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Valentine’s Day is here and that means boxes of chocolate, teddy bears, dates and lovemaking. But it takes more than a special day for lovers to set that mood. And that’s when your favorite love songs and baby-making music come into play. And MadameNoire has the list of smooth R&B crooners, and their best slow jams and ballads ladies (and gents too) love to listen to while getting it on. Some of these male vocalists have the looks and some honestly just have the voices, but either way, women love them.
I never could relate to the jokes young girls used to make about boys having cooties and being gross and what not. I never found boys disgusting…never. Instead, I was obsessed with having a boyfriend. At five I solicited my “godbrother” for the role. Not that I liked him but because I was on a quest to be grown. And what was more grown than having a boyfriend? It was a huge check marked off my to-do list. Perhaps my early thirstiness is the reason I’m well into my twenties and still haven’t had a real boyfriend. But that’s a story for another day. Point is, I got really into boys, crushes, romance and love. And I don’t know about you, but all of my “love” stories–I use the word very loosely as I was mostly in love with having some business– had to have theme music. So here are the songs that remind me of my boos.
If you were feeling that sultry duet “Fire We Make” by Alicia Keys and Maxwell, we have great news. The soul-singing duo are thinking about coming out with a collaborative album. Back in July Maxwell told Billboard that he and Alicia and definiately going to collaborate for an EP.
“We’re definitely working on an EP that’s sort of Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrrell. We got a thing musically. That’s like my little sister. What’s funny is Swizz [Beatz, Keys' husband] is the champion of all of it. He’s like, ‘You guys have a thing when you make music together.’ We had a really successful tour together when she first came on the scene and she’s like family. She’s someone that I trust. I’m like that, by the way. Most of the people you see me working for me are actually with me. And I’m proud to say that I’ve known them for 20 years almost. I’ve written songs with, produced songs with them a lot of times. I don’t deviate form my comfort zone. I feel like when God brings people to you it’s good to keep ‘em around. Not to say I haven’t cut a few fools off [laughs], but for the essential I keep it close,” Maxwell said.
While out promoting her new film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, Alicia revealed to Essence that her pal was a bit premature in his duet announcement.
“Maxwell has such a big mouth! (Laughs jokingly) We’ve spoken about a couple of different things. We’ve spoken about definitely doing something creative together. But which way that comes together… I’m not sure yet.”
Hopefully they can iron out the details and make this happen! Speaking of music and creativity, Alicia also revealed that what her hubby, Swizz Beatz, loves most about her is what a great producer she is and the way that she holds their family together.
“I think what he likes most about Alicia Keys is that I really put my time into [music]—that I produce, that I create, that I write the songs. He’s always bragging that I’m a better producer than most producers. He likes that I create my own thing. What he would say he likes most about Alicia Dean… I think he would say how good of a mother I am. He would also say how I care about him and our family.”
Would you like to see a collaborative album happen between Maxwell and Alicia Keys.
We all love music for the feelings it evokes within us but sometimes singers and songwriters get just a little too desperate with the baby, baby, please begging and pleading for somebody’s love and affection. We’ve put these 15 songs in that category, but hey, like the Temptations say, these singers right here simply “ain’t too proud to beg.”
On Bended Knee
Obviously you’re not really begging for someone to stay until you’re down on bended knee begging. At least that’s the bar Boyz II Men set with one of the best – and thirstiest – joints of the 90’s.
All songs have a different meaning behind them, but with many songs, there are lyrics and verses that we can all relate to, at least on some level. Most musicians write songs about relatively unknown people, but there are some who’ve put their business with another Hollywood celebrity all out on front street. Here are 15 songs that have been written about or for another celebrity.
“The Light” by Common
At the time that Common wrote his song “The Light,” which was the second released single on his album Like Water for Chocolate, he was dating Erykah Badu. The song is written in love-letter form and the lyrics are a clear portrayal of his love for Erykah. She was even in the music video, which makes it that much more evident that the song was meant for her. Common and Erykah broke up in 2002.
We all know why companies like to advertise during the Super Bowl? The mega exposure means a boost in product sales.
The same holds true for the performers. Beyonce and Destiny’s Child saw a surge in record sales after the memorable halftime show.
According to Billboard, Beyonce’s digital album sales increased 230 percent; Destiny’s Child’s jumped a whopping 600 percent in the week ending February 3.
Destiny’s Child saw a big boost also due in part to sales of the group’s brand new “Love Songs” compilation, released last Tuesday. The compilation features one new recording, “Nuclear.” And, says Billboard the sales gains are also helped by discount pricing in both the iTunes and Amazon MP3 stores, which discounted key earlier titles from Beyonce and Destiny’s Child to $7.99. On iTunes, the products were marked down to between $5 and $7.99.
