As you saw on the “Distinct Days” post, Mondays are designated for music! Also, since I discover amazing music through podcasts and my friends, I am starting an Artist Spotlight. I know you’re thinking that too much new information to take in 😮 BUT I am the only one who will need to keep track, you just enjoy reading and write comments if you wish!
The first ever Favorite Find is BROTHER ALI – his hip hop songs tell it like it is with emotion (very honest style and catchy beats). After listening to World Cafe on my commute home, I learned that Brother Ali is an albino muslim who has a black son. He was inspired by Malcolm X and his beliefs, and put his feelings in writing. The lyrics are so moving that I listen to each one multiple times to take out the most interesting parts! As a writer and active listener, lyrics often lurch at me first in a song and I think every should listen to what this man has to say.
My favorite of the songs he played on the show were called “Dear Black Son” and “Pray for Me” (youtube videos below). They both discuss race and how to deal with being different as a child in our world today.