Soaked to the Bone
My latest creation meandered into something a lot more fun and interesting than I originally thought it would.
I love all of my mixtapes. If I’m stuck or feeling on the fence, I put them away until I have fresh ideas. In other words, I never publish a mixtape that feels unfinished or that I’m indifferent about.
But sometimes this happens: a mixtape evolves into something even better than I anticipated.
The music is fabulous (duh), but I’m giving y’all a little nod and a wink, too.
Icons, BMT favorite artists, new interpretations, and live performances aplenty. This latest mixtape is tres Bonnie (even by my BMT standards)!
I don’t typically give instructions for your listening pleasure, but I can recommend taking a shower, lingering in the tub, or finding a good rain shower. Then put on your favorite robe or pjs or, for the more daring, go au naturel.
Grab a cocktail (or a Cherry Coke — if you’re me), you’re special someone (or not — if you’re me), and crank up the volume!
While my now ex-husband and I were in London circa 1999, we went to the iconic Leicester Square Half-Price Ticket Booth to snag some discount West End theater tickets. In the end, we grabbed seats to a small, obscure play featuring Woody Harrelson and Kyle Maclachlan.
The play itself was not good. But we had gone for the acting. We were not disappointed. To see two actors in their prime go head-to-head remains one of the coolest theater experiences I’ve ever had.
Watching this live performance of the Weather Girls’ cheeky “It’s Raining Men” reminded me of that show from two decades ago.
You might not like the song (I love it — but acknowledge it’s absurd), but please don’t scroll past this performance. I promise you DO NOT WANT TO MISS these two vocal powerhouses let loose.
Martha Wash and Izora Armstead-Rhodes are insanely talented! They blow me away on this version! And they’re going to blow you away, too!
When my ear hears “Rain On Me,” it’s basically the 2020 iteration of an 80s remix (though 5 minutes too short). In other words, I’m on board.
At this point, Lady Gaga has enough street cred that I don’t even have to apologize for this pick. Good, catchy pop is always in vogue! Even if it involves Ariana Grande.
Somehow it always sounds like it’s 1983 when I hear a Chris Rea song. That’s not an insult.
There’s this relaxed pop-meets-blues thing that he does that always sounds polished and sexy. “Every Time It Rains” is infused with a slinky dance beat.
I intentionally wanted to cast the net wide with today’s theme. I stumbled upon something else but found myself craving Paloma Faith. As soon as I saw her cover, I knew immediately it was the perfect addition.
I’m unfailingly captivated by Paloma Faith’s quirkiness and sense of style. She harkens to another era and, really, to another planet. In a good way!
She gives us her trademark uniquely vulnerable, pained, deep, sultry self on the Eurythemics’ hit, “Here Comes the Rain Again.” Paloma’s brand of intense seeps into every pore.
Happy squeal! I assumed I’d end up with a live version given how strong a vocalist Mika is, but I didn’t know this interpretation existed.
“Rain” is reenvisioned as an uber dramatic duet featuring Danielle De Niese.
This dreamy performance gets the symphonic pop treatment and it’s so pretty! Heck, everything about this is so pretty. The venue, the strings, the outfits, the chandeliers. And the fairest of them all, Mika and Danielle.
A few years ago I scored two fantastic mezzanine middle seats at the Long Center in Austin for the Gregory Porter gig. In a rare coup, the dreamy Brit accompanied me. It was a magical show and night! I was so happy not to have to attend solo.
This cover of “Purple Rain” honors the iconic original through the lens of a church revival. Not only is Gregory Porter’s vocal delicious, but each musician is fantastic.
From the opening piano to the drumming to the brass to the backup singers. Every single person involved perfectly compliments everyone else.
Mr. Porter is leading the show, but Prince remains the star. Rightfully so.
Until her 40’s, Bonnie’s worst nightmare included writing and sharing personal stories publicly. At her friends’ suggestion, she bemusedly started Bonnie’s Mixed Tape on Medium in 2017. She remains shocked that anyone reads her stories and that P.S. I Love You, Assemblage, the Writing Cooperative, and the Ascent have published her work.
Bonnie loves all types of music, but really, really, really loves the 80s.
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