Stuck for party music? Several weeks ago, Wall Street Journal/Europe asked me to put together an ulitimate mix for a holiday issue that not only would get revelers up out of their seats but also allow those engaged in couch conversation to carry on without being drowned out. The mix also had to be perfect for a party at your house or at a friend's house if you were asked to bring the music and it has to cut across all demographics.
True confessions. Back in the 1970s and early '80s, I was out four nights a week and frequently made mixes for friends. The 20-track mix I created for WSJ/E features 1 hour and 40 minutes of soul, disco, jazz, reggae and new wave that steadily raises a room's energy level, leaving it there before easing things off slightly. You'll find my party mix here. Happy Holidays!
Also in the Wall Street Journal, I interview comedian Cedric the Entertainer for the Mansion section's "House Call" column. Cedric is a funny guy, and he muses about his childhood homes in Missouri and the influence his cousin Eric had on his humor. Go here.
For the "Playlist " column in this weekend's Review section, I interviewed Cary Elwes, star of The Princess Bride, on his favorite song—the Who's I Can't Explain. Go here.