Sunday, September 11, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Episode 61: The Isley Brothers

A musical family that has managed to maintain its relevance in the Rock/Funk and R&B/Soul scene since 1954, the Isley Brothers rival the Jacksons in terms of longevity.   Founded by brothers O'Kelly Isley Jr., Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley and Vernon Isley, the group has endured various sibling rotations  (including brother-in-law Chris Jasper ) over the years.  What remained consistent was their ability to deliver music that defined a generation.

Their extensive song catalogue ranges from energetic funky dance numbers to sultry slow jams.  They also have introspective offerings such as The Highways Of My Life and Harvest For The World. Inductees of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the success and influence of the Isley Brothers has been recognized worldwide, and although there are only two active members remaining (Ron and Ernie), and two brothers ( O'Kelly and Marvin) passed on, their music will continue to inspire those generations to come.  Below is a mix of songs from what I like to call their 'power years', enjoy!


The Isley Brothers
(download mix here)

Say You Love Me Too
I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door
Open Up Your Heart
Love The One You're With
Work To Do
Harvest For The World
That Lady
Hope You Feel Better Love
It's A Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)
(Can't You See) What You Do To Me
Here We Go Again
Summer Breeze
For The Love Of You
Footsteps In The Dark
Groove With You
The Highways Of My Life
Let's Fall In Love
Choosey Lover
Hello It's Me
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Make Me Say It Again Girl
Voyage To Atlantis
Between The Sheets
Caravan Of Love
Turn To Me

Geena Lee
Lovesoul Studio
Toronto, Canada

Friday, July 8, 2011

Episode 60: You

This episode is all about you...


(download mix here)

Rahsaan Patterson - You Make Life So Good
Lucy Pearl - Without You
Janet Jackson - Spending Time With You
Bilal - You're All I Need
Jill Scott - Only You
Leela James - I'd Rather Be With You
Amerie - Nothing Like Loving You
Musiq Soulchild - You and Me
The Floacist - You
Joe ft. Mariah Carey & Nas - Thank God I Found You
Sade - I Couldn't Love You More
112 - Sexy You
Raheem DeVaughn - You
Aaliyah - I Care 4 U
Rome - I Belong To You
Marsha Ambrosius - With You
Jesse Powell - You
Chante Moore & Keith Washington - I Love You
Kenny Lattimore - For You
Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You
The Isley Bros. - For The Love Of You
The O'Jays - Lovin' You
Minnie Riperton - Loving You
Patrice Rushen - When I Found You

Geena Lee
Lovesoul Studio
Toronto, Canada

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sade in Toronto

So the moment I long awaited finally arrived last Tuesday; I got to see Sade live in concert.  It was an experience I'll never forget, I was in awe for the whole show.  My only wish was that it was in a smaller venue than the gigantic Air Canada Centre, Sade's performance is best enjoyed in a more intimate setting to get the full impact of the vibes she and the band sends out, but they did a great job at entertaining the packed building.  After two hours flew by, the show was over, and I immediately wanted to see it all over again.  For now I'll have to settle with the video clips I took.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Episode 59: Reggae Romance Vol. 2

With summer fast approaching, (it feels like it's already here!), I felt inspired to bring some island vibes into The Lovezone.  Going through my reggae collection, I've picked out some of my favourite tunes to share with you.  So whether you're in the sun or the shade, kick back and enjoy a little reggae romance with me.

p.s. if you haven't heard the first installment of Reggae Romance, click this link!

Reggae Romance Vol. 2
(download mix here)

Garnett Silk - Nothing Can Divide Us
Junior Tucker - Love Of A Lifetime
Sanchez - I Can't Wait
Beres Hammond - What One Dance Can Do
J.C. Lodge - Telephone Love
Wayne Wonder - Saddest Day
Foxy Brown - Sorry
Singing Melody - I Want You Back
Sanchez - Missing You
Sizzla - Just One Of Those Days (Dry Cry)
Half Pint - Substitute Lover
Wayne Wade - I Love You Too Much
Bitty Mclean - Walk Away From Love
Beres Hammond - Can't Stop A Man
Dennis Brown - Have You Ever Been In Love
Gregory Issacs - Night Nurse
Nadine Sutherland - I'm In Love
Glen Washington - Kindness For Weakness
Half Pint - Just Be Good
Nina Sky ft. Notch - Loving You
Alaine - Giving It All To You
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Waiting In Vain

Geena Lee
Lovesoul Studio
Toronto, Canada

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Episode 58: Matters Of The Heart

This episode highlights all the matters of the heart: broken hearts, hoping hearts, happy hearts, beating hearts...  I think we've experienced them all at various points along our life journey.  So from my heart to yours, enjoy.


Matters Of The Heart
(download mix here)

Madonna - Open Your Heart
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Shannon - My Heart's Divided
Change - Change Of Heart
Toni Braxton - Give You My Heart
The Jacksons - Heartbreak Hotel
Taana Gardner - Heartbeat
Teddy Pendergrass & Stephanie Mills - Two Hearts
Kool & The Gang - Take  My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)
Alexander O'Neal - A Broken Heart Can Mend
Smokey Robinson - One Heartbeat
Laura Izibor - From My Heart To Yours
Melanie Fiona - You Stop My Heart
Jodeci - My Heart Belongs Belongs To U
SWV - Use Your Heart
Whitney Houston - Where Do Broken Hearts Go
Anthony Hamilton - Her Heart
Tamia - You Put A Move On My Heart
SWV - Use Your Heart (reprise)

Geena Lee
Lovesoul Studio
Toronto, Canada

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Episode 57: I'm Sorry

No one likes being the ‘bad guy’, but there are times when we have to own up to our misdeeds and apologize. Saying sorry when you’re in the wrong is a real test of pride and humility. But for relationships to thrive, we have to be willing to admit our mistakes and ask for forgiveness in order to forge ahead onto better pastures. It’s easy to revert to the childish stance of “I’M not saying sorry until YOU say sorry”, or to rely on the ole passive aggressive line; “I’m sorry if you think I did something wrong”. Drop all that. If you really want to repair a relationship that’s on the rocks, you have to leave your ego at the door and acknowledge your faults.

So if you’ve done and/or said something that has hurt your significant other, and you sincerely want to apologize, here are a few tips on how to do it effectively. First, assess the situation. How bad is the fall-out? Is your partner not talking to you at all? Are they open to communication? You’ll need to decide the best way to reach out, whether it’s by email, phone or in-person. While it’s important to allow some time for both sides to cool off, don’t wait too long to give your apology, or you’ll be met with a much higher wall of resentment. Since you are the offender, you have to respect your partner’s space and the pace they set for the interaction. You can’t shove an apology down their ears if they’re not ready to hear it yet, but you need to let them know that you’d like to speak to them; in-person if possible, so that you can apologize.

Saying the word ‘sorry’ is not difficult, it’s the circumstances that surround the reason for the apology that makes it challenging. Not only is it a potentially embarrassing exercise, but it can be painful as well, because apologizing requires both of you to relive the ugly incident that took place. That’s why so many run from making apologies or at best do half-hearted ‘make-up favours’ that don’t directly address what happened, but an apology is implied. So it’s flowers, gifts, or just being extra nice and carrying on as if nothing happened, hoping your partner will take the hint and drop the issue. Now gifts and niceties are well, nice, but be careful not to have those serve as a substitute for saying sorry. ‘Buying’ one’s way out of an apology sets up an unhealthy pattern in a relationship and does nothing to resolve the issue. If you want to get your partner a gift, or do something romantic for them as a way to make-up, save that for after the apology.

So let’s get to the bare bones of it. How do you give a good apology? Well there are some main points you need to hit. First, be specific. Break down exactly what you did wrong - what you said, what you did - and then acknowledge the fact that it hurt your partner. Without offering any excuses, take ownership of your actions and claim responsibility for the role you played in the incident. Right away, you’d have accomplished about 80% of the challenge; accepting responsibility is MAJOR, and your partner will appreciate that. You could almost end there, but we won’t. There are a couple finishing touches that will put the issue to rest and your relationship back on track.

After your detailed apology, include what I like to call a ‘forward statement’. Basically, state your intentions going forward from this point. Make a promise to not repeat the offense, and since you already listed every painful point, you both know exactly what it is. You can also ask for your partner’s patience towards this end, as it may take you a few tries to correct your behaviour. Finally, ask for forgiveness. You’ve laid it all on the line and put the power back in their hands. Again, this will test your pride, but if you love this person, it’s worth it. Now if your partner decides that they are unable to forgive you, you have to accept that. An apology doesn’t guarantee forgiveness; sometimes the damage we’ve done is irreversible. The best you can do at that point is to forgive yourself, be at peace with the situation and be proud of yourself for at least being brave enough to say; “I’m sorry”.


(download mix here)

Floetry - Apology
Algebra - My Pride
Ayah - Forgive Me Love
Ginuwine - I'll Do Anything (I'm Sorry)
Changing Faces - I Apologize
Luther Vandross - I'm Only Human
Anita Baker - I Apologize
Noel Gourdin - Sorry
Donell Jones - My Apology
Joe - Sorry
Az Yet & Peter Cetera - Hard To Say I'm Sorry
Glenn Lewis - Sorry
Avery Sunshine - Ugly Part Of Me
Tracy Chapman - Baby Can I Hold You
The Platters - I'm Sorry
The Delfonics - I'm Sorry

Geena Lee
Lovesoul Studio
Toronto, Canada