Thank you for the email messages and feedback regarding this year’s playlist. I appreciate the suggestion to put all of the artists on one page so that everyone can see the complete list. So, as requested, here are the extraordinary women and men featured this year.
Oleta Adams – Get Here
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
Ray Charles – Sweet Potato Pie
Celine Dion – Thankful
The Jacksons – Good Times
Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
Whitney Houston – I Believe in You and Me
Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You
Stephanie Mills – Home
Stevie Wonder – Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing
I am so happy I was able to share 10 songs with you this year. The last song, an older Jackson Five hit from 1976, is dedicated to all of our family and loved ones who are no longer with us. While moments of sadness may come, and the tears may sometimes fall, let’s try to encouraged and remember all the Good Times.
I was thinking earlier today, I simply cannot have a playlist without Stevie Wonder. There is one song I’ve been listening to a lot lately Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing. As I listen to this song, I will make note of Stevie’s advice.
I can think of no greater voice to celebrate this time-honored holiday with the Queen of Soul – Ms. Aretha Franklin. When I was growing up, learning the words to I Say A Little Prayer was a rite of passage, and decades later it never gets old. It took a while for me to couple the words of this song with the dance moves, but once I mastered these 2 things, I was allowed into the big girls “club.”
As a southern lady, I grew up on sweet potato pie. My maternal grandmother would purchase the frozen pies (which were pretty good) and my paternal grandmother would make them from scratch (which were pretty great). I will admit to not knowing the 1st thing about making one, but they are still one of my favorite desserts.
Before you ask, yes I am well aware of Ms. Patti’s sweet potato pie and was tempted to look for one. However they are made with nuts and I am highly allergic. Until I find an alternative, I will make myself content by listening to Ray Charles and James Taylor sing about Sweet Potato Pie.