I’m not a fan of what is now considered a “slow jam”. I like slow songs that are not sappy, boring or banal. I also like slow songs that are haunting or beautiful. With most of the music I listen to, it has to strike a chord or it has to grab me and not let go. Most of what makes up commercial pop ballads do not fit within my criteria for a slow jam. So here is my Slow Jams Twisted Mix Tape.
1. May This Be Love-Jimi Hendrix
I like this song because it meanders like a leisurely walk in the park and the lyrics are simple and beautiful. There’s a “us against the world” vibe to this song as well.
2. By My Side-INXS
I find this song to be haunting as well. It’s the yearning of a person to see their heart’s chosen for reassurance.
3. Oh, Sweet Nuthin’-Velvet Underground
This is what those of us over 40 refer to as a “classic slow jam”. I heard this song in the movie High Fidelity. It’s one of those songs where you get lost in it when you listen. That’s why I love this song.
4 Fade Into You-Mazzy Star
I find the vocals and the melody in this song very haunting and beautiful. I also love the slide guitar. Both complement the lyrics about unrequited love. This is a timeless song.
5. Nights in White Satin-Moody Blues
This is a song I would describe as “lush”. I absolutely love the orchestra arrangement in this song. That along with the vocal and lyrics make for a hauntingly beautiful song.