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Friday, December 16, 2011

Old School Friday "The Jones Girls"

FRIDAY, FRIDAY, FRIDAY!!!!! And just EIGHT DAYS from Christmas! Tomorrow I will be posting Christmas songs daily but for now I have something else in mind. I love comparing older songs to their newer versions and I came across the Jones Girls song "Who Can I Run To" on YouTube and had to post it. Most 90's babies think that Xscape were the original singers of this song but alas they were not. Which version do you think is best?? (I personally ALWAYS prefer the originals!!)

Who Can I Run To - The Jones Girls

Who Can I Run To - Xscape

A Dance Turned Into A Romance - The Jones Girls

You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else - The Jones Girls

Have an Awesome Weekend!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Old School Friday "Chic"

Happy Friday All!!!!
It is a little cold here in Texas so I think we need some music to make us move & groove today!  So I am going to go with "CHIC"! Oh Yea! Disco is in the house!!  If you can still move your legs and have good balance tie on those roller skates and head in to the rink!!  Because this is definitely skating music!  To learn more about the group Chic, go HERE!

On this day (12/9) in 1978 Chic started a seven week run at #1 on the US singles chart with Hit song
"Le Freak!"

Le Freak - Chic

I Want Your Love - Chic

Good Times - Chic

Dance, Dance, Dance - Chic

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Thanksgiving!"

HAPPY FRIDAY & HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! I pray that you all had a chance to be among loved ones yesterday and shared fun, food, and laughs!
I could not let this day end without posting an Old School Friday video that wraps up the entire THANKSGIVING DAY feelings for me. This song is classic and it is a statement, a feeling, and a movement!
Be Blessed All! Show Love everyday because time marches on and we may not have another chance to say I LOVE YOU or THANK YOU or I APPRECIATE YOU!
I LOVE La'Toya, David, Jessica, Samuel, Danielle, Danayja & Jamel, my Mom, Sister, Nieces & Nephews! With you guys my world is complete! SMOOCHES!

What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Blessings, Regina!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Old School Friday - Tavares

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! I am ready for some RELAXATION!!  I have scrubbed my bathroom, hung new curtains, done laundry and now I want to hear some good OLD SCHOOL MUSIC!!!
While I was cleaning the bathroom a song came on Pandora that took me back to my childhood.  Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel!!!  So I am featuring the group TAVARES today!!! This group is definitely UNSUNG!!  Learn more about the group Tavares HERE and HERE!

I think this first song is my favorite Tavares song (even though I was 7 when it came out!!!)
Chaeck It Out - Tavares


Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel - Tavares

Never Had A Love Like This Before - Tavares

She's Gone - Tavares

HAPPY FRIDAY ALL! Enjoy the Weekend!
Tell Someone You Love Them Today
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Veterans Day"

Happy Friday All!!! Today is Friday, 11/11/11 and for some it has significance for me it is just numbers in a configuration that will never happen again in my life time! But I tell you what really has significance VETERANS DAY! Yes today is Veterans Day and I want to say thank you to all those who SERVE, or have SERVED. To all those we loved and lost in active duty or those who succumbed to death for various reasons after they served, I LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOU!!!
As always, my favorite veteran who is no longer with us is my Father. Samuel Thomas Spencer born August 18 1947 and died June 6 1999, served in the Viet Nam war in the 60's. And my favorite service man who currently serves is my son David E Coan who served bravely in Afghanistan. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!!

So in the name of Peace and Love, I dedicate this Old School Friday to all of the veterans and service men and women who protect the USA!! Smooches!

Now That We Found Love - Third World

And a special appearance by The Over-Weight Lover! Heavy D, Rest In Peace!
Now That We Found Love - Heavy D & The Boys

Have an Awesome Friday!
Happy Veterans Day!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Harry Elston"

Oh Friday, how I Love Thee...
Well here we are at another Friday and it is a bit cold here in Texas. I am refusing to turn on my heat because my electric company is absolutely HORRENDOUS (Just because you are"serving" green energy does not mean I should be paying the highest prices available)! So today I am buying wood for the fireplace so that my family does not freeze to death! Any way, I digress!
Cool weather means baking, cooking, and of course GOOD MUSIC! So of course me being an old school lover, I had to find something really good today to go with my fire in the fireplace! And I found it... Today is the 73 birthday of Harry Elston! Name not ringing a bell? How about if I say, today is the 73 birthday of Harry Elston, singer of The Friends of Distinction!! By the way, Harry Elston was born right here in Dallas, Texas! Oh yea, if you love old school music then I know you love Friends of Distinction! Learn more about the Friends of Distinction HERE and HERE!

