Saturday, December 28, 2013

"In My Listening Booth" with Me'shell Ndegeocello, India Arie, Jill Scott and more.....

Inspire, Motivate, Uplift, Prosper in 2014 and beyond!

The 70's and 80's Era produced many of the greatest and extremely talented artists and musicians of that decade.  The 90's and beyond continued to be bring about a good collection of music, and although much has changed in terms of the artists themselves, the tsunami of music videos and auto-tuning, great music is still being made;  but then you have those artists who sort of fly under the radar or stay low key while still producing great songs, so when I first heard the music of Me"Shell Ndegeocello years ago, I wondered if she would come and go as so many have done and still do, or would she soar on the music charts become mainstream, and a "household name" type of artist. Fortunately she and many others did neither.  Many artists when they become "branded" by the industry, they lose that sense of connection to their fans and eventually their own souls.

It is one thing to be in the industry, and draw a audience of people looking for party music or just something that sounds good, or be the next pretty face on a CD cover, but then there is that audience
and music lover who is looking for a message or inspiration.  Not an easy task, because it is hard to sing like a poet and get people to truly understand the message while enjoying the music.  Jill Scott, Ledisi, Alicia Keys, India Arie, and Me'Shell Ndegeocello all come to mind when I think about inspirational, motivating songs.  I consider them all very unique in their craft, because although collectively, many of their songs are upbeat, and lively, what stands out most for me, are that individually, the songs each artist perform, is speaking directly to you, me or someone you and I know, who perhaps may be, in love, dealing with a breakup, the lost of a friend or loved one, struggling with depression, or needing motivation to make some hard choices; whatever the need, there is a song for it somewhere, but not every artist can deliver that message as poetically as these ladies can. I consider them in a distinct group all their own, along with so many other poetic artists, male and female.

As the year 2013 comes to a close, think about a song that enlightened, inspired, and motivated you and put a much needed smile on your face as we enter a new year, with what I hope will be the best that is yet to come...A few songs by some of my favorite female vocal artists are below....Enjoy and Happy New Year! 

Feel free to comment about your favorite artists and songs! I may feature he or she on a future blog post!

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