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FADE TO BLACK 1: Macy Gray

Posted in Fade To Black with tags , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by joelle blackstarr

macy_gray-04If ever there was a woman whose beauty was underrated, Macy Gray would certainly qualify.  While others spent countless hours drooling over the fabulous B.K. (now Mrs. B.K. Carter), my joy came from the sensuality which emanated from Ms Gray.  They say that as you reach the top, the air gets thinner, making it difficult to breathe, but, that is one mountain that I would climb each and every day!  That is one BIG, BAD, b . . . woman!  Beauty aside, I have loved the sound of her scratchy voice with each new song that hit the airwaves.  Beyond both beauty and musical ability is her inimitable way with song lyrics.  I can cite the Beatles, The Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, and many others as living proof that there was some type of mind-enhancement going on back in the day.  I can’t say for certain that Ms Gray has been a partaker of the goods, but, if she hasn’t been, then, perhaps she is a tad bit touched.   On the other hand, it could very well be that she is just that great a lyricist.  Nonetheless, her lyrics have been something from another dimension altogether.

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“Here in this moment to myself,

I’m gonna vibe with no one else”,

which comes from A Moment To Myself, (from her debut offering How Life Is – 1999), is typical of the “nonsensical” lyrics that she has scribed.  As much as I loved that song, the ultimate example of the weirdness of her poetry (and one of my favorites) is Do Something:

” . . . that was just a dream I had,

last night in my bubble bath,

next to my wishing well”.

Macy!  Whatup wit dat??  I wouldn’t even attempt to decipher the depths of those words.  As the years went by, the music just got better and better.  Even given my love for her beauty and sensuality, I nearly missed a song entitled “She Ain’t Right For You” from The Trouble With Being Myself (2003).  It is a typical siren song, lamenting the loss of one’s greatest love, in which she begs her lover to take her back.  Then, I saw the video for that very same song:  humina, humina, humina!!!

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As she fades to black, I reiterate – that’s is one mountain that I would climb each and every day!  Peace.

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