For some reason, I always hesistate before update my status via Facebook or Twitter. For instance, the other day my sister and I splurged and bought Pizza Pockets. For those of you who don’t know what that is, picture a Calzone that half the size and three times the sodium. I haven’t had a Pizza Pocket since pre-2000, so it was a nostalgic treat. Afterwards, I was thinking, “Should I change my Facebook status to “I just ate two pizza pockets?”. For some reason, at that moment, it just seemed like a self-absorbed move to me. Why is it so important for those in my Facebook network to know that I ate a pizza pocket? While there are mine workers trapped underground in Chile, talking about eating Pizza Pockets didn’t seem right. My 1000+ Facebook friends who see me in their News Feed don’t have to know what I just ate, especially if I’m eating something that is as high in calories as Pizza pockets.
After thinking all this over, I got distracted by something on Tv, and that was the end of that.
So in this blog, I am not just telling you random things that are happening in my life. I’m not going to tell you where I am, what I’m wearing or what I’m watching. Maybe that’s a little old school of me, but that’s alright. With this blog, I want to share what’s going on with me and my journey with music and life. I want to do this, because I know that there are musicians out there trying to make it like me. I want them to be inspired by what I discover, and I want to be inspired by what you discover as well. So with that, BLOG#1:
So…I was surfing the web when I should be working and I came across a Wikipedia page on songwriter Lauren Evans. Turns out, that Lauren has the career of my dreams.
She wrote for Jordin Sparks, Vanessa Williams and more, she wrote for movies (Fighting Temptaions), Disney Tv shows/musicals (That’s So Raven, High School Musical), as well as for Gospel artists (She wrote an penned the song “Didn’t I?” off of the Prince of Egpyt Insprirational soundtrack; under the psedonym “CHRISTIAN”). What’s cool is, she’s black like me and a young adult like me.
It was nice little inspirational boost, that is another step on my own journey.
You see, my artistry is changing…the music that is coming out of me is different than before. I am attempting to go in deeper with my lyrics; and more simplistic in my arrangements and chord choices. I’m leaning off of the Jill Scott and India.Arie, and getting more into Brooke Fraser and Audrey Assad. It’s not at all a “black music”/”white music” generalization. It’s a style of composing and purpose that is drawing me to the more “singer-songwriter” style (I’ve learned recently that singer-songwriter is a genre of music, ie. Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan ).
I want to sing simply, yet poignantly, not to show off my voice but to clearly portray what I want to say. I want that certain ethereal quality to my music. I want piano to be the main instrument, which you don’t hear a lot in R&B music.
I also want the backbeat that makes you want to nod your head to the music. As well as bass lines that are just as memorable as the melody.
Is it possible? To sing in the style of Sara McLaughlin and yet still have a groove similar to Erykah Badu? Well, I’m gonna find out.
If I don’t, I gonna suffer a bad case of musical identity crisis.