First off, I want to say something really important here. I am BLOWN AWAY by the response to my last blog post. I am so sincerely touched by all of it. The feelings and stories that you all shared with me were so remarkable. I have never been more thrilled to have this blog because it opened up such an important conversation and got so many people thinking. Thank you to everyone who responded and thank you to those who posted about the blog on various websites, twitter accounts, etc. That kind of response was truly the last thing I expected when I wrote the blog. I am so happy that it created a discussion.
I now feel like I have to write profound, passionate blog entries every time I post! :) The truth is you'll probably get a lot of "Funny" blog entries with SNL clips attached and quick updates about what's happening in my life. However, I have realized just how much a simple blog entry can say. I will most certainly make an effort to post my feelings on here about important issues if something strikes a chord in me like the boy being bullied that day did.
Thank you again for your stories and for your thoughts. I cannot say that enough.
Now...on a completely different note...
Tonight is sort of like Christmas Eve for me. As many of you know, I get a little obsessed with music and become a crazy fanboy over certain artists. Music is my greatest love and when I feel like there is something great on the rise, it's like santa clause is real. Tomorrow Janelle Monae releases her first full length album, "The ArchAndroid."
When I first discovered Janelle Monae I posted about her on here immediately. I have mentioned her non-stop on my twitter and I have fallen deeply in love with the music she creates.
Janelle is a bold and beautiful artist. She's doing incredible things with music and I could not be more in love with her. Her sound could not be more brilliantly eclectic and daring. She's having a blast with what she is doing and she isn't afraid to throw anything at the wall. She is a perfect mix of everything that I love. She writes brilliantly, she has a frighteningly soulful voice, and she plays around with every beautiful little idea that pops into her head.
Yes, I'm in love. So I'm a bit biased. I guess anyone who creates a concept album inspired by Metropolis (a 1927 expressionist film by Fritz Lang that changed film completely) wins me over. Even her recent collaboration with B.o.B on his fantastic cover of "The Kids," blew me away. Her voice comes in and melts me. The only way I know how to describe Janelle's voice is that it's Judy Garland mixed with Lauryn Hill...I mean...How could I not love this woman?
I get excited about musicians that create from their gut. I love music when it's bold and free and when I feel like the artist has had the time of their life creating it. Or at least has had the need to create it. It's inspiring! It makes me want to get up and do the same.
Buy her album. I understand that it may not be right up everyone's alley but I think it's remarkable work regardless. I can't wait to have a solid copy in my hands tomorrow! Make sure you pick up her first concept EP "Metropolis" as well. INCREDIBLE stuff.
LA Times Review
Video of "Tightrope"