Playlist: Mama's Dance Party

When I was a kid, I kept a blank audio cassette in my boom box - ready to record - in case a song I liked came on the radio. I'm pretty sure it was my dad who taught me to keep the play and record buttons as well as the pause button pressed down all the time, so that when my song came on all I'd have to do was un-pause and I'd be rolling. That is to say, I'm pretty sure my dad taught me how to pirate music when I was, like, seven years old.

So it should come as no surprise that, although my husband earned his living as an independent musician for the better part of ten years (during which time I boycotted Spotify in solidarity), I've come around to the idea of Spotify and all the music it allows me to listen to with minimal effort and money.

When I heard this Jill Scott song for the first time this summer, I knew I'd want to hear it over and over. I'm confident that eventually I'll buy it so I can have it for my very own, but so far listening on Spotify has been enough to satisfy me. And once I realized that hearing it (plus that new Bieber single flame emoji flame emoji flame emoji) made me excited about life the way it did, I figured I should be telling other folks about it too.

My time outside the home is limited these days, thanks to naps and feedings and generally keeping a small human alive, so I'm doing my best to remember to throw myself dance parties as often as possible. And since 'Bust A Move' is one of the only songs I can remember recording from the radio back in the day, I've included it too. Mamas - this one's for you. Turn it up. Shake what your mama gave you. And pat yourself on the back for making it through another day of sustaining human life. 

Monday Music: Moda Spira

Well good morning! I have something fun to tell you about today! 

My college roomie (and lifelong friend) Latifah has been making some new music as Moda Spira, and her indiegogo campaign is down to the wire. Tifah is one of the hardest working people I know, and her tenacity as an artist has inspired me over and over in the years I've known her.  

What's cool about this fundraising campaign is that there are all kinds of opportunities to interact with Tifah. She's offering background vocals for your song, a Skype session, a house concert, a listening party! I think she's going to be tired when it's all over.

Only 40 hours remain on the campaign, so go check it out!  

Monday Music: Motown Musings

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I sort of can’t believe it, but baby Abe is already three weeks old. Three weeks! We’re starting off our second week of being at home alone together, and I have to say I think I love it. It’s certainly the hardest thing I’ve ever done (which is crazy, because I taught middle school for a number of years), but I’m having so much fun being Abe’s mom. He's a good guy.

When we got up on the first morning after bringing him home from the hospital, I settled in to feed him and Dann turned on The Temptations radio on Pandora. We were tired and delirious and so so happy and, as we listened, Dann pointed out that all of the songs we were hearing seemed to be about becoming a parent. Each time a new song started, we laughed maniacally at how amazing it was that we had cracked the code of this entire genre of music - that all the songs were obviously written about new babies and being new parents, which must have been what made them hits. These songs will always be special for our new little family of three:

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

I’ll Be There

Ooh Child

You’re My Everything

The Way You Do The Things You Do

Signed Sealed Delivered

I suppose it's possible we were sleep deprived and just hearing what we wanted to hear (I mean, maybe they're all just quality love songs?), but it was one of the sweetest memories I will have of Abe's first week of life and I'm going to cherish it forever.

Monday Music: José González

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I know it's been a long time since I've done one of these posts, but I really think that's because I haven't been particularly inspired by much music lately. That is, until I heard this new record from José González.

You may remember him from such projects as this one and this, but he's back now with his first solo record in seven years and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's beautiful and hopeful and I've been listening to it in its entirety on repeat for almost two weeks now.

All of this to say, I think you should check this record out. I think you'll like it. What are you waiting for? Do it now. Go.