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Good Mood Music: Stronger

…Wait ’til you see my smile
Wait ’til you see what’s next
Wait ’til you see this light
That’s burning through my chest…

Tank is one of a myriad of singers that probably doesn’t get the play that is deserved for how talented he is (the story of present-day R&B, right?).

The former Ginuwine backup singer has been singing solo since the early 2000s (in addition to limited engagements with Ginuwine and Tyrese as TGT). “Stronger” is his ode to the transformative power of love from his 2014 release that bears the same name as the song.

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Classic Movie Musical Number Pick Me Ups

Found myself in a classic movie mood recently. More specifically, in the mood to watch two of my favorite classic movie musical numbers.

The first is “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” featuring Dorothy Dandridge and the Nicholas Brothers from the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade.

The second is the infamous dance break in Stormy Weather (1943) featuring the Nicholas Brothers, considered by many to be the best dance break ever. It’s the crescendo that ends Cab Calloway’s “Jumpin’ Jive.”

Each time I watch these numbers, I’m a bit happier than before I pressed play. They both exude joy to me.

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Good Mood Music: The 30-Day Music Challenge Part 4

This is the 4th and final part of the songs I chose for the 30-Day Music Challenge I completed on Twitter last month. Part 1 (songs 1-7) is here. Part 2 (songs 8-15) is here. Part 3 (songs 16-22) is here.

DAY 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to

DAY 24: A song by a band/group you wish was still together

DAY 25: A song by an artist no longer living

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Good Mood Music: The 30-Day Music Challenge Part 3

This is part 3 of the songs I chose for the 30-Day Music Challenge I completed on Twitter last month. Part 1 (songs 1-7) is here. Part 2 (songs 8-15) is here. Part 4 (songs 23-30) is here.

DAY 16: One of your favorite songs from a movie

DAY 17: A song that features your favorite artist

DAY 18: A song from the year that you were born

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Who Gets To Be the Star of Their Own Story in Sports Media?

The secret’s not in the mayonnaise by the way.

That quote makes no sense without watching Toronto Star writer Morgan P. Campbell’s TED talk titled “Race, Sports and Telling True Stories.”

In his speech, Morgan does a great job breaking down who gets to be the star of their story versus who routinely gets relegated to a prop within a narrative. It’s a good listen.

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Good Mood Music: The 30-Day Music Challenge Part 2

This is part 2 of the songs I chose for the 30-Day Music Challenge I completed on Twitter last month. Part 1 (songs 1-7) is here. Part 3 (songs 16-22) is here. Part 4 (songs 23-30) is here.

DAY 8: A song about drugs or alcohol

DAY 9: A song that makes you happy

DAY 10: A song that makes you sad

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Good Mood Music: The 30-Day Music Challenge Part 1

It’s a 30 for 1 special!

Last month, I did the 30-Day Music Challenge on Twitter. So instead of picking just one song for this month to feature, I’m listing all of my responses from the challenge. Below are days 1-7. Days 8-15 are in part 2. Days 16-22 are in part 3. Days 23-30 are in part 4.

DAY 1: A song you like with a color in the title

DAY 2: A song you like with a number in the title

DAY 3: A song that reminds you of summertime

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