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….