For forty days, I have decided to give up television for Lent. No, I’m not Catholic but I think we can all benefit from giving up something that isn’t serving a positive purpose in our lives.
Of course, coming home and not turning on the television breaks a routine. After work to “dumb down,” if I get home in time, I watch Judge Judy. No offense to her, but I don’t have to think and I can laugh at her expressions and how she talks to the litigants that come to her courtroom. After thirty minutes of court craziness, I turn to our local news. Once that goes off, I watch World News Tonight with David Muir. I love his professionalism, his reporting skills and in my mind, he’s my buddy giving me updates on happenings around the world.
I’m also a huge fan of the First 48! In my mind, I am a detective and I’m traveling from Miami, Memphis, Louisville, Kansas City and Birmingham solving murders. These police departments owe me a badge and a check for all the hard work I put in.
Since I’m giving up television, this changes things. Going without TV will give me the chance to do a little more praying, meditating, reading and of course writing for YOU, my awesome addicts of Chocolate Cocaine! This also gives me a chance to listen to music more. This evening when I arrived home, instead of turning on the TV for a show, I turned on some music. In doing so, I begin to think of how music played, and hopefully still plays a big part in one’s love life.
For my old heads, do you remember back in the day just how good music was on the radio? Slow songs were so magical and they said everything you wanted to say to your mate and more. Do you remember making a cassette of slow songs for your boyfriend/girlfriend? You hoped every song reminded them of you. We were so romantic, right?
If I could make a cassette and give it to someone special I would put the following songs on it. These are not from any particular time, just good songs that say what is in your heart and that will make the sex spectacular!
Moment in Love by Art of Noise: This song is just straight sensual and nostalgic. You cannot NOT have this on your cassette!
Trust in Me by Etta James: This is super old school but she poured her heart out telling her man to trust her. You gotta listen to the lyrics on this one, then feel it in your soul.
I Want You by Marvin Gaye: Another old school joint that is sure to get the bed rockin’! If you play the a cappella version, you may have to call into work the next day.
I Miss You by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes: This is nothing but a ‘makeup after you break up’ song. Teddy Pendergrass kills it all throughout the song with the Blue Notes in the background doing the low singing. Oh y’all gettin’ back together for sure after this song is played.
Lick by Joi: This is the one of the sexiest songs ever made. I have also had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful artist. When this song is played be prepared to make it a long lovemaking night.
All of Raheem DeVaughn:
- Guess Who Loves You More
- Ask Yourself
- Come Together
- Temperature’s Rising Act II
This is just to name a few of Raheem’s songs. They will get you in the mood, keep you in the mood and have you wanting the mood to stay.
The Fact Is (I Need You) by Jill Scott: This song says, I can do several things without you but the truth is I need you. The message is simple, right?
Crown Royal by Jill Scott: This song is too short! Jill, we need an extended, remix version. Even though I think the song can be longer, it does its job to get you hot and ready.
Pink Matter by Frank Ocean: Even with Andre 3000 rapping towards the end of the song, it’s still a very beautiful song to make love to.
Japanese Denim by Daniel Caesar: Sooooooo beautiful. To hear Daniel sing, “My blue jeans will last me all my life, so should we,” it will make you melt.
Oooh This Love is So by Al B. Sure: I took you back with this one, right? This must be on the cassette and it sounds just as sexy today as it did when Al came out with it in 1988.
All of Prince:
- International Lover
- If I Was Your Girlfriend
- Do Me, Baby
- She’s Always in My Hair
- How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore
Break of Dawn and Butterflies by Michael Jackson: These songs are sweet and gentle and set the right tone for a night of passion.
Tender Love by Force M.D.’s: Yep, I just took you back to your high school days. Nuff said.
Between the Sheets by The Isley Brothers: One word…Classic.
I do know there are so many other artists and songs that could be on this cassette of love however, I am going to allow you to add to the list. Let me know what slow jams you would put on a cassette if you had to make one and give it to someone you were in love with or crushing on. Use your imagination and have fun. I want to see how creative you can get.