Food for the soul…

13 May

I was reading an article by my girl crush, Chimamanda Adichie and the discussion prompted me to write an article which I have started and hopefully, will finish at some point. However, I got distracted by something entirely different.

Like every human being, I have interests and some days I just wake up with a serious need to explore one of these interests (**rolling eyes** Okay, you can take your mind out of the gutters at this point, it isn’t what you think and yes, I realize how wrong this sounds **laughing**).  Anyways, so this morning I woke up with the need for music. Good music!!!!

I am a music lover. I listen to almost all genres of music (unfortunately, I sing terribly) and I don’t think anyone could ever describe music better than Shakespeare, who implied that music is food for the soul. I don’t know about everyone, but for me, music is one of the few things that can make me feel my heart. It strikes a chord with my soul and can bring me fastest to tears than anything. I enjoy rhythms almost as much as I love to listen to the lyrics of songs, so I guess you can say my favourite genres are soft rock and soul; the combination of a clear and strong rhythm as well as powerful lyrics can send me on an emotional roller-coaster. I love most of Sarah Mclachlan songs and if you know her songs, by now I guess you have figured that I also love sad songs (yes, I am one of those sad people). I have spent plenty of time today listening to almost every song be Colton Dixon and Sara Groves, they are both gospel musicians and are very good (at least, to me they are). I can write a lengthy essay on every song I like and why I like it, but that’s not the sole purpose of this post and I will most probably bore you, so I will move on to what prompted this post.

A friend of mine and I have been contemplating trying something out (sorry, can’t share just yet) and this eventually led me to visit the websites of some Nigerian celebrities. While looking at Banky W‘s blog on his website, I ran across the lyrics for a song he had written and it had me looking on Youtube for the song itself, which I lovveeee. According to him, the lyrics was inspired by his thoughts on what legacy he would pass on to his kids when he finally gets around to having them (Not sure what he is waiting for though). Anyways, I really like the lyrics. I think they are honest, thoughtful, passionate and inspiring.  I change my mind and not to sound like Simon Cowell, I don’t like it, I love it. It is the kind of poem I would write for my child too and lessons that I hope they would learn.

I am an old school music lover, mostly because I think presently in the music industry, it is more about performing and less about singing; it is more about the beat and less about the lyrics. As much as I love great beats, I love thoughtful lyrics more. I think the years of songs with great lyrics are almost fading, songs like ‘I Believe’ by ‘Blessed Union of Souls’; passionate, thoughtful, and motivating. It really isn’t just me because most people I have had this conversation with, think so too.  Fading quickly are the years when songs are about a message or deep feelings (whatever kind) as well as the rhythm. These days when you strip songs down to the bone, most often than not, you find nothing. For individuals like me, who love the lyrics as much as the beats, we find ourselves living in the classical times or constantly sieving through the increasing dust. I am not trying to disrespect anyone’s art; I am just expressing my own thoughts aloud. However, it can be arguably said that the economics of life is all about supply meets demand; as such, it doesn’t take a genius to see that in present times, performing sells more, not just in terms of albums and money but also in terms of publicity and fame.  So who am I to complain?

Still, days like this, I am grateful for lyrics like the one I found in Banky W’s blog;  mostly because they motivate a deeper sense and thoughts for me.

I have posted the lyrics to the song here – To My Unborn Child”, so y’all can tell me what you think.

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One response to “Food for the soul…

  1. lunartsd

    May 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

    It’s like you’re in my head or something! Cos I couldn’t agree with you more on your thoughts about music. Of all your posts, this one got me thinking the most. Nothing makes my heart soar higher, than does the sound, or the very thought, of beautiful music. For me, music isn’t just “food for the soul”, it is the very substance of the soul. If you’ve ever had the wonderful experience of playing music, and not just listening to it, you’ll know what I mean. And like you, I cannot accept music below a certain standard. It just won’t move me.

    It’s good to hear that someone else likes sad music other than me. Back in university, I was studying with a friend in his room, and he was playing some of Sade Adu’s music. And while “no ordinary love” was playing, I commented on how much I love Sade’s music, and he nodded in agreement. Then I added that it was because her songs were so sad that I loved them, and he just shook his head in dismay. Can’t remember his exact comment, but it had something to do with him not being surprised, since he knows what kind of weirdo I am. Or something of that nature.

    Anyway, I know there are still a lot of people who cherish deep, substantial music, and who live for the rush of emotions it brings. So we’re not alone in thinking that there’s a lot of inferior music out there that’s overshadowing the efforts of so many talented musicians. Musicians who truly have the power to move people’s hearts and souls, and not just their bodies.


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