Last fall I saw Jamie Lidell at The Showbox in Seattle. A young woman with whom I was not familiar opened: Janelle Monae.
There’s a lot of ways to critique a musician. The very first question I ask myself when critiquing a musician is, “have I ever heard a sound or seen a performance like this before”? That’s why I like Coldplay—they may not be the best band ever, but I’ve never heard any other band make a sound like they do.
When it comes to Janelle Monae, I can say that I really hadn’t seen or heard anything quite like her spasm of movement and sound. At the time I described her to a friend as a black, female David Bowie. Unique.
Tonight I was hanging out with my good friend Gabe when one thing led to another and we wound up watching the video below. I find it a simply amazing piece of creative work…I am truly impressed by Ms. Monae.
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