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Shake Your Groove Thing: 2020 Playlists Revealed

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With over 50 song recommendations shared by you through social media, I had a lot of listening to do. I was introduced to some great new bands and awesome jams. Like the rest of you, I was happy to see 2020 come to a close. Even if 2021 isn’t starting out too differently, it’s nice to at least dance to something new in your pj’s.

With so many suggestions across music styles and genres, it’s always hard to choose. Not every song can make the list. But here are the 2020 playlists to send y’all out in style.

Phenomenal Woman Mix

  1. Always Alright ~ Alabama Shakes

2. Higher ~ Bishop Briggs

3. Kids Gloves ~ Serena Ryder

4. Every Heartbeat ~ Grace Potter

5. Pastime ~ Samantha Crain

6. Love Me Wild ~ Hannah Blaylock

7. Family Tree ~ Caylee Hammack

8. No Roots ~ Alice Merton

9. A Beautiful Noise ~ Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile

10. Ride Out in the Country ~ Yola

11. Underdog ~ Alicia Keys

12. Remind Me ~ Emily King

13. Please Mr Jailer ~ Nancy and Beth

14. So Far Away ~ Mary Lambert

15. The Let Go ~ Elle King

16. You are Unstoppable ~ Conchita Wurst

17. Young and In Love ~ Ingrid Michaelson

18. Invisible ~ Zara Larsson

Cafe Mix

  1. If the World was Ending ~ JP Saxe & Julia Michaels

2. Slow Dance ~ John Legend

3. Every Now and Then ~ Noisettes

4. Home Again ~ Michael Kiwanuka

5. Too Young to Burn ~ Sonny and the Sunsets

6. Can’t Hold Me ~ Emily King

7. May I Have this Dance? ~ Francis and the Lights

8. Fly Before You Fall ~ Cynthia Erivo

9. It’ll All Work Out ~ Phoebe Bridgers

10. Send the Sun ~ Nikki Lane

11. Texas Rose ~ Ray Remington

12. The Age of Worry ~ Madison Cunningham

13. Skin ~ Rag’n’Bone Man

14. Starry Starry Night ~ Lianne La Havas

15. Where Rainbows Never Die ~ The SteelDrivers

16. Colors ~ Black Pumas

17. Bridges ~ JOHNNYSWIM

There you have it. The mixes that made me feel better about my space in the world. I hope they bring some light to you as well.

And as a thank you, the two lucky winners their own copies of the mixes are Ruth Hage and Jessica Lea! Congratulations, ladies, and thank you for sharing your suggestions with me. Dance on!

Mixtape Madness: Share Your Song Suggestions

It’s that time again.

Despite everything going on in the world, some things remain. The annual blog share of song suggestions for an old school mixtape gift is one of them.

Mixtape

Since 2004 I’ve made my mom and sister two mixtapes for Christmas, a Phenomenal Woman Mix featuring all female artists (power ballads and dance worthy, feel good tunes) and a Cafe Mix featuring easy listening jams.

For years I’ve asked for your help. Your song suggestions help me find the most diverse mix of artists and songs, as well as some truly awesome music videos, albums, and songs to play on repeat.

Why might this be the most fun year to collab on a mixtape? I don’t about y’all, but music has been one of the biggest mood lifters for me during this pandemic. Life is stressful. Why not dance some of it out, after all no one is watching if you’re really isolating. *thumbs up*

So I hope you’ll comment below and share with me your favorite song suggestions. Who are the artists you’ve discovered this year? What songs are you playing on repeat right now? What’s your fave song ever? The tune that no matter where you are when you hear it, you have to dance?

Tell me your suggestions for the 2020 Phenomenal Women and Cafe Mixes. As a bonus, I’ll draw TWO LUCKY WINNERS from everyone who comments who will win a copy of the mix cd’s for themselves. Winners and playlists announced in January.

To get started, here are a few songs that made the 2019 lists.

Phenomenal Woman Mix

Call on Me ~ Starley

Stay High ~ Brittany Howard

The Storm ~ ZZ Ward

Came Here for Love ~ Sigala & Ella Eyre

Cafe Mix

My Own Fault ~ Manny Walters

The Weary Kind ~ Ryan Bingham

Lost in the Light ~ Bahamas

Your Somebody Else ~ Flora Cash

Send in those song suggestions! Put on a playlist, share your thumbs up’s with me. Or, for more inspiration, here’s the full 2019 and 2018 lists.

Thank you for your suggestions. Thank you for your good energy. Thank you for dancing along with me and helping spread a little joy, which coincidentally, is my mama’s name. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Call for Songlists: The 2017 Mixtape Begins

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You know the drill. We’re making a mixtape, people.

It’s old school. It’s outdated. Who even has a cd player anymore?

Well, my mother does. It’s a Bose. Because all old people own Boses.

Since 2007, my reoccurring christmas gift to my mother and sister is a Phenomenal Woman Mix Tape, and I rely on YOUR HELP to find the best songs to put on it. Bonus points – in the last five years, I also added a Cafe Mix for all those winter mug holding moments.

So tell me, who are the phenomenal women you’re listing to? And what coffee shop tunes are you chillin’ out with?

Two lucky commenters will win a copy of each CD! 

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Get started with these inspiring jams off last year’s CD!

Into the Wild by LP (Phenomenal Woman Mix) 

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Postmodern Jukebox featuring Maiya Sykes (Phenomenal Woman Mix) 

Wildest Moments by Jessie Ware (Phenomenal Woman Mix) 

Unsteady by X Ambassadors (Cafe Mix) 

Growing Things by Shook Twins (Cafe Mix) 

Check out the full 2016 playlists here, plus 2015 and 2014 if you just wanna dance.

 

Call for Music Suggestions: The 2015 Phenomenal Woman Mix

IMG_6738Since 2007 I’ve made my ma and sis a Phenomenal Woman Mix CD at Christmas. It’s a collection of the best songs sung by women. In 2012, I expanded that to include a second CD called the Cafe’ Mix, which basically housed all my favorite tunes heard at coffee shops (which is where I hang out). This CD can have female or male singers on it.

Sure, in the age of ipods and wireless mini-speakers, a gift like a mix CD could be considered outdated, or worse…lame. But this remains one of their favorite gifts and one of my favorite giveaways of the year!

Because this is the part where you give me music suggestions!

And in turn, once it’s completed, I gift the cds to TWO lucky commenters who shared suggestions with me!

To get started, here’s a look at last year’s line-ups. And here’s a few I’m currently thinking of for this year.

Phenomenal Woman Mix

“Hello” by Adele

I don’t really feel this song needs explanation. It’s Adele’s new hit. It’s going on the cd.

“Alive” by Sia

I’m a Sia fan, especially of her music videos. This one did not disappoint.

“Lights and Camera” by Yuna

Yuna is an artist that has crept up the past three years, and I’m happy to add this tune to the mix.

Cafe’ Mix

“Empress” by Morningsiders

I’m loving the piano part in this song.

“Sun Hands” by Local Natives

The final verdict on this one is still out, but I do like it.

“Lost Cause” by Priscilla Ahn

This melody is haunting and beautiful.

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Now, as Joan Jett says, hit me with your best shot!
What song recommendations do you have for me to add to the
Phenomenal Woman and Cafe’ Mixes? 

I can’t wait to listen! 

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