I’ve been away, in every sense of the word — mentally and physically in a different space, working on another project that has taken up much of my time but has been truly worthwhile. None of this means that I have not missed The List of the Moment, which YOU may have forgotten, but I have not — and some of you have written to me, so here is my most recent list.
Very eclectic, but I created a list for my most recent foray into New York City called The Grand Central Cha-Cha and here are some of the songs that work for me during rush hour at Grand Central, that fabulous place off of Lex and 42nd, NYC. Many songs on that playlist and it’s very difficult to cull it down to the few that should make the list because frankly, they all made my list, so to choose, I have given a small taste of everything here – or as much as possible, while leaving off some of the really new music (because whenever I write about really new music, nobody knows or few know what the f*** I’m talking about). This is May 28, Wednesday, New York City, Grand Central Station at 5:36 p.m. and it is about eighty degrees and humid and the people are milling and all is right and all is wrong but you know it will be alright — somehow, you just know this.
"Love to Love You, Baby" by Donna Summer – The extended mix, of course, is the only one worth listening to if you’re going to bother. Call me boring, old-fashioned, an atavist, call me whatever you like, but this is still one helluva sexy song and ranks right up there with the other song on my Grand Central mix, “Sweetest Hangover” by Diana Ross, which are back-to-back on my iPod and work perfectly well in concert.
There’s something almost erotic about rush hour at Grand Central on a hot May day when the humidity is high and the beautiful women come out and the stylish men are there and you move slowly through the crowd on your way to the number 7 or the S train after a couple of drinks at the bar at Grand Central and everything is right with the world. This was me, moving through the crowd, my summer dress on, hips swaying in time to music — this and the Gap S.O.S. Band's "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" — with my Converse sneakers on, perfect complement to my dress, to which a friend I trust says, “It’s the Lolita factor that works for (me)” and in that moment I buy it, because all is right with the world.