Music

That song is stuck in my head...


Not a real deep post today, just a random question. Do any of my more cerebral folks know why certain songs get stuck in your head? Especially if you haven't heard them in a while? Where do they come from and how do we make them go away?

Yesterday it was Color me Badd's I Wanna Sex You Up. How very New Jack of me.

This morning I woke up with The Jackson's Blame It on The Boogie on repeat in my head.


By the way, my sister used to have this kickstep dead to rights. Could not tell BougieSis she was not getting her boogie on! So... Does anyone know what causes this? What's stuck in your head this fine Wednesday?

Saturday Music Spotlight - Not Ready to Throne Watch

Watch The Throne Album Cover
I like rap, I really do. I wouldn't call myself a hip-hop head by any stretch of the imagination but maybe an enthusiast. I'm definitely more of a NeoSoul chick but who can get their treadmill flow on to Musiq and Maxwell? I have hip hop moods where nothing else will do. I've found that there's no telling what I will like and what I won't and I never know what will grow me.

This week Zeezy and Yeezy (Jay-Z and Kanye) dropped Watch the Throne. The definitive "We've made it, we're rich, and you know you're going to buy it" album. I'm not mad at them. But based on what I've heard so far, a lot of it is going to have to grow on me. Particularly this cut, Otis. I like parts of it but I'm waiting on the whole thing to come together where I'll turn the volume up and scream "that's my song"! Check it out:

 

The lyrics are throwback to the late 90s/early 00's when rap got very shiny and blingy. I'm also not sure I like how they used the sample of the late great Mr. Redding's Try a Little Tenderness but maybe it'll sneak up on me. BougieLand, whatcha think?

Lessons Learned from Lauryn Hill


Miss Lauryn Hill, L-Boogie, is an extremely talented singer/songwriter/producer/actress who blazed a path to stardom on the strength of her works with the Fugees and the monstrous success of her solo album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998. When the album dropped, people lost their minds. It was fresh, it was purposeful, the phrasing and tone were flawless. One reporter said that what Kurt Cobain was to angsty white teens and twenty-somethings, Lauryn Hill was to their "urban" counterparts. I don't know if that's true but the album had definite impact.

In the time since "Miseducation" rocketed to the top of the charts; numerous pundits, pontificators, stans and fans have been awaiting (eagerly, angrily, insistently) some sort of follow-up, return to 5-Grammy-stature glory from her.

Ms. Hill instead faded from the spotlight (until recently) to birth and raise her children. Her ill-fated romance with Wyclef Jean and her complicated association with married Rohan "son of Bob" Marley have provided plenty of gossip over the years. Her erratic behavior, inability to show up on time (or at all) to a string of concerts (where she was either fabulous or a complete failure) and the speculation on the fatherhood of her sixth child have sent folks into a veritable feeding frenzy.

The judgments about her life choices, why she couldn't/shouldn't do one thing or the other... they're all kind of moot, no? It's her life, she's living it, and she owes us not one damn bit of an explanation. I watched all the "I'm so disappointed" tweets and posts telling her how she's "doing it wrong" and gave Le Bougie Shrug. I look at her life (what I know of it) as a learning experience.

Here's what her life has taught me:

1. Even the most talented women have a hard time picking the right men - Well, this has been proven over and over and over again. The list of talented women "done wrong" by their men is epic. Even if we just stick to singers, that should be a whole section on Netflix - Somebody Done the Girl Singer Wrong Movies. Aretha, Mahalia, Patsy Clien, Winona - we could be here for days making a list. One day, I'd love to explore why successful and otherwise genius women have such a hard time choosing lifemates. 

2. You can't live for other people's expectations - Has it ever occurred to anybody that maybe Lauryn didn't want to continue to make cutting edge music? Or act? Or produce? Maybe she planned all along to raise a gang of kids? Who knows, maybe those children will be the next Wailers (as in Bob Marley and the...) Whatevs.

