I love music…lots of different music

By May 12, 2005July 5th, 2015The Rax Files

Actually I wanted to post something to this blog but nothing major came to mind. So I looked up at this window sill sitting before me, and that’s where some CD jewel cases are resting. So — bingo – music. That’s always a fun thing to talk about.

Right now my eyes are resting on some of the following that’s in my collection:

Ginuwine – The Life

Brian McKnight – Superhero

The Jacksons Live

Toni Braxton – More Than A Woman
This was an underrated but awesome CD. With songs produced by her hubby (whatchamacallit), I think her vocals and the melodies are outstanding. But I think this CD, like many other Arista albums, got lost somewhere in the shuffle.

Jagged Edge – Hard

Saturday Night Fever – The Original Movie Soundtrack

Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
Tee C. Royal, founder of RAWSISTAZ, gave this to me recently for my birthday. This has to be Michael’s best album. I love Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough. It’s so good, it’s spooky.

The Diary of Alicia Keys
Now you know this sista can sing. She’s talented, beautiful. But do you know some people still say bad things about her. I just don’t get it. If you can’t recognize that Alicia has skills, you are a true hater. It doesn’t make any sense…

TLC Fanmail

Will Smith – Big Willie Style
Remember Jamie Foxx is on here, talking crazy, long before he blew up. I’m really happy for Jamie though. I like the fact that he won an Oscar for Ray, but also has Booty Call on his resume. It’s like that, isn’t it? We have to start somewhere to get somewhere. And if we have to do Booty Call, doggonit, so be it. Very few superstars start out at the top, with choice roles, etc. So it’s good to see Jamie graduate to more prominent roles, and it shows your past surely can’t always predict your future. Who woulda guessed…?

Whitney Houston – The Greatest Hits
I’m kinda pissed because this CD comes with two disks. I can only find one. The one I don’t want to listen to. The one with the disco version of fast songs. I prefer the slow stuff. I Will Always Love You, You Give Good Love, that kinda stuff…

Monica – The Boy Is Mine
Remember they used to play that song to death in 1999? I thought I’d go nuts. But it was a catchy little song at the time.

Mariah Carey – Charmbracelet
I don’t care what anyone says, this CD rocks. There are so many excellent songs on here. But it got buried under bad publicity I guess. But I love Mariah. I love most underdogs. I like people that have a fighting spirit. Folks that defy the odds, that show us what they’ve got no matter how bad the critics pounce on them. Give me a survivor any day. These people are my inspiration.

The Minnie Riperton Collection
I feel sad everytime I think about this woman…dang.

Fred Hammond – Speak Those Things
Years ago, I used to review music mostly performed by gospel artists. And Fred Hammond was one of the artists that I got a chance to talk to and interview regarding his CD The Spirit of David. I was very intimidated by him — at first. He seemed so serious. But once the conversation turned to the Lord, he warmed up a lot. I think Fred Hammond is a gift to the body of Christ. And he grew up in the same city as me, Detroit, so that makes him extra special. Detroit really knows how to pump out talented folks…

Brandy – Full Moon

Britney Spears – In the Zone (I really wish people would leave this lady alone and let her live her life).

Brian McKnight – Superhero

Paula Abdul – Greatest Hits (your eyes aren’t deceiving you). I LOVED Paula back when her first 2 albums were smoking. She had mad dancing skills and I just feel she’s a talented lady. I hope Corey Clark gets whatever he deserves for doing what he’s done to her…

Maxwell – Now

Jennifer Lopez – This Is Me…Then
I really wish she hadn’t done the Dear Ben song. That was a mistake. Anything but Dear Ben. But a lot of the other songs on the CD are truly kewl.

Ruben Studdard – Soulful

The Essential Luther Vandross

Tyrese – Only thing I can say about him is he puts on a good show in concert. And he crossed my path one day a few years ago. He was walking thru the hallway of a Foley’s department store on his way to perform on a little stage set up in the men’s department. I was passing thru the hallway as he and his entourage was coming. He was smiling, very friendly-like.

Stevie Wonder – Music of My Mind

The Preacher’s Wife – Soundtrack
Whitney, Whitney, Whitney. I am convinced her voice is a gift; it’s so pure, so untouchable. The song I Love the Lord gives me chills. And Who Would Imagine A King makes me think about Jesus Christ, the baby, and it makes me want to cry.

Commissioned – A Collection
Another talented gospel group that does the revolving-door-member thing. Oh well, at least they all can sing good.

Brandy – Afrodisiac
Another one that fell under the radar, but it is sooooooooooooo good. Probably about the best CD she’s recorded. I’ve always wanted to see her in concert too. Maybe one day.

Toni Braxton – Secrets

Toni Braxton – The Heat
Toni is soo talented. I remember she blew the industry a way when she first came on the scene. I miss her.

Usher – Confessions
He deserved every single award he got in 2004 and 2005.

Now, this is just a few of the CD’s sitting on the window sill. I am not inclined to go thru the entire collection. But these sample titles may give you an idea of what kind of music I like. I love gospel, pop, R&B, a little bit of hip-hop, mood music, sad songs, happy songs, songs that have a thumping base, songs with strong lyrics, songs that make you want to dance (even if you can’t dance, like me), songs that make you reminisce about that long lost love who broke your heart and kept on stepping as if you don’t exist and he just don’t care…

Gulp! Okay, time to go.

That’s what music does to you. Even music that you can’t hear with your words, but only within your mind.


About Cydney

Author Cydney Rax, her debut novel My Daughter’s Boyfriend was released to lots of fanfare – and much controversy due to its racy content. Since then, she’s become an influential writer with a dedicated fan following. Her other sexy love triangles novels include My Husband’s Girlfriend, My Sister’s Ex (cited by Essence® as one of 2009’s best reads), Brothers and Wives, and the popular novella Desperate Housewife which was featured in the Reckless anthology.


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