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.”
Last night, the American Music Awards celebrated its 40th year anniversary with star-studded performances including a surprise duo of PSY and MC Hammer! Stevie Wonder also performed a tribute to the creator of the AMAs, the late Dick Clark.
The American Music Awards are decided by the public and music buyers. It is a representation of what is currently popular with the general public. So without further ado, the 2012 American Music Awards go to…
Justin Bieber took home not one, not two, but three AMAs. The 18 year old won Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album for “Believe” and the grand award, Artist of The Year! He also had an unplugged and emotional performance of his song “As Long As You Love Me.”
The singer of the infectious song, “Call Me Maybe?”, Carly Rae Jepsen was awarded New Artist of The Year.
Katy Perry was awarded Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
Maroon 5 was awarded Favorite Pop/Rock Band.
Performing her new single “I Knew You Were Trouble” Taylor Swift treated the audience to her most theatrical performance to date. Later in the night, she was awarded Favorite Female Country Artist.
Luke Bryan was awarded Favorite Country Male Artist.
Lady Antebellum won Favorite Country Band.
Carrie Underwood won Favorite Country Album for “Blown Away.”
Nicki Minaj not only performed a rendition of “Beauty and the Beat” with Artist of the Year, Justin Bieber, but she also was awarded Favorite Hip Hop Artist and Favorite Hip Hop Album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”
Beyonce was awarded Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist.
Performing a medley of his three new songs “Climax,” “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” and “Numb,” Usher was awarded Favorite Soul/R&B Artist.
Rihanna won Favorite Soul/R&B Album for “Talk That Talk.”
Linkin Park won Favorite Alternative Rock Artist.
Still the talk of the town, Adele was awarded Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist.
Shakira was awarded Favorite Latin Artist.
tobyMac won Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist.
David Guetta won the new title of Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist.
Having already established herself as a notable entertainment personality, Liz Hernandez, joined E! News as a correspondent and as the host of E! News Now in 2011.
Prior to coming to E!, Liz served as the long-time radio co-host of the #1 rated and nationally syndicated morning show, Big Boy’s Neighborhood, on Los Angeles’ influential Power 106 FM. It was there that she was called “The Queen of Entertainment News” for her daily “This Just Handed To Me” segment, in which she covered everything from award shows and red carpet events, to one-on-one interviews with Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Mel Gibson, Jay-Z, Will Smith, and just about anyone else you can think of.
We love catching up on the latest celebrity news with Liz, so it was exciting to hear from the quick-witted beauty about her personal music tastes. The tables are turned as she gives us the inside scoop on who she thinks you should be listening to, her favorite performances of the year and what’s soundtracking her life.
Do you use an iPhone or Android?
What artist do you think everyone should be listening to right now?
How do you discover new music?
I discover new music through my friends and music sites that use twitter.
What’s the best live show you’ve seen this year?
"Watch The Throne" was pretty amazing. And so was Sade.
If you could meet any artist, alive or deceased, who would it be?
What’s your favorite venue to see a show?
Gibson Amphitheater at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles, CA
What’s your favorite music memory (first live show, first time your heard Color Me Badd, etc…)?
Seeing No Doubt in concert for the first time was really special.
Who’s your favorite celebrity to interview?
Will Smith. He never forgets your name and greets you like you’re family.
What’s soundtracking to your life right now?
The album WZRD by WZRD and Usher’s Looking 4 Myself.