Now for the music...

Going In Circles - Friends of Distinction

Grazing In The Grass - Friends of Distinction

I Really Hope You Do - Friends of Distinction

Happy Friday All!
Show someone you love them today!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Telma Hopkins"

Another Friday means another week gone by. I am working on 2 final projects for my Organizational Psychology class, working on some stuff, as well as simultaneously writing two blog posts! So yea, I figured I would take a minute to enjoy some music. I was trolling the Internet and found out that today is Telma Hopkins birthday!
Most of you may know Telma Louise Hopkins from the television sitcom "Family Matters" or from the sitcom "Half & Half". But I first became aware of Ms. Hopkins when I was about 7 years old (1973) and she was 1/3 of the singing group Tony Orlando & Dawn! At the time, they had a hit song titled "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree". I knew the song well because when I was young I was a Fresh Air Fund child and spent most of my summers with a family in Ashland, Pennsylvania. The family had a daughter named Laura who was my age and Tony Orlando & Dawn was one of Laura's favorite groups!

So this Old School Friday is my ode to rural summers. Summers of sitting in front of Pop-pop's general store (Pop-pop was Laura's granddad!) eating ice cream, summers of running through fields of wild flowers, and summers of feeding the wild rabbits in the woods behind the Selinsky's home (my summer home!). and my Happy Birthday to Telma Hopkins!


He Don't Love You, Like I Love You - Tony Orlando & Dawn

Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando & Dawn

Knock Three Times On The Ceiling - Tony Orlando & Dawn

Knock Three Times... (From one of my favorite movies, "Now & Then")

Happy Friday! Spread A Little Love! Regina

Friday, October 21, 2011

Old School Friday "Movie Night"

Happy Friday All! The long work week is over .... well for most! It seems to me like this school work NEVER ENDS!! By the time I finish one 1500 word paper I have another one due! UGH!!! I feel a movie weekend coming on. I think I will pull out the oldies but goodies tonight. And I am starting with "Claudine" and moving on to "Let's Do It Again" an so on! So I guess today's Old School Friday will be a nostalgic movie music trip!

The Makings Of You - Gladys Knight & The Pips

On & On - Gladys Knight & The Pips

Let's Do It Again - Staple Singers

Piece Of The Action [Dance Scene] - Mavis Staples

Last night my daughters and my grandson and I watched ((((Mortal Kombat))))!!!

Mortal Kombat!!!

Be Blessed All!! Enjoy the weekend!!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Old School Friday "RIP VESTA WILLIAMS"

Man oh man, what a week it has been. Full of highs and lows. I was going to skip Old School Friday today because I really did not feel like blogging today but then I saw on the Internet that VESTA WILLIAMS has died. Whoa. This woman had a BEAUTIFUL voice (not always the best writers but the voice was undeniable). This was one singer who was definitely Unsung, Under utilized, and Unappreciated. So of course I had to crank up YouTube and do Ms Vesta some justice for Old School Friday. To find out more about Vesta Williams go HERE and HERE. VESTA WILLIAMS (March 18, 1963 – September 22, 2011). I guess this means I will have to watch "Posse" some time this weekend...
RIP Vesta Williams ... gone but not forgotten,

Tell Me - Vesta (My Favorite Vesta song is from the movie "Posse")

Congratulations - Vesta (My second favorite Vesta song)

Special - Vesta

(March 18, 1963 – September 22, 2011)

Peace & Love

Regina's Family Seasons

Friday, September 9, 2011

Old School Friday "Otis Redding"

Today is the birthday of none other than Mr. OTIS REDDING! Man, he belted out some smooth tunes! Some songs just NEVER get old and Ottis Redding was the singer of MANY OF THEM! Mr. Redding was born in Dawson, Georgia on September 9, 1941 and he died in tragic plane accident in Madison, Wisconsin on December 10, 1967. He was only 26 years old when he died. His song "Sitting On The Dock Of A Bay" was his last recorded song, and it game out in January 1968 (His only #1 hit). The song was actually unfinished because the whistling he did in the song was only a place holder for lyrics to be inserted later, but due to his death he never got the chance to finish it. I was 1 year old when Otis Redding died but I ABSOLUTELY love his music. I can only assume the love of Otis Redding came from my mother playing his music, but oddly enough my mom is not that big of an Otis fan. Hmmm, maybe my dad then??? Well, I do not know where my love of Otis Redding came from but it is in my bones!!
To learn more about Otis Redding (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967), go HERE and HERE!
So sit back and Enjoy!!!!

