1960’s Male Artists/Hits + Cars

I’ve been patiently waiting for months to start this series. This will probably be my favorite series EVER. I love cars….basically I love fast cars in general. I wanted to do a series with male artists and of course cars. Let’s put the pedal to the medal and crank up some music shall we? Although I wasn’t even thought of in the 60’s I am a big fan of 60’s music.

The Who – My Generation – 1965 – This is my go to song when I’m leaving work and it’s 74 degrees and I’ve got the top down and I’m on the interstate driving 80 – 90 mph and my hair whipping in the wind. There’s not a better feeling….not even chocolate and sex. Ha! So, whether you have a motorcycle, camaro, mini van, or SUV, roll the windows down and blast this rebellious song and free your inhibitions.

For this year, I chose this 1965 Buick Riviera, isn’t she sexy? Love the color too. Photo Credit: Top Notch Customs…..65-buick-riviera-cred-top-notch-customs

The Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Not only do I love to hear their music but I can’t get enough of their performances. No matter where you are or what you’re doing when you hear those voices and the harmony you have to snap your fingers and sing along don’t you?

1966 Cadillac DeVille – Photo Credit: DaddyDerek CarDomain …..Smooth, luxurious, stunning…Sigh….

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The Doors – Light My Fire – 1967 – Jim Morris had swag before we ever knew what the fuck swag meant didn’t he? Incredible vocals and he made everyone want to be bad didn’t he?

This song I thought needed a 1967 Pontiac GTO – This is the kind of car where you almost have a wreck when you stretch your neck to take a better look at it. Photo Credit: ClassicCars.com

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The Beatles – Come Together – 1969 – I cannot stress to you how much I love the Beatles. I mean, My blog name is Lennon?! Why couldn’t my parents have been die hard Beatles fans and named me this? I have tons of T-shirts, a huge poster in my guest room, coffee mugs and my vanity plate on my mustang is “SHKITUP” I wanted Twist & Shout but too many letters. These guys laid down some incredible tracks. They were a phenomenon in their time and it was well deserved.

I chose the 1969 MGB for this year, Photo Credit: Pinterest & Classicar Garage

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Hoping you’re digging this series….stay tuned for next Sunday’s 70’s edition!

 

 

 

 

 

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2000’s Part IV Finale – Female Artists/Hits

Hi Loves, Normally I post this series on Sunday’s but I have something special planned for this Sunday so thought I’d go ahead and wrap up the finale of the female artists/hits. Myself and Lex  have really enjoyed ourselves putting these installments together.

Avril Lavigne – Scrappy little thing isn’t she? She was pretty much the opposite of Christina & Britney and came out swinging with her hits. She was a teen sensation and we could all relate to her lyrics. This one is my favorite.

Jennifer Lopez Ft. Ja Rule, Cadillac Tah, & Ashanti  –  Ain’t It Funny/Murder Remix …… How could I forget Jlo? This is my favorite song/video of hers – I love everything about it, the head tilt, the strut, the bangs, especially the karate chop. Ja Rule knows what he’s talking about when he says “must be da ass” because we all know she has an incredible ass don’t we? Ha.

Beyonce – Upgrade U Ft. Jay-Z – Listen, she brings more swag than any other species like EVA in this video. If you ask me, Jay-Z got served. She is a Queen….bow down everyone, she is the shit.

Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money – There we so many to choose of Rihanna’s hits but I particularly love this one because the video is like a mini movie and tells the story. Besides, someone owed me money when this song came out and I could totally relate and I had vivid dreams about stringing him up naked and torturing him. Nope, I’d never do that but it’s fun to imagine it. Rihanna is more than edgy…she’s gangsta, wicked, and scary-sexy-hot.

That wraps it up. Stay tuned for Sunday’s series.Happy Friday Loves!

2000’s Part III Female Artists/Hits

Hey Loves, it’s time for the third installment of the 2000’s.

