Way Back Wednesday- The Quiet Storm

Last night I had a bit of insomnia.  Really I was just lazy and didn’t feel like going to bed.  So as I played on my laptop, I was listening to the Quiet Storm on various stations in the DMV.  I have to admit part of the reason I wasn’t going anywhere was because I was having too much fun listening to the radio, despite the fact a certain station continued to play the same songs over and over again…but I digress.  Today’s post will be some of my favorite songs from the Quiet Storm.  If you are easily seduced or distracted, you may want to listen to these when you get home.

First up, anything by Jodeci is great…well, from the first 2 albums.  I could listen to K-Ci and JoJo and look at DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin all day.  I have a ton of Jodeci songs I love, but “Cry For You” is one of my absolute favorites.

I love SWV.  One of my favorite songs is “Right Here”, but one of the best Quiet Storm songs is “Rain On Me”.

Not too far back, but Floetry was one of my favorite groups.  And this song never gets old.

Despite his cheating on Halle Berry, I am in love with Eric Benet.  I remember going to sleep to this song as a freshman in high school (or was I in middle school???).  Regardless, this is when Eric stole my heart. 

Lastly, is Mary J.  It’s funny, I’m not a big fan on MJB, but this is one of my all-time favorite songs.  Go figure.

I had you going way back, didn’t I?!?!  What are some of your favorite Quiet Storm songs?  I’ve made myself now want to purchase “Diary of a Mad Band”.  (I’ll be going to amazon.com soon!)  Happy Humpday, and until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Way Back Wednesday- What Happened To…

Yes, I know this is supposed to be a hip hop WBW post, but I’ve been listening to an artist that blew up when she first came on the scene but had a hard fall.  After not only listening to her last album but singing to EVERY song, I’ve realized that we haven’t heard from her in a minute and have pondered what happened to her.   Wondering who the artist is?  Of course you are.  Well, it’s none other than Amy Winehouse.

Amy Winehouse was the second coming of Teena Marie.  She could SANG, was soulful, and had a very retro sound.  Winning five Grammys, Amy was on her way to the top.  Heck she was at the top!  Then legal trouble, drug and alcohol abuse, and run-ins with the law caused this singer to (attempt to) leave the limelight.  Paparazzi followed her EVERYWHERE, to the point that she had absolutely NO privacy!  Very few have had such a tragic, long, hard fall such as Winehouse. 

She did attend rehab for two weeks, got a divorce, and is apparently back on the right track.  It was reported in July of last year that she was set to create a group with ?uestlove from The Roots.  But due to Amy having visa issues, the supergroup is on hold.  (I think that would be an AWESOME collaboration.)  Reports say Winehouse hasn’t been in the studio recently, but I hope she goes back quickly. 

Despite the troubles that she’s had, I think she is an AMAZING artist and needs to get back to making great music!  Are you an Amy Winehouse fan?  If so, what do you love about her?  Was she one of those people that you wondered what happened to them?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Southern Girl Album Review: The ArchAndroid

Not her normal "uniform", but a great look nonetheless!

Happy Friday’s Eve!  This week is a first for me on this blog; yesterday, I did my first book review (hope you guys enjoyed it), and today I’m doing my first album review!  I have a very eclectic taste in music.  Where most people like artists and will purchase anything they make I like songs and will have my buddy make me a mixed CD as opposed to going out and buying someone’s album.  There are very few artists whose album I will buy as soon as it comes out.  I can honestly say that Janelle Monae has now been added to that short list. 

I purchased “The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III” before Christmas.  Off the strength of her single “Tightrope” with Big Boi of Outkast and her appearing on the “Idlewild” soundtrack, she piqued my interest and got my attention.  If I had to rate this album, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars!!!  It’s absolutely fantastic!!!!  Once I started listening to this, I took it with me everywhere.  It was always playing in my car, I had it with me at the PT job, and I even snuck and brought it to my day job as well!!!  I can’t put her in a genre; she’s in one all by herself.  She’s the female version of Prince…and ya’ll know how I feel about him.  The musical arrangements are amazing, her voice has so much range, and none of the songs sound alike but they go together.  The Intro reminds me of “Black Swan”, in the sense of being music from a ballet.  My favorite track is “Faster”.  I also love “Say You’ll Go” and “BabopbyeYa”.  I can honestly say there’s not one track I don’t like, and it’s very rare that that happens. 

All of you should go get this album, via CD, iTunes, or whatever means you purchase your music.   She taps into all genres of music and is just a really talented musician.  LOVE HER!!!  (And you will, too!)  If you’ve listened to the album, what do you think?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Today’s Black History Month fact is about Ella Fitzgerald.  Ella, also known as Lady Ella or the “First Lady of Song”, was the first Black woman to win a Grammy.  In 1958, the first year the awards took place, Ella won for Best Jazz Performance, Individual and Best Vocal Performance, Female.  Before her death in 1996, she would go on to win 11 more Grammys.