I Prefer Sade to Soda

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.

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3 commentaires sur « I Prefer Sade to Soda »

  1. I think I have shared my love of Sade with you. It stems from the fact that she was the first concert I ever went to. She was amazing and captivating, her voice flawless and you know when she sat down to record a track they didn’t change a thing.

    The second thing that always wow’s me is just the sheer though she puts into the lyrics. The lines are just everlasting, « You’re not the man who would bleed for me », « I’m crying everyone’s tears, and there inside my private war I died the night before », and the new album « I’ve lost the use of my heart but I’m still alive » THere is a truth, a vulnerability in those lyrics, that can encompass any mood. These thoughtful lyrics and the whole wholeheartedness she puts into her songs keeps me waiting every 10 years to see what masterpiece Helen Adu and Sade comes up with.

  2. Hey KB. Yeah I have to say I am amazed at her wordplay. In this new joint « Skin »

    « Now as I begin to wash you off my skin
    I’m gonna peel you away
    ‘Cause you’re not right within »

    Such powerful visuals. I love writers who let us into their world and show us the unique way in which they see something.

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