This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

September 4, 2009

OSF: Now with Snuggles, Cuddles and Butterfly Kisses

Filed under: Old School Friday — Tags: , — pprscribe @ 7:27 am

Well, it has been a pretty serious week here at This So-Called. Time to lighten the mood with this week’s Old School Friday theme, “Tunes to Cuddle To.”

Actually this theme is perfect for old school music. In my opinion, not many songs of any genre put out today are truly cuddle-worthy. To me, “to cuddle” is to engage in an activity that is its own ends to its means. That is, there is no expectation of…something else to follow the cuddling. It is neither foreplay nor epilogue. It is everything all wrapped up in one marvelous package. Done correctly, one should be so fulfilled following a cuddle session that anything more would be—well, anticlimactic.

That is the art and pleasure of cuddling.

And no one embodies that more than musicians and vocalists who performed during times in this country when social norms dictated a little less speed and forward progression in the stages of mating rituals.

So, I am flashing back a little more than I usually do with my OSF picks this week. I will begin with a nod to those current day musicians who understand what I was just talking about with the Roots-produced version of Nat King Cole’s “Walking My Baby Back Home” from the Re:Generations project. (Which I strongly recommend, BTW.) 

Next up is Errol Garner’s “Misty.” This is a very appropriate pick for this week as it was one of my late grandmother Rhona’s signature pieces. If you can’t see yourself cuddling to this all night long, then you just are not capable of really cuddling!

Staying with the jazz mood, my next pick is the Miles Davis Quintet‘s version of “When I Fall in Love.”

My final choice is the smooth and silky vocal stylings of Mr. Sam Cooke and “You Send Me.” I was not yet born when this song came out, but the fact that it remains for me a perfect cuddle song is a testament to its timeliness.

Well that’s it for me until next week. Have a very happy Old School Friday and a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!


As always, a big thank you to OSF hostesses, Marvalus at Conversations with Marva and MrsGrapevine.

Please check out the rules for joining and list of other OSF participants here.



  1. Very classy picks. I love them! You are right, I have heard very little if anything cuddle-worthy in contemporary music. Happy OSF.

    Comment by revvy rev — September 4, 2009 @ 9:35 am

  2. Great topic and great idea to include “You Send Me” on this list. I had never considered it’s cuddleability (please don’t challenge me on that word!), but I can definitely see it.

    Erik Greene
    Author, “Our Uncle Sam: The Sam Cooke Story From His Family’s Perspective”

    Comment by SamsNeph — September 4, 2009 @ 10:40 am

  3. Thank you Rev, SamsNeph and PopArtDiva (whose OSF comment appears on the previous post).

    Erik, I will have to add your book to my reading list! I absolutely love the web site. No disrespect intended, but the images on your site remind me of how incredibly *fine* your uncle was. Whew!

    Revvy Rev, I have tried to get into some of the contemporary songs. The groove will be smooth and the vocals on point–but then the singer will say something about getting panties wet or somesuch and the mood is spoiled! LOL

    PopArtDiva, when I think of “cuddle-worthy” I do not think of Eastwood! LOL But I loove your pick, “Happy Together.”

    Comment by pprscribe — September 5, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

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