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Arguing with “singer-songwriter” purists is so tiring. Do you know how often a GREAT vocalist and a GREAT songwriter are in the same person? Like….once a generation and her name is Mariah Carey. Dassit.

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Arguing with “singer-songwriter” purists is so tiring. Do you know how often a GREAT vocalist and a GREAT songwriter are in the same person? Like….once a generation and her name is Mariah Carey. Dassit. 

Most of your favorite singer-songwriters are better at one than the other. Carole King, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan – icons….and most people sing their songs better than they could. That’s not shade, that’s just recognizing how rare it is to be truly legendary in two fields.

Michael Jordan was a basketball player and baseball player. He was a better baseball player than everyone you know personally, but he couldn’t compare to everyone he was playing with and he’s only a legend in one.
That’s singer-songwriters.

I don’t care that Whitney Houston didn’t write songs the same way I don’t care that Diane Warren can’t sing. They are exceptional at the thing they do, and the same goes for pop song writers. Any trained musician or composer can take some of what casual listening “purists” say is generic pop music and tell you why it’s musically more complex than you think or downright exceptional.

If the only music you think is MUSIC is some white guy singing 6 notes strumming a guitar, I’d love to put that guy next to Rodney Jerkins in a studio and have them each crank out a song. I promise you one of them will be far superior – musically – than the other. 

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Watch: Megan Thee Stallion “Thot Shit”

Who is doing it like Megan?

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Music videos don’t surprise me anymore…but Megan just surprised me. The Nightmare on Elm Street throwback? These costumes? The political commentary? Cheyenne Escada from Legendary making a cameo?
 
And Megan’s flow is just so smooth. Who is doing it like her?
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90s R&B Girl Groups Playlist

Every song I like from every R&B girl group of the 90s.

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The Xscape / SWV Verzuz prompted me to make a playlist of all the songs I like from R&B girl groups of the 90s. It’s in chronological order, so it’s a good progression of sounds and trends, from En Vogue “Hold On” to En Vogue “Riddle”

If your jam is missing, it might not be on Spotify (Pure Soul “We Must Be In Love” Brownstone “5 Miles to Empty” etc.) but lemme know if I skipped some groups!

(Also, I think I might expand into the 2000s a bit? Cherish and ISYSS and groups like that fit right in, and I want more Destiny’s Child.)

((AlsoAlso, the Spotify embed stops at 100 songs, but there are over twice that many on it. It’s an extensive overview!))

 

 

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Ultimate Christmas Party

Bops ONLY! No ballads!

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I love Christmas music!

No sarcasm either. I worked retail for the better part of a decade and it didn’t make me hate holiday season at all — but it gave me a lot of Christmas Bops! The thing that I don’t like about most Christmas playlists is when you’re at a party and you have a good vibe going and then somebody’s overly ad-libbed version of “Silent Night” or “O Come Emmanuel” comes on and drags the mood down.

So this is a Christmas Party Playlist — bops only, no ballads. I tried to group the songs together by genre so you could skip a section if that’s not your sound, but it roughly goes from Gospel to R&B to Pop to Rock to Country and I feel like you should just put it on shuffle for your Ugly Christmas Party and have a ball.

And! For the heathens who like some secular music sprinkled in, there’s a Deluxe version that has a non-holiday bop for every Christmas song.

Happy Holidays!

(For those who are asking, I didn’t make a Christmas Wishlist this year because I’ll be moving in a few months and I don’t need anything until we see what our space is like. Send good vibes and do something nice for somebody!)

 

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