25 Songs, 25 Days - Day 6 (Best Friend)

Day 6 - a song that reminds you of a best friend LK is my bestie & has been for over 10 years. I heart him.

I knew what song I was going to post for him immediately, to me its a no-brainer.

Whenever I hear this song, I think about him & my 25th birthday celebration in Miami. During this trip, every time we got into the car we heard this song. We heard this song on the beach. We heard this song in the club. So now I always associate this song with him and our antics in Miami.

Love ya LK!

T-Pain - "Bartender"

25 Songs, 25 Days - Day 5 (Stuck In My Head)

Day 5 - A song that is often stuck in your head This happens to me ALL THE TIME. It's my own fault - when I really like a song, I'll put it on repeat & listen to it over and over and over and over again. I get that from my dad, he was the same way.

For obvious reasons, the song that gets stuck in my head changes depending on what I've been listening to. And sometimes I even get songs I don't like stuck in my head, simply because you can never escape them.

So here's a song that's been on repeat in my head lately...and for the record I hate this damn song...

Rihanna - "What's My Name"

25 Songs, 25 Days - Day 4

Day 4 - a song that calms you down Jazz is almost always my go-to music when I need something soothing and need to relax or calm down. My jazz collection is pretty good,but it could always get better. Anyway, this song always helps me calm down & start to feel better, so its apart of my regular rotation.

John Coltrane's "Naima"

25 Songs, 25 Days - Day 3

Day 03 - A song that reminds you of one/both of your parents Growing up, music was always apart of our household. My parents did that classic Black ppl move, where they threw on the music & had you clean the entire house every Saturday. My parents played a lot of great music - current stuff, old school, jazz, etc. So I have an appreciation for great music that I got from them.

There are so many songs that I could choose that remind me of my parents, of the music that was played in my house. But I'm going to choose two, both actually remind me of my dad more than my mom, but these songs remind me of both of them.

25 Songs, 25 Days - Day 2

Day 2 - a song that reminds you of your most recent ex-boyfriend/girlfriend This one was hard for me...not because I don't have songs that remind of men from my life. This was hard because I haven't had an official "boyfriend" in a very long time. Like a LONG TIME. For several years I didn't want a boyfriend, I wasn't ready & I was just having fun. After that got old, I decided I wanted a boyfriend, but the couple of guys I wanted to fulfill the position didn't want the job :sad:

So......

I'm gonna kinda cheat on this one. Instead of posting a song about my ex-boyfriend, I'm gonna post a song that will forever & always remind me of someone that I used to like a few years ago. I always think of a certain person when I hear this song, or even anything off this album, and I do smile & remember the good times we had. I will be pleasantly surprised if they figure out that I'm talking about them.

So, without further ado...

25 Songs, 25 Days - Day One

Day 1 - A song from your childhood Ok, before I post the song, I need to give some background...

When I was a kid, both my parents worked full-time. During the school year my brothers & I would spend a few hours at home alone (yes I'm a latchkey kid), but you can't leave 3 badass kids home alone all day during the summer, so.....my mom sent us to day camp at our local Boys & Girls Club.

My first summer going to the Boys & Girls Club was the summer between elementary & middle school. I turned 11 that summer, and you know how you feel so big & bad when you move up to a new school. Anyway, the thing I remember most about that summer was how cool we thought we all were. I remember, for my birthday that year I got my first pair of "designer" sneakers - Filas! Don't front like Filas weren't hot in like '92-'93.

That summer, I had a crew of girls that I ran with, and we ran the Boys & Girls Club...or at least the preteens. We played in the game room & the gym, hung out on the playground, and snuck into the Teen Room whenever we could (you had to be 13 I think to go in there). That summer was also the beginning of really "liking" boys - and everybody in my crew had a crush on one of the counselors, I think it was maybe late teens or early 20's. Regardless of his age, we all thought he was yummy delicious (no I wasn't saying yummy delicious back then but you know what I mean!) & stuck to him like white on rice.

Aight...so getting back to the point. Whenever I hear the following song, I think about sitting on the playground with my crew, some of the boys & this counselor...just chilling...and singing this song. Which was SO INAPPROPRIATE for 11-13 year olds to be singing...but hey, it happens.

So the song?

 

BTW, that summer was the summer of singing inappropriate songs. Cause I clearly recall being in the Teen Room singing SWV's "Weak" and H-Town's "Knockin Da Boots" as well. #youth

Jubi's Musical Memories, Part I

Since I was a child, I've had a love affair with music. Growing up, music was always around me & I've always appreciated good music. As I've gotten older, music has been an integral part of the memories that I have of the events of my life. Seems like every time I throw on my iPod or turn on the XM in my car, I hear a song & I'm transported back to the memory that is attached that song. Am I the only one? I got the idea for this post (and series) when I was driving home today & Jon B's "Don't Talk" came on the radio. I was car dancing & I started thinking about the song & the album. That was a good Jon B album, where is he?

When I got home, I threw my iPod on shuffle. Here's what came up....

Outkast - "So Fresh, So Clean"

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This song came out my freshman/sophmore year of college, & it was my jam right from the jump. I'm always reminded of parties at the St. Paul Student Center when I hear this song. Me & my girls (The Hey Girls) would all pre-party in someone's apt or dorm room, & then head over to the party & spend all night dancing.

Tru - "I'm Bout It, Bout It"

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I had to chuckle when this came up! When I was a sophmore in high school, it was all about No Limit Records. That fall I went on the Black College Tour, & we visit Morgan State, Coppin State, Howard, Hampton, & Norfolk State. The entire trip, every kid on the bus was listening to a No Limit CD in their portable CD players (do they even still make those? LOL). We used to get so crunk off some No Limit, I can't even front, I used to love me some Master P #dontjudgeme. Whenever I hear some No Limit, its like I'm back in high school all over again.

Floetry - "Sometimes You Make Me Smile"

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I miss Floetry, I loved them! Especially their second (and last) album Flo 'Ology, which features this song. I played this album out when I was in my second year of my PhD program at Georgia Tech. I saw them perform at The Loft in Atlanta & they put on an amazing show that night. This album is still great music & it gets a lot of play in my car & apartment. I always think of my grad school exploits & the struggles I went through when I listen to this album.

D'Angelo - "Send It On"

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW....this song really has some memories attached to it. Whenever I hear anything from D'Angelo's Voodoo album, my first thought is always my college boo DW. He & I had a storied history, which I wrote about in this post, Memories of a Love Lost... In short, we had feelings but we were both punks, and we settled into a comfy "dating without a title" situation. Right now I'm remembering all the nights I spent in his apartment, making love, listening to D'Angelo & having those long heart-felt talks. *sigh* Man, he used to have my heart and it took me a long time to let that one go completely. I'll probably always have a soft spot for him, and each time I hear this song or "The Root", I feel like that 20 year old girl who fell in love during a moon-lit walk all over again.

Jay-Z - "Encore"

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Y'all know (or at least you should know) that I'm a huge Jay fan. The Black Album is one of my fave Jay albums & still gets regular play. When this album came out I was a senior in college & going through a bunch of stress - applying to grad school, taking 16 credits in chemistry, working two jobs, regional officer in NSBE, plus SGRho. I was stressed, tired all the time, & super duper broke...like I had NO MONEY. I had a friend that was my regional counterpart for NSBE & he surprised me by buying The Black Album & sending it to me. I played this CD out yall!