It's no secret that I most cherished the closing hours of those DJ sets I witnessed at 12West and The Saint during my dancing days in the Manhattan nightclub scene of my youth. Referred to in club circles as 'morning music' or sometimes 'sleaze', those last several hours of down-tempo music that played before and during the sunrise into the morning hours were my absolute favorite segment of the typical 8 hour (or longer) program. It was there in those final hours that the songs were so rich with heady sentiment. They flowed much like a roller coaster of emotions, all set to the continual cadence of an easier, slower tempo. I've always favored the sad songs, those lyrics of the broken-hearted, the proclamations of romantic misery, unrequited love and lonely desperation. These were the songs I cherished, their lyrics were the constant friend that nurtured my heart, forever worn on my sleeve. Leaving the club and walking home in the daylight, it was always the downtempo torch songs from the last hours of dancing that carried me home wrapped in their warmth and slipped under the blankets with me after a long night of dancing with my tribe.
So, I've decided to celebrate my love for the final set, the morning music, by starting this series 'Torch Song' with music from the end of the night served-up first. The tempo will climb higher in each consecutive volume. Those that know me well understand that I've never liked being pigeon-holed into playing any one specific genre of music within a set. For me, the joy of mixing is about combining melodies --no matter how varied the selections are, no matter what genre a track may happen to fall into. If it feels good to me, I fearlessly use it. I hope you enjoy this selection of eclectic music I've compiled in this first volume of one hour and fifty continuous minutes.
This set's tempo range is 80 - 100 bpm.
I'd like to suggest you put on your best headphones, recline somewhere cozy and close your eyes after you press play.
SFX Intro (with bridge from What Kind Of Fool)
"Forevermore, that is what we are to be, without each other."
Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb - What Kind Of Fool (Intro uses the bridge) (Album Version)
Dream Academy - Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime (Album Version)
Rufus & Chaka Khan - Sweet Thing (Album Version)
Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb - Guilty (Album Version)
Celine Dion - Where Does My Heart Beat Now (Album Version)
Chicago - Wishing You Were Here (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
Heart - These Dreams (Album Version)
Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love (12” Version)
Donna Summer - State Of Independence (Calandra Edit GDFN Mix)
The Carpenters - We’ve Only Just Begun (Matt Pop Mix)
Grace Jones - La Vie En Rose (Tom Moulton Extended Version)
Sydney Youngblood - I’d Rather Go Blind (Claus Zundel Remix)
Red Hot Chili Peppers feat Post Malone - Dark Necessities (Album Version)
Marc Almond - My Hand Over My Heart (Album Version)
REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
Secret Service - When The Night Closes In (Razormaid Remix)
Hi Gloss - You’ll Never Know (Onetone Extended Version)
Janet Jackson - That’s The Way Love Goes (LNTG Remix)
Diana Ross - My World Is Empty Without You (Dropout Orchestra Dub)
Toto - Georgy Porgy (The Ed Zone Land of Oz Edit)
Dr Hook - Sexy Eyes (BP Edit)
Thoty - Love Is (Peter Micioni and Thoty Club Mix)
Herb Alpert - Rotation (12” Version)
Madonna - Rain (Album Version)