I've Been Loving You Too Long To Stop Now - Otis Redding

These Arms Of Mine - Otis Redding

Pain In My Heart - Otis Redding

Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding

Sitting On The Dock Of A Bay - Otis Redding

Happy Birthday OTIS REDDING!
Rest In Peace...


Friday, August 5, 2011

Old School Friday "Ohio Players"

It is Friday evening and I am now in relaxation mode! I did a little grocery shopping, put away laundry, went and picked up my grandson, and attended an Ethics Committee meeting today. I think I had a pretty productive day so I am now going to listen to some old school jams and do some homework (There is a maybe on that homework option!!)!
I recently caught some missed episodes of Unsung, man oh man I LOVE that show! Today I am posting some Ohio Players! Most of the songs are of a sexual nature and when they came out (around 1975) I was about 9 years old. At 9 I knew nothing at all about sex but these are some of my favorite songs, smh, go figure! Back in those days there was not much music choices, there was no rap/hip hop in 1975, (first commercial rap song was Rappers Delight, which came out in 1979) it was all funk, gospel, or R&B. So Old School Music is buried deep in my psyche and I was told I was born with an old soul! LOL! My mother was a music lover and I stayed going through her albums! To learn more about the Ohio Players go HERE and HERE. Anyway, ENJOY!!!

My favorite Ohio Players song...... Sugarfoot (the lead singer) is putting in work!
Heaven Must Be Like This - Ohio Players

This next song has some killer horns!
Skin Tight - Ohio Players

Sweet Sticky Thing - Ohio Players

You gotta LOVE the 70's!!!
Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players

Drum solo on a slow jam...sweet!!!!
I Want To Be Free - Ohio Players

Happy Friday All!!
Peace & Love!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Old School Friday "PRINCE"

Happy Friday!!! TGIF!
On this day in music history in 1978, PRINCE aka (Prince Rogers Nelson, born June 7, 1958) FIRST appeared on the US music charts with his hit song "Soft & Wet"! He has, and still is enjoying a very productive, lucrative, and very creative musical career! To learn more about Prince, go HERE and HERE! ENJOY!
So Today is PRINCE Day!
We all know how the Purple One despises all things YouTube so you better watch them now while you can!

Soft & Wet - Prince

The Beautiful Ones - Prince

Insatiable - Prince

I Would Die For You - Prince

I'll stop now because I do not want to be threatened with legal action!

Happy Purple Friday!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Old School Friday "The Whispers"

Well, today is FRIDAY! The day is over and it is now RELAXATION time for most! I am feeling the WHISPERS today! I had no clue that the two twins, Walter and Wallace Scott were from Fort Worth Texas! Wow, you learn something new every day! The Whispers have a very long history going back to the early 60's BUT I think this group needs an Unsung episode! To learn more about the Whispers go HERE and HERE! The Whispers recently released a gospel album titled "Thankful". Wow, what you know about that!!!

This first song is so sad and always made me thing of those lost in the big city...
(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out - The Whispers

(Lets Go) All The Way - The Whispers

The Beat Goes On - The Whispers

It's A Love Thing - The Whispers

Rock Steady - The Whispers (You KNOW you was doing this ROCK dance!!!!)

And of course... Last but not least!
Lady - The Whispers

LOL! While on youtube I came across at least 5 more Whispers jams that I like but of course that is WAY too many to post here!! I got a little carried away but man you CANNOT FIND GOOD MUSIC like this today!