But “in terms of digital song sales, Beyonce’s grew by an estimated 85% while Destiny Child’s rose by over 300%,” says the article.
And it stands to reason that Beyonce’s biggest selling song of the week was “Halo,” which closed her eight-song halftime set. Surprisingly however the biggest Destiny’s Child song of the week so far is “Say My Name,” which was not one of the songs from their halftime medley.
This is all preliminary data; the week’s official Nielsen SoundScan sales figures for Beyonce and Destiny’s Child will be released on February 6. Admit it. You bought it didn’t you?
Well, there’s something to be said for innovation, right?
Russian President Vladimir Putin is hoping that a few love songs will boost the country’s population starting Valentine’s Day. He’s called on legendary group Boz II Men to put on a show for all the lovers (or perhaps, soon-to-be lovers) out there.
According to The Daily News, a concert will be held on February 6th featuring the trio and President Putin is apparently confident that the love songs will lead people to go forth and prosper, if you will.
While no one is sure how he got in touch with the group, he clearly piqued their interest. The group are putting their rehearsals for their Las Vegas residency and tour with New Kids On The Block and 98 Degrees on hold while they practice and head to Europe for the show.
This isn’t the first time President Putin has taken drastic measures to boost the fertility rate. In 2007, he announced a program that gave women $9,000 for having another child. According to The Daily News, it worked out pretty good.
Honestly, this whole thing sound a bit silly but he’s doing what he feels is necessary for his country.
What love song(s) gets you in the mood?
Though love songs these days don’t quite sound like they used to, it doesn’t mean the genre has died altogether. In fact, 2012 was a good year for love songs; check out some of our favorites and let us know if you agree.
You & I
Avant & KeKe Wyatt
The Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duo for the millennium reunited for their first collaboration since “Nothing In This World,” which was released and “Six Questions,” a song from 2006 which appeared on one of KeKe’s shelved albums. And though both KeKe and Avant have gotten older, it’s clear that they’ve still got it. This duet, despite the lackluster video, is exactly what the game has been missing, since they stopped singing together.
It was Toni Braxton, who once sang:
Just another sad love song,
Racking my brain like crazy
Yes I’m all torn up
Be it fast or slow,
It doesn’t let go or shake me
And it’s all because of you…
Music is probably as old as language itself. It invades every facet of life, managing to evoke all sorts of emotional reactions and in many instances, causing physical expression (i.e. dancing). And if the melody is vibrating on the right frequencies, particularly at the right time, music can send reward signals to our brains, which can make us feel stronger, play on our fears or totally jack with our perception of time.
Music also has an uncanny ability to bring memories we thought were long forgotten to the forefront. We all have them; songs that remind us of the good times and the not so good times. In some instances, it is the whole song; most times it is just a verse. Even if you are not a fan of that particular artist, when that song comes on, you are instantly transformed into that intimate moment when you and a former love shared a pleasurable experience. Or if you happened to have been jaded by a particular experience, the song becomes just another painful reminder. In that case, you opted to change the station.
I begin to take the long way home
Just so I can be alone
To think of how to say
My heart’s here to stay
Hey, I’m in love with you
I think the world of you
So won’t you please, please be mine?
Oh, please be mine…
Troop’s “All I Do is Think of You” reminds me of my first crush. For the sake of this vignette, let’s call him Tony. I was a freshman in high school; Tony was a senior. We would see each other daily at our adjacent cafeteria tables in the lunchroom – or should I say I would see him as he didn’t really notice me. He had a high-top fade, big bulgy eyes and rocked the latest in stonewash jean sets. I knew little about this dude other than his first name but I was convinced I was in love. I spent my lunch period staring at the perfect way the fade of his haircut merged into the big mass of hair and gushing about how beautiful he was to my girlfriends, none of whom understood what I found attractive about him. “He looks like he has down syndrome,” said one of my more brutally honest girlfriends. I didn’t care though, I thought he was fly. When I was at home, suppose to be engaged homework, I instead found myself immersed in day dreaming about what it would be like to be his girlfriend. Although the Troop song came out years before I was in high school, it became our unofficial-official song. My walkman became a shrine to him, as I was frequently rewinding the song, which I felt described our situation perfectly. Just like Troop, I too couldn’t wait to get to school each day and wait for him to pass my way. And yes, I too would take the long way home from school, just so I could be alone with my thoughts of him. That was until one of my girlfriends got tired of me talking over him and decided to tell Tony that I was feeling him. He laughed. And not like “oh I’m only laughing at how flattered I am.” No, I’m talking about an obnoxious, tummy holding, finger-pointing, hearty laugh, which echoed throughout the lunch room. In a matters of seconds, which felt like an eternity, my crush had crushed me. Now every time I hear that song I think about how some Kid N Play knockoff destroyed my young and impressionable self esteem.
