SeXXXy, Complicated Love Vol. Prince

What I am about to say may shock some of you but I was not a big fan of Prince, however, I always respected him as an artist. There, I said it! The songs played on the radio were catchy and I had my favorites like Adore, Kiss, Purple Rain and When Doves Cry. I purchased one of Prince’s album and that was Diamonds and Pearls because I loved Rosie Gaines’nvoice on the title track. I also loved Gett Off and Insatiable. Not until he passed, I had no idea he published 39 albums and wrote popular songs for a host of other artists.

Nevertheless, I was a nervous wreck when I heard on the radio that there was a dead body in his home They hadn’t confirmed who it was, and I was pissed they were playing Prince’s music like he was already gone. Minutes later the news came that is was indeed his body. Tears welled up in my eyes. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Like everyone else, I was in total shock. Since his passing, I have immersed myself in videos of his live performances because I never had the experience of seeing him in concert, although I had all intentions the next time he came to town. Viewing his live concert videos is like I’m right there in the audience—it’s the next best thing to being there at this point! Yes, I know, I missed out big time!

On another note, being a member of the Valentine’s Day, Cupid’s Hunt Collaboration has made me feel like a family member and I am ecstatic my Sista Jolene “called my name” to request a SeXXXy Love mix featuring Prince! It’s good to know that my music mixes are reaching people! Thank you, Jolene, for testing me; I surprised myself by rising to the occasion so quickly!

In my search for tracks to include in the mix, I was surprised to find so much of Prince’s music in my library, I didn’t even realize I had. I totally slept on this music other than what the radio played. I can say that within the past three months or so, 1000 x’s and o’s has been in constant rotation on New York’s WBLS, and I instantly fell in love with it! I knew his voice sounded familiar but didn’t know it was him until I Shazammed the song—it all made perfect sense, and I was mad at myself for not figuring it was him.

A couple of the tracks I selected have the blues written all over them while also taking on a nice nasty, sweet and spicy kinda feel along with a bit of good ole soul and gospel! I was pleased to find such beautiful songs I hadn’t heard before. Thanks to my other son, Marques I included The Greatest Romance Ever Sold, The Neptunes Remix which hit me in the right spot and had to add it. I don’t usually select songs for my mixes that are regularly played on radio programs unless they fit into my theme or I really love them. Therefore, I chose a specific selection to showcase SeXXXy Love and It’s Complicated because all of the songs are SeXXXy and some of the lyrics in certain tracks involve complicated situations. It was really good to find these tracks, as I love a good and undercover nasty love song that has a funky and soulful beat to it.

Here’s an emotional read from my other Cupid’s Hunt Podcast Collaboration Sista, Calandra’s reaction to Prince’s death.

Do enjoy and let me know what you think!


Call My Name

Manadatory Credit: Photo by Brian Rasic / Rex Features (396812dh) PRINCE VARIOUS

Manadatory Credit: Photo by Brian Rasic / Rex Features (396812dh)

Adore (Live)

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2011 file photo, U.S. musician Prince performs during his concert at the Sziget Festival on the Shipyard Island, northern Budapest, Hungary. The enigmatic star flew into London on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the start of a still-evolving string of dates in support of forthcoming album "Plectrum Electrum," recorded with all-female trio 3RDEYEGIRL. (AP Photo/MTI, Balazs Mohai, File) HUNGARY OUT

FILE – In this Aug. 9, 2011 file photo, U.S. musician Prince performs during his concert at the Sziget Festival on the Shipyard Island, northern Budapest, Hungary. The enigmatic star flew into London on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the start of a still-evolving string of dates in support of forthcoming album “Plectrum Electrum,” recorded with all-female trio 3RDEYEGIRL. (AP Photo/MTI, Balazs Mohai, File) HUNGARY OUT


On The Couch

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The Dance

How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore



What it Feels Like

Gett Off

Breakfast Can Wait

Incense and Candles

Mr. Goodnight

1000 X’s and O’s

The Greatest Romance Ever Been Sold (The Neptunes Remix)

Come On
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Here’s a moving story about Prince from Youtube sensation, Shameless Maya


SeXXXy Love XI

Cupid’s Hunt 2016 was so much fun, it’s a shame Valentine’s Day comes but once a year. Well I’m extending it with the eleventh installment of SeXXXy Love!

