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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Lyrics to groove to

So I’m listening to the first strains of a song called "Must Be Nice" which features a smooth guitar intro joined by a gravely yet plaintive voice pining for that special someone. The music has a nice soft groove, reminiscent of the soul ballads of the 70s. I can close my eyes and go back in time when music meant something. But then I really listen to the lyrics and am jolted out of my nostalgia. The words clash with the purity of the melody, stealing my groove:

Must be nice
Having someone who understands the life you live
Must be nice
Having someone who's slow to take and quick to give
Must be nice
Having someone who sticks around when the rough times get thick
someone who's smile is bright enough to make the projects feel like a mansion
Must be nice
Having someone who loves you despite your faults
Must be nice
Having someone who talks the talk but also walks the walk
Must be nice
Having someone who understands that a thug has feelings too
someone who loves you for sho'
you just remember to never let 'em go

Even when your hustling days are gone
She'll be by your side still holding on
Even when those 20's stop spinning
and all those gold-digging women disappear
she'll still be here

I don’t know. Maybe, I’ve grown too old. “A thug has feelings too…” “When your hustling days are gone…” So beautifully poetic. OK, let me cut the sarcasm ‘cause at least the brother sings, a skill woefully underutilized in today's music. And there's not a rap lyric on this cut, which I appreciate.

BTW, the artist’s name is Lyfe Jennings, and he actually did serve time in prison for an arson-related crime. But since his release, he’s played the Apollo to much fanfare, cut a CD, and has a video making the rounds, so I can’t be mad at someone who seems to be taking a step in the right direction. And he’s probably singing what he knows, which is fair game. Still, that soul-moving melody deserves some better lyrics, at least in my opinion.

Thank goodness for those neo-soul artists who know how to bring it on home: Jill Scott, Musiq, Kindred and the Family Soul, Floetry, Anthony Hamilton, Dwele…and the list is growing...thankfully.

Still, when "Must Be Nice" plays on the radio, I don't turn away. Just something about that music...

Sharon Cullars Coffee Talk at 11/30/2005 06:42:00 AM Permanent Link     | | Home


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