As a way to brighten things up during this quarantine and re-connect all of us, I will be making and sharing playlists on Spotify periodically. Sharing and playing music has always been one of my big passions (along with sports and MATH!) and something I've been missing recently, so I want to share a bit of myself through these playlists. Each one will be about an hour long, with a different theme for each, so the musical stylings may vary wildly, but it'll all be good and soulful.
1) First up is "Lovely Day", which is inspired by this recent bout of glorious sunshine and hoping that Spring has finally sprung! All of these songs just make me feel good and think of enjoying the outdoors on a nice day... Enjoy!
We also plan to open up this endeavor to playlist from some of your other CLLC favorite people, so stay tuned, and please feel free to reach out anytime! Most of the postings for new releases will be from Instagram and FaceBook, so make sure to follow us there (info below)!
"Lovely Day" track list;
- Lovely Day - Bill Withers
- Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
- Award Tour - A Tribe Called Quest
- Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley
- Callin' Out - Lyrics Born
- Luchini - Camp Lo
- Dreamin' - G. Love & Special Sauce
- Where I'm From - Digable Planets
- Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
- Awnaw - Nappy Roots
- Tennessee - Arrested Development
- Mistadobalina - Del The Funky Homosapien
- Definition - Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)
- Doo Wop (That Thing) - Ms. Lauryn Hill
2) Mother's Day mix - As a way to celebrate all of the awesome moms & ladies in general, I have released our 2nd Spotify playlist "early" so you can rock out and dance to it all weekend.
"Ladies First" is inspired by all of the women that have dominated the musical landscape and changed music history. From the the OG "miss thang", Nina Simone, to the new Queen B, Lizzo,these women poses amazing pipes, can't hold me back attitudes, and sheer will to be legends! I know in the last email I said I'd keep these playlists to around an hour, but I couldn't help myself this time, so consider this like a double album... Enjoy!
"Ladies First" track list;
- Feeling Good - Nina Simone
- Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks
- I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
- Express Yourself - Madonna
- Rhythm Nation - Janet Jackson
- Free Your Mind - En Vogue
- Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
- Piece of My Heart - Janis Joplin
- These Boots Are Made For WALKIN' - Nancy Sinatra
- Think - Aretha Franklin
- Good As Hell - Lizzo
- Run The World (Girls) - Beyonce
- Just A Girl - No Doubt (Gwen Stefani)
- What's Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner
- How Come You Don't Call Me - Alicia Keys
- Crazy, Classic, Life - Janelle Monae
- Ladies First - Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love
- I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
- Bad Girls - Donna Summer
- I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
- Lady Marmalade - Patti Labelle
- My Jamaican Guy - Grace Jones
- Back In The Day - Erykah Badu
- Family Affair - Mary J. Blige
- Everything is everything - Ms. Lauryn Hill
- Cheers To the Fall - Andra Day
- Call Me - Blondie
- 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
- If I could Turn Back Time - Cher
3) "Forgotten Gems - Classic Rock edition" is simply a mix of amazing classic rock type songs that haven't got as much pub, press, and radio airplay as some of the other songs from their era, but have stood the test of time in their awesomeness regardless. "Forgotten Gems" will be a recurring theme that I will come back to with other genres of music down the line as well since I love digging DEEP into great musicians catalogs to find these gems... Enjoy!
Again, stay tuned for more playlists periodically and please feel free to reach out anytime! Most of the postings for new releases will be from Instagram and FaceBook, so make sure to follow us there (info below)!
"Forgotten Gems - Classic Rock" track list;
- 96 Tears - ? & The Mysterians
- Bury My Body - The Animals
- Sweet Jane - The Velvet Underground
- Pump It Up - Elvis Costello
- Ophelia - The Band
- I'm Livin' For You Girl - The Grass Roots
- No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature - The Guess Who
- A Life of Illusion - Joe Walsh
- Funk #49 - James Gang
- Living On a Thin Line - The Kinks
- Jungle - Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
- The Way Young Lovers Do - Van Morrison
- That Was Your Mother - Paul Simon
- Nobody Knows - Paul McCartney
- Stay With Me - Faces
- Why Can't I Touch It? - Buzzcocks
4) "His Airness"
Is inspired by the one and only Michael Jeffrey JORDAN himself and the fantastic documentary, "The Last Dance" which just finished it's 10 episode run this past weekend on ESPN. Especially during this time of no live sports, this doc has been some amazing viewing over the past month or so and has brought me back to my youth & teen years during the 90s when MJ was dominating the NBA and the news cycle. Even though he didn't play for the home town team, EVERYONE wanted to "Be Like Mike"... You can watch the full documentary online HERE
"His Airness" starts with the Bulls famous player intro song and continues with all different era-correct hip-hop songs that were used during the documentary to tell the story of the rise and fall of the Jordan led Bulls. We start in the mid-80's when MJ came into the league guns blazing with crazy skills and flow through the years to a couple of '98 classics to commemorate his final season with the Bulls...
Sooooo, bust out your Zubaz, Coogi sweaters, or overalls and ENJOY!
