“Everybody Loves The Sunshine” by Roy Ayers Ubiquity (1976)

I mean, if you don’t love the sunshine then…you’re a vampire? Anyway, this song by vibraphonist/vocalist/bandleader Roy Ayers (and his fluid backing unit, Ubiquity) is a summer cookout barbecue classic that’s grown in stature over the past four decades. While I’m sure I heard it on the radio as a kid, “Sunshine” first really embedded… Read More “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” by Roy Ayers Ubiquity (1976)

“Be With You” by Mary J. Blige (1994)/”Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige (2005)

Two songs, performed a decade apart, charting MJB’s evolution from troubled young woman to triumphant survivor. “Be With You” appears on 1994’s My Life, which is widely considered to be the best MJB album (I agree). Mary’s singing about wanting to be with someone but wondering if the dude even wants her around. That pain… Read More “Be With You” by Mary J. Blige (1994)/”Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige (2005)

“Back To Life”/”Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)” by Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler (1989)

There are two different “Back To Life”s. The first was the track that appears on Soul II Soul’s Keep On Movin’ (or the audaciously titled Club Classics Vol. 1 if you were in the U.K.) It’s almost totally a capella, and if you went to a house party in New York at any point during the… Read More “Back To Life”/”Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)” by Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler (1989)

“Ain’t Nobody” by Rufus & Chaka Khan (1983), Mary J. Blige (2011)

Here are a couple of random observations. God damn, Chaka Khan is a hell of a singer. I know, Aretha’s great. You saw my last post: I love me some Reefa. But if we’re putting great female vocalists against one another (*yeah, I know) then I’d take Chaka and arguably Patti over Aretha. One thing… Read More “Ain’t Nobody” by Rufus & Chaka Khan (1983), Mary J. Blige (2011)