Music is special in so many ways. Okay, so that sentence wasn’t earth-shattering or incredibly witty but it is true. Music reminds us of people, places, emotions, situations etc etc etc. And if you keep up with this blog AT ALL, you have quickly come to realize that I am a music junkie. My brother says I’m eclectic and I agree with him. My collection has High-Life, Hip-Life, Gospel, R&B, Rap, Celtic, Folk, Bluegrass, Arabic, Indian Movie Soundtracks, Classical, Ballads from the 13th century, Rock, Christian Contemporary….and the proverbial list goes on and on and on…
On this cold windy Friday night in D.C., I slowly sip a steaming mug of hot cocoa and cast my mind’s eye back to a season, some years ago, when I and my good friend (and roommate at the time) used to spend hours (seriously) watching VH1 Soul. If you’re hip enough, you know that VH1 Soul is the only tv music station dedicated to Neo-Soul. We loved that station! Shoot, we STILL love that station. My friend texted me t’other night with an excited “I FOUND VH1 SOUL!” and my response? “WOOOOHOOOOO!” Not only did it provide entertainment, it fed our souls with music that we couldn’t hear on the conventional radio stations. No Jay-Z or Beyonce for us – Anthony Hamilton, Heather Hedley, Jill Scott and Common featured prominently on our television screen.
A favorite video of ours came from Damian Marley ft Bobby Brown. Not only is Damian fine, blessed with a smooth voice that delivers singularly sweet lyrics regaling the lovely traits of his lady-love BUT, Bobby Brown randomly pops up all over the place with his hair twisted out and yells “Supacats!”, “Blagh”, “Whoo”, “Come On”, “Yeah”. Hunh?
We both loved the simple honesty of the lyrics – “Every morning she shampoos my locks”, “Real type of loving, thank you for that” – that describe the seemingly ordinary yet wonderful actions and feelings that define true love. And that juxtaposed with a super-energized Bobby Brown? Honestly? It’s a hilarious juxtaposition of Sweet and Salty – one that always brings back fond memories and tons of laughter. Check it out – the song is “Beautiful” from the controversial and widely acclaimed album Welcome to Jamrock. Remember SABA*
*SABA = SUPPORT AN ARTIST, BUY AN ALBUM