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Updated by Raya Fagg on Dec 30, 2017
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Soulful Tunes - A Monday Playlist

I have been playing the songs on this list non-stop. I know it is bad when The Boy starts humming along.

Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)

I first heard this song on Black Mirror, episode 2 "Fifteen Million Merits". I enjoy Irma Thomas' ditty about love.
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Son Of A Preacher Man

Somewhere there is a video of me from BlogHer Food singing this song like my life depended on it. My son will one day tell stories about me screaming "Dusty!" before launching into my one woman show, featuring a spatula as a microphone.
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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Album Version)

I heard this song on the BBC show "Luther". Nina Simone was already on repeat because I could not stop listening to Mississippi Goddamn. Don 't Let Me Be Misunderstood is the sexy older sister to Mississippi Goddamn.
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Rise Up

I was too hyped when I saw that Andra Day is covering "Burn" from the Hamilton, The Musical mixtape. Andra Day's voice is so beautiful so perfect. I could listen to her sing all day long. Rise Up is the perfect introduction to Day.
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I Put A Spell On You

Alice Smith has a voice like a rocket. She starts at the first note than you are on a ride into amazingness! I remember I bought her first album because she had a drawing of herself for the art. I am so pleased that I discovered Alice!
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I'll Take You There [feat. Mavis Staples]

My aunt sed to holler: This is my jam, turn it up! I remember trying to imitate Mavis Staples as she sung the hook.
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You Don't Own Me

I cannot remember why I began to add this to my morning shower concert. I do not even remember where I first heard this song. These lyrics are where I really belt it out:

I'm young and I love to be young
I'm free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
To say and do whatever I please

Maybe I'm having some turning 43 anxiety?

Valerie ('68 Version)

Amy got me through a REAL rough period. My friend would always know I was home because I would blast Back to Black in my car. Amy's version of Valerie shows off her talent.
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This song was played ad nauseum when I worked in the supermarket. I loved it, then hated it, then accepted I would have to be content that this song would forever be imprinted in my mind.
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100 Days, 100 Nights

I learned about Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings when she was the "Hot Slut" on MichaelK is the Queen of Snark, but he knows his music!
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