Monday, March 10, 2008

Love is Here: Music Meme

I came across a great meme on Geoffrey Philip’s blog. Geoffrey asked selected bloggers to name five songs that they would have in their iPod If they were stranded on a desert island. Now, I’ll admit that this is a very difficult selection process; however, I was able to come up with some old favorites that I can listen to over and over again.

First on my list of songs is, Oh happy Day by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. This is a song that I’ve loved since I was a child. It’s a song that expresses joy and perpetual gratitude to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for washing our sins away -- Oh Happy Day!

Second on my list is the song, Love is Here, a beautiful 70s Soul ballad sung by a group out of Philadelphia called, The Futures. This was also my wedding song. There were only a few people at my wedding who knew the song because the song is over 30 years old. Also, over half of the people attending my wedding were from Africa and the Caribbean. Some of them know American Soul music very well, but Love is Here is a rare gem.

Third on my list is one of my favorite songs of all time, Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. It’s just a feel good song that I love to sing. My favorite part of the song is the whistling at the end. Yeah, that's everyone's favorite part.

Fourth on my list is by the 70s group, War. The song is called, City, Country, City. It’s an instrumental and a classic in my book. I love the way it starts off with slow, crooning harmonica and tapping bongos.

The Last song on my list is a hip hop classic called, Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force. It just takes me back to when I was a teenager and a self proclaimed B-Boy in the 1980s. Man, I was funky fresh! I had moves that you wouldn’t believe. Now, I can barely turn around too fast without spraining something.

Honorable Mentions:
Any song from Marvin Gayes classic album, What’s Going On and some Brenda Fassie.

Anyway, this concludes my list of songs I would carry with me on a desert island. Now, I just need to purchase an iPod. I know. I’m so behind the times.

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