Sunday, July 02, 2006

Picks Of The Week #27

Lyrics Of The Week

I'm so hooked on this song right now. The beats, the hooks, the vocals, and the fact that it presented to me a much more youthful India Arie. The lyrics are meaningful, too, yeah it tries to teach you things but not in a preachy way. Read it below:

I Am Not My Hair
India Arie

Little girl with the press and curl
Age eight I got a Jheri curl
Thirteen I got a relaxer
I was a source of so much laughter
At fifteen when it all broke off
Eighteen and went all natural
February two thousand and two
I went and did
What I had to do
Because it was time to change my life
To become the women that I am inside
Ninety-seven dreadlock all gone
I looked in the mirror
For the first time and saw that hey....

I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within

Good hair means curls and waves
Bad hair means you look like a slave
At the turn of the century
Its time for us to redefine who we be
You can shave it off
Like a South African beauty
Or get in on lock
Like Bob Marley
You can rock it straight
Like Oprah Winfrey
If its not what's on your head
Its what's underneath and say hey...

I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within

Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person?
Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend? Oooh
Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?
I am expressing my creativity..

Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy
Took away her crown and glory
She promised God if she was to survive
She would enjoy everyday of her life ooh
On national television
Her diamond eyes are sparkling
Bald headed like a full moon shining
Singing out to the whole wide world like hey...

I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within



Download This!

Nelly Furtado feat. Chris Martin/ All Good Things (Come To An End)

Brought to you because EMI didn't act fast enough to pull off the early Japanese releases. Actually I don't get why EMI wouldn't want to release this. It's for sure not because Chris sounded too 'rocky'. He actually sounded more R&B, though. But he wasn't featured much, more like backing vocals. Still, it's a decent midtempo song and I prefer this version to the album version without Chris. You can download it here in all of its raw glory, you can even hear Chris and Nelly talking and laughing before and after the song.

Download: Nelly Furtado feat. Chris Martin - All Good Things (Come To An End)


Flashback

Skye/ Love Show

I had no idea this ex-Morcheeba vocalist just launched her solo career til one day I caught her music video on tv. Turned out she got an album released since February. This song still has an electronic, chilled-out feel to it like back in the Morcheeba days, but also more of a r&n/soul vibe. Lovely song for summer nights.

Download: Skye - Love Show


Music Video Of The Week

Christina Aguilera/ Ain't No Other Man

Yay, brand new music video from Christina. Suddenly her comeback now is bigger than ever since her Mickey Mouse Club fellow is currently drowning in housework and the anticipation of her second baby, while her hubby's popozaoing his way to a crappy music career (okay, I'm just finding excuse to talk about that jaw-dropping Bazaar cover...you know the one...the 'EWWW!' one)
Okay, back on track. This video was directed by Bryan Barber, who also directed Outkast's 'Hey Ya' and their upcoming movie. It featured Christina posing as Baby Jane. It was a proper pop video in an old school setting: lots of dressing-up playing and dancing around. Kinda boring, but fun to watch. Watch out for the outro, way retrolicious.



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