Happy Friday All!
Stay Blessed!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Old School Friday Happy Birthday Kevin Bacon!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! It is Friday and I am feeling FOOTLOOSE! In honor of Kevin Bacon whose birthday is today (HAPPY 53rd BIRTHDAY KEVIN BACON!!!). I am posting a video from one of my favorite movies! Kevin Bacon at his best .... FootLoose movie starring Kevin Bacon, song by Kenny Loggins!

FootLoose - Kenny Loggins

Happy Friday!!
Peace & Love!!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Old School Friday Happy Father's Day Weekend!

FRIDAY, FRIDAY, FRIDAY!! There is a beautiful breeze out and it is Father's Day weekend! My dad, Samuel Thomas Spencer went on to be with the Lord in 1999. My maternal grandfather, Caldwell Marion Middleton went on to be with the Lord in 1980. My paternal grandfather, Rufus E. Spencer also went on to be with the Lord in 1980 (I was not close with my paternal grandfather, but to the best of my knowledge he passed on in 1980). I pray that all of these men are Resting In Peace and are communing with the Heavenly Father.

As I have posted numerous times on my blogs, when I think of my father, the sound track is always Gil Scott-Heron most notably "Your Daddy Loves You"! When grandaddy comes to mind I always think of the song "Jesus is Love" by the Commodores! Unfortunately I have no memories that are accompanied by music when it comes to my paternal grandfather because he was hospitalized for many years and I only remember him in a hospital bed.

Today I am going to highlight songs that I am attributing to my Father and Grandfather, songs that I like to think they would sit in a swing and listen to as they relax in a cool summer breeze.

Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding

Summer Breeze - The Isley Brothers

Still Waters Run Deep - The Four Tops

Summertime - Billie Holiday

To ALL the Fathers that are still with us Have an AWESOMELY BLESSED FATHER'S DAY! Remember YOU are the EXAMPLE of manliness in some boys life, act accordingly! For those who have already gone on I pray that you are resting with the Angels (Or doing the Cupid Shuffle with Jesus!)!!

Be Blessed All!!

Hug a Father Today!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Old School Friday Gil Scott Heron Dies At 62

The below post from Friday April 1, 2011 is being RE-POSTED in honor of Gil Scott Heron who died today May 27, 2011. He celebrated his 62nd birthday last month but today he took his spoken word and went home to be with the Lord. He will be missed...

April 1, 2011 - Oooo, Yeaaaaa!!! Today is Friday!! Thanking God for my very life!...and for the Beautiful weather! LOL! So for Old School Friday, I am paying homage to Gil Scott Heron who is 62 years old today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIL SCOTT HERON!!! Mr. Heron is an African American Poet, Author, and Musician. He often spoke, wrote and sang about the struggles of African Americans in America. His works are often controversial but always VALID! When I think of spoken word performances I always think of Gill Scott Heron first. I grew up listening to his music and still listen today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GILL SCOTT HERON!!! Continue your fight!

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott Heron

The Bottle - Gil Scott Heron

I cannot post Gil Scott Heron without posting this next song... It used to make me cry all the time. It doesn't make me cry anymore but my throat does constrict and eyes still get a little moist, but it does make me pause and think of my dad...(RIP Samuel Thomas Spencer, I Love you daddy...)
Your Daddy Loves You - Gil Scott Heron

Happy Old School Friday All!
Love on Someone today!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Shorty Long"

HAPPY OLD SCHOOL FRIDAY!! It is an overcast, dreary Friday but the music plays on!
On this day in music history Mr. Frederick Earl Long (also known as Shorty Long) was born! Shorty Long born in Birmingham, Alabama on May 20, 1940 was an African American singer, songwriter,and producer for Motown. Shorty Long died June 29, 1969 in a boating accident.
Shorty Long is perhaps best known for his 1968 song "Here Comes The Judge". I must admit, I never knew of Shorty Long, and I always thought that FLIP WILSON actually made the song "Here Comes The Judge"! You live and you learn! Rest in Peace Shorty Long! Learn more about Shorty Long HERE!

