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!
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