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Hittin' the Floor Like It's 2004
Though the crisis was different and not as "all encompassing", the post-9/11 era of the early 2000s were an anxiety-filled, depression-producing time for many. Musicians responded by producing more dance-oriented music to lift people's spirits. DJs like me responded by spinning those songs on the dance floor! As more and more young people embraced dancing as their favorite past time, I took the opportunity to try to introduce them to the kind of vintage dance records that inspired the new music coming out at the time.
Since we're all in the midst of another crisis, this time of a more confining nature, I thought I'd create the kind of dance mix I you may have heard if you had come to see me spin in the clubs of 2004. Here you will find a mixture of tunes from the late 1960s, the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. It's funny to realize that now ALL of these tunes are "vintage".
I hope you find you hips swaying and you booty bumpin' as you listen to this mix.
Dance Workout for Sheltering
Stuck indoors and going stir crazy?
Need an activity? Try dancing!
Presenting a well-paced, 1 hour vintage dance workout filled with the kind of gritty grooves you enjoy at my Club Nitty Gritty Dance Party in Portland, Oregon: 1950s R&B, early soul, mod jazz, popcorn R&B, mambo, Latin Soul, etc!
ENJOY, and I can't wait until we can share the same dance floor once again!
In Need of a Barn for Dancing
This is a sample set I put together for a proposed barn dance I was hoping to throw in October.
Moon Landing Mix - aka - dj action slacks blasts off
Space Jazz, R&B, Soul - commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
We'll start out on Planet Earth listening to mid century tunes celebrating the mystical and romantic powers of the moon. Then we'll blast off into outer space as the trippy, futuristic electronic psych-soul, funky-jazz sounds of the 60s & 70s transport us to other worlds. Because it's always fun listening to yesterday's version of "the future".
As we reflect on the most celebrated scientific accomplishment of humankind, let's turn our attention to harnessing our talents to address the challenges we face in the "future world" reality we're experiencing today. Because, "if we can put a man on the moon", we SHOULD be able to re-imagine a reality in which racism & bigotry are not deeply entrenched in our societal system.
Soul for Stoners
I believe I made this mix when weed was legalized in Oregon. Psych soul, trippy tunes
The Grand Soul Opry
Country & Western meets Rhythm & Blues - I spent five years seeking out records specifically to be able to dedicate an entire night to celebrating the intersections of these seemingly different genres.
Feelin' Alright: Soul & Blues LP Happy Hour Mix
Vintage soul and blues music for hanging out!