The Listening Room: The Songs I Listen To Through The Years

It’s been more than a year ago since the last TLR post. Anyway, it seems like music never fails to motivate me in some ways. At times, it serves as a memory recall.

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More than twelve years ago, I started tuning in to this smooth jazz and easy listening station and I always listen to that kind of music ever since. While some of these music keeps me relaxed and upbeat, there are times when you tend to get caught up in emotion while listening to some tracks. Music is such a wonderful thing to have.

So here are some playlists of songs I listened to/discovered during a specific period of time. It’s a mix of different genres, focusing primarily on jazz and easy listening music.

The Year 2006

That time, I generally rely on my pocket radio to listen to my favorite radio station (Joey 92.3/923 Joey, now Radyo 5 News FM), and later, some songs which eventually become my personal favorites. Okay, some of the songs listed are not the kind of music a typical 15-year-old [like me, during that time] would listen, but I grew to love it immediately as soon as I tune in.

  • Lee Ritenour – Is It You?
  • Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson – The Two Of Us
  • Stephen Bishop – Save It For A Rainy Day
  • Paulinho Da Costa – Real Love
  • Ive Mendes – If You Leave Me Now
  • Rita Calypso – Paper Mache
  • Dionne Warwick – Deja Vu
  • The 5th Dimension – Ashes To Ashes
  • Burt Bacharach – Living Together, Growing Together
  • David Benoit – When The Winter’s Gone (feat. Jennifer Warnes)
  • Lisa Stansfield – He Touches Me
  • John Kaizan Neptune – Soft Melody

The Year 2007

Well, it sure is fun listening to the radio, but that changed when I started downloading songs on the internet. So this playlist focuses primarily on the songs I grew up listening to, mostly easy listening music from the 70’s up to the early 90’s.

  • David Batteau – Walk In Love
  • Sergio Mendes – Waiting For Love
  • The Manhattan Transfer – Smile Again
  • Shanice – Saving Forever For You
  • The Spinners – Then Came You
  • The Miracles – City Of Angels
  • Sergio Mendes – Let’s Give A Little More This Time
  • Bryan Adams – Heaven
  • Randy Goodrum – Love
  • Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer For You
  • Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder – It’s You
  • Lee Ritenour – I Can’t Let Go
  • Air Supply – Every Woman In The World

The Year 2008

Yeah, it’s a lovely year for me to listen to good music and enjoy the laidback lifestyle. And it gets even better too. Oh, and I discovered some great old songs too.

  • Rita Calypso – Believe
  • Pauline Wilson – Stay
  • The Manhattan Transfer – Birdland
  • Michael Franks – Mr. Blue
  • Dennis Lambert – Ashes To Ashes
  • Peter Allen – You And Me, We Wanted It All
  • Gloria Estefan – Anything For You
  • Karen Wyman – Somebody Waiting
  • Paul Parrish – That’s The Way Of Friends
  • Merrily Webber – It’s Time To Say I Love You
  • Dave Grusin feat. Randy Goodrum – Haunting Me
  • Gregg Karukas – Three Wishes, One Desire
  • Sadao Watanabe – Fill Up The Night With Music
  • Alphonse Mouzon – I’m Glad That You’re Here

The Year 2009

A pretty weird year… but this is the year I got my first MP3/MP4 player. Just a disposable one, I guess, but it’s still a little pricey. Anyway, I discovered some good songs and I loved listening to them on loop.

  • Basia – Drunk On Love
  • The Carpenters – Sandy
  • Peter Cincotti – Goodbye Philadelphia
  • Stacey Kent – The Ice Hotel
  • Jim Chappell – Living The Northern Summer
  • Eddie Daniels – Emily
  • Yutaka – Warm And Sunny Sunday Morning
  • Basia – Baby You’re Mine
  • The Manhattan Transfer – This Independence

The Year 2010

This is it, I discovered a lot of smooth jazz and easy listening music. Can’t hide my excitement during that time. And I can finally identify unknown songs by means of a PC program, courtesy of Tunatic.

