Thursday, December 30, 2010

Divas Salute a Year in Music

Andrea, Helen, Lakeisha and Kimberly doing it up celebration style in the studio with the end of the year Sophie's Parlor!

Andrea's Top 2010 Tunes
Sophie's Theme    3:13    Pam Parker    Imagine    R&B        
Bridge Over Troubled Waters    5:49    Aretha Franklin    Live At The Fillmore West    R&B     
Fertile Ground    7:41    Tia Fuller    Healing Space    Jazz             
Two Tears    4:34    Joan Armatrading    This Charming Life    Rock        
Obatala    3:47    Valdes    y los tambores bata de Jesus Pérez    Latin

Helen's Top 2010 Tunes
My Only Way Out Is In    3:04    Anne Heaton    Blazing Red
I've Got That Thing    2:56    Catherine Russell    Sentimental Streak
Higher Ground    5:35    Elizabeth Shepherd    Parkdale
Zulu Lounge    5:52    Freshlyground    Ma' Cheri
Deep Within the Corners of My Mind    3:19    Melody Gardot    My One and Only Thrill (Bonus Track Version)
Change    4:22    Mindi Abair    Stars
A Hazy Shade of Winter    4:48    Susan Werner    Classics

Kimberly's Top 2010 Tunes 
Sun Moon Child 4:20  Imani Uzuri    Her Holy Water: A Black Girl's Rock Opera
Unconventional 4:07 Lulu Fall  It's Official
Chameleon 4:10 Dezaray Dawn Chameleon EP
I Need Your Lovin 5:32 Teena Marie Greatest Hits

Lakeisha's Top 2010 Tunes 
Black Is 5:18 Lena Horne Lena Horne
My Mother's Daughter 5:02 Somi Red Soil In My Eyes
Lovergirl 4:10 Teena Marie Sinbad's 1st Annual Summer Jam & 70's Soul Music Festival Part 1
Prayer at the Crossroads 4:31 Sweet Honey in The Rock The Women Gather
Ponci Ponci 5:19 Brenda Fassie  African Classics

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Just Ain't Christmas...

Hey there! Happy Holidays? It is your Diva of the Day Kimberly C. Gaines. I took a small survey and it seems like people are just not in the holiday spirit. From family to friends people are trying to jump-start their holiday mood.

Hopefully some of the music on this play list will make you all warm and fuzzy and in a spirit of giving. It is my gift to you!! Make the most of this holiday and take advantage of this wonderful Lunar eclipse energy that is still lingering.

Name                                 Album                                     Artist
Winter Sun                         Chamber Music Society            Esperanza Spaulding

Istanbul                              Instanbul/DC                               Michelle Webb

Dear to Me                         Bravebird                                   Amel Larrieux

Menino                               Gilles Peterson in Brazil 
                                          Disc 2                                        4hero/Patricia Marx

Corcovado                         Adapt or Die: 
                                          Ten Years of Remixes               Everything But the Girl

Constant Questions            Two                                         Silhouette Brown

The Christmas Song            Carmen McCrea Sings Lover Man and 
                                            Other Billie Holiday Songs       Carmen McCrea

What Child is This                                                                Vanessa Williams

Surreal Moments                 Fractures                                Break Reform

Knives Out                         Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads       Waajeed featuring Monica Blair

Unconventional                   It's Official                               Lulu Fall

Greatest Weapon of 
All Time                               Sunstorm            ZO! featuring Sy Smith

Make Me Stronger              Into The Wind                          Bei Bei & Shawn Lee featuring Georgia Ann Muldrow

The Other Side                    Jazzanova & Dirk Rumpff      Season Featuring Mimi Terris

Let It Snow                         Christmas Songs                    Diana Krall

White Christmas                                                                 Edyta Gorniak

Chasing After the Sun         4 Seasons                             Monday Michiru

Empires                                Learning From Falling               Lamya

Younger than Spring TIme   Lovely Standards                 Amel Larrieux

Naima's Love Song 
(DJ Spinna Remix)               Verve Remixed 2                  Betty Carter

Relax Your Soul                  A Rural Life                           The Rurals

Dream of You                     Demo                                     Grillade[gree-yahd]

No Use                               In Between                            Jazzanova featuring Clara Hill

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ritual, the Transformative Power of

My theme this week is inspired by this song! Rain Dance by Valerie June.

Ritual lifts us out of our mundane existence into a transformational plane where change is of a higher order. We use candles (take care, cats and children!), music, breath, water, really - all elements, to put our brains into a state in which messages, creativity, and, ultimately, peace and unity can flow freely.

I'll be interviewing Michelle Webb and Valerie June today. I HIGHLY recommend you go to see them live: Dec. 5 at Joe's Movement Emporium and Dec. 9 at the 5th & K Sts. location of Busboys and Poets.

These are the songs that I have selected to further elucidate the concept of ritual:
  • Fire In the Rhythm, Carmen Lundy, Solamente
  • Feelin' Good, Carmen McRae, Women Talk (Remastered)
  • Waterfall, Cris Williamson, The Changer And The Changed: A Record Of The Times
  • Bad Spirits (Bani), Dee Dee Bridgewater, Red Earth - A Malian Journey
  • What a Difference a Day Makes, Dinah Washington, Compact Jazz: Dinah Washington
  • Higher Ground, Elizabeth Shepherd, Parkdale
  • Air, Erin McKeown, We Will Become Like Birds
  • Fired Up, Freshlyground, Ma' Cheri
  • I Made A Lover's Prayer, Gillian Welch, Soul Journey
  • Expression, Joyce Cooling, This Girl's Got to Play
  • The Air That I Breathe, k.d. lang, Drag
  • The Whirler, Layne Redmond, Invoking the Muse
  • Fire, Magdalen Hsu-Li, Fire
  • Change the World, Magdalen Hsu-Li, Smashing the Ceiling
  • Old Time Spiritual, Mary Lou Williams, Mary Lou's Mass
  • Have A Little Faith, Mavis Staples, A Tribute To Great Women Of Style
  • Quiet Fire, Melody Gardot, Worrisome Heart
  • Change, Mindi Abair, Stars
  • Sophie's Theme, Pam Parker, Imagine
  • Zen, Rokia Traoré, Tchamantché
  • Fire, Stephanie Rooker, Tellin You Right Now
  • Breaths, Sweet Honey In the Rock, Breaths
  • Prayer To The One, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Sacred Ground
  • Strong, Valerie June, Mountain Of Rose Quartz
  • Rain Dance, Valerie June, Mountain Of Rose Quartz
  • Summertime, Michelle Webb
  • Wildwood Flower, Michelle Webb

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