It’s amazing just how music can totally change your mood.  It can give you energy to get you through that last set of exercises, it can lift your spirits, or it can bring back the memories of an old flame.  These days I don’t listen to too much music on the radio – unless it’s an oldies station.  I find myself listening to talk radio more, especially if Petunia is in the car with me.  A lot of this new stuff their playing – I. Just. Can’t.  Some of it is just down right embarrassing with all of the blatant sexual content.  Who wants to listen to some little 20 year old kid telling you how good he is in bed?  Boy, please!  (Well, unless you’re a cougar, you might be okay with it.)

Anywho, the following are a few of my all time favorite CDs:

Maze: Live in New Orleans

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly: “Live in New Orleans” is an album I literally grew up listening to.  I can’t begin to explain the love affair the people of New Orleans has with the group Maze. This was my mom’s cleaning music.  Every other Saturday morning, this sound of this album let me know that it was time to start cleaning.  I have since picked up the habit.  This music has a way of making the cleaning go by just that much faster. And if you’re in the club, and “Before I Let Go” comes on, the crowd will rush the dance floor!  This one always gets the party started!

Michael Jackson: Thriller
Michael Jackson’s Thriller is an album that I literally wore out!  I was 11 years old when this album came out, and was so excited when my mom bought it for me.  I even made up dance routines to some of the songs!  LOL!  My favorite song from this album is actually “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)“.
The Notorious BIG: Ready to Die
Released in 1994, this album introduced us to Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious BIG.  Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs, the album was included on Time’s 2006 list of 100 greatest albums of all times.  My favorite track on this album is Juicy, which is a lyrical autobiographical account of his life from rags to riches.  Unfortunately the world was only graced with the presence of The Notorious BIG for 3 short years, as he was gunned down in a drive by shooting in 1997, a result of the East Coast/West Coast hip hop rivalry.
What about you?  What are some of your all time favorite CDs?

September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt: List 5 of your all-time favorite CDs and why you love them. Include clips from Grooveshark and/or YouTube.


3 Comments on Music Soothes the Soul

  1. Mocadeaux
    September 16, 2013 at 2:30 am (4 years ago)

    I laughed when I read your comment about listening to more talk radio than music. I’m right there with you. I don’t want to sound like a crotchety old lady but lots of what I do hear on the radio today just isn’t interesting or clever.
    Michael Jackson – what an incredible talent. I’m so sorry that he had such a tough life.

    • Kimberly H. Smith
      September 16, 2013 at 3:27 am (4 years ago)

      My husband is a BIG fan of Frankie Beverly and Maze. MJ is a classic of course! I so love watching my son embrace his music and his moves. I’m almost afraid for the day when he realizes Michael is no longer with us. I have yet to tell him. Ready To Die is a great album too. I talked in my post about how I “discovered” Tupac late, but I discovered Biggie even later. Three lives gone too soon, yet leaving great music behind. Thanks for sharing and linking up, Kennie!

    • Beignet Mamas
      September 16, 2013 at 4:38 am (4 years ago)

      Trust me Mocadeaux, you do not sound like an old lady! Some of this stuff that’s played today is just down right shameful. And further more, is anyone going to tell some of these folks that they really can NOT sing??? Talent seems to be more about looks these days.
      Yes Kimberly, three lives gone too soon – and each death preventable. I remember watching all of the Michael Jackson tributes, and there was one in particular that showed videos from when he was a kid singing with the Jackson Five. There were children present, and they all were confused about the change in his appearance. The adults in the room had to explain to them that it really was him.


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