When I was younger I didn’t listen to much Sade. I always felt her music would put me into too somber a mood……… OK I am being nice – I was a dancer and anything below a certain bpm got no burn from me. Of course I had a tune or 2 of hers on my « slow jam » mix tapes 😉 , but to just casually listen …… not so much. I also didn’t like cranberry juice – too bitter. I much preferred the sweet, carbonated, non-nutritional-value-having taste of soda. We grow up and our tastes change. I don’t drink soda anymore, and I can’t wait for this Sade album.
This video inspired me for so many reasons
1. In a world where teenagers are bringing home best album at the grammy’s – here we have a room full of grown ups making great music. Not old music – just GREAT MUSIC.
2. In the days of people bragging about going into the studio and knocking out an album in a week, and every MC claiming that they don’t write anything down….. these veterans are talking about how you can’t put a deadline on creation, and how they struggle to get it done.
I think sometimes people like to act like – don’t attempt this at home – genius at work, when it is often just hard work at work, with a little bit of genius thrown in (and a team of people that get no credit). As for deadlines, there are different schools of thought. On my album « If These Walls Could Talk, » while writing the title track, I got stuck on the last verse for months. That may seem a bit extreme, but my logic is, « If this song is a hit, do I want to have to repeat a verse that I wasn’t fully satisfied with for the rest of my life? » Even if it’s not a hit – every word has purpose to me.
3. In one scene, Sade holds up a stack of papers that will eventually become a song. I wasn’t sure if this process was unique to myself — I will write pages and pages when inspired, and then have to whittle it down to it’s final form. That cutting room floor is where a lot of the magic happens. How do you condense a subject of depth into 3 mins, and not lose the point? I imagine the entire marble slab used in the creation of Michelangelo’s « David » was the same consistency, but it was only the marble that was left after the process that created his final masterpiece.
I am really looking forward to this album and I appreciate this window into her process. Very inspiring.