3. Some men just raggedy. No matter who their Daddy is: [Let's be clear that Papa was a rolling stone his darned self]Whether Rohan is the father of her sixth child or not, we do know he seems to have no problem slinging life seed  hither, thither and yon while breaking all manner of vows and promises to the women he beds (I hope that Brazilian model has a diaphragm kissed by Jesus). The fact that he was so quick to hop onto social media and deny that this child is his... ninja, really? What. About. The. Other. Five? Jerk.

4. Maybe some people have just one blast of perfection in them. This is why we have so many one-hit wonders, sophomore burnouts in sports, etc. Maybe Lauryn only had "Miseducation" inside of her to share and that was that. Not everyone sustains greatness over time. Maybe some people just hit that pinnacle for a season and then they're done. 

I have to admit when she announced that she was naming her sixth child Marley even though Rohan isn't the father, I had to sit quietly for a minute. She really is doing the utmost and one does have to pause and wonder if she has listened to any of her own lyrics lately? Le Sigh... it's her life. Do you, Lauren.

Any thoughts on Ms. Hill?
(p.s. I just went through and corrected all the spelling, etc. I guess writing posts at 3:00am isn't what it used to be!)

Saturday Music Spotlight: The Obama Playlist


Often I wish President Obeezy would sign-off on an official soundtrack for his presidency. So many times as he walks into a presser, I think he needs some walk on music. Other times he should definitely pipe some music in the speaker on the floor of Congress.

Here's the song he needs to drop on them this weekend. A blast from the past. It's from House Party, ya'll. Today's Why You Get Funky on Me...


Any suggestions for the Obeezy soundtrack?

Saturday Music Spotlight: New Brian McKnight


I'm a Brian McKnight fan from way, way back in the day. To his credit, he's had a lot more hits than misses. So a few weeks back when I heard his distinctively soulful but pure tones on the radio, I stopped to take a listen. Wait... was that some autotune mixed in? Am I hearing that right? With BMcK? Why, King Jesus? He can actually sing! Le Arrgh!

Anyway, I heard Fall 5.0 (boo for the title)  a few more times and it started to grow on me. His new album, Just Me (combination of new songs and reworked classics), is available now. Here's the video for the first single, tell me what you think.


Okay, he has lost some of his sexy but tell me what you think of song and video.

Saturday Music Spotlight: Erro's Summertime Anthem


First of all, love the throwback artwork. Great homage to Spike's Do the Right Thing.

My man, Erro - Eric Roberson of Le Silky Smooth Neo Soul flow is back with a preview of his album due out in August. He's put together a catchy-azz tune called Summertime Anthem and featuring Chubb Rock (woo-hoo, real rapper!). Take a listen and tell me what you think...

Saturday Video Shout-Out: Raphael Siddiq "Good Man"


I was a die hard Tony! Toni! TonĂ©! fan back in the day (those songs still go hard) but even I didn't foresee the longevity of Raphael Siddiq's career. Brother is talented. As many great concerts as I have seen this year, I missed this one and I heard it was off the chains. Le Sigh.

Anyway, this tune - Good Man gives off the Classic Vintage Soul vibe that Saddiq manages so well. The video stars Chad Coleman (better known as Cutty from The Wire) and the ever gorgeous YaYa of America's Next Top Model fame. 


Enjoy your weekend. Any other music to shout out today?

Saturday Music Spotlight: Anthony David (@antneedee)


I fell in love with dude's voice by stumbling across the song "Yes" from the 3 Chords & The Truth album. It was quickly added to my "Special Mellow Moments" mix. 

 

And it's impossible not to fall in love with his duet "Words" with India.Arie from The Red Clay Chronicles album. The man's voice is just butter. Or syrup. Okay buttery syrup on a steaming biscuit. 

Last week, his new album As Above, So Below dropped. Someone was kind enough to gift me with it. "Let me in" is begging done the right way and "4evermore" f. Algebra is catchy as all get out. "Keeping you around" has an infectious reggae beat that caught my attention right away. It's rare that I play an album all the way through without skipping any songs but this is one that's worthy. 

Here's the video for 4evermore:


Enjoy your weekend! Anyone else have some good music to shout out today?