I’m back again with another 5 songs currently playing in my ear, presented in no particular order from FKA Twigs to Enny. Enjoy and let me know if you have a fave among them.
Rediscovered: FKA Twig, Sia, John Mayer
I’m sure all of ya’ll heard about the scrap up a couple of weeks ago in the celebrity media regarding FKA Twigs suing her ex-boyfriend Shia LaBeouf for physical and emotional abuse (can’t say I’m surprised due his past misdeeds). And Sia, who collaborated with Shia on the video having some choice words about him after she revealed she had a past sexual relationship with him (now,I didn’t see that one coming). All very unfortunate. But it did remind me of two songs I loved in support of these women:
‘Two weeks‘/FKA Twigs
“My thighs are apart for when you’re ready to breathe in”
It did remind me of my favorite song of FKA Twigs and ‘Two weeks’, the sexiness of the song, the video, and all of her subsequent performances. I was really bummed that I missed FKA Twigs seeing her in concert at Afropunk Atlanta; she’s still on my must see concert list.
Sia is a fave of mine (her song ‘Breathe Me’ is incredible and was used to highlight what I would say is the best TV series finale of all time). I know some people had some issues with this music video but I loved (and still love – even with Shia) how everything comes together; for me it tells the story of the battles and interactions between our different senses of ‘self’ throughout the our lifetime of experiences and trauma, which often leave us stipped down and bare:
‘Falling slowly‘/Cast of Once Broadway
“I don’t know you but I want you; all the more for that”
It was the song that I fell in love with over a decade go by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the soundtrack of the film Once (the Irish romantic musical drama about two musicians in Dublin who write, rehearse, and record songs as they fall in love).
The song was played everywhere, won an Oscar and solidified itself in love ballard history. I’ve revisited this song through the years; the music, lyrics, composition, instrumentation are so lovely. I had plans on going to see the Once musical on Broadway, but it never happened (I also wanted to support the Mother from How I Met Your Mother; I will never forget how the show did her wrong!). If you were to ask me to make a list of my top 50 favorite songs of all time, it would make that list.
What but it back on my radar recently? Shortly after Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan broke up; I started following Jenna’s IG (call it unusual curiosity on why this seemingly happy Hollywood couple called it quits because I never paid attention to the chick a day in my life before). Last year, I became all enthralled with her current (fine ass) man Steve Kazee and his (hot) salt & pepper scruff.
A few weeks ago, he posted a Zoom reunion performance of the cast of Once to support a broadway actor fund. He was the one that was the lead in Once Broadway (and won a Tony for the role). Now I’m doubling mad I missed seeing it all those years ago.
Just look how cute he was even back then (it’s his singing faces for me):
‘Heartbreak warfare‘/John Mayer
“I swear to God we will get it right if you lay your weapon down“
I’ve always been a huge fan of John Mayer’s music; I really dig is blue-sy soft rock vibe, and I think he’s an incredible songwriter. He has a connection to the Atlanta music scene and the grind of local club gigs that I’ve always appreciated and had respect for him for.
I parted ways with fanning though a decade ago when he had that infamous Playboy interview, and I got a look inside of brain (yikes!). For me, it was akin to meeting someone you idolized for so long out on the street and finding out they are sort of a d*ck. In his ramblings he said things I found to be offense l to his black female fans so I took a step back from him and his music for awhile. He apologized, retreated from the public for awhile and seemed to have gotten himself together as he has gotten older.
It was 10 years ago and I’ve made peace with it and last week I rediscovered some of his old music that I loved. They have been playing on a loop ever since. I might have to now check out some of his recent albums…
New discovery: Enny
‘Peng black girls‘/Enny
“I’ve got the camera my girls are posing; I need some back up then my ones are rolling”
I had never of the Black British MC Enny until recently when a friend put me on to her recently so I’m still learning what I need to know. Enny’s song ‘Peng black girls’ is my currently female power anthem. If you haven’t heard of Enny, get familar:
Do you have a fave from this list? What songs do you currently have on repeat?
Check out the past volume: 5 Songs on Repeat (Vol. 1): Emily King to Nina Simone