Crush Groovin’: Chrisette Michele

This one is fairly new . . .

She so purrty!

She so purrty!

I remember when this tatted-up angel released her first single a couple of years ago. The problem is, I don’t recall the name of the debut song. Shame, I know.

About around the time when she released Epiphany, her second album, I started taking notice of her artistry. Epiphany (I’m Leaving) was the song that managed to grab my attention. But it wasn’t until Better, her current album, when I actually saw her as a force to be reckoned with in the universe of R&B and neo-soul divas.

A friend of mine was generous enough to take me to see Chrisette Michele perform here in Birmingham for my birthday months ago. I was extremely tired and wanted to rest up because it was exactly the day after my sister’s wedding (which I’m just now reverting back to a sense of normalcy from that time); of course, I couldn’t resist the offer. Thankfully my friend made sure I didn’t miss out on seeing the intimate performance or else I wouldn’t have witnessed the beautiful spirit that emits from this paragon of [equally] outer and inner beauty. Her voice is soothing to the soul. Her gentle spirit is conspicuous in her interactions with fans. She’s also found love in one of the baddest, hottest guitarist of today and it shows not only in her expressions but also in her creativity.

I like your style!

I like your style!

Chrisette Michele: my most recent girl crush. Not only is she gorgeous, but she’s spiritually wise, too. Just the kind of woman I admire.

*k*

A Couple of Forevers featuring her beau as the male lead:


photo credits:
http://www.thisisrnb.com
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Music Monday: BT Says It Every Other Way

Crazy how certain songs can create memories: some good . . . some unwanted.

Every_Other_Way_Single

If you were to ask me about my musical influences, Brian Transeau’s name would automatically come to mind. Known as BT, he is to EDM what Prince is to funk and R&B–each one a musical genius with a brilliant mind.

BT’s music tends to help me escape mentally. I always find myself getting lost in it. Many of his productions require earphones or else the listener will miss the beautiful intricacies he often arranges in his music. Without earphones, such intricacies cannot be heard. I highly recommend it.

I’ve been listening to his music for 13 years now, and while I can’t mention every song that I listen to repeatedly without ever tiring of each one–from hip hop to classical scores–I will mention the very one that changed how I view love.

Taken from 2009/2010’s digital album, These Hopeful Machines, and featuring Motorcycle’s front woman, Jes (who is actively a solo artist), Every Other Way is probably the only song that manages to stir up intense emotions within me. EOW was a song I often listened to during a dark time in my life–a time when I was involved in an unrequited love. And because of that time, the song will forever be associated with that person. There were many nights during that time when I would take the scenic route home while listening to this song and I would reflect on the things I wanted to express but couldn’t. After awhile, I had to stop listening to it altogether when I decided to cut ties with the guy. Even when I wanted to play it I couldn’t. Until recently, I’m able to listen to it without its intensity affecting me as before.

To my knowledge, I am the only black person I know who primarily listens to EDM over any other genre of music. JesBTDeloreanSo I know it is a fact when I say when it comes to electronic dance music and chillout, album versions are always the best . . . always, no contest. And while I could add the post-worthy music video to this entry, the four-minute version of the MV doesn’t give the song justice compared to the nine-minute album version. Although, any music video where a DeLorean makes an appearance is worth posting. But I’ll settle for a screencap.

I’ve always likened each section of the song to the natural act of love, from beginning-to-end (you’ll have to use your imagination). Yes, there are sections, which include six different drum/beat patterns in the composition; maybe more than that. Aside from the lyrics, I wanted to give the link for the actual song, too. It’s just sad that the YT video ends right before the awesome drum solo of the album version. Seriously, it’s the kind of drum solo that mandates unashamed, uninhibited air-drumming. And yes, I’m guilty of air-drumming to my little heart’s desire.

Jes’ voice is both purely angelic and sentimental. BT’s placement of various instruments and the overall production proves why his prowess as a producer, composer, singer, writer, and pioneer should not go unnoticed. (Side note: I had the pleasure of seeing him DJ for a club in Atlanta. One of THE most unforgettable nights for Opera during that summer.)

Listening to EOW, I’m reminded of the thought-processes of musicians when they first get an idea for a song–it all starts in the mind. BT’s mind must’ve exploded when he thought to create all of the minute details throughout. Only intellects can create something so transcendental.

*k*

Every Other Way (from These Hopeful Machines)
by B.T. featuring Jes

Is it strained when I call you
Or do you think that I might forget
Oh your love is radiating
The farther away I go
I go

Is it strained when I call you
Or do you think that I might forget
Oh your love is radiating
The farther away I go
I go

Go

Love

Do you count on me now
And do you wait up for me all night
I wish I could run
To you when you need me
You know I can’t be far
For long

Heart don’t fail me now
‘Cause there’s no time to waste
Don’t shut me out
We shouldn’t wait another day
I’ve searched for you
On my heart’s high-speed chase

Hear me out
May be the only chance to say
Hold me now
I’ve said it every other way

And these tears I’ve cried
Another moment’s gone to waste
I’ve searched for you

I’ve said it every other way

Heart don’t fail me now
‘Cause there’s no time to waste
Don’t shut me out
We shouldn’t wait another day
I’ve searched for you
On my heart’s high-speed chase

Hear me out
May be the only chance to say
Hold me now
I’ve said it every other way

Heart don’t fail me now
‘Cause there’s no time to waste
Don’t shut me out
We shouldn’t wait another day
I’ve searched for you
On my heart’s high-speed chase

Hear me out
May be the only chance to say
Hold me now
I’ve said it every other way