Her album dropped last year sometime but every now and again, I get in my moods to play Chrisette Michele's "I Am" album and play it from beginning to end with no pauses in between. I've been playing it rather often as of late though.
And it's not because I can "relate" to her songs of love and romance now. Hell, y'all know I'm through with the fellas for the remainder of '08. At least that's my declaration and as of right now, it isn't gonna change. However, I absolutely love this album. I think the main reason that I'm currently playing "I Am" like music in and of itself is going out of style soon is because the album kinda gives me hope for what I'd seek in my future as far as love and relationships go.
"Love Is You" is one of my favorite songs on the album, hands down. The song is not only beautifully sang but is also beautifully written and it is obvious that she wrote it from a personal place in their heart. Her voice reminds me a lot of the late Billie Holliday as well.
Here's a clip for those unfamiliar. Take a listen.
It's a pretty simple song that at the same time manages to effortlessly convey her message and capture your heart so that you could actually feel what she's feeling, even if you've never experienced this kind of love personally yet.
I've felt like this before. Once upon a time with my ex. And even though it's been a while since I've truly felt like this, I haven't forgotten the feeling in the least. Consequently though, I haven't been reminiscing on those times from way back "when we were in love" either. I don't want my ex back. At all. I don't miss him. I don't have any "what if's" swirling in my head either. I moved on from that situation years ago. This song, however, is just extremely powerful and reminds me of how powerful the emotion itself truly is.
Listening to this song made me think of a lot of the simple pleasures that encompasses "love". Long walks on the beach, inside jokes that only you and him understand, laying in bed watching a movie or just cuddling in silence, being able to trust that special someone with the difficult topics, unspoken connectedness, and conversations about anything at all that could brighten their once gloomy day. Just being with that person makes you feel renewed and refreshed. It's a beautiful feeling.
Questions (My questions):
Can you relate to this song today? Have you ever been able to relate to it? What are your ideals on the concept of "Love"?
Questions (Ms. Michele's):
Love—what's your definition of it? How's it make you feel? Tell me what you say that truly makes it real….
Good Girl is my jam too.
So is Work It Out, Mr.Radio, and If I Had My Way
PS; Joy and I talked about the flipside of love--the complications and why it's oftentimes "hard" HERE. Tune in!