Here Comes The Judge - Shorty Long

Function At The Junction - Shorty Long

Devil With The Blue Dress On - Shorty Long

Have an awesome weekend!
Tell someone you LOVE them & MEAN IT!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder"

HAPPY FRIDAY!! Isn’t it LOVELY, Isn’t is BEAUTIFUL!! (Yea, that is your hint!). Aside from praising God for LIFE, I am thanking God for beautiful music today. God has blessed so many with the beautiful talent of singing. He has also blessed some with the GIFT of being a singer, songwriter, and musician. Today’s Old School Friday is celebrating one of those “specially gifted” people. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Stevland Hardaway Judkins, also known as Stevland Hardaway Morris, BUT better known as STEVIE WONDER! Today Stevie Wonder is 61! Stevie Wonder, born May 13, 1950 in Saginaw Michigan, is an African American singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and instrumentalist. This musical genius has been blind since shortly after his birth but his musical gift developed far beyond expectations. Read more about Stevie Wonder HERE and HERE!


My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder)

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (Dianna Ross & Stevie Wonder)

This next song always reminds me of my teen years, living in Queens NY and going to Springfield Gardens High School. I had a best friend named Molina who used to come to my house and play this song every morning before school!

Ribbon In The Sky - Stevie Wonder




Friday, May 6, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Lynn Whitfield"

HAPPY FRIDAY ALL!! Today is the birthday of the lovely and talented LYNN WHITFIELD! So today's Old School Friday selections are songs that were featured in movies that Ms Whitfield has been in! This woman has a very long and impressive filmography. Check out her work listing HERE!
Lynn Whitfield, an African American actress, was born Lynn Butler-Smith of Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 6, 1953. Lynn Whitfield appeared in the 1982 film adaption of Ntozake Shange's play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf". she has also appeared in movies such as Eve's Bayou, The Josephine Baker Story, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, and a host of other works. To learn more about Lynn Whitfield go HERE and HERE.

Thin Line Between Love & Hate - H-Town featuring Shirley Murdock & Roger Troutman
(From the movie Thin Line Between Love and Hate)
I prefer the original, however, I love Shirley Murdock & Roger Troutman on this version!

A Child With The Blues - Erykah Badu & Terrence Blanchard
(From the movie Eve's Bayou)

Sunday Kind of Love - Etta James
(From the movie Eve's Bayou)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lynn Whitfield!!

HAPPY FRIDAY ALL! Tell someone you love them today!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Tammi Terrell & Duke Ellington"

IT'S FRIDAY, IT'S FRIDAY, IT'S FRIDAY, YEAAAAA!!!! These weeks are flying by pretty fast! It feels like I just did an Old School Friday post and here I am doing another one! So, well today is the birthday of the Beautiful TAMMI TERRELL (may she Rest In Peace) as well as the Fabulous DUKE ELLINGTON! Man oh man, such talent in both of these people.

Thomasina Winifred Montgomery, also known as Tammi Terrell was gone much too soon. Terrell born April 29, 1945, was an African-American singer and song writer and was one half of some of the most BEAUTIFUL love ballad/duets of the 70's. Best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye, Tammi died March 16, 1970, from brain cancer at the tender young age of 24. Learn more about Tammi Terrell Here. TVOne's UNSUNG did an episode on Tammi Terrell, check it out HERE.

All I Do Is Think About You - Tammi Terrell (yea, I Like Stevie Wonder's version, but I LOVE Tammi's version!)

Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Tammi Terrell & Marvin Gaye

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, simply known as Duke Ellington, was an African-American composer, pianist, and Big Band Leader. Duke Ellington, born April 29, 1899 was a cornerstone of jazz music! The 1930's-1940's was the era of Big Band music and Ellington was certainly essential not only to Big Band swing but to the Harlem Renaissance movement! Ellington won numerous awards, including Grammys in the Jazz genre and Grammys in the composing category. Ellington was also awarded an honorary PhD from the Berklee College of Music. Duke Ellington died from lung cancer and pneumonia on May 24, 1974, he was 75 years old. Learn more about Duke Ellington HERE and HERE!
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Big Band Swing music! Yes, I have a Big Band play list on my phone and my computer! I also have Duke Ellington CD!

Satin Doll - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

Take The A Train - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

How can you hear this and NOT be a fan????? This is CLASSIC!!!!

Have an AWESOME DAY! Enjoy the day that God has given us and do something WONDERFUL with it!

