For the past week I’ve been having this overwhelming feeling of happiness and bliss, a feeling that I haven’t felt in a long time, a feeling that I’ve only reserved for people that I love or have loved in the past. I’ve been acting and feeling like a smitten school girl, who has a case of puppy love. I have easily come out and expressed my feelings to my friends and to the Twitter world, but I don’t think anybody understands… When I say, “I’m in love,” I’m referencing music.
I’ve always loved music, ever since I was a young child and my father introduced several different forms of it to me. He used to blast Reggae Gold 95, anything from Phil Collins, U2, The Temptations, Will Smith (“Summertime” Will), Heavy D and The Boys, Public Enemy and more, all on cassette tape (remember those?) when we used to take random adventures around the city in his truck and road trips with my mother and my aunts and uncles up and down the east coast. On the way to elementary school, I remember hearing Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s, “Nuthin’ But A G Thang”, at the age of 5 or 6, while listening to the local rap station Power 92, and I still consider that to be the first rap song I’ve ever heard. My mother and my aunts introduced me to neo-soul music thru Erykah Badu (who I absolutely adore), while they blasted her Live Baduizm album as much as possible. My mother always reminds me that I stole all of her Neo-Soul albums from her, starting with Erykah, to Jill Scott, to Maxwell, to India Arie, Anthony Hamilton. From cassette tapes, to CD’s, to Napster, to Rhapsody, and now to iTunes, I’ve had my hand in it all and I owe it to my parents for allowing me to listen to what I wanted, when I wanted to. I thank them for passing music on to me.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve allowed the Internet to become my best friend in my quest to find music, thru songs and albums. I became a Nas/Erykah Badu/Teedra Moses/Donny Hathaway/Destiny’s Child/Aaliyah/Jay-Z/Alicia Keys/Lauryn Hill/D’Angelo/Jill Scott/Mary J. Blige/Lil’ Kim/Biggie/Frank Ocean/Big K.R.I.T./Adele/Maroon 5/Damian Marley stan, listening to their albums and songs in full on my own accord. I used to sit at home after school during high school, and literally search and listen to music for hours, and I still do the same to this day, when I can. I’ve always loved music.
Nonetheless, over this past week, the feeling that I have for music has developed into more than just love, I’ve fallen IN LOVE with it (again?). Frank Ocean’s album, Nostalgia, ultra. made me do it… The Weeknd’s album, House of Balloons, made me feel it… and then Big K.R.I.T’s album, Return of 4Eva dropped… O_O <== Heart Attack Face. Of course this is just a short list of what has made these feelings transpire but WOW. If this is what music is going to be like from here on out, I can’t complain. NOTHING has died, music has transformed, like it has always done, into something bigger than before.
I’m in love with music, and I don’t think these feelings will change anytime soon. ♥
Download Frank Ocean’s, Nostalgia, ultra., The Weeknd’s, House of Balloons, and Big K.R.I.T.’s album, Return of 4Eva below (If you don’t already have them - CLICK PHOTOS TO DOWNLOAD).