"His Airness" track list;
- Sirius - The Alan Parsons Project
- I Ain't No Joke - Eric B. & Rakim
- I'm Bad - LL Cool J
- How Ya Like Me Now - Kool Moe Dee
- My Philosophy - Boogie Down Productions
- I Got It MADE - Special Ed
- Can I Kick It? - A Tribe Called Quest
- The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) - Black Sheep
- Down With The King - Run DMC
- Hip Hop Hooray - Naughty By Nature
- If I Ruled The World (Imagine That) - Nas ft. Lauryn Hill
- Step Into A World (Rapture's Delight) - KRS-One
- Rosa Parks - OutKast
- Still Not A Player - Big Pun ft. Joe
- Been Around The World - Puff Daddy ft. Mase & The Notorius B.I.G.
5) "The Good, The Bad, and The FUNKY"
The sun is out, so grill's are out and I don't know about you, but when I'm grilling I like to move and GET DOWN, so I wanted to bless you all with some FUNK classics and gems from the OGs through the years to some new cats laying it down...
"The Good, The Bad, and The FUNKY!" is here to make you feel good basking in the sun and getting your groove on... Play it in order, or on shuffle, it don't matter because the FUNK don't care!!!
"The Good, The Bad, and The FUNKY!" track list;
- People Get Up and Drive your FUNKY Soul - James Brown
- Hey Pocky A-Way - The Meters
- Free & Single - The Brothers Johnson
- You Haven't Done Nothin' - Stevie Wonder
- Starchild - Jamiroquai
- Everybody Ready - Greg Kurstin
- Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley - Robert Palmer
- Freddie's Dead - Curtis Mayfield
- Dr. Funkenstein - Parliament
- The Cisco Kid - War
- Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly & The Family Stone
- Musicology - Prince
- Got To Give It Up pt.1 - Marvin Gaye
- Girlfriend Is Better - Talking Heads
- Big Papa - Edwin Starr
- Cross The Tracks (We Better Go Back) - The JB's aka Maceo and the Macks
- Funky So-and-So - The Sugarman 3
6) "Songs of Freedom"
Sorry this next playlist took so long, but I, like many of you were processing the full spectrum of emotions in the wake of all that transpired over the past week or so... Personally, I have always turned to music to help me feel all the feels, to get introspective and to try and learn and embrace other cultures and viewpoints. Thus, I went on the journey to try and cobble together a smorgasbord of music and songs that require us to listen, think, and react to various perspectives. This is not "pop" music. All of these songs were made to challenge the listeners and elicit a response, any response. Some of these songs are angry, some are hopeful, some reflect on our common humanity, and some are about love and connection. I am in no way telling you what or how to feel, I just hope these songs make you feel something deep and take a second to reflect on our common and different experiences as people... "songs of Freedom" is for EVERYONE and is sequenced in a way to fluctuate between the highs & lows, the calm & the chaos, and the hurt & the love. Please enjoy...
Parental Advisory Warning - Although I tried to keep it to an absolute minimum, there is some strong language and some curse words in a couple of these songs (9,10,18,19)
- Fight the Power - Public Enemy
- Street Fighting Man - The Rolling Stones
- Ohio - Crosby,Stills, Nash & Young
- What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
- A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
- We Shall Not Be Moved - Mavis Staples
- There's A Riot Goin' On - Sly & The Family Stone
- Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
- e-This Is America - Childish Gambino
- e-JU$T - Run The Jewels ft. Pharrell Williams & Zach de la Rocha
- Wake Up - Rage Against The Machine
- Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
- Revolution - The Beatles
- Power To The People - John Lennon
- The Times They Are A-Changin'
- For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron
- e-Black in a White World - The Watts Prophets
- e-Rikers Island - Raphael Saadiq
- Sow Good Seeds - Mavis Staples
- The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
- Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers
TEEN MENTOR TAKEOVER:
- ABC's by Lea & Angie
- First up we will be highlighting Angie & Lea. These two long-time friends decided to combine together to create their playlist, "ABC's", which uses the alphabet as their theme so that each song starts with each letter, from A to Z. These 26 songs range in style and genre, but all are great to rock out to... Please enjoy!
- John T's playlist
- John keeps it tight at just under an hour with these 18 bangers that show off his cool calm and collected demeanor. Now only if we could teach him to throw a proper spiral in the side yard ... Please enjoy!
- Claudy's Chill Vibes
Claudy is a phenomenal cartoonist and artist and this mix highlights his easy going coolness. Nothing can rattle Claudy, which is a fantastic trait to have when working with 10-12 year olds after-school each day!... Please enjoy!
- Banana Pants Party Mix
- Batting cleanup and last up for this session, we have Ibrihim's Banana Pants Party Mix!!!
Ibrihim, a rising senior at Snowden International, came to us through Charlestown's TurnItAround program and has been a stellar worker for us the past couple of years! A great combination of fun & serious, Ibrihim is a hard-worker that is definitely going places. I'm looking forward to seeing what this young man can accomplish in the next few years! PS - On one of his first days he was wearing shorts with Banana's on it, so naturally the kids (I think Seamus started it..) just started calling him Banan Pants, and it stuck, so please enjoy Ibrihim's Banana Pants Party Mix!