I grew up in a very musically inclined household. My mother and aunt sang in the choir and played the organ (my mother has a Hammond organ in her living room to this day), my brother is a musician, and my sister listened to literally every genre of music, so much so that it became the "thing" in our home. Our thing. Most black kids grew up with parents who primarily blasted soul music for hours on end, but in my house, every genre was a staple. There was a lot of gospel, a lot of classical, a lot of rap, a lot of country, and a whole lot of rock 'n roll. I think this is where my passion for music began to develop and evolve into what it is today. I've always been curious about other genres of music because it was instilled in me at such an early age, and I always held that part of my childhood close to me. The memory of it is still so clear.
Music is gumbo for the soul. This playlist is for the truly sophisticated music lover who can appreciate a dash of Labi Siffre's Bless The Telephone followed by a cup of Queen's Cool Cat, and a sprinkle of Digable Planets's most underrated album. It's a melting pot of beautiful music that speaks to every ounce of your soul, and seeps deep into your pores. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did curating it. You can listen here.