Peep the ill transition...
Wednesday’s woman is an evening sunrise settled in her selves while building a musical mastership to navigate our intersoulactic space with/for us.
Wednesday’s woman called us long ago and we remember her tonight in 3 parts because today is the third day of the week in most places and The Black Freq Sheets is all about doing the mostest.
Music remembers us all the time in songs that resonant and respond to our paining questions with soothing vibes and waves of familiarity. We seek peace. When we find it in ourselves its oftentimes through music.
Wednesday’s woman comes in music and as a matter of fact, if your current soul surgeon is on an excursion then here’s a stellar version:
Akua Taylor, self-authorized, self-approved, and warning muddysuckas to ‘get off her stage’ since age 5. Before Facebook made us look and even Myspace pinged the zeitgeist, there was Akua Taylor, pioneering independent vocalist. ‘I became more artistically intentional when I recorded my first song “Reach Higher” freshman year of college. I sold my music independently, found other artists to work with, sang with local bands in Nashville, hosted a radio show on campus at Fisk University…” chimed Akua in an exclusive TBFS interview for March Of Women Series.
We had to check-in with the higher reaching, consummate artist, remembering the passion, the angst, and the joy of her all from her debut. It wasn’t surprising to find her sails poofed with them same sanging winds she ripped a wave through Fisk with back in the… back in the… back in the day when we was young but we not kids anymore.
“When I moved to NYC, my efforts became even more focused. I connected with political rappers, got on Eric Robeson’s showcase at the famous SOB’s club, landed a lead role in Gregory Porter’s music video,” said Wednesday’s Woman. She continued, “All the while developing my brand Precious Messenger Productions.”
the railroad line
Can we agree that there is a journey to everywhere? A path to get there? Sure there is!
Social Media lets us aboard the train, Cuckoos and choo-choos alike. We ride and go along for it until we don’t. Unboarding can be a lot harder than boarding and sometimes we end up taking stuff off with us that we getting take on. Hopefully, we keep us. Ourselves. We remember who we were before and afterwards and always.
“Having my own programs and presentations were key to sticking to it. When there were no other gigs, I had “Reach Higher,” which was a black-history-month assembly for students in New Jersey,” Akua offered. The pretty-grit of daily grinds can rub the sharpest artistic wit to a nub. Artist can seek refuge in other artist like any other group but it is important (to The Black Freq Sheets) that they are created by artist. When they aren’t, they run the risk of failing to meet the goal of what were probably good intentions.
Akua continues, “I also developed another workshop called “Approve” for abused women, to help them believe in themselves after trauma. My most important work was a play, One Woman, about Assata Shakur.”
A hundred and ten miles ain’t much distance,
but it sure do make a difference.
Independent artists have gotten mad props in the post-golden era of music. Yes. The Black Freq Sheets suggest that this is the post-golden era of music. If this is the first time hearing it then hold on to your TrapperKeepers! The journey back to pristine shine isn’t as complicated or abstract as some bleeding hearts may think. NPR listeners haven’t felt the drag so why should you? No note taking necessary just a click of the play.
How’d that feel?
The March Of Women Series is just heating up and already set to boil but no sweltering in our self approval. Words don’t sweat in The Black Freq Sheets. 😉
As easy as Sunday morning, Wednesday’s Woman serves us the comforting, familiar and extraordinary perspective of owning, belonging, and choosing to share yourself. Though the journey to the ease of self-authorization can be hard.
Challenges are there to face. Hurdles are there to jump. The gag is, there is always someone, something there to pick us up and remind us to remember. “My dad! His first career was in radio so I grew up with great music. He exposed me to quality sounds early,” shared Akua exclusively with TBFS. “Sharon Jones because she had a great career late in life and she started out as a wedding singer. Sarah Vaughn, Sade, Lauryn Hill.”
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Source: Engine, Engine Number 9 lyrics from that one Roger Miller song