What's your jam?
And by "jam," I don't mean the inside of a jar of Smucker's. I'm talking about your jam. You know, the song that regardless of when, where, or whatever your mood, the instant you hear its familiar strains, you're doing the bee-bop. Physically bee-bopping, if you're home alone or perusing the aisles at Target. (Yeah, like you've never done a bit of a twist in Target. You know you have.) Mentally, if you're in the middle of a sermon at church...driving down the highway...mourning at a funeral. (Come on--like the funeral scene in The Big Chill didn't make you shake a tiny tail feather..."You can't always get what you want..." The Rolling Stones at a wake? That's good stuff right there.)
I'm currently creating my Summer Playlist '09 and I want it to be full of jams.
Bekah's tune is Arcade Fire's Rebellion (Lies). I've already added it to the '09 playlist for summer.
Oh, Bekah...this is a groove, I tell you. Yes, I do love you for this.
My beautiful friend Lauren's favorite boogie song is Chamillonaire's Ridin' Dirty. And I have to admit--this is high on my list. "They see me rollin'...they hatin'..."
Just try to catch me ridin' dirty. I dare you.
And then Nikki-my-Love has claimed one of my all-time favorite dance songs--EVER--as her jam:
Oh, Debbie Deb...When I Hear Music it makes me wanna dance...and pull on my fuchsia satin hot pants, lace up my roller skates, and spend the afternoon going 'round the rink. (Olympia Skate Center--Warner Robins peeps, represent!!!)
As for me...
I have two jams...
The first is Prince's Raspberry Beret. I've loved this song since it debuted in 1985. Y'all...there's a bicycle bell ringing throughout this mini-symphony...this ode to teenage love. You know that is seriously the coolest. (Ok, so it's not really a bicycle bell--it's finger cymbals. But bicycle bell sounds way more fun.) You Tube has no decent video of Raspberry Beret...
...so I give you my all-time favorite...the song I've worked it out to for most of my 34.5 years:
My head is bowed in respect for the late, great Jackie Wilson. Don't even think of dismissing him. He was the legend among legends. I love me some Otis Redding...Sam Cooke...and Marvin Gaye. But Jackie? He is IT. And Baby Workout is MY jam. I dance to it in my bathroom. Out by the pool. In my car. (Yes, I have a whole seat routine choreographed to Baby Workout. No foolin'!) And I want it played at my funeral--so y'all can get your swerve on here on earth, while I'm groovin' in Eternity.
I'm not even kidding. I want to go out with a bang. A Jackie Wilson-serenaded bang.
So please help me add to my Summer Playlist '09. I wanna know your jam. What do you rock out to? Share it with me. I'll add it to my playlist and think of you all season long. And maybe I'll create a new car routine to one of your favorites.
That's grounds for a road trip right there. So we can get down, girl, go 'head get down...wooooooo!
Happy weekend, y'all!
*Edited to add--a lot of you are mentioning the Black Eye Peas' "Boom Boom Pow." Yes, I love that song. Yes, I have an entire car routine for it. (Ask my pal Lacey--she choreographed it.) Yes, it's on the summer playlist. Duh!