Keyshia Cole – Shoulda Let You Go Ft. Amina – Keyshia is a Cali girl and has ties to MC Hammer and Tupac. Her voice is exceptional. I loved her reality show The Way It Is – This is by far my favorite song of hers although she has many amazing songs.

Pink – So What – Pink and I have a lot in common. Nope, I don’t have pink spiked hair but her attitude and personality is in sync with mine. She’s saucy, brash, and dangerous. I love this girl and anything she sings is fantastic. Her songs are sometimes humorous, heartfelt or kick ass. Either way, you’re sure to play them over and over again.

Kelly Clarkson – Walk Away – This song got me through a lot of shit in my life. Anytime I went through something where I felt less than zero I would blast this song and feel like I was back in control again. We all know Kelly was discovered on American Idol. She’s went on to do big things. I especially love her Christmas album Wrapped In Red.

Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You – She is such an elegant, classic, sweet soul isn’t she? When we hear her voice we are in a trance. She mesmerizes us all with her songbird voice. Her beauty is exquisite too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2000’s-Female Artists/Hits, part II

Lex Jones, here.  I am excited to guest post in this next installment of Lennon’s series “The 2000’s-Female Artists/Hits”.  Lennon kicked it off well last week with several of my favorites!  This week, I plan to take you on an obscure journey with a little of this and a little of that…because that’s music today.  It’s a wonderful compilation of sounds and styles, where individuality rules.  That being said, let’s kick this segment off with Florence + The Machine.

Their first album, Lungs, says it all.  Florence Welch can sing her arse off.  I especially love her backstory…she was discovered by her future manager, singing in the “loo”.  The band is known for their eclectic live performances, and Florence’s voice is unmistakable.  I will never forget the first time I heard their breakout hit, “Dog Days Are Over” while driving to Chattanooga for work.  I was traveling down a narrow mountain road and had to keep myself from driving too fast.  The song energized me and it went on to serve as the opener on my divorce playlist. “Happiness hit her like a train on a track….”

There is something about the next artist’s voice that just makes me happy…the lovely Corinne Bailey Rae.  She came onto the music scene in the mid-2000’s and I’ve loved her since.  While most people recognize her for “Put Your Records On” my favorite is, “Like a Star.”  In fact, that is the song I sing to my daughter at night. I’ve been singing it to her since she was born and now at age 3, she sings along with me.  I watched Corinne Bailey Rae perform a cover of Zepplin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” on Austin City Limits and was blown away.  She just brings her own jazzy twist anything she sings.  In fact, she won a Grammy for her cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” in 2010.  But for me, my fave is “Like a Star”

How can we discuss the 2000’s without mentioning Norah Jones?  I wore her debut album…OUT.  Had to buy another copy…one for the house and one for the car.  Come Away with Me, was an amazing blend of musically-infused, dreamy songs that took me on a journey every time I listened to it.  I cannot pick one out as a favorite, because I loved them ALL. I loved her next album.  I loved her collaboration with Wyclef Jean to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, on the song, “Any Other Day.”  And I loved her song, “Happy Pills” In fact, that was the second song on the “playlist” I mentioned above. (You know the one)

Growing up, I loved Queen. And I still do!  Freddie Mercury was such an amazing talent and the true definition of a front-man.  I mention him to introduce my next artist, Lady Gaga. Her name is derived from Queen’s song, “Radio Gaga” but came as a result of predictive text.  She and her manager would greet each other by singing “Radio Gaga” and when he attempted to text her that, autocorrect changed it to “Lady Gaga” and the rest is history.  Just like Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga is the full package…the ultimate entertainer.  I love all of her songs, but “Bad Romance” lures me in every time I hear it. And if memory serves, I do believe Lennon saw Lady Gaga in concert. That’s likely its own post!

I hope you enjoyed this little segment of musical magic. Stay tuned for next week’s post…I am sure Lennon will close out the series with a serious party!

