Goals, get some!

Today, I vow to go on a spending diet.  A spending diet requires that I reduce unnecessary spending, while making gains.  I am only to spend money if ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY includes the following:

  1. Rent
  2. Bills
  3. Sam Winchester Things (Cat Food, Cat Treats, Emergencies)
  4. Human Things (Groceries, Self-Maintenance, Emergencies)
  5. 1 – 2 Records per week (Music is the answer)

This list is rigid.  I have to stick to it.  The thing is, I don’t want to put too many constraints on myself. Constraints or unnattainable goal setting  can lead to not following-through.  In two weeks I start my “traveling about” time; an overnight in The Emerald and a weekender in The Rose.  That said, I need to make sure that I have monies in place with little to no worry.  Little to no worry means Bills paid on time, Savings accruing funds all while Traveling and experiencing life and people.

The next catch to this is……I have to blog about it everyday.  Well, this is actually a dual requirement.  While, I probably won’t go on a tangent about how I didn’t go get donuts this morning (saved $2.50), I’ll probably get back to my original programming….music, recipes, ramblings….I think this “goals thing” will be a ramble :).  Here’s to sticking to it.


Podcast #21 - Six Olives Inspired

Just in time for the Summer Solstice, a podcast inspired by one of my favorite places to sit for a spell – Six Olives Lounge. Six Olives Lounge has easily become my home away from home. Their slogan of inspired cocktails and small plates (seriously the Baby Bella-wich sandwiches are insane) definitely hold true. Being that it is a lounge you’ll hear music ranging from jazz to blues, which is perfect for a chill and relaxed hour or two of cocktails and food. The songs selected here are part of a compilation disc I made for the lounge. There are some familiar artists and possibly some unfamiliar artists, but the goal is sharing good music inspired by Six Olives. Download to your favorite player or stream directly from the blog. As Always, enjoy!



Work Song – Nina Simone
Steppin’ Out – Kurt Elling
I Did It In Seattle – Roy Ayers
Undun – Kurt Elling
Peg – Steely Dan
Resolution Part 1 – Kurt Elling
Slow Like Honey – Fiona Apple
Nobody Knows Me – Aya
Aht Uh Mi Hed – Shuggie Otis
Still Hungry – Sam Sparro
Lucky Girl – Jazzanova & Paul Randolph
Little Bird – Jazzanova & Jose James
Tight – Kurt Elling
Weak – Gretchen Parlato

Podcast #20 - ...Gone to the city...

Amazing that this is the 20th podcast. If you think about it, that is roughly 20 hours of music. Feel free to check out any podcasts you might have missed. This particular podcast coincides with Mother’s Day weekend. To honor such a special time, I’ve compiled a variety of tracks containing amazing female vocals and out-of-this-world production, which In my opinion, is the key to an amazing tapestry of music. Featured artist include: Amalia, Brand New Heavies, Janelle Monáe, Lisa Shaw and Jaidene Veda, just to name a few. So stream or download to your favorite player and enjoy before your night out on the town. Go to the city!



Sunday (Jimpster Remix) – Jaidene Veda
Feel – Lisa Shaw
Dance or Die (Feat. Saul Williams) – Janelle Monáe
A Love Like This – Jimpster
Nobody Knows Me – Aya
Guinea Pig (Feat. Julia Biel) – Ben Watt
Luxurious (AD Bourke Remix) – Amalia
Never Stop (Postino Remix) – Brand New Heavies
Little W. 12th Street (Feat. Monique Bingham -DJ Spinna Remix) – Ralf GUM
Superman (Feat. Bucie) – Black Coffee
All The Funk I Need (B.Kun Remix) – Amalia

Podcast #19 - The Road Less Traveled

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost



Didn’t Cha Know (Biscope Boot) – Erykah Badu
Weight Of My Mistakes (Jimpster Remix) – Seal
King Of Sorrow (LOGAM Remix) – Sade
Trinity Dub (Three) – Massive Attack & Mad Professor
Massage Situation – Flying Lotus
Welcome To Me – Amalia
Keep On – D Train
I Adore You – Caron Wheeler
Pastel Assassins – Prefuse 73
Roberta Flack (feat. Dolly) – Flying Lotus
Bittersweet (Jay’s Main Event) – Jay ‘Sinister’ Séalee & Louie Vega starring Julie McKnight
Sometimes (12″ Groove Version) – Vindahl

