Playlist – 19 Jul 2017 – Art Gallery Mixer

Yesterday’s event was a nice change of pace from the usual “make ’em dance” parties I normally DJ. This was a talk hosted by Visa and American Airlines at the Catherine Clark Gallery. Catherine Clark, along with two other speakers, gave a short seminar on how to start a collection of modern art. The guests used points earned on Visa cards or as American Airlines frequent flier miles to attend the event. I never realized points or miles could be used for something like this, and from now on maybe I’ll read the “Points Redemption” emails a bit more closely so I don’t miss out on other fun events.

My job was straight-forward: play a jazzy mix of music during the early part of the event, while people explored the gallery and mingled with one another, and the artists. Once the talks finished, I was to start again and play a mix of popular, upbeat, familiar contemporary songs. While they snacked on canapés and sipped wine, I played the following tunes:

“T” Plays it Cool – Marvin Gaye
Bra – Cymande
Soul Machine – The Meters
Chameleon – Herbie Hancock
Mysterious Traveller – Weather Report
Music of El Topo – Shades of Joy
Dominoes – Donald Byrd
Chicken Yellow (Let Me Do It To You) – Miami
Westchester Lady – Bob James
E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey
Vitamin C – Can
Footin’ It – George Benson
The Mexican – Babe Ruth
Shuffering and Shmiling – Fela Kuti and the Afrika ’70
Humpty Dump – The Vibrettes
Fourty Days – Billy Brooks

At this point, the music stopped and the talk began. All three speakers offered some excellent advice for burgeoning collectors. For the second half of my set I hit them with these popular hits:

Marvin Gaye [feat. Meghan Trainor] – Charlie Puth
Uptown Funk [feat. Bruno Mars] – Mark Ronson
Firework – Katy Perry
Jimmy – M.I.A.
Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
Hotline Bling – Drake
Bad Romance – Lady GaGa
Viva la Vida – Coldplay
Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
We Are Young [feat. Janelle Monáe] – Fun.
Heartbeats – The Knife
We’re Going to Be Friends – The White Stripes

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