Music is my second joy next to writing, and I honestly couldn’t live without the composers, musicians, and artists who graces us with such beautiful sounds. These playlists are so fun to do because I get to share what I typically listen to, and possibly introduce to you some songs you may not have heard of before. However, what I failed to make clear, was to simply explain my music taste. I could give you a bunch of songs, but it doesn’t really illustrate my mood, my personality, and overall vibe of the week. I believe that the music we choose to listen to reflects us, and it’s scary once you think about it. The lyrics of all the music you listen may not accurately portray your life, but it definitely paints a portion of who you are.
With that in mind, my playlists from now on will do just that. Only seven songs a week will have a theme that connects with me in some way. For this week, I’m describing my music taste with these songs that does a pretty good job at illustrating that. I love R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, but simply just rhythm and meaning. It doesn’t really matter what genre of music. Sometimes I love just listening and reciting lyrics, but there’s moments when I need a dance break. Speaking of dance, listen to the first song and I bet you will not stand or sit still.
1. Guy – Teddy’s Jam 2
This song reflects my love for ad-libs, funk, and old school vibes. I love the new jack swing style of music; it reminds me so much of House Party, and how much fun people had during that time. I can be myself when I hear music like this; forget everything that I’m going through at that moment, and completely lose myself in music. Aaron Hall really took over this song too.
2. A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
Over time, I’ve learned that there is a portion of Hip-Hop music that relaxes my mind, and a portion that gives me a throbbing headache. Hip Hop is simply poetry, and I have the right to stay away from messages that aren’t clear, drowned in sex, or violent without a reason. People like Common, 2Pac, A Tribe Called Quest, T.I., J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Mos Def, and LL Cool J are just a few that I can listen to without a problem. However, I do require clean versions of albums and songs sometimes because I’m still not used to hearing explicit language on a consistent basis.
3. Ledisi – High
This song recently came out and Ledisi’s new album, Let Love Rule, is available now everywhere. I’m starting to think that every Ledisi song that I fall in love with, talks about my life. I love relatable music, and music that expresses joy. I cling to a lot of feel good soul music artists like Erykah Badu, Solange, India-Arie, Diana Ross, and Chaka Khan. I also love gospel music; it’s really the only genre that has the power to make me cry, but in a good way though. When I don’t usually feel my best, I have to listen to a song that sounds like this, and if that doesn’t work, silence is usually the best option for me.
4. Musiq Soulchild – Simple Things
For this song, I’m more focused on the rhythm because it adds to the message of the song.
I love hearing instruments collaborate and mix. They produce a sound that is either innovative or ageless. This is why I love artists like Prince, Mint Condition, Lenny Kravitz, Raphael Saadiq, D’Angelo, and Maroon 5. The lyrics is one thing, but the production gives off a mood that words can’t.
This song has a beautiful message though, and I advise you to read the lyrics when you get a chance. In this technology and fame driven world, I have to distance away from everything and boost my confidence up because the pressure to be perfect and popular is very high these days.
5. Aaliyah – Try Again
I really wish Aaliyah was still here. I just enjoy her music; it has you dancing, singing, and daydreaming. I daydream majority of the time when I listen to music, and artists like Janet Jackson, Brownstone, SWV, and Dru Hill makes that easy to do.
6. Luke James – Drip
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I’ve been addicted to this song since it came out. It’s like if Prince, Marvin Gaye, and Bootsy Collins were all in a room together, and they created this masterpiece called Luke James. I love men of soul and R&B who not only celebrate love, but celebrate women in their songs. This is why I love artists like The Isley Brothers, Michael Jackson, New Edition, Silk, and Tank. The soul in this form of music is so poignant.
7. Miles Davis – So What
I love this particular song because it has a lot of attitude, calmness, and ruffles in between. Definitely describes me. I’m still a young student when it comes to Jazz. No lyrics, just sounds. I’m allowed to create my own words and phrases with the emotions of the sax and piano, and I feel free. So far, I’ve listened to legends like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, and Herbie Hancock. I’m not counting Jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. There are so many elements to this genre that I can’t figure it out, but maybe that’s the point.
I hope you now have a good picture of why I love music and the type of music that’s usually coming out of my headphones. There’s so much more music and genres that I love, but we’ll get there.