’08 love at first listen list

listies moments in time

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the only ’08 list I could muster up. Why? Because I was just slipping back into a whole lot of music for whatever reason & therefore couldn’t do a proper year end list justice . You can check out this post here for some good picks. You can also go check out the ’08 Best Albums Round Table podcast done by Fave & other notable personalities on his site. It is well worth the listen, folks.

Now, on to my list. Have you ever had that song that just instantly grabs you from the first note & never lets go? Well, my list is comprised of those such songs. At first, I didn’t think I had a whole lot(because my mind only keeps stuff for so long), but I ended up with more than I thought. Anyway, in no particular order:

Erykah Badu – The Healer

I defy you not to have nodded your head when you first heard this song. I double defy you. The producer Madlib & the divine miss Badu put their respective socks into this joint.

Erykah Badu – The Healer

Jean Grae – Love Thirst

Take one of the hottest female emcees & put her over a hot 9th Wonder beat spitting sexual imagery. Head nodding Fiyah!

Jean Grae – Love Thirst

Lalah Hathaway – For Always & That Was Then
I LOVE Lalah Hathaway. So when I heard she was coming out with an album last year, it was on. She didn’t disappoint, not that I thought she would. Not one but two songs got me off the bat. It doesn’t hurt that they were back to back. Hope you can hear why I like them.

For Always

Lalah Hathaway – For Always

That Was Then
Lalah Hathaway – That Was Then

Come Back – Algebra
Ok, I know that this is from an album that was released in ’06, but it was re-released in ’08. It counts, back up. I love Algebra’s voice already, but this song had me more sprung.
Algebra – Come Back

Stacey Epps – Floatin’

Another head nodder from someone I found out about late in the year. Singer/rapper with a good future if she gets it in. Sounds like she might.

Stacey Epps – Floatin

Ra Re Valverde – Superhero

I believe I heard about this lady from the folks at Soulbounce.com. I really liked the album. This song and one other not on this list was in constant rotation.

Ra-Re Valverde – Superhero

UGK feat. Andre 3000 – International Players Anthem

Do I have to say it? The song in itself was great. Andre 3000 sets it off lovely with his verse. R.I.P. to Pimp C

UGK(Feat. Andre 3000) – International Players Anthem (I Choose You)

Jazzanova – Let Me Show Ya

Another late in the year entry. This group was a buzz all over Twitter. I see why with songs like this.

Jazzanova – Let Me Show Ya

Colin Munroe – I Want Those Flashing Lights

I like this version better than Kanye’s version. Nuff said. This cat has another song called piano lessons w/Joel Ortiz that’s pretty hot, also.
Colin Munroe – I Want Those Flashing Lights

Foreign Exchange – Daykeeper

If you hadn’t heard this song yet, what is wrong with you?

Foreign Exchange – Daykeeper

Maiysha – Alchemy

I am looking to hear more from this young lady. If you hadn’t checked out her album, “This Much Is True“, please do. you won’t be disappointed.

Maiysha – Alchemy

Liquid Spirits – Melodies feat. Leon Ware

Mix one eclectic group out of Amsterdam with a legendary songwriter of soul music & you get this song. This could go on a slow tape playlist at some point.

Liquid Spirits – Melodies feat. Leon Ware

And that, friends, is that. Hope to do this again in ’09. Preferably better prepared. 🙂

Musical memories

moments in time

You ever have that one song or songs that just trigger a memory every time you them? Good, glad i’m not the only one. It’s funny to me how, and when, that happens. I guess it’s a beautiful thing that music can spark a memory, good or bad. Allow me to share a couple with you right now.

Groove Theory – Tell Me (Groove Theory – 1995)

This song was “dedicated” to me by a young lady I met back in College. She was (and probably still is) a total sweetheart. We met on a BBS called ISCA and became friends. I even went to go see her a couple of times at her school. This song was “dedicated” to me as, I guess, a means to tell me that she liked me and wanted to know how I feel. At first, I failed to realize this(though I felt that she liked me) when she asked me to listen to this song. I had already heard it & liked it before then, but it took on another meaning after that moment.

Groove Theory – Tell Me.mp3

Frank McComb – All You Need Is Love (Love Stories – 2000)

Now this is a case where the artist more than the song itself was the spark. There was another young lady that I met a few years ago(don’t worry, they won’t all be attached to woman….I think) that I met through my best friend. She was mad cool people & we hit it off from day one. Might have to do with us being a good bit alike, I think. Not sure if that’s good or bad, though. Anyway, one night we were chillin’ at her place and we were talking about music (as we were prone to do), and she mentioned Frank McComb. I had never heard of him at the time(which was not too long after his first album, Love Stories, came out in 2000. The young lady, whom I should really give a name to, played a few tracks off of the album including her faves. The album itself, was great on first listen, but it was this song here that got it’s hooks into me and never let go. Granted, I have plenty of other reasons (and sparks) that remind me of the young lady in question, but this one is more of the more indearing ones. 🙂

Frank Mccomb – All You Need Is Love.mp3

Keith Sweat – I’ll give all my love to you (I’ll Give All My Love To You – 1990)

Now this one doesn’t directly have to do with me. Back in High School after I started driving, one of my homeboys from another school would roll out when he came in town. One night we were out at a game or something when we ran into a female classmate of mine (out of the sea of my classmates that we had been running into at the game) that took a liking to my friend. I can’t remember, but I think they had met & been talking before this time. Anyway, we ended up taking the young lady home(who just so happen to live near the same area as we did). So my man walks the girl up to her door & I stay in the car. They talk for a couple of minutes & it looked as though there was going to be a kiss or two…except that my man started walking out to the car a minute or two later.

Now one thing you must know about me is that I was a bip sap back in the day. Some say I still am. So when my boy comes back to the car and gets in, I’m like “hold up, something should have happened”. So I told dude to go back to over to her door (where she was still standing, btw) & handle business. So, he gets out of the car, & I pop in a tape that was cued up near this song & pumped it up neighbors be damned. And sure enough, they kissed. I smiled & had my own little twisted moment.

Keith Sweat – Ill Give All My Love To You.mp3 (Actually, it was the interlude that played, but roll with it)

I’m sure there is a meme on this or something. Regardless, I know you all have similar stories/songs like these. Please share them with me in the comments. I’m sure I have some more at some point.