Nobody asked me to do this, but I saw the posts at this blog and this blog, and I thought I would give it a shot. I suspect I will get a bunch of “who?” with my list; or maybe not, I don’t know. What I do know is that I followed the rules, and this is what came up.
Of course, there has to be rules, even with a challenge like this. So here we go.
- Put your iPod (or whatever you use to store or play your music) on shuffle and list the first 10 songs that play.
- List your favorite lyric from each song.
- Tag anyone you would like to participate (and in my case, I’ll link back to the above posts).
So, here goes. My list probably won’t be anywhere near as diverse as those in the highlighted posts, but it’s mine. I’ll claim it.
“Till The End Of Time” by Starpoint: Ah, the little band that could from Annapolis, or Severna Park (or let’s just call it Anne Arundel County), Maryland. (Represent!). The lyric is sung by the incredible Renee Diggs. May she rest in peace; she had a beautiful voice.
I’ll never give you reason to doubt my feelings.
I’ll cherish every moment that I spend with you.
I’ll be lover, I’ll be friend, oh I’ll be there beside you.
Like no one you ever knew.You take my breath away Please believe me when I say
You can depend on me
You know how long I’ve waited
Nothings gonna change my mind oh no
Your love is all I need
And I hope you hear me say this
But, I want you til the end of time.
“9mm Goes Bang” Boogie Down Productions:The Teacher, KRS-One with DJ Scott La Rock. From the album that put BDP on the map, Criminal Minded. I chose the opening lyrics, because of the way KRS says them in his version of the Jamaican patois (song contains non-worksafe lyrics and violent imagery):
Me knew a crack dealer by the name of Peter
Had to buck him down with my 9 millimeter
He said I had his girl, I said “now what are you? stupid?”
But he tried to play me out and KRS-One knew it
He reached for his pistol but it was just a waste
Cos my 9 millimeter was up against his face
He pulled his pistol anyway and I filled him full of lead
But just before he fell to the ground this is what I said
Wa da da dang
Wa da da da dang
Listen to my 9 millimeter go bang
Wa da da dang
Wa da da da dang
This is KRS-One
“Creep” by TLC: I already posted about this song. Still love it though. Kind of amazed it showed up in the shuffle. It’s the old R&B standard, the cheating song, with a 90s twist.
So I creep, yeah, just creepin’
On the down low, ‘cept nobody is supposed to know.
So I creep yeah, ’cause he doesn’t know what I do
And no attention goes to show oh.
“Holiday” by Madonna: Funny story, but when I first heard this song, without seeing who she was, I thought she was black. Was I surprised when I saw her perform it on Solid Gold not long after that!
Everybody spread the word
We’re gonna have a celebration
All across the world
In every nation
It’s time for the good times
Forget about the bad times
One day to come together
To release the pressure
We need a holiday
“Cherish The Day” by Sade: I love this one. I love her.
I cherish the day
I won’t go astray
I won’t be afraid
You won’t catch me running
You’re ruling the way that I move
You take my air
You show me how deep love can be
“Soul Shadows” by The Crusaders feat. Bill Withers-They released this right after the album Street Life. All I will say is, you cannot possibly go wrong when Bill Withers is on your track.
Standing by the window as a fog rolls in
I swear I can hear a far-off music
Jelly Roll is playing down in Storyville
And Satchmo is wailing in Chicago
You ought to heard ’em play
Feelings that won’t go away
Left the sound of their souls in the air
I hear out there and I know
“You Know How To Love Me” by Phyllis Hyman: Most Phyllis Hyman fans love her way with the ballads. I do too. But this one time, she got to cut loose with something uptempo. All thanks to James Mtume and Reggie Lucas for this one. All these years on, she’s still missed. Rest in peace, Ms. Hyman.
Measure for measure
Your love’s so much pleasure
Like a haunting melody
You came inside and captured me
And I’m so happy
you’re the rhythm of my rhyme
You and I together
We’ll stand the test of time
“Walk On By” by Isaac Hayes: I’ve already done a post including this song. Which probably tells you where I’m getting some of my song ideas from. From Hot Buttered Soul. You could pick any part of this Bacharach-David composition as a favorite lyric. This is what I chose.
I just can’t get over losing you
And so if I seem broken in two
Walk on by, walk on by
Is all that I have left
So let me hide
The tears and the sadness you gave me
When you said goodbye
“Running” by Eliane Elias: And now for something completely different: ha! Brazilian jazz pianist Elias sings (part of it in her native Portuguese) one of my favorite songs. Love the resiliency in the lyrics.
I’ll keep on living
I’ll keep on running
Passing through hallways
Of who I’ve become
I’ll keep on driving
Into the darkness
Not scared of loving
Turn my lights on
Cause where I’m from
We carry on
And keep on living
And keep on running
What I’ve been running from
“O.P.P.” by Naughty by Nature: The song that introduced Naughty By Nature to a waiting audience. Probably the best use of the Jackson 5’s “ABC” in a sample that I can think of. Picking a favorite lyric of Treach’s is going to be tricky, but I’ll give it a shot. And yes, this is absolutely, hip hop. No doubt about it.
You ever had a girl and met her on a nice hello
You get her name and number and then you feelin’ real mellow
You get home, wait a day, she’s what you wanna know about
Then you call up and it’s her girlfriend or her cousin’s house
It’s not a front, F to the R to the O to the N to the T
It’s just her boyfriend’s at her house (Boy, that’s what is scary)
It’s OPP, time other people’s what you get it
There’s no room for relationship there’s just room to hit it
How many brothers out there know just what I’m getting at
Who thinks it’s wrong cause I’m splitting and cold-hitting that
Well if you do, that’s O.P.P. and you’re not down with it
But if you don’t, here’s your membership
So there it is. Love songs, cheating songs, some jazzy songs, and some real hip-hop. As for tagging anyone, feel free to include yourselves. Just make sure you link back to the above blogs and to me, so that I can see what you end up with.