The Gentleman’s Playlist

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October 5, 2012 by pfrancis207

Being as today is Friday, and the weekend is just about here, now is the perfect time to get yourself in the proper mindset for whatever sorts of activities you may find yourself involved with.

And nothing helps a gentleman get in the proper mindset better than a good bit of music.

Even as we live in the 21st century, when playlists can be assembled in an instant, and can change the atmosphere in a room in a nanosecond, a true gentleman takes time to craft anything, and assembling your weekend playlist(s) are no different. Take your time poking through these tunes, and in true gentlemanly fashion, do your research. Take each artist, plug them into pandora.com (or the pandora app if you have a fancy boy cellular device), and put together playlists of similar artists for the respective occasions I highlight in this blog.

And without further ado, I give you the gentleman’s playlist.

– A Raucous Evening of Debauchery – 

Beverage: Beer (Any and All)

“Move It On Over” – George Thorogood and The Destroyers

If you were a young gentleman in the late ’70’s and ’80’s, you knew all about George Thorogood. A bluesy guitar virtuoso from Wilmington, Delaware, Thorogood’s tunes were the lifeforce for many a teenager who loved nothing more than hanging with his boys and acting up in towns where there wasn’t much to do on a friday night. And while his signature singles “Bad to the Bone” and the Bo Diddley tribute “Who Do You Love” get all the hype, it’s this Hank Williams cover (and the title track off of his 1978 sophomore album with his backing band, The Destroyers) that symbolizes the infectious zeal of Thorogood’s music. The perfect soundtrack for a night of bar crawling with your own crew of destroyers.

– A Relaxed Evening at a Cigar Lounge –

Beverage: Johnnie Walker (Red) (On the rocks)

“Giant Steps” – John Coltrane

Jazz music is a companion that no gentleman should ever be without. Even if it’s only a few albums collecting dust on your iPod, Jazz knowledge is imperative for a distinguished gentleman. Similar to modern art, Jazz has it’s heroes who have engraved themselves in the pop culture lexicon, even though most folks remain unaware of why they are important. Artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat have grown into symbols of pop culture saavy, akin to Jazz musicians like Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis. However, of all the Jazz artists considered “essential” by the popular culture, John Coltrane holds a particular mantle of importance. An innovative saxophonist who pioneered the “free jazz” movement of the ’60’s, Coltrane earned a reputation as basically the Jimi Hendrix of Jazz, a free flowing tour de force whose work came to define the 1960’s for their genre of music (and who died too young, as Coltrane passed away at 40 from liver cancer). “Giant Steps” is considered by many to be the seminal Coltrane track, and it will get you in the mood for a nice stogie and some fine sipping liquor.

– One Night at the Honky Tonk –

Beverage(s): Beer (Domestic), Jack Daniels (Straight)

“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” – Brooks & Dunn

You don’t need to be a southern gentleman specifically to enjoy a night of country music. The most popular genre in America today, Country and Western music has evolved far from the twangy, hillbilly tunes your grandpa listened to. While it still retains those classic themes of loss, independence and simplicity, modern Country has more in common stylistically with Southern Rock than any other genre. However, there still remain a few artists whose work is a throwback to the old guard of Country, and though they disbanded in 2010 after 20 years of dominating the Country charts, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are still the gold standard for a night on the town in cowboy boots, black denim and ten gallon hats. Whether you’re an expert square dancer or you’re trying to shed a reputation as a square, Brooks and Dunn will help you get to where you need to be.

– House Partyin’ Like It Ain’t No Thang –

Beverage(s): Incredible Hulks (Hennessy VS + Hypnotiq), Bombay Shapphire

“Player’s Ball” – OutKast

As Hip-Hop music as grown in popularity over the past twenty years or so, many a gentleman has had to decide how they feel about this genre that has been labeled volatile, anti-social and misogynistic, among other things. However, this gentleman is of the opinion that hip-hop music is a genre worthy of the respect of the gentleman’s crowd. And while some in the hip-hop community have become almost larger than the genre itself (take Jay-Z, for instance), it still remains a popular house party genre that will get folks dancing while at the same time keeping the relaxed vibe you want. “Player’s Ball”, the lead single off of Atlanta, Georgia supergroup OutKast’s 1994 debut album “SouthernPlayalistiCadillacMuzik”, is a type of tune that will keep the party groovin’ well into the wee hours of the morning. With their innovative production full of funk samples, syrupy hooks and southern swagger, OutKast emerged as the seminal southern hip-hop group of the ’90’s and ’00’s and is sure to keep your house rockin’.

– An Evening With The Mademoiselle –

Beverage: Pinot Noir, Sex on the Beach (Stoli, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry/Orange Juice)

“Love & Happiness” – Al Green

Contrary to what the popular culture says, any real gentleman desires to have a woman he loves beside him. So when you find that gal, be sure to treat her right and give her a night on the town. Leave the boys for just a little while to show she means the world to you. 7:00 dinner, 9:00 movie, drinks after. However, the man you should be playing in the car throughout this evening is none other than Al Green, an artist who is single handedly responsible for about a quarter of the population, thanks to vocals that manage to be masculine, yet still ooze with tenderness and sexuality. And while the bedroom may be where you hope to end the night, keep the Reverend bumping as the evening progresses, especially tracks from the “I’m Still In Love With You”, “Call Me” and “Full of Fire” albums.

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5 thoughts on “The Gentleman’s Playlist

  1. ktibby214 says:

    I like your style Pete! You have quite the musical taste. I like the kind of story that goes along with each song. It makes you want to hear the song more than you would if you were to just list them. Nice work.

  2. bbator1123 says:

    This is probably one of the best blogs I have seen in a while. I like the way it is set up so that everyone can take a look at what they should be playing for any type of situation. Great job.

  3. jm32coop says:

    A lot of swagger in this post, it’s awesome. “Al Green, an artist who is single handedly responsible for about a quarter of the population.” <This was hilarious. I also like how you added Outkast and John Coltrane, they for sure belong in this category for getting your mind right.

  4. Mark says:

    I like the way that the presence of multiple genres here suggests that gentlemen come in many forms and can be found in many cultural settings.

    I agree with your readers that you are crafting an engaging voice across the range of your postings.

    In a couple places you deployed odd or surprising capitalization — “(Take Jay-Z, for instance)” and “(and who died too young, as Coltrane passed away at 40 from Liver Cancer)” – – why are “take” and “liver cancer” in caps? Not such a big deal, but every small thing we can do to present the reader with clean copy helps.

    Following on from your mention of “a fancy boy cellular device,” I’m prompted to wonder, “Would a true gentleman choose to possess a smartphone?” Is the smartphone, with its links to self-absorption and narcissism, perhaps a threat to the gentlemanly ideal?

  5. julia41091 says:

    Very interesting and creative post! I like its format and how each song had a meaning behind it ! Seems like you really know what you’re talking about.

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