The seductive sound of rain on your windows as you lie in bed. A soft kiss on the beach with a misty breeze blowing through your hair. The steamy windows of your car after a passionate make-out session. There is something about water that passionately connects to our heart. During Janet Jackson’s career peak (Control & Rhythm Nation), she was asked to participate on legendary musician, Herb Alpert’s comeback CD. Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the two Janet Jackson collaborations “Diamonds” and my provocative slow jam scored big on the R&B charts. Here is the extended video version with Lisa Keith:
“LOVE WON’T LET ME WAIT” LUTHER VANDROSS
Tough decision, go with the near perfect, original 1975 version by Major Harris, complete with the woman’s orgasmic moans near the end of the song or go with Luther’s brilliant 1988 interpretation? It’s hard to take a classic and make it your own, but the Vandross version is my favorite. If you ever questioned who is the greatest SOUL singer of the 80’s, this song should answer that question? Luther’s approach is so silky smooth here, masculine yet vulnerable, total control. One person playfully commented, “if you hear this in the bedroom, you know what’s happening next”.
“THE COMFORT ZONE” VANESSA WILLIAMS
Just think about the life of Vanessa for a minute. The first African American Miss America has been nominated for every kind of entertainment award imaginable: An Oscar (Colors Of The Wind), a Grammy (Save The Best For Last), a Tony (In The Woods), even an Emmy (Desperate Housewives)! What other performers can make that claim? You want to talk about a triple threat performer, Vanessa has done it all. Still strikingly beautiful with perhaps the sexiest eyes of all-time, here’s one of the songs that kick-started her music career. n
“I WANT’A DO SOMETHING FREAKY TO YOU” LEON HAYWOOD
You’ve heard Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ But A G Thang”, here’s the original song they sampled. Don’t be put off by the song’s title, it is just a very seductive R&B song, nothing obscene. Leon’s got a knack for choosing highly sexual titles, his other big hits were “Don’t Push It, Don’t Force It” and “Strokin’ (Part II)”. In addition to these hits, Leon wrote the party anthem, “She’s A Bad Mama Jama”. For a guy who’s basically unknown to many, he’s left quite a footprint on music history.