blog memes, curtis mayfield, freddies dead, in a sentimental mood, john coltrane and duke ellington, Old School Fridays, soul music, superfly
by vivrant thang on old school fridays
Once again, it’s on. This week’s theme is music we love from some of our favorite films. I’m a HUGE movie buff so I really could have gone crazy with this. I’ll probably return to it in a later post.
My first selection is from the soundtrack of Love Jones, one of my all-time favorite movies – and soundtracks for that matter. The movie came out in 1997, which would make it ineligible for OLD School Fridays. However, there was one song on there that is certainly old school and one of my all time favorites. It elicits so many emotions in me every time I listen. I just have to stop what I’m doing and….feel. I meant to post it during Jazz Appreciation Month (which I let slip by…where did April go?) Better late than never.
Enjoy “In A Sentimental Mood,” a collaboration by two of THE best to ever do it, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington.
I’m going to switch it up a bit for my other two selections. I absolutely love 70s blaxploitation films. I have a whole collection of them, including most, if not all of Pam’s Grier’s work. That was one badmamajama. Kicking ass and taking names – all while looking fierce. My shero!
I decided to go with two songs from one of my favorite 70s films, Superfly. That was a badasssss soundtrack and Curtis Maryfield is a badmutha…shutyomouf!
What the hell. Before I go, I have to give it up again for my man, Bilal who started my week off right with a hell of a performance on Sunday night. This is not old school so consider it a bonus track.
From the soundtrack of another of my all-time favorite movies, Love and Basketball, and from my top fifty songs list, here is “Soul Sista.” (I captured the live performance of this song from Sunday’s show during which soul singer Ledisi joined him. Absolutely sick. Stay tuned.)
Hope you enjoyed my trip down movie memory lane today. If you’re not an OSF participant, share some of your favorite old school movie soundtrack songs in the comments.
Head on over and check out the other participants. This is a great theme this week and I KNOW you will enjoy what they come up with.
i remember the songs freddie’s dead and superfly.
both are true american classics.
Nice picks. My nephew, when he was 3 years old, became a fan of the “Superfly” soundtrack. He’s now 11 and still has great taste in music.
“Love Jones” is such a wonderful soundtrack. Thanks for stopping by my blog and yes, I am the same Danielle that posts at Soulbounce. Nice to “officially” meet you.
Love your blog and keep up the good work.
Hi wow we have similar tastes. This week I also did Superfly. I grew up in NYC in the 70’s and Superfly was the hero to the URBAN KID, (next to Shaft). I was going to do Willie Hutch’s (Across 110th Street), but I am like you I could of wrote for days.
Love your picks this week (and also your site).
Believer 1964 said:
“I just have to stop what I’m doing and….feel.”
Listening to all your picks this week I can see why the blog title and description. Music is a form of expression for you, and probably more so than for the average Joe or Jane. Good stuff!
Great picks! Superfly was an anthem during that era for Black folks. I still enjoy watching the movie as the pimp tries to go straight…
We both thought about Love Jones. I loved the Coltrane/Ellington mix … I went with a couple of other songs off that soundtrack…
I love that Coltrane/Ellington…makes you just want to sit back and…feel, like you said…
I used to like Freddies’ Dead, I actually liked the beat! but it is a 70’s classic as is superfly. I love the Love Jones movie and soundtrack. Coltrane & Ellington, man you don’t get much better than that!
And don’t even start me on Bilal! That brother is bad and is on my blog music player by the way!
joshua a. washington said:
love jones i think will always be a pinnacle moment in my life. everything from the soundtrack to the film itself really exemplifies my life. or at least how i feel my life is at times.
“Fortunate” by Maxwell -from the Life soundtrack ….
Ledisi is from my hometown; she’s been on the grind for a looong time–good to see things really happening for her. I also see that Amp is on your list of rotation…he is an old friend of mine–good taste!
Vivrant Thang said:
So glad everyone enjoyed my picks this week. It was HARD to narrow them down!
@joshua – I feel the same way. I can remember exactly what was going on in my life at the time.
@ justin – oh no you didn’t! that is an excellent pick. i can also remember what was going on in my life at the time that one came out.
@iw – oh ledisi is doing big things. she was just nominated for a couple of grammys. i am so happy folx are finally waking up and discovering what most of us have known forever. she is one of THE premiere voices of our time.
Love Jones is the best movie soundtrack, although The Color Purple gives it a run for its money. One of my favorites is Beaches, I love Bette Midler.