Thank GOD I‘m Fine…
Statistics show that the public does not respond well to ugly people in the media or music, unless you’re Susan Boyle [and you see how the wolves couldn’t wait to taste her]. The more pleasing to the eye an artist is the quicker the public rushes to embrace them. We see talented artists pushed under the radar because they don’t fit the mold of industry beauty. On that note, I need to go figure out what I’m going to wear for my show tonight.
We’ve come full circle. I hope tonight is a beautiful for everyone. I’m excited. I do music in a scene that often involves me hearing from venues, ” Um… we don’t usually book soul/funk music”. I can’t help but wonder if it’s my appearance that draws these assessments. Our music is so much more than soul/funk. It’s infused with rock and blues and jazz and hip hop. Alas, I’m not a blue eyed soul singer. I’m just a black woman singing from my heart. We’re just a group of musicians trying to create our own sound and innovate on the music that inspires us. I like to think we can’t be pigeonholed and that’s our niche- something new. Besides, I don’t want to be famous nor do I seek recognition. I just want to be appreciated for being “Beautifully Human”. Maybe one day society will judge people by merit and not what they see….
until then T.G.I.F.
Enjoy yourself and your night and love the ones you’re with
or go somewhere you do, just saying.