I'm a big believer that romanticizing the past is not a good use of energy. Hard to resist, yes. But it gets you nowhere. Celebrating the past, however, is another thing entirely. Sometimes I find myself particularly flooded by memories past, and lately those memories have been especially sweet. Herewith, a few posts on some memories that have been top of mind in recent days.
The mid 90s were my clubbing glory years. Fortunately, they were NYC's big-club glory years too. Junior Vasquez was my DJ God. (I just felt half my friends roll their eyes, and the other half nod in agreement).
Skip ahead to 2009. I was feeling the need for an iPod upgrade ... something "new" to rev up and propel my cardio workouts, and I thought a Junior dance classic might do the trick. Did it ever. I downloaded the JV classic remix of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know?"
Now you may think of "How Will I Know?" as a pop trifle from 1985. But in Junior's hands, it was a dance phenomenon that induced mass endorphin rush on a dance floor. I've uploaded his mix of the song for your listening pleasure. The three minute intro build is pure, classic Junior. You get teased with bits and pieces of the song ... you start to realize what the song is ... your heart starts pumping faster and faster ... and at the peak of the build, he releases one short phrase – the first – with Whitney's voice itself. The dance floor explodes, people catch their breath, the song proper begins, and joyfulness reigns. Here's the mix for you ...