  • David Benoit – Promise Me A Carousel
  • Sade – Hang On To Your Love
  • Jim Chappell – Saturday’s Rhapsody
  • Linda Lewis – More Than Enough
  • Lori Perry – One Chance
  • Al Jarreau – I Will Be Here For You
  • Hiroshima – Why Can’t I Love You
  • Nolen & Crossley – Nice To Have You Back
  • Akira Jimbo – Olivia
  • Paulinho Da Costa – I Believe You

The Year 2011

It sure was a breezy year. Discovered some tunes from the radio too, and certainly not the kind of music you hear in most mainstream radio stations.

  • Bill Cantos – Who Are You
  • Bob James – Friends
  • Pizzicato Five – Sweet Soul Revue
  • Eddie Daniels – Siciliano
  • Akira Jimbo – Sweet Melody
  • Gary Paxton – I’m Living In The Shadow Of Your Memory
  • Yutaka – Chuva
  • David Benoit – Remembering What You Said
  • Basia – There’s A Tear
  • Dave Grusin – Crystal Morning
  • Everything But The Girl – Driving

The Year 2012

From this point on, I never stop discovering a lot of good tunes. So there you have it!

  • The Crusaders – Spiral
  • Randy Goodrum – Flight 136
  • The Kazu Matsui Project feat. Bill Champlin – Then I Heard The Sound Of Rain
  • Sadao Watanabe – Old Photograph
  • The Rippingtons – Weekend In Monaco
  • Acoustic Alchemy – Mr. Chow
  • Weather Report – Elegant People
  • Marlene – Just Say I Love You
  • Joe Sample – Dream Of Dreams
  • The Rippingtons – Taos
  • Sadao Watanabe – Nice Shot

The Year 2013

  • Lisa Stansfield – 8-3-1
  • Michael Franks – Now I Know Why They Call It Falling
  • Acoustic Alchemy – The Velvet Swing
  • Akira Jimbo – The Silent Road
  • The Kazu Matsui Project – Castles
  • David Benoit – If I Can Believe
  • Akira Jimbo – Here We Are
  • Wilbert Longmire – Strawberry Sunset
  • The Rippingtons – Aspen
  • Seawind – Wings Of Love
  • Eliane Elias – Barefoot

The Year 2014

  • Swan Dive – Automatically Sunshine
  • Culture Club – Move Away
  • George Michael – Too Funky
  • Prince – Uptown
  • Govi – Abundance
  • Eddie Daniels – First Gymnopedie
  • Dusty Springfield – Time And Time Again
  • The Crusaders – Maputo
  • The Rippingtons – Summer Lovers
  • Fred Hersch Trio – Con Alma
  • LaVerne Butler – I Cover The Waterfront
  • Marilyn Scott – Giving Up On Love

The Year 2015

  • Stacey Kent – This Happy Madness
  • Akira Jimbo – Twilight Walk
  • Rupert Holmes – So Beautiful It Hurts
  • Elis Regina – Madalena
  • Frank Sinatra – L.A. Is My Lady
  • Johnny Mathis – How Can I Make It On My Own

The Year 2016

  • Peter Allen – Bi-Coastal
  • Diane Schuur feat. José Feliciano – By Design
  • Sadao Watanabe – Desert Ride
  • The Yellowjackets – Homecoming
  • Spyro Gyra – Autumn Of Our Love
  • Bill Evans – Waltz For Debby
  • Chick Corea – Passage
  • Nielsen-Pearson – Sentimental
  • Herb Alpert – I Get It From You
  • Perri – Someone Like You

The Year 2017

  • Tom Grant – In A Special Way
  • Diane Schuur – Touch
  • Don Grusin – Shuffle City
  • The Chick Corea Elektric Band – Ezinda
  • Dave Grusin and the N.Y.-L.A. Dream Band – Summer Sketches ’82
  • Eric Gale – Boardwalk
  • Lee Ritenour – The Captain’s Journey
  • Steps Ahead – Kyoto
  • Marilyn Scott – I’ll Be Loving You
  • Michael W. Smith – Place In This World
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