Podcast 18 - I Stay Woke

It’s March and the itch for Spring to be sprung already is upon the masses. Enough with the snow, the rain, the ice and bring on the sunshine, flowers, plants and more importantly some heat. Fall and Winter were times of hibernation and in some cases deep slumber. It’s time to wake up and smell the fresh air. It’s time to wake up and let nature do what she does best, in all of its forms. This podcast has a couple of classics but mostly some new tunes that have awoken my senses. The resurgence of electro R&B and New Jack Swing has caught some attention and will have old fans and new fans wanting more. Pay close attention to Tokyo Dawn Records especially Future Soul artist Amalia. How about that new Radiohead, huh? Brilliant in my opinion, expected but brilliant none-the-less. Enjoy. Stream or download for your personal player bumping enjoyment! Remember to stay woke…



Play Dead – Björk
I Stay Woke (Master Teachers Pt. 2) – Erykah Badu
Human (Extended Version) – The Human League
Life’s A Dance (Nu Opo Swing Mix) – Opolopo & Amalia
Shari Vari (Original Mix) – A Number Of Names
No Sad Goodbyes – Swayzak
Separator – Radiohead
So Cruel (Sasac Remix) Favorite Flava
You Play Too Rough – Blue Six
Cherry – Lisa Shaw
All The Funk I Need – Amalia
Cascades of Colour (Wamdue Black Mix) – Ananda Project, Chris Brann
Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long – Erykah Badu

Dj Yoda and TOBE$ bring you the ultimate Quiet Storm Mix

It’s 10PM. Turn the clock radio on next to the bed. Turn the dial to your favorite R&B station (do those even exist anymore?). Set the :60 minute timer and listen to a sultry-voiced dj speak the words, “This is Quiet Storm for the lover in you.”

Slow Jamz vol. 1 by duo DJ Yoda and TOBES$ came out roughly 2 years ago. I remember listening to it non-stop for a month straight, no matter what time of day. As a musical-throw-back-aficionado, I have to agree that this is one of the best slow jamz mixes out there, compiling a mixture of Anita Baker, Zapp & Rogers and S.O.S Band. I can not take credit for this compilation but give thanks to the inter-webs for introducing me to such a wonderful team as DJ Yoda and TOBE$. As a collective, they are known as Sparkle Motion (an homage to Donnie Darko, perhaps). May Sparkle Motion return one day soon….they’ve been quiet for way too long.

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for is here. It is my very distinct pleasure to introduce to you…..Sparkle Motion!



A Little Bit Of Luther Intro
Alexander O’Neal – If You Were Here Tonight
SOS Band – Tell Me If You Still Care
Roger – I Wanna Be Your Man
Evelyn Champagne King – Kisses Don’t Lie
SOS Band – Weekend Girl
The System – Don’t Disturb This Groove
Bobby Brown – Rock Wit’cha
Taja Seville – Love Is Contagious
Orgasm (Interlude)
Stephanie Mills – Keep Away Girls
Atlantic Starr – Always
A Little Anita (Interlude)
Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald – On My Own
The Gap Band – Yearning For Your Love
The Deele – Two Occasions
Ready For The World – Slide Over
Zapp – Computer Love
Glen Jones – Show Me
The Isley Brothers – Between The Sheets
Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever
New Edition – Can You Stand The Rain
Play Another Slow Jam (Interlude)
Chaka Khan – Through The Wire

Podcast 17 – Soul Holiday

December 16, 2010

Podcast 17 - Soul Holiday

We at the Cutting Keyboard don’t have the most cheery demeanor when it comes to Christmas music but it’s not because of the notion of being a Grinch or a Scrooge. No, No, No. It’s because we can recall the time when working during the holiday at retail stores like County Seat, Structure and the GAP, drove rusty nails in our original love of Christmas music. Those long hours of selling clothes whilst The Little Drummer Boy playing on and on and on…pretty much incessantly. In any case, we do what we can and I’ve compiled a few Christmas songs for this month’s podcast, Soul Holiday. So let us rejoice and put some soul in your Christmas this year or at least 30 minutes worth. Happy Holidays, Enjoy and see you in the New Year!

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Someday At Christmas – Stevie Wonder
Christmas Is – Lou Rawls
Christmas Time Is Here – Brian McKnight
Give Love on Christmas Day – Jackson 5
Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
Silent Night – Temptations
This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
Sleigh Ride – TLC
Soul Holidays  – Sounds Of Blackness