40. No Rain – Blind Melon

This song is both a happy and sad track. Happy, upbeat music and a great ending to the film clip but the video and lyrics touch on bullying / depression / trying  to fit in – issues I guess most people have dealt with in their lives.

I love how the little girl in the bumble bee outfit, finds her people at the end of the film clip…..makes me smile every time I watch it, gives me a sense of hope.

40. No Rain – Blind Melon

39. An open letter to NYC – Beastie Boys

So in the last few days I have decided I’m going to New York City in October. Trying to pick a song that helps me celebrate this is challenging but I have discovered a new song, but a fitting song, by the Beastie Boys about acceptance………………. “Home to many rejecting know one Accepting peoples of all places, wherever they’re from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten From the Battery to the top of Manhattan Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin Black, White, New York you make it happen” RIP MCA

34. Release Yo’Delf – Method Man

In 1995, Rebirth of Cool Phive was released and I discovered some awesome tracks, one of which was the Prodigy remix of Method Man’s song Release Yo’Delf. It was amongst some awesome music by Ben Harper, Tricky, The Beastie Boys, MC Solaar, Massive Attack, Coldcut, Portishead, Kruder & Dorfmeister, etc.

I haven’t played this album for years but I think its back on the playlist, 20 years after its release.