There was a time in my life that I listened to this song everyday – multiple times. This is one of my favourite songs and is from the album Kaleidoscope from Kelis which was produced by The Neptunes and released in 1999. It’s a bit depressing but I enjoy wallowing in its melancholic ambience.
This was one of the songs from my earlier days (I was probably ten or so) that changed my perception of music forever. It made me aware that you don’t have to understand the language a song is written in to enjoy and appreciate it (it’s in Yoruba which I don’t speak a word of). It was released in the early 1990s and prior to this I didn’t know of any other African musicians besides the local ones. Most of what I listened to were songs that were adjudged ‘safe’ for children by my parents and consisted of music from some local and western artistes (I don’t know how Madonna managed to escape this ban but I will forever be thankful). Commercially it was a huge success and got Angelique Kidjo her first Grammy Award nomination.
Finally back on line after a month of waiting for a new internet connection then having my router short-circuit from a power surge. It was a lesson in patience, one that I hope never to experience again.
I was tagged in this Q&A game awhile ago by Rainey which involves answering a group of questions and formulating yours. This has come at a great time since I needed something to cheer me up today.
The rules are as follows:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
3. Create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
I woke up this morning and immediately wanted to listen to this song. Not unusual since I tend to feel that way about songs but I hadn’t listened to any David Gray song in years. Took me a while to finally locate it.
Sometimes you listen to a particular song and it takes you back to something that happened in your life or even something that is still happening. For me it’s usually people who left important imprints in my life and contributed to my growth in some way be it good or bad.
A couple of years ago I met this guy who I connected with in so many levels: we had a lot in common, read the same books, listened to the same music, enjoyed the same things. It helped that he was smoking hot! But for some reason, we never connected on a sexual level – I liked him, thought he was cute but I just couldn’t see myself with him. Well, he finally met someone and surprisingly it hurt me a lot. He had become a big part of my life and the idea that I may not be able to talk to him or hangout whenever was difficult to accept. We talked about it and I told him how I truly valued him and how I just didn’t want us to drift apart as friends because he was in a relationship. He waved my feelings off, saying that we’d be friends for a long time. Well shortly after we had a weird disagreement and didn’t speak to each other for over a year. Every time I’d hear this song it was like wounds were reopened. I honestly don’t know why. Sometimes I wonder if I was really into him but was in denial. At that time, I hung out mostly with a straight crowd and to be in such pain and not be able to share it with anyone was difficult. I let myself be sad for 2 weeks then I got up and moved on.
Bills don’t care whether your sad or not.
This post really was inspired by the one on the SingleIn2012 blog. It’s nice to find people who experience and interpret events in a similar way.