Music is Love, so we can’t stop, won’t stop despite everything happening in Washington, around the country, and around the world. Here in Southern California, we were blessed with another beautiful Sunday, so I’ve uploaded the first Marina Soul Club mix (#018) of 2021 on my Mixcloud page!
Despite setting off with soft rock over the first three tunes, the set exudes energy quickly, sending out buoyant vibes all the way through. The set also expands beyond the familiar shores of America and Brazil with our first Japanese entry: Haruko Kuwana‘s Million Stars, a cover of Hawaiian fave Mackey Feary Band‘s beloved A Million Stars. We hope (and suspect!) that the MSC yacht will continue to be pulled back to the other side of the Pacific rim!
Enjoy these 15 songs over 54 minutes and, remember, it’s more than yacht rock…it’s Marina Soul!
Marina Soul Club Mix 017 is up now on Mixcloud! I originally curated the tracklist for inclusion on Yacht Rock Miami‘s “Smooth Gravy” Thanksgiving Day broadcast. Given the 2pm PST/5pm EST time slot, the mix’s uptempo, high energy kickoff seemed right on time to fight off the onset of our listeners’ food comas and/or to rev up their appetites for second helpings.
The vibes move from disco to ‘yacht soul’ to soft rock to jazzy pop, closing out with a couple of lovely reggae numbers. The tune Night Moves, written and originally recorded by Michael Franks and appearing on MSC Mix 010 , shows up once again, this time in a lively bossa jazz style by chanteuse, Dee Dee Bridgewater. Check out the full tracklist below. Much love and gratitude to Captain Juan Luv and his mates at Yacht Rock Miami for inviting Marina Soul Club LA to his radio platform.
Though I’m blogging about this here on December 1st, this sixteenth episode of Marina Soul Club Radio went up on Mixcloud back on November 13th. It starts off with a third MSC appearance by Daryl Hall & John Oates and their 1981 feel-good smash You Make My Dreams Come True. I heard it on television playing in the background during the 2020 Biden-Harris victory celebration and wanted to mark that moment in history here on the show. Besides, it’s a great pop tune and I’d been waiting for the right time to get it on the playlist.
I’d been looking for the right opportunity to insert a couple of other tunes that I’d repeatedly add and then delete because the surrounding musical context never seemed quite right for them. First is Barry Manilow‘s Let’s Get On With It–a great and unexpectedly fit entry into the realm of yacht rock, as well as the beloved Ace classic, How Long, which nestled nicely among songs 11-14 both in tempo and easiness.
We also find the MSC debut of celebrated yacht rock duo Nielsen/Pearson, a respective pair of luscious tunes by Bill Champlin and Seals & Crofts, an anachronistic but glorious 1992 hit by Neil Young (I wish he’d recorded it in the 70s!), plus a triad of sweet Fleetwood Mac-related goodies.
As this is one of my most recent mixes and hasn’t made nearly the number of ‘rotations’ on my laptop or iPod like other Marina Soul Club episodes, I think it’s going to become a favorite. I hope it becomes one of yours too. Enjoy.
ARTIST / Tracklist
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES / “You Make My Dreams Come True”