I'm cheating. "S" was way too hard for me. I actually felt like pulling my hair out. There were so many songs, so many ways to go for this one. Send For Me by Atlantic Star, Strawberry Letter 23 by The Brothers Johnson (my fav Spring song), Soft by Boney James (beautiful song), Say It by Ne-Yo (that song is a whole post for another day because, as a romance writer, it has inspiration all over it), Searching by Roy Ayers (another classic), September by Earth, Wind, and Fire (fun song), Seven Whole Days by Toni Braxton (she's awesome), Since I Seen't You by Anthony Hamilton (he's awesome), Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana (perfect head banging song), Spaceships on Bankhead by Young Jeezy (Geeked Up), I could go on and on.
Actually, there is one song that deserves a separate mention because of it's significance. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. When I first started going with my hubby, he serenaded me with this song on his guitar. I knew then I had something special with him. And that song will always remind me of him.
But it didn't win. In fact, in the end, I just couldn't narrow it down. So....
is for Summer...
Summer Madness by Kool and the Gang.
Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
And... Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong from the Porgy and Bess Soundtrack
Growing up, I remember music always being a part of my life. Either the stereo was turned on or my mother was singing. So I was exposed to a variety of different artists and songs. Unfortunately, some of those songs were way above my head in subject matter.
I was the queen of song misinterpretation. I was the one who thought Juicy Fruit by Mtume was really about a piece of gum. It wasn't until my mother firmly corrected me when I was singing it at the top of my lungs in the back seat of the car. Then there was the song Joystick by The Dazz Band. One guess what that song was about, but I just knew they were talking about my Atari video game system. And there was a song by the Whispers called Olivia (Lost and Turned Out). It was really about a young girl, forced into prostitution by a pimp. I thought it was about Little Red Riding Hood because the chorus said, "Olivia got distracted on her way to Grandmother's house."
So, my "R" song was another one that I got completely wrong. And I'll leave it up to you to guess why...
This is, by far, the easiest letter EVER. And that's because there were only a few "Q" songs out there that I love. But none of them as much as this one...
is for Queen of My Heart by DeBarge
DeBarge is one of my favorite groups of all times. Classics like I Like it, A Dream, Love Me in a Special Way, Stay with Me, Time will Reveal, Rhythm of the Night are what set them apart from some of their counterparts. This particular song wasn't even a single on their album, but I love it all the same.
In my former life, I was a flautist. Private lessons, tune-ups, competitions, Symphony Band, Jazz Band, Marching Bad, and this one day...at band camp. LOL Anyway, I love classical music.
And I was torn on "P" as with all the letters. I could've picked Papa Don't Preach by Madonna (who doesn't like that intro), Paul Revere by the Beastie Boys (I mean, that beat alone...), Playing Your Game by Barry White (talk about sexy), Planet Rock (because I used to be on the side of the cardboard egging on the break dancers), Promise Me by Luther Vandross (Love him), Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix (no explanation needed), or Please Don't Go by Boyz II Men (the song I heard in my head when I met my hubby for the first time as a senior in high school).
In the end, though, I chose to go with my love of classical music.
is for Pavane, Op. 50 (Gabriel Faure') AND Papillon (Ernesto Koehler)