Discovering new music and unearthing older tracks is something I work on every single day.

From Spotify, to Apple Music, to my own personal collection, I am constantly on the lookout for music that I can incorporate into my sets.

If I’m feeling a song that’s in a scene on a TV show or a movie, I’m busting out Shazaam, tagging it and importing it into a Spotify playlist.

I could be in a restaurant or Trader Joe’s when something catches my ear. If I dig it, I’m taking note.

You might hear DJ’s brag about how their collection has 30,000 songs. So what? They aren’t going to play 30,000 songs on a night. And out of those 30,000, how many are actually worth spinning?

I’m looking for quality over quantity. Even if it’s not the most recognizable record, a good song is a good song. Ears don’t lie.

And that’s what keeps me on the hunt. All day. Everyday.

Last Christmas

lastchristmasFor as much as Christmas songs get you in the holiday mood, the cruel reality is that they are generally not good songs.  You have your classical standards, awful covers, and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, which amounts to a casual rape admission.

But in 1984, a blue eyed crooner and his best buddy Andrew dropped a Christmas miracle for the world enjoy.  “Last Christmas” is a fantastically penned tune by the incomparable George Michael just as he started to harness his immense song writing talents.

“A face on a lover with a fire in his heart/A man under cover but you tore me apart/Now I’ve found a real love you’ll never fool me again”.

And let’s not forget about the gut wrenching video.

Nothing quite like going on a Christmas ski trip, only to find that your best mate and the other half of Wham! has taken the aforementioned she-devil as his woman and is openly flaunting her in your face.  The whole time you’re wondering what Andrew has that you don’t.  It’s not the hair.  Not the looks.  Definitely not the talent.  (Andrew reportedly was tasked with keeping up the Wham! image.  There is little evidence he did anything more than appear in videos.)

So you’ll sip some hot cocoa and stew in a corner.  Then you’ll slap “Last Christmas” on the A-Side single with “Everything She Wants” (top 10 all-time 80’s song) and begin a quick ascent towards pop domination.  Yeah, that will show ’em.