With such a bold album title, you’d think the music would either suck or reek of bitterness but oh contrare. Babyface and Toni Braxton team up to deliver a selection of sultry songs. I can’t lie, I really enjoyed this album. Even the track where Toni wishes a venereal disease upon her man, lol. This album is the proper evolution of R&B.
Who would have thought coming up with something entertaining would be so difficult? Thanks a lot, Ford Fiesta. So I thought about what I said in my last post with me singing in the car and such…I decided not to bore you with a video of me singing. I made a playlist of some awesome groovy tunes that I wanted to share with you all. I hope you like!
- Makeda – Les Nubians
- Without – Sampha
- Middle of Things, Beautiful Wife – Sango
- Crime – Mayer Hawthorne (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
- I Want You – Erykah Badu
- Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk
- Lucky I Got What I Want – Jungle
- Space Cowboy – Jamiroquai
- Hustle – Verbatum Jones (feat. Faylin Johnson)
- Closer – Corinne Bailey Rae cover by Jessie Boykins III
This is a sponsored post and I was compensated for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own.
With only an hour to spare, I purchased my discounted ticket to Atlanta’s annual One Music Fest. Last year, I saw A LOT of my favorite musical artists. This year, I passed on the opportunity to see some in the name of “saving” money. I regret it just a bit. I was going back and forth with whether I would attend OMF but being able to see Luke James and Amel Larrieux made all the difference. Except, Amel got sick and was replaced by none other than Erykah Badu. And who wouldn’t want to see Medulla Oblongata?
The parking situation was RIDICULOUS. My husband Luke James was scheduled to perform at 2pm. I entered the part at 2:39pm. I was told that his set [time] was over. I was devastated!! But as fate would have it, as I got closer to the stage, the host announced that he was about to perform. God is so so so good!
He started off with his shirt on. Mind you, he performed for all of fifteen minutes.
I follow this pretty dope guy on Instagram named Darien Birks. From his pictures, I knew that he was a talented designer and had a fondness for classic tunes but I didn’t know that he actually produced music. After downloading one of his mixes a while ago, I was sold on his skills. A few days ago, he and Allan Cole (collaboratively called The Styvesants) released a project dubbed ‘Refined’. It consists of 25 songs and 25 cool covers.
Before the jazz festival this past weekend, I’d never heard of this woman. All of my friends were excited to see her perform and here I was embarrassed because I should have known who she is! I love jazz. So anyway, I’ve been listening to some of her music since then and I’m in love with her voice. Her sound is like a tranquil symphonic wonderland. Super smooth and tender. And what she does with her mouth (no homo)…
Now that I think about it, her voice reminds me of Amel Larrieux’s. If they did a duet…man!
It was right before bed when I first heard Janelle Monae’s song, Q.U.E.E.N. I thought to myself, “what is this noise that I am I listening to right now?” By the second and third listen the next day, I finally realized how perfect it actually was. Oh yes, Miss Monae brought it with the funky beats and hip-hop slash gospel tones. But more than that, her lyrics spoke to the very thoughts I’ve been mulling over for quite some time. It was at that moment that I decided to reclaim my Queendom. I decided to reclaim the respect that I feel I’ve lost along my way.
“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.”
Have you ever been so happy that it made you sad?
Okay so, random. I’m in love with sadness. Like, I’m immensely intrigued by it…
I try to understand what makes people sad. Why they do certain things when they’re sad. I try to figure out the stories behind brilliant songs that are created from a sad place and time. There’s something so raw and beautiful about sadness. When you’re sad, you’re open to being vulnerable. I can connect to that. Deeply.
“I have found that the saddest people are also the funniest, and only those who understand complexity can communicate simplicity.”
Have you ever been in that space where you just feel weird? Not bad, not necessarily good either. Maybe like you’re not exactly sure how to feel. Or maybe you feel everything at once and you’re unsure of what to do with all of those emotions so you just sit with them. Let them play out on their own. That’s kind of how James Blake’s music makes me feel.
In another place and time, I was a dancer. Specifically, a ballerina. Last Sunday, I got the chance to be an African dancer extraordinaire! From my seat, anyway.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I never did my research on Fela Kuti before going to see the show. I knew of him and of his music but not much about his story. Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: a Nigerian musician, composer, activist and revolutionary. Fela! the musical tells the story of Kuti in the 1970s, at the height of his career and also his contempt for Nigeria’s corrupt government. I can imagine him thinking to himself, “man, I just want to make music that incites political unrest, smoke weed, and make love to my many wives”. Lol. Kuti was a rebel with a cause and a message in his music.
It takes a lot to impress me. We’ve gotten so used to being impressed by mediocrity that we can’t recognize the beauty in the simplest things. Take creativity, for instance. When it comes to creativity, I know what I like. Colors, shapes, symmetry, blurs, concepts, angles, direction, etc. If I see something and I’m immediately hypnotized by it, most likely, I am impressed.
This is how I felt when one of my friends put me on to a new artist named Laura Mvula. Side note: I absolutely LOVE when people see something and think “Lucy would like this”. Makes my heart smile. Anyway. Laura is an English songstress hailing from Birmingham, UK.
What I love about the video:
- The muted colors (huge fan of tans); the soft beams of light
- The organic feel: no props, just people, a parking lot and a garden
- The sounds: the harmonies, the consistent clapping & beat of the drums
- The people: all I can say is, I LOVE BEING BLACK
- The dancing: reminds me African dances from slavery
There were so many different sounds happening at once in the video but everything blended perfectly. Purchase her new album, Sing to the Moon, here.
I’ll go, wherever you go, wherever you take me, I’ll go.