Just like my Happy Black Girl counterparts, Wax Poetics Magazine has always been considered the proverbial bible for all things musical, dope and fresh! Its dedication to vintage and contemporary Jazz, Funk, Hip-hop, Latin, and Soul music is simply unmatched. Every issue opens a door to undiscovered gems, in-depth articles, and the true story behind about some of my favorite albums, artists, and songs. The latest issue is certainly not the exception. With my man Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates gracing one of its covers, issue 54 is giving some much needed shine to the connoisseurs of “blue-eyed soul.”
Growing up, Hall & Oates records were always being played around the house. As an adult, their albums still frequent the turntables from time to time. “Sara Smile”, “Maneater” and “She’s Gone” are all solid hits, but I think “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” might be my favorite. I know that seems like easiest choice. It might even be the most typical. However, I know I can’t be the only one….
Also featured in Issue 54 and not to be forgotten as one of the leaders of “blue-eyed soul” would be one of my favorite artists of all time: Saint Bobby Caldwell. Sampled by the Notorious B.I.G., Dwele, Common, and a host of others, his talent and hit list could easily be a mile long. While “What You Won’t Do For Love” and “Open Your Eyes” are probably his most recognizable songs, “My Flame” holds a special place in my heart. Put this 1978 classic on a take a long drive. I promise all will seem right with the world! – valerie