I couldn’t help myself, mixed in one night. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

SeXXXy Love Vol. IX

Kem  When I’m Loving You

Tamara Wellons Love You

Dessi Di Lauro – When You Need Me (Featuring Paolo Ramos)

Brenda Russell   Make You Smile

Don E  One More Time (Loose Vibez)

Lamone  High Off You

Eric Benet  Spanish Fly

Mint Condition Spanish Eyes

Prince- 1000 Xs-Os

Kelli Sae Found Somebody Like You

J Soul f/Deborah Bond High

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The Foreign Exchange Body

Nite Flyte feat Jean Carne   If You Believe in Love

Maya Azucena My All

Avani – The Waitings Over

Jeff Bradshaw – Girl, I Love You


The Cupids Hunt Podcast Collaboration 2016

It is truly an honor to be part of this collaboration of podcasters and DJs since 2011!! I must say that although I am not a professional, my skills have excelled in ways I would have never imagined. I have a long way to go but nevertheless totally enjoying my journey.

This mix must have known it was a special one because it gave me some issues exporting it. I had to try it four times before it was acceptable to publish!

So here it is…Enjoy!!

SeXXXy – Love X
Maxwell – Til the Cops Come Knockin (extended version)
Prince – Insatiable (rare version)
Improm2 – I’ll Do Whatever
Glen Scott – Deep In It
Ty Causey – Love Me that Way
Janita – Angel Eyes
Faith Evans – Make Love
Liv Warfield – Your Show
Jonathan Maron – Natural High
Jade – When Will I See You Again (Intro)
Janita – I Only Want You

Cupid’s Hunt 2015

Cupid’s Hunt is the premiere online collaboration event where DJs and podcasters from all over the Internet release loved-themed music mixes all on the same day: Valentine’s Day!

This is where you will find all of my Cupid’s Hunt Mixes for streaming, mixed for the Valentines Day Love Fest over the past few years.

I am so happy that the founder, Todd Grundy Mr. Love Man himself invited me to be a member of this elite group to share my version of love, or lack there of…


1. Let Me Love You – Janita
2. Barumba – Incognito
3. Your Lover – Faith Evans
4. Make Love Tonight – Chris Rob
5. In the Mood To Take It Slow – Najee f/Meli’sa Morgan
6. Sophisticated Lover – Maysa
7. Juicy  – Roy Hargrove f/Renee Nuefville
8. Until Then – Jill Scott
9. Sunshine – Quiet Dawn
10. Marathon – Raheem DeVaughn
11. Ecstasy of Love – Intro
12. Kiss – Antoinia Jenae
13. Heaven – SuCh
14. Ride the Beat – Faith Evans
15. Falling – Will Downing

1. Groove On Ledisi
2. Inside Cheryl Pepsi Riley
3. Come Inside (dialogue) Intro
4. Whose is It? (Interlude) Total
5. Imgonnacome Alison Crockett
6. Crown Royal Jill Scott
7. Lay Awhile Raheem DeVaughn
8. I Wanna Know You D-Influence f/Dyanna Frearon
9. Touch Me ChinahBlac
10. Late Night Rendezvous Carl Thomas
11. Lay You Down Portrait
12. Morning Love Carleen Anderson
13. Funny Brown Rice
14. You Know What Happens Alison Crockett
15. I Like The Way It Feels Carol Riddick

1. Early Bird – Angela Johnson f/Trish Angus
2. A Sexy Way – Alyson Williams f/ Tony Terry
3. For You (I’ll Go There) – Lamone
4. Gettin it On – Mint Condition
5. Give Me Love – Davina
6. This Love I Have – Marva King
7. Dance 4 Me – Nyr
8. Make Luv 2 Me – Zo f/Monica Blaire
9. Garden of Love – Raheem DeVaughn
10. Imagination – Floetry
11. Sumthin Sumthin – Maxwell
12. G-Spot – Gerald Levert

1. The Art of Love – Toni Braxton
2. Love Calls – Ty Causey
3. Bedroom – Jade
4. Satisfy You – Will Downing
5. Can We Come Together – Eric Benet
6. Right Her, Right Now – Maysa
7. Come Inside – Intro
8. Bedroom – Raheem DeVaughn
9. Touching Again – Eric Benet
10. All Night Long – Trina Broussard
11. Funny How Time Flies – Intro
12. Alright – Val Watson f/Patrice Rushen
13. Hurry Hurry – Pete Belasco
14. Til Tomorrow – Marvin Gaye

1. Get Me Off- Improm2
2. Tonight is the Night – Jerzee Monet
3. Ahh – Silk
4. 911 – Robin Thick
5. Slowman -Rosie Gaines
6. Romantic – Goapele
7. Get Me Off (Deep Funk Instrumental) – Improm2
8. All I Want Is You – Incognito
9. Sensual Loving – Nicole Jackson
10. Better – Nicholas Ryan Gant
11. Alone Together – Daley f/Marsha Ambrosius
12. Say Yes (10th Year Anniversary) – The Floacist
13. Anything Goes – Christion
14. My Place – Tweet
15. Can We Get Down – Jon B.
16. Calling Me – Raheem DeVaughn

