5 Favorite James Brown Songs and Times to Play Them
Get on Up for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown
As a person who listens to music while doing everything, I like to think of a song as a side dish. Music can make or break the mood, and I am very particular about the music I listen to at specific times, because there are so many factors involved with matching music and chores. James Brown’s music is ideal, because all his songs set the mood for something. His raspy voice, screechy wails, and funky beats can make anyone bob their head and get work done.
Check out my favorite five James Brown songs for the following activities:
This is one of James Brown’s most well known songs. We’ve probably all enjoyed it at weddings, dances, and reunions – anywhere people gather for fun. From the beginning, you can feel the song’s energy. The drums and saxophones collide like crashing waves, while trumpets and guitars hold the music together with Brown’s vocals. So full of excitement and liveliness, “I Feel Good” is the perfect song to have in the background while you get ready for a night out with friends.
Whether you’re setting the table with romantic and half-melted red candles, or you’re in the kitchen working hard on a homemade meal made from scratch, or you’re making reservations for a special restaurant, this song should be playing in the background. The smooth jazzy style and funky, sexy piano can set a passionate mood. and almost anything Grab whatever lets you dress to impress, whatever footwear you will wear on your date, and “get on up.”
No one really likes cleaning, but there are ways to make the experience more enjoyable, and this song is one. The background clapping gives you the perfect rhythm for dusting, mopping, or vacuuming. You can twirl a little bit, while straightening a picture frame to the sound of brassy horns. The quick upbeat pace might even make you clean quicker, and it definitely makes time fly. If you have to clean, and you’re dreading it, throw on some James Brown to keep yourself moving.
I listen to music while doing just about everything, including homework or studying. A lot of people can’t listen to music while concentrating on something else, but this song makes it easy. “Please, Please, Please,” is different than other James Brown songs, with a more classic feel – soulful rather than upbeat and excitable. That’s what makes it perfect to read to. Brown’s soothing, powerful voice is full of emotion. The piano and saxophone combine for a bluesy, relaxing feel that makes it pleasant as background music. Spend some quiet time with James Brown, and please, please, please listen to “Please, Please, Please.”
This song has been associated with working out ever since it was featured in the film Rocky IV. Regardless, this song is sure to wake you up and get you running. The tone of the song itself helps you stay focused. Brown’s strong voice sounds raspy and loud, and all the horns screaming as the melody will definitely pump you up. Then, at the end of the song, when Brown says, “I feel good!” you can say it with him. Because when you’re done working up a sweat to some James Brown, you’ll be feeling good for sure.
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