This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

March 20, 2009

OSF: Thinkin Bout My Baby

Filed under: Old School Friday — Tags: , — pprscribe @ 10:24 am

For Old School Friday today I am dedicating songs to my baby. I used to do a lot more of this mixtape kinda thing for him when we were dating. All that can kind of fall by the wayside when there is dry cleaning to pick up and kids who need to be taken to swimming lessons and electricians that have to be called to see about the inoperative outlets in the dining room. So it is a good thing for me to take some time out of my busy day to think about my sweetheart and pick out some songs just for him.

Our assignment this week was to come up with songs with the word “baby in the title, but I am going to start out with a cheat: a song by an artist with “baby” in his name:

“Soon As I Get Home” by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds


I promise this one is for my baby–even though at the time it came out he hated the song, thinking Babyface was setting the bar just a little too high for regular brothers! (LOL)

No dedication list to my love would be complete without a Prince song. And no Prince set would be complete without the ultimate make-out song.

“Do Me, Baby” by Prince


I heard a story one time that Prince recorded this song in a studio that was actually outfitted with a bed to set the mood. Don’t know if the story is true–but if it isn’t, it should be.

Now I’ll throw in a couple of ladies: the Queen herself and Minnie Ripperton. Ain’t no doubt about it, baby, I love you!

“Baby, I Love You” by Aretha Franklin


“Baby, This Love I Have” by Minnie Ripperton


(Good golly, Ms. Ripperton, you sure can hit those high notes!)

Wrapping up my dedication to my very own baby with some Smokey. Love you, honey! And to the rest of you: Happy Old School Friday!

“Ooh Baby Baby” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles




  1. Great picks. I was hoping I could remember an old Babyface song that had Baby in the title, but couldnt think of any…tho he probably wrote/produced a few.

    The Prince “Do Me Baby” is pleasantly different from the ” Do Me Baby” I”m familiar with …Bel Biv Devoe, but I’ll always have a liking for their own.

    Comment by Kim (BKQueen86) — March 20, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

  2. Thanks, Kim. Yeah, I cheated with ‘Face. I just had to have him in here. I am glad you enjoyed the Prince song.

    Also, thanks Pop Art Diva and pjazzypar for stopping by my OSF. (Both your comments got posted to the previous post and the WordPress gods will not allow me to automatically move them over here.)

    Comment by pprscribe — March 20, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  3. Happy OSF! These are great audio clips. I especially enjoyed Minnie Riperton. Sometimes folks just give her credit for the one song … it is nice to hear others from her repetiore!

    I invite your blog readers to check out the video version of Smokey Robinson!

    peace, Villager

    Comment by Villager — March 20, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

  4. I notice a trend from a couple of OSF posts: You take OSF very, very seriously – lol.

    I enjoyed the smorgersboard that you placed before us. Your selections were all cool. Ms. Ripperton’s voice was incredible.

    Comment by hagar's daughter — March 20, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

  5. Oh yes, Hagar’s Daughter–I am serious about my music! I think I must have been a DJ in a previous life. (Or perhaps will be one in my next. LOL)

    @ HD and Villager: Yes, Minnie Ripperton was a huge talent. What a loss.

    Comment by pprscribe — March 20, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

  6. I happen to like the “departure” from the norm…I’m digging the Babyface!

    I could be over here for a while taking in the music…excuse me as I look around for a moment, will you?

    Great choices!

    Comment by Marvalus — March 21, 2009 @ 12:06 am

  7. Great choices! Loved them all!

    Comment by SjP — March 21, 2009 @ 1:09 am

  8. Thanks, Marvalus and Sojourner! I really had a fun time with this one. BTW, I wrote a little on my reflections on being called “baby” over on BlogHer if anyone is interested:

    Comment by pprscribe — March 22, 2009 @ 11:09 am

  9. Hello,

    Sometimes I walk into a persons house and it feels like home. Well, I am having that kind of experience. I love music, I really double-rubble, toil and trouble to listen to my old school jams. I can go on about this but since I am a visitor I stop and say I love your site. I am new to blogging and a friend *wink* invited me to stop by. Wait a minute, the wink was meant to say hello to my friend …nothing else. I’ll be back, yes sir reeee, I can’t wait to sit in on Friday.

    Hello pprscribe

    Comment by CareyCarey — March 24, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

  10. Welcome, CareyCarey. Glad you enjoyed the music. Do come in and make yourself comfortable, but just remember your home training. (LOL) Definitely check out the other OSF participants and jump on in this Friday!

    Comment by pprscribe — March 25, 2009 @ 7:47 am

  11. Well pprscribe, I like jelly donuts and sometimes I get a little clumsy and spill some mess on my floor. However, when I am invited to someone elses home, I take my shoes off at the door. I will be on my best P’s & Q’s. Now if I came here and the house was already messy I might have tracked in a little dirt but this is a nice clean spot …REAL NICE! Do black folks live here? *lol*.

    I don’t want to sound like Arnold Swartzmaajigger but, I’ll be back.

    Comment by CareyCarey — March 25, 2009 @ 9:11 am

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