Jan 18, 2020 - First Vinyl Session of the Decade

My 2020 Die Hard Vinyl Listeners

On a cold, snowy, rainy, and icy day in DC, only a Die Hard Vinyl Listener would come out to play. We had quite an intimate group of vinyl lovers that just warmed up the room while the weather was the last thing being thought about. We had regular Vinyl LLC members as well as first time guests. Thanks to Sotto for hosting our session. A great spot to vibe music.

We started off the set with the following;

New Frontier             - Don Fegan
Coyote                         - Joni Mitchell
Ms                                - David Oliver
Kid Charlemagne     - Steely Dan
Thank You                 - Jazz Crusaders
None Shall Pass       - Aesop Rock

And then the room took a turn and went Old School R&B with; 

Joyous                         - Pleasure
Sassafras Girl            - Pleasure
Camille                        - Grover Washington
Deliver the Word      - War
Sweet Sticky Thing   - Ohio Players
Friends and Strangers - David Oliver
Going in Circles         - Isaac Hayes
Motor Booty              - Parliament
Me and Baby Brother   - War
If Six Was Nine          - Jimi Hendrix

H2Ogate Blues - Gil Scott Heron
Hearing the words from Gil Scot from an earlier era resonated with us as it relates to what is happening today. I wonder what Gil would be rapping about today’s America?

ASE                      - King Sunny Ade
Dusic                    - Brick
Feel the Fire         - Peabo Bryson

We ended the session with tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King with;
Everything Must Change  - Nina Simone

Again, another fine Vinyl Listening Lounge Club session event. Good times were had by all. The next vinyl session will be a “Jazz Only” event on Sat. Feb. 22, again at Sotto. I hope to see you then.



Dec. 14 2019 - Holiday Vinyl Listening Event


Another Great Day in the Vinyl Listening Lounge Club.

On a cold, rainy day in NE Washington, DC, we had Radio Royalty in the House. 

WPFW’s Dr. Nick Johnson, host of “Southern Soul Rumpin” and 

Bill Wax, host of “Roots and Fruits” joined us for a very entertaining vinyl session. Two outstanding personalities with a ton of music knowledge and experience that provided snippets of music/musician trivia and knowledge. Many thanks go out to Nina Gilchrist at Provost restaurant for hosting our event. The music theme of the evening was the Christmas holidays with a small mixture any other genre.

Throughout the evening, the various songs were introduced with some account or story behind the song. The playlist included:

Get Up To Get Down - Brass Construction
This was the first song played with few in attendance. This tune was played again later in the session, was listened to by a greater number of attendees and got some folks on the dance floor.

I Don’t Need No Help - Valarie Simpson
I Wish It Would Rain - Aretha Franklin
Give Love On Christmas Day - Jackson 5
It’s Christmas Time - Smokey Robinson

Dr Nick gave us some of the background around the Temptations and their Christmas album.
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer - The Temptations
White Christmas - The Temptations
Click Song - Miriam Makeba

Bill Wax introduced us to Ry Cooder and provided some background into his music and the tune;
Tear Drops Will Fall - Ry Cooder
Tear Drops Will Fall - Wilson Pickett

Bill mentioned how this tune impacted him when he first heard it because of a recent breakup. Some 20+ years later, Bill heard an interview by Ry Cooder. Ry mentioned that the song was originally recorded by Wilson Pickett. Bill Wax found Wilson Pickett’s first recorded album. The second track on the album was “Tear Drops will Fall”. Wow! Wilson’s earlier version was clearly a different rendition from Ry Cooders’ version.

Stand By Me - Maurice White
After All - The Miracles
Joe Cool - BB King

Another kind of royalty was in the house as we welcomed Ms. Senior DC 1st runner up and Vinyl LLC member, Vanella Jackson-Crawford. She shared one of her favorite songs and that she knows we Can Can. This song set the room to swinging.
Yes We Can Can - The Pointer Sisters

Misty - Sarah Vaughn
Silent Night - The Temptations
Ave Maria - Stevie Wonder
Happy Music - Blackbyrds
Listen Here - Eddie Harris

The session ended with;

My Favorite Things - John Coltrane

A great time was had by everyone. Many hugs and well wishes for a Happy Holiday season were given to all..

Nov. 9 2019 - Celebrating 50 Years of Vinyl Music


A chilly day in the neighborhood.  This was our first visit to Provost, another fine place to listen to vinyl, eat and engage with music lovers. Much thanks to Nina and staff at Provost.

Today’s vinyl session was a SHOWOFF!   Folks came with 50 years of Music on Vinyl.  We heard music released in the late 60’s to 2019.  A list across many music genres. 

The two earliest released selections were;

California Dreaming by Wes Montgomery

Yes, I’m Ready  -  Barbara Mason

I introduced a selection that was released within the past two weeks. 

Showoff by Black Violin

Black Violin is a relatively new American classically trained duo that play the violin in Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk, and Classical genres. We listened to Showoff while watching a projected view of the released Black Violin Showoff video.

Some of the other selections played were Showoffs as well;

Harlem River Drive  -  Bobby Humphrey

We Got It Made  -  Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

Superfreak  - Rick James

Poinciana  -  MFSB

Fairy Tales  –  Anita Baker

Throughout and in between selections, we discussed, laughed, watched projected vinyl themed photos, danced, ate and drank.

My Sweet Lord  -  Nina Simone

Feel That You’re Feeling  -  Maze

This Old Heart of Mine  - The Supremes

Come and Get These Memories  -  The Supremes

Give It All You Got  -  Chuck Mangione

Let It Be Me  -  Gloria  Lynn

The last selection played was so relevant for current times.

Love’s in Need of Love Today  -  Stevie Wonder


We ended the session by officially recognizing two overdue new members;

Cheryl Owens and Rafeeq Owens

Stay tuned for our next vinyl session. Help me spread the word. Send to your friends and contacts. They like music too.

Earl Jackson

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Sept. 21, 2019 - End of Summer Vinyl Listening Party

Another beautiful warm day to be in the DC neighborhoods listening to some good music.

Our End of Summer Vinyl Listening Party was successful with a great group of new and regular vinyl listeners.  We kept the Summer going with great songs by some great artist.

Just Some of the HOT/HIT tunes played were:
Freak Show on the Dance Floor – Bar Kays
Treat ‘Em Right    -    Chubb Rock
That Girl        -       Stevie Wonder
Bohannon Beat Pt1  -   Bohannon
Somebody Else’s Guy  -  Joycelyn Brown
Summertime (Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, Chuck a-chuck-chuck …)  -  Billy Stewart
Reunited      -       Peaches and Herb
Funkin for Jamaica  -  Tom Brown
777-9311     -     The Time
I Just Wanna Be With You    -     Maze
Here We Go Again      -      The Isley Brothers
Buckjump      -         Trombone  Shorty
Street  Life      -     The Crusaders
And then, Time Ran Out. Too Much Good Music, Not Enough Time.

The most heard question of the day as a favorite hit began to play, someone would ask:   Who Brought That Song?

Much thanks goes out to couple Judy and Maurice for expressing their love of music by showing their hand dancing skills.  ()

One of our regular listeners, Wendy Johnson, was bestowed the honor of becoming an official Vinyl LLC member.Type your paragraph here.