Last night, The Teacher and I were listening to Jill Scott’s debut album, Who Is Jill Scott – Words And Sounds, Vol. 1, when I realized that three songs from that album would make a nice triple play for this week’s Sunday Slow Jams. Those songs—”A Long Walk,” “He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat),” and “The Way” form the middle of this week’s playlist. I’ve also included some favorites from the 80s and 90s as well to round out the list. As always, I’ve listed each of the songs in the playlist in case you are unable to hear any of them in the video playlist.
This week’s Sunday Slow Jams playlist:
- “If You Play Your Cards Right” by Alicia Myers
- “Your Love Is King” by Sade
- “Making Love In The Rain” by Herb Alpert (featuring Lisa Keith & Janet Jackson)
- “Lonely” by Janet Jackson
- “Sign Your Name” by Terence Trent D’Arby
- “A Long Walk” by Jill Scott
- “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)” by Jill Scott
- “The Way” by Jill Scott
- “You Are My Everything” by Surface (featuring Regina Belle)
- “Come Closer” by Puff Johnson
- “Come Over To My Place” by Davina
- “Can’t Let Go” by Laurnea
- “Tell Him” by Lauryn Hill
A few notes on some of the songs: first of all, no Boney James “Seduction” as the weekly theme. I’m sure Just Joan will be surprised to see him turn up missing, but it’s not the first time he’s disappeared, and probably won’t be the last. Who knows, he may turn up in the list rather than at the beginning one of these weeks. The Alicia Myers track was originally credited to the band One Way, and was actually included on one of their albums, though I see now it is under Myers’ name. No matter, it’s a great song. By now, many people know that the lead vocal on “Making Love In The Rain” was by Lisa Keith, though many people remember Janet Jackson’s background vocal performance and think the song is hers. The song belongs to her then-label boss, Herb Alpert, recorded while she was still at A&M Records, and just after she had exploded with her Control album.
Now known as Sananda Maitreya, the man formerly known as Terence Trent D’Arby broke out in 1987 with his debut album Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby. While the album did have hits, including this week’s inclusion “Sign Your Name,” it never reached the grandiose predictions he made for it. The music is still good though. Finally, a few words about the likes of Puff Johnson, Davina, and Laurnea-each of whom made a memorable song or two in the 1990s, but didn’t get the chance or couldn’t make a follow-up that resonated with the masses, though I’m sure each of them continued to make music in some form. I hope you enjoy their contributions to the playlist.
Below is the Spotify playlist (minus Lauryn Hill’s “Tell Me” (?)) for this week’s slow jam playlist. Thanks as always for reading and listening.