To inspire. To motivate. To educate.
And she says she needs more than a friend
That’s all I ever been yo
Well one day you gon’ overstand yo badu
And I remember the first time that we met yo
How could I forget
When you smiled
And I turned and said to you
Yo, your pure and true
These lyrics formed the beginning of one of the most beautiful, purest, authentic songs I’ve ever listened to.
It was a mundane, Sunday evening, when I discovered the beauty embedded in this harmonious tune. Upon searching You tube for a tune to add some sparkle to the monotony of my revision process, I stumbled upon the beauty that is ‘in love with you.’
I often listen to music for the sake of listening. Jazz, in particular is one of my best friends. However, whilst listening to this song, I absorbed everything that constructed it. It wasn’t solely an effortless, vicarious, listeniong experience; instead I felt as though I was within the song itself. Gliding along with the lyrics, the undertones, the guitar bass, the solos and the general collaboration.
The contrast between Erykah’s smooth, soulful, seductive, drip-drop sound and Marley’s gruff, deep, nonchalant tune actually proved very effective. As against either overpowering the other, both sounds fused together in a very creative, humble, equal way.
Erykah Badu has always been a legend of mine, but this discovery gave her more credibility in my list of all-time greats.
For a chilled, relaxing experience, I would recommend this tune. Play it at a low drone, whilst engaging in some other leisure activity.