Hello there good people! It’s been entirely too long since I’ve done a Feature Fridays post, but I knew I couldn’t come back with it until I had something that struck me to my core to write about. Well, you and I both are in luck, because I heard a song about a week ago that I literally CANNOT stop listening to. If I love a song, I’ll keep it on constant repeat, and this song is no exception to that rule. The song that I am newly in love with would be “Ah Yeah” by the Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele on vocals.
From the very first time I heard it (on Keyknow’s “Bulletproof Soul” mix found on SoulBounce), I completely fell in love. Every single thing about this song had and still has me intrigued. The groove of the beat, the mellow keyboards, the poignant and perfectly executed lyrics…I was obsessed with the song from the first time I heard it. Very rarely do I call a song perfect, but this song is complete and absolute perfection. For the first time in a while, I saw a song in color, and this song has a radiant hue of orange and a deep purple surrounding it – almost reminiscent of the kind of sunrise that reminds you why you’re grateful and thankful to be alive.
The music and the lyrics seamlessly sync with one another. Musiq and Chrisette sing about love, but in a different way. One of the lines is “I’ve learned/in this life/you’ve gotta be with someone you like…” How often is it that we focus on finding someone to love rather than someone we like? I feel like that’s so important nowadays, because love doesn’t really sustain relationships for the long haul; you’ve actually got to like the person you’re dealing with to get past some of the trials and tribulations you’re sure to face in your relationship. Luckily, the video above shows all of the lyrics, so I was able to see exactly what they were saying, and to see why I relate to the song so much. It’s like they put into song form what I hope my next relationship will be like.
I feel like the late kid in class since I’m just really finding out about the Robert Glasper Experiment, but…it’s better to be late than to never find out. I am a true fan now, and I cannot wait for the next album, “Black Radio,” to come out on February 28. I am definitely going to pre-order a copy, and I will definitely be checking them out whenever they come to or near DC. I hope you all will check them out as well!
Until next time, folks!