my remincense about Jody Watley's great Affairs Of The Heart album is up, and there are more muses from me to come in the next few weeks! So keep the Class of 1991 link bookmarked to keep checking back to hear all the great sounds from a very productive and transitional year in music.
Update 11/19/11: ...and once again the Internet provides the link between artist and fan...Jody Watley has responded to the piece on Affairs Of Heart on her blog, Stylefile (bookmark it!) and what a treat it is to read! For those who haven't scoped out the album, you have to understand how much of a personal tone Jody took on the record and she explains her creative decisions about the record as well as her favorite tracks on it. Plus she also shared little nuggets of word wisdom, like this one:
I don't regret not singing about shaking my ass. There was a lot of pressure at the time for me and I sacrificed the monetary support of my label to continue on my journey as the artist I wanted to become. I'd be lying if I told you I never looked back and asked myself what I was thinking. However, as Oprah would say 'what I know for sure' is that my desire to be authentic to who I am and to not succumb to just getting the cash is inescapable. I am who I am.So a BIG thank you to Jody for reading and responding to the post! And you can continue to read the piece here.
2. Fiddlesticks: One to watch Elle Varner is certainly on the fast track. She performed at Black Girls Rock! a few weeks back, and gave a nice performance of her buzzy 90's summer breezin' single, "Only Wanna Give It To You". She's onto Round 2 with the appropriately titled "Refill". It's not as fluid as her previous single, as Elle's vocals sound a bit strained in places along with choppy tempo changes. Still, the jagged barnyard fiddle mixed with the 808 baseline makes for an intriguing backdrop, and it's one of the most interesting things I've heard all week. Still the best part is when she says: "I feel like the girl that's been at the bar too long---can't stand up." Feel ya, girl, feel ya.
3. Stomp: Here's the third video for The Roots undun video series. You'll watch it. You'll love it. Cause I do. And did I mention it's The Roots? undun is gonna be some kind of amazing when it comes out. I can just feel it....
her Bandcamp page!) and also see her do another rock jam justice (Janis Joplin's "Cry Baby") during a live stint here if you're still not convinced of this lady's skills.