Saturday, March 11, 2006

kelis

where did i read this? oh yes, some review of movies, a reviewer driven beserk by the glory of a movie she watched. yes, so crazy was she over the performance of her fav actor in the movie, a movie like she was the only one among her peers saw that she enthused that in that movie that actor outdid himself, he was taking the reviewer and any watchers on a trip, "a twisted mind fuck!"

she was not exaggerating. some performers do that to you. watch nearly any marlon brando film, hwoever bad and atrocious the script, the fellow actors, brando is dangerous for one. he is the supreme manipulator. what did 2pac say in some song of his, those dark odes to death? "in my lyrics is a universe" i think or close to that bombast. except it wasn't bombast. a whole world, we are talking william blake can be in a grain of sand...

kelis is a genius. she is. i don't know why she is shackled to that Nas guy all this time. okay, so he is god's son or something. i understand. but i have never listened to a kelis song and not kissed even for a micro second even when i did not like the song a tincture of sublimity. she takes you to places with that voice, unmatched, uncopyable, she is one of an orginal.

i find myself listening to kelis, well what can i say, i never give this privilege to just anyone, mind...i can't say it. i think kelis is going to be like the fourth singer of all the tapes and dvds i own whose work am going to fork out my own money and buy. that's how incredible she is. like for example, dracula's wedding, that song she did with those outkast guys. outkast for talent are very much out there. i mean think outkast, think scores that swing wildly off and beyond the 1-10 scale. and in dracula's wedding, outkast are performing like their whole world depends on this song. after this song is over, the permian extinction. that's the passion thrust into the delivery. do you get what i mean? they are out there. far out!

yet here is kelis, with what seems minimum effort, gliding beyond their efforts, matchless. she makes that song. try and imagine someone else singing in that song other than kelis. for me it's a scary thought. who can say, "because i make great peanut butter and jelly sandwiches" and it is not just sexual inneundo? it is that and more, so much more! there's an old jazz term they used to use to describe exceptional performers. i always found its meaning when it was used in relation to billie holiday, the broken hearted wisdom tone in her voice, saying what made billie stand out was how she interpreted lyrics. they maybe cliched and stupid but from her smoke charped lips, and her husky whiskey voice of barely suppressed torment greater poetry was never written or ineffable moments created. kelis is like a young billie, not yet hurt, not yet damaged, but with all her gusto and openfacedness, you know, like a railroaded train she is on the way to the places billie went to...

maybe it's because i'm writing this listening to kelis at the same time. maybe that's the real reason. maybe, but....

"I wait my whole life to bite the right one Then you come along and that freaks me out So i'm frightened..."

2 comments:

Lovely Amphibian said...

Smoking! And i think becasue of this post, i'ma go out there and look for Kelis.though i'll first have to come and sample your stuff. have learnt the hard way that you can shout out about stuff and its all an act.so when can we hook up?

Degstar said...

u need to listen to Jill Scott; Words & Sounds, volumes 1 & 2