Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A to Z Music Challenge - S is for Seal, Bruce Springsteen, Snoop, Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, Rod Stewart, Salt N Pepa, Keith Sweat, Sting, Smashing Pumpkins, Carlos Santana, Sade, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Save Ferris, Skid Row, STP, Sugarland, Soundgarden and Sir Mix A Lot

This letter right here is the reason I've been procrastinating. There are way too many bands and artists in this letter, I KNOW I'm leaving a ton of them out. It's already gonna be long, so bear with me.

The owner of one of the most amazing bodies in the known world, I've loved his music for as long as I've known who he is. He's spent much more time in the spotlight lately because of his marriage to and divorce from Heidi Klum. If you can watch this video without crying....

Bruce Springsteen
The Boss. I've written about him before. One of the icons of American music, though far too many people have misinterpreted half his songs. Though I love many of his songs, this one is my favorite.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know he's Snoop Lion now, but whatev. You know exactly who I'm talking about. Calvin did some bad, bad things when he was younger, then grew up to be a guy who guests on news talk shows.

Biggie Smalls
Biggie, Biggie, Biggie. Why did there have to be so much anger and violence back in the day? The world lost too many talented rappers in a quick second. This song? Every single road trip to Cali. Well, the censored version. You know....little ears....

Tupac Shakur
Tupac, Tupac, Tupac. All the stuff I just said about Biggie. Same. Sigh.

Rod Stewart
This guy right here will forever transport me to a desert, in the middle of nowhere, with bonfires and sand rails, in the place where all the grown men in my life wore those tiny OP shorts. You know which ones I'm talking about.

Salt N Pepa
The original rapping women, they did it first. They did it well. Ah, push it.

Keith Sweat
Oh my goodness. One of the longest lasting true r&b singers of the 90s, he's probably still singing in clubs somewhere. Music producers of the world, MAKE MUSIC LIKE THIS AGAIN. Oh, and you KNOW he opened for New Edition on their reunion tour. HELL YES.

I have loved this man for so long. I could listen to his voice all damn day. This song, one of his lesser known ones, is absolutely my favorite. First introduced to me in my doula training, it's accompanied many births...and was on the video at my father's funeral. It's one of those songs.

Smashing Pumpkins
Billy Corgan is one disturbed dude, but I love it. This song. Me.

Carlos Santana
Easily one of the most talented guitarists who has ever lived, the guy performed for the world the first time at Woodstock. One hell of a way to debut, if you ask me. He's still kicking ass.

Beautiful, soulful, her voice is perfection.

Simon & Garfunkel
The folky singer songwriting duo that played the music that runs through the background of my childhood memories.

Frank Sinatra
You can't pass this one up. So many have tried to do Frank better than Frank did, and no one can even come close.

Save Ferris
Any band named after one of the best movies of the 80s deserves mention, even if their most famous song is just a really well played cover.

Skid Row
Sebastian Bach was the hottest lead singer in the hair band era. Let's just get that right out of the way.

They were a rock band in the era of Lollapalooza, from San Diego. It was basically required that I love them, and I did. I loved most of their main releases, but I think this one is my favorite.

I know. A rare country entry. They aren't really country anyway, they're more a crossover group. This one is a stab me in the heart song, really and truly. I cannot even listen to it. Blah.

One of the Seattle grunge bands, they were a little edgier, a little angrier, a little harder than the rest. This will probably always be my favorite of theirs.

Sir Mix A Lot
Of course this is happening.

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