1. I Want cha Babe Ledisi
2. Human Touch –  Kem
3. Slowly – Selena Johnson
4. Examine Me – Warren Xclnce & Etta Bond
5. Phone Sex – Selena Johnson
6. Nothing (Interlude) – Jill Scott
7. Wet – Sandra St. Victor
8. Obey – Dwele
9. Sexy – Maysa
10. Dinner and a Movie- Ron Isley
11. The Baby Maker – Carl Thomas
12. Intro – Slakah The Beatchild
13. Lay You Down – Jose James
14. Sex in the City –  Noel Goudin
15. Feels Like We Sexin’ – Calvin Richardson

1. Interlude: Introspective Mood – Kenny Lattimore
2. Don’t Talk to me Like That – Will Downing
3. Place in Your Heart – Ty Causey
4. Do You Want Me – Jade
5. Do You Feel The Way I Do – Rahsaan Patterson
6. Walkin – Angela Johnson f/Lisala
7. Sick of Fools – Leigh Jones
8. Crying Over You – Angela Johnson f/Trisha Angus and Lisala
9. Only You – Jill Scott
10. Seven Days – Mary J. Blige
11. Still Come Back 2 U – Laurnea
12. Remedy – Leon King
13. Never Fall In Love – Gordon Chambers
14. No Guarantee – Chico DeBarge
15. Love, Sex and Philosophy – Soul: ID

Smooth Grooves Vol. I (Something New)

I usually create sultry, sensual mixes; this time I tried something new by creating an up tempo mix, with some smooth grooves that will have your head noddin’ and body movin’. You can get your SeXXXy dance on with this mix too–hint hint, lol! 🙂  The Music Minded Manic post explains sultry, sensual and SeXXXy Love in detail, where you’ll get a better picture of what I’m talking about…

One more thing; most of my posts with mixes include my pictures or video footage of the artists featured in the mix from a show I attended.  None here. So I just added a few of the artists’ videos via YouTube.

I must say, I am pleased with the results of this mix and will gladly take another jab at it soon.


1. Breaking It Down – Petalpusher f/Ledisi
2. Children of the Sun – Positive Flow f/Heidi Vogel
3. Stillness Meets Me – Projections
4. Koko +Lee Roe – Mark de Clive-Lowe
5. Heaven Pt. 2 – Mark de Clive-Lowe
6. Youth [Intro] – Soul: ID
7. Stay With Me – (Grooveman Spot Remix) Platinum Pied Pipers
8. Breaking It Down – Liquid Spirits f/Raffaela
9. One the One – Roy Hargrove f/Renee Neufville
10. Perfect Sky – Reel People
11. Beauty & Sin – Soul:ID
12. Sex, Love and Philosophy – Soul:ID
13. Know Your Name – Dwele
14. Get Ta Steppin – Hi-Tek w/Mos Def & Vinia Mojica
15. Earth Wind and Fire – Val Watson
16. Jimmy Down – Dwele
17. Searchin’ (Vibey Ayers Mix) – Steve Wallace
18. Feel That Music – Slakah the Beatchild

Liquid Spirits – Higher Ground
A few years ago I found this video just browsing and fell in love!

Courtesy of Pure Jazz

Heidi Vogel
Discovered Heidi from my Sista, Tracy who shared some really good music with me a few years ago. I love Children of the Sun where Heidi’s voice is featured on the second track of the mix!

Courtesy of Isabella Magalona

Roy Hargrove and Renee Neufville – On the One
I love this live version better than the studio’s

Courtesy of Renee Nuefville

Soul:ID – Love of My Life
I’m sorry this group broke up. This entire album is fantastic!

Courtesy of uduinc

Steve Wallace Sings La Donna E Mobile
I’m impressed by Steve’s talent on this piece! Pleasantly surprised to have found it.

Courtesy of Steve Wallace

Mark de Clive-Lowe
Gotta love this man! So damned talented!

Courtesy of Mark de Clive-Lowe

Oh wait, I found one of my videos!
Ledisi’s voice is featured on Breaking It Down, the first track. Her name is not listed on the original track and when I heard it, I knew it was her. Had to goolgle it to make sure I saw her name attached to this song, which I love ever since I first heard it!
Ledisi performs Higher Than This at her CD Release Party, for Turn Me Loose

Loose Ends

The long awaited show date finally came–and then it went! I wanted to see Loose Ends when they were at BB Kings, NYC and the Capital Jazz Festival (still looking forward to my first experience–but that’s for another post).

