Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Where did all the soul go?

Help me somebody!

Once again, I'm probably late on this but I just now heard the track "Music" from Leela James' album. The first verse ends, "Can't go back to yesterday/Can we just put the thongs away/And fall back in love with music/Nothin' but the music."

Word. What she said. People don't sing no more.

Tell me where your soul's at.

Also, for the record, I was planning to grow my hair out before I saw the cover of her album.

1 comment:

ms mimi the mocha soulchild said...

I'm not sure what happened. It was like one day there was music that people sang, and there was a vivid raw emotions connected with the music, and the next day there was "Lick me up and down," and "droppin' like its hot" And it WAS hot, it just wasn't real. The thing that bugs me about the industry is the deception.

At the risk of sounding passé and corny, video killed the radio star. Today, in order to create a profitable business empire, and become a slamming multi-millionaire mogul, we have to be
ultra glam, ultra sexual, ultra rich, ultra imageable, and ultimately ultra real which must be Orwellian code word for ultra faux.

We don't write about love, we write about popular love imagery, so we can sell our albums in a music video that glorifies the fantasy of love. Today's artists constantly yak about "keepin' it real", but in reality we do anything but.

As an artist I am always interested in new music and what other artists are doing. As a Christian the closer I get in my walk with Christ the less I can stand to listen the radio or watch videos. It saddens me in a sense because of you think about it, God is a lover of diversity and music, and yet music, which is a powerful provocative tool that at its core moves people, is rarely if ever, used to glorify God, and when it is, it is either dismissed, or diluted.

I recently was led by God to use my creative gifts with a friend and tip toe into the world of music. I don't know what will come out of it, but one thing is non-negotiable. We have to keep Christ in the center of what we do.

At the same time, church folks need to open up and stop being so churchy about what worship music is. There is a documentary out that has proclaimed that hip hop is a religion. While it has some valid points about idolotry, anything can fit into that category, not just music. To push out a whole generation from taking the message of Christ to them in a form they can access is counterproductive.

The spirit of the music to me is more important than the format.

Gone on longer than I intended, but just my .02