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Grooves of the Weekend

It’s time to go get with your favorite DJ and make like Zhane in ’93 (if you know who they are, call me, let’s hang out) because it’s (almost) Friday night, which means the weekend is here. 

However, this isn’t just any weekend as it’s the last few days before, you know, Tuesday. But, lucky for us, Philly is just bursting with lots of things to do over the next few days to help ease our minds from the stress of it all, in which we’ll see Capital Cities, 50 Cent, Katy Perry, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder and many, many more all stopping by to lend their talents whether on or off  those not-so-elusive election front lines. Either way, it’s all good, because….music

But since those grooves can sometimes be like a big ol’ bag of Lays potato chips and we can’t seem to decide on just one, here’s a whole playlist of tasty treats to help us forget about this, that and the other thing. (meaning Trump) So, sit back, relax and let’s get this pre-election weekend party mother f#$king started. 

Enough said. 

Cover photo courtesy of www.pelicanreef.com 

 

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Groove of the Day/Madonna/”Survival”

If there’s anyone out there who’s decided right this minute in thinking of owning a creative life whether it be in the form of a brilliant new invention, a freshly painted drag name, clickin’ those keys for the first time or any other way you put that creative genius to werk, as creative director of one of Philly’s fast rising music and entertainment sites…I have some news for you…the ride (oooh, gurl, it is) will never, never (like T Swift ever) be easy….but you must. 

Now, Brenda, that’s no reason to go ahead and get all scurred now, because although it will put you through some truly wonderfully weird torture as you dive deeper into your own creative/life truth for everyone else to see (eek!) there’s plenty of those days where it’s straight up like Ms. Abdul fucking awesome, almost like punching Regina George in the face.

Plus, you’ll also get to experience what’s it like to be a parent for the first time (mad props to those who are doing it and understand that concept)….and just wait until they’re two and are able to walk and talk on their own…calling CPS because you can’t…but oh, wait, yes, you can….so do it. 

Diving a bit deeper into today’s spill, I personally take full creative pride in saying that I’ve deeply, deeply (like…deep house deep) considered lately what my life would be like without Philly Mixtape all up in it or what it would be like launched in another city. What it all boils down to is as much as I’ve enjoyed putting in that work over the past few years (and all truth..I have, hunty), I guess lately I almost kind of live for those “ugh” creative/life times because not only do they make you a better self awared human being in both business (you, like, grow and stuff) and in life, but it’s always somehow kind of nice to look at these or those times in business and in true werk that no one ever speaks of just how god damn fucking hard it can be. 

But if you’re sistah or a mistah who’s simply out there doing in for themselves while holding it the fuck down while dealing with the rest of it while (barely) finding the time to do you, boo (business way of life…personal werk is the hardest to keep up with) nothing but pure Philly love all damn day whether on or off the local or legendary entertainment map. Because it truly shows that you’re striving to get “it,” even if we may never eventually know the true definition of exactly of what “it” is, but all you have to do is take a seat every once in awhile and just keep on survivin’ like Madge on this delightful Bedtime Stories groove because it truly is so much fucking fun while you’re out there in the creative wild…so get out into the jungle no matter how short or long the vine because it’s all waiting for you. 

 

 

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Groove of the Day/Cathy Dennis/”Falling”

Although there’s certainly to be a few of you kids out there just wondering who the f#$k Cathy Dennis is, that’s certain to change before you dive headphones into her blissful banger, “Falling” and a playlist of her greatest werk that’s sure to warm up this chilly Tuesday. 

Getting her start in the early ’90s as front diva to UK dance collaboration, D-Mob (“C’Mon and Get My Love” all damn day), Ms. Dennis would then go to strike out on her own strobe lit accord, serving us on the dance floor with two studio albums–Move to This & Into The Skyline which would become  home to moderate Billboard chart hits, “Just Another Dream,” “You Lied to Me,” “Too Many Walls” and “Irresistible.” And of course, we simply can’t leave out “Why,” her offering to the critically acclaimed Beverly Hills 90210 soundtrack, in which she also appeared in an episode where she stopped by to perform the delicious ditty at The Peach Pit. Remember? Of course you do, Brenda. 

But perhaps Ms. Dennis’ greatest charting diva accomplishment came in ’91 with Move to This smash second single “Touch Me (All Night Long),” which took over the Billboard charts and put our girl on the music map. Originally recorded by R&B singer Fonda Rae, “Tuch” (as it was originally spelled), became a minor hit for her and her backup band Wish in 1984 and get this…..was actually featured in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, which of course you can watch below. 

However, although Dennis will forever make us move for our music lives, her best beats come in the many, many, many songs she’s written for a buffet of music artists including Kelly Clarkson (“Before Your Love”), Katy Perry (“I Kissed a Girl”), S Club 7 (“Never Had a Dream Come True,” Carrie Underwood (“You Won’t Find This”) and the one-and-only Ms. Britney Spears in which Mizz Cathy had a pen in two of her In the Zone tracks, “Showdown” and “Toxic.” Yes, kween. 

All of this should not just help you dive straight into “Falling,” butt into this playlist of Ms. Dennis vibes that’s sure to warm up any chilly fall day and beyond…..now, move.

 This month’s grooves sound like….