No if you’re ever wondering
About the way I’m feeling
Well baby boy there ain’t no question
Just to be around you is a blessing
Sick and tired of trying to save the world
I just want to spend my time being your girl
And what you’re givin’ me
Makes me know that we’ll be alright…
I used to have an adverse reaction to Justin Timberlake’s “Until the End of Time,” featuring Beyonce. Maybe it had something to do with the local radio station playing it ad nauseum or maybe the idea of the overexposed Timberlake combined with the more overly exposed Beyonce was just too much for my psyche. It was probably the latter. Nevertheless, that became our jam. Our being Tariq (name withheld to protect the innocent) and I. He was a struggling actor; I had just started my job as a community organizer. We had been in a relationship for about a year. One day I was driving him home. We had a long day of running errands, shopping and hanging out, just talking. He was mulling over quitting acting for more financially secure work. I was emotionally and mentally drained from my job, which required me to “empower” a community, steeped deep in violence, apathy and government bureaucracy. As melancholy as we were individually, it seemed that we always took comfort in being able to escape from the world whenever we were together. Anyway, we were in the car, riding through raining streets, sitting silent and content in just being an each other company when Until the End of Time came on the radio. Without any prompting we both began singing this song at the top of our lungs – riffs and all. After the song was over, I leaned over to him and said, “This should be our song.” He looked at me, scrounged up his face and said, “Nawh, I hate this song.” Although we are no longer together when I hear that song, I think about that car ride home and I smile.
I’m a stubborn girl
You’re a stubborn guy
Could be why we fight all the time
If it’s not your way
Then it must be mine
Can’t even compromise…
From 2007 to 2009, Floerty’s “Feelings” would become the soundtrack to my love life. Just the one song – on repeat. For the sake of this particular story, let’s call him Sam. Sam and I met volunteering at a community event. We shared a mutual acquaintance who introduced us to each other. She thought we shared common interest in the community and had hoped we would work together. Instead we shared a common interest in each other and ended up hooking up later that night. It should have been just a one night stand. But we kept partaking in each other for several months thereafter. I should have kept my feelings to myself. Rarely does anything good come out of situations based solely around sex. But I let it slip from my lips that I wanted more. He said he couldn’t do it. He just wasn’t in a place at that moment for a relationship. He just wanted to be friends. I couldn’t accept that. So I would spend two long, tortuous years being loved by him while also being pushed away. He was the one that broke my spirits. I couldn’t eat or sleep. My hair was falling out from stress and I honestly felt like I might have been going crazy.
I remember once I had been driving around all night. I don’t know where I was going but being alone in the house, with nothing but my own thoughts, was too much for me. I wanted to see him and him to see me. I called him. He didn’t answer so I called him I’m estimating 24 more times until he finally picked up. I was on the phone crying and begging. He got angry, called me crazy and then said something totally contradictory. He said, “Isn’t it obvious that I really like you too?” No, it was not obvious. What was obvious was that you didn’t know what you wanted. Or you did but were too scared to do it. But I was caught up and stuck around for longer than I should, thinking that I could help him make up his mind. After a while, my love for him, and his continued rejection of me, turned into resentment. And only then did I learn to let go and move on.
I’d seen him recently. I was walking my dog down the street when he pulled beside me in his truck. He began small talking me, inquiring about what I’d been up too. I kept my answers short, all the while Boyz 2 Men’s “Doin’ Just Fine” was playing on repeat on my internal record player. Defeated and almost apologetically, he said, “I just wanted to see how you were doing and tell you that you really look nice. I miss you.” Heavy sigh. I never once doubted that in his own twisted, perverted way, he cared for me. Truth is we both were crazy as hell and neither of us were truly ready for anything. But that’s what happens when you catch feelings.
There are many more songs which I could offer tributes up to both happy and less than happy moments in my life. In fact, I’m sure of it that most of you have a few songs that remind you of that special, or not so special, someone in your life. Truth of the matter is that each experience has a sacred song, and every instant in time has a tune. We are just living breathing soundtracks, waiting for an harmoniously voice and melody to start, “strumming my pain with his fingers, singing my life with his words…”
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Whether you watched “Cadillac Records,” or read her biography, it’s clear that Etta James’ life was no walk in the park.
The tumultuous nature of her life and particularly her love life are reflected in her lyrics and in her passionate delivery.
Find out what lessons she taught us in her music at Your Tango.com.