Peace & Love all!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Luther Vandross"

Another Friday is HERE!! And it looks like it is going to be a BEAUTIFUL DAY! Wednesday was the birthday of the late, great Luther Ronzoni Vandross (May he rest in Peace)! Luther was a singer, songwriter and producer who graced this world with his presence from April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005. Luther was the smooth, velvety voice of an entire generation! he has numerous ballads and songs, too many to name here! To learn more about Luther Vandross go HERE and HERE! Enjoy the smooth sounds of ...LUTHER!

In 1980 I first fell in love with the voice of Luther Vandross as he sang with the group "Change"!
The Glow of Love - Change (Featuring Luther Vandross)

Then LUTHER went solo!! (Goodness KNOWS they don't make voices & artists like this anymore!)

Here And Now - Luther Vandross (LIVE)

A House Is Not A Home - Luther Vandross (LIVE)

Never Too Much - Luther Vandross

Have a Blessed Weekend All!
Life is Short, Tell Someone You LOVE Them Today ... AND MEAN IT!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Carmen McRae"

Another Friday has arrived and with everything going on in the world... Tsunamis, Wars, Governmental Shut downs, I think I will take a break and PRAY and then listen to some good music!

Today is the birthday of Jazz vocalist and pianist Carmen Mercedes McCrae. Born April 8, 1920 and died November 10, 1994, she was aged 74. This is "REAL DEAL OLD SCHOOL" right here! I know most of you all DO NOT know a thing about this!! Learn more about the LEGENDARY Carmen McRae right HERE!

The Very Thought Of You - Carmen McRae

When I Fall In Love - Carmen McRae

What A Little Moonlight Can Do - Carmen McRae

RIP, Carmen McRae!

OOOOO, WEEEEEEE! Know Your History!
That ...Was ... HOT!!!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Gil Scott Heron"

Oooo, Yeaaaaa!!! Today is Friday!! Thanking God for my very life!...and for the Beautiful weather! LOL! So for Old School Friday, I am paying homage to Gil Scott Heron who is 62 years old today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIL SCOTT HERON!!! Mr. Heron is an African American Poet, Author, and Musician. He often spoke, wrote and sang about the struggles of African Americans in America. His works are often controversial but always VALID! When I think of spoken word performances I always think of Gill Scott Heron first. I grew up listening to his music and still listen today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GILL SCOTT HERON!!! Continue your fight!

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott Heron

The Bottle - Gil Scott Heron

I cannot post Gil Scott Heron without posting this next song... It used to make me cry all the time. It doesn't make me cry anymore but my throat does constrict and eyes still get a little moist, but it does make me pause and think of my dad...(RIP Samuel Thomas Spencer, I Love you daddy...)
Your Daddy Loves You - Gil Scott Heron

Today is also the day that Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father (Still SMH over that one...) and since tomorrow is Marvin Gaye's birthday I am giving him an honorary mention.
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

Happy Old School Friday All!
Love on Someone today!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin"

If you are reading this blogpost then God has obviously saw fit to give you another day of life so MAKE THE BEST OF IT! The weekend is upon us and today's Old School Friday is a birthday tribute to Aretha Franklin! (I must admit, I am NOT that big of a fan, and never really understood or cared for the self-proclaimed King and Queen status, but WHATEVER!!) Though I am not that much of a fan there are some songs that her vocals are Beautiful and Classic on! So enjoy the selections! Happy Birthday Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942)!

Sparkle - Aretha Franklin (THIS is my FAVORITE Aretha cut, I wore this album out!)

Until You Come Back To Me - Aretha Franklin

Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin

A Rose Is Still A Rose - Aretha Franklin

Happy Old School Friday!
Tell someone you love them today because tomorrow is NOT promised to us!

Peace & Love!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Queen Latifah"

Happy Birthday to Queen Latifah! Born Dana Elaine Owens, March 18, 1970, Queen Latifah is a female rap artist. But,not only is Queen Latifah a rapper, business woman, producer, and an actress, but did you know she is also a SINGER!
Well, it is NOT Old School but today's post is dedicated to Queen Latifah! Happy Birthday Miss Dana!

