Happy Humpday Everyone! As some of you may know, it is Soul Music Wednesday! I truly believe soul music provides a spiritual experience for both the listener and vocalist alike. On Wednesdays, I like to share a featured love song and give my feedback on the record. Some of the songs will be old classics and others will be new favorites.
The song featured today is “Mad” by Solange. The song was produced by Solange Knowles, Raphael Saadiq, Sir Dylan, and Dave Longstreth and was released in September of 2016. Here is a link to the song below…
“Mad” was featured on Solange’s critically acclaimed number one album, “A Seat At The Table”. The song was also nominated for an NAACP Award. Solange music has been described as a mix of funk, neo soul, psychedelic soul and contemporary R&B, and this record is no different. The song is about “indignation and anger”, more specifically the anger her father felt growing up dealing with integration, segregation, and racism.
Relationships are not purely romantic. There are many relationships amongst family, friends, coworkers, and even one’s culture that have a daily influence in a person’s life. Unfortunately, race relations are very tense in America today. Being black in America is a struggle that so many still face and try to overcome everyday, causing frustration and anger at times. Solange’s album, “A Seat At the Table” is an unapologetic ode to African Americans in this country. She is able to soulfully put words behind the feelings of so many. As an African American woman, I truly appreciated the song and the album as well. I felt so inspired and uplifted in a way that I honestly had not felt in a while. I salute Solange for bringing attention and praise to black culture, without an attempt to down others.