At the Mile Wide event back in January, a good friend requested a song by Craig David several times throughout the night. He’s a good friend so I nodded and guaranteed I would play it next and then never did. I’m honestly not sure why I didn’t play it, but I just didn’t. I didn’t know Craig David but that hasn’t stopped me before. Either way, I apologized the next time I saw him and I think we are still friends.
A few weeks later I came across this banger…
Loud Luxury & Ryan Shepherd - Fill Me In (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Shit. I FELT that song.
And so there’s this thing I do when I find a song I really like and think I have discovered a gem - While my wife and I are just hanging around the house I’ll throw it on in the background and gauge her reaction. If there’s no reaction I’ll let it ride, but if that foot starts tapping then I hit her with a real nonchalant, “Oh, you like this one?” as if I haven’t made up my mind yet but making it clear I found this song. (I’m the worst, I know).
This time instead of simply tapping her foot my wife jumped in and finished the FIRST chorus. Like, before I could even do my whole thing. Puzzled and feeling robbed, I look at her and she tells me “this is a remake of a song from from middle school”. And just to rub it in she then sang the rest of the words to the song. (She’s aware of my process).
This is where this story comes full circle - mother fuckin’ Craig David.
Craig David - Fill Me In (Official Video) - YouTube
Not sure how I missed this in middle school, though I think my Youth Group is to blame, but WHAT. A. SONG.
And so naturally I must pick a favorite. It’s not right, and I know, like children, it’s best to let them both be great and special to me. But I took the month of February to really marinate on it.
Much like Home Alone 2 is my favorite Home Alone because I saw it first, I’ve decided I love the Loud Luxury version more. I’m not proud because it feels very VAPE-generation to love the EDM version of a song better, but it’s where I am. If you have thoughts feel free to comment below, and I can guarantee that regardless of preference you can catch BOTH versions at many silent discos to come.
In this episode we visit the heart of Schnitzelburg to sit down with Scott and Em at Monnik Beer Company. Scott, the head brewer, and Em, the bar manager share about what beers they currently enjoy and what songs get them moving.
Beers and Bangers: Episode 2 at Monnik Beer Company - YouTube
We are 10 days from Christmas and I know, in the back of your mind you are conscious of number of days remaining that you are allowed to listen to Christmas music. Yes, Springsteen nails “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” every time, but at this point in the season I also know that you have heard the same songs at least 17 times. So today, I want to offer a few Christmas hits that are sure to spice up your rotation. Thank me later, or like our Facebook page or something.
Boyz II Men - The Birth of Christ [HQ] - YouTube
Boys II Men - The Birth of Christ
By no means will this song get you out of your seat to start dancing, nor will it necessarily get you tapping your toe but only a Grinch could avoid trying to harmonize while sitting in holiday traffic.
Favorite part - When the one boy to man jumps in at 1:27 - “born free from sin, here to give us a chance at everlasting life again”. I feel so cool knowing and singing those words. For real, try it out.
John Legend feat. The Stephens Family - It don't have to change - YouTube
2. John Legend - It Don’t Have to Change
I know, and you SHOULD know, that John Legend just released the Christmas album to end all Christmas albums - “A Legendary Christmas”. Seriously, this whole blog post should simply be - "Go Spotify that new album by John Legend”. But for the sake of this blog and for the sake of a “take” i’m telling you that “It Don’t Have to Change” is John Legend’s best Christmas song. Listen to it 3 times and try not to sing along.
River - YouTube
3. Herbie Hancock ft. Corinne Bailey Rae - River
You’ve got to hit the “play” button and then give this song room grow. It’s a banger. But it’s gonna take you a couple plays to realize that.
Donny Hathaway- This Christmas [Original] - YouTube
4. This Christmas - All The Versions
This is THE greatest sing-along song. Forget Frosty and Rudolph…There is nothing as empowering as the feeling I get singing “…The fire side is blazing bright, we’re caroling through the nig—ght, AND THIS CHRISTMAS, WILL BE…”. In this verse, we are all Christina Aguilera. We are all offered the opportunity to dig deep and let it rip - “AND THIS CHRISTMAS, WILL BE, A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS, FOR MEEEEE”.
Alabama-Thistlehair The Christmas Bear - YouTube
5. Alabama - Thistlehair The Christmas Bear
Naturally I’ve saved the best for last. This song has it all - Country accents, pan flute solos, children’s sing-alongs, and a Christmas Bear delivering Christmas cheer. This is an easy song to laugh at and enjoy ironically, but to do that does this song an injustice. After 6 or 7 years of having this song in my Christmas rotation, it truly does give me that warm Christmas feeling. It’s got a sincerity to it that keeps me coming back, year after year.
My name is Andrew. My wife is Alexa. We started LSD this summer as a side project but also as an expression of something we love to do together. We are dancers. Actually, and more specifically, SHE is a dancer - like she’s been to dance practice and been selected to be on teams that dance in front of people because they are good and know how to handle an 8 count. I once taught myself the dance routine done at the end of “The Goofy Movie” to show off at an elementary school talent show and then was too scared to sign up. But I know that dancing with her is my absolute favorite and so like I said, we are dancers.
LSD is a couple months old at this point, and it is a blast. We have met tons of cool people and at least 2 dancing tacos. We participated in unique events all around the city which we probably never would have done otherwise. We are learning more about a city we love, all while sharing Louisville Silent Disco.
Now, I am a middle school teacher by trade and Alexa is an attorney. Neither of us are “business people” and because of that, these past few months have been an adventure in starting and growing a business. It’s been exactly as hard as all the podcasts said it would be. As a result I’ve decided to start this blog. It is meant to be a space for thoughts, engagement, and help. I am a person who likes music and who at one point in my life read music blogs, so I will probably share some (super obnoxious) thoughts on music. But this will also be a space to offer help in throwing your own silent disco or suggestions for coming up with possible playlists. I anticipate that this space will evolve as we find our LSD voice and that excites me. This whole thing is exciting.
P.S. the posted image captures Alexa’s 3rd best move, and my personal favorite.