Lord Revive Me: A soul-stirring playlist curated by the music supervisor for “Greenleaf” on OWN

 

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My good friend Angela DJ Moonbaby Jollivette has landed an amazing new dream job as a music supervisor for season 2 the popular series “Greenleaf” on the OWN Network. She places all the music for the show and has compiled their “Season 2 Soundtrack”! It has been doing well on the gospel music charts and it’s currently entered into the Grammy Awards Visual Media Field’s Best Soundtrack Compilation category, which if you are a voting member of the Recording Academy then I encourage you to check it out (if you’re not and are eligible, sign up)!

She has placed that soundtrack also on Spotify and includes some gorgeous music – one song from each episode, but what I really wanted to share about is the “B-Sides” Soundtrack which are songs inspired by Season 2 that didn’t quite make it to the show but really capture the mood of the show. I have to say, this playlist is on FIRE!

Whether it’s inspiration or revelation, these songs definitely gave me the lift I need to feel better because with all that’s going on in our country right now, it’s easy for me to get down. I need this playlist daily.

https://open.spotify.com/user/djmoonbaby/playlist/0LHjei6hWgcQxA6g9KJFlr?si=XbIkeW8K

Some songs that need to be highlighted include the beautiful Liz Vice with her song, Empty Me Out. Liz Vice is a young artist from Portland and this song is off her debut album, “There’s A Light”. It has been well received and featured on a lot of favorite lists. Such a soothing vibe and a reminder of how faith works: ego off to let God in.

Moonbaby went diggin’ in the crates to find a couple Aretha Franklin including  “Are You Leaving Me”. Another notable old school song featured is That Shall He Also Reap by Mattie Moss Clark, the mother of popular Gospel group, The Clark Sisters. Mattie Moss Clark, according to wikipedia, ” is credited for creating the three-part harmony (separating vocal parts into soprano, alto and tenor), a technique which is prevalent among gospel choirs today.

Other notable songs for me include Shirley Caesar’s Lord Revive Me, Yolanda Adams’ Open My Heart, and one of my favorite under the radar artists, The Bayou Maharaja James Booker. There are so many more or I’d be mentioning the entire playlist. Just go now and renew your mind and spirit with this playlist. Lord knows we all need it right now at this moment in history. Be blessed my brothers and sisters. Stay strong and encouraged.

Rootnotemusic guesting on Unrestricted with DJ Moonbaby this Thursday 7/21

June 24 on ASPiRE TV: Miles Davis tribute featuring DJ Moonbaby with Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin

Grammy Pro is “Buzzin’ with DJ Moonbaby”

DJ Moonbaby recommends: Choklate & FKA twigs

 

 

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Words & sounds that inspire at the start of 2014: from the city of angels with love

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“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.” ~ MLK, Jr.

The year 2014 is upon us and as we come to terms with tragic consequences of global apathy, the creative mind and spirit of the earth and universe instills in us the will to live.

As the late great troubadour Pete Seeger, who passed away this week, said: “The key to the future of the world, is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” May his spirit and legacy live through us. We lost another world legend this past year as well in Nelson Mandela. Both men that lived long and inspired lives fighting in their own way for justice, equality, and community. Let us move forth with the spirit of both.

Pharrell Williams needs no introduction. He’s a producer, songwriter, activist, filmmaker, interviewer, etc. His creative spirit knows no boundaries, so we will do well to listen to his words. “I just appreciate where music is right now…so many original artists…musicianship is now going to be back at all time high”:

On the topic of excellent musicianship, I recently downloaded this amazing jazz project by Bay Area musicians Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips, which is now in the top 15 of the jazz charts. Continue reading