Seven: My Musical Interlude

If you’re like me, you have many post subjects pending. One of mine is music. I keep circling around it like some humongous beast because I have yet to figure out how to condense my eclectic tastes to a “postable” size. 🙂

A fellow Blogging pal, has given me a great roadmap. I’ve changed it up a little bit, as is a woman’s prerogative lol. You can check out the original post by Moet with Medusa post here. Medusa’s list was five but try as I might I could NOT go that low.

If you were going on vacation and could only take seven albums with you, what would you take and why?

1. JILL SCOTT: WHO IS JILL SCOTT?

When I think of Jill Scott the word incomparable comes to mind because her vocals are fantastic, her music is soulful, poetic and raw and she her works illustrate a love of multiple genres. I have seen her perform four times and it is such a treat. Her spirit shines and anyone who has ever seen her perform will tell you that her presence lights up a stadium. She never sings a song the same way twice and it’s kick azz every time. Her love of music is illustrated by the way she lays down so many of her tracks backed by live orchestration. She is a study in contrasts, exemplifying old school soul and new school with a graceful execution. She is Beautifully Human…

2. ME’SHELL N’DEGEOCELLO: COMFORT WOMAN

Immensely talented and commercially underrated. Dark, moody, surrealistic and soulful. She will take you on a journey if you left her. Uncompromising in her art and endlessly fulfilling, she touches my heart and head no matter how many times I hear her. She has been nominated for nine Grammy awards. Night time album if you get my drift ;).

3. PRINCE: THE VAULT – OLD FRIENDS FOR SALE

I go nowhere without Prince. He has fascinated me for four decades. If there is a genre that he has not influenced or distilled into his music, I have yet to hear about it. Ok, I know you country fans are squirming and you would be right, that’s the only one. If you are a Prince fan, you can read a separate entry on him here. True love knows no age and they still have to hold me back at concerts so I won’t ummm forget myself. I picked this album because his all too brief foray into Jazz was epic.

4. PRINCE: THE HITS – B SIDES 3

I picked this album because you have to have something to make you jump and smile on vacation and this does it for me every time.

5. THE ROOTS – THINGS FALL APART

This album blew my mind apart. It epitomizes the artistry of intelligent hip-hop. The artistry is evident in the lyrics, arrangement and old school beats. They use double entendres, alliteration and deconstruction. Not to mention that the album is a nod to the famous author’s book, Chinua Achebe. It also holds the distinction of introducing me to Jill Scott.

6. LAURYN HILL: THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL

What can be sad about Ms. Hill that hasn’t already been said? She shines so brightly that her trajectory is blinding and her contribution will never be forgotten. This album reminds me of sunshine. It gets me moving and makes me smile – on the inside.

7. U2: WAR

I am an 80’s rock fiend. U2, The Police, Van Halen, Rush, AC-DC…the list goes on. U2 tops my list and it should be easy to guess why. They jogged my 14 year old consciousness with their messages of love, strife and social change. Their songs are infinitely relatable and kick azz – for decades. I still LOVE Bono and revere The Edge. Bono is still rocking his leather for God’s sake and how many rock drummers can compete with The Edge? Right. :).

I am deathly ill that I had to leave Stevie, Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd, Sade, Busta, Siouxsie and The Banshees & Sinead O’Connor behind. Thank God for IPOD’s and playlists lol. Next time….


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4 thoughts on “Seven: My Musical Interlude”

  1. Miss Rivers! You never seem to amaze me. I know five choices is low, but I wanted to make it hard for people. I wanted them to agonize over which albums to bring, which is difficult task for any true lover of music.

    Your choices are dynamite.

    Jill Scott hit the ball out of the park with her first album. I’ve seen her live a few times as well and everything you described about her is accurate. That woman’s smile worth the price of admission.

    You said everything I couldn’t articulate about Meshell. I have all of her albums. Comfort Woman is nighttime music indeed. She has sensuality oozing out of her pores. I am going to see on the 15th. I am hyped. (random stunt) Love Song #1 is my favorite song off Comfort Woman. *singing* This is Love, this is how I love you.

    My favorite Prince album is one of his most obscure records “Around The World In a Day.” Prince is a genius and he brilliance was on full display on that record. Spirituality and sexuality exuded throughout the songs. True eargasm music indeed.

    We had a brief discussion about “Thing Fall Apart” on Twitter. We are twins in our thinking about this one. Every song was masterful. I love how they would end every album, including this one, with a poem by Ursula Rucker. True intellectual b-boy anthems.

    I can’t say anything about Lauryn that hasn’t already been said. Genius album from a genius artist. The truth and passion in these songs was unsurpassed by any other artist at that time. Lauryn changed the game and mothered a bunch of female artist.

    I love 80’s rock and I love U2’s album “Boy.” However, I became a devoted U2 fan like many other people when they released The Joshua Tree. That album sounded life life coursing through my veins, like swimming naked in the fountain of youth, and as funny and cliche as this sounds, and Irish band made an album that sounded like a good America.

    I thought about allowing honorable mentions, but that would have made it easy. It was hard to leave so many important albums off, but I had to stick to the rules. Fin

    1. J,

      High praise from a true music lover like yourself! I sweated this out for like an hr. before I gave in and moved it up to seven. The rules are meant to be broken, it’s more fun that way. Besides, that’s my favorite number… Any excuse is better than none. Eargasms, indeed.

  2. GREAT music. Always been a big fan of Prince, Lauryn Hill, and U2, but was not that aware of Jill Scott and Me’Shell. Thanks for inspiring me this evening!

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