The 2000’s – Female Artists/Hits

So today we’re starting the 2000’s….so many exceptional female artists in this era. Let’s get it started!

Aaliyah – Rock The Boat – As you know, she died in a plane crash in 2001. Gone way too soon. Such a remarkable artist. I can only imagine how many more hits she would’ve graced us with if she were still alive. RIP Gorgeous.

Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl – You can always count on Gwen to get the girls fired up with her hits. She’s epic, tough, magnificently talented. She’s definitely a fashion goddess and when she sings we listen no doubt. Ha! I had throw in the no doubt seeing as that’s where she started, No Doubt was the shit!

Missy Elliott – Gossip Folks / Now this is my very favorite Missy song. We all know how people gossip. She wrote some mad lyrics for this one and I love the dance moves in the school hallway. Most of all I love it when Missy incorporates the kids into her videos and these kids can drop it like it’s hot. Anytime Missy & Timbaland collaborate it’s a hit.

Fergie – London Bridge – Who doesn’t love Fergie? Not only did we love her in The Black Eyed Peas but when she branched out to do her own thing, she dropped the base. For Realz.

Janet Jackson – All For You – I know…I’ve already featured Janet in a previous era but come on…how could I not feature her again? This song. This video. She’s perfection. Love it.

Nelly Furtado  –  Promiscuous – (Featuring Timbaland) – Sigh…I love me some Nelly. She has this raspy thing going on and when you hear her voice you instantly know it’s her. Add Timbaland to any beat and it’s going to be fabulous.

That’s all for this part of the 2000’s. I might have one more segment or two. I’m undecided. But, stay tuned as in a few weeks I’m starting over and it’s all about the guys. Yep, you didn’t think I wouldn’t include some fellas did you? Lennon likes the dudes so she has to share her favorites 🙂

 

1990’s Finale – Part IV Female Artists/Hits By Lennon

Hey Everyone, It’s the end of the 90’s era I’m afraid for this Female Artists Hits Series. I hope you’ve enjoyed this era as much as I have.

SWV – I’m So Into You – This girl group had it goin’ on! I was hooked instantly to their harmony. Smooth beats and sultry voices.

Mary J. Blige – I’m Goin’ Down – Come on now….who doesn’t love this Queen? MJB was destined to be a star. This song, man, I love it. She will give you chills up your spine with that powerful voice.

Britney Spears – (You Drive Me) Crazy – I know, she lip syncs every time she performs. But when she records her music, she makes money making hits. I’ve always been a Britney fan. Nope, I’ll never pay to see her perform live but I’ll listen to her pop music anytime. This was one of my very favorites.

Jade – Don’t Walk Away – I hate to say it but this is the only song I’ve ever heard from Jade but I can remember bobbing my head to it and learning their sexy moves. I can also remember wearing my cut off shorts with the combat boots too. Yikes.

Destiny’s Child – Bug A Boo – This is when DC hit the scene and this was my joint. I went to the beach when this first came out and I was with four of my girlfriends. We sang the hell out of this song all week too.

Christina Aguilera – What A Girl Wants – Sigh….Christina Darling, you came out strong, killin’ it! She was this tiny little powerhouse that shook things up. We loved her and still do. She gets better and better every time she comes out with something new.

TLC – No Scrubs – They were iconic weren’t they? From their song Unpretty, Baby Baby Baby, to this one – unforgettable. RIP Lisa Left Eye Lopes

Garbage – Stupid Girl – Shirley Manson wasn’t fucking around. She came to take names. Can I put bad ass and classic in the same sentence? Who cares, she was both.

Missy Elliot / Nicole Wray- Make It Hot – Nicole Wray had this raspy voice that was one of a kind. The hook to this was obsessive and haunting wasn’t it? Missy comes in at the end and shakes the walls a bit with her rhymes. I’m a gigantic fan of Missy and I’ll have more on her in the 2000’s. She’s my girl!

Stay tuned for next weeks 2000 – 2010 series of female artist. Can’t wait!