1 of my FAVORITE artists covering 1 of my FAVORITE songs by another 1 of my FAVORITE artists! When I saw this performance, I was in heaven. I'm talking complete BLISS. I have a feeling Pharrell is responsible for the song choice, and Ryan Tedder KILLS the vocals!
I will say, I feel like Ryan Tedder was using the moment to show off a bit, while Pharrell was simply having a good time honoring Stevie. Nevertheless, great performance! I'm so glad this happened!
Kung Fu Kenny ...
He spazzes on this song, and in this video. I mean what more is there to say?
There aren't enough words to explain how much I love this song.
Sweet baby Jesus he did it again!
I love the chord progressions in this song!
Cute & creative video!
Bruno has sealed his place as an eternal bae!
I know this song has to BUMP in the clubs! Great energy, and I like the energy and vibe of the video.
I just heard SZA's latest song, "Drew Barrymore" the other day, and that she's getting ready to release a new album, CTRL!
I've been keeping up with SZA for years, and I'm liking her growth! Love her fashion sense, songwriting, voice, and big hair!
1st video is the music video for one of my favorite songs by her, "Babylon":
2nd video is her recent live performance of her new song, "Drew Barrymore":
**Edit: Sza has since released a music video for the single, which features an apropos cameo by Drew Barrymore, and is featured below!**
Aaaahhhh if only I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if they could "touch my hair?"
No one wants, or should be made, to feel like a novelty toy. There is a difference between appreciation/admiration and fetishization. Thank you Solange for using your creativity to make a simple, but profound statement!
This song is laid-back, but groovy! This video is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for showcasing the versatility of natural African hair! Also, showing versatility in fashion and dance/movement! African culture across the diaspora is rich and diverse!
Anderson .Paak ...
If you don't know ... watch this video so you can KNOW! I wrote a post featuring a song of his ("Suede") recently. Check that out if you haven't yet!
Sick drummer ... I LOVE his raspy, soulful voice ... love his rapping style and songwriting ...
This guy is dope, so please just ... take a listen to this NPR Tiny Desk Concert!
I LOVE the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Series, btw! Thank you NPR for getting them!
I have recently regained my appreciation for Lady Gaga. She really is a true pop artist, and I'm glad she's out here kicking @$$ and taking names! I've watched this Superbowl halftime performance several times, and every time I watch it I'm engaged and happy to see her!
I love artists who stay true to who they are no matter the setting. Gaga stayed true to Gaga throughout this performance. I love that she goes into the audience to have physical contact with fans, shouts out her parents, and has unexpected leaps in the beginning and end of her performance - she keeps you guessing!
Thank you for your quirkiness, your AMAZING vocals, flamboyance and outrageousness! Go Gaga!
Gotta love a good use of a sample!
Heads up ...
If you're at work you can listen to this song:
If you're at work, you cannot listen to this song:
Happy listening! :)
How do you see the world in 100+ years? In Snoop Dogg's video, "California Roll", he depicts an Afrocentric vision for the world in the next [insert large number here] years.
Snoop and I are kindred spirits in regards to who he chose to take into the future with him.
I'm here for this!
Ooookay *sigh* ... Chrisette Michele has caught a lot of heat for agreeing to perform at Trump's inauguration, and for good reason.
I have followed Chrisette over the course of her career; this is not the first time she has done something confusing, but this particular situation is a bit unnerving.
There are reasons to take the opportunity, such as:
- A Sense of High-Esteem/Bragging Rights - "Inauguration" is a BIG thing to add to an artist's resume...
Please notice I wrote a "sense of high-esteem"...
These reasons are cliche, but they are reasons nonetheless. Even with these 3 points (and there are probably others), in this case, there are still a ton of clear reasons to NOT take the gig. So many that instead of listing them, I have included a video that goes through them in depth. Not only is the YouTuber evocative, but for real, for real ...
I don't even want to begin to get into the list myself because it's so long that it could stand on its own as a think piece.
Check out the video below, and continue reading afterward!
As an artist, it can be easy to say "yes" to every gig offer, especially the more an artist loves to perform. Nevertheless, sometimes you have to say "NO".
Digressing briefly, I find it interesting that a lot of artists (Chrisette, especially) mention "being able to reach/connect with people" in their reasons of why they love performing, BUT get upset when they are held accountable for not acknowledging their audience. I mean if you value the connection you have with your supporters, show it! Chrisette put out a statement that she is acting as a "voice for voiceless". As far as I'm concerned, Chrisette has not only been silent regarding issues outside of herself, but she (arguably) has acted as an agent for the "Trump Agenda".
Without a doubt Chrisette Michele's audience is mostly comprised of "the voiceless": people Trump has condescended, disclosed intention to disable [in some form or fashion], and now is utilizing his power to follow through on those intentions -
Just today (Jan. 24 - Day 2 of Trump's official "president" status) Trump signed acts to approve the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines ...
Audience aside, Trump has made statements and actions that would presumably offend Chrisette Michele, herself, to the point that she would decline. Chrisette did not display any sense of conviction, or social-consciousness in her inauguration performance. She contradicted her statement about being a voice, which she tried to support with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
So okay ... you get to say you performed at the president's inauguration, but WHICH president did you help celebrate and welcome into the White House?
Chrisette's decision to accept the offer, as well as her reason to follow through with the performance, is unclear and naive. With artistry, it's imperative to have clear conviction and integrity. Your art should reflect the times, enhance your culture, and help push the culture forward. Your endeavors should highlight the status of your career, and be embarked upon with a vision to not only progress, but beyond that, excel.
Though the deed is done, there is still a lesson to be learned, especially for artists and public figures:
Be clear and consistent with your message.
Also, deliver your message with compassion.
D'Angelo sets a great example in his performance of his song "The Charade" from his Saturday Night Live appearance last year. SNL, like the inauguration, is a MAJOR platform. If Chrisette came out on this tip ... this would be a different story.
Though Dr. King's quote is powerful, I think Chrisette's understanding and attempt to exemplify the sentiment of his quote was confused. Here is another quote with an analogy that might paint a clearer picture.
Us "mice" don't appreciate your pseudo-hippie/peacemaker approach to this situation, Chrisette.
As a performer, I often run into issues with sound engineering. We (musicians) all do.
That is what made this performance especially resonate with me. MJ doesn't skip a beat! He doesn't show any frustration, or angst in his facial expressions or body language. He is in it!
The moment. The song. The music. That's it.
Now, who's to say who got a good verbal lashing once he got off stage? I have a feeling someone lost their job that day because c'mon ...
This is MICHAEL JACKSON
and the F%$k ups are CLEAR!
Still, Mike gave an AMAZING performance. He left his heart on the stage!
Thank you, MJ.
The EPITOME of ROCK'N"ROLL.