Welcome to day 5 of the A Song A Day Challenge. As with the previous four days, a thank you goes out to Lennon Carlyle of the Fabulous With Glitches blog for the nomination. Yesterday I mentioned that Lennon likes to dance (I only know through her blog posts and comments here), so today should be right up her alley. By all means, though, please visit her blog. I’m sure you will like what you find.
As with the previous four days, I present the rules:
- Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
- Post the name of the song and video.
- Post what the lyrics mean to you (optional).
- Nominate two different bloggers each day of the challenge.
Since this is the last day, it’s my last call for anyone to step up and take on the challenge. I mentioned before that everyone that I would nominate either is doing it, or has already done it, or is award-free.
For the last day of the A Song A Day Challenge, I’ve gone way overboard. Rather than one song, I’ve got a list of thirteen. For Funky Friday, we are celebrating one state and one city primarily, for bringing us a ton of funk. If you couldn’t guess from the title of this post, the state is Ohio. The city in question, is Dayton. Dayton, Ohio is known as the epicenter of funk. Many bands were based or formed there; among them Slave, the Ohio Players, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Lakeside, and Zapp, to name a few.
I have created a playlist of songs featuring bands from Dayton, Ohio, along with a couple special guests from other cities in the state (The Isley Brothers, for example, were from Cincinnati, and the Dazz Band were formed in Cleveland). Together they represent the O-H-I-O spoken of in the title of the post. Now the song “O-H-I-O” by the Ohio Players is not included on the list, but the band is definitely represented. As with all my YouTube playlists, I’ve listed the songs below, so if you can’t play a video, you can seek out the song or songs you can’t hear. Hopefully today’s list is full of songs you can play from start to finish!
The Funky Friday: O-H-I-O playlist:
- “Sun Is Here” by Sun
- “Fire” by the Ohio Players
- “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Roger
- “Riding High” by Faze-O
- “The Pinocchio Theory” by Bootsy’s Rubber Band
- “Fantastic Voyage” by Lakeside
- “Climbin’ Up The Ladder, Parts 1 & 2” by the Isley Brothers
- “Just A Touch Of Love” by Slave
- “Are You Single” by Aurra
- “Hot Fun In The Summertime” by Dayton
- “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” by Heatwave
- “Let It Whip” by Dazz Band
- “More Bounce To The Ounce” by Zapp
If you have about am hour and a half to spare, this should move ya. Funk in its many flavors. Horns, fat basslines, groovy guitars, and even synthesizers are splashed all over this set. Some of the best funk tunes from Dayton and the state of Ohio from 1974-1982 can be found on this list. I could have come up with dozens more, but that might be too much funk for you!
If you can use Spotify, the playlist is also here (a shorter version of “More Bounce To The Ounce” by Zapp is included):
This concludes A Song A Day in a funky way! As always, thanks for reading and listening.