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Good Mood Music: Stronger

Did you see these scars
Trying to eat through this flesh?
Making its way to my heart
Wanting to destroy what’s left.
What you saw was at the start
Of destruction at its best…

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.

…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…

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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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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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Good Mood Music: The Lady In My Life

…And I will keep you warm
Through the shadows of the night
Let me touch you with my love
I can make you feel so right…
…And baby through the years
Even when we’re old and gray
I will love you more each day
‘Cause you will always be the lady in my life…

Despite Michael Jackson being the “King of Pop” and revered for his dancing abilities, I gravitate towards the ballads in his catalog for many of my very favorite MJ songs.

The pattern holds true when it comes to my favorite song on his legendary Thriller album. While I really like listening to the more uptempo tracks, I can listen to  “The Lady In My Life” on repeat like no other.

I remember someone a few years ago asking people to name their favorite 3-5 MJ songs, and “The Lady In My Life” was mentioned surprisingly often. Surprising because of the 7 singles released off the 9 song containing Thriller, “The Lady In My Life” wasn’t one. The popularity of the album’s closing tune has been as much by happenstance as a song on the world’s best selling album ever could have.

I love the song so much that songs that sample it automatically increase their standing with me. Case and point: “Hey Lover” by LL Cool J featuring Boyz II Men.

Make no mistake, I already love LL and Boyz II Men so I likely would’ve liked, or really liked, that song anyway. However, the sample puts it over the top in a similar way that the “Show You The Way To Go” sample helped make LaDae’s “Party2Nite” a permanent fixture in my music collection.

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Good Mood Music: “Mask Off” Challengeย 

I love musicians that can combine their training on classic instruments and put their own take on contemporary music.

The “Mask Off” Challenge is one of those moments. The song that inspired the challenge is a trap rap song performed by Future.

I’m a strings girl, so many of my faves were done by violinists and cellists like the few below.

Though I like the string instrument renditions, I know that the strong attraction of the song lies in the flute. Flute melodies like the one in this song were used in negro spirituals. That flute just draws people in.

Bonus: Here’s another recent classic instrument and contemporary song mashup I love.