Throwback Fridays (music)

Throwback Friday: ‘Break My Stride’ by Matthew Wilder

Someone on Facebook asked me recently, what’s my secret to pushing through that wall? Honestly, I don’t have one. You’ve just got to want something more than you want to give up…As I’m dragging through today trying to make sure those end of the week loose ends are tied up in a nice bow, I found myself singing the chorus from the 80s song “Break My Stride” by Matthew Wilder, from his album “I Don’t Speak the Language,” on replay in my head.

Throwback Friday: ‘At Last’ by Etta James… RIP (Jan 25, 1938-Jan 20, 2012)

Just shy of her 74th birthday, the legendary Etta James has passed on today at a Riverside, California hospital. She had been battling leukemia and also contracted Hepatitis C and was suffering from dementia…it personally reminds me of Obama’s inauguration on this same day in 2009. Beyoncé did a wonderful cover of the song at the Neighborhood Ball as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama ceremoniously took their first dance of the night.

Throwback Friday: ‘Luka’ by Suzanne Vega

If you followed any 80s pop music, you’ll recall Vega’s distinctive raspy voice and folksy style that led her to 2 hits off her sophomore album with A&M Records “Solitude Standing” album released in 1987. “Luka” was one of those hits, and the other was “Tom’s Diner.” “Luka” tells a dark tale of a physically abused boy living in her building.

Throwback Friday: “Rooster” by Alice in Chains (RIP Mike Starr)

This week began with more talk of Charlie Sheen’s fall from Hollywood grace and ended with one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history. Somewhere in between, we lost Mike Starr who was the original bassist for Alice In Chains (AIC)- a rock band out of the 80s Seattle grunge movement.

Throwback Friday: “Blackberry Molasses” by Mista

I spent some time in Atlanta during which time I interviewed Bobby V. As a teen, he was in the group Mista whose biggest hit was “Blackberry Molasses”- this week’s Throwback Friday.