Finally, on November 8, 2014, I got together with some childhood friends; Norma and June and my Soul Music Brother Aqeel, we had a blast!


Fred “Bugsy” Buggs of New York’s 107.5 WBLS introduced Loose Ends and Indie Soul Artist, SuCh (Sue Charles) opened the show.  She has a beautiful voice, and the crowd definitely felt her vibe and gracious personality.  She threw her magic touch out into the crowd and they fell right in sync, participating with her song Sugar Maple (went real good with my name, Sap from a Suga Maple, lol)  SuCh and the crowd’s energy was outstanding and was the perfect match for audience participation. SuCh stopped by our table after her performance and was delightful to chat with for a few moments!  I totally support indie soul artists and this show was perfect for her to show off her talent to a room full of music heads there to see Loose Ends.

I have been to many concerts and this one had to be one of the best that I’ve seen a long time! Every soul in BB King’s that night had a ball, it was a “straight up” JAM session in there! Everybody was singing along and every BODY was on their feet, mind you this was a sold out/seated show!

Jane Eugene’s excitement and enthusiasm was just as intense as the crowd’s to see her and the band perform! They paraded onto the BB Kings stage sporting all white and lit it up like a bolt of lightning that never left!  The crowd went wild!!

Since this was my first time seeing Loose Ends live, I didn’t know what to expect.   They opened the show with Stay A Little While, Child and everyone jumped to their feet to groove with Loose Ends; it was electric!!

I was ecstatic they sang Mr Bachelor off The Real Chuckeeboo album as it is tops of my favorite Loose End albums!  I was surprised they performed the track, Don’t You Ever Try to Change Me since Jane was not a member of the group at the time the Look How Long album was released. Never mind that though, Look How Long is one of my favorites as well!

Their version of Slow Down was really on point at the end of the song, because they actually slowed it down.  You’ll see.

The backing band for Loose Ends did a fantastic job on the music and vocals, and I would go see them again and again should they keep coming to NYC!

The Band
Jeff Robinson – Vocalist
Palo Santo Vocalist/Hype Man
Craig T Cooper – Guitar (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You)
Leroy Boogie Babaloo Greer – Percussion  (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You, took it GoGo!)
Keith Eaddy – Bass
Cory Mason – Drums  (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You, took it GoGo!)
Art Sherrod Jr. – Saxophone (he did his thing on Slow Down)
Aya Iwata – Keyboard

I hadn’t planned on recording “You Can’t Stop the Rain”, and kinda slept on it until I realized this was the part of the show; where the backing vocalists had the opportunity to let their voices shine (and oh did they show out!!) This is my favorite part of a show and I love it when the featured artist shares the spotlight! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! #20FeetfromStardom

Backing Vocals
Waylynn MommyGiva Pitts
Robert Gee (who I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with during the MySpace days, I was surprised to learn it was him in the flesh!)
Dominique Karan

Editing the video footage was just as exciting as it was to see the show in person and truly difficult to cut it down–I wanted to show you everything!  It brought back memories of that evening which will always stay with me!  I never got tired of listening to and watching it over and over!!

Ain’t nothin’ like live music!  As long as I live on this earth, you better believe I’ll be somewhere supporting what I love–good music!

Hope you enjoy as much as I did!!  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment and share if you’d like.

Special shout out to Brotha Aqeel from Jane!  Listen for it!


Capital Jazz SuperCruise 2013 (Me, the Newbie)

I brought this post over from Blogger and made a few edits:


As long as I’ve known about the Capital Jazz Fest for the past 15 years or so, I had never attended either the fest or the super cruise–until this year.  I attended the 7th annual Capital Jazz Super Cruise and had the time of my life!! As many of you already know, I LOVE MUSIC! So for there to be over 30 acts, four ports of call (Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Curacao and Aruba (my vacation home), and the vast array of activities in addition to the all of the DJs that kept the party going, I was in Musical Heaven as you can probably imagine. Before the real party started on the cruise, Friday night there was the Mix and Mingle:

Darien Dean, Cruise Host and Me

Darien Dean, Cruise Host and Me

Darien Dean, Cruise Host and one of the Fun Patrol Cruise Hosts

Darien Dean, Cruise Host and one of the Fun Patrol Cruise Hosts

Day 1 Ft. Lauderdale/Sea

Here are a few pics upon sail-off from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. as I was truly a happy camper at sea!

