New Year’s Eve is around the corner and I am delivering the ultimate goodness necessary for you to ring in your 2009 New Year’s event with style. This play list is targeted at the Generation X, Y, and Next baby.
The twenty to thirty something crowd is identified with a cautiously optimistic conscientious tolerance. The caution is the direct outgrowth of an adult existence that has been marred by recession, sexually transmitted diseases, broken homes, and cityscapes riddled with crime.
The youthful optimism is a consequence of higher levels of education, technological know-how, and the gradual accomplishments of the Civil Rights movement. Our diverse generation has propelled the terms ‘gay marriage’ and ‘Black President’ from unrealistic, comical oxymorons into the living rooms of mainstream America.
Your event is to be divided into three Acts, further defined by thoughtful musical selections that cater to the persona of this generation. I am presenting ten songs that should serve as the backbone of your mix. This basic framework may be further customized – built upon to include the genres and hits that are staples of your particular crowd and location.
Act 1: Meet and Greet (10pm – 11pm)
Partygoers are steadily streaming into the venue intent upon making a grand entrance. Couples, singles, and entourages will seek to forge connections while exhibiting a personal level of style. Men will openly ogle the women, while the females pretend not to notice.
The focus shall remain upon the personalities of your gathering. Music should be non-intrusive, yet conscientious enough to spark conversation:
1: Frankie Beverly and Maze – “Happy Feelins”
2: Erykah Badu – “Back in the Day”
Think seventies smooth. Think neo-soul.
Almost all Frankie Beverly and Maze material will fit the bill for the opening stanza of this event.
Can’t get Over You is another hit by this classic group of funk that will soulfully set the background tone of the gathering without plunging into the abyss of lame seventies impersonation.
Erykah Badu’s “Back in the Day” is the unquestioned them song of the neo soul lounge party circuit. Sprinkle in some more Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and a dash of John Legend to waft over the intriguing background of richness. Your party will wistfully revisit memories of happier,
Back in the Day periods of simplicity:
All we needed was bop-bop, bop-bop, bop-ba-domp.
Act 2: The Buildup (11pm – 11:55pm)
What school did you attend? What do you do? How about that market? (Subject-Verb) “Barack Obama?”
These are loaded question status indicators.
The chaotic group begins to stratify into notable clusters at this point.
Princesses surround themselves behind a bulwark of loyal followers. The followers include true friends of mutual respect, business associates, eager suitors, and assorted flunkies.
Alpha males run the party and wingmen align themselves with these bosses to pick up whatever scraps are left in their wake.
All players will be jockeying for position next to that special somebody as the clock ticks towards midnight. The wine and spirits have also begun to flow.
The importance of facilitating vibrant conversation dwindles as the battle lines have already been visibly drawn. The pace of your music selection should hasten, with the emphasis upon exciting your female contingent that is the lifeblood of any party.
3: Kanye West – “Love Lockdown”
4: Beyonce – “Single Ladies”
5: Beyonce – “Get me Bodied”
6: Young Jeezy – “Crazy World”
Kanye West and Beyonce dance tracks will urge all cliques to transition from subtle shimmying into the coordinated group dance routines of Beyonce’s “Get me Bodied.” The Act 2 mix may be bolstered with various pop hits from Akon, T-Pain, Lil-Wayne, or even Justin Timberlake.
IMPORTANT: Young Jeezy’s “Crazy World” must be aired as the last selection of this second Act.
“Crazy World” is a blaring track that highlights the failures of an embattled Federal Government and the struggles of our American citizenry that must cope with economic calamity and securing the basic necessities of survival.
The single will effectively motivate your crowd towards action in 2009.
Act 3: The Climax and Blowout (11:55pm – 2009 Until)
Play Prince’s “1999.” Immediately.
7: Prince – “1999” MUST be played from 11:55-12:00 a.m. thereabouts.
8: Common – “Universal Mind Control”
9: T.I. featuring Kanye West, Lil-Wayne, Jay-Z, and M.I.A. – “Swagga Like Us”
10: T.I. featuring Rihanna – “Live your Life”
“1999” is set to be the mainstay of every New Years bash throughout the end of time. This is essential, familiar background music that will inspire all emotions from all people at all times as the ball drops. Partygoers will dance, reflect over the past year, and couples will whisper sweet nothing to each other as the Purple One’s incredible presence captures the audience yet again.
Prince reminds us all that there is indeed, sunshine behind all clouds.
The electricity of the calendar turn from 2008 to 2009 must remain elevated. Partygoers are optimistic that all plans and resolutions will be executed into this fresh year. The liquor has begun to propel the eclectic group back towards chaos.
This is the time to promote audacious swagger, club bangers, and pulsating bass. This is a no-holds-barred bonanza of pomp and flesh. Common, and T.I.’s authoritative tracks will command the ensemble to boogie – effectively setting the table for a 2009 of merriment. Throw the kitchen sink at your audience.
Think, E-40, D4L, “Stiletto Pumps in the Club,” “Hey Bay Bay,” “In my White Tee,” and “Lean With it Rock With it.” We want to snap-dance, grind, and enter the zone of non-thought. No college loans. No credit cards. No demanding bosses. No price-earning ratios. No nuisance acquaintances. No worries.
No music is too ignorant.
Not even Soulja Boy.
Prince again indicates that “parties were not meant to last,” and tired, random stragglers proliferate at the closing time of any event.
Take it from the top of this play list at Act 1, while gently ushering these few remaining souls towards the exit. Actively investigate that all guests can and will arrive at home safely.
Have a Happy New Year.