I was in somewhat of a bind this Old School Friday. The theme is Sade.
My first thought upon reading that was–Huh? Come up with a tribute post to an artist who only has three albums?
Well, I looked it up, and actually she has 5 studio albums (plus a new one that is supposed to be released), a remix album, a “Best of” album, and a live album. Still not a whole lot of material. (And of course quantity does not equal quality.) But that still did not explain my reticence to dedicating an entire OSF post to Sade.
I have seen Sade in concert and enjoyed it a great deal. I own two of her albums, and am looking forward to the new one. So why was I hesitating?
Then I started listening to Love Deluxe—that I hadn’t listened to in full in years…and it struck me—That‘s why. By the time I got to “Kiss of Life” I was totally chilled out. Somewhat depressed. Lethargic. Sade is one of those artists I love—but that I have to listen to in only small doses. She does what I call “groove music.” You may call it “mood music.” I love Sade’s music—but only so long as I can deal with the mood it puts me in. As I was listening to Love Deluxe I wished she could have up-tempo-ed her mid-tempo songs just a notch. Maybe throw in a break with a Missy rap in the middle of “Cherish the Day”… Something just to shake things up a bit.
But no. Sade is for that mood and anything else would destroy the mood. Best to just sit back, relax, and enjoy.
So this insight about Sade gave me the inspiration to adapt this OSF post to better suit my needs. In addition to Sade, I’d like to feature a couple other artists I love, but only seem able to listen to a little bit at a time.
I may be risking my (perhaps already in jeopardy) Black woman card here. But another artist that fits this bill for me is Erykah Badu. I have every single album she has ever commercially released. But I still can only deal with Ms. Badu a little at a time. In her case I think it is all the super-spirituality-new-agey-earth-mothery themes in much of her music. I can deal for a while—but only for a while. Then her music gets to sounding just a little pompous, like she takes herself a little too seriously. I know; I know. She’s an artist, and she’s sensitive about her s***.
Again, when I am in my Baduizm phase, it’s best to just relax and enjoy.
The last small-dose artist I’d like to feature is someone I didn’t get into until I started dating Mr. Scribe. At the time, I thought it cool that this Black dude was so into such a wide range of music. That meant he wouldn’t make fun of me for my own musical tastes! The list of artists he turned me onto is quite long, including Lenny Kravitz, the B-52s, Nirvana…
And Sinead O’Connor.
Sinead’s music is also moody. And she also seems a little full of herself at times most times. But I still love her stuff. Even if I do want to shake her sometimes and say, in my best Heath Ledger Joker imitation, “Why so serious?”
So this week, as my fellow OSFers feature Ms. Adu, I think I will spread out my Blog visits over the whole weekend. Wouldn’t want to OD on the chill pills!
Happy OSF and have a great weekend!
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