(photos courtesy of my iphone)

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The excitement had been building ever since I put my deposit down in August 2012. As I eagerly checked for the artists that were going to perform, of the first five I believe that were posted were tops on my fav list that included Najee, Rahsaan Patterson and Incognito!!! Need I say more? Going to the Capital Jazz Super Cruise Website to see which artist they announced gave me something to look forward to every time I thought about it. And with each new artist announcement, it got better and better. There’s really no need to know in advance who’s going to perform. If you wait for that, the ship may not have a cabin for you 🙂 Here is a shot of the dance floor as people had completed registration and entered onto the ship. DJ Frances Jaye welcomed everyone aboard! Nice, right?


Above photos courtesy of my iPhone

Above photos courtesy of my iphone

The first night on sea was a fun-filled night with Incognito as the first act to perform. I wasn’t sure of what the climate would be for taking pictures, so I didn’t shoot this night. Anyway, my goal was to make sure I had the opportunity to say hello to Bluey of Incognito. I had been trying to catch up with him since 2006, when I’d seen Incognito live in NYC for the first time, along with other NY/NJ Cog Heads. There! Not only did I have the chance to say hello, but took a picture with him to boot!!

Hello Bluey!

Hello Bluey!

Since I bumped into some of the members of Incognito at the bar I wanted someone to get “me” in the mix of a couple of pictures. I asked Matt Cooper, keyboardist and sometimes drummer to take a shot of the ladies of Incognito and me, and this is what he shot…

Vanessa Haynes and the back/side of me

Vanessa Haynes and the back/side of me

See that elbow in the corner? That's Natalie Williams. Umm hmm!

See that elbow in the corner? That’s Natalie Williams. Umm hmm!


Tony Momrell of Incognito and me


Here is the crew with big beautiful smiles, Vanessa Haynes, Matt Cooper, Deborah Bond (another Cruise Hostess) and Natalie Williams!


Caught giving instructions on how to take the picture (me and hubby)


Loving the back of this blouse!

Day 2
Half Moon Cay

Ok enough of my babbling! I shot plenty of pictures and just a little bit of video footage, so I have plenty to show you! (Yeah, I was busy!)

This was a lot of fun as you can tell; not too much of anything but relaxing on a cloudy, light rainy day watching some football while waiting for the rest of the crew to head back from Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.




Represent your favorite team’s jersey, why don’t cha!




One of my absolute favorite artists, Rahsaan Patterson performed!  I was too late to get a decent seat to take pics/videos but did stumble across this video interview.  Love these!


Later on that night, in the wee hours of the morning Maimouna Youssef and Zo perform and ERRO is the host.  Joining Zo on stage were Jarrard Anthony, Deborah Bond, Chante Cann and Eric


Eric and Maimouna


Deborah Bond (Cruise Hostess) and Zo!


Deborah Bond and Jarrard Anthony


Jarrard, Eric, Chante and Deborah

The music man behind the Underground Lounge band!

I was really happy to run into Jodine Dorsey on this trip! It was like being home with my soul family!


Eric, Jodine and DMo


It was a real pleasure to meet Zo since I am such a fan of his music

Day 3
Day at Sea

The Doug E. Fresh Block Party was truly one of many my favorite highlights of the cruise!


The Legendary Chris Washington rocked the Lido Deck just like I like it!


Ain’t no party like a Doug E. Fresh party!


If it looks like fun, well, yeah it was BIG fun!!


DJ Frances Jaye checkin it out from the sideline


Partaaaaay People!!!

Later on that night, into the wee hours of the morning, we were entertained by the King of Indie Soul and one of the funniest entertainers ever! He’s got so much class and a personality anyone would be proud to kick it with–Mr. Eric Roberson, and other performers who participated with the Soul Sessions. Please forgive me for not knowing everyone’s name. All of the performers were outstanding and really made me happy that I was there to witness such great talent!


Eric Roberson Hosts the Midnight Jam Session


J Soul


Ty Causey


Chrisette Michele’s Vocal Assistant (sorry, don’t know her name)


Jarrard Anthony’s Wife


Jarrard Anthony


Chrisette Michele


David P. Stevens


Chante Caan


Doug E. Fresh


Vanessa Haynes (Incognito)


Phil Perry


Jarrod Lawson


Natalie Williams (Incognito)


DaChonne Nicole has a lovely voice! She is also the wife of Keyboardist, Carl Browne and was a background singer for ONUTSS presented artist, Mike Hammond!


The Band



Alex Moseley of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam


Carl Browne


Demont Peekaso Pinder, awesomely talented artist!!

Day 4


Artists, Ken Ford, Stephanie Mills, Larry Graham and Graham Central Station graced the stage this day and I tell you, there was nothing like visiting exotic islands to return to the ship with talent on top of music.


Ken Ford


When we returned from LaRomana, Ken Ford performed and is fabulous on that electric violin! Later on for the main show we had the pleasure of enjoying Stephanie Mills and Larry Graham.


Stephanie Mills

 Not sure if anyone has heard but Ms. Mills showed her back to the first audience and pissed a lot of them off. There were various stories of what happened and since I was not there, I’ll leave it at that. At the second show, which is the one I saw she was a little strange but many thought it was because she was a bit woozy from the movement of the ship. Nevertheless, she put on an excellent show.  Her voice is still magnificent and her background singers’ voices were awesome as well.


Larry Graham still got it, y’all! This was my first Graham Central Station experience and I would go and see him perform again in a heartbeat!


Graham Central Station


Larry Graham and his lovely wife


The audience was invited onto the stage to party with the band

You should know the routine by now–Later on that night, in the wee hours of the morning… One of the many Jam Sessions took place with Gerald Veasley and a bunch of jazz artists who got together for some good ole funk, jazz, soul and all that!!




Jeff Bradshaw on trombone–he is a beast!!


Gerald Veasely, Joey Sommerville, Najee, Pete Belasco, and Jonathan Fritzen


Day 5


Curacao was the late day/night so when we returned to the ship it was late evening and see who we came home to? Yes, Uncle Charlie. This was also my first time seeing Charlie Wilson and everything I’d heard about his performance was true!




He rocked that ship and put on a total production! Look at his girls and the wardrobe changes he made.



I was delighted to hear all around the Lido Deck while eating, the Capital Jazz radio station was playing in the background. It’s those small details that make such a big impact on a first timer like me.


Day 6


And what a wonderful performance to come back to–The Donald Byrd Tribute!! The band Spur of the Moment was the backing band for many of the artists. This day the band’s front man, Wayne Bruce hosted the show, and every time an artist came on stage they did either of Donald Bryd’s songs. Bruce was not having it! Every time a new artist joined in they had this cute back and forth thing going that prevented Bruce from playing his favorite Donald Byrd song, Rock Creek Park–of course until the show’s finale.


Wayne Bruce and Joey Sommerville





Wayne and Jeff Bradshaw

The band performing Do it Fluid


Gerald Veasley


Trina Broussard, Vanessa Williams and Jason Morales


Wayne Bruce


Rick Braun


Wayne and Gerald

Later on that night, waaaay into the wee hours of the morning…The Soul Lounge presents J Soul and Pete Belasco


J Soul, the Black Sinatra


J Soul f/Deborah Bond on one of his tracks, “High”.


Demont Peekaso Pinder, who blew me away throughout the trip with his on-stage-painting of the artists! He is also known as Painter of the Stars.


The Band! Antone “Chooky” Caldwell, bass guitar, Chris “Biscuit” Bynum, drums and Dre King, Keyboard and music director.  Hard working and making everyone they played for sound that much better!!


Pete Belasco with his mix of a soft and falsetto voice, and the band.


Day 7
Day at Sea
Almost at the end of the road but before we get there, more goodies! During the day we had the pleasure of witnessing The Average White Band take us back to the good ole days.











Ty Causey did his thing–I was ecstatic! I am one of Ty’s biggest fans as he is one of smoothest crooners of today, fulla love and soul!


Mr. Lover Man, Ty Causey




The band and backing vocalists (although Ty mentions their first names, I wish I knew their full names). They all held Ty down like they’d been doing it forever!




The evening held the distinguished Najee, Phil Perry and Alex Bugnon.


Alex Bugnon in his zone! (and Sol Elder back there–chillin)


Phil Perry always brings it!! Boy can this man saang!


Najee visited the audience and whattaya know, he came to the row in front of where I was sitting, and allowed me to get this closeup! #happyme!



Wonderful performance by these great talents!

Day 8
Day at Sea
The last day of the trip included a full day of sun for me! Later on that evening, Anthony (the FIRECRACKER) Hamilton blazed onto the stage fired it up! I mean, he was all over that stage, dancing and carrying on like nobody’s business, lol!! I had a hard time focusing my camera on him and his band because they were jumping around like Mexican jumping beans!!!








Ok, so there you have it–from my point of view! As far as activities, other music related discussions, panels, workshops and such, there was plenty to do on the Carnival Freedom–leaving no room for boredom–only relaxation if that’s what one deemed necessary.

What I loved most of all about my first experience with the Capital Jazz Organization is that they did a great job with the entire production of this cruise. From the moment we got on line to register to the point of debarkation after the eight-day music rendezvous, everything was well organized. They paid extra attention to every detail!

In closing, if this sounds like an ad or promo for Capital Jazz, it is! If the pictures don’t tell the story, I don’t know what else to offer. I promise any music lover like me, that you will totally enjoy all of the artists you are able to see in concert and the many activities from which to choose. Personally, I didn’t make time for anything but music and getting my sun in.

Thinking about going on the next Capital Jazz Super Cruise? The Carnival Freedom sails on October 18th for the 2014 cruise that has a talent line-up that is out of this world! I’m sighing, wishing I could be on it… I digress. There may still be cabins available on the ship if you act fast! Here is what’s left so far. Folks sign up waaaay in advance and on the ship from the previous trip, so get on it, doggonit! And while you’re at it, take a look at the Talent Line-Up for this year, a peak at what else went down last November, and where the ship is going this year and 2015!

Highlights courtesy of Capital Jazz TV

Here are some additional shots to enjoy!

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Before I let you go one last comment:
It wouldn’t even matter where the ship is going for me, that’s just a bonus on top of enjoying my favorite artists while discovering new ones in one place! You just can’t beat it!!

A family friend, gave me a new photography moniker:

Love in Music,
PAMarazzi Nichols

Heal The World Vol. I

Greetings once again, my Music Minded Maniacs!

I’ve been away from the keyboard for a long minute and I’m happy to be back!!

Here to introduce a new theme of mixes to come your way is Heal the World! I’ve been working on Vol. I for quite some time and am now ready to share it with the universe.

You probably know by now that my mixes are based on themes. The social ills that have been going on for years prior to the current state have recently intensified right before our eyes. Homelessness, police brutality, racism, suicide, loneliness, poverty, depression, street life, death, war, politics, and sexual preference, consists of most of the world’s trials, troubles and tribulations.

The tracks I selected to represent these issues tell heartbreaking stories simultaneously with a funky beat, yet slightly uplifting. I ask you to join me for another thought-provoking ride on this mix as you listen to these poignant lyrics that may have an effect on yours or a loved one’s life.

As always, I share photos and video footage I shot at various concerts of a few of the artists whose music made the mix. I discuss briefly a few stand-out tracks (for me) below.

Mary Mary opens this mix with the Intro The Sound. I thought it was incredibly appropriate for what many of us look forward to each day—sound, as in music in addition to the subject matters previously mentioned:

The Definition of Sound
Vibrations that travel through the air
Or another media
And can be heard when they reach another person’s ear
That’s not the only Definition of Sound
There’s a sound in one’s voice that let’s you know just what they feel There’s a sound of Pain a sound of Joy a sound of strength a sound of Love a sound of Desperation and a sound of victory
Listen to the Sound

Only true Led Heads know Ledisi’s humble beginnings and her song, Free Again as it is a cut from her first release, Soul Singer (I love this album)! How many can identify with relating to “fly away?”

Mark De Clive Lowe, one of my favorite producers, remixers, beat makers, musicians, and an all-around music man, has introduced me to artists I may have otherwise taken longer to become familiar with or may not have known at all. When I heard his album Leaving This Planet, I fell in love with Sharlene Hector’s voice on the title track; it made me think about what “leaving this planet” really meant to the composer and for me as a listener. Indeed Sharlene took me on a trip with the grittiness and raw vocals she put down on this song. Between her and Ledisi, they actually do make you want to “fly away” and “leave this planet” even if it’s just for a little while to treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation with the situations at hand and those personal.

Maysa, Kem, Carmen Rodgers and N’dambi all basically and briefly talk about homelessness and the goodness of God and prayer in their songs. They invite you to look at the situation from another perspective; suppose it were you and the tables turned… All in all God and Love are the ways these artists let you know in their lyrics that “it” is going to be alright!

Ledisi and Me after the BAM show

Ledisi and Me after the BAM show

Maysa and me

Caught Maysa at Macys NYC when her sophomore album, All My Life was released. (Thanks for the photo, Randy Wilson).

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Me and N’dambi at her listening party for Pink Elephant at Universal Music Group (thank you for the opportunity and photo Randy Thomas)


B. Slade and me at his Joe’s Pub performance (thank you for the opportunity Shani!)

Raheem DeVaughn, what can I say? This young man knows how to pen a good song as well as sing the hell out of it (whether it’s Sexxxy or socially conscious)! Maybe you think it’s overkill that I included his music three times? The content of the lyrics are relevant in all three tracks as Soldier Story speaks to the fear of death in war from a mother and son’s view, because this is a way for him support his college education. The unnecessary killing in a war will put you in the mind frame of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On.  Ok I gotta say this, there’s a part in this song where Raheem is counting pushups; now why does this sound so damned Sexxxy in a song like this?  Oh well… Nobody Wins a War reminds me of the “We Are the World” concept, where various artists contributed their voices on this song such as: Jill Scott, Ledisi, Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, and Algebra among others. DJ Jazzy Jeff’s track My Peoples, Raheem sings on and the song really hits home as our people are a resilient people when the chorus comes in and says:

My peoples stay strong as an ox
My peoples will never fail
My peoples will always remain
Remain with a story to tell

Ledisi plays SOB’s for Darryl Hill (RIP) of The BAAS Group

Mark De Clive Lowe (on piano)plays with Miguel Atwood Ferguson at Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem for the 20th Anniversary Jazz Festival, celebrating Charlie Parker, Bird with Strings

N’dambi performs at SOB’s NYC

Raheem DeVaughn plays the J & R Music World Music Concert Series

Maysa performs at BB Kings NYC

B. Slade performs at Joe’s Pub NYC

1. Intro The Sound – Mary Mary
2. Free Again – Ledisi
3. Leaving This Planet Mark – DeClive
Lowe f/Sharlene Hector
4. Fallen – Carmen Rodgers
5. Crazy World –  N’dambi
6. Soldier – Raheem DeVaughn
7. No One Wins A War – Raheem
8. If I Could – Carl Thomas
9. My Peoples – DJ Jazzy Jeff
10. The News- Anthony Hamilton
11. Soldier –  Eryka Badu
12. Brotha Man- Kem
13. Can We Change We World – Maysa
14. Black Sheep – B. Slade

SeXXXy Love Vol. I

I initially submitted SeXXXy Love Vol. I to the Cupids Hunt Podcast Collaboration in 2011, and It was my very first mix I had ever created with the proper software.  Warning: SeXXXy Love Vol. I may make you horny!  It is one of my favorites because the beginning of it really draws you  in so if you’re not already with a significant other, about to do each other, you will have to take of yourself!  

I do not claim to be a professional DJ, I just know what I like and hope you enjoy these selections.

Here’s the Playlist:

1. Groove On- Ledisi
2. Inside Cheryl- Pepsi Riley
3. Come Inside (dialogue)- Intro
4. Whose is It? (Interlude)- Total
5. Imgonnacome- Alison Crockett
6. Crown Royal- Jill Scott
7. Lay Awhile- Raheem DeVaughn
8. I Wanna Know You- D-Influence f/Dyanna Frearon
9. Touch Me- ChinahBlac
10. Late Night Rendezvous- Carl Thomas
11. Lay You Down- Portrait
12. Morning Love- Carleen Anderson
13. Funny- Brown Rice
14. You Know What Happens- Alison Crockett
15. I Like The Way It Feels- Carol Riddick

The Cupid’s Hunt Podcast Collaboration


Cupid’s Hunt is the premiere online collaboration event where DJs and podcasters from all over the Internet release loved-themed music mixes all on the same day: Valentine’s Day!

This year makes my third year of involvement and I must say that since then, I look forward to submitting my mixes each year!

I am happy to submit the eighth installment of SeXXXy Love in addition to the fourth installment of It’s Complicated!

Hoping you enjoy listening to these mixes as much as I enjoyed creating them for yours and my listening pleasure.

SeXXXy Love Vol. VIII

1.   I Want cha Babe – Ledisi
2.   Human Touch – Kem
3.   Slowly – Syleena Johnson
4.   Examine Me -Warren Xcince; Etta Bond
5.   Phone Sex – Syleena Johnson
6.   Cry Baby – Raheem DeVaughn
7.   Nothing – Jill Scott
8.   Wet – Sandra St. Victor
9.   Obey – Dwele
10. Sexy – Will Downing
11. Dinner and a Movie – Ronald Isley
12. The Baby Maker – Carl Thomas
13. Intro – Slakah the Beatchild
14. Lay You Down – Jose James
15. Sex in the City – Noel Gourdin
16. Feels Like We Sexin – Calvin Richardson

It’s Complicated Vol. IV

1.   Interlude Introspective Mood – Mint Condition
2.   Don’t Talk to me Like That – Will Downing
3.   Place in Your Heart – Ty Causey
4.   Do You Want Me – Jade
5.   Do You Feel The Way I Do – Rahsaan Patterson
6.   Walkin – Angela Johnson f/Lisala
7.   Sick of Fools – Leigh Jones
8.   Crying Over You – Angela Johnson f/Trisha Angus and Lisala
9.   Only You – Jill Scott
10. Seven Days – Mary J. Blige
11. Still Come Back to You – Laurnea
12. Remedy – Leon King
13. Never Fall in Love Again – Gordon Chambers
14. No Guarantee Chico DeBarge
15. Love, Sex and Philosophy – Soul: ID

Have a wonderful Valentines extended Weekend, lovers!!