Crush Groovin’: Aaliyah

aaliyah-aaliyahAugust 25, 2001: the day the R&B music world lost the young Aaliyah Dana Haughton. Rather than recalling where I was, what I was doing, and how her passing affected me 12 years ago, I’d like to focus on remembering her beauty and music.

Aaliyah is the third woman I’ve ever had a girl crush on. (Cindy Herron of EnVogue and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins were the first two respectively in case you were wondering. If not, then disregard those names because I’m supposed to be talking about Aaliyah, right?)aaliyah-haughton I specifically remember when I first saw her on television. The station? BET. The song? Back and Forth. And I’ve liked the woman ever since. But it wasn’t until the release of the One in a Million LP album that I was completely sold on being one of her supporters.

aaliyahShe was attractive, could dance (wasn’t she smooth?), and pioneered the shift in what R&B music sounded like in the late 90s thanks to the help of Timbaland and Missy Elliott et. al.

Till this day, I still miss everything about her. I miss seeing the tiny woman on my television. And I don’t care what anyone says: no matter how much the likes of Chris Brown and Drake try to incorporate her voice into their music and revive her with those ridiculous holograms, it will never be the same as having her presence in the world again.

aaliyahhaughtonThe music industry lost a special talent–a talent that was evolving and adhexpanding beyond music. But thankfully her fans and supporters can continue to keep her spirit alive through song, videos, interviews, and even her movies. (Curse Hollywood for not letting her kiss Jet Li, though! That was way off topic, I know.)

Rest in peace, “Baby Girl.” Gone but far, far from forgotten . . . .



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Music Monday: Labrinth Asks You to Show What’s ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’

“You’ve built your walls so high that no one could climb it, but I’m gonna try . . . “

Talk about pursuing the heart of your interest!

Emeli Sandé I’d heard of before (by the way, doesn’t she look striking in the music video below?), but I’d never heard of Labrinth. That is until one evening when I happened to walk past the television and his video was playing. His soulful voice and the gorgeous Emeli Sandé immediately arrested my attention.

Maybe it is because I tend to build walls around myself to keep others out, but Beneath Your Beautiful has a way of convicting the listener who is guilty of doing exactly what the lyrics describe. When some of us have been hurt, naturally we form invisible walls to protect ourselves from repeating the same offense in letting people get too close who don’t deserve having us in their life. On the converse, there are some of us who force ourselves to wear smiles on our faces when truthfully we’re unhappy and broken underneath the façade.

It takes someone like Labrinth to show that not everyone is out to hurt you or there to cause you pain and that love can be a wonderful emotion if you only let someone see Beneath Your Beautiful. Great singers. Great lyrics.

I. Love. This. Song.

(On another note: Is it me or does it seem like English singers are dominating with better music and singing once more like they did in the 80s? Just a thought.)