One of my favorite songs from my childhood is "HARD TIMES" by the very underrated Dr, Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. she did a nice cover of the song.
Hard Times - Queen Latifah

~Of course the Original...~
Hard Times - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

Another one of my favorite songs from my childhood is Poetry Man by Phoebe Snow but Queen Latifah did a very good remake of the song!
Poetry Man - Queen Latifah

~You know I had to post the original~
Poetry Man - Phoebe Snow

Have an AWESOME Friday & Weekend All!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Old School Friday "Happy Birthday Miriam Makeba"

In memory of Miriam Makeba today's Old School Friday is dedicated to her. Please, Please, Please, yell me you know who she was. If not you can learn more about her HERE, HERE and HERE. GET INFORMED, THIS IS OUR HISTORY PEOPLE!!

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (also known as Mother or Mama Africa)
Born on 4 March 1932 in Johannesburg, South Africa
She was a South African singer and Political Civil Rights Activist
She was exiled for activist activities and for speaking out against Apartheid
In 1966 won a Grammy for Best Folk Recording
Was married to musician Hugh Masekela, and was also married to Black Panther Stokely Carmichael.
Died 10 November 2008

The history of Miriam Makeba HERE.

I have been a fan for years because my mother was a lover of music and of Black History!
Please enjoy!!

Pata Pata

Mbube (this sound familiar to you? LOL)

RIP Mama Africa! Gone but NOT at all forgotten!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Old School Friday "Money"

It's Friday and for some PAY DAY! So today's Old School Friday is all about MONEY! If you have it, trying to get it, badly want it, hate to spend it, loan it, tithe it, or burn it, fact is money is a very important part of life!
Happy Friday All! Enjoy the tunes!

My favorite is the song "MONEY" from the musical Cabaret, sung by Liza Minnelli! Embedding is disabled but click on the link. Yes, you will enjoy this video!

For The Love Of Money - O'Jays

Rich Girl - Lady Saw

Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong

If you have some spend it wisely!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Old School Friday "Dr. Buzzard"

Happy Friday All!
Since no theme was posted for Old School Friday I am going to go ROUGE!! These videos I post today are from a time in my childhood when I was exploring music through my mothers albums! And just so you know, these classics I post today are CURRENTLY on my phone rotation!! Good music never goes out of style! Matter of fact my mom bought some albums over for my daughter to listen to and now my 25 year old daughter be in her room BUMPING this album loud and hard!!

Cher Chez La Femme - Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

Sunshower - Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

Hard Times - Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band


Friday, January 28, 2011

Old School Friday "Traffic Jams"

Friday, Friday, Friday!! A LOVELY 70 Degrees outside, a little bit of change in my pocket and I am ready to RIDE!!!!
Today's Old School Friday theme is TRAFFIC JAMS!!
THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN SITTING IN A TRAFFIC JAM WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO GET SOMEWHERE... well maybe having to go to the bathroom but you are stuck in a traffic jam!
Anyway... Any time there is a traffic jam and I am sitting there 1 song always pops into my head but because of the year the song came out and because of the explicit content I will not post it here... BUT in case you are so inclined you can view it on youtube!!

#1 Traffic Jam song - Ludacris - Move BI%@H!!

This first song always reminds me of my paternal Grandmother, because she sang it all the time!! RIP Grandmother Spencer.

Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles

Low Rider - WAR

Happy Friday All!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Old School Friday "It's Cold Outside"

It's FRIDAY!! And it's COLD OUTSIDE! I think the only time I really mind being single is on those really cold nights...
But I have my secret TYRESE fetish to keep me warm........
DAMN........ this dude makes me ........ SMILE!

What Am I Gonna Do? - Tyrese

Sweet Lady - Tyrese

Signs of Love Making - Tyrese

Now if that didn't warm you up then nothing will!!!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Old School Friday "Not Another Sad Love Song"

FRIDAY, FRIDAY, FRIDAY!!!! I love when a plan comes together! It just so happens that I have a break from childcare today so I am happy!! Of course my happy mood is in direct contrast to the theme for today, which is “Not Another Sad Love Song”. Today's theme is explained as, "for the brokenhearted. Your mission is to choose a song that helps you deal with a heartache. The saddest most pathetic and depressing, break-up song your heart can imagine ".

So for the purpose of this theme I will alter my mood a little bit and post videos fitting of this theme....But then it is back to ENJOYING my childcare free Friday!!

Nothing Compares To You - Sinead O'Connor

and yes, because I love me some Marvin Gaye...
Here, My Dear - Marvin Gaye

And for the sheer nostalgia...
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late - Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams

Peace & Love All!!