The “Babyface Made R&B” Song Set!
When it comes to choosing music for the day, it takes me hours to find and organize playlists in iTunes, Slacker Radio keeps deciding that I only deserve to hear songs by one artist at a time, and as much as I love Pandora its machinery still hasn’t figured out that I do not want any Cam’ron on my Underground Hip-Hop station. Enter Songza Sets.
From the site: “a ‘set’ is a playlist of 12 songs that we make for your listening pleasure. We don’t try to predict what you like by using robots or algorithms; instead, we collect great music and package it for you in interesting and informative ways.” I was introduced to Songza Sets a few weeks ago when a friend sent me the link to the “In Living Color,” a playlist of songs that were each performed live on the sketch comedy show back in the day. Queen Latifah + Digital Underground +Redman = two snaps up, you know what I mean? I also indulged in “The Golden Age of Slow Jams” series and cracked myself up with “We Need A Montage” – the genius in the site’s concept is that each set and song within the set come with short editorial blurbs that tie the tracks together better than you can do on your own.
This week I was lucky enough to create and contribute an Op-Ed Song Set titled “Babyface Made R&B.” I had such a great time combing through my late 80’s/early 90’s favorites to put the playlist together because Babyface did make R&B! That era produced so many of my favorite songs that I really had to get my research and curate on, plus I had a weird sort of “non-sexual, sing-songs-to-me-with-your-ol’-curl-havin’-self” crush on him back in the day. I hope you enjoy it and would love feedback, so check it out and have a listen!