade shot at a music video from way back in the early 80's.  The video was shot with backup dancers, brother Christopher Ciccone and pal Erica Bell.  Check it out... 



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Song of the Day - Sidewalk Talk - John Jellybean Benitez

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I've been listening to a lot of 80's dance music on Spotify the last couple of days and I found some gems I had completely forgotten about, like this one from way back in 1984.  Jellybean Benitez was one of the very first deejay/producers to make it in the music scene, and back then, in the early to mid-eighties, he had a little help from then girlfriend Madonna, who wrote this one and sings background. Yup, this one's got that classic 80's Madonna feel, with a nice dance beat and a catchy chorus.  Check out the fun Sidewalk Talk...




Friday, May 26, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Romeo - Basement Jaxx

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Good morning, Happy Friday and Happy  Memorial Day Weekend!  Although we will be unofficially kicking off summer this weekend, the weather looks to be a total washout here in New York, but who cares?  What I'm gonna do is celebrate anyway and a good place to start is with Basement Jaxx's awesome ode to Bollywood, Romeo.  Check it out...



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Song of the Day - Automaton - Jamiroquai

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In case you haven't heard (and I have no idea why I waited this long to post), modern funk/disco superstar Jamirquai is back with their first album in 7 years and it is hot!  It's got that vintage neo-disco, funky sort of feel that the band is known for and it sounds as fresh today as it ever did.  Here's the funky title track, with a hot video to boot, that is only the beginning of this great record.  Check out Automaton...




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...