Throwbacks/Memory Lane

One of my favorite comedians is gone. Bernie Mac died this morning of complications brought on by pnuemonia. Read the story HERE.

I’ve posted a couple of Bernie Mac’s perfomances from Def Comedy Jam.

Thanks for the laughs Uncle Bernie! You will be missed. ūüė¶






We love themes for O.S.F. and this week’s theme is “another sad love song“.

I love this artist but I can only listen for so long because it makes me…uhm, you guessed it…SAD!

Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, (born 16 January 1959), better known as Sade ( É…Ďňźňąde…™), is a Nigerian-born English singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer, noted for her soulful, smoky contralto voice. She has achieved success in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the popular Grammy Award-winning group Sade. Her name, Folasade, means honour confers a crown.


Is It A Crime

Because I just can’t leave you feeling sad and hopeless….

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This week’s theme is ‘best guitar/bass solo”. Immediately I knew who I would choose to feature. I love this woman’s music…her vibe, especially on her first two CDs. However, a cut on her 2nd CD, “Peace Beyond Passion“,¬†caused me to raise an eyebrow and created some inner conflict. Truthfully, I rarely played the CD after listening to “Leviticus: Faggot“…I put the CD away for a loooong time.¬†Don’t worry, that track isn’t featured here. ūüôā

Michelle Lynn Johnson (born August 29, 1968 in Berlin, Germany), better known as Meshell Ndegeocello, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist. She was raised in Washington, D.C. where she attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Oxon Hill High School. The music press has hailed her as a redeemer of soul music. Her music incorporates funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz. She has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards. [Source]

Meshell Ndegeocello is pronounced MEE-shell n-deh-gay-o-chel-o. Ndegeocello¬†means “free like a bird” in Swahili.¬†

I hope you enjoy….

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The theme this week is remakes. So, with summer right around the corner I went with “Summer Madness“.

My first memory of the song is Kool & The Gang’s version jamming on my father’s stereo. It reminds me¬†of my dad and Sunday mornings in New Orleans when the radio station, WYLD-FM 98, would play jazz until noon. It also reminds me of crawfish boils on Lake Ponchatrain and the smell of incense.

Kool & the Gang is a highly successful American jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco group. They originally formed in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA in 1964. They went through several musical phases in their career, starting out with a purist jazz sound, becoming practitioners of R&B and funk, progressing to a smooth disco ensemble, and ended the successful period of their career producing pop/R&B crossovers. [Source]

Fast foward to 1991. Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff releases “Summertime” sampling the instrumental¬†overlayed with¬†Big Willy’s lyrics!!

Here it is the groove slightly transformed
Just a bit of a break from the norm
Just a little somethin to break the monotony
Of all that hardcore dance that has gotten to be
A little bit out of control its cool to dance
But what about the groove that soothes that moves romance

School is out and its a sort of a buzz
A back then I didnt really know what it was
But now I see what have of this
The way that people respond to summer madness
The weather is hot and girls are dressing less
And checking out the fellas to tell em whos best
Riding around in your jeep or your benzos
Or in your nissan stting on lorenzos

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Quick Regina Cassandra
MarvalusOne AJ Believer 1964
Marcus LANGFORD Lisa C Kreative Talk
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Here is my pick for this week.

Michael Franks (born 18 September 1944 in La Jolla, California) is a smooth jazz singer and songwriter from the United States. He has recorded with a Who’s Who of artists, such as Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Art Garfunkel, and David Sanborn. His songs have been recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Patti Labelle, Carmen McRae, Diana Krall, and The Carpenters.

His best known works include “Popsicle Toes”, “Monkey See, Monkey Do”, “The Lady Wants to Know”, “When the Cookie Jar is Empty”, “Tiger in the Rain”, “Rainy Night in Tokyo”, and “Tell Me All About It”. His biggest hit came in 1983 with “When Sly Calls (Don’t Touch That Phone)”, from the album Passionfruit. Radio hits include “Your Secret’s Safe With Me” from the 1985 album Skin Dive, and “Island Life” from 1987’s The Camera Never Lies. [Source]

Michael Franks’ music evokes memories of my days at LSU and the major crush I had on F.Blunt. His music was playing on the cassette tape¬†player while we made out in his dorm room after drinking a bottle of Asti Spumante. The making out didn’t go any further than some heavy petting.¬†Yep, those were some good times!!! 8)


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Quick Regina Cassandra
MarvalusOne AJ Believer 1964
Marcus LANGFORD Lisa C Kreative Talk
Electronic Village invisiblewoman sHaE-sHaE
Mrs Grapevine