Happy born day (including Ten)

"From listening to records I just knew what to do, I mainly taught myself. I did pretty well, except there were a few mistakes... I'd like to just be able to continue to be able to express myself as best as I can... I feel like I have a lot of work to do."

Hello, kiddies...

There's a whole lot to be said for the last two years, but it's time to move on. Ten years ago, I wanted to add my two cents to the conversation as a bit of an outsider... I never fully expected it to be as good of a run as it was. A few thousand later, and then the whole Facebook thing which I never expected to sign on to... lots of genuine human beings out there. I'll give all the shoutouts and acknowledgements at the end, but there's a matter of the future.

The future... I want to tell the story from the beginning, really. Pure and concise facts. Because knowing what someone plays tells an awful lot about what one thinks, far better than words from one's own lips. I did indeed spend the last two years joining record appreciation groups on social media. It is very well documented. I suppose that makes me a certified vinyl junkie. I really have been one since the age of six, no, make that 2 1/2...

I'll stop there for now, and get to the future of this blog. I want a monthly forum to just share my love of this game with you. It's gotten far different from when I first launched it in 2007. I still love my 45s, but I totally ignored so much, and now I kinda regret it. I do intend to make up for that in a monthly forum. It could take off, but I really am doing it for my own amusement... real talk, this is gonna be a tough year. I need some diversion. That being said, click on the player thingie... It's a labour of love. In between buying all those albums, I pieced this batch of 45s together that had been in my head for a while... good ones... ones I'd be glad to be stuck with for quite a while... they really do sound good in this way... enjoy.

Cover image courtesy Shawn Hanshaw

01 We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet - Blues Magoos (Mercury)
02 Damph F'Aint - Herb Johnson Settlement (Toxsan/Soul Fire)
03 Snake Pit - Gunga Din (Valise)
04 Sookie Sookie - Steppenwolf (Dunhill)
05 As Long As I Got You - Laura Lee (Chess)
06 Under The Influence Of Love - Love Unlimited (20th Century)
07 I'm Living With A Memory - Barbara Acklin (Brunswick)
08 Good Girls - Merry Clayton (Ode)
09 If You Didn't Hear Me The First Time - The Sandpebbles (Calla)
10 Call Me Lightning - The Who (Decca)
11 You Gotta Believe - Pointer Sisters (Blue Thumb)
12 The Wash - Brenda & The Tabulations (Dionne)
13 Gotta Get Over The Hump - Simtec & Wylie (Mister Chand)
14 I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone) Pt. 1 - Bobby Byrd (King)
15 Ham Hocks Espanol - Jimmy Castor (Smash)
16 Honey Pot - Al HirtN (RCA)
17 Jade East - Ramsey Lewis (Cadet)
18 Music For Gong Gong - Osibisa (Decca)
19 Let Me In - Jefferson Airplane (RCA)
20 Down Here On The Ground - Lou Rawls (Capitol)
21 On My Radio (mono promo mix) - The Selecter (2 Tone)
22 Reality - Carolyn Franklin (RCA)
23 The Pain Gets A Little Deeper - Darrow Fletcher (Groovy)
24 You Ain't Ready - Lou Courtney (Riverside)
25 That Driving Everything - Willie Mitchell (Hi)
26 Superman - The Clique (White Whale)
27 Steppin' Out - Raiders (Columbia)
28 Can't Shake It Loose - Pat Lewis (Golden World)
29 You Gave Me Soul - Andrea Davis (Chess)
30 What Can I Do For You - Labelle (Epic)
31 Under Your Skin - Luscious Jackson (Grand Royal)
32 San Francisco Girls - Fever Tree (UNI)
33 Reach Out Of The Darkness - Friend And Lover (Verve)
34 Treatin' Us Women Funky - Ike & Tina Turner (Minit)
35 Trouble - Foxy (Double Shot)
36 Trudi - Donovan (Epic)
37 A Girl Called Sandoz - Animals (MGM)
38 The Young Folks - The Supremes (Motown)
39 Born Free - Fly Face (Fly Face)
40 C'mon Children - Earth Wind Fire (Warner Bros)
41 Black Is So Bad - Blood Brothers (Turbo)
42 Vamp, Oakland - The M-Tet (Funk Night)
43 Tomorrow - Strawberry Alarm Clock (UNI)

Now in closing, I just wanna say that it's gonna be interesting to see how I tell the story. I really like writing. Music taught me how. Wring the sponge out into a mental flash drive once in a while and soak up even more along the way. Yeah, I'm gonna document it here. Over time. There's so many people out there to thank for the inspiration now. I swear, Facebook really did turn out to be the vehicle I needed to meet them all. From record selection, to mix creation... yeah. I owe you all big. Yeah. I'm immersed in music now. Playing it for myself, sharing the experience with anyone. Remember, I've wanted to do this since I was a teenager with a boom box. I've accomplished what I wanted once and for all. The rest is a bonus, and that brings me to folks like DJ Nite n Day (yeah, this one's especially for you)... especially to Shawn for the image... Mr. Mass... everyone at the Crate Diggers Union, Record Playas, the Safe As Milk Media Club and so many more Facebook groups. My dear friend Elle from Canada for the countless amount of blessings, of course my hero Larry... my goodness. Connie T. Empress too, most definitely Chris Lujan (remember that name), Liz, Greg, oh, and Ollie Teeba too... Linda GoGo!!! I've always got love for DJ Blueprint, the entire 4BB team, Matt, Mr. Mondo... I know I'm gonna miss some... definitely my friend Morgan and all of "the group" from high school, because I loved spinning records for all those epic parties... the entire Asbury Park 45 sessions team, the Wannabye Records family, DJ Tone and the 45bandits team, goodness. I. Love. You. All. My life has certainly been made richer because of you and so many MANY more. Watch this space, have fun(k) and as ALWAYS, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

P.S. Damn, that felt good... it's been far too long. It's good to be home

"I would like to be able to continue to let what is inside of me, which comes from all the music that I hear, you know I'd like for that to come out... It's not really me that's coming through, the music's coming through me..."