Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Back and Forth” (Aaliyah)

Before the controversy about R. Kelly and alleged underage marriages, before Dame Dash, before Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned, and before the tragedy that saddened the world–Aaliyah was a fly Detroit girl whose debut single gave me my first Friday feel-good tune. I had no girls to pick up (I was 12), I had noContinue reading “Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Back and Forth” (Aaliyah)”

The Best R&B You Probably Never Heard in 2013

A few weeks, back, I wrote about the comatose state of R&B music these days. It was lucky enough to be Freshly Pressed, which inspired a dynamic conversation in the comments section about the evolution of R&B in particular and music in general. I gained a broader perspective discussing and thinking more about the topic.  MyContinue reading “The Best R&B You Probably Never Heard in 2013”

Birthdays Was the Worst Days…

Yesterday, to paraphrase Ice Cube, was a good day. My post on why R&B is pulling a Sleeping Beauty act was picked for a Freshly Pressed spotlight. (If you stumbled upon my humble little blog due to my WordPress mention, welcome!) I’ve had a great time interacting with people commenting as passionately as me aboutContinue reading “Birthdays Was the Worst Days…”

R&B Isn’t Dead, But It’s Comatose

Watching Good Morning America last week, I saw and Kelly Clarkson announce the American Music Award nominees for 2013. I should not have been surprised when head shots of Miguel, Robin Thicke, and Justin Timberlake popped up on the screen. But I was, and I tried to shrug the unnameable disappointment off. R&B/soul is my favoriteContinue reading “R&B Isn’t Dead, But It’s Comatose”