Imagine my surprise when my sweetie told me that he had tickets for me and a friend to go see Erykah Badu.
Erykah Badu is easily in my top 3 list of favorite artists. I’ve been a fan since “On & On.” It was because of her that I started rocking an “Ankh” necklace in High School and alongside Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation, India Arie’s Acoustic Soul and Outkast’s Stankonia – she pretty much shaped my life. I was listening to Mama’s Gun when I cut off all my hair to start my locs 10 years ago – more specifically “no you won’t be naming no buildings after me… to go down dilapidated,” and Bag Lady helped me let go of a lot of emotional baggage. The two hip hop classics “The Light” and “Come Close” inspired by her helped me to figure out what true love was about and I’ve always admired her vulnerable strength… her voodoo magic… her afrocentricity.
SO… HOW WAS THE SHOW? I thought you’d never ask.
1. We were on the floor, very close to the stage.
2. We knew a member of the Cannabinoids, and it was cool watching him do his thing.
3. She did ALL my favorite songs… “Recovering Undercover Overlover,” “Bag Lady,” “Window Seat,” “Other Side of the Game.”
4. She can really SING! Music comes from deep inside of her soul.
5. Her clothing was FLY and so was her hair. She had on these gold cuff things, cute skinny pants & a T-Shirt, that she put under a cute coat. She was rocking her Pocahantas braids.
6. She believes in the power of music to transform space. She opened her show with “it’s bigger than religion HIP HOP… it’s bigger than my nigga (she didn’t actually say the words which was interesting) HIP HOP… it’s bigger than the Government.”
7. She took us to church singing about daylight and brighter days and how if we believe in brighter days, there will be brighter days.
8. She did several old school hip hop songs during her “Love of My Life” segment and MURDERED “Apple Tree” which she set to the old school classic “Planet Rock” it sounded something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ6EigUFV2A
9. She went over her time and didn’t care about it. She was very sensitive to her audience and she knew that we needed more.
10. My best friend and I danced together and sang together. It was an amazing experience to share the concert with someone who is just as much of an Erykah Badu fan as I.
P.S. The name of my blog comes from a line in her song “Analog Girl In A Digital World.” The line captures so much of who I am. I’ve always been “wise beyond my years,” always described as an “old soul,” yet I understand this “digital” world that we are in. One of these days I’m going to have to do a breakdown on why I chose to call my blog “Analog Girl in a Digital World,” but shout out to Erykah for giving me the words to help me define myself!
P.S.S. I will post pics of me and my best friend at the concert sometime this week.
P.S.S.S. Follow her on twitter – @fatbellybella. I love her tweets!