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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. Songs 23-30 will be in part 4.

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 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 will be 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” Challenge 

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.

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Good Mood Music: Here Come The Girls

Mardi Gras was a few weeks ago, but the spirit of celebration is alive in this song whenever you want to play it. Trombone Shorty’s cover of the Allen Troussaint composed and Ernie K-Doe performed song “Here Come The Girls” is NOLA through and through.

As you can guess from the artist’s name, the horns are on point. The brass playing is so good, it all but renders the lyrics in the song a moot point. The cover is part of Trombone Shorty’s upcoming Parking Lot Symphony album.

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Good Mood Music: Breathless

This is probably one of my 3 favorite songs of all-time. Seriously. After this song came out, I played it at least once every day for months straight — and still play it regularly 10 years later.

Breathless” from Corrine Bailey Rae’s self-titled debut album is just one of those songs for me.

The melody. The horns. How it’s complex, yet simple. There are so many things that draw me to this song. Maybe most of all, if I’m only picking one thing, I love the rhythm in which she sings “there’s a chemistry, energy, a synchronicity when we’re alone” during the chorus.

During a live performance, Corrine mentioned that she wrote the song to convey the emotions surrounding “how it feels when you fall in love with a really good friend. All those looks you give each other to know whether they feel the same way you do.”

Interestingly enough, “Breathless” wasn’t one of the four main singles from the album. Those four songs were: “Like A Star”, “Put Your Records On”, “Trouble Sleeping” and “I’d Like To”. “Breathless” was instead released as a promotional single in the U.S. when the record company decided to make an overseas push.