My mother isn’t a regular reader of my blog—after all, she doesn’t have or want internet access—but what she gave me regarding an appreciation of R&B can be seen throughout my many music posts. One thing that I know she loves are the slow jams; the slow songs that populate many Quiet Storm radio shows from coast to coast. So for the first Sunday Slow Jams post, I thought I’d pick some of her favorites.
This mix and any future ones will kick off with “Seduction” by Boney James. Two reasons: one, I need a “theme” song like all the other slow jam shows, and I didn’t want to use one that I knew some other programs had and two, James is one of my mom’s favorite saxophone players. Here’s a list of the slow jams I chose for this week:
- “Seduction” by Boney James
- “The Image Of You” by Scott Jarrett
- “Beware” by Barry White
- “Wildflower” by New Birth
- “I Stand Accused” by Isaac Hayes
- “This Must Be Heaven” by Brainstorm
- “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha” by Bobby Womack
- “Just To Keep You Satisfied” by Marvin Gaye
- “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” by Al Green
- “The Second Time Around” by Luther
- “Where Do We Go From Here/Journey” by Enchantment
The Jarrett song was one used by Melvin Lindsey when he came back to Washington radio after leaving WHUR-FM’s Quiet Storm. Since the station’s nightly Quiet Storm program was closely associated with Smokey Robinson’s song, he began featuring “The Image Of You” on his new show, and listeners loved it. Mom has always loved that song, but I’v had a hard time finding it except on YouTube. The rest of the songs are some of her long-time favorites. You will notice some of the all-time greats of R&B among those listed; the song “The Second Time Around” is Luther Vandross in his first group named Luther in the mid-70s. Vandross would remake the song for his album Any Love in 1988.
Here’s hoping you enjoy these classic slow songs that I associate with my mom’s love of the Quiet Storm. These were some of the songs that helped me appreciate the format, and love the slow jam. Thanks for reading and listening.