Thursday, March 17, 2011

5 on Friday - Set 58

Travis at Trav's Thoughts invites everyone to lay down a short set of music that takes their fancies for his 5 on Friday meme.

Closing in on the final two decades of my look back at recorded popular music, starting with the 1920s - let's drop in on the 1990s.

The 90s were a Best of Times / Worst of Times decade for me. In the fabulous category, I married Brad, went to film school and got my degree, worked at the theatre where the National Ballet of Canada performed and lived so very happily in the bustling Big City of Toronto.

These were my late 20's and early 30's, a time when reality closed in on cherished dreams. Life plans were hijacked by health issues, and I had to dig down deep - so very, very deep - to hold onto joy.

Of course, having come through the other side of this crucible, I wish there was some way I could have told that 20's and 30's me that it would all work out eventually. But that's the whole thing about life. You have to live it, a day at a time. And there's no other way to discover what you're made of, is there?

1 - Groove is In the Heart - Deee-Lite - 1990

The chills that you spill
Up my back
Keep me filled
With satisfaction when we're done
Satisfaction of what's to come

I couldn't ask for another
No, I couldn't ask for another

Your groove
I do deeply dig
No walls, only the bridge
My supper dish
My succotash wish

- Brill / Fareed / Hancock / Kirby / Towa Tei

CLICK HERE to watch video for Groove is In the Heart

2 - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C & C Music Factory - 1990

Jump to the rhythm
Jump, jump to the rhythm, jump

And I'm here to combine
Beats and lyrics
To make you shake your pants
Take a chance
Come on and dance

Guys grab a girl
Don't wait, make the twirl
It's your world
And I'm just a squirrel
Trying to get a nut

To move your butt
To the dance floor
So yo what's up
Hands in the air
Come on say yeah
Everybody over here
Everybody over there

The crowd is live
And I pursue this groove
Party people in the house

Left to right
Work me all night
Come on let's sweat
Let the music take control
Let the rhythm move you
Let the music take your soul
Let the rhythm move you

- Clivill├ęs / Williams

3 - Walking on Broken Glass - Annie Lennox - 1992

The sun's still shining in the big blue sky
But it don't mean nothing to me

Oh let the rain come down
Let the wind blow through me

I'm living in an empty room
With all the windows smashed
And I've got so little left to lose
That it feels just like I'm walking on broken glass

- Annie Lennox

4 - Ex-Factor - Lauryn Hill - 1998

This is crazy
Oh this is crazy

Care for me, care for me
I know you care for me

There for me, there for me
Said you'd be there for me

Cry for me, cry for me
You said you'd die for me

Give to me, give to me
Why won't you live for me?

Is this just a silly game
that forces you to act this way?

Forces you to scream my name
then pretend that you can't stay

Tell me who I have to be
to get some reciprocity

See no one loves you more than me
and no one ever will

- Lauryn Hill

5 - Natural Blues - Moby - 1999

Oh lordy
Trouble so hard
Oh lordy
Trouble so hard

Don't nobody know my troubles but God
Don't nobody know my troubles but God

- Hall / Moby


Mike Golch said...

I enjoyed broke glass the best of this set. Mine is set and ready to go.

Jamie said...

Gonna Make You Sweat and Natural Blues. Missed most of the 90s musically, but those were good ones.

Coco said...

I love this "decades" idea! Great set.

Akelamalu said...

Walking on Broken Glass is a favourite of mine. :)

jennifer said...

Awesome set Julia! I recognized them all.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

The 90s were sort of a non-musical decade for me. Certainly there were some good songs put out. You hit a couple of them here.

My set was dedicated to Travis

Linda said...

Ah, the 90's ... I spent almost the entire decade with the exception of the first two-and-a-half years married to a guy that I never ever should have walked down the aisle with. Only good thing to come of that whole ten year debacle was my two girls if I have to be honest. As I was in a sort of period of temporary insanity then, there's a lot of music I just don't remember unfortunately though I most definitely recall Annie Lenox and "Walking on Broken Glass".

It would be real nice if we could tell our younger selves what waits on the other side but even if we could, I bet we'd be too headstrong to listen.

Polly said...

Fun songs. These are ones that I definitely remember from high school/college time frame. When Groove Is In The Heart first came out, I remember thinking it was some throw-back song that was in a movie, not a current new song. haha.

Michael Offutt said...

When I heard the Annie Lennox song, "Walking on Broken Glass" I thought she was singing "Walking on F*cking Glass".

Travis Cody said...

There are some gems from the 90s, but I think they are very hard to find.

It's true that we have no idea how we're going to react to the challenges in front of us until we face them.