The foggy winter weather here in San Francisco makes for some quality relaxation time inside. Sitting fireside with friends and loved ones, we need some music to set the mood!
Enjoy the SoundTracking Team Mixtape: Slow Jams and Slow Songs
This song is just so good. It’s smooth and emotional, crisp and cool. It reminds me of the winter of 2003/4, in the most emotional way. It was cold, I was living in Chicago, and Ryan Adams was pretty much on the top of my ‘play on repeat and fall in love with’ list. This is a sit by the fire, have a glass of red wine, and contemplate the seasons of life kind of song.
I think this song came out while I was pretty young, but it was such a hit and every time that I’d hear it I’d have to sing along. Such a 90s/00s classic. I can definitely picture Joe serenading his honey with this, a fire burning in the background, and snow on the ground outside!
No one does slow jams quite like the R (Brian McKnight could be a close second). One of the greatest R&B singers of all time in my book, the man can be as direct or metaphorical as he wants with his songs and still be (somewhat) tasteful. No matter the groove, lyric, or melody, no artist has a better catalogue of sit-by-the-fire-and-romance-it-up songs than the Pied Piper of R&B.
This is such a great song by the Raconteurs. It’s sweet, sensitive and realistic. This song also has some of my favorite lyrics. “I’m adding something new to the mixture, so there’s a different hue to your picture. A different ending to this fairytale. When the sunset into which we sail.” Slow jam genius!
This is an old-school 311 jam that has a good vibe to it. #slowjam
When I think “slow jam”, I think R&B. I stopped listening to the genre a long long time ago, but here’s a recent track that I actually like.
No slow jam mixtape would be complete without some lowrider oldies!
This is a heartbreaker. Usher wants to love her, but he’s got to let her go. It hurts not just him, but me too.
Planning life in front of a fireplace with hot coco is a must thing todo! What else can you do when you couldn’t go outside because of heavy rain :)
This slow jam classic / yacht rock favorite was so smooth Warren G had to sample it for “Regulate.”
It’s a new week and we’ve got a new fave five for you! We’ve got some show envy and a few scenic shots, accompanied by great music as always. Make sure to show these soundtrackers some follow love and share your favorites this week!
It’s crazy how big LMFAO has become. Looks like someone is going to have fun at a great show! - j.g.
Great song for a road trip. Love it when a beautiful moment was captured and shared with the SoundTracking community. Keep sharing the love and happiness! - e.n.
This is a crazy good song! I also love this picture and the team spirit (go Giants!). It’s so exciting how well the Bay Area baseball teams are doing right now and that StephannieDepa is sharing it on SoundTracking! - s.s.
Depeche Mode is awesome and this picture is just as great. - j.g.
Have not heard this song in a while. Looks like the show at Mezzanine will be amazing. Love the random discovery aspect of SoundTracking. Thinking of getting tickets now… - e.n.
Well, everyone likes a little time by themselves in the spotlight! This week we decided to showcase our favorite moments when an artist takes center stage to perform the coveted solo. As you can see, all of our opinions differed quite a bit about which solo is best…and some of us couldn’t choose just one.
As always, enjoy our mixtape on Spotify or Rdio!
I really liked this song when it first came out because of the fast drum beat. After listening on repeat I really fell in love with the song because of the guitar solo towards the end! Great distortion!
Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven, classic. Need I say more?
To me, the hallmark of a great solo is that the second you hear that first note, you know exactly what song it is. The sax solo in Careless Whisper qualifies. As soon as that note hits, you know it’s Careless Whisper, and you know it’s awesome.
Such a great theme - here’s a 2 for 1:
When asked about my favorite solo, Wilco was the first to my brain. The driving guitar in this track wails a somber melody which is surprisingly catchy for the content.
I always loved Prince’s guitar riff in this song.
In my opinion, the absolute best guitar player who ever lived. I first came to know of this song through the opening guitar solo playing over a scene from some TV show. I’ve since forgotten what show that was, but the song remains one of my favorites to listen to- from cruising around town to working out at the gym.
For this week’s post, I thought I would celebrate Lyle Workman, who is (recently) better known for his film scoring on Superbad, 40 Year Old Virgin and more. Before this well deserved fame he was primarily known only in musical circles for his amazing guitar work and understated support of Beck, Sting, Frank Blank, and Jellyfish. Give him a listen!
This is one of my all time favorite songs. It makes me high and gives me goose bumps still after so many listens. It’s just soooo good, everything about it. It also brings back a ton of memories of rollercoaster times - amazing song and the guitar is the best part about it.
Between reggae riffs and power chords, Tim Mahoney of 311 occasionally gets a chance to put together some pretty killer solos. This track at 3:00 is a good example, as is Sweet at 2:18, and Use of Time at 3:20. Enjoy!
My boyfriend plays the saxophone and thus I love love love sax solos. The end of this song has the BEST sax solo that reminds me of his style of playing. This pic is of him, not Eleanor Friedberger ;)
One of my favorite drum solos is featured on Steely Dan’s titular track Aja. While Steely Dan has always been a great studio band, this particular track has always stood out to me as one of their best pieces of musicianship.
My personal favorite guitar solo would be Guns n Roses’ “better”. Robin Finck’s solo is unique and I remember it easily. Heck, half of the song itself is solo performance :)