Posts Tagged ‘Bill Withers’

The Soul Sessions Vol. 1

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Since I started DJBeTray.com I’ve been asked time and time again, “When are you doing a soul mix?”  I am a lover of 70’s soul, I mean it is the music I was created to… shout-out to all 70’s babies.  I actually started working on compiling a soul mix a few months ago… then news of  Don Cornelius’ death hit.  To say that I was broken hearted is an understatement.  When I was a little girl in D.C., Soul Train came on at 5 pm on channel 5.  Every Saturday, I’d run into the house after playing outside and watch for the latest dances, music and fashion trends broadcasted from the Soul Train dance floor.  I would run to my bathroom afterward, stand on the vanity and pretend to be one of the dancers on the platforms who got all the close-ups.

So needless to say, hearing about Cornelius’ death knocked the wind out of my excitement about my soul mixtape.  And then after Whitney’s death I was musically exhausted.  But now I’m proud to present this fantastic mix of some of my favorite 70’s soul.  I believe pretty much every song on this mix has been sampled at least once if not numerous times, as is the case with Lyn Collins’ hit Think.  

The photo featured along with this mix is a picture of some of the actual equipment from the old Stax recording studio.  I shot this photo myself while visiting the Stax Museum in Memphis last year.  Since Stax is my favorite Soul label, I thought it was fitting.

This is a mix to party and groove to.  So as we move into spring… let’s do it with Soooooooul!  And please don’t download this mix without telling your girl (me) what you think.  Love!

DJ BeTray’s 1 Year Anniversary Mix

 

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 Anniversary Mix

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 Anniversary Mix With BeTray’s Commentary

October 17, 2011 marks 1 year of DJBeTray.com!  When deciding how best to celebrate this momentous occasion, I decided a walk down memory lane was the way to go.  Then my next decision was what genre and what songs?  For this anniversary mix, I’m taking a break from R&B and Hip-hop and mixing some of my favorite pop and rock songs from the past 5 decades.  There’s also a little soul, jazz, folk and gospel squeezed in.  This is definitely a mix without genre boundaries.

I think this departure from the site’s norm is the perfect way to say thank you to all of you music fans who have made my first year so special.  I’ve included two versions of the anniversary mix… one is just the music and the other is the music with my commentary; think DVD commentary a la mix tape.  I had a lot of fun doing the commentary, since I love talking over music anyway.  It gave me a chance to share some of my insights while also telling you a little more about my musical experiences.  Hopefully you’ll learn something new and appreciate this trip into a music mix free constrictions.  The number 1 above features a picture of every artist included in this mix… see if you recognize them.

I want to hear from you, so please tell me what you think of this mega mix and of course, I’m accepting all anniversary wishes 🙂

Thank you all for your support of DJBeTray.com and please be sure to tell a friend about this site!  Accept, Share, Give, Live, Feel Speak and Hear Love!

* Commentary Correction: David Grohl is from Springfield, VA, not Silver Spring, MD.

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Download the 192kbps/HQ version (176 MB) with commentary here!

Clubbin’ in the 80’s

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As I’ve said before, I’m a 70’s baby and I love 80’s music.  This mix features my favorite era in R&B.  While I was a 10 year old eating my Mr. T cereal and watching Miami Vice on Friday nights; my 20 year old Sister was hitting DC clubs and dancing to some of the songs featured on this mix.  While I was never old enough to club in the 80’s myself, I lived vicariously through my big Sister.  She’d show me the latest dances and I’d watch and think, “I just can’t wait to be grown.”  I knew what music was hot by the albums and cassettes my sister would buy.    Those albums are now a major part of my record collection today and those memories are the inspiration behind Clubbin’ in the 80’s.

This mix is my thank you to all of you in the DJ BeTray family.  Thank you for your support as we approach my 1 year anniversary of DJ BeTray.com.  Please enjoy this mix and bump it at your next party! Love!

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Bill Withers – Sweet Wanomi

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“If you’ve read the album cover by now, you know that my name is what my name is…” – Do It Good, by Bill Withers.

I love that line! I feel like…if you’ve read my About Page by now then you know that I love Bill Withers!  I’m starting to work on a soul compilation for a friend and was going through some Withers when I came across Sweet Wanomi, the b-side to Grandma’s Hands.  I’ve never heard Withers talk about the meaning behind this song, but I like to imagine that it’s about a little girl falling asleep in her Daddy’s arms.  I used to love hearing my Dad sing this song.  Enjoy!

BETRAYED – “Be” Mixtape Vol. 1

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This mixtape is the first in a series focusing on matters of the heart. It’s a story told through the music of some of the most talented underground Neo-soul and jazz artists of today; it also features some soul classics.  The story begins with the internal dialogue of a frustrated woman who is distracted from self examination when she quickly finds herself in love… again.  The man seems to reciprocate.  The rules are set, and just as fast as it began, their “love” dies.  The woman remains determined to be strong and convinces herself she’s better off without him.  She focuses on herself and this time is blessed with what appears to be real love… Could it be?

You can download the mp3 version of the BETRAYED mixtape here!