Friday, June 14, 2013

Presenting Your Denver Pride 2013 Playlist

By John Hill

While the purpose of Gay Pride festivals are to celebrate how far we’ve come and those who helped get us so far in the Gay Rights movement over the past 40+ years, you’ve GOT to have a solid musical playlist to go along with the festivities, right? Here are some recommendations to kick off your Denver Pride celebrations in style.

Fall Out Boy “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”
In a year full of comebacks, few have hit with the same impact as Fall Out Boy’s first single from their reunion record Save Rock and Roll. Bedsides being a guaranteed sing-along for their show at the 1stBank Center on September 18th, they get bonus points for including a dubstep-like breakdown on the chorus that doesn’t sound annoying.

Dominique Pruitt “To Win Your Love”
It’s tough to nail down a genre for Dominique. One minute she’s sounding like a 60s girl group version of Belinda Carlisle, the next she’s rolling over a Rockabilly beat. All I know is that “To Win Your Love” is a fun track that will sound perfect at your next pool party.

Sara Bareilles “Brave”
Sara is the girl every gay boy wants as a friend and a confidant (cue the Golden Girls). But seriously…”Brave” sums it all up with its advice to “say what you want to say/and let the words fall out.” Be honest, be upfront, and be yourself, and if they don’t like it, then you know what to say next.

Tamar Braxton “The One”
If you were in doubt about Tamar Braxton being a serious recording artist based on her antics on the reality show Braxton Family Values, she drops the perfect top-down R&B jam in “The One.” Bonus points for her trying to drop it like it’s hot while pregnant. You bettah get yo’ life!

Ciara “Body Party (Dave Aude Club Mix)”
After a few misfires (including the amazing “Got Me Good”), Ciara is back in a big way with “Body Party” from her upcoming self-titled fifth album. While the original is more of a slow jam for the bedroom, the Dave Aude remix is strictly for the clubs. Work that body out!

Robin Thicke featuring Pharell and T.I. “Blurred Lines”
“Everybody get up!” From the opening declaration to dance to the sample of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” you need to check your pulse if this jam doesn’t get you grooving. Thicke has been working the blue-eyed soul angle for a while, but with this infectious jam he just picked up his first number one Pop record.

While his full-time job is in education, John Hill also writes a successful music blog titled Pop Music Notes. He is also active on Twitter @popmusicnotes and lives in Denver with his partners in crime James and Bruiser.