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Playlist: San Francisco Road Trip

Today Marc and I are getting a head start on the weekend and going on our much anticipated San Francisco weekend getaway. It’s only about an hour plane ride away from LA but we decided that it would be much more fun to take our sweet time, drive up the coast, and check out Solvang, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Paso Robles and Pismo Beach along the way. And of course, a road trip just isn’t a road trip without a prerequisite playlist that you can sing your heart out to, bop your head to, or cruise along with while you relax and enjoy the scenery. With my musical taste all across the map with Dancehall, Reggae, R&B, Folk, Indie Rock and Pop and Marc’s towards Hard Rock and more Hard Rock, between the two of us, I think we’ve got this road trip covered.

A-SIDE: TO SF
1. Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time
2. Janet Jackson – Escapade
3. 2Pac – California Love
4. Blondie – The Tide is High
5. Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
6. MGMT – Electric Feel
7. LCD Soundsystem -Dance Yrself Clean
8. Led Zeppelin – D’Yer Mak’er
9. Daft Punk feat. Pharell – Get Lucky

B-SIDE: TO LA
10. David Guetta feat. Rihanna – Who’s That Chick
11. Chris Brown – Forever
12. Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun
13. Prince – Little Red Corvette
14. M83 – Midnight City
15. UB40 – Red Red Wine
16. The Mamas and the Papas – California Dreamin
17. Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin – Je T’Aime…Moi Non Plus
18. Phillip Phillips – Home

Music Music On Repeat

On Repeat: Charlene Soraia – Wherever You Will Go

Since discovering this song a couple of years ago, it’s become my go to at-home karaoke song anytime I feel like singing my heart out when I think no one’s listening. Which is interesting, because it’s rare that a cover version outshines the original. But Charlene Soraia’s angelic and haunting take of The Calling’s “Wherever You Will Go” is so emotionally charged that I can’t help but foolishly choke back tears and over exaggerate my heartache into a hairbrush, like my emo teenage self would while listening to Sarah McLachlan’s entire “Surfacing” album after sixth period. But causing a lump in our throats while we attempt to sing along is what a good love ballad should do, right?

Charlene Soraia – Wherever You Will Go from FourthFlightFilms on Vimeo.

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Social Scene: JazzReggae Festival 2013

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge fan of Reggae and Dancehall music. So every year, my girlfriends and I pack our beach bags with sunblock, towels, water and other unmentionable paraphernalia (that I won’t mention), don our requisite Rasta inspired outfits, and head over to the annual JazzReggae Festival held at UCLA. It’s a two day outdoor music festival bender held in May during Memorial Day weekend, with the first day’s emphasis on hip hop and jazz, and everyone jammin’ to Reggae, Dancehall and Soca the day after. The lineup never disappoints and this year is no exception with Ziggy Marley, Barrington Levy and Marcia Griffiths in the mix. Here are some of my favorite tracks of theirs to get you all in the Rastafari mood.

1. Ziggy Marley – Tomorrow People: The apple definitely did not fall far from the tree. His music is just as awe inspiring as his father’s.

2. Marcia Griffiths – The First Cut is The Deepest: The queen matriarch of reggae, this is her cover of Cat Stevens’s original.

3. Barrington Levy – Here I Come: A legend in his own right, his music has been sampled by the best of them from The Fugees to The Black Eyed Peas.

4. Bob Marley – Redemption Song: Couldn’t have a reggae list without the king of reggae himself. This is my all time favorite song of his. It floors me every time.

Music Music On Repeat

On Repeat: Solange Knowles – Losing You

Some people call it tried. I call it tried and true; upcycled and inspired. Solange‘s “Losing You” has me longing for the days of Stacy Q, Nu Shooz, The Jets, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and of course, babyfaced Janet Jackson of the Control era. And did I mention that stunning Foxy Brown afro? Makes me want to go back in time and don my third grade perm in a box.

Now go ahead. Press play and give it a whirl. Before you know it, this Knowles might have you saying, “Beyoncé who?”