Once again, it’s time to play You Play The Songs. If you weren’t here last month for the last edition or you’ve forgotten how it goes, I’ll tell you all about it. We’re making a mixtape of songs, based on whatever you’re feeling, whatever mood you’re in, or whatever whatever. Doesn’t matter whether it’s an original or a remake, fast or slow, happy or sad. It also does not matter what genre or style you pick. Just find your song or songs, and leave them in a comment.
Here’s what you do: go to YouTube and find your song. When you find the video you want to share, click Share. When you see Share, Embed, Email, click on Embed (though I understand that share works as well). Copy the code that shows underneath where you clicked and paste it in your comment. You can also do the same if the song is on Soundcloud. Click Share on your Soundcloud song, choose Embed, click the box that says WordPress code, copy and paste the code into your comment. Real simple, isn’t it? Feel free to say a few words about your song: why you picked it, what it means to you, etc.
This month, I’m going to be all over the place. My first song is a dance classic that was included on the Breakin’ movie soundtrack. Last week on my Funky Friday post about the boom box, one of the songs featured in the comments was the theme from the movie, “There’s No Stoppin’ Us” by Ollie & Jerry. That song got me thinking about carrying the boom box around and watching people breakdance and pop-lock. I was more a pop-lock kid myself, but I liked watching the breakers too. I’m sure this song by Hot Streak called “Body Work” figured into a lot of breakdance sessions.
The next two songs feature one of my teenage crushes, Linda Clifford. Clifford was something of a disco queen, having hits from 1977 to the early 1980s, most of which were favorites on the dance charts. Many of those songs were played on the R&B stations back in the day as well. This first one was a dance hit, which was produced by none other than Isaac Hayes. Here’s “Shoot Your Best Shot” from 1980.
The year before “Shoot Your Best Shot” was released, Clifford released a duet album with Curtis Mayfield. The biggest hit from that album was a romantic song called “Between You Baby And Me.” It is a favorite of mine and I can’t imagine how I left this off the Love Is In The Air playlist from Valentine’s Day weekend. Here’s something to enjoy when you want to slow the pace down a bit.
So drop your songs in the comments. Let’s make this a mixtape to remember! Thanks